« 上一頁繼續 »
And where they notlıing hare to do but please: An happy place : where free and unafraid, Ah! gracious God! thou know'st they ask no Amid the flow'ring brakes each coyer creature other fees.
stray'd. But now, alas! we live too late in lime : But in primo vigor what can last for ay? Our patrons now even grudge that lituleclaim, 'That soul-enfeebling wizard Indolence, Except to such as sleek the soothing rhyme ; ! I whilom sung, wrought in his works decay: Andyet, forsonh, they wear Mæcenas vaine: Spread far and wide was his curs d intuence; Poor sods of purt-up vanity, not fame. I Of public virtuie much he dulld the sense, Unbroken spirits cheer! sull, still remains Eren much of private ; ate our spirit oui, The ctirnal patron, Liberty; whose fame, And fed our rank luxurious vices; whence While she protects, inspiresihe noblest strains. The land was overlaid with many a lout; Thebest, and sweetest fir, are toil-created gains. Now, as old fanie reporis, wise, gen'rons, bola, When asthe knight had fran'din Britain-land) and stout. A matchleas form of glorious government, | A rage of pleasure madden'd ev'ry breast, In which the sor'reign land alone command, Down to the lowest lees the fornient ran : Laws 'stablish'd by the public free consent, To his licentions wish cach must be bles d, Whose majesty is to the scepire lent:
With joy be ferer'd; snatch it as he can. When this great plan, with each dependentart, Thus vice the standard rear'd; her arrier-ban Was scttlech firmi, and to his heari's content, Corruption called, and loud she gave the word,
Then sought he from the toilsomescene to part, “ Mind, mind yourselves! why should the And let life's vacant ere breathie qniet thru the “vulgar nian, heart.
“The lacquer be more virtuons than his lore: For this he chose a farm in Dera's vale, Enjoy this span of life! 'lis all the godsatord." Where his long alleys peep'd upon the main ;/ The silings reach'l to where, in quiet hall, In this calin seat he drew' the health gale, Thegoodeldknight enjoy'd well-eandrepast Here mix'd thechief, the patriot, and theswain. “Come, come, Sir Knight! thy childreu oa The happy monarch of his sylvan train,
“thee call; Here, sided by the guardians of the fold, “ Come, save us vet, ere ruin round us close; Ile walk d his rounds, and cheer'd his blest “The demon Hudolence thy toil o'erthroas." domain :
On this the noble color staind his cheeks, Ilis days, the days of unstain'd nature, rolld, Indignant, glowing thro'ihe whitening snous : Replete with peace and joy, like patriarchsofold. Of venerable cld; his cyo full speak: braks.
Wiliess ve lowing lieds, who carehin milk; His arlent soul, and from his couch at once he Witness, ve ilocks, whose woolly vesunents far l will (he cried), so help me, God! de tre Exceed soft India's cotton, or her’silk; (car, That villain Archimage. - Ilis page thes Witness, with autumn charyd, the nodding! Ile to him call’d, a fiery-footed bov, (strighi That homeward came beneath sweeterening's Benempt Dispatch. “My steed beat the gate, OrofSeptember moons the radiance mild.[star; “Mybardattend; quick,Cring the nei ottati O hide thy head, abominable war!
This net was twistal by the sisters thrte: Of crines and ruffian idleness the chill! Which when once casi o'er harden'd KTCICH, From heaven this life ysprung, from hell thy too late glories wild!
Repentance comes: replevy cannot be Nor from his deep retirement banish'd was From the strong iron grasp of vengeful destiny The musing care of rural industry.
