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ODES OF THE SIXTH CLASS.
Page 15. The author, a native of Scotland, was brought up to the sea-service, in which he appears to have experienced what, in “ The Shipwreck,” he so feelingly describes. When that poem was published his situation was but little better than a common Sai. lor, but the genius it displayed occasioned him to be noticed, and procured him the Pursership of the Royal George. In 1769 he published a Marine Dictionary, which is a very useful performance; and soon afterward embarked on board the Aurora, to settle in the East Indies. He arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in December 1769, and after a short stay, sailed from thence; but neither ship, nor crew, have ever been heard of since.
ODE IX. Page 30. This ingenious writer was son of a clergyman in Herefordshire, and, by his mother, great grandson to the immortal Spenser. He was educated
in Corpus-College Oxford, and afterwards had the rectory of Stopham in Sussex, near the seat of the Duke of Richmond, to whom he was chaplain. He is said to have lived some time at Hackney in a distressed condition. He was the writer of various other poems.
ODE X. Page 40. The title of this truely classical composition, has an evident reference to the Author's farewell to the Muse, with which he closes his volume of com. mentaries on Asiatic poetry, &c.
Vale, Camena, blanda cultrix ingenî,
Nec indiserta lingua, nec turpis manus! In what manner Sir William Jones presides at the bar of justice in India need not here be added. 41. Haste! the well-wrought basket bring,
Which two Sister Graces wove. ] Miss Louisa Bingham, and Miss Frances Molesworth her cousin, decked a basket with ribbands and flowers to hold the nuptial presents. 42. DUNCANNOn, heav'nly Muse, and DevONSHIRE
invite.] Lady Henrietta Spencer, second daughter of John Earl Spencer, and wife of the Lord Viscount Duncan. non, eldest son of the Earl of Besborough.
43. LAVINIA's pencil shall disclose
New forms of dignity and grace, &c.] Lady Althorp (now Countess Spencer) has an extraordinary talent for drawing historic subjects, and expressing the passions in the most simple manner.
44. With all thy Mother's grace.] Georgiana Poyntz, Countess (now Countess dowager) Spencer.
Late shall assert his native sphere;]
ODE XVII. Page 68. The instrumentcalled the AEOLIANHARP, appears to have been invented by Kircher, who has given a very accurate description of it in his Musur
After having been neglected above an hundred years, it was again accidentally discovered by Mr. OSWALD.
ODE XVIII. Page 70. The Author of this Ode was Rector of Harrietsham, Kent; and chaplain to the houshold of George the Firstat Kensington. 72.
In Roman strains this Strada sweetly sung, ] 66 Fidicinis and Philomelae Certamen."
ib. But sweeter Philips in our ruder tongue.] Pastoral V. - We have been assured that Philips, being complimented on this beautiful imitation, disowned his previous knowledge of the original.
Credat Judaeus! D 74. Whom God nor Sovereign long can please. ] Thus Dryden, “ No King can govern, and no God can please." D.
'Mid groves of vegetable gold,
Where Cadmus and Achilles dwell,] See 2 Olym. Od. 78. Away, enervate bards, away,
Who spin the courtly, silken lay,
As wreaths for some vain Louis' head, ] Alluding to the French and Italian lyric poets.
ib. To his own Aetna's sulphur-spouting caves,] See i Pyth. Od. 79. For the blest Man, the Muse's child,
On whose auspicious birth she smild,] Hor. Od. 3. l. 4.
ODE XX. Page 81. Soft on the sea-born Goddess gaze ; ] Venus. 83. The form in Heav'n's resplendent vesture gay Floats on the mantling cloud, and pours the melting
lay.] Ariel: see the Tempest.
84. While meek-eyed Cynthia near
Illumes with streamy ray the silver-mantled lawn.] See the Midsummer's Night's Dream. ib. Roam's the lone desert's desolated maze!
Unaw'd! nor heeds the sweeping storm.] Lear.
85. To the deep vault the yelling harpies run,] The witches in Macbeth.
first in Beaumont's shade] Near Worcester college; once a seat of Henry II.
ib. Henry, thunder-bolt of war,] Henry V. educated at Queen’s-college.
ODÈ XXIV. Page 105. This gentleman was assistant master of the Grammar-school of Christ's Hospital ; where he was himself educated, and whence he was elected to Trinity College, Cambridge, at which place he took the degree of Master of Arts. He died at London in 1713, and was interred in the cloyster of Christ's Hospital. Dr. Watis is said to have esteemed this Ode as the truest, and best Pindaric he had ever read.
107. Cast on Menapian fields your weeping eyes:] The Menapii were the ancient inhabitants of Flanders. 109. Too fatal, brandish'd by the real Jove, Or Pallas, who assumes, and
fills his awful place.] ViceM GERIT ILLA TONANTIS. Vol. XV.