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perly remarked, that in the Battle of Mice and Frogs the Greek names have .not in English their original effect.
He tells us, that the Bookworm is borrowed from Beza; but he should have added, with modern applications : and when he discovers that Gay Bacchus is tranNáted from Augurellus, he ought to have remarked, that the latter part is.purely Parnell's. Another poem, When Spring comes on, is, he says, taken from the French. I would add, that the description of Barrenness, in his verses to Pope, was borrowed from Secundus; but lately. searching for the passage which. I had formerly read, I could not find it. The Night-piece on Death is indirectly prea ferred by Goldsmith to Gray's Churchyard; but, in my opinion, Gray has the advantage in dignity, variety, and ori. ginality of sentiment. He observes that the story of the Hermit is in More's Dialogues and Howell's Letters, and supposes it to have been originally Arabian.
Goldsmith has not taken any notice of the Elegy to the old Beauty, which is perhaps the meanest; nor of the Allegory on Man, the happiest of Parnell's performances. The hint of the Hymn to Contentment I suspect to have been borrowed from Cleiveland. ; i
The general character of Parnell is not great extent of comprehension, or
fertility of mind. Of the little that appears ftill less is his own. His praise must be derived from the easy sweetness of his diction : in his verses there is more happiness than pains; he is spritely without effort, and always delights though he never ravishes; every thing is proper, yet every thing seems casual. If there is some appearance of elaboration in the Hermit, the narrative, as it is less airy, is less pleasing. Of his other compositions it is impossible to say whether they are the productions of Nature, so excellent as not to want the help of Art, or of Art fo refined as to resemble Nature.
This criticism relates only to the pieces published by Pope. Of the large appendages which I find in this edition, I can only say that I know not whence they came, nor have ever enquired whi. ther they are going. They stand upon the faith of the compilers.