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foretell the coming of Christ and the felicities attending it, I could not but observe a remarkable parity between many of the thoughts, and those in the Pollio of Virgil. This will not seem surprising, when we reflect, that the Eclogue was taken from a Sibylline prophcey on the same subject. One may judge that Virgil did not copy it line by line, but selected such ideas as best agreed with the nature of paftoral poetry, and disposed them in that manner which ferved moft to beautify his piece. I have endeavoured the same in this imitation of him, tho' without admitting any thing of my own; since it was written with this particular view, that the reader, by comparing the several thoughts, might see how far the images and descriptions of the Prophet are superior to those of the Poet. But as I fear I have prejudiced them by my management, I shall subjoin the passages of Isaiah, and those of Virgil, under the same disadvantage of a literal translation.
YENymphs of folyma : begin the song:
To heav'nly themes sublimer strains belong.
Rapt into future times, the Bard begun,
Vin. 8. A Virgin foall conceive All crimes shall cease, &c.)
Jam nova progenies coelo demittitur alto---
Pacatumque reget patriis virtutibus orbem. Now obe Virgin returns, now the kingdom of Saturn returns, now a new Progeny is fell down from bigb beaven. By means of tbee, wbatever reliqües of our crimes main, shall be wiped away, and free tbe world from perpetual fears. He shall govern obe carib in peace, witb the virtues of bis Father.
Isaiah, Ch. vii, ver. 14. Behold a Virgin fhall conceive, and bear a Son.Ch. ix. ver. 6, 7. Unto us a Cbild is born, unto us a Son is given; 'ebe Prince of
From * Jesse's root behold a branch arise,
Peace: of tbe increase of bis government, and of bis peace, tbere shall be no end : upon tbe tbrone of David, and upon bis kingdom, to order and to Bablish it, witá judgment, and witb justice, for ever and
VER. 23. See Nature baftes, &c.]
Errantes hederas paslim cum baccare tellus,
Ipfa tibi blandos fundent cunabula fiores. For thee, O Child, fball be eartb, without being rilled, produce ber early offer ings; winding ivy mixed with Baccar, and Colocasia wish fmiling diantbus. Tkyo predle pall pour fortb pleasing flowers about ebee,
ISAIAH, chap. xxxv. ver. 1. The wilderness and the folitary place fball be gled, and obe dejare mali rejvice and blofom as tbe rose. Ch. Ix. ver. 13. Ibe glory of Lebanon fball come unto ibee, ibe fir-tree, tbe pine-tree, and the box sogeiber, 'to beautify be place of by San&iuary.
* Laiah, ch. xi. ver. 1,
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desart chears;
VER. 29. Hark! a glad voice, &c.]
Cara deûm foboles, magnum Jovis incrementum
E. s. ver. 62 Ob come, and receive the migbry bonours: the time draws nigb, 0 beloved offspring of tbe Gods, Ogreat encrease of Joue! Tbe uncultivated mountains fend foouts of joy to obe pars, tbe very recks fing in verse, the very frubs cry out, A God!.. God!
ISAIAH, ch. xl. ver. 3, 4. The voice of bim that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye tbe way of the Lord ! make Arait in the dejart a bigb way for our : God! Every valley shall be exalted, and every moumain and bill fall be made low, and ebe crooked fåll be made frait, and the rougb places plain. Chap. iv. ver. 23 Break foreb into finging, ye mountains! O forest, and everg sree sberein / for iba Lord batb redeemed Ifrael.
# Ch. xl. ver. 3, 4.
As the good * Shepherd tends his fleecy care,
VIR.67. The swain in barren defarts, &e.).
Incultisque rubens pendebit sentibus uva,
Et duræ quercus fudabunt rofcida mella. The field fhall grow yellow with ripend ears, and the red grape shall bong upon tbe wild brambles, and the bard caks pell difill borey like dew.
IS AT A#, ch. *xxv. ver. 7. The parcbed ground fall become a pool, and ebe tbinfty land Springs of water: in the babitarions wbere dragons lay, pell be grass, and reeds, and rushes. Ch. lv. ver. 13. Infiead of the eborn foal come up ibe fir-tree, and infead of tbe briar fall come up tbe myrtle-sree.
* Ch. xl. ver. 11.
Ch. ii. ver. 4.
Ch. Ixv. ver. 21, 22. ** Ch. XXXV
T. I, 7.