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Lucilius, then, by her alone impellid,
Horace à cette aigreur mèla son enjouement.
BOILEAU, L'Art Poétique, Chant 2.
A Persius, too, endued with all her fire,
1, too, like these, might brand a guilty age, 25 And stamp
the crimes of Princes on my page; Might paint the times, when B-j—can clear The price of shame,“ three hundred pounds a year;"When loose adult’ry*, licensed, stalks sublime, Ev’n froin thc Bench pronounced "a venial crimc;"
potens Regnat adulter
SENICA: Hyppolitis, Act S.
When C-m-rs pleads an“ injur'd murd'rer's ”
Defends the guilty, and insults the laws;-
“ the pestilence from out the land ;” 40 A louder voice, a more effectual rod *, To smite the foes of Justice, and of God. Mine be an humbler task; along the road That Pope for Dulness and for Dunces trode,
* Where was thine arm, O Vengeance! where thy rod,
That smote the foes of Zion and of God ?
When high the Goddess on her throne he rais’d, 45
* When I speak of the author of the “ Pursuits of Literature,” I cannot help expressing my admiration of a man, whose labours, though anonymous, were always devoted the cause of religion and virtue. Among the few prejudices discoverable in his excellent work, is a singular dislike of typographical embellishment. “ If,” says he, “ the present rage for printing on fine, creamy, wire-wove, vellum, hot-pressed paper, be not stopped, the injury done to the eye from reading, and the shameful expense of the books, will, in no very long time, annihilate the desire of reading, and the possibility of purchasing." But what would he now say, to see his own poem, containing these very opinions, supported
Him, too, whos mightier arm bath swept away
To thee, - whose lay in rising youth contemn'd
by the “ indignant words of Apuleius,” printed on imperial paper, price five guineus in extra boards ; for,
“ To this complexion is it coine at last!” * Of the Baviad and Mæviad it is needless to make an observation, as to its excellence. It would not have been rendered less valuable by omitting to annex the virulent epistle to Peter Pindar, or the tedious" procès verbal" of Anthony Pasquin.
direxit brachia contra Torrentem (et) civis erat qui libera posset Verba animi proferre.
Juv. Sat. 4.
| The Frith of Forth.