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OF THE FOLLOWING DISTICH ON THE DUKE OF NA'S RUNNING AWAY FROM THE COMET IN 1742 OR 1743.
SE al venir vostro i principi se n' vanno
IF at your coming princes disappear,
IN bed we laugh, in bed we cry,
OF THE FOLLOWING LINES OF M. BENSERADE, A SON LIT.
Lit! où je nais, et où je meurs,
EPITAPH FOR MR. HOGARTH.
THE hand of him here torpid lies,
That drew th' essential form of grace ;
OF THE FOLLOWING LINES WRITTEN UNDER A PRINT
SUR un mince chrystal l'hyver conduit leurs pas,
Telle est de nos plaisirs la legere surface;
O'ER ice the rapid skater flies,
With sport above, and death below;
OF THE SAME.
O'ER crackling ice, o'er gulphs profound,
Thus lightly skim and haste away.
TO MRS. THRALE,
ON HER COMPLETING HER THIRTY FIFTH YEAR.
OFT in danger, yet alive,
We are come to thirty five;
Could philosophers contrive
For, howe'er we boast and strive,
OF AN AIR IN THE CLEMENZA DE TITO OF METAS
TASIO, BEGINNING," Deh se piacermi vuoi.”
WOULD you hope to gain my heart,
Bid your teasing doubts depart ;
OF THE SPEECH OF AQUILEIO IN THE ADRIANO OF METASTASIO, BEGINNING "tu che in corte
GROWN old in courts, thou surely art not one
To sink the fatal precipice before him,
And then lament his fall with seeming friendship;
Thou know'st those arts which blast with envious praise,
And drive discountenanc'd virtue from the throne ;
And of his ev'ry gift usurp the merit ;
That hide in seeming zeal a wicked purpose,
Ex alieno ingenio poeta, ex suo tantum versificator.
TOLLITE concentum, Solymææ tollite nymphæ
Immatura calens rapitur per secula vates Sic orsus.....Qualis rerum mihi nascitur ordo! Virgo virgo parit! felix radicibus arbor Jessæis surgit, mulcentesque æthera flores Cœlestes lambunt animæ, ramisque columba, Nuncia sacra Dei, plaudentibus insidet alis.
* This translation has been severely criticised by Dr. Warton, in his edition of Pope, vol. i. p. 105. 8vo. 1797. It certainly contains some expressions that are not classical. Let it be remembered, however, that it was a college exercise, performed with great ra.. pidity, and was at first praised beyond all suspicion of defect. C: