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Charus enim cunctis, tanquam, dum vita manebat,
ARTI ignis lucem tribui, tamen artis et ignis
ILLA triumphatrix Graiûm consueta procorum
CRETHIDA fabellas dulces garrire peritam
Prosequitur lacrymis filia mosta Sami; Blandam lanifici sociam sine fine loquacem,
Quam tenet hic, cunctas quæ manet, alta quies.
DICITE, Causidici, gelido nunc Marmore magni
Si forsan tumulum quo conditur Eumarus aufers Nil lucri facies; ossa habet et cinerem.
ME, rex deorum, tuque, duc, necessitas,
POETA, lector, hic quiescit Hipponax,
EUR. MED. 193-203.
NON immerito culpanda venit
Sat lætitiâ sine subsidiis,
Pectora molli mulcet dubiæ
* Τοιος Αρης βροτολιογος ενα πολεμοισι μέμηνε
PRIMA parit terras ætas, siccatque secunda,
*The above is a version of a Latin Epigram on the famous John Duke of Marlborough, by the Abbé Salvini, which is as follows;
Haud alio vultu, fremuit Mars acer in armis ;
Haud alio, Cypriam percurit ore Deam.
The Duke was, it seems, remarkably handsome in his person, to which the second line has reference:
* Hrs Tempelmanni numeris descripseris orbem,
*To the above lines, which are unfinished, and can therefore be only offered as a fragment, in the doctor's manuscript, are prefixed the words, "Geographia Metrica." As we are referred, in the first of the verses, to Templeman, for having furnished the numerical computations that are the subject of them, his work has been accordingly consulted, the title of which is, "A new Survey of the Globe," and which professes to give an accurate mensuration of all the empires, kingdoms, and other divisions thereof, in the square miles that they respectively contain. On comparison of the several numbers in these verses with those set down by Templeman, it appears that nearly half of them are precisely the same; the rest are not quite so exactly done.....For the convenience of the reader, it has been thought right to subjoin each number, as it stands in Templeman's works, to that in Dr. Johnson's verses which refers to it.
1 In this first article that is versified, there is an accurate conformity in Dr. Johnson's number to Templeman's; who sets down the square miles of Palestine at 7,600.
2 The square miles of Ægypt are, in Templeman, 140,700.
3 The whole Turkish empire, in Templeman is computed at 960,057 square miles.
4 In the four following articles, the numbers, in Templeman and in Johnson's verses are alike. We find, accordingly, the Morea, in Templeman, to be set down at 7,220 square miles. Arabia, at 700,000..... Persia, at 800,000,....and Naples, at 22,000.
Parthenope. 5 Novies vult tellus mille Sicana.
Ut dicas, spatiis quam latis imperet orbi 10 Russia, myriadas ter denas adde trecentis; 11 Sardiniam cum sexcentis sex millia complent.
Cum sexagenis, dum plura recluserit ætas, Myriadas ter mille homini dat terra 12 colendas.
Vult sibi vicenas millesima myrias addi, Vicenis quinas, Asiam 13 metata celebrem.
Se quinquagenis octingentesima jungit Myrias, ut menti pateat tota Africa 14 doctæ.
Myriadas septem decies Europa 15 ducentis Et quadragenis quoque ter tria millia jungit.
Myriadas denas dat, quinque et millia, sexque Centurias, et tres decadas Europa Britannis. 16
6 The Pope's dominions, at 14,868.
7 Tuscany, at 6,640.
8 Genoa, in Templeman, as in Johnson likewise, is set down at 2,400.
9 Lucca, at 286.
10 The Russian empire, in the 29th. plate of Templeman, is set down at 3,303,485 square miles.
5 Sicily, in Templeman, is put down at 9,400.
11 Sardinia, in Templeman, as likewise in Johnson, 6,600.
12 The habitable world, in Templeman, is computed, in square miles, at 30,666,806 square miles.
13 Asia, at 10,257,487.
14 Africa, at 8,506,208.
15 Europe, at 2,749,349.
16 The British dominions, at 105,634.