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Keeping the tablets and decrees
Of Jove, and the ephemerides
Of the gods, and calendars,
Of the ever festal stars;
Say, who was he, the sunless shade,
Monumenta servans, et ratas leges Jovis,
Natura solers finxit humanum genus,
Æternus, incorruptus, æquævus polo,
and there is a great reach of imagination in one of the conceptions which follows, that the original archetype of man may be a huge giant, stalking in some remote, unknown region of the earth, and lifting his head so high as to be dreaded by the gods, &c."-Pray let the learned reader also admire the line beginning" Tamen seorsus -the word "stringitur "-the passage about sitting among the unborn souls by the river Lethe-the "alto sinu" and "præpes"and indeed the whole, from beginning to end.
Sole, yet all; first visible thought,
Twin-birth with Pallas, not remain
Doth he in Jove's o'ershadow'd brain;
But though of wide communion,
Dwells apart, like one alone;
And fills the wondering embrace,
Unusque et universus, exemplar Dei?
Or inhabits with his lone
Nature in the neighbouring moon;
Or sits with body-waiting souls,
Where a loftier bulk he rears
Than Atlas, grappler of the stars,
And through their shadow-touched abodes
Brings a terror to the gods.
Citimúmve terris incolit lunæ globum ;
Sive, inter animas corpus adituras sedens,
Sive in remotâ fortè terrarum plagâ
Atlante major portitore siderum.
Not the seer of him had sight,
Who found in darkness depths of light;
In all his mighty gulphs of thought :-
Pleiad Mercury, never shewed
To any poet's wisest sight
In the silence of the night :
News of him the Assyrian priest t
Found not in his sacred list,
Non, cui profundum cæcitas lumen dedit,
Non hunc sacerdos novit Assyrius, licèt
* Tiresias, who was blind.
Though he traced back old king Nine,
And Belus, elder name divine,
And Osiris, endless famed.
Not the glory, triple-named,
Thrice great Hermes, though his
Read the shapes of all the skies,
Left him in his sacred verse
O Plato and was this a dream
Of thine in bowery Academe?
Longos vetusti commemoret atavos Nini,
Priscumque Belon, inclytumque Osiridem; Non ille, trino gloriosus nomine,
Ter magnus Hermes, ut sit arcani sciens,
Talem reliquit Isidis cultoribus.
At tu, perenne ruris Academi decus,