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Hail fource of bleffings to our isle !
To joy, to triumphs, dedicate the day.
Rife, goddess of immortal fame,
The double festival proclaim.
The goddess of immortal fame
To all Britannia's realms around,
The double festival proclaim.
O'er Cambria's diftant hills let the loud notes rebound! Each British foul be rais'd, and every eye be gay! To joy, to triumphs, dedicate the day.
HIS little Poem was writ by the acci
of having Horace my com
"panion in a confinement by fickness, and fancying "I had difcovered a new fenfe of one of his odes, for "which I have found your lordship's great indulgence "and partiality to me, the best exposition.
"Perhaps we never read with that attention, as "when we think we have found fomething applicable "to ourselves. I am now grown fond enough of this
fense to believe it the true one, and have drawn two "or three learned friends (to whom I have mentioned "it) into my opinion.
"The Ode, your lordship will fee, is that in which "Horace feigns himself turned into a fwan. It paffes "(for aught I know univerfally) for a compliment on "himself, and a mere enthusiastick rant of the poet "in his own praife, like his EXEGI MONUMENTUM, "&c. I confefs I had often flightly read it in that ❝ view,
"view, and have found every one I have lately asked, "deceived by the fame opinion, which I cannot but "think poils the cde, and finks it to nothing; I had "almoft faid, turns the fwan into a goofe.
"The Grammarians feem to have fallen into this "mistake, by wholly overlooking the reason of his rapture, viz. its being addreffed to Mecenas; and “have prefaced it with this, and the like general in"feriptions-VATICINATUR CARMINUM SUORUM ❝IMMORTALITATEM, &c. which I think is not the
"I am very happy in the occafion which fhewed it "me in a quite different fenfe from what I had ever "apprehended, till I had the honour to be known to
your lordship; I am fure a much more advantage"ous one to the Poet, as well as more juft to his great 66 patron. If I have exceeded the liberty of an imi"tator, in purfuing the fame hint further, to make "it lefs doubtful, yet his favourers will forgive me, "when I own I have not on this occafion fo much "thought of emulating his poetry, as of rivaling his 66 pride, by the ambition of being known as,
YOUR LORDSHIP'S MOST OBLIGED,
AND DEVOTED HUMBLE SERVANT,
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
LORD CHANCELLOR COWPER.
IN ALLUSION TO HORACE, LIB. II. ODE XX.
'M rais'd, transported, chang'd all o'er !
Aloft; fee, fee the down arife,
And clothe my back, and plume my thighs!
Shall I, obfcure or difefteem'd,
Of vulgar rank henceforth be deem'd ?
No-He can never wholly die,
Secure of immortality,
Whom Britain's Cowper condefcends
To own, and numbers with his friends.
'Tis done-I fcorn mean honours now;
That generous Cowper loves me well.
Through Britain's realms I fhall be known
And when the tomb my dust shall hide,
Vain pomp be spar'd, and every tear;