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CRITICAL FRAGMENTS, ON SOME OF THE ENGLISH POETS.

1 Milton, in pond'rous verse, moves greatly on,
2 Wielding his massy theme; with wond'rous strength
3 He labours forward.
4 Shakespear gently glides,
5 And, like a polish'd mirror, as he passes
6 Reflects all nature.
7 Young, in thought profound,
8 Muses, contemplates, sees, and feels the woes
9 That clog the soul; yet with aspiring wing
10 Behold him 'rise majestically slow,
11 And like an eagle soar, and soar alost:
12 But Swift delights as much to rout
13 I'th' dirt, and then to throw't about.
14 Pope sings a soft and sweet harmonious lay,
15 So mellow flutes in pleasant concert play.
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16 Matt. Prior, like an easy horse,
17 Keeps ambling on, ne'er out of course:
18 But trotting Butler beats him hollow,
19 He leads a way that none can follow;
20 He dashes on through thick and thin,
21 Nor for the criticks cares a pin;
22 From censure he's receiv'd acquittal,
23 And grammar, metre, rhyme submit all.

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    Title (in Source Edition): CRITICAL FRAGMENTS, ON SOME OF THE ENGLISH POETS.
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    Hands, Elizabeth, 1746-1815. The death of Amnon. A poem. With an appendix: containing pastorals, and other poetical pieces. By Elizabeth Hands. [Coventry]: Printed for the author, by N. Rollason, Coventry, M,DCCLXXXIX., 1789, pp. 126-127. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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