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· Marti aut Minervæ, quorum uterque nititur

Nymphæ probari, quæ probatur omnibus :
Hymenæus illic fæpe prætendat facem
Clarisfimam, croceumque velamen trahat,
Spectac’la, mimi, pompa, commiffatio, -
Veterumque ritu nocte fint convivia,
Talesque visus, quos vident in somniis
Juvenes poetæ, dum celebris rivuli
Securi ad oram vespere æstivo jacent.
Tunc ad theatra demigrem frequentia
Johnsone, fi tu, docte soccum proferas;
Sive * Ille mufæ filius fundat fonos,
Quam dulcè, quam felicitèr temerarios!
Curæque carmen semper antidotos modis
Mentem relaxet involutam Lydiis ;
Oh! fim perenni emancipatus carmini,
Quod tentet usque ad intimum cor emicans,
Auresque gratis detinens ambagibus
Pedibus ligatis suaviter nectat moras,
Dum liquida vox, labyrinthus ut, deflectitur
Dolo perita et negligenti induftriâ,
Variàque cæcos arte nodos explicat,
Animam latentem qui coercent musices;

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* Shakespear.

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Adeo

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That Orpheus self may heave his head
From goiden slumber on a bed
Of heap'd Elysian flow'rs, and hear
Such strains as would have won the ear
Of Pluto, to have quite set free
His half-regain’d Eurydice.
These delights, if thou canst give,
Mirth, with thee I mean to live.

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Adeo ut quiete expergefactus aureâ
Toros relinquat ipse Thrax amaranthinos,
Medioque tales captet Elyfio fonos,
Quales avaram suadeant Proserpinam
Nullâ obligatam lege sponsam reddere.
His fi redundes gaudiis, prudentis est,
Lætitia, tecum velle vitam degere.

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