been entitled to a very high rank in the public eltimation, which indeed, while the public judg- ment was as yet immature, he aEtually enjoyed. In the prefent improved {tate ofverfification, we have few produelions of the Englifh mule more foft, more gay, more airy, than his Anacreon- tics, his Acme and Septimius, and his Chronicle. On the other hand, in the pathetic and plaintive ftile, few pieces exhibit a more mournful flow 0F numbers than his Elegy on Harvey, the poem {liled the Complaint, and Tome others. He knew how to exprelsias well as feel the molt tender, as xvell as the molt lively emotions of

the foul.

Forgot his Epic, nay Pinclaric art, Yet fiill we lore the language of his heart."

Waller mult be regarded as greatly inferior to Cowley in genius; but he pofliellned a more cor- reEt tafie and truer judgment. His verfification, when compared with that of the majority of his predecellors, is eminently fmooth and harmo- nious; and he contributed much to polilh and refine the elegant art which he cultivated.

Thomfonk celebrated poem, The Seafons, enjoys a reputation at leall equal to it-s merit. As Pope has been called the Poet of Reafon, Thomfon may with equal jultice be {tiled the Poet of Nature. He furveyed her various

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