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With tyranny, then superstition join'd,
As that the body, this enslav'd the mind;
Much was believ'd, but little understood,
And to be dull was constru'd to be good.
A second deluge learning thus o'er-run,
And the Monks finish'd what the Goths begun.

At length Erasmus, that great, injur'd name, ,
(The glory of the priesthood, and the shame;).
Stem'd the wild torrent of a barb'rous age,
And drove those holy Vandals off the stage.

But fee! each muse, in Leo's golden days,
Starts from her trance, and trims, her wither'd baysk :
Rome's ancient genius, o'er its ruins spread
Shakes off the dust, and rears his rev'rend head!
Then sculpture and her sister-arts revive;
Stones leap'd to form, and rocks began to live;
With sweeter notes each rising temple.rung;
A Raphael painted, and a * vida fung!
Immortal vida! on whose honour'd brow
The poet's bays and critic's ivy grow:
Crémena now shall ever boast thy name,
As next in place to Mantua, next in fame!

* M. Hieronymus Vida, an excellent Latin poet, who writ an'. art.of poetry in verse. He fleurisk'd in the time of Lco the tenth.

But.

But soon by impious arms from Latium chas'd, Their ancient bounds the banith'd mufes past; Thence arts o'er all the northern world advance; But critic learning flourish'd moft in France: The rules, a nation born to serve, obeys; And Boileau still in right of Horace sways. But we, brave Britons, foreign laws defpis'd, And kept unconquer'd, and unciviliz'd, Fierce for the liberties of wit, and bold, We still defy'd the Romans, as of old. Yet fome there were among the founder few. Of those who less presum'd, and better knew, Whọ durft affert the jufter ancient cause, And here reftor'd wit's fundamental laws. Such was the muse, whose rules and practice tell, Nature's * chief master-piece is writing well. Such was Rofcommon not more learn'd than good, With manners gen'rous as his noble blood; To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known, And ev'ry author's merit but his own. Such late was Walsh, the muse's judge and friend, Who justly knew to blame or to commend;

* An essay on poetry by the duke of Buckingham,

To

To failings mild, but zealous for defert;
The cleareft head, and the sincerelt heart.
This humble praise, lamented shade! receive,
This praise at least a grateful muse may give;
The muse, whose early voice you taught to sing,
Prescrib'd her heights, and prun'd her tender wing,
(Her guide now loft) no more attempts to rife,
But in low numbers short excursions tries :
Content, if hence th’unlearn’d their wants may view,
The learn'd reflect on what before they knew:
Careless of censure, nor too fond of fame,
Still pleas'd to praise, yet not afraid to blame;
Averse alike to fatter, or offend,
Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to mend.

THE

అంతంతంతులతతతలతతలతలతలతతలతతలకు

THE

RAPE of the LOCK

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HEROI-COMICAL

Ρ Ο Ε Μ.

Written in the year 1712.

Nolueram, Belinda, tuos violare capillos,
Sed juvat hoc precibus me tribuille tuis.'

MARTIAL,

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