Grotius, his arguments for the truth of Christian religion rendred into plain English verse.
Grotius, Hugo, 1583-1645., Virgil. Bucolica. 4. English.
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To the Honourable ROBERT BOYLE, Esq
SInce your Command seem'd to suppose me fit;
To this Attempt I could not but submit:
How difficult soe're, who could refuse,
When such Encouragement supplies a Muse?
Yet this that leisure and recess requires,
Which one, of Avocati'ons, but desires.
If I could envy what I truly love,
Or rev'rence rather, as advanc'd above;
Your Life, your Genius, would that En∣vy raise,
Happy beyond my hope, beyond my Praise.
Did not this Great Civili'an (a) Verse adorn,
My Vein, whate're it were, might merit Scorn,
As if I were to nothing better born:
Page [unnumbered]By it I never can expect a Name;
And most Men may my wronging Gro∣tius blame;
While the ill-natur'd Criticks often smile,
To find his (b)Dutch excel our English Stile.
If I can lull the Cares of Life asleep,
'Tis the chief benefit I look to reap:
While you, of all the wise Man's Joys possest,
Out of the reach of mortal chances, rest:
From whence, with so much charming force, do flow
Treasures of Knowledg unto us below.
Had not your choice anticipated Mine,
I might have mingled Dross where (c) you refine,
Embasing with low Verse that Chain of thought,
By which to Faith Reason's Subjecti'on taught,
And the sublimest Truths to its em∣braces brought.