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Nor painted Horror, Grief, or Rage,
Thou Master of the Poet's Song,
Where Fancy, bright aërial Maid !
The sweetly-warbling Shakespeare bore
And dipt him in that sacred Rill, Whofe filver Streams flow mufical along, Where Phoebus' hallow'd Mount resounds with raptur'a Song.
II. Forsake not Thou the vocal Choir, Their Breasts revisit with thy genial Fire, Else vain the studied Sounds of mimic Art, Tickle the Ear, but come not nigh the Heart. Vain every Phrase in curious Order fet, On each side leaning on the [ftop-gap] Epithet. Vain the quick Rime still tinckling in the Close, While pure Description shines in measur'd Profe. Thou bear'st a-loof, and look'st with high Difdain,
Upon the dull mechanic Train ; Whose nerveless Strains flag on in languid Tone, Lifeless and lumpifh as the Bag-pipe's drowzy Drone.
Kills with her melancholy Shade,
Which erst full wantonly have stray'd,
For when the Oak denies her Stay, The creeping Ivy winds her humble Way;
No more the twists her Branches round,
Whose sober Rimes in even Tenour flow;
Why fleep the Sons of Genius now?
† And thou, bleft Bard! around whose sacred Great Pindar's delegated Wreath is hung; [Brow,
Arise, and snatch the Majesty of Song, From Dullness’ servile Tribe, and Arts unhallow'd
* By Taste, is here meant the modern Affectation of it. # The fpirited and truly poetical Dr. Akenside.
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UCH is our Pride, our Folly, or our Fate,
In the fair Field th' vetran Armies ftand, A firm, unconquer'd, formidable Band, When lo! Translation comes and levels all ; 15 By vulgar Hands the bravest Heroes fall. On Eagle's Wings see lofty Pindar foar ; Cowley attacks, and Pindar is no more.
LINE 18. Cowley attacks, &c. Nothing can be more contemptible than the Translations and Imitations of Pindar done by Cowley, which yet have had their Admirers.,
O'er Tibur's Swan the Muses wept in vain,
In blest Arebia's Plains unfading blow
The modern Critic, whose unletter'd Pride, Big with itself, contemns the World beside, If haply told that Terence once could charm, Each feeling Heart that Sophocles cou'd warm, Scours ev'ry Stall for Eachard's dirty Page, 35 Or pores in Adams for th’ Athenian Stage ; With Joy he reads the fervile Mimics o'er, Pleas’d to discover what he guess’d before ;
LINE 20. See Horace's Epistles, Satires, and Art of Poetry, done into English by S. Dunster, D. D. Prebendary of Sarum.
LINE 21, 22. See their Translations of Homer and Virgil.
LINE 31. The modern Critic, &c. Les belles traductions (says Boileau) sont des preuves fans replique en faveur des anciens, qu'on leur donne leş Racines pout interpretes, & ils fcauront plaire au. jourdhui comme autrefois. Certain it is, that the Contempt, in which the Ancients are held by the illiterate Wits of the prefent Age, is in a great Measure owing to the Number of bad Translations,
LINE 36. See Adams's Prose Translation of So. phocles.