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If this paffage refer to that Prytaneum at Athens, (where a fire facred to VULCAN was kept conftantly burning) there might be an impropriety in fuch an allufion, as SCALIGER remarks: For we cannot fuppofe two ignorant fishermen acquainted with a place fo remote from their labors. But it appears, that there was a place in their neighbourhood named Prytaneum, where nocturnal lamps were fixed, for the convenience of fishing, by night. To this circumstance SANNAZARIUS alludes:
Dumque alii notofque finus, piscosaque circum
Nor was my ftomach full
Whatever may be Lord MON BOD DO's fantastic notions of dreams, or however plaufibly the ingenious SEED may reafon on the fubject, [fee his Sermons] they are, in reality, very closely connected with materialism-more dependent on the machinery of corporeal creatures, than that of fpiritual effences. Repletion is one great cause of them, as the good old fisherman seems to intimate.
Dogs dream of bones, and fishermen of fish. Borrowed from FAWKES.
IDYLLIUM the TWENTY-SECOND.
To compare different authors that have written on the fame
fubject, is generally found both amufing and inftructive. It would be worth while to read APOLLONIUS and VALERIUS FLACCUS with our author, in the combat of POLLUX and AMYcus, and the death of HYLAS.
The combat of the Ceftus is faid to have been invented by AMYCUS. HOMER, APOLLONIUS, and THEOCRITUS, have neither of them made mention of plates of lead or iron, in their several defcriptions of the Ceftus. But,
Terga boum plumbo infuto ferroque rigebant we may recollect in VIRGIL.
And o'er the Shelter'd beach-——
Axтn vænμevos-haud ventofa maris ora, fed littus tranquillum vento non expofitum. Under the wind. TOUPE.
And, tracing the receffes of the mount.
This pictorefque fcene reminds the translator of Guy-Cliffe, in Warwickshire.
See LELAND, vol. iv. p. 66.
Guy-Cliffe, ipfa fedes eft amanitatis: Nemufculum ibi eft opacum, fontes limpidi et gemmei, antra mufcofa, prata femper verna, rivi levis et fufurrans per faxa difcurfus; necnon folitudo et quies mufis amiciffima.
Full many a scatter'd pebble to the light.
In the original AAAAI upusaλλw—Other fprings. But here all the Commentators feem to have fufpected a corruption. VOL. II.
Rerske hath changed αλλαι to αμμοι, which may be ingenious enough-but the emendation of RHUNKENIUS deferves the highest applause. He thinks it must have been originally written AAAAAI, Calculi or pebbles-which hath every appearance of probability. We are much pleased, when with a very trivial alteration (fuch as the addition of a letter) the fenfe is materially improved. MUSGRAVE, that admirable judge of ancient elegance, was highly delighted with this correction. And TOUPE in a very learned note, (where, as ufual) we have a fine relish of antiquity, amidst a variety of corresponding paffages, hath proved, beyond difpute, the propriety of the emendation.
Hard by (his couch the rock) a chieftain frown'd.
Here we have all thofe terrible graces which poets of the prefent day, either dread or difdain-but which we so much. admire in the writers of antiquity! We find a gigantic figure fitting with no other covering but the sky, amidft an unknown folitude, with the trees of the mountain waving their vaft and fhadowy foliage around him! In fuch bold and magnificent defcription, we discover the genius and the pencil of a SALVATOR ROSA. Surely (as Mr. WARTON remarks) THEOCRITUS hath far exceeded APOLLONIUS RHODIUS in this, as well as other paffages of the poem. Yet Dr. WARTON gives the preference to APOLLONIUS. Our commentator hath CASAUBON on his fide; and his brother of Winchester, the learned SCALIGER.
The gigantic ftature of Amycus is well described both by APOLLONIUS and VALERIUS FLACCUS; the latter of whom in the following verses, b. iv. I. 232, reminds us of DAVID and GOLIATH.
Illum Amycus nec fronte trucem, nec mole tremendum
And when the Philiftine looked about and faw DAVID, he • difdained him: for he was but a youth and ruddy, and of a
⚫ fair countenance. And the Philiftine faid unto DAVID: Am • I a dog that thou comeft to me with ftaves? And the Philistine ⚫ cursed DAVID by his gods.' I SAM. xvii. 42, 43.
Mr. MICKLE hath thus finely displayed the vaft figure of GOLIATH:
So ftrode in Elah's vale the towering height
Of Gath's proud champion; fo with pale affright
Lufiad, b. 3.
But whom am I to fight, &c.
For this paffage the tranflator is obliged to the ingenious Critical Reviewer of his THEOCRITUS.
Soon as the combatants, &c.
In the contest between AMYCUs and POLLUX, FLACCUS seems inferior to APOLLONIUS, in nearly the fame proportion as APOLLONIUS to THEOCRITUS. The firft is inflated with too pompous expreffion-the fecond hath lefs bombaft; but the laft is distinguished by a truly majestic fimplicity. WARTON.
PLINY takes notice of the tomb of AмYCUS, fhaded by an ancient laurel, near Heraclea in Pontus. Nat. Hift. c. 16.
Drunk with the blows
Πληγαις μεθύων-a very bold and fingular metaphor! The poets often say, Drunk with cares-with love-with grief-but
here μov is metaphorically affsociated with a non-abstract term ̧ There is a paffage in HOMER'S Odyssey that seems to have given occafion to this expreffion :
Ηςαι νευτάζων κεφαλη μέθυοντι εοικως.
His hands he lifted, to renounce the fight.
In contests of this nature, the vanquished perfon was accuftomed to ftretch out his hands, fignifying that he declined the battle, &c. POTTER.
FAWKES hath translated a curious Greek epigram of LUCILLIUS, on a conqueror in the Cestus. Anthol. b. 2.
This victor, glorious in his olive-wreath,
IDYLLIUM the TWENTY-THIRD.
Death was in her look.
HEINSIUS reads adev avaynav, she looked neceffity. Thus EURIPIDES: Ae avayun, and PINDAR EX√ex avayxa.It is unneceffary to inform the claffical reader, that HORACE hath used the word neceffitas, in the fame manner.
Where lovers drink oblivion of their woe.