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a much longer time than it is usual to spend at much as a permission-poem, but a downright the university; and which he seems to have interloper. Those gentlemen who carry on their passed with very little attention to the business poetical trade in a joint stock, would certainly of the place; for, in his poems, the ancient do what they could to sink and ruin an unlicensed names of nations or places, which he often pro- adventurer, notwithstanding I disturbed none of duces, are pronounced by chance. He after their factories, nor imported any goods they wards travelled : at Padua he was made doctor have ever dealt in.” He had lived in the city till of physic; and, after having wandered about a he had learned its note. year and a half on the Continent, returned That “Prince Arthur” found many readers is home.
certain; for in two years it had three editions ; In some part of his life, it is not known when, a very uncommon instance of favourable recephis indigence compelled him to teach a school, tion, at a time when literary curiosity was yet an humiliation with which, though it certainly confined to particular classes of the nation. lasted but a little while, his enemies did not for- Such success naturally raised animosity; and get to reproach him, when he became conspi- Dennis attacked it by a formal criticism, more cuous enough to excite malevolence; and let it tedious and disgusting than the work which he be remembered for his honour, that to have condemns. To this censure may be opposed the been once a schoolmaster, is the only reproach approbation of Locke and the admiration of which all the perspicacity of malice, animated by Molineux, which are found in their printed letwit, has ever fixed upon his private life.
Molineux is particularly delighted with When he first engaged in the study of physic, the song of Mopas, which is therefore subjoined he inquired, as he says, of Dr. Sydenham, what to this narrative. authors he should read, and was directed by It is remarked by Pope, that what “raises the Sydenham to “Don Quixote;" “which,” said hero often sinks the man.” Or Blackmore it hé, “is a very good book ; I read it still.” The may be said, that as the poet sinks, the man perverseness of mankind makes it often mis- rises; the animadversions of Dennis, insolent chievous in men of eminence to give way to and contemptuous as they were, raised in him merriment; the idle and the illiterate will long no implacable resentment: he and his critic shelter themselves under this foolish apoph- were afterwards friends; and in one of his latihegm.
ter works he praises Dennis as " equal to BoiWhether he rested satisfied with this direc-leau in poetry, and superior to him in critical tion, or sought for better, he commenced physi- abilities." cian, and obtained high eminence and extensive He seems to have been more delighted with practice. He became fellow of the College of praise than pained by, censure, and, instead of Physicians, April 12, 1687, being one of the slackening, quickened his career. Having in two thirty which, by the new charter of King James, years produced ten books of “Prince Arthur," were added to the former fellows. His resi- in two years more (1697) he sent into the world dence was in Cheapside,* and his friends were “King Arthur” in twelve. The provocation chiefly in the city. 'In the early part of Black- was now doubled, and the resentment of wits more's time, a citizen was a term of reproach ; and critics may be supposed to have increased and his place of abode was another topic to in proportion. He found, however, advantages which his adversaries had recourse, in the penury more than equivalent to all their outrages; he of scandal.
was this year made one of the physicians in orBlackmore, therefore, was made a poet not dinary to King William, and advanced by him by necessity but inclination, and wrote not for to the honour of knighthood, with the present a livelihood but for fame, or, if he may tell his of a gold chain and a medal. own motives, for a nobler purpose, to engage The malignity of the wits attributed his poetry in the cause of virtue.
knighthood to his new poem; but King William I believe it is peculiar to him, that his first was not very studious of poetry; and Blackpublic work was an heroic poem. He was not more perhaps had other merit, for he says, in his known as a maker of verses till he published dedication to “ Alfred,” that he had a greater (in 1695) “Prince Arthur,” in ten books, writ- part in the succession of the house of Hanover ten, as he relates, “ by such catches and starts, than ever he had boasted.” and in such occasional uncertain hours, as his
What Blackmore could contribute to the sucprofession afforded, and for the greatest part in cession, or what he imagined himself to have coffee-houses, or in passing up and down the contributed, cannot now be known. That he streets." For the latter part of this apology he had been of considerable use, I doubt not but was accused of writing “ to the rumbling of his he believed, for I hold him to have been very chariot-wheels.” He had read, he says, “ but honest; but he might easily make a false estilittle poetry throughout his whole life ; and for mate of his own importance: those whom their fifteen years before had not written a hundred virtue restrains from deceiving others, are often Verses, except one copy of Latin verses in praise disposed by their vanity to deceive themselves. of a friend's book."
