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“ Nam quamquam neque Tarpeias bellator ad acres
Salve autor, salve omnipotens, qui sanguine nobis
Continuo fractam senserunt omnia mortem,
Hinc, lethi immemores, venturo incumbimus ævo,
Et vitæ egressi tenebris, donamur Olympo.” p. 330. His minor poems present a variety of metres and subjects, through part of which alone we have made our way-a book of satires in iambic metre, several books of elegies, poems on the nuptials of Grotius, the death of Turnebus, &c. &c. &c. The following ode is a pleasing imitation of Horace. Ad Reinerum Bontium, amicorum suavissimum, hospitem suum, dis
cessurus: invidiam pasci in vivos, mortuis parcere.
“ Jam ter benignum ver aperit caput,
Decussit arbustis honorem,
Ex quo beatis otia ducimus
Et dura curarum perosi, et
Carnifices animi dolores. Sæpe innocenti lætitia diem Et non severi munera Liberi
Traxisse tecum, sæpe totas
Dulcibus eloquiis recordor Junxisse noctes; candidus ingeni, Et si quam amica fata dabunt viam,
Nec inclytæ pulchræque laudis,
Nec decoris moriturus expers. Sed livor altis ceu comes additus Incumbit ausis, nec timet igneas
Tentare victurasque mentes,
Dum superest, patiturque cerni Mortale corpus. Mox ubi corpori Tardo superstes spiritus, æthera
Perrupit, & victrix sepulchri
Calcat humum, populosque fama Volat per omnes; stat procul & premit Os turpe vulgus: nec tumulum petit,
Nec tangit æternos honores,
Et cinerem prope consecratum, Favetque rapto. Sic Semeles puer Sævam Lycurgi sustinuit manum;
Sic magnus Alceides, supremum
Comperit invidiam domari Non ante bustum. Mors rabiem domat, Redditque seris præmia manibus
Non ante concessura vivo
Gloria, quod dabit interempto.
Egisse sub tectis iisdem
Stagira, seu duri Cleanthis
Porticus, & rigidi Catonis :
Transmittet in seros nepotes
Innocuum lepidumque nomen; Sèu quicquid olim moliar arduum,
Phobi sacerdos immeritus mori :
Nec Tænarum post fata & urnam,
Quam vertere in se cogit arma
Impatiens popularis auræ
Persuasa: nec cessura retro
Plebis ad arbitrium volentis. .
Pulchramque Phobi conspicit orbitam,
Pectore constituas amicum.
Quem posteri discent, nec uno
Fama loquax celebrabit ævo.
Infunde crateræ capaci
The preceding ode, in praise of Venice, begins majestically.
“ Diva, quam cælo generatus alto
cumbere ponto." The following description of Hugo Grotius's first love may amuse the reader.
“ Ille inscius ora,
Et si quem Veneri læsum dilexit Apollo,
Fluctibus abripitur, propriosque in pectore versat.” We conclude with a short “ elegia,” and a copy of Greek verses on a whimsical subject ...
“ Divini saltus, & saltibus æmula ripa,
Fessarum sedes humida Naïadum,
Solis oberrantes excipitis radios
Innocuo serpis murmure, lenis aqua;.
Exuvias vestris pendit ab arboribus,
Quam mea lux manibus texuit ipsa suis,
Arbore, jucundis compositam violis
Et nunquam tacitæ garrulus humor aquæ.
Et tepidis tingat humida nox lachrymis,
Lucifer Eoo fulgurat in thalamo.
Atque iterum vestris occubet in foliis,
Depositum præsto sentiät esse suum....
“ In pulices of
culices à se interfectos, cum ab iis totam
Swindrechti exagitatus esset.
'Ενθάδε κωνώπεσσιν όλην την νύκτα σαλαίων
Ψύλλαις τ' αγχιμάχοις εύδε σοβ’ Είνσιάδης
Πολλές εύρεν εη χειρί κατακταμένες.
Nuutinárs, Útvwv ipetéqur plogéas.”
ART. V. Poems, by the Rev. James Hurdis, D. D. late Fellow
of Magdalen College, and Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford*.
The appearance of Cowper in English poetry, was one of those literary phenomena which betoken the approach of a new age. The taste of the public mind, and the employment of the poetical talent of Britain, had for some time been gradually, and almost unconsciously, from causes upon which we will not here speculate, assuming a new direction; old tastes and prepossessions were melting away; and a poet of eminent abilities only was wanting, to break down formally the barriers of prejudice, and to sign, as it were, the warrant by which coming geniuses might be authorised to develope themselves in a different manner from their predecessors. Cowper has perhaps as good a title as any other writer to the distinction mentioned. His great contemporary Burns may have had much more eventual influence on the poetry of the succeeding generation; but that of Cowper was more ostensible, and, if we may so speak, more palpable. He was not the originator of the present age of poetry; but he was the morning-star which preceded its rising. The delightful freedom of his manner, so acceptable to those who had long been accustomed to a poetical school of which the radical fault was constraint; his noble and tender' morality; his fervent piety; his glowing and well expressed patriotism; his descriptions, unparalleled in vividness and accuracy since Thomson; his playful humour, and his powerful satire; the skilful construction of his verse, at least in The Task, and the refreshing variety of that fascinating poem,-altogether conspired to render him highly popular, both among the multitude of common readers, and among
cy sie skilful hing variet him highamong
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* Our extracts are made from a collected edition of his works, published at the Oxford University Press.