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:: Pitt engaging as a rival with Dryden, naturally observed his failures and avoided them; and, as he wrote after Pope's Iliad, he had an example of an exact, equable, and splendid versification. With these advantages, seconded by great diligence, he might successfully labour particular passages, and escape many errors. If the two versions are compared, perhaps the result would be, that Dryden leads the reader forward by his general vigour and sprightliness, and Pitt often stops him to contemplate the excellence of a single couplet; 'that Dryden's faults are forgotten in the hurry of delight, and that Pite's beauties are neglected in the languor of a cold and listless perusal; that Pitt pleases the criticks and Dry
den the people; that Pitt is quoted, and Dryden read.
He did not long enjoy the reputation which this great work deservedly conferred; for he left the world in 1748, and lies buried under a stone at Blandford, on which is this inscription :
In memory of CHR. Pitt, clerk, M. A.
Very eminent for his talents in poetry;
and yet more for the universal candour of his mind, and the primitive fimplicity of his manners.
He lived innocent,
PAR N EL L.
THE Life of Dr. PARNELL is L a task which I should very willingly decline, since it has been lately written by Goldsmith, a man of such variety of powers, and fuch felicity of performance, that he always seemned to do best that which he was doing; a man who had the art of being minute without tediousness, and general without confufion; whose language was copious' without exuberance, exact without constraint, and easy without weakness. "
What such an author has told, who would tell again? I have made an abstract from his larger narrative; and shall have this gratification from my attempt, that it gives me an opportunity of paying due tribute to the memory of a departed genius.
Tổ yae Yêng gì Sevolay. THOMAS PARNELL was the son of a commonwealthsman of the fame name, who at the Restoration left Congleton in Cheshire, where the family had been established for several centuries, and, fettling in Ireland, purchased an estate, which, with his lands in Cheshire, descended to the poet, who was born at Dublin in 1679;, and,