Whether he promoted the succession or not, he He thinks, and with some reason, that from at least approved it, and adhered invariably to such a performance perfection cannot be expect- his principles and party through his whole life. ed; but he finds another reason for the severity
His ardour of poetry still continued ; and not of his censures, which he expresses in language long after (1700) he published “ A Paraphrase such as Cheapside easily furnished. “I am not on the Book of Job,” and other parts of the free of the poets' company, having never kissed Scripture. This performance Dryden, who purthe governor's hands: mine is therefore not so sued him with great malignity, lived long enough
to ridicule in a prologue.
The wits easily confederated against him, as
At Sadlers' Hall
BLACK MORE. Dryden, whose favour they almost all courted, of Lucretius in the beauty of its versification, was his professed adversary. He had besides and infinitely surpassed it in the solidity and given them reason for resentment; as, in his strength of its reasoning." preface to " Prince Arthur," he had said of the Why an author surpasses himself, it is natudramatic writers almost all that was alleged ral to inquire. I have heard from Mr. Draper, afterwards by Collier ; but Blackmore's censure an eminent bookseller, an account received by was cold and general, Collier's was personal and him from Ambrose Philips, "That Blackmore, ardent; Blackmore taught his reader to dislike as he proceeded in this poem, laid his manuscript what Collier incited him to abhor.
from time to time before a club of wits with In his preface to “King Arthur” he endea- whom he associated; and that every man convoured to gain at least one friend, and propiti- tributed, as he could, either improvement or corated Congreve by higher praise of his "Mourn-rection: so that,” said Philips, "there are pering. Bride” than it has obtained from any other haps no where in the book thirty lines together critic.
that now stand as they were originally written." The same year he published "A Satire on The relation of Philips, I suppose, was true; Wit;" a proclamation of defiance, which united but when all reasonable, all credible, allowance the poets almost all against him, and which is made for this friendly revision, the Author will brought upon him lampoons and ridicule from still retain an ample dividend of praise : for to every side. This he doubtless foresaw, and evi- him must always be assigned the plan of the dently despised; nor should his dignity of mind work, the distribution of its parts, the choice of be without its praise, had he not paid the ho- topics, the train of argument, and, what is yet mage to greatness which he denied to genius, and more, the general predominance of philosophical degraded himself by conferring that authority judgment and poetical spirit. Correction seldom over the national taste which he takes from the effects more than the suppression of faults; a poots upon men of high rank and wide influ- happy line, or a single elegance, may perhaps ence, but of less wit and not greater virtue. be added; but of a large work the general cha
Here is again discovered the inhabitant of racter must always remain; the original constiCheapside, whose head cannot keep his poetry tution can be very little helped by local remeunmingled with trade. To hinder that intellec- dies; inherent and radical dulness will never be tual bankruptcy which he affects to fear, he will much invigorated by extrinsic animation. erect a Bank fór Wit.
This poem, if he had written nothing else, In this poem he justly censured Dryden's im- would have transmitted him to posterity among purities, but praised his powers: though in a the first favourites of the English muse; but to subsequent edition he retained the satire and make verses was his transcendent pleasure, and omitted the praise. What was his reason, I as he was not deterred by censure, he was not know not; Dryden was then no longer in his satiated with praise. way.
He deviated, however, sometimes into other His head still teemed with heroic poetry; and tracks of literature, and condescended to enter(1705) he published" Eliza,” in ten books. Itain his readers with plain prose. When the am afraid that the world was now weary of con- “Spectator" stopped, he considered the polite tending about Blackmore's heroes: for I do not world as destitute of entertainment: and, in remember that by any author, serious or comi- concert with Mr. Hughes, who wrote every third cal, I have found “Eliza” either praised or paper, published three times a-week "The Lay blamed. She " dropped," as it seems," dead-Monastery,” founded on the supposition that born from the press." It is never mentioned, and some literary men, whose characters are dewas never seen by me till I borrowed it for the scribed, had retired to a house in the country to present occasion. Jacob says, "it is corrected enjoy philosophical leisure, and resolved to inand revised for another impression;" but the struet the public, by communicating their disquilabour of revision was thrown away.
