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Pastimes with the Muse free pdf Excerpt from Pastimes With the Muse Introduction. Ye gods and godesses! assist my song.It would be sacreligious to beginA poem, and most blasphemously wrong, To dare to scale the Pierian heights - a sin, As henious as Prometheus, amongThe gods committed, when, if he had beenSkilled in the modern boodler's art and culture, His liver ne'er had been food for the vulture. A sin, I mean, to scribble poetry, Without a formal invocation, first, Of the gods. History is said to bePhilosophy, in which all should be versed, Teaching by methods used successfully, By all of the best teachers, and the worst-Using examples- and, since no shrewd thief, Would, like Pometheus, be brought to grief, So I would use the light of history, And shun the ruts of literary mope-Homer invokes the muse, and so must I, As fervently as Milton, and as Pope.Since Homer set the copy, I must tryTo imitate him, if I e'er would hopeTo shine a star, in the bright galaxy, That flashes in the literary sky. Both Pope and Milton supplicate the Muse, In such a solemn, serious, earnest way, That saints of Charles the Second's age, might useThe formula, when they were wont to pray, And think it orthodox- if I refuseTo follow in the track of such as they, I would subject myself to the suspicionThat I am not a skilful rhetorician. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Unknown Author
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331587859
EAN : 9781331587859
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 36 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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