- 1 As yet my muse is not to seek,
- 2But can from fresh materials speak;
- 3And our poetic fountain springs,
- 4With rich variety of things.
- 5But you're for sallies short and sweet;
- 6Long tales their purposes defeat.
- 7Wherefore, thou worthiest best of men,
- 8Particulo, for whom my pen
- 9Immortal honour will ensure,
- 10Long as a rev'rence shall endure
- pg 10111For Roman learning——if this strain,
- 12Cannot your approbation gain,
- Editor’s Note13Yet, yet my brevity admire,
- 14Which may the more to praise aspire,
- 15The more our poets now a-days
- 16Are tedious in their lifeless lays.