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Not ev'n when both by partial Nature giv’n, 145
View all that proud Antiquity displays,
LINE 147. Unless by secret, &c,7 A Bias of Incli"nation towards a particular Author, and a similarity of Genius in the Translator, seem more immedia ately necessary than Wit or Learning.
LINE 154. See Rowe's Translation of Lucan's Pharsalia, at the End of which is a short Supple. ment written in the true Spirit of the Original.
LINE 156. See Smith's Tranflation of Thucydides, lately published.
Line 168. Hammond, Author of Love Elegies.
Plautus had pleas'd in Vanbrugh's looser Page,
Ev’n now there are, ere Learning take her Flight,
Line 180. See Elegy in a Country Church-yard.
LINE 183. Samuel Johnson, Author of the Ram. bler, and also of two fine Imitations of Juvenal.
LINE 185. See Effay on the Characteristics of Lord Shaftesbury.
LINE 186. See an Epistle on Benevolence, by Ds, Armstrong ; so well known for his celebrated Poem on Health, one of the best Performances in the English Language.
We know the Fountain whence the Waters came,
Will you not rise then, Oh! you Sons of Fame To vindicate the Greek and Roman Name ? On Friends oppress’d your gen'rous Aid bestow, And pay the Debt of Gratitude you owe? 200 Or can you still their
Wrongs unpitying see, Nor social join with W'arton and with Me?
Whilft round his Brows the Mantuan Ivy twine, Cautious to tread in Attic Paths be mine; To Fame unknown, but emulous to please, 205 Trembling I seek th' immortal Sophocles.
Genius of Greece do thou my Breast inspire With some warm Portion of thy Poet's Fire, From Hands profane defend his much-lov'd Name; From cruel Tibbald wrest his mangled Fame; 210 Give him once more to bid the Heart o'er-flow In graceful Tears, and sympathizing Woe; A Father's Death while soft EleEtra mourn, Or shed her Sorrows o'er a Brother's Urn;
Line 202. Mr. Warton has lately published a new Translation of the Eclogues and Georgics of Virgil, and joined it to Mr. Pit's excellent Tranflation of the Æneid.
LINE 210. Tibbald (or Theobald) translated two or three Plays of Sophocles, and threatened the Publick with more.
Or fair Antigone her Griefs relate;
215 Or paor Tecmeffa weep her hapless State ; Or O Edipus revolve the dark Decrees of Fate. Could I like him the various Passions move, Granville wou'd smile, and Chesterfield approve ; Each letter'd Son of Science wou'd comme
nend, 220 Each gentle Muse wou'd mark me for her Friends Ifis well pleased wou'd join a Sifter's Praise, And Cam applauding consecrate the Lays,