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invitation. As she was at no great distance, he refused to fit at the table till she was called, and, when she had taken her place, was careful to shew her particular attention.
His collection of poems
is now to be confidered. The ode to the Sun is written
upon a common plan, without uncommon sentiments; but its greatest fault is its length. No poem should be long of which the purpose is only to strike the fancy, without enlightening the understanding by precept, ratiocination, or narrative., Ablaze first pleases, and then tires the sight.
Of Florelio it is sufficient to say that it is an occasional pastoral, which implies fomething neither natural nor artificial, neither comick nor serious,
The next ode is irregular, and therefore defective. As the sentiments are pious, they cannot easily be new; for what can be added to topicks on which successive ages have been employed!
Of the Parapbrafe on Isaiah nothing very favourable can be said. Sublime and folemn
prose gains little by a change to blank verse; and the paraphraft has deserted his original, by admitting images not Asiatick, at least not Judaical:
Of his petty poems fome are very trifling, without any thing to be praised either in the thought or expression. He is 'unlucky in his compétitions; he tells the same idle tale with Congreve, and does not tell it fo well, He translates from Ovid the same epistle as Pope; but I am afraid not with equal happiness.
To examine his performances one by one would be tedious. His translation from Homer into blank verse will find few readers while another can be had in rhyme. The piece addressed to Lambarde is no disagreeable fpecimen of epistolary poetry; and his ode to the lord Gower was pronounced by Pope the next ode in the English language to Dryden's Cecilia. Fenton
may be justly styled an ex. cellent versifyer and a good poet.
G A Y.
OHN GAY, descended from an old fa
mily that had been long in possession of the manour of * Goldworthy in Devonshire, was born in 1688, at or near Barnstaple, where he was educated by Mr. Luck, who taught the school of that town with good reputation, and, a little before he retired from it, published a volume of Latin and English verses. Under such a master he was likely to form a taste for
poetry. Being born with out prospect of hereditary riches, he was sent to London in his youth, and placed apprentice with a silk-mercer.
How long he continued behind the counter, or with what degree of softness and dexterity he received and accommodated the ladies, as he probably took no delight in telling it, is
* Goldworthy does not appear in the Villare.