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In keen and shrilling strains the strings rebound;
The tuneful artist in confusion blush’d,
He ceas'd, expecting if the rival-bird Would back return the melody she heard ; The bird, tho' with her toils grown hoarse and tir'd, Still with a noble emulation fir'd, With all her might strove to repeat the strain, But, ah! with all her might she strove in vain ;
For lab'ring to reverberate the song,
* Thou cruel conqu’ror, swathe in black thy lute;
* The five last lines are not in STRADA, but added by the Translator.
+ Jam Sol à medio pronus deflexerat orbe
Mitius è radiis vibrans crinalibus ignem.
Audiit hunc hofpes filvæ philomela propinquæ,
succedens ftetit abdita frondibus, alte
Senfit fe fidicen philomela imitante referri,
Tunc fidicen per fila movens trepidantia dextram,
Nunc carptim replicat, digitisqne micantibus urget
Miratur fidicen parvis è faucibus ire
Scilicet erubuit fidicen, iraque calente, Aut non hoc, inquit, referes citharistria silvæ, Aut fracta cedam cithara. Nec plura loquutus Non imitabilibus plectrum concentibus urget. Namque manu per fila volat, fimul hos, fimul illos Explorat numeros, chordaque laborat in omni, Et ftrepit, & tinnit, crefcitque fuperbius, & fe Multiplicat relegens, plenoque choreumata plaudit, Tum ftetit expectàns fi quid paret æmula contra. Illa autem, quamquam vox dudum exercita fauces Asperat, impatiens vinci fimul advocat omnes Nequidquam vires: nam dum discrimina tanta Reddere tot fidium nativa & fimplice tentat Voce, canaliculisque imitari grandia parvis; Impar magnanimis ausis, imparque dolori Deficit, & vitam fummo in certamina linquens Victoris cadit in plečirum par nacta fepulcrum. Usque adeò & tenues anima, ferit æmula virtus.
STRADA Proluf. 6, lib.iii. in Style Claudiano.
$ 3. We may meet with several instances of the Enantiosis in the sacred Writings. In the 29th and 30th chapters of job we have the different pictures which JOB draws of himself in the season of his former prosperity, and in that of his present affiction, and how strong a contrast is there between them? In chap.xxix. 2, 7. and the following verses, he says, "O! that I were as in s months past, as in the days when God press served me.
When I went out to the gate through the city ; when I prepared my feat in ss the street. The young men saw me, and hid ss themselves; and the aged'arose, and stood up. ss. The princes refrained talking, and laid their ss hand on their mouth : the nobles held their
peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of ss their mouth. When the ear heard me, then ss it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me.ss
But in the next chapter, he tells us, verse 1. ss But now they that are
younger than I have me in derision, whose fass thers I would have disdained to have set with * the dogs of my flock.“
flock.ss And verse 9. and the following, ss And now am I their fong, yea, I ss am their by-word. They abhor me, they fee ss far from me, and spare not to spit in my face. ss Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted
me; they have also let loose the bridle before me. Upon my right-hand rise the youth ;
they push away my feet, and they raise up ss against me the ways of their destruction: they ss mar my path; they set forward my calamity;
they have no helper. They came upon me as
a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolass tion they rolled themselves upon me. Terrors
are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as ss the wind; and my welfare passes away as a ss cloud. And now iny soul is poured out upon " me; the days of affliction have taken hold
In Psalm i. 3. we have the pious man represented as ss a tree planted by the rivers of water, that
brings forth his fruit in his feason; whose leaf 's shall not wither : but while a tree, a tree planted in a well-watered soil, a tree crowned with fruit in its season, and flourishing in undecaying verdure, is the emblem of the good man, the wicked man is resembled in the next verse to chaff which the wind drives away; to an empty, worthless hulk, that has no solidity of its own, nor any firm connexion with any thing else, to keep it in its place, and prevent it from becoming the sport of every
blast that sweeps through the heavens, or even of every breath that stirs in the uncertain atmosphere.
What a contrast is exhibited in Psalm xvii. 13 ---15. between what are the characters and conditions of the men of this world, and the saints and citizens of heaven? ss Arise, O Lord, disappoint
him, cast him down : deliver my foul from the
wicked, which is thy sword; from men which ss are thine hand, OLORD, froin men of the world, s which have their portion in this life, and whose
belly thou fillest with thine hid treasure. They