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And then, if ever, mortal ears
'Twas that such vulgar miracles
Heaven had not leisure to renew : For all thy blest fraternity of love Solemnised there thy birth, and kept thy holyday
O gracious God! how far have we
This lubrique and adulterate age,
To increase the streaming ordures of the stage ? What can we say to excuse our second fall ? Let this thy vestal, Heaven, atone for all : Her Arethusian stream remains unsoil'd, Unmix'd with foreign filth, and undefil'd ; Her wit was more than man, her innocence a child.
Art she had none, yet wanted none;
She might our boasted stores defy :
By great examples daily fed,
What in the best of books, her father's life, she read.
'Twas Cupid bathing in Diana's stream.
Now all those charms, that blooming grace,
Not wit, nor piety, could fate prevent ;
To sweep at once her life and beauty too;
To work more mischievously slow,
And plundered first, and then destroy'd.
But thus Orinda died :
When in mid-air the golden trump shall sound,
To raise the nations under ground;
When, in the valley of Jehoshapbat,
And there the last assizes keep,
From the four corners of the sky;
And foremost from the tomb shall bound,
which thou so well hast learn'd below.
Mrs. Anne Killigrew.
THE HUMAN MIND.
Al for Love.
MODES OF DEATH.
Adam. THE deaths thou show'st are forced and full of strife, Cast headlong from the precipice of life. Is there no smooth descent-no painless way Of kindly mixing with our native clay?
Raphael. There is—but rarely shall that path be trod, Which, without horror, leads to death's abode. Some few, by temperance taught, approaching slow, To distant fate by easy journeys go: Gently they lay them down, as evening sheep On their own woolly fleeces softly sleep.
State of Innocence, POPE.
PRINCIPAL WORKS : Essay on Criticism, 1711, written at the age of twenty-one.-The Rape of the Lock, published not long afterwards, was suggested by a 'romantic'incident. Two aristocratic families had been set at variance by the secret abstraction of a lock of hair from the head of a beauty of the day, Miss Arabella Fermor, by her indiscreet lover; and Pope in this piece undertook to mediate between the offended and offending parties, and laugh them together again in the most brilliant mock-heroic poem in the world.'—Windsor Forest, 1713, a fine descriptive poem in a somewhat different style from his other productions, as it exhibits, however faintly, some sense of the attractions of nature.-Translation of the Iliad, 1713-25, which Gibbon has well characterised as having every merit but that of likeness to the originalThe Epistle from Eloisa to.Abelard, 1716, founded on the well-known story of the illicit loves of the professor of theology of the eleventh century and his too charming pupil—the prototype of the Nouvelle Héloïse or Julie of Rousseau. The delicacy of the poet, it has been observed, in veiling over the circumstances of the story, and at the same time preserving the ardour of Eloisa's passion, the beauty of his imagery and description, the exquisite melody of his versification, rising and falling like the tones of an Æolian harp, as he successively portrays the tumults of guilty love, the deepest penitence, and the highest devotional rapture, have never been surpassed.—Essay on Man, 1733, the merit of which depends rather upon its poetic than philosophic excellence. The Dunciad, in three books (a fourth being added in 1742), a bitterly satirical reply to the lampoons and libels which had greeted his recent miscellanies in prose and verse, undertaken in conjunction with Swift. In the later edition of the Dunciad, Colley Cibber, the then laureate, takes the place of Theobald, the original.monarch of dulness,' who was dethroned to make way for him. Chiefly remarkable for that unrivalled easiness of versification and satire which especially distinguishes Pope. In 'masculine' vigour, however, he is inferior to his great master, Dryden.
Perhaps his Eloisa to Abelard may be regarded as his finest poem. The Messiah, an imitation of Virgil's well-known Eclogue and of the Jewish prophets, is also greatly and deservedly admired.