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Lord, while my Saviour is within,
I'll at thy threshold wait, Rather than live in tents of sin,
Or fill a throne of state.
Arid it is observable that the Doctor, in his version of the Psalm, in a different metre, has preserved the Climax;
Might I enjoy the meanest place
Let me add a passage of Mr Addison's to* Our purpose. "I will conclude this head, fays "he, with taking notice of a certain Figure, "which was unknown to the ancients, and in "which this Letter-writer very much excels. "This is called by some an Anti-Climax; an in"stance of which we have in the ioth page, "where he tells us, That Britain may expeft to "have this only glory left her; that Jhe has "proved a farm to the Bank, a province to Hol"land, and a j eft to the whole world. I never "met with so sudden a downfal in so promis** ing a sentence.- A jest to the whole worlds "gives such an unexpected turn to this happy ** period, that I was heartily troubled and fur"prised to meet with it. I do not remember "in all my reading to have observed more than"two couplets of verses that have been written' « in this Figure: the first are thus quoted by w Mr Dryden,
Hot Only London echoes with thy fame,
The other are in French,
Allez vous, luy dit ilj fans bruit chez vos parens
"But we need go no further than the letter be"fore us for examples of this nature, as we ** may find in page the eleventh: Mankind ri** mains convinced that a §)ueen, pojfejsed of all the "virtues requisite to bless a nation, or make a pri"vate family happy, Jits on the throne. Is this "panegyric or burlesque? To see so glorious "a Queen celebrated in such a manner gives "every good subject a secret indignation, and "looks like Scarron's character of the great "Queen Semiramis ; who, fays that Author, was "the founder of Babylon, conqueror of the East, "and an excellent housewife *."
* Addison's Whig-Examiner, N" z. See his Miscellaneous Workt, vol. ii. p. 300. Octavo edition.
■$ I. Its definition. § 2. Examples from Orpheus, Aratus, Catullus, Milton, Watts, and
* Burnet. § 3. Two instances of this Figure from Horace and Casimire, in their descriptions of a country life. § 4. Examples from Scripture. § 5. Quintilian'j sentiments upon the Hypotyposis. % 6. Direilions concerning the use of this Figure.
sentation of what we have occasion to describe, as furnishes our hearers with a particular, satisfactory, and complete knowledge of our subject.
§ 2. A vast variety of instances of the Hypotyposis might be produced from ancient and modern Writers; but that I may neither, on the one hand, indulge to an extravagant and needless profusion, nor, on the other, be wanting in the recital of examples of a Figure so animated and
* From vTtQTVTttu, I delineate, or represent.
entertaining, I shall mention the following instances. What a magnificent description have we of the Deity in the following verses, ascribed to Orpheus?:
Only to pious minds I sing. Be gone, All ye profane; but thou, Musæus, hear, Thou sacred offspring of the radiant moon: Truth I declare; nor let thy gen'rous mind, "".' In error long involv'd, deprive thy life Of its supreme enjoyment. Eye the Word Divine, and this with all thy might pursue, , And let its light direct thine inmost pow'rs: In the right path unweari'd urge thy way: Contemplate the great Ruler of the world: The God is one, with self-existence crown'd, While nature to his will its being owes, And his pervading presence always feels . ■ .,» Thro' all her realms, tho' never mortal eye . v; Has seen that Goo whose eye surveys us all. He, tho' of goodness the exhaustlels source, .7 Scatters on sinful men unnumber'd ills, Wide-wafting war, and sorrows drench'd in tears. There's not a potentate on earth but sways His sceptre in dependence on his pow'r. I fee him not in darkness deep immur'd; Gross is the keenest edge of human sight, Nor can we trace that God who rules in all. He, on a golden throne, resides in heav'n^ Whose pavement, like the polish'd mirror, shines: He walks the ample circuit of the earth, His right-hand grasps the wide-extended deep; Majestic mountains, rivers wat'ring wide The pregnant glebe, the ocean's dire abyss,