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The wond'rous fong with rapture they rehearse ;
Retiring frequent to this Laureat vale, “ I warbled to the Lyre that fav'rite tale, “ Which, unobserv'd, a wand'ring Greek and blind, « Heard me repeat, and treasur'd in his mind; « And fir'd with thirst of more than mortal praise, “From me, the God of Wit, usurp'd the bays.
“ But let vain Greece indulge her growing fame, “ Proud with celestial spoils to grace her name; “ Yet when my Arts shall triumph in the West, " And the white Isle with female pow'r is blest; " Fame, I foresee, will make reprisals there, « And the Translator's Palm to me transfer. “ With less regret my claim I now decline, 6 The World will think his English Iliad mine."
To Mr. P O P E.
10 praise, and still with just respect to praise
A Bard triumphant in immortal bays, The Learn'd to show, the Sensible commend, Yet still preserve the province of the Friend; What life, what vigour must the lines require? 5 What Music tune them, what Affection fire?
O might thy Genius in my bosom (hine ; Thou should'st not fail of numbers worthy thine ;
The brightest Ancients might at once agree
Horace himself would own thou doft excell
How flame the glories of Belinda's Hair, Made by thy Muse the Envy of the Fair? Less shone the treffes Ægypt's Princess wore, Which sweet Callimachus so sung before. 20 Here courtly trifles set the world at odds Belles war with Beaux, and Whims descend for Gods. The new Machines, in names of ridicule, Mock the grave phrenzy of the Chemic fool. But know, ye Fair, a point conceal'd with art, The Sylphs and Gnomes are but a Woman's heart. The Graces stand in fight; a Satire-train Peeps o'er their head, and laughs behind the scene.
In Fame's fair Temple, o'er the boldest wits Inshrin'd on high the sacred Virgil fits ; And fits in measures such as Virgil's Mufe To place thee near him, might be fond to chure. How might he tune th' alternate reed with thec, Perhaps a Strephon thou, a Daphnis he; While some old Damon, o'er the vulgar wise, 35 Thinks he deserves, and thou deserv'ft the Prize. Rapt with the thought, my fancy seeks the plains, And turns me shepherd while I hear the strains. Indulgent nurse of ev'ry tender gale, Parent of flowrets, old Arcadia,, hail!
Here in the cool my limbs at ease I spread,
45 Be hulh'd, ye winds, while Pope and Virgil sing.
In English lays, and all sublimely great,
How vast, how copious, are thy new designs !
The ihades resound with song - softly tread,
- O While a whole feason warbles round
head. This to my Friend--and when a friend inspires, My filent harp its master's hand requires, Shakes off the dust, and makes these rocks resound; For fortune plac'd me in unfertile ground: Far from the joys that with my soul agree, From wit, from learning-very far from thee. 80 Here moss-grown trees expand the smallest leaf; Here half an acre's corn is half a sheaf; Here hills with naked heads the tempest meet, Rocks at their sides, and torrents at their feet; Or lazy lakes unconscious of a flood, Whose dull brown Naiads ever sleep in mud. Yet here Content can dwell, and learned Eafe, A Friend delight me, and an Author please; Ev'n here I sing, when Pope supplies the theme, Shew my own love, tho' not increase his fame. 90
To Mr. P OPE,
ET vulgar souls triumphal arches raife,
Or speaking marbles, to record their praise ; And picture to the voice of Fame unknown) The mimic Feature on the breathing stone; Mere mortals; subject to death's total sway,
5 Reptiles of earth, and beings of a day! VOL. I. b
'Tis thine, on ev'ry heart to grave thy praile,
If aught on earth, when once this breath is fled,
vades, 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 strife, 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, Tow’rs o'er the field of death; as fierce he turns, Keen flash his arms, and all the Hero burns ; 36.