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11l-farr'd did we our forts and lines forsake, To dare our British foes to open fight; in, Our conquest we by stratagem should make : Our triumph had been founded in our flight. 'Tis ours, by craft and by surprize to gain :: 'Tis theirs, to meet in arms, and battle in the
By this new structure of his lines he has avoided difficulties; nor am I fure that he has lost any of the power of pleasing; but he no longer imitates Spenser.
Some of his poems are written with out regularity of measures; for, when he commenced poet, we had not recovered from our Pindarick infatuation; but he probably lived to be convinced
that the essence of verse is order and consonance. :.:
His numbers are such as mere diligence may attain; they seldom offend the ear, and seldom footh it; they commonly want airiness, lightness, and facility; what is smooth is not soft. His verses always roll, but they feldom
flow. · A survey of the life and writings of Prior may exemplify a sentence which he doubtless understood well, when he read Horace at his uncle's; the vessel long retains the scent which it first receives. In his private relaxation he revived the tavern, and in his amorous pedantry he exhibited the college. But on higher occasions, and nobler subjects, when
habit was overpowered by the necessity of reflection, he wanted not wisdom as a statesman, nor elegance as a poet.