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XVI. Justice exerce, with mercy and conscience, And let no small beast suffer skaith or scorns Of greater beasts, that been of more puissance ; Do law alike to Apes and Unicorns, And let no Bugle with his bousteous horns Oppress the meek plough Ox, for all his pride, But in the yoke go quietly him beside.
And saw him guarded with a bush of spears,
be crown'd, For o'er the laif thy beauty is renown'd.
want of care or judgment in their respective editors. they are all forgotten, or neglected. From these the miscellany known by the name of Mr Pope perhaps ought to be excepted; tho' that, indeed, cannot properly be styl'd a collection of poems by different hands, which is such a one as we are speaking of at present; the greater part consisting of pieces by Mr Pope only. The best miscellany at this day extant in our language, and the first complete one of the kind which we have seen, is that lately publish'd at London by R. Dodsley, which boasts the greatest names of the present age among its contributors.
As to the poetical collection here exhibited to the public, we apprehend it challenges no fmall degree of regard, as it was made under the immediate inspection and conduct of several very ingenious gentlemen, whose names it would do us the highest honour to mention; and as it contains a variety not to be found even in the admirable collection last spoken of; I mean the Intermixture of poems both Scotch and English. Nor is this variety less agreeable than useful; as from it, we have an opportunity of forming a comparison and estimate of the taste and genius of the two different nations, in their poetical compofitions.
It will be necessary to take notice, that our chief care has been to furnish out the following miscellany with those pieces (regard being first had to real merit)
hich have laid unknown and unobserv'd from their litors e the ANNER of publication; several of them having been
rinted by themselves, and fo perished as it were for haps
fant of bulk, and others loft amid the rubbish of bllections injudiciously made, and perhaps not easily b be met with. Nor will it be improper to mention,
hat in order to render our volume still more comMr
plete, we have had the favour of some original :in
poems, written by a late member of the university of
Aberdeen, whose modesty would not permit us to on
print his name : and from these ingenious essays, the public may be enabled to form fome judgment beforehand of a poem of a nobler and more important nature, which he is now preparing. Nor must we for. get to return our public thanks to this gentleman, for the service he has been to us, not only in making this collection more excellent by his own contributions, but in selecting such pieces of others as were suitable to our design.
It is hoped that the ancient Scottish poems (amongst which THE THISTLE AND THE Rose, and HARDYKNUTE are more particularly distinguished) will make no disagreeable figure among those of modern date ; and that they will produce the same effect here, as Mr Pope obferves a moderate use of old words
have in a poem; which (adds he) is like working old abbey-stones into a modern building, and which I have sometimes seen practifed with good success.
XXII. A costly crown with stones clarified bright, This comely Queen did on her head inclose, While all the land illumined of light; Wherefore methought, the flow'rs did all rejoyce, Crying at once, Hail to the fragrant ROSE ! Hail Empress of the herbs! fresh Queen of flow'rs! To thee be glore and honour at all hours.
XXIV. Then all the birds they sang with voice on height, Whose mirthful sound was marvellous to hear : The Mavys fang, Hail ROSE most rich and right, That does upflourish under Phebus' sphere, Hail plant of youth, hail prince's daughter dear, Hail blossom breaking out of blood royal, Whose precious virtue is imperial.
XXV. The Merle the fang, Hail ROSE of most delight, Hail of all flow'rs the sweet and sov'raign Queen: The Lark she fang, hail ROSE both red and white, Most pleasant flow'r of mighty colours * twain : Nightingals fang, hail Nature's fuffragan, In beauty, nurture, and each nobleness, In rich array, renown, and gentleness.
* Alluding to the Houses of york and LANCASTER, which were distinguished by the WHITE and RED ROSE, and united in the person of Queen MARGARET.