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Old Saturn too, with upcaft eyes,
Beheld his ABDICATED skies;
And mighty Mars for war renown'd,
In adamantine armor frown'd;

By him the child goddess rofe,
Minerva, ftudious to compose

Her twifted threads; the web fhe ftrung,
And o'er a loom of marble hung;
Thetis the troubled ocean's queen,

Match'd with a MORTAL, next was feen,
Reclining on a funeral urn,

Her fhort liv'd darling fon to mourn.
The laft was HE, whofe thunder flew
The Titan race, a rebel crew,
That from a HUNDRED HILLS ally'd,
In impious league their king defy'd.

There is scarcely, I believe, any instance, where mythology has been applied with fo much delicacy and dexterity, and has been contrived to answer in its application, fo minutely, exactly, and in fo many correfponding circumstances.

WHATEVER cenfures we have here, too

D. of Gloucester in his youth. George I. who conquered the Highland rebels at Prefton, 1715.


boldly, perhaps, ventured to deliver on the profelfed poetry of Addison, yet must we candidly own, that in various parts of his profe-effays, are to be found many strokes of genuine and fublime poetry; many marks of a vigorous and exuberant imagination. Particularly, in the noble allegory of Pain and Pleasure, the Vifion of Mirza, the ftory of Maraton and Yaratilda, of Conftantia and Theodofius, and the beautiful eaftern tale of Abdallah and Balfora; and many others: together with several strokes in the Effay on the pleasures of imagination. It has been the lot of many great names, not to have been able to express themselves with beauty and propriety in the fetters of verse, in their respective languages; who have yet manifefted the force, fertility, and creative power of a moft poetic genius, in profe. * This was the cafe of Plato, of

* In fome of the eastern ftories, lately published in the ADVENTURER, a vast and noble invention is displayed; and this too by an author, that, I have never heard, has written any confiderable verses. See, particularly, the ftory of Amurath, No. 20, of Nouraddin and Amana, No. 73, and of Carazan. N°. 132, by Mr. Hawkesworth.


Lucian, of Fenelon, of Sir Philip Sidney, and of Dr. T. Burnet, who in his Theory of the Earth, has difplayed an imagination, very nearly equal to that of Milton.

-Mænia mundi

Discedunt! totum video per Inane geri res!

After all, the chief and characteristical excellency of Addison, was his HUMOUR; for in humour no mortal has excelled him except Moliere. Witness the character of Sir Roger de Coverly, fo original, fo natural, and so inviolably preserved; † particularly, in the month, which the Spectator spends at his hall in the country. Witnefs alfo the Drummer, that excellent and neglected comedy, that just picture of life and real manners, where the poet never speaks in his own person, or totally drops or forgets a character, for the fake of introducing a brilliant fimile, or acute

+ Vol. II. during the month of July. See the characters of Will. Wimble, Moll White, and the juftices of the quorum, p. 200. & feq. And Vol. 5. Sir Roger at Westminster Abby, 329. and at the tragedy of the Distrest Mother with the Spec



remark: where no train is laid for wit; no JEREMYS, OF BENS, are suffer'd to appear.

THE EPILOGUE to Jane Shore, is the last piece that belongs to this Section; the title of which by this time the reader may have poffibly forgot. It is written with the air of gallantry and raillery, which, by a strange perversion of taste, the audience expects in all epilogues to the most serious and pathetic pieces. To recommend cuckoldom and palliate adultery, is their usual intent. I wonder Mrs. Oldfield was not suffered to speak it; for it is fuperiour to that which was used on the occafion. In this tafte Garrick has written fome, that abound in fpirit and drollery. Rowe's genius* was rather delicate and tender, than strong and pathetic; his compofitions footh us with a tranquill and tender fort of complacency, rather than cleave the heart with

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* There are however fome images in Rowe ftrongly painted, fuch, particularly, as the following, which is worthy of Spenfer; speaking of the tower.

Methinks SUSPICION and DISTRUST dwell here,

Staring with meagre forms thro' grated windows.

Lady jane Grey, A&t. 3. Sc. 2.


pangs of commiferation. His diftreffes are entirely founded on the paffion of love. His diction is extremely elegant and chaste, and his verfification highly melodious. His plays are declamations, rather than dialogues, and his characters are general, and undistinguished from each other. Such a furious character as that of Bajazet, is easily drawn; and, let me add, eafily acted. There is a want of unity in the fable of Tamerlane. The death's head, dead body, and stage hung in mourning, in the Fair Penitent, are artificial and mechanical methods of affecting an audience. In a word, his plays are mufical and pleasing poems, but inactive and unmoving tragedies. This of Jane Shore is, I think, the most interesting and affecting of any he has given us: but probability is fadly violated in it by the neglect of the unity of time. For a perfon to be supposed to be starved, during the representation of five acts, is a ftriking inftance of the abfurdity of this violation. In this piece, as in all of Rowe's, are many florid fpeeches, utterly inconfiftent with the state

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