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eities attending it, I could not but obferve a remarkable parity between many of the thoughts, and those in the Pollio of Virgil. This will not feem furprising, when we reflect, that the Eclogue was taken from a Sibylline prophecy on the fame fubje&t. One may judge that Virgil did not copy it line by line, but selected fuch ideas as beft agreed with the nature of paf. toral poetry, and difpofed them in that manner which ferved most to beautify his piece. I have endeavour. ed the fame in this imitation of him, though without admitting any thing of my own; fince it was written with this particular view, that the reader, by comparing the feveral thoughts, might see how far the images and defcriptions of the Prophet are fuperior to those of the Poet. But as I fear i have prejudiced them by my management, I fhall fubjoin the paffages of Ifaiah, and those of Virgil, under the fame difadvantage of a literal tranflation.
MESSI A H.
In Imitation of VIRGIL'S POLLIO.
E Nymphs of Solyma! begin the fong:
To heav'nly themes fublimer ftrains belong.
VER. 8. A Virgin fhall conceive — All crimes shall ceafe, etc.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 6.
Jam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna ;
"Now the Virgin returns, now the kingdom of Saturn returns, now a new progeny is fent down from high heaven. By means "of thee, whatever reliques of our crimes remain, fhall be wip"ed away, and free the world from perpetual fears. He shall go"vern the earth in peace, with the virtues of his Father."
ISAIAH, Ch. vii. ver. 14. "Behold a Virgin shall conceive and "bear a Son.-Chap. ix. ver. 6, 7. Unto us a Child is born, unto 66 us a Son is given; the Prince of Peace: of the increase of his government, and of his peace, there shall be no end: Upon the "throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order and to eft.blish "it, with judgment and with juftice, for ever and ever."
From a Jeffe's root behold a branch arife,
The fick and weak the healing plant shall aid,
All crimes fhall ceafe, and ancient fraud fhall fail:
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
And white rob'd Innocence from heav'n defcend. 20
See lofty Lebanon his head advance,
VER. 23. See Nature baftes, etc.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 18.
At tibi prima, puer, nullo munufcula cultu,
"For thee, O Child, fhall the earth, without being tilled, produce her early offerings; winding ivy, mixed with Baccar, and "Colocaffia with fmiling Acanthus. Thy cradle fhall pour forth "pleafing flowers about thee."
ISAIAH, Ch. xxxv. ver. 1. "The wilderness and the folitary "place fhall be glad, and the defert fhall rejoice and bloffom as "the rofe. Ch. lx. ver. 13. "The glory of Lebanon fhall come "unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of thy fanctuary."
a Ifai. xi. ver. 1. Ch. ix. ver. 7.
b Ch. xlv. ver. 8.
c Ch, xxv. ver. 4.
e Ch, xxxv. ver. 2.
Hark! a glad voice the lonely defert chears;
VER. 29. Hark!_a glad voice, etc.]
Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 46.
Aggredere ô magnos, aderit jam tempus, honores,
Intonfi montes, ipfæ jam carmina rupes,
Ipfa fonant arbufta, Deus, Deus ille Menalca!
E. v. ver. 6z.
"O come and receive the mighty honours: the time draws "nigh, O beloved offspring of the Gods, O'great encreafe of Jove! "The uncultivated mountains fend fhouts of joy to the stars, the very rocks fing in verfe, the very fhrubs cry out, A God, a "God!"
ISAIAH, Ch. xl. ver. 3, 4. "The voice of him that 'cryeth in "the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord! make ftraight "in the defert a high way for our God! Every valley fhall be ex"alted, and every mountain and hill fhall be made low, and the "crooked fhall be made ftraight, and the rough places plain." Ch. iv. ver. 23. "Break forth into finging, ye mountains! Q "foreft, and every tree therein for the Lord hath redeemed " Ifrael."
f Ch, xl, ver. 3, 4. g Ch. xliii. ver, 18. Ch. xxxv. ver. 5, 6.