THE THIRD PASTORAL
OR HYLAS & AEGON
To Mr. Wycherley
BENEATH the shade a spreading Beech displays,
Hylas and Ægon sung their rural lays;
This mourn'd a faithless, that an absent Love,
And Delia's name and Doris' fill'd the Grove.
Ye Mantuan nymphs, your sacred succour bring;
5Hylas and Ægon's rural lays I sing.
Thou, whom the Nine, with Plautus' wit inspire,
The art of Terence, and Menander's fire;
This Pastoral consists of two parts, like the viiith of Virgil: The
Scene, a Hill; the Time at Sun-set. P.
7. Thou, whom the Nine,] Mr. Wycherley, a famous author of Comedies; of which the most celebrated were the Plain-Dealer and Country-Wife. He was a writer of infinite spirit, satire, and wit. The only objection made to him was that he had too much. However, he was followed in the same way by Mr. Congreve; tho' with a little more correctness. P.
8. The art of Terence, and Menander's fire;] This line alludes to that famous character given of Terence, by Caesar:
Tu quoque, tu in summis, ô dimidiate Menander,
Poneris, et merito, puri sermonis amator:
Lenibus atque utinam scriptis adjuncta foret vis Comica.