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That day I ofi' remember, when from Sleqo, Szc.
A Poet of less Judgment and Invention than this great Author, would have found it very diflicult to have filled those [these] tender parts of the Poem with Sentiments proper for a State of Innocence; to have described the warmth of Love, and the Profesfions of it, without Artifice or Hyperbole ; to have made the Man speak the most endearing things, without descending from his natural Dignity, and the Woman receiving them without departing from the Modesty of her Character; in a word, to adjust the Prerogatives of Wisdom and Beauty, and make each appear to the other in its proper Force and Loveliness. This mutual Subordination of the two Sexes is wonderfully kept up in the whole Poem, as particularly in the Speech of Eve I have before-mentioned, and upon the Conclufion of it in the following Lines :
So flatte our general Mother, and with eyes
Of Conjugal attraflion unreprov'd,
Most of the Modern Heroic Poets have imitated the Ancients, in beginning a Speech without premifing, that the Person said thus or thus ; but as it is eafie to imitate the Ancients in the Omisfion of two or three Words, it requires Judgment to do it in such a manner as they shall not be miss'd, and that the Speech may begin naturally without them. There is a fine Instance of this Kind out of Homer, in the TwentyThird Chapter of Longinus.