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Come, let me taste thee, unercis'd by kings !

45. Olim quod vulpes ægroto cauta leoni

Respondit, referam: Quia me vestigia terrent,
Omnia te adversum spectantia, nulla retrorsum.*

Faith, I shall give the answer Reynard gave :
I cannot like, dread Sir! your royal cave;
Because I see, by all the tracks about,
Full many a beast goes in, but none comes out. †

Both

* Ver. 73.

+ Ver. 114.

Conciseness was the quality, for which Babrius, if we may judge from the fragments, seems to have been so excellent. See Dissertat. de Babrio, Fab. 97, 50, 242 ; and, above all, the exquisite fable of the Swallow and Nightingale, Fable 149, and the last in this curious and elegant dissertation. In the Fabularum Æsopicarum Delectus, a book not sufficiently known, and now out of print, published at Oxford, 1698, are sixty fables exquisitely written, versibus senariis, by Ant. Alsop. The best life of Æsop is by M. Mezeriac, the learned editor of Diophantus : a book so scarce, that Bentley complained he could never get a sight of it; and Bayle had never seen it, when he first published his Dictionary. It was reprinted in the Memoires de Litterature of M. de Sallengre, 1717, tom. i. This was the author, whom Malherbe asked, when he shewed him the edition of Diophantus, " if it would lessen the price of bread"

P. 87.

Both poets have told the fable with an elegant brevity. Why did Pope omit ægroto ? Dread Sir, and Royal cuve, are good additions. Plato was also fond of this fable. He has put it into the mouth of Socrates, in the first Alcibiades.*

46. Excipiantque senes quos in vivaria mittant.t

Some with fat bucks on childless dotards fawn.

The legacy-hunters, the Hæredipetæ, were a more common character among the ancients than with us.

The ridicule, therefore, is not now so striking. Lucian has five pleasant Dialogues on the

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VOL. II.

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* Αλλ' ατεχνως, κατα τον Αισωπε μυθον, ον η Αλοπηξ προς τον Λεοντα ειπε, και τα εις Λαικεδαιμονα νομισματος εισιoντος μεν τα ιχνη τα εκεισε τετραμμενα δηλα, εξιοντος δε, εδαμη αν τις ιδοι. Τom. ii. p. 122. Serrani. Ed. H. Steph. 1578. Pope has connected the passage that immediately follows in a forced and quaint man. ner, which Horace never thought of;

Well, if a king's a lion, at the least
The people are a many headed beast. V. 120.

as if the word bellua had any relation to the lion before-mentioned.

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subject, from page 343 to 363, in the 4to edition of Hemsterhusius. Horace himself appears to have failed more in exposing this folly, than in any other of his satires ; and principally so, by mixing ancient with modern manners, and making Tiresias instruct Ulysses in petty frauds, and artifices too subtle for the old prophet and hero to dictate and to practise. Sat. 5. lib. 2.

47. Multis occulto crescit res fænore,*,

is far excelled in force and spirit by,

While with the silent growth of ten per cent.
In dirt and darkness, hundreds stink content.

48. Nullus in orbe sinus Paiis prælucet amenis,

Si dixit dives ; lacus & mare sentit amorem
Festinantis heri.t-

Sir Job & sail'd forth, the evening bright and still;
“No place on earth, he cry'd, like Greenwich-hill!”
Up starts a palace; lo, th' obedient base
Slopes at its foot, the woods its sides embrace,
The silver Thames reflects its marble face.||

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Ver. 80. of Ver. 132. # Ver. 83.
More lively than the general word, dives.

U Ver. 138.

Superior to the original : a pleasing little landscape

is added to the satire. But Greenwich-hill is not an exact parallel for Baiæ ; where the Ro. mans of the best taste and fashion built their villas. Pope's is the villa of a citizen. The absurd and awkward magnificence of opulent citizens has, of late, been frequently exposed; but no where with more humour than in the Connoisseur, and in the characters of Sterling and Mrs. Heidelberg, in the Clandestine Marriage.

49.

Cui si vitiosa * libido
Fecerit auspicium; cras ferramenta Teanum
Tolletis, fabrit-

Now let some whimsey, or that dev'l within,
Which guides all those who know not what they

mean,
But give the knight (or give his lady) spleen ;
Away, away! take all your scaffolds down,
For snug's the word ;--my dear, we'll live in town.

HORACE says, he will carry his buildings from so proper and pleasant a situation as Baia, to

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* Scaliger observes, that Horace is fond of adjectives that end ip osus.

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Teanum; a situation unhealthy and disagreeable. Pope says, he will not build at all, he will again retire to town. He has, I think, destroyed the connexion by this alteration. Mutability of temper is indeed equally exhibited in both instances, but Horace keeps closer to his subject.

. 50. Quo teneam vultus mutantem Protea nudo?

Quid pauper? ride; mutat cænacula, lectos,
Balnea, tonsores; conducto navigio æque,
Nauseat ac locuples quem ducit priva triremis.

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Did ever Proteus, Merlin, any witch,
Transform themselves so strangely as the rich ?
Well, but the poor the poor have the same itch:
They change their weekly barber, weekly news,
Prefer a new japanner to their shoes;
Discharge their garrets, move their beds, and run
(They know not whither) in a chaise and one :
They hire their sculler, and, when once aboard,
Grow sick, and damn the climate-like a lord.t

This imitation is in truth admirable. It is, perhaps, one of his finest passages.

All the parallels are fortunate, and exactly hit the original: and the images drawn from modern life are minutely applicable to the purpose.

51. Si

* Ver. 90.

of Ver. 152.

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