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IMPROVISO TRANSLATION

Of the following Distich on the Duke of Modena's

running away from the Comet in 1742 or 1743. Se al venir vostro i principi se n' vanno Deh venga ogni di

durate un anno. IF at your coming princes disappear, Comets ! come ev'ry day --and stay a year.

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THEATRE des ris, et des pleurs,
Lit! où je nais, et où je meurs,
Tu nous fais voir comment voisins,
Sont nos plaisirs, et nos chagrins.
In bed we laugh, in bed we cry,
And born in bed, in bed we die;
The near approach a bed may show
Of human bliss to human woe.

EPITAPH for Mr. HOGARTIR

The hand of him here torpid lies,

That drew th' essential form of grace; Here clos'd in death th' attentive eyes,

That saw the manners in the face.

TRANSLATION
Of the following Lines written under a Print

representing Persons skaiting.
Sur un mince chrystal l'hyver conduit leurs pas,

Le précipice est sous la glace:

Telle est de nos plaisirs la legere surface: Glissez, mortels; n'appuyez pas.

O'er ice the rapid skaiter flies,

With sport above, and death below;
Where mischief lurks in gay disguise,

Thus lightly touch and quickly go.

IMPROMPTU TRANSLATION

OF THE SAME.

O’er crackling ice, o'er gulplis profound,

With nimble glide the skaiters play; O'er treach'rous Pleasure's flowry ground

Thus lightly skim, and haste away.

To Mrs. THRALE,
On her completing her thirty-fisth Ycar.

An IMPROMPTU.
Ort in danger, yet alive,
We are come to thirty-five;
Long may better years arrive,
Better years than thirty-five!
Could philosophers contrive
Life to stop at thirty-five,
Time his hours should never drive
O'er the bounds of thirty-five.

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High

High to soar, and deep to dive,
Nature gives at thirty-five.
Ladies, stock and tend your hive,
Trifle not at thirty-five;
For, howe'er we boast and strive,
Life declines from thirty-five.
He that ever hopes to thrive'
Must begin by thirty-five ;
And all who wisely wish to wive
Blust look on Thrale at thirty-five.

IMPROMPTU TRANSLATION

Of an AIR in the

CLEMENZA DE Tito of METASTASIO, beginning,

Deh se piacermi vuoi.

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TRANSLATION

Of a SPEECH of AQUILEIO in the ADRIANO of METASTASIO, beginning

" Tu che in Corle invechiasti."

GROWN old in courts, thou surely art not one
Who keeps the rigid rules of antient honour;
Well skilld to soothe a foe with looks of kindness,
To sink the fatal precipice before him,
And then lament his full with seeming friendship :
Open to all, true only to thyself,
'Thou know'st those arts which blast with envious

praise,
Which aggravate a fault with fcign'd excuses,
And drive discountenanc'd virtue from the throne;
That leave the blame of rigour to the prince,
And of his ev'ry gift usurp the merit;
That hide in seeming zeal a wicked purpose
And only build upon another's ruin.

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PO E M AT A.

MESSIA*
Ex alieno ingenio poeta, ex suo tantum versificator.

Scalig. Poet.
TOLLITE concentum, Solymææ tollite nymphæ
Nil mortale loquor; cælum mihi carminis alta
Materies; poscunt gravius coelestia plectrum,
Muscosi fontes, sylvestria tecta valete,
Aonidesque Deæ, et mendacis somnia Pindi:
Tu, mihi, qui flan mil movisti pectora sancti
Sidereâ Isaiæ, dignos accende furores !

Imniatura calens rapitur per secula vates
Sic orsus-Qualis rerum mihi nascitur ordo!
Virgo! virgo parit! felix radicibus arbor
Jessæis surgit, mulcentesque æthera flores
Cælestes lambunt aniinæ, ramisque columba,
Nuncia sacra Dei, plaudentibus insidet alis.
Nectareos rores, alimentaque mitia cælum
Præbeat, et tacite fæcundos irriget imbres.
Huc, fædat quos lepra, urit quos febris, adeste,
Dia falutares spirant medicamina rami;
Hic requies fessis; non sacra sævit in umbra
Vis Boreæ gelida, aut rapidi violentia solis.
Irrita vanescent prisca vestigia fraudis
Justitiæque manus pretio intemerata bilancem

This translation has been severely criticised by Dr. Wharton, in his edition of Pope, vol. i. p. 105. 8vo. 1797. ' It certainly contains some expressions that are not classical. Let it be remembered, however, that it was a college-exercise, performed with great rapidity, and was at first praised beyond all supicion of defect.

Attollet

C.

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