He came, the bard, a little druid wight, Still as with grateful change the seasons pass, Of wither'd aspect; but his eve was keen, Newscenes arise, new landscapes strikerhceyc, With sweetness mix'd. In russet brown And all the enliven'd country beautify: As is his sister in the copses green*, [digot, Gay plains extend where marshes slept before; He crept along, unpromising of mien. O'er recent meads the exulting streamlets fly ;l Gross he who judges so. His soul was fair, Dark frowning heaths grow bright:ith Ceres Bright as the children of yon azure sheen. store,
[the shore. True comeliness, which nothing cau impair, And woods embrown the steep, or wave along Dwells in the mind: all else is vanity and glare,
As nearer to his farm you made approach, | Come (quoth the knight), a voice has reacha! He polish'd nature with a finer hand :
mine ear: Yet on her beauties durst not art encroach ; 1 The demov Indolence threats overthrow "Tis art's alone these beauties to expand. To all that to mankind is good and dear : In graceful dance immingled, o'er the land, Come, Philomelus ; let us instant go, Pans, Pales, Flora, and Pomona play'd : O'erturn his bowers, and lay his castle low. Here too, brisk gales the rude wild common Those men, those wretched men, who wil
• The Nightingale.'
Must drink a bitter wrathful cup of voe: In witching vise, as I before have said.
But sometiere bc,thy sony,asfromthcirgraves, But when he saw, in goodly gecr atray'd, Shull raise. Turice happy he! who without The grave majestic knight approaching nigh, rigor saves.
And by his side the band so sage and staid, Issuing forth, the knight bestrode his steed, His count'nance fell; vet oft nis anxious cve Ofarident burr, and on whose front a siar
Mark'd then, like wily fox who roosted cock Shune blazing bright: sprung from the generous breed
Nathless, with feign'd respect, he bade give back That whirl of active day the rapid car,
The rabble-rout, and welcom'd them full kind; He pranc'd alony, disdaining gitle or bar. Siruck with the nobletwain, theywere not slack Mean time, the bardion milk-whitepallreyrode; His orders to obey, and fall behind. An honest suber beast, that did not mar Then he resum d his song; and unconfin'd His ureditations, but full softly trolle:
Pour'd all his music, ran thro' all his strings: And much they inoraliz'd asthiasi fere they yode. With magic dust their eyne he tries to blind,
They talk'd of virtue, and of hunan bliss ; And virtue's tender airs o'er nature flings. What else so fit for man to selile well? What pity base his song who so divinely sings ! And still their long researches met in this, Elate in thought, he counted them his own, This truth of truths, which nothing can refel: They listend so intent with fix'd delight i " From virtue's fount the purest joys out-well, But they instcad, as if transmew'd to stone, “ Siveet rills of thought ihat cheer the con Marvel'd he could with such sweet art unite “ scious soul;
The ligius and shades of manners, wrong and “ l'hile vice pours forth the troubled streams right. " of hell,
Meantime, the silly crowd the charm devour, “ The which,howe'erdisguis'd, atlastvrithiole! Wide pressing to the gate. Swift on the knight " Will through the cortur'd breast their fiers: He darted fierce, to drag hiin to his bower, " torrent roll."
Itho back'ning shunn'a his touch, for well he At length it dawn'd, that fatal valley gay,
knew it's power. O'er which high wood-crown'd bills theii! As in throng'il amphitheatre of old, . summits rear.
The weary Retiarius * trapp'd his foe; On the cool height awhile our paliners stay, Ev'n so the knighi, returning on hiui bold, Andspite even of themselves their ser.sescheer;! At once involv'd him in the net of woe, Then to thewizard'swommethcirstcpsiheysteer. Whereof I mention made not long ago. Like a green isle,it broad beneath then spread, Enrag'd at first, he scorn'd so weak a jail, With gardens round, and wandering currents And leap'd, and flew, and flounced to and fro; clear,
But when he found that nothing could avail, And tufted grores to shed the meadow bed, He sat hin felly down, and gnaw d his bitter nail. Sweet airs and sung : and without hurry all! Aların'd, the inferior demous of the place seem'd glad.
Rais'd rueful shrieks and hicieous yells around; “ As God shalljulge nie, kniglit, we must for Black stormy clouds deform'd the welkin's face, (The half-err:plur'd Philomelus cried) (zive And from bencath was heard a wailing sound, “ The frail good man deluded here to live, As of internal sprights in cavern bound; " And in these groves his inusing fancy hide. A soleinn madness ev'ry creature strook, “Ath! nought is pure. It cannot be denied, And lightnings flash'd, and horror rock'd the " That virtue still soine tincture has of vice, ground;
(mish'd look, " And vice of virtue..Whatshouldinen beuide, Hoge crowds on crowols out-pour'd with ble
" But that our charity be not too nice? As if on time's last verge this frame of things “Come, let us those we can to real bliss entice."| had shook.
