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the gentle Anacreon and the tempestuous Pindar.
His versification seems to have had very little of his care; and if what he thinks be true, that his numbers are unmusical only when they are ill read, the art of reading them is at present loft; for they are commonly harsh to modern ears. He has indeed many noble lines, such as the feeble care of Waller never could produce. The bulk of his thoughts sometimes swelled his verse to unexpected and inevitable grandeur; but his excellence of this kind is merely fortuitous : he finks willingly down to his general careleffness, and avoids with very little care either meanness or asperity.
His contractions are often rugged and harsh : One Alings a mountain, and its rivers too Torn up with't.“
His rhymes are very often made by pronouns or particles, or the like unimportant words, which disappoint the ear, and destroy the energy of the line. .
His combination of different measures is sometimes dissonant and unpleasing; he joins verses together, of which the former does not slide easily into the latter.
The words do and did, which so much degrade in present estimation the line that admits them, were in the time of Cowley little censured or avoided : how often he used them, and with how
bad an effect, at leaft to our ears, will
Slave to myself I ne'er will be ;
By my own present mind.
Tne bondman of the cloister so,
And still as Time come in, it goes away,
Not to enjoy, but debts to pay. Unhappy slave, and pupil to a bell! Which his hours' work as well as hours
does tell : Unhappy till the last, the kind releasing
His heroick lines are often formed of monofyllables; but yet they are sometimes sweet and sonorous.
He says of the Messiah,
Round the whole earth his dreaded name
shall found, And reach to worlds that must not yet be
In another place, of David,
Yet bid hiin go securely, when he sends; 'Tis Saul that is his foe, and we his friends. The man who has his God, no aid can lack, And we who bid him go, will bring him . back.
He did not write without attempting an improved and scientifick versification; of which it will be best to give his own account subjoined to this
Nor can the glory contain itself in
th' endless space. “I am sorry that it is necessary to ads “ monish the most part of readers, that “ it is not by negligence that this verse is “ so loose, long, and, as it were, vaft; it “ is to paint in the number the nature