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tamper and affections, will make things go right without, in all the duties and acts of our callings.
A CONTRACTED SPHERE NO SECURITY AGAINST WORLDLINESS.
The heart may be engaged in a little business as much, if thou watch it not, as in many and great affairs. A man may drown in a little brook or pool, as well as in a great river, if he be down and plunge himself into it, and put his head underwater. Some care thou must have, that thou mayest not care. Those things that are thorns indeed, thou must make a hedge of them, to keep out those temptations that accompany sloth, and extreme want that waits on it; but let them be the hedge: suffer them not to grow within the garden.
ANNE KILLEGREW. Died 1685.
This very accomplished young woman, whom Dryden has immortalized, was the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Henry Killegrew, one of the prebendaries of Westminster. She gave strong indications of genius at a very early ago, and became equally eminent in the sister arts of poetry and painting, as well as distinguished for her unblemished virtue and exemplary piety, amid the seductions of a licentious court. She was one of the maids of honor to the Duchess of York, but was cut off in the midst of her usefulness and fame, falling a victim to the small-pox in the summer of 1685, in her twenty-fifth year.
Here take no care, take here no care, my Muse,
Nor aught of art or labor use:
Nor equal be their feet, nor numerous let them flow.
The ruggeder my measures run when read,
Which flattering hope presents,
For 'tis not long before their feet
Inextricable mazes meet;
Perplexing doubts obstruct their way;
Mountains withstand them of dismay;
Or to the brink of black despair them lead,
In vain for aid they then to reason call,
Their senses dazzle, and their heads turn round,
Where storms of sighs for ever blow,
Where rapid streams of tears do flow,
Which drown them in a briny flood.
Not boundless heaps of its admired clay,
Ah 1 too successful to betray,
When spread in our frail virtue's way:
Or greedy avarice would wish to save,
Or in the sea has found a grave,
Or purchase for the mind's relief
When some the price of what they dearest love
Arc masters of, and hold it in their hand,
To part with it their hearts they can't command:
But choose to miss, what miss'd does them torment,
And that to hug affords them no content.
Wise fools, to do them right, we these must hold,
Who Love depose, and homage pay to Gold.
But, oh, the laurell'd fool! that doats on fame,
Whose hope's applause, whose fear's to want a name,
Who can accept for pay
Of what ho does, what others say,
To lull a mind to rest,
Or calm a stormy breast,
Which asks a music soft and still.
Twas not Amalek's vanquish'd cry, Nor Israel's shouts of victory, That could in Saul the rising passion lay; Twas the soft strains of David's lyre the evil spirit chaspd away
Is there that earth by human foot ne'er press'd 1
Respired, did life supply?
Oh 1 thither let me fly!
No mundane care shall more affect my breast,
But stupor, like to death, my senses bind,
Which only in my grave I hope to find.
EDMUND WALLER. 1605—1687.
Edmusd Wallxk hardly deserves a place among the best names in Eng lish literature, either as a poet or as a man; and in giving him a small space here, I yield my own judgment to that of Dryden and Pope. He was born in 1605, studied at Cambridge, and was admitted into parliament as early a? his eighteenth year. In political life he was a mere time-server, veering from the king to the parliament, and from the parliament to the king, as each might happen for the time to possess the ascendency. As a member of parliament he at first took the popular side, but soon after he joined in a plot to let the king's forces into the city, for which he was tried and sentenced to one years imprisonment, and to pay a fine of jE 10,000, and it is said that he spent three times that sum in bribes. He acquired the means to do this from having married in 1030 a rich heiress of London, who died the same year. After his release from prison he went to France, where it is said ho lived on the proceeds of his wife's jewels which he took with him. At the Restoration he returned, and wrote a congratulatory address to Charles H., as he had before done to Cromwell; and when the monarch frankly told him how inferior thf verses in his own praise were to those addressed to his predecessor, the hollow-hearted, selfish sycophant replied, "Poets, sire, succeed better in fiction than in truth."
Of his conduct when in parliament, Bishop Burnet says, «He never laid the business of the House to heart, being a vain and empty, though a witty man." On the accession of James II., though eighty years of age, he was elected representative for a borough in Cornwall; but he did not live to witness the glorious Revolution, having died the year before, October 21, 1687.
As a poet, Waller is certainly "smooth," as Pope styles him, and compare lively destitute of that affectation which characterizes most of his contemporaries. "If he rarely sinks, he never rises very high; and we find much good sense and selection, much skill in the mechanism of language and metre, without ardor and without imagination. In his amorous poetry he has little passion or sensibility; but he is never free and petulant, never tedious, and never absurd. His praise consists much in negations."1 The following is a portion of what 1 deem his best piece, his Eulogy on Cromwell. "Of these lines," says Dr. Johnson, "some are grand, some are graceful, and all are musical."
1 HaUain'i *• Introduction to ttic Literature or Europe," ti. 372,.Harper's edition
A PANEGYRIC TO MY LORD PROTECTOR
While with a strong, and yel a gentle hand,
Your drooping country, torn with civil hate,
Tilings of the noblest kind cur own soil breeds;
Less pleasure take brave minds in battles won,
Oft have we wonder'd, how you hid in peace
Your private life did a just pattern give.
How fathers, husbands, pious sons, should live;
Born to command, your Princely virtues slept,
Like'humble David's, while the flock he kept
But when your troubled country call'd you forth,
Your flaming courage and your matchless worth,
Dazzling the eyes of all that did pretend,
The fierce contention gave a prosperous end.
Still as you rise, the state, exalted too,
Finds no distemper while 'tis changed by you;
Changed like tho world's great scene! when, without noise,
The rising sun night's vulgar lights destroys.
Had you, some ages past, this race of glory
Run, with amazement we should read your story:
But living virtue, all achievements past,
Meets envy still to grapple with at last
Illustrious acts high raptures do infuse,
And every conqueror creates a Muse:
Here in low strains your milder deeds we sing;
But there, my Lord 1 we'll bays and olive bring
To crown your head: while you in triumph ride
Of his shorter pieces, the following has been pronounced "one of the most graceful poems of an age from which a taste for the highest poetry was fast vanishing."
Go, lovely rose I
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
When I resemble her to thee,
How sweet and fair she seems to be.
And shuns to have her graces spied,
In deserts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncomniended died.
Of beauty from the light retired:
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired.
The common fate of all tilings rare
How small a part of time they share
That are so wondrous sweet and fair