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Atheist, and rebel too, fhe does oppose
(God and the king have always the fame foes).
A conquering champion for the Deity
And what the hot-brain'd Arian firft began,
Who ftill affociates to keep God a man.
But 'tis the prince of poets' task alone
T'affert the rights of God's and Charles's throne.
By chaunting Chloris' or fair Phyllis' name;
Whofe reputation fhall last as long,
As fops and ladies fing the amorous fong.
A nobler fubject wifely they refuse,
The mighty weight would crush their feeble Mufe.
Could draw a minor-god with wondrous art :
To Mr. DRYDEN, upon his Tranflation of the Third Book of VIRGIL'S GEORGICKS.
A PINDARIC O D E.
By Mr. JOHN DENNIS.
HILE mounting with expanded wings
The Mantuan fwan unbounded heaven explores,
Mankind ftands wondering at his flight,
Thou, Dryden, canft his notes recite
Sometimes of humble rural things,
Thy Mufe, which keeps great Maro ftill in fight,
To heaven fublimely wings.
But first takes time with majefty to rise,
Commands, which judgment gives, fhe ftill obeys,
Thus Mercury from heaven defcends,
When Jove his dread commands has given :
But when thy Goddess takes her flight, With fo much majefty, to fuch a height, As can alone fuffice to prove,
That the defcends from mighty Jove :
Gods! how thy thoughts then rife, and foar, and shine! Immortal spirit animates each line;
Each with bright flame that fires our fouls is crown'd, Each has magnificence of found,
And harmony divine.
Thus the first orbs, in their high rounds,
And to their own coeleftial founds
On, with eternal fymphony, they roll,
Each turn'd in its harmonious course,
And each inform'd by the prodigious force
HE Hind and the Panther, in three Parts.
Britannia Rediviva, a Poem on the Prince, born on
the 10th of June 1688
Epistle I. To Sir Robert Howard
II. To Dr. Charleton
III. To the Lady Caftlemain
IV. To Mr. Lee
XIV. On the Monument of the Marquis of Win-
SONGS, ODE S, and a MASQUE.