“ Ay, sicker (quoth the knight) all Aesh is frail, Soon as the short-liv'd tempest was yspent, "To pleasant sin and joyvus dalliance bent; Steain'l from the jaws of vex'd Avernus' hòle; “ But let not brutish vice of this avail,
And hush'd the hubbub of the rabblement, “ And think to 'scape deserved punishment. Sir Industry the first calm moment s:ole : “ Justice were cruel weakly to relent; “ There must (he cried) amid so vast a shoal “ Fron mercy's self she got her sacred glaive: “ Be some who are not tainted at the heart, “ Grace be to thoso who will, and can repent: “ Not poisond quite by this same villain's “ But penance lung, and dreary to the slave, " bowl :
[pare : "F"ho must in Aoods of fire his gross foul spirit “ Come then, my bard, thy heavenly fire in« lave."
" Touch soul with soul, till forth the latent Thus, holdinghighdiscourse, theycametowhere “spirit start." The cursed carle was at his wonted trade, The bard obcy'd ; and taking from his side, Still tempting heedless nicn into his snare, Where it in scemily sort depending hung,
• A Gladiator, who made use of a net, which be threw over his adversary.
His Briuzlı harp, its speaking strings he tried, | “With brother brutes the human race had
“ been, none prais'd. Lighto'er the cords his raptur hand he flung,
lung, Great Homer's song had never fir'd the breast And play'd a prelude to his rising song :
"To thirst of glory and heroic deeds; The whilsi, like midnight mute, ten thousands
“ Sweet Maro's Muse, sunk in inglorious rest, round him throng.
“ Had silent slept amid the Mincian reeds : Thus ardent burst his strain
“ The wits of modern tiine had told their "Ye hapless race,
"beads, Dire-laboring here to smother reason's ray, * And monkish legendsbeen their only strains - That lights our Maker's image in our face, “Our Wilton's Eden had lain wrapuin weeds, “And gives us wide o'er earli unquestion'd “Our Shakspeare stroll'd and laughd with “sway;
"Warwick swains ;
[plains. " What is the ador'd Supreme Perfection, say? " Ne had ıny master Spenser charm'd his Mulla's “ What, but eternal neier-resting soul,
"Dumb too had been the sage historic Muse, “ Almighty power, and all directing day; T.
" And perish'd all the sons of autient fame; “ By whom each atom suirs, the planets roil;
• Those starry lights of virtue that diffuse “ Who fills, surrounds, informs, and agilates
“Through the dark depth of time their vivid " the whole!
“ Hanc, “ Come, to the beaming God your hearts “Had all been lost with such as have no name, " unfold!
Talone “Who then had scorn'd liis ease for other's • Draw from its fountain life! -"Tis lence “ good ? “ We can excel. Up from wfeeling mold, “ Who then had toil'd rapacious men to tame! “ To seraphs burning round the Almighty's "Who in the public breach devoted stood, “throne,
• And for his country's cause been prodigal of “ Lite rising still on life, in higher tone,
"blood? “ Perfection forms, and with perfection bliss.
“ But should to fame your hearts unfeeling be, “In universal nature this clear shown,
“If right I read, you pleasure all require: “Not needeth proof: to prove it were, I wis,
“Then hear how best may be obtain'd this “To prove the beauteous world excels the
"fec, “ brute abys3.
“ How best enjoy'd this pature's wide desire. “Is not the field, with lively culture green, “ Toil, and be glad ! let industry inspire “ A joyous sight more than the green morass? “ Into your quicken'd limbs her buoyant “ Do not the skies, with active ether clean,
“breatli! “ And fann'd by sprightly zephyrs, far sur " Who does not act is dead : absorpt entire " pass
(mass, “In miry sluth, no pride, no joy he hath ; “ The foul November fogs, and slumbirous |“ O leaden-hearted men, to be in love with death! “With which sad Nature veils her drooping
" Ah! what avail the largest gifts of Heaven “ face?
