Bold is the critic who dares prove
These heroes were no friends to love ;
And bolder he who dares aver
That they were enemies to war;
Yet when their thought should, now or never,
Have rais'd their heart or fir'd their liver,
Fond Alma to those parts was gone
Which Love more justly calls his own.
Examples I could cite you more,
But be contented with these four;
For when one's proofs are aptly chosen,
Four are as valid as four dozen.
One came from Greece, and one from Rome;
The other two grew nearer home,
For some in ancient books delight,
Others prefer what moderns write;
Now I thould be extremely loath
Not to be thought expert in both.