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Harmonious; and avoided PREF A CE. rionfly, as the Subject and my own Imagination Carry'd Me. As to the Style, the Choice I made of following the Ode in Latin, determin'd Me in. English to the Stanza ; and herein it was impoffible not to have a Mind to follow Our great Countryman SPENSER; which I have done (as well at least as I could) in the Manner of my Expression, and the Turn of my Number : Having only added one Verse to his Stanza, which I thought Such of his Words, as I found too obsolete. I have however retain'd some few of them, to make the Colouring look more like S PENSE R's. Behest, Command; Band, Army; Prowess, Strength; I weet, I krow; I ween, I think; whilom, heretofore; and Two or Three more of that Kind, which I hope the Ladies will pardon me,' and not judge my

MUSE less handsome, though for once he ap. pears in a Farthingal. I have also in SPENSER'S Manner, used Cæsar for the Emperor, Boya for Bavaria, Bavar for that Prince, Ifter for Danube, Iberia for Spain, &c.

That Noble Part of the Ode which I just now mention'd,

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Descended from ÆNEAS, I have turn’d to the Honor of the British Nation, descended from BRUTE, likewise a TROJAN. That this BRUTE, Fourth or Fifth from ÆNEAS, settled in ENGLAN D, and built LONDON, which he culld Troja Nova, or Troynovante, is a Story which (I think) owes its Original if not to GEOFFRY of Monmouth, at least to the Monkish Writers, yet is not rejected by Our great CAMDEN, and is told by MILTON, as if (at least), He was pleas'd with it, though pollibly he does not believe it: However it carries a Poetical Authority, which is fufficient for our Purpose. It is as certain that BRUTE came into ENGLAND, as that ÆNEAS- went into ITALY; and upon the Sappofition of these Facts, VIRGIL wrote the best Poem that the World. ever. read, and SPENSER pai 3 Queen ELIZABETH the greatest Compliment.

I need not obviate one piece of Criticism, that I bring my Hero From burning Troy, and Xanthus red with Blood: whereas he was not born, when that City was destroy'd. VIRGIL, in the Case of his own ÆNEAS relating to Dido, will stand as a sufficient Proofg. that a Man in bis Poetical Capacity is not accoun table for a little Fault in Chronology.

My two Great Examples, HORACE and SPENSER, in many Things resemble each other :

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Both have a Height of Imagination, and a Majesty of Expresion in describing the Sublime; and both know to temper those Talents, and sweeten the De fcription, so as to make it Lovely as well as Pomo pous": Both have equally That agreeable Manner of mixing Morality with their Story, and that Curiosa Felicitas in the Choice of their Di&tion, which every Writer aims at, and so very few have reach'd: Both are particularly fine in their Intagesy, and Knowing in their Numbers. Leaving therefore' our two Masters to the Confideration and Study of those, who design to Exeelt in Poetry, I only beg Leave to add, that it is long since I have for at least ought to have') quitted PAR NASSUS, and all the flowry Roads on that Side the Country ; though I thought my self indispensably obliged, upon the prefent Occasion, to take a little Jonirney into Those Parts,

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HEN Great AUGUSTUS govern'd. Antient ROME,

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He saw his Fame encreasing with hiş Yçars;
HORACE, Great Bard (fo Fate ordain'd) arose;
And Bold, as were his Countrymen in Fight,
Snatch'd their fair Actions from degrading Prose,
And set their Bartels in Eternal Light:
High as their Trumpets Tune His Lyre he strung;
And with his Prince's Arms He moraliz’d his Song.

II.
When bright ELIZ A rul'da BRITANNIA'S State,
Widely distributing Her high Commands;
And boldly Wise, and fortunately Great,
Freed the glad Nations from Tyrannick Bands;

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An equal Genius was in SPENSER found:
To the high Theme He match'd his Noble Lays:
He travella ENGLAND O'er on Fairy Ground,
In Mystic Notes to Sing his Monarch's Praise:
Reciting wond'rous Truths in pleasing Dreams,
He deck'd ELIZA's Head with GLORIAN A's Beams.

III. :
But, Greatest ANNA! while Thy Arms pursue
Paths of Renown, and climb Ascents of Fame,
Which nor AUGUSTUS, nor Eliza knew;
What Poet shall be found to ling Thy Name?
What Numbers shall record, what Tongue shall say
Thy Wars on Land, Thy Triumphs on the Main ?
O Faireft Model of Imperial Sway!
What Equal Pen fhall write thy wondrous Reiga?
Who shall Attempts and Feats of Arms rehearse,
Not yet by Story told, nor paralleld by. Versc?

IV.
Me all too mean for such a Task I weet :
Yet if the Sov'reign Lady deigns to Smile,
r'll follow HORACE with impetuous Heat,
And cloath the Verse in SPENSER's Native Style.
By these Examples rightly taught to sing,
And smit with Pleasure of my country's Praise,
Stretching the Plumes of an uncommon Wing,
High as OLYMPUS I my Flight will raise:
And latest Times shall in my Numbers read
Anna's Immortal Fame, and MARLERO's hardy Dced.

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As the strong Eagle in the filent Wood, Mindless of warlike Rage, and hoftile Care,

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