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His feet on fceptres and tiara's trod,
And scarce detefted in his Country's fate.
Much-fuff'ring heroes next their honours claim, Those of less noify, and less guilty fame, Fair Virtue's filent train: fupreme of these 170 Here ever shines the godlike Socrates:
VER. 162. Timoleon, glorious in his brother's blood Timoleon had faved the life of his brother Timophanes in the battle between the Argives and Corinthians; but afterwards killed him when he affected the tyranny, preferring his duty to his country to all the obligations of blood. P.
He whom ungrateful Athens could expell,
VER. 172. He whom ungrateful Athens, etc.] Ariftides, who for his great integrity was diftinguished by the appellation of the Juft. When his countrymen would have banished him by the Oftracifm, where it was the custom for every man to fign the name of the perfon he voted to exile in an Oysterfhell; a peasant, who could not write, came to Ariftides to do it for him, who readily figned his own name. P.
VER. 178. But in the centre of the hallow'd choir, etc.] In the midst of the temple, neareft the throne of Fame, are placed the greatest names in learning of all antiquity. These are described in fuch attitudes as exprefs their different characters the columns on which they are raised are adorned with fculptures, taken from the most striking fubjects of their works; which fculpture bears a refemblance, in its manner and character, to the manner and character of their writings. P.
VER. 179. Six pompous columns, etc.
From the dees many a pillere,
Of metal that fhone not full clere, etc.
Upon a pillere faw I ftonde
That was of lede and iron fine,
Around the fhrine itself of Fame they ftand, 180
His filver beard wav'd gently o'er his breaft; 185
Bold was the work, and prov'd the master's fire;
With tigers' blood in every place,
The Tholofan that hight Stace,
That bare of Thebes up the name, etc. P.
Full wonder hye on a pillere
Of iron, he the great Omer,
And with him Dares and Titus, &c. P.
There faw I ftand on a pillere
That was of tinned iron cleere,
Finish'd the whole, and labour'd ev'ry part,
Four swans fuftain a car of filver bright, 210 With heads advanc'd, and pinions ftretch'd for
VER. 210. Four swans fuftain, etc.] Pindar being feated in a chariot, alludes to the chariot-races he celebrated in the Grecian games. The fwans are emblems of Poetry, their foaring posture intimates the fublimity and activity of his genius. Neptune prefided over the Ifthmian, and Jupiter over the Olympian games.
Here, like some furious prophet, Pindar rode,
Here happy Horace tun'd th' Aufonian lyre
The great Poet Dan Lucan,
And next him on a pillere stode
That bare up all the fame of hell, etc. P.
VER. 224. Pleas'd with Alcaus' many rage t' infufe
This expreffes the mix'd character of the odes of Horace i the second of thefe verfes alludes to that line of his,
Spiritum Graiæ tenuem camœnæ.
As another which follows, to
Exegi monumentum ære perennius.