Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.
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To his worthy Friend Master E'velyn, upon his Translation of Lucretius.
THat Chance and Atoms make this all
In Order Democratical,
Where Bodies freely run their course
Without design, or Fate, or Force.
Page 183 In English Verse Lucretins sings
As if with Pegasean wings,
He soar'd beyond our utmost Sphere,
And other Worlds discovered there;
His boundless and unr•ly Wit
To Nature does no bounds permit;
But boldly has remov'd those Bars,
Of Heaven, and Earth, and Seas, and Stars,
By which she was before suppos'd
By moderate Wits to be enclos'd,
Till his •ree Muse threw down the Pale,
And did at once dispark them all.
So vast this Argument did seem
That the great Author did esteem
The Roman Language, which was spred
•'re the whole world in Triumph led
Too weak, too narrow to unfold
The Wonders which he would have told.
Page 184 This speaks thy Glory, Noble Friend,
And British Language does commend;
For here Lucretius whole we find,
His Words, his Mu•ick, and his Mind,
Thy Art has to our Co••try brought
All that he writ, and all he thought.
Ovid translated, Virgil too,
Shew'd long since what our tongue could do;
Nor Lucan we, nor Harace spar'd,
Only Lucretius was too hard▪
Lucretius, like a Fort did stand
Untoucht, till your victorious Hand
Did from his Head this Garland bear.
Which now upon your own you wear:
A Garland made of such new Bays,
And sought in such untr•dden ways,
As no Man's Temples e're did Crown,
Save this fam'd Authors and your own,