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entertaining, I shall mention the following inftances. What a magnificent description have we of the Deity in the following verses, ascribed to ORPHEUS?
Only to pious minds I sing. Be
Truth I declare ; nor let thy gen'rous mind,
Of its fupreme enjoyment.' Eye the Word
Divine, and this with all thy might pursue, ..
In the right path unweari'd urge thy way:
With billows foaming high, confefs the GoD,
I cannot but also admire in the same light the invocation of ARATUS to JUPITER, in the introduction to his poem, concerning the Stars; in the fifth line of which by the way is that memorable passage, which the Apostle Paul quotes from him, in his speech to the Atheniars, Acts xvii. 28. ss For in Him we live, and move, and have our
being; as certain also of your own Poets have faid, For we are also his offspring."
From * ΦθιΓξομαι oις θεμις εσι, θυρας δ' επιθεσθε βεβηλος
Πανλες ομως συ δ' ακουε φαεσφορου εκγινε μηνης
κοζαι εισιν εν οσσοις,
Lutet. Parif. 1615
From Jove begin the song. Him all mankind Should celebrate in never-ceafing praise: The God attends us in our common walks, And public councils. Intimate he fills Th'expanded sea, and all its busy ports With his all-pow'rful presence. On his hand We always hang, his blessings we enjoy, For we are ev’n his offspring. He in love Paternal points us to the good of life, And, careful that his children should not want, Enkindles them to labour : he instructs The proper time to break the ftubborn earth With the sharp plough, or turn it with the spade. He too directs the season when to dig The trench for plants, and when to cast the feed Into the genial bosom of the ground; For he in heav'n has fix'd th' unerring signs, And wisely marinalling the host of ftars, Has giv'n those radiant orbs to guide the year, And teach mankind the hours for ev'ry toil. Hail, thou Almighty! whose propitious smile We first and laft invoke: hail, Sire of all ! Thou, the great wonder, and great friend of man f.
ή Εκ Δι@- αρχώμεθα" του εδεποτ' ανδρες εωμεν
Αρρητου. Μεσαι δε Διών σασαι μεν αγυιάι
It is a very strong and affecting description of the deep degeneracy of mankind, which we meet with in a poem of CATULLUS.
At length the earth with crimes was delug'd o'er, And all thro' selfith lust conspir'd terase The principles of justice from their minds. One brother's hands smok'd with another's blood Children o'er parents alhes dropt no tear: The father with'd his eldest son's decease, That from the clogs his marriage had entailid He might live free, and some young nymph enjoy, The wicked mother to her lewd embrace Tempted her son, too young to know the crime; While the pale Houshold-gods, amaz'd, aghalt, Beheld the monstrous deed. The sacred lines, Of right and wrong, amidst their impious rage, Were all confounded; till at last the Gods, Patrons of righteoufne's, forfook our world, In just abhorrence of th' enormous crimes *.
As fa doa upovec se soxe4a10 g! εις ενιαυλον
Aratus Solensis de Pbænomenis: * Sed poftquam tellus scelere eft imbuta nefando,
Justitiamque omnes cupida de mente fugarunt:
Our Milton has given us such a natural and strong description of Adam's consternation upon his being made acquainted by Eve wìth her eating the forbidden fruit, that it seems impossible for any human powers to excel him.
On th' other fide, ADAM, soon as he heard
Dr Young, in his 'Paraphrase on Part of the Book of Job, thus describes the peacock ::
How rich the peacock ! what bright glories run
Dr WATTS has thus enlarged these lines into a description, I had almost faid, beyond all praise,
View next the peacock. What bright glories run
CATE + Paradise Loft, book ix. line 888.