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Lucilius, then, by her alone impell'd,
Nor broke the verse, that endless shame decreed.
Horace a cette aigreur méla son enjouement.
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Boileau, L'Art Poétique, Chant 2.
A Persius, too, endued with all her fire,
And frowning Satire's ancient phalanx closed.
I, too, like these, might brand a guilty age, 2.5 And stamp the crimes of Princes on my page;— Might paint the times, when B–j—f—d can clear The price of shame, “three hundred pounds a year;"— When loose adult'ry”, licensed, stalks sublime,
Ev’n from the Bench pronounced “a venial crime;"—
* . . . . . . . . vitio ... potens
SENrca: Hyppolitus, Act 3,
When C–m—rs pleads an “ injur'd murd’rer's"
* Where was thine arm, O Vengeance! where thy rod, That smote the foes of Zion and of God? CAMPBELL.
When high the Goddess on her throne he rais'd, 45
To those, who for the Muse and Virtue strive:
* 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 to 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 hath swept away
Sank 'neath the blow, and never more have been.
To thee,_ whose lay in rising youth contemn'd
Had smother'd Genius in its early dream: – 60
NOTES. by the “indignant words of Apuleius,” printed on imperial paper, price five guineas in ertra boards; for, “To this complexion is it coine at last!” * Of the Baviad and Macviad 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. t Ille . . . . . . . . . . . . direxit brachia contra Torrentem (et) civiserat quilibera posset Verba animi proferre. JU v. Sat, 4.
† The Frith of Forth.