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VEXATA QUÆSTIO. Si Terra e pistis constaret inhospita pomis, Si foret Oceanus vasti lacus atramenti, Si folia in silvis panisque et caseus essentPro facinus ! per ego hos oculos, per sidera testor, Nescio quid biberent sitientia sæcla virorum!

H. D.

DUCIS EXSEQUIÆ.
Buccina nulla dedit, nec tristem nænia vocem,

In vallum tulimus nos ubi membra Ducis;
Non solito miles decoravit honore sepulcrum,

Martia non solitos arma dedere sonos.

Undique constabant horrenda silentia noctis,

Luna laborantes vix agitabat equos ; Lumina præbebant incerto lampades igne,

Hasta sepulcralem dura cavabat humum.

Nulla cedrus legit cineres nec inutilis urna,

Nec sunt funerea pectora amicta toga :
Ac veluti in castris miles dat membra quieti,

Implicitus proprio sic erat ille sago.

Tam brevibus super exsequiis non multa precamur,

Nec vox est luctum testificata gravem ; Dumque recensemus mala quæ lux crastina ferret,

In vultu occisi figimus ora ducis.

Et gladiis vilem dum sic exsculpsimus arcam,

Stravimus et solum, cura suprema, torum ; Glebam insultabunt hostes, reputamus, in illam,

Dum sequimur reduci nos freta longa via.

Lightly they'll talk of the spirit that's gone,

And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him ;
But little he'll reck, if they'll let him sleep on,

In the grave where a Briton has laid him.

But half of our dreary task was done,

When the clock told the hour of retiring; And we heard the distant and random gun,

That the foe was sullenly firing.

Slowly and sadly we laid him down

From the field of his fame fresh and gory; We carved not a line, we raised not a stone, But we left him alone in his glory.

WOLFE.

HEY MY CHICKEN.

Hey my chicken, my chicken,

And hey my chicken, my deary!
Such a sweet pet as this

Was neither far nor neary.

Here we go up up up,

And here we go down down downy,
And here we go backwards and forwards,
And here we go round round roundy!

GAMMER GURTON.

Compositi tantos leviter censebit honores

Quilibet, atque ipsum per gelida ossa virum ;
Nil illi curæ, placida modo dormiat herba,

Britones extremo quam posuere solo.

Nec media invisi pars est exacta laboris,

Noctis ut admonitu prægravis hora sonat:
Quin proludentem ad pugnas audivimus hostem,

Et pigra fulmineas fert temere aura minas.

Vulneribusque novis et honesto sanguine fusum,

Paulatim dedimus triste cadaver humo;
Nec struimus cippum nec sculptum in marmore nomen :
Deserto superest Gloria sola Duci.

J. H.

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MARY.

MARY, I believed thee true,

And I was blest in thus believing ; But now I mourn that e'er I knew

A girl so fair and so deceiving. Few have ever loved like me-

Yes, I have loved thee too sincerely!

And few have e'er deceived like thee :

Alas, deceived me too severely!

Fare thee well !-yet think awhile

On one whose bosom bleeds to doubt thee;

Who now would rather trust that smile,

And die with thee, than live without thee.

Fare thee well !--- I'll think of thee :

Thou leav’st me many a bitter token; For see, distracting woman, see

My peace is gone, my heart is broken !

MOORE. DELIA FALSA.

Delia, credideram tu saltem fida fuisses ;

Et spe quam dederas tu mihi lætus eram :
Sed modo tam pulcram queror invenisse puellam

Fallere, perjuris in mea damna labris.
Non face plebeia, solitis non ignibus uror :

Heu! nimio fueram captus amore tui.
Nec mea plebeiam texisti in pectora fraudem,

Perfida !-quam vere perfida dicta mihi!

Delia falsa, vale!-sed adhuc reminiscere nostri ;

Est, nequit acceptam qui dubitare fidem ; Qui risu pendere tuo, qui nunc quoque mallet

Tecum, quam sine te vivere, posse mori. Delia falsa, vale!—tua sæpe recurret imago,

Tot memori linquis tristia signa proco ; Inspice enim hoc miserum pectus, sævissima rerum !

Inspice—tu leti causa ferere mei.

H. D.

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