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Finish'd the whole, and labour'd ev'ry part,
With patient touches of unweary'd art:
The Mantuan there in fober triumph fate,
Compos'd his pofture, and his look fedate;
On Homer still he fix'd a rev'rend eye,
Great without pride, in modeft majefty.
In living fculpture on the fides were spread

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The Latian Wars, and haughty Turnus dead; 205 Eliza ftretch'd upon the fun'ral pyre,

Æneas bending with his aged fire:

Troy flam'd in burning gold, and o'er the throne
ARMS AND THE MAN in golden cyphers fhone.
Four swans fuftain a car of filver bright,
With heads advanc'd, and pinions ftretch'd for flight:

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VER. 210. Four fwans fuflain, ctc.] 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 pofture intimates the fublimity and activity of his genius. Neptune prefided over the Ifthmian, and Jupiter over the Olympian -games. P.

IMITATIONS.

Tho faw I on a pillere by
Of iron wrought full fternly,
The great poet Dan Lucan,
That on his shoulders bore up then
As hye as that I might fee,
The fame of Julius and Pompee.
And next him on a pillere ftode
Of fulphur, like as he were wode,

Here, like fome furious prophet, Pindar rode,
And feem'd to labour with th' infpiring God.
Acrofs the harp a careless hand he flings,
And boldly finks into the founding ftrings.
The figur'd games of Greece the column grace,
Neptune and Jove furvey the rapid race.
The youths hang o'er their chariots as they run;
The fiery fteeds feem starting from the ftone;
The champions in diftorted poftures threat;
And all appear'd irregularly great.

Here happy Horace tun'd th' Aufonian lyre
To sweeter founds, and temper'd Pindar's fire :
Pleas'd with Alcæus' manly rage t'infufe
The fofter spirit of the Sapphic Muse.

IMITATIONS.

Dan Claudian, fothe for to tell,

That bare up all the fame of hell, etc. P.

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VER. 224. Fleafed with Alcæus' manly rage t'infuse The softer Spirit of the Sapphic Mufe.] This expreffes the mix'd character of the odes of Horace: the second of these verfes alludes to that line of his,

Spiritum Graiæ tenuem camænæ.

As another which follows, to

Exegi monumentum ære perennius.

The action of the Doves hints at a passage in the fourth ode of his third book.

Me fabulofæ Vulture in Appulo

Altricis extra limen Apuliæ,

Ludo fatigatumque fomno,

Fronde nova puerum palumbes

The polifh'd pillar diff'rent sculptures grace;
A work outlafting monumental Brass.

Here fmiling Loves and Bacchanals appear,
The Julian ftar, and great Auguftus here.
The Doves, that round the infant poet spread
Myrtles and bays, hung hov'ring o'er his head.

Here, in a shrine that caft a dazling light,
Sate fix'd in thought the mighty Stagirite;
His facred head a radiant Zodiac crown'd,
And various Animals his fides furround;
His piercing eyes, erect, appear to view
Superior worlds, and look all Nature through.
With equal rays immortal Tully fhone,
The Roman Roftra deck'd the Conful's throne:

IMITATIONS,

Texêre; mirum quod foret omnibus

Ut tuto ab atris corpore viperis

Dormirem et urfis; ut premerer facra

Lauroque collataque myrto,

Non fine Diis animofus infans.

Which may be thus englished ;

While yet a child, I chanc'd to stray,
And in a desert sleeping lay;

The favage race withdrew, nor dar'd
To touch the Mufes' future bard;
But Cytherea's gentle dove

Myrtles and Bays around me spread,
And crown'd your infant Poet's head,
Sacred to Mufic and to Love. P.

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Gath'ring his flowing robe, he seem'd to stand
In act to speak, and graceful ftretch'd his hand.
Behind, Rome's Genius waits with Civic crowns,
And the great Father of his country owns.
These maffy columns in a circle rise,

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O'er which a pompous dome invades the skies: 245
Scarce to the top I ftretch'd my aking fight,
So large it spread, and fwell'd to fuch a height.
Full in the midft proud Fame's imperial feat
With jewels blaz'd, magnificently great;
The vivid em'ralds there revive the eye;
The flaming rubies fhew their fanguine dye,
Bright azure rays from lively fapphires stream,
And lucid amber cafts a golden gleam.
With various-colour'd light the pavement shone,
And all on fire appear'd the glowing throne; 255
The dome's high arch reflects the mingled blaze,
And forms a rainbow of alternate rays.
When on the Goddess first I caft my fight,
Scarce feem'd her stature of a cubit's height;

IMITATIONS.

VER. 259. Scarce feem'd her ftature, etc.]

Methought that she was fo lite,

That the length of a cubite
Was longer than the seemed be;

But thus foone in a while she,

Her felfe tho wonderly straight,

That with her feet the the earth reight,

And with her head she touchyd heaven — P.

But fwell'd to larger fize, the more I gaz'd,

'Till to the roof her tow'ring front fhe rais'd.
With her, the Temple ev'ry moment grew,
And ampler Vifta's open'd to my view:
Upward the columns fhoot, the roofs afcend,
And arches widen, and long iles extend.

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Such was her form, as ancient bards have told,
Wings raife her arms, and wings her feet infold;
A thousand bufy tongues the Goddess bears,
And thousand open eyes, and thousand liftn'ning ears.
Beneath, in order rang'd, the tuneful Nine
(Her virgin handmaids) ftill attend the fhrine:
With eyes on Fame for ever fix'd, they fing;
For Fame they raise the voice, and tune the ftring;
With time's first birth began the heav'nly lays,
And laft, eternal, thro' the length of days.

Around these wonders as I caft a look,
The trumpet founded, and the temple fhook,

IMITATIONS.

VER. 270. Beneath, in order rang'd, etc.]

I heard about her throne y-fung

That all the palays walls rung,

So fung the mighty Muse, she
That cleped is Calliope,

And her feven fifters eke - P.

VER. 276. Around thefe wonders, etc.]
I heard a noise approchen blive,
That far'd as bees done in a hive,
Against her time of outflying;
Right fuch a manere murmuring,

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