The Works of Alexander Pope, Esq, Volume 1

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 136 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1760. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE FIRST BOOK O F STATIUS H I S T H E B A I S. FRaternal rage the guilty Thebes alarms, Th' alternate reign destroy i by impious arms, Demand our song j a sacred Fury fires My ravisli'd breast, and all the Muse inspires. O Goddess, say, shall I deduce my rhimea $ From the dire nation in its early times, Europa's rape, Agenor's stern decree, And Cadmus searching round the spacious lea? How with the serpent's teeth he sow'd the soil, And reap'd an Iron harvest of his toil? ia Or how from joining stones the city sprung/ While to his harp divine Amphion sung? Unde graves irae cognata in moenia Baccho, Quod saevae Junonis opus; cui sumpserit arcum Infelix Athamas, cur non expaverit ingens Ionium, socio casura Palaemone mater. Atque adeo jam nunc gemitus, et prospera Cadmi Praeteriisse sinam: limes mihi carminis esto 20 Oedipodae confusa domus: quando Itala nondum Signa, nee Arctoos ausim sperare triumphos, Bisque jugo Rhenum, bis adactum legibus Istrum, Et conjurato dejectos vertice Dacos: Aut defensa prius vix pubescentibus annis Bella Jovis. Tuque o Latiae decus addite famae, Quem nova maturi subeuntem exorsa parentis Aeternum sibi Roma cupit: licet arctior omnes Limes agat stellas, et te plaga lucida coeli Pleiadum, Boreaeque, et hiulci fulminis expers 2$ Or shall I Juno's hate to Thebes resound, Whose fatal rage th' unhappy Monarch found t The sire against the son his arrows drew, i O'er the wide fields the furious mother flew* And while her arms a second hope contain, Sprung from the rocks and plung'd into the maiii* But wave whate'er to Cadmus may belong, And fix, O Muse! the barrier of thy song 20 At Oedipus--from his disasters trace The long confusions of his guilty face: Nor yet attempt to stretch thy bolder wing, ! And mighty C sar's con...

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Satirical poet Alexander Pope was born in London on May 21, 1688. He was educated by private tutors. Many consider Pope to be the greatest poet of his time, and he also wrote commentaries and translations, he is best known for such poems as The Rape of the Lock and The Duncaid. Pope was the first English poet to make a substantial amount of money from his writing. Pope died on May 30, 1744.

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