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INSERTED IN THE MORNING CHRONICLE OF APRIL 3, 1800.
E’en have you seen, bath'd in the morning dew,
The budding rose its infant bloom display: When first its virgin tints unfold to view,
It shrinks, and scarcely trusts the blaze of day.
So soft, so delicate, so sweet she came,
Youth's damask glow just dawning on her cheek; I gaz’d, I sigh’d, I caught the tender flame, Felt the fond pang, and droop'd with passion
GENTLEMEN, I SEND you a small production of the late Dr. GOLDSMITH, which has never been published, and which might perhaps have been totally lost, had I not secured it. He intended it as a song in the character of Miss Hardcastle, in his admirable comedy of “ She Stoops to Conquer,” but it was left out, as Mrs. Bulkley, who played the part, did not sing. He sung it himself, in private companies, very agreeably. The tune is a pretty Irish air, called, “ The Humours of Balamagairy,” to which he told me he found it very difficult to adapt words: but he has succeeded very happily in these few lines. As I could sing the tune, and was fond of them, he was so good as to give me them, about a year ago, just as I was leaving London, and bidding him adieu for that season, little apprehending that it was a last farewell. I preserve this little relic, in his own hand-writing, with an affectionate care. I am, GENTLEMEN,
Your humble servant,
INTENDED TO HAVE BEEN SUNG IN THE COMEDY OF
“ SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER.”.
An me! when shall I marry me?
But I will rally and combat the ruiner:
TAKING OF QUEBEC.
Amidst the clamour of exulting joys,
Which triumph forces from the patriot heart, Grief dares to mingle her soul-piercing voice, And quells the raptures which from pleasures
Oh, Wolfe, to thee a streaming flood of woe
Sighing we pay, and think e’en conquest dear; Quebec in vain shall teach our breasts to glow,
Whilst thy sad fate extorts the heart-wrung tear.
Alive the foe thy dreadful vigour fled,
And saw thee fall with joy-pronouncing eyes: Yet they shall know thou conquerest, tho' dead !
Since from thy tomb a thousand heroes rise.
This tomb, inscrib'd to gentle Parnell's name, May speak our gratitude, but not his fame. What heart but feels his sweetly-moral lay, That leads to truth through pleasure's flow'ry way! Celestial themes confess'd his tuneful aid; And heav'n, that lent him genius, was repaid. Needless to him the tribute we bestow, The transitory breath of fame below: More lasting rapture from his works shall rise, While converts thank their poet in the skies.