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And thence transferred to Rome, by gift his

own; A willing people, and an offer'd throne. O happy monarch, fent by heav'n to bless 715 A savage nation with soft arts of peace, To teach religion, rapine to restrain, Give laws to lust, and sacrifice ordain : Himself a saint, a goddess was his bride, And all the Muses o'er his acts preside. 720

Ver. 715. O happy monarch,] It is impossible not to be struck with the elegance and harmony of thefe fix last lines.

Dr. J. WARTON.

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OVID'S EPISTLES.

PREFACE

CONCERNING

OVID'S EPISTLES.

THE life of Ovid being already written in our language before the translation of his Metamorphoses, I will not presume fo far upon myself, to think I can add any thing to Mr. Sandys his undertaking. The English reader may there be satisfied, that he flourished in the reign of Augustus Cæsar; that he was extracted from an ancient family of Roman Knights; that he was born to the inheritance of a splendid fortune; that he was designed to the study of the law, and had made considerable progress in it, before he quitted that profession, for this of Poetry, to which he was more naturally formed. The cause of his banishment is unknown; because he was himself unwilling further to provoke the emperor, by ascribing it to any other reason, than what was pretended by Augustus, which was, the lasciviousness of his Elegies, and his Art of Love. It is true, they are not to be excused in the severity of manners, as being able to corrupt a larger empire, if there were any, than

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