sitions and amusements. Whether any real From this time he turned some of his thoughts persons were concealed under fictitious names, to the celebration of living characters; and wrote is not known. The hero of the club is one Mr. a poem on the Kit-cat Club, and Advice to the Johnson ; such a constellation of excellence, that Poets how to celebrate the Duke of Marlbo- his character shall not be suppressed, though rough; but on occasion of another year of suc- there is no great genius in the design, nor skill cess, thinking himself qualified to give more in- in the delineation. struction, he again wrote a poem of "Advice to “The first I shall name is Mr. Johnson, a a Weaver of Tapestry.” Steele was then pub-gentleman that owes to nature excellent faculties lishing the "Tatler ;' and, looking around him and an elevated genius, and to industry and apfor something at which he might laugh, unluck- plication many acquired accomplishments. His ily lighted on Sir Richard's work, and treated it taste is distinguishing, just, and delicate : his with such contempt, that, as Fenton observes, judgment clear, and his reason strong, accomhe put an end to the species of writers that gave panied with an imagination full of spirit, of great Advice to Painters.
compass, and stored with refined ideas. He is a Not long after (1712) he published "Crea-critic of the first rank; and, what is his peculiar tion," a philosophical poem, which has been by ornament, he is delivered from the ostentation, my recommendation inserted in the late collec malevolence, and supercilious temper, that so tion. Whoever judges of this by any other of often blemish men of that character. His reBlackmore's performances will do it injury. The marks result from the nature and reason of praise given it by Addison (Spec. 339) is nothings, and are formed by a judgment free and well known to be transcribed : but some notice unbiassed by the authority of those who have is due to the testimony of Dennis, who calls it a lazily followed each other in the same beaten "philosophical poem, which has equalled that I track of thinking, and are arrived only at the re
putation of acute grammarians and commenta- , reflections as direct motions, they become proper iors; men, who have been copying one another instruments for 'he sprightly operations of the many hundred years, without any improvement; mind; by which means the imagination can or, if they have ventured farther, have only ap- with great facility range the wide field of nature, plied in a mechanical manner the rules of ancient contemplate an infinite variety of objects, and, critics to modern writings, and with great labour by observing the similitude and disagreement of discovered nothing but iheir own want of judge their several qualities, single out and abstract, ment and capacity. As Mr. Johnson penetrates and then suit and unite, those ideas which will to the bottom of his subject, by which means his best serve its purpose. Hence beautiful alluobservations are solid and natural, as well as sions, surprising metaphors, and admirable sendelicate, so his design is always to bring to light timents, are always ready at hand; and while something, useful and ornamental; whence his the fancy is full of images, collected from incharacter is the reverse to theirs, who have emi- numerable objects and their different qualities, nent abilities in insignificant knowledge, and a relations, and habitudes, it can at pleasure dress great felicity in finding out trifles. He is no a common nouion in a strange but becoming less industrious to search out the merit of an au- garb; by which, as before observed, the same thor than sagacious in discerning his errors and thought will appear a new one, to the great defects; and takes more pleasure in commending delight and wonder of the hearer. What we call the beauties than exposing the blemishes of a genius results from this particular happy comlaudable writing; like Horace, in a long work, plexion in the first formation of the person that he can bear some deformities, and justly lay enjoys it, and is Nature's gift, but diversified by them on the imperfection of human nature, which various specific characters and limitations, as its is incapable of faultless productions. When an active fire is blended and allayed by different excellent drama appears in public, and by its in- proportions of phlegm, or reduced and regulated
trinsic worth attracts a general applause, he is by the contrast of opposite ferments. There• not stung with envy and spleen ; nor does he fore, as there happens in the composition of a
express a savage nature, in fastening upon the facetious genius a greater or less, though still an celebrated author, dwelling upon his imaginary inferior, degree of judgment and prudence, one defects, and passing over his conspicuous excel- man of wit will be varied and distinguished from lences. He ireats all writers upon the same im- another.” partial footing; and is not, like the little critics, In these Essays he took little care to propitiate taken up entirely in finding out only the beauties the wits; for he scorns to avert their malice at of the ancient, and nothing but the errors of the the expense of virtue or of truth. modern writers. Never did any one express “Several, in their books, have many sarcasmore kindness and good nature to young and tical and spiteful strokes at religion in general ; unfinished authors; he promotes their interests, while others make themselves pleasant with the protects their reputation, extenuates their faults, principles of the Christian. Of the last kind, and sets off their virtues, and by his candour this age has seen a most audacious example in guards them from the severity of his judgment. the book entitled A Tale of a Tub. Had this He is not like those dry critics who are morose writing been published in a pagan or popish nabecause they cannot write themselves, but is tion, who are justly impatient of all indignity himself master of a good vein in poetry; and offered to the established religion of their counthough he does not often employ it, yet he has try, no doubt but the author would have received sometimes entertained his friends with his un- the punishment he deserved. But the fate of this published performances.”