" When drooping health and spirits go amiss? “ Does not the mountain-stream, as clear as
“How tasteless then whatever can be given ! "Gay dancing on, the putrid pool disgrace?
“ Health is the vital principle of bliss, “ The same in all holds true, but chief in hu
" And exercise of health. In proof of this, “man race.
“Beholil the wretch, who slugs his life away, “ It was not by vile loitering in case fart, "Soon swallow'd in disease's sad abyss ;
“That Greece obtaip'd the brighter palin of “While he whom toil has brac'd, or manly · "That soft yet ardent Athenslearn'd to please,
· fas das “To keen the wit, and to sublime the heart, Has lightas aireach limb, each ihonghias clear “In all supreme completc in cvery part ! “() who can speak the vigorous joys of health “ It was not thence majestic Rome arose, "l'nclogg'd the body, unobscurd the mind; “And o'er the nations shook her conquering “The morning risesgay; with pleasingstealtb, “dart:
“ The temperate evening falls serene and kind “ For sluggard's erow the laurel never grow's; } “ In ivealth the wiser brutes true gladness find“Renown is not the child of indolent repose. “ See! how the younglings frisk along the “ Had unambitious mortals minded nought,
“ineads, “But in loose joy their time to wear away, “ As May comes on, and takes the balmy “ Had they alone the lap of dalliance sought, “. Rampant with life, their joy all joy exceeds' “ Pleas'd on her pillow iheir dull heads to lay,
“ Yet what but high-strung health this daucing “Rude nature's state hall been our state to
“pleasa unce breeds? "day;
“ But here, instead, is fostered every ill, “No cities e'er their tow'ry fronts had rais'd, “Which ordistemper'd minds or bodiesknow, “ No arts had made us opuleni and gay ; “Come then, my kindred spirits! do not spa
" Your “Your talents here. This place is but a show, ! 'Th' awaken'd heaps, in streamlets from on ** Whose charms delude you to the den ofwoe: Rous'd into action, lively leap away, [high, " Come, follow me, I will direct you right, Glad-warbling through the vales, in their new “ Where pleasure's roses void of serpents being gay. “ grow,
[kuight, Not less the life, the vivid joy serene, "Sincere as sweet ; como, follow this good
That lighted up these new created men, And you will bless the day that brought him
Than that which wings th' exulted spirit clean "to your sight.
When, just deliver'il from this fleshy den, • Some he will lead to courts, and some to It soaring seeks its native skies agen. (pow'rs, “ camps ;
How light its essence! how unclogg'd its « To senates some, and public sage debates, Beyond the blazon of my moral pen! ** Where, by the solenin gleam of widnight Even so we glad forsook these sinful bowers, "lamps,
[states: Even such enraptur'd life, such energy was ours. * The world is pois’l, and manag‘d iniglıty!
But far the greater part, with rage enflam'd, “ To high-discovery sone, that new-creares « The face of earth; some to the thriving
Dire-mutler'd curses, and blasphem'd high di mart;
“ Ye sons of hate! (they bitterly exclaim'd) * Some to the rural reign, and softer fares;
“What brought you to this seat of peace “ To the sweet Muses some, who raise the
ws" and love? or heart: * All glory shall be yours, all nature and all art.
“ While with kind nature, here and the grove,
“ We pass'd the harmless sabbath of our “ There are, I see, who listen to my lay,
“ time, “ Who wretched siyh for virtue, but despair.
“ What to disturb it could, fell men, emove “ All may be done, (methinks I hear them
“Your barbarous hearts? Is happiness a “ say)
[sublime." “ Even death despis'd by generous actions. Then do the fiends of hell rule in yon heaven “ All, but for those who to these bowers re" Their very power dissolv'd in luxury, (pair,
“ Ye impious wretches," quoth the knight “ To quit of torpid sluggishness the lair, 1
in wrath, * And from the powerful arms of sloth get
" Your happiness behold!" — Then straight “ free
· [be! a wand " 'Tis rising from the dead -- Alas! - It cannot
He wav'd, an anti-magic power that hath,
Truth from illusive falsehood to command. “