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O'er all the plains, the streams, and woods ; around, The pleasing lays of sweetest Bards resound; A faithful echo every note returns, And listening River-Gods neglect their urns. When Codrington* and Steele their verse unrein, And form an easy, unaffected strain, A double wreath of laurel binds their brow, As they are poets and are warriors too, Trapp's lofty scenes in gentle numbers flow, Like Dryden great, as soft as moving Rowe. When youthful Harrison †, with tuneful skill, Makes Woodstock Park scarce yield to Cooper's
Hill; Old Chaucer from th'Elysian Fields looks down, And sees at length a genius like his own; Charm’d with his.lays, which reach the shades
below, Fair Rosamonda intermits her woe, Forgets the anguish of an injur'd soul, The fatal poignard, and invenom?d bowl. * The great benefactor to All-souls College. N. . of Of whom, see Sele&t Collection, vol. IV. p. 180. N.
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Danby's fam'd gift + suchverse as thine requires,
* Letter from Italy, by Mr. Addison. T. of The Phyfic-garden at Oxford. This hint was happily taken-up in 1713 by Dr. Evans. See Select Collection, 1780, vol. 111. p. 145. N.
Apollo here fhould plenteously impart, "
Can-break his arrows, and can blunt his teeth. - How fiveet the landskip! where, in living trees, Here frowns a vegetable Hercules! There fam’d Acliilles learns to live again, And looks yet angry in the mimic scene; i... Here artful birds, which blooming arbours fhew, -Seem to fly higher, whilst they upwards grow;
From the samíc leaves both arms and warriors ;*3 rife, . : : .. .? ."
And every bough a different charm supplies... • So when our world the great Čreator made,
And, unadorn'd, the sluggish chaos laid, · Hòrror and Beauty owni'd their fire the same,
And Form itself from Parent Matter came, : "That Iuinpish mass alone was fource of all,'. .1 And Bards and Themes had one original. )
In vain the groves demand my longer ftay, The gentle Ifis wafts the Mufe away, it
With ease the river guides her wandering stream,
hear, And learn from Fame the rough events of war; With pointed rhymes the Gallic tyrant pierce, And make the cannon thunder in our verse. See how the matchless, youth their tours
improve, And in the glorious way to knowledge move?
Eager for faine, prevent the rising í
· Sumc learn the mighty deeds of ages gone, And, by the lives of heroes, form their own; Now yiew the Granique choak’d with heaps of
lain, And warring worlds on the Pharsalian plain ; Now hear the trumpets clar.gour from afar, And all the dreadful harmony of war;..; .. Now trace those fecret tricks that lost a state, And search the fine-spun arts that made it great, Correct those errors that its ruin bred, And bid fome long-lost empire rear its ancient
head. .. Others, to whom persuasive arts belong (Wordis in their looks, and music on their
tongue), Instructed by the wit of Greece and Rome; Learn richly to adorn their native home ;