impious buffoon is very different; for in a protesThe rest of the Lay Monks seem to be but tant kingdom, zealous of their civil and religious feeble mortals, in comparison with the gigantic immunities, he has not only escaped affronts and Johnson; who yet, with all his abilities, and the the effects of public resentment, but has been cahelp of the fraternity, could drive the publication ressed and patronized by persons of great figure but to forty papers, which were afterwards col- and of all denominations. Violent party men, lected into a volume, and called in the title “A who differed in all things besides, agreed in their Sequel to the Spectators.”
turn to show particular respect and friendship to Some years afterwards (1716 and 1717) he this insolent derider of the worship of his couniry, published ewo volumes of Essays in prose, which will at last the reputed writer is not only gone off can be commended only as they are written for with impunity, but triumphs in his dignity and the highest and noblest purpose-the promotion preferment. I do not know that any inquiry or of religion. Blackmore's prose is not the prose search was ever made after this writing, or that of a poet; for it is languid, sluggish, and life- any reward was ever offered for the discovery of less; his diction is neither daring nor exact, his the author, or that the infamous book was ever flow neither rapid nor easy, and his periods condemned to be burned in public: whether this neither smooth nor strong. His account of wit proceeds from the excessive esteem and love that will show with how little clearness he is content men in power, during the late reign, had for wit, to think, and how little his thoughts are recom- or their defect of zeal and concern for the Chrismended by his language.
tian religion, will be determined best by those “ As to its efficient cause, wit owes its pro- who are best acquainted with their character.” duction to an extraordinary and peculiar iem- In another place he speaks with becoming ab. perament in the constitution of the possessor of horrence of a godless author, who has burlesqued it, in which is found a concurrence of regular a Psalm. This author was supposed to be Pope, and exalted ferments, and an affluence of ani- who published a reward for any one that would mal spirits, refined and rectified to a great de- produce the coiner of the accusation, but never gree of purity; whence, being endowed with denied it; and was afterwards the perpetual and vivacity, brightness, and celerity, as well in their incessani enemy of Blackmore.
One of his essays is upon the Spleen, which is , was now settled ; a hero introduced by Black treated by him so much to his own satisfaction, more was not likely to find either respect or that he has published the same thoughts in the kindness ; “ Alfred” took his place by “Elisame words; first in the "Lay Monastery ;"za,” in silence and darkness; benevolence was then in the Essay; and then in the preface to a ashamed to favour, and malice was weary of Medical Treatise on the Spleen. One passage, insulting. Of his four epic poems, the first had which I have found already twice, I will here ex- such reputation and popularity as enraged the hibit, because I think it better imagined, and critics ; the second was at least known enough better expressed, than could be expected from to be ridiculed; the two last had neither friends the common tenor of his prose :
nor enemies. "—As the several combinations of splenetic Contempt is a kind of gangrene, which, if it madness and folly produce an infinite variety of seizes one part of a character, corrupts all the irregular understanding, so the amicable accom- rest by degrees. Blackmore, being despised as modation and alliance between several virtues a poet, was in time neglected as a physician; his and vices produce an equal diversity in the dis- practice, which was once invidiously great, forpositions and manners of mankind; whence it sook him in the latter part of his life; but being comes to pass, that as many monstrous and ab- by nature, or by principle, averse from idleness, surd productions are found in the moral as in the he employed his unwelcome leisure in writing intellectual world. How surprising is it to ob- books on physic, and teaching others to cure serve, among the least culpable men, some whose those whom he could himself cure no longer. I minds are aitracted by heaven and earth with a know not whether I can enumerate all the seeming equal force ; some who are proud of hu- treatises by which he has endeavoured to diffuse mility ; others who are censorious and unchari- the art of healing; for there is scarcely any distable, yet self-denying and devout; some who temper, of dreadful name, which he has not join contempt of the world with sordid avarice ; taught the reader how to oppose. He has writand others who preserve a great degree of piety, ten on the small-pox, with a vehement invective with ill-nature and ungoverned passions ! Nor against inoculation; on consumption, the spleen, are instances of this inconsistent mixture less the gout, the rheumatism, the king's evil, the frequent among bad men, where we often, with dropsy, the jaundice, the stone, the diabetes, admiration, see persons at once generous and and the plague. unjust, impious lovers of their country and flagi- Of those books, if I had read them, it could tious heroes, good-natured sharpers, immoral not be expected that I should be able to give a men of honour, and libertines who will sooner critical account. I have been told that there is die than change their religion ; and though it is something in them of vexation and discontent, true that repugnant coalitions of so high a de- discovered by a perpetual attempt to degrade gree are found but in a part of mankind, yet physic from its sublimity, and to represent it as none of the whole mass, either good or bad, are attainable without much previous or concomientirely exempted from some absurd mixture.” tant learning. By the transient glances which
He about this time (Aug. 22, 1716) became I have thrown upon them, I have observed an one of the Elects of the College of Physicians; affected contempt of the ancients, and a superand was soon after (Oct. 1) chosen Censor. He cilious derision of transmitted knowledge. Of seems to have arrived late, whatever was the this indecent arrogance the following quotation reason, at his medical honours.
