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Nor shall it wever from one Subject start,
Nor feek Transitions to depart ;
Nor thro' Lanes a Compass take,
When the wide Air's a Road for it.
Till the whole Carcass he devour,
That's fall'n into his Pow'r,
He only sucks the taftful Blood,
To Kites and meaner' Birds be leaves the mangled Prey.
Blank Verse is where the Measure is exa&ty kept with, out Rhyme ; Shakespear, to avoid the troublesome Conftrainc of Rhyme, was the first who invented it; our Poers since him have made use of it in many of their Tragedies and Comedies : But the moft celebrated Poem in this kind of Verse is Milton's Paradise Loft ; from the sth Book of which I have taken the following Lines for an Example of Blank Verfe.
These are thy glorious Works, Parent of Good!
And Choral Symphonies, Day without Night
Acknowledge him thy Greater, Sound his Praise
His Praise, who out of Darkness call'd up Light.
Thus I have given a short Account of all the sorts of Poems, that are moft us’d in our Language. The Acrosticks, Anagrams, bo. deserve not to be mention'd, and we may say of them what an ancient Poet said long ago.
Stultum eft difficiles habere Nugas,
V I 2.
racters, of Persons and Things; that are
Sic pofitæ, quoniam suaves miscetis Odores.
The NAMES of the AUTHORS that are cited
by their Abbreviations in this Collection.
R. Addison Add. Lee
Lee. Dr. Atterbury Atter. Milton
Milt. Beaumont and Fletcher Beau. Mar. of Normandy, now Duke Behn
Behn. of Buckingham. Norm. Sir Richard Blackmore Black. Oldham
Oldh. Brown Brown. Otway
Otw. Late D. of Buckingham Buck. Mr. Prior
Prior. Cleaveland Cleav. Ratcliff
Rat. Mr. Congreve
Cong. Late Earl of Rochester Roch. Cowley
Cow). E. of Roscomon Rosc. Creech Cr. Mr. Rowe
Row. Sir William Davenant Dav. Sir Cha. Sedley
Sed. Dr. Davenant Dr. Da. Shakespear
Shak. Sir John Denham Denh. Mr. Southern
South. Mr. Dennis
Den. Dr.Sprat Bilh. of Roch. Sprat. Earl of Dorfet Dorf. Mr. Stafford
Staff Dryden Dryd. Mr. Stepney
Step. Mr. Duke Duke. Sir John Suckling
Suckl. Dr. Garth Gar. Mr. Tate
Tate: Lord Halifax Hal. Walsh
Wal. Mr. Harvey Harv. Waller
Wall. Sir Robert Howard How. Mr. Wycherley
Wych. Hudibras Hud. Mr. Yalden
Yald. Ben Jobnson
Qui, quid fit pulchrum, quid turpe, qaid utile, quid non,
Most Natural and Sublime
THOUGHTS, of the best ENGLISH
ABSENCE. See Parking.
It was not kind,
Mate. When thou art from me ev'ry Place is desart, And I methinks am savage and forlorn. Thy Presence only 'tis can make me bless'd; Heal my unquiet Mind, and tune my Soul. Otw. Orph.
Love reckons Hours for Months, and Days for Years; And ev'ry little Absence is an Age.
Dryd. Amphit. The tedious Hours move heavily away, And each long Minute seems a lazy Day. Otw. Cai. Mar.
For thee the bubbling Springs appear'd to mourn, And whisp'ring Pines made Vows for thy Return. Dryd. Virg.
Night must involve the World till the appear ; The Flow'rs in painted Meadows hang their Heads; The Birds awake not to their morning Songs, Nor early Hinds renew their constanč Labour : Ev'n Nature seems to slumber till her Call, Regardless of th’Approach of any other Day. Row. Uly
Winds murmurid thro' che Leaves your short Delay, And Fountains o'er their Pebbles chid your stay: But, with your Presence chear'd, they cease to mourn, And Walks wear fresher Green at your Return. Dryd. State of Inn.
The Joys of Meeting pay the Pangs of Absence, Else who could bear it?