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I B E R IV.
E forte credas interitura, quae
Longe fonantem natus ad Aufidum
Verba loquor socianda chordis ;
Stefichorique graves Camenae :
Aeoliae fidibus puellae.
Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona
Nocte, carent quia vate facro,
Part of the NINTH ODE
Of the FOURTH BOOK.
should think that verse shall die, Which sounds the Silver Thames along, Taught, on the wings of Truth to fly
Above the reach of vulgar song; Tho' daring Milton fits sublime,
In Spencer native Muses play ; Nor
yet shall Waller yield to time, Nor pensive Cowley's moral lay
Sages and Chiefs long since had birth
Ere Cæsar was, or Newton nam’d; These rais'd new Empires o'er the Earth,
And Those, new Heav'ns and Systems fram'd. Vain was the Chief's, the Sage's pride!
They had no Poet, and they died.