Ovid 's a rake, as half his verses show him, Anacreon's morals are a still worse sample, Catullus scarcely has a decent poem, I don't think Sappho's Ode a good example, Although Longinus tells us there is no hymn Where the sublime soars forth on wings more ample; But Virgil's songs are pure, except that horrid one Beginning with "Formosum Pastor Corydon."
[ Homer 's] Fire burns with extraordinary Heat and Vehemence ... Virgil's is a clearer and a chaster Flame ...
There is an inimitable grace in Virgil's words, and in them principally consists that beauty which gives so inexpressible a pleasure to him who best understands their force. This diction of his, I must once again say, is never to be copied; and since it cannot, he will appear but lame in the best translation.john dryden
Greece, sound thy Homer's, Rome thy Virgil's name, But England's Milton equals both in fame.william cowper