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Siill, as I read, I feel my bosom beat,
To Mr. P O P E.
Or speaking marbles, to record their praise ;
'Tis thine, on ev'ry heart to grave thy praise,
The arch, the marble, and the mimic bust:
If aught on earth, when once this breath is fled, 15
grow, And bloom afresh on thy immortal brow.
Thus when thy draughts, O Raphael! time invades, And the bold figure from the canvass fades, A rival hand recalls from ev'ry part
25 Some latent grace, and equals art with art; Transported we survey the dubious Atrife, While each fair image starts again to life.
How long, untun'd, had Homer's facred lyre Jarr'd grating discord, all extinct his fire ?
30 This you beheld; and, taught by heav'n to fing, Call’d the loud music from the founding string. Now wak'd from flumbers of three thousand years, Once more Achilles in dread pomp appears, Tours o'er the field of death ; as fierce he turns, 35 Keen flash his arms, and all the Hero burns ; With martial stalk, and more than mortal might, He strides along, and meets the Gods in fight : Then the pale Titans, chain'd on burning floors, Start at the din that rends th’infernal shores,
Tremble the tow'rs of Heav'n, earth rocks her coasts,
Proceed, great Bard ! awake th' harmonious string, Be ours all Homer ! ftill Ulysses sing. How long that Hero*, by unskilful hands,
55 Strip'd of his robes, a beggar trod our lands? Such as he wander'd o'er his native coast, Shrunk by the wand, and all the warrior lost: O’er his smooth skin a bark of wrinkles spread; Old age disgrac'd the honours of his head; 60 Nor longer in his heavy eye-ball shin'd The glance divine, forth-beaming from the mind. But you, like Pallas, ev'ry limb infold With royal robes, and bid him shine in gold; Touch'd by your hand, his manly frame improves 65 With grace
divine, and like a God he moves. Ev'n I, the meanest of the Muses' train, Inflam’d by thee, attempt a nobler strain ; Advent'rous waken the Mæonian lyre, Tun'd by your hand, and sing as you inspire : 70 So arm’d by great Achilles for the fight, Patroclus conquer'd in Achilles' right: Like theirs, our Friendship! and l-boast my name To thine united — for thy Frieadship's Fame.
* Odyssey, lib. xvi.
This labour past, of heav'nly subjects sing, While hov'ring angels listen on the wing. To hear from earth such heart-felt raptures rife, As, when they fing, suspended hold the skies: Or nobly rising in fair Virtue's cause, From thy own life transcribe th’unerring laws : Teach a bad world beneath her sway to bend: To verse like thine fierce favages attend, And men, more fierce: when Orpheus gunes the lay, Ev'n fiends relenting hear their rage away.
W. BROO ME.
To Mr. P O P E,
On the publishing his WORK S.
The song of triumph, and attend his Car.
But hark, what shoots, what gath’ring crouds rejoice!
Prone to the earth she bends her loathing eye,
The Chariot now the painful steep afcends, The Pæans cease; thy glorious labour ends. Here fix'd, the bright eternal Temple stands, Its prospect an unbounded view commands: 30 'Say, wond'rous youth, what Column wilt thou chuse, What laurel'd Arch for thy triumphant Muse? Tho' each great Ancient court thee to his shrine, Tho' ev'ry Laurel thro' the dome be thine, (From the proud Epic, down to those that shade 35 The gentler brow of the soft Lesbian maid) Go to the Good and Juft, an awful train, Thy soul's delight, and glory of the Fane: While thro' the earth thy dear remembrance flies, “ Sweet to the world, and grateful to the kies.” 40
To Mr. P O P E.
From Rome, 1732. I Mmortal Bard! for whom each Muse has wove
The fairest garlands of th' Aonian grove; Preserv'd, our drooping Genius to restore, When Addison and Congreve are no more ; After so many stars extinct in night,
5 The dark’ned ages lait remaining light!