The lives of the Roman poets: containing a critical and historical account of them and their writings, with large quotations of their most celebrated passages ... To which is added a chronological table ... together with an introduction concerning the origin and progress of poetry in general; and an essay on dramatick poetry in particular
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Page 91 - O goddess-born ! escape, by timely flight, The flames and horrors of this fatal night. The foes already have possess'd the wall : Troy nods from high, and totters to her fall. Enough is paid to Priam's royal name, More than enough to duty and to fame. If by a mortal hand my father's throne Could be defended, 'twas by mine alone. Now Troy to thee commends her future state, And gives her gods companions of thy fate : From their assistance, happier walls expect, Which, wand'ring long, at last thou shalt...
Page xxxvi - But see! each Muse, in Leo's golden days, Starts from her trance, and trims her wither'd bays! 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 sung.
Page 18 - Tis pleasant, safely to behold from shore The rolling ship, and hear the tempest roar; Not that another's pain is our delight, But pains unfelt produce the pleasing sight. Tis pleasant also to behold from far The moving legions mingled in the war; But much more sweet thy labouring steps to guide To virtue's heights, with wisdom well supplied, And all the magazines of learning fortified...
Page 72 - Where in the void of heaven a space is free, Betwixt the Scorpion and the Maid, for thee? The Scorpion, ready to receive thy laws, Yields half his region, and contracts his claws.
Page 256 - From six i' th' hundred to six hundred more ? Indulge, and to thy genius freely give ; For, not to live at ease, is not to live. Death stalks behind thee, and each flying hour Does some loose remnant of thy life devour.
Page 84 - The flow'ry meadows, and the feeding folds. There end your toils ; and there your fates provide A quiet kingdom, and a royal bride : There fortune shall the Trojan line restore, And you for lost Creiisa weep no more. . Fear not that I shall watch, with servile shame, Th...
Page 79 - His banished gods restored to rites divine, And settled sure succession in his line, From whence the race of Alban fathers come, And the long glories of majestic Rome.
Page 103 - And spots of sin obscene in ev'ry face appear. For this are various penances enjoin'd; And some are hung to bleach upon the wind, Some plung'd in waters, others purg'd in fires, Till all the dregs are drain'd, and all the rust expires. All have their manes, and those manes bear: The few, so cleans'd, to these abodes repair, And breathe, in ample fields, the soft Elysian air.
Page 255 - Sabean incense, take With thy own hands, from the tir'd camel's back, And with post-haste thy running markets make.