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tell how* in a discburse on encaustic painting, and a proposition to substitute it for copper-sheathing in our navy.
In another passage, Lucretius having made an allusion to the beauty of Helen, and the war of Troy, his translator takes occasion to dissert thus learnedly in the notes.
* The effect of love is varioufly defcribed, as well as accounted for, by the poets. Generally, however, the inftrument fuppofed to be employed, is either a dart from the eye, producing a wound, as in v. 36. of the prefent book; or elfe a fpecies of fubtle and irreiiftible flame, eroding and confuming the bofom, as in the prefent paflage. In the opening of Book IV. of the ^neid, Virgil introduces both. thefe metaphors.
* Vulnus alit venis, et caeco carpitur igni.
She feeds her "wound, and pines with fecret fire.
• Petrarc follows our poet's latter image alone in the enfuing defcription.
* I che 1'efca amorofa al petto avea
* Solomon has beautifully and boldly introduced another fyftem of imagery, the elegance, and indeed the meaning of which, has feldom been fufficiently explained. Under his creative powers, the fafcinating fair becomes the furrounding wall of a fortified city; which was often erected with confummate fkill, beautified with all the ornaments of architecture, and over different parts of which were projected towers or turrets for the purpofe of repelling the affailing foe; in whofe conftruction and finilh the tafte of the artift was principally exerted, and which were hence frequently denominated towers of ivory or of fiver. The triumphant fair being thus generally refembled to the beautiful and ornamental wall of a defenfive city—her white and fwelling bofom is next compared to the white and fwelling turrets proje£ted from its furface,—to thofe elegant, but dangerous prominences, which-were equally formed for the purpofe of attack or repulfion, and which no man, in either cafe, can approach without extreme peril. With this introductory explanation the paflage I refer to is equally exquifite and obvious.
* Call her a wall—" and" two towers of filver
I myfelf am a wall,
And my bofom refembles two towers. Chap. viii. 9. 10.
• For a ftill further illuftration, the reader may confult my verfon and notes upon this elegant fmile.—Sacred Idyls, p. 59. and 206.' I. 87. 88.
These are but fair specimens of the excursive disposition of this commentator, and are taken without selection ad aperturam libri. His medical and metaphysical lucubrations are still more copious and irregular.
Upon the whole, this book is very dull, and, as a translation, very fiat and unpoetical; yet it is evidently the work of a man of no ordinary vigour or intelligence: it contains a very correct edition of Lucretius, with more information on the subject of his poem, than could be gathered from all his other commentators put together. The version is sometimes pleasing, and sometimes vigorous; and Mr Good's own speculations, though often intruded rather awkwardly, are by no means despicable. It is a book, in short, which nobody but a reviewer will ever read through; but which, we think, all scholars would like to possess; and which, if it were a little cheaper, we should recommend all but poor scholars to buy.
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