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.

Page 77. We long to sit with heroes old,

'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.

Page 102. Lion-hearted Richard's spear


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.


ib. The British Pallas! who, as Homer's did

For her lov'd Diomede,
Her hero's mind with wisdom fills,

And heav'nly courage in his heart instils.] Homer, in his fifth Iliad, because his hero is to do wonders beyond the power of man, premises, in the beginning, that Pallas had peculiarly fitted him for that day's exploits. ib. As when the Pleiades arise, The southern wind afflicts the skies,]

Indomitas prope qualis undas
Exercet Auster, Pleiadum choro
Scindente nubes; inpiger hostium
Vexare turmas, et frementem

Mittere equum medios per ignis,
Sic tauriformis volvitur Aufidus,
Qui Regna Dauni praefluit Appuli,
Cum saevit, horrendamque cultis
Diluviem meditatur agris.

HOR. At Lens, at Fleurus, and at Landen fight.] Near Lens the Prince of Condè gave the Spaniards a very great overthrow, 1648.

Such Buda saw him, when proud Apti fell,] He bore a considerable share in the glory of that day on which Buda was taken.

Apti was Bassa of the city, and lost his life on the breach.

ib. Such Harscam's field beheld him in his bloom,] This battle was fatal to the Turks in the year 1687. Prince Eugene, with the regiments of his brigade, was



the first that entered the trenches; and for that reason had the honor to be the first messenger of this happy news to the Emperor.

ib. And choke Tibiscus with the slain ;] This battle was fought on the ioth of October, 1697, where Prince Eugene commanded in chief. There never happened so great and so terrible a destruction to the Ottoman army as this, which fell upon the principal commanders more than the common soldiers: for not fewer than fifteen Bassas (five of whoni' had been Viziers of the bench) were killed, besides the su.

preme Vizier.

115. Beneath fair Ulysippo's walls,] The old name of Lisbon, said to have been founded by Ulysses.

ib. Or, sent in Aetna's fiery cave to groan,] The mountain under which Jupiter lodged Enceladus.

ODE XXV. Page 116. The Author of this Ode was by maternal descent grandson of Mr. Stavely, author of “ The “ Roman Horseleech, &c." He received the rudi. ments of literature at Westminster, and was at one, if not both the Universities, but without going through the stated course of study. Having obtained a place in the office of ordnance, he generally resided within the Tower, and there died about the year 1749.

117. Sce thy friend, Godolphin stand! Sydney Earl of Godolphin, Lord Treasurer of Eng. land, who died September 15, 1712.

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