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No tuneful voice is heard of joy or love,
30 That there the source of Science flows no more, Whence its rich streams supply'd the world beļore,
Illustrious Names ! that once in Latium thin’d, Born to inttruct, and to command Mankind; Chiefs, by whose Virtue mighty Rome was rais’d, And Poets, who those chiefs fublimely prais'd! Oft I the traces you have left explore, Your afhes visit, and your urns adore; Oft kiss, with lips devout, some mould’ring stone, With ivy's venerable shade o'ergrown ; Those hallow'd ruins better pleas'd to fee Than all the pomp of modern Luxury.
As late on Virgil's tomb fresh flow'rs I strow'd, While with th' inspiring Muse my bofom glow'd, Crown'd with eternal bays my ravish'd eyes 45 Beheld the Poet's awful Form arise : Stranger, he said, whofe pious hand has paid These grateful rites to my attentive shade, When thou shalt breathe thy happy native air, To Pope this message from his Master bear : 50
Great Bard, whose numbers I myself inspire, To whom I gave my own harmonious lyre,
If high exalted on the Throne of Wit,
If these commands fubmiflive thou receive, Immortal and unblam'd thy name shall live; Envy to black Cocytus shall retire,
75 And howl with Furies in tormenting fire ; Approving Time shall consecrate thy Lays, And join the Patriot's to the Poet's Praise.
Discourse on PASTOR A L.
Written in the Year M DCC IV.
Rura mihi et rigui placeant in vallibus amnes,
färy to give some account of this kind of Poem, and
A :DIS COURSE
Ο Ν PASTORAL POETRY*.
HERE are not, I believe, a greater num.
ber of any fort of verses than of thofe which
are called Panorals; nor a fmaller, than of those which are thuly ło.< !It therefore seems necefit is my design to comprize in this short paper
, the fúbftance of those numerous differtations the Critics have made on the fubject, without omitting any of theit rules ini day oven favbar. You'will also find diffet, and a few remarks, which, I think, 'have escaped their observation.
The original of Poetry is ascribed to that Age which fucceeded the creation of the world: and as the keeping of Aocks seems to have been the first employment of mankind, the most ancient fort of poetry was probably pastoralt: It is natural to imagine, that the leifare of those ancient shepherds admitting and inviting fome diversion, none was so proper
to that folitary and sedentary life, as singing ; and that in their fongs they took occasion to celebrate their own felicity: From hence a Poem was in
* Written at fixteen years of age.