from his preface to the “Treatise on the SmallHaving succeeded so well in his book on pox” will afford a specimen: in which, when “Creation,” by which he established the great the reader finds, what I fear is true, that, when principle of all religion, he thought his undertak- he was censuring Hippocrates, he did not know ing imperfect, unless he likewise enforced the the difference between aphorism and apophthegm, truth of revelation; and for that purpose added he will not pay much regard to his determinaanother poem, on “Redemption.”' He had like- tions concerning ancient learning. wise written, before his “Creation,” three books “ As for his book of Aphorisms, it is like my on the “Nature of Man,"
Lord Bacon's of the same title, a book of jests, The lovers of musical devotion have always or a grave collection of trite and trifling obserwished for a more happy metrical version than vations ; of which though many are true and they have yet obtained of the “Book of Psalms." certain, yet they signify nothing, and may afford This wish the piety of Blackmore led him to diversion, but no instruction; most of them gratify; and he produced (1721).“ A new Ver- being much inferior to the sayings of the wise sion of the Psalms of David, fitted to the Tunes men of Greece, which yet are so low and mean, used in Churches ;” which, being recommended that we are entertained every day with more by the archbishops and many bishops, obtained valuable sentiments at the table conversation of a license for its admission into public worship; ingenious and learned men." but no admission has it yet obtained, nor has it I am unwilling, however, to leave him in total any right to come where Brady and Tate had disgrace, and will therefore quote from another goi possession. Blackmore's name must be preface a passage less reprehensible. added to those of many others who, by the same “Some gentlemen have been disingenuous attempt, have obtained only the praise of mean- and unjust to me, by wresting and forcing my ing well.
meaning, in the preface to another book, as if I He was not yet deterred from heroic poetry. condemned and exposed all learning, though There was another monarch of this island (for they knew I declared that I greatly honoured he did not fetch his heroes from foreign coun- and esteemed all men of superior literature and tries) whom he considered as worthy of the epic erudition; and that I only undervalued false or muse; and he dignified Alfred" (1723) with superficial learning, that signifies nothing for twelve books. But the opinion of the nation the service of mankind; and that as to physic (expressly affirmed that learning must be joined his first thoughts on the first words in which with native genius to make a physician of the they were presented; nor does it appear that he first rank ; but if those talents are separated, I saw beyond his own performances, or had ever asserted, and do still insist, that a man of native elevated his views to that ideal perfection which sagacity and diligence will prove a more able every genius born to excel is condemned always and useful practiser than a heavy notional scho- to pursue, and never overtake. In the first lar, encumbered with a heap of confused ideas.” suggestions of his imagination he acquiesced; he
He was not only a poet and a physician, but thought them good, and did not seek for better. produced likewise a work of a different kind, His works may be read a long time without the S A true and impartial History of the Conspira- occurrence of a single line that stands prominent cy against King William, of glorious Memory, from the rest. in the Year 1695.” This I have never seen, but The poem on “Creation” has, however, the suppose it at least compiled with integrity. He appearance of more circumspection; it wants engaged likewise in theological controversy, and neither harmony of numbers, accuracy of thonght, wrote two books against the Ariang: "Just nor elegance of diction; it has either been writPrejudices against the Arian Hypothesis ;” and ten with great care, or, what cannot be imagined “ Modern Arians unmasked.” “Another of his of so long a work, with such felicity as made works is "Natural Theology, or Moral Duties care less necessary. considered apart from Positive; with some Ob- Its two constituent parts are ratiocination servations on the Desirableness and Necessity and description. To reason in verse is allowed of a supernatural Revelation.” This was the to be difficult; but Blackmore not only reasons last book that he published. He left behind him in verse, but very often reasons poetically, and “The Accomplished Preacher, or an Essay finds the art of uniting ornament with strength, upon Divine Eloquence;” which was printed and ease with closeness. This is a skill which alter his death by Mr. White, of Nayland, in Pope might have condescended to learn from Essex, the minister who attended his death-bed, him, when he needed it so much in his “Moral and testified the fervent piety of his last hours. Essays." He died on the eighth of October, 1729.
