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“ the purposes of religion,” is surely a very singular and narrow sentiment. Who would not rejoice at the recovery of some of those historical records which are expressly mentioned as containing at large, facts only given in abridgment by the extant Jewish writers ? And what reader of the Bible, not destitute of common feeling, will concur in the critic's assertion, that the effect of the theocratical system is to prevent us from readily sympathising in the joys and griefs of those who lived under it? That mind must indeed be strangely impressed with the character of theocracy, which is rendered incapable of being interested by the natural circumstances in the adventures of Joseph or David. That the intermixture of poetical fiction in such narrations is a matter of much delicacy, will readily be acknowledged; since if the additions are not perfectly conformable to the original ground-work, they will prove offensive to those who are firm believers in the authenticity and importance of the scriptural records. But there seems no reason why the amplifications and ornaments usual in sober epick poetry should not be as admissible in a subject of Jewish history, as in one of any other. Dr. Johnson was not, perhaps, aware at the time of writing, what a sweeping clause in critical legislation he was propounding, and how many fine works were involved in his condemnation. The particular merit of the “Davideis” is quite another consideration; and it appears to have been estimated by the critic with his usual perspicacity. Cowley's genius was, indeed, altogether unsuitable to the epick. His place is among the ingenious poets, and he may justly rank the first in his class.

E LEG IA DEDICATORIA,

AD

ILLUSTRISSIMAM ACADEMIAM

CANTABRIGIENSEM.

HOC tibi de nato, ditissima mater, egeno
Exiguum immensi pignus amoris habe.”
Heu, meliora tibi depromere dona volentes
Astringit gratas parcior arca manus.
Túne tui poteris vocem hic agnoscere nati
Tam male formatam, dissimilemdue tuae
Túne hic materni vestigia sacra decoris,
Tu speculum poteris hic reperire tuum ?
Post longum, dices, Couléi, sic mihi tempus 2
Sic mihi speranti, perfide, multa redis 2
Quae, dices, Sagae Lemurésque Deaeque, nocentes,
Hunc mihi in infantis supposuère loco o
At tu, sancta parens, crudelis tu quoque, nati
Ne tractes dextra vulnera cruda rudi.
Hei mihi, quid fato genetrix accedis iniquo?
Sit sors, sed non sis, ipsa, noverca mihi,

Simihi natali Musarum adolescere in arvo.
Si bené dilecto luxuriare solo,
Simihi de doctà licuisset pleniüs undā
Haurire, ingentem si satiare sitim,
Non ego degeneri dubitabilis ore redirem,
Nec legeres nomen fusa rubore meum.
Scis bene, scis quae me tempestas publica mundi
Raptatrix vestro sustulite gremio,
Nec pede adhuc firmo, nec firmo dente, negati
Poscentem querulo murmure lactis opem.
Sic quondam, ačrium vento bellante per aequor,
Cum gravidum autumnum saeva flagellat hyems,
Immatura suá velluntur ab arbore poma,
Et vi victa cadunt; arbor & ipsa gemit.
Nondum succusinest terrae generosus avitae,
Nondum sol roseo redditur ore pater.
O mihi jucundum Grantae super omnia nomen!
Openitus toto corde receptus amor!
O pulchrae sine luxu aedes, vitaeque beatae,
Splendida paupertas, ingenuásque, decor!
O chara ante alias, magnorum nomine regum
Digna domus ! Trini nomine digna Dei !
O nimium Cereris cumulati munere campi,
Posthabitis Ennae quos colit illa jugis
O sacri fontes! & sacrae vatibus umbrae,
Quas recreant avium Pieridãmque chori !
O Camus ! Phoebo nullus quo gratior amnis'
Amnibus auriferis invidiosus inops!

Ah mihi si vestrae reddat bona gaudia sedis,
Detgue Deus doctä posse quiete frui !
Qualis eram, cum me tranquillā mente sedentem
Vidisti in ripā, Came serene, tuā;
Mulcentem audisti puerili flumina cantu ;
Ille quidém immerito, sed tibi gratus erat.
Nam, memini ripâ cum tu dignatus utrāque,
Dignatum est totum verba referre nemus.
Tunc liquidis tacitisque simul mea vita diebus,
Et similis vestrae candida fluxit aquae.
At nunc coenosae luces, atque obice multo
Rumpitur aetatis turbidus ordo meae.
Quid mihi Sequanã opus, Tamesisve aut Thybridis
unda 2
Tu potis es nostram tollere, Came, sitim.
Felix, qui nunquam plus uno viderit amne!
Quique eaderm Salicis littora more colit!
Felix, quinon tentatus sordescere mundus,
Et cui pauperies nota nitere potest!
Tempore cui nullo misera experientia constat,
Utres humanas sentiatesse nihill
At nos exemplis fortuna instruxit opimis,
Et documentorum satgue supérque dedit.
Cum capite avulsum diadema, infractáque sceptra,
Contusásque hominum sorte minante minas,
Parcarum ludos, & non tractabile fatum, o
Et versas fundo widimus orbis opes.

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