Walter Savage Landor, "Second Conversation" between Samuel Johnson and John Horne Tooke, Imaginary Conversations
, Vol. III (London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1909), pp. 400-451 (at 427):
Johnson. Here, take the Georgics; I usually carry them about me.
Tooke. Has Ovid, has Lucan, has any other Latin poet,
written such balderdash and bombast as the nineteen verses in the
beginning, at the close of an invocation already much too prolix?
Why all these additions to the modest prayer of Varro, which he
has versified? Here let me suggest a new and a necessary
reading just above these lines:—
"Quique novas alitis non ullo semine fruges."
It must be uno, to avoid nonsense,—which is always a benefit,
even in poetry,—and so represent wheat, barley, oats, &c.;
to say "not only one kind of grain." The lines of the
and the double l may have been much alike in manuscript, and
may have easily misled transcribers.
I will not dwell upon the
"Tethys emat omnibus undis;"
but really those eight appear to me like an excrescence on
face of a beautiful boy.
Johnson. They are puerile, are
they?—a blemish, a deformity!
Tooke. In honest truth I think so.
So far as I can tell, no editor of Vergil even mentions Landor's conjecture.