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Wynkyn de Worde, i. 149. Wormius, iii. 188.
Walker, hat-bearer to BentWebster, ii. 258.
ley, iv, 206. 273. Whitfield, ibid.
Wren, sir Christopher, iii Warner, Thomas, ii. 125. 329. Wilkins, ibid.
Wyndham, iv. 167. Welsted, Leonard, ii. 207. iii.
169. Woolston, Thomas, iii. 212. Young, Dr. ii. 116.
A DISCOURSE ON PASTORAL..
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR MDCCIV.
Rura mihi et rigui placeant in vallibus amnes; Flumina amem, sylvasque, inglorius ! Virgil.
No part of Pope's writings has been more disproportionately extolled, or more unjustly degraded, than the · Pastorals.' His name long divided the critical world into two classes; one of which hailed all his performances with intrepid panegyric, while the other stamped them with equally unhesitating libel ; both parties alike forgetting, in their judgment of the Pastorals, that those poems were the effort of mere boyhood, and thus incapable of being taken as the standard of either failure or fame.
All the marks of boyishness are on these productions; the images sought from remote authorities, the feelings impregnated by school recollections, and even the names humbly borrowed from Greek and Roman pastoral. Daphnis responds to Damon, in “Windsor's blissful plains;' and Strephon invokes Phæbus to assist his song with Waller's strains, or Granville's moving lays ;' and promises a milk-white bull' for sacrifice in return. If with one shepherd Pactolus and the Po’yield to 'bright Thames,' the other is not less learned in his admiration; and Cynthus and Hybla yield to Windsor's shade.' Yet, with all this learning, Strephon proposes the royal oak’ as his trial of wit, and Daphnis retorts by the triumph of the thistle over the lily in the wars of Anne and Louis.
But those were the blemishes of a taste yet immature, and bewildered by models, whose true excellence had hitherto escaped his sagacity. Sylvan images, as they are among