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Hence guilty joys, diftaftes, furmizes,
Fires that fcorch, yet dare not fhine :
ODE ON SOLITUD E.
Written when the Author was about Twelve Years old.
APPY the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.
Whofe herds with milk, whofe fields with bread,
Whose flocks fupply him with attire,
Whofe trees in fummer yield him shade,
Bleft, who can unconcern'dly find
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day.
Sound fleep by night; study and ease,
Thus let me live, unfeen, unknown,
Thus unlamented let me die,
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lie.
THE DYING CHRISTIAN TO HIS SOUL.
VITAL fpark of heavenly flame!
Quit, oh quit this mortal frame:
Hark! they whifper; Angels fay,
Steals my fenfes, fhuts my fight,
The world recedes; it difappears!
Heaven opens on my eyes! my ears
With founds feraphic ring :
Lend, lend your wings! I mount! I fly!
Written in the Year M DCC IX*.
"Si quid novifti rectius iftis,
"Candidus imperti; fi non, his utere mecum."
Mr. Pope told me himself, that the "Effay on "Criticifm" was indeed written in 1707, though faid 1709 by mistake. J. RICHARDSON.
THE Poem is in one book, but divided into three principal parts or members. The first [to ver. 201.] gives rules for the Study of the Art of Criticism; the fecond [from thence to ver. 560.] expofes the Caufes of wrong Judgment; and the third [from thence to the end] marks out the Morals of the Critic. When the Reader hath well confidered the whole, and hath obferved the regularity of the plan, the masterly conduct of the feveral parts, the penetration into Nature, and the compafs of learning fo confpicuous throughout, he should then be told that it was the work of an Author who had not attained the twentieth year of his age. A very learned Critic has fhewn, that Horace had the fame attention to method in his Art of Poetry.
INTRODUCTION. That 'tis as great a fault to judge
ill, as to write ill, and a more dangerous one to the
public, ver. 1.
That a true Tafte is as rare to be found as a true Genius, ver. 9 to 18.
That most men are born with fome Tafte, but spoil'd by falfe Education, ver. 19 to 25.
The multitude of Critics and caufes of them, ver. 26
That we are to study our own Tafte, and know the limits
Nature the beft guide of judgment, ver. 68 to 87.
Rules derived from the practice of the Ancient Poets,
ver. 88. to 110.
That therefore the Ancients are neceffary to be ftudied by a Critic, particularly Homer and Virgil, ver. 120
Of Licences, and the ufe of them by the Ancients, ver.
140 to 180.
Reverence due to the Ancients, and praise of them, ver. 181, &c.