In his descriptions, both of life and nature,
the poet and the philosopher happily co-operate; BLACKMORE, by the unremitted enmity of the truth is recommended by elegance, and elegance wits, whom he provoked more by his virtue sustained by truth. than his dulness, has been exposed to worse
In the structure and order of the poem, not treatment than he deserved. His name was so only the greater parts are properly consecutive, long used to point every epigram upon dull but the didactic and illustrative paragraphs are writers, that it became at last a by-word of so happily mingled, that labour is relieved by contempt; but it deserves observation, that pleasure, and the attention is led on through a malignity takes hold only of his writings, and long succession of varied excellence to the orithat his life passed without reproach, even when ginal position, the fundamental principle of wishis boldness of reprehension naturally turned dom and of virtue. upon him many eyes desirous to espy faults, As the heroic poems of Blackmore are now which many tongues would have made haste to little read, it is thought proper to insert, as a publish. But those who could not blame could specimen from “Prince Arthur,” the song of at least forbear to praise, and therefore of his Mopas, mentioned by Molineux : private life and domestic character there are no memorials.
But that which Arthur with most pleasure heard
Were noble strains, by Mopas sung, the bard, As an author he may justly claim the honours who to his harp in lofty veree began, of magnanimity. The incessant attacks of his and through the secret maze of Nature ran. enemies, whether serious or merry, are never
He the Great Spirit sung, that all things fill'd, discovered to have disturbed his quiet or to have Whose nod dispos’d the jarring seeds to peace,
That the tumultuous waves of Chaos still’d; lessened his confidence in himself; they neither And made the wars of hostile atoms cease. awed him to silence nor to caution; they neither All beings we in fruitful nature find, provoked him to petulance nor depressed him to
Proceeded from the Great Eternal mind; complaint. While the distributors of literary And, cherish'd with his influence, endure.
Streams of his unexhausted spring of pow'r, fame were endeavouring to depreciate and de- He spread the pure cerulean fields on high, grade him, he either despised or defied them, and arch'd the chambers of the vaulted sky, wrote on as he had written before, and never
Which he, to suit their glory with their height,
Adorn'd with globes thai reel, as drunk with light turned aside to quiet them by civility or repress His hand directed all the tuneful spheres, them by confutation.
He turn'd their orbs, and polish'd all the stars. He depended with great security on his own
He fillid the Sun's vast lamp with golden light,
And bid the silver Moon adorn the night. powers, and perhaps was for that reason less He spread the airy ocean without
shores, diligent in perusing books. His literature was, Where birds are wasted with their featherd oars. I think, but small. What
he knew of antiquity
i Then sung the bard how the light vapours rise suspect him to have gathered from modern com.
From the warm earth, and cloud the smiling skies; pilers; but, though he could not boast of much fall scattered down in pearly dew by night;
He sung how some, chilled in their airy Night, critical knowledge, his mind was stored with How some rais d higher, sit in secret steame general principles, and he left minute researches On the reflected points of bounding beams, to those whom he considered as little minds.
Till, chill'd with cold, they shape the ethercal plain.
Then on the thirsty earth descend in rain ; With this disposition he wrote most of his How some, whose parts a slight contexture show, poems. Having formed a magnificent design, Sink, hovering through the air, in fleecy snow; he was careless of particular and subordinate How part is spun in silken threads, and clings clegancies; he studied no niceties of versification, How others stamp to stones, with rushing sound he waited for no felicities of fancy, but caught I fall from their crystal quarries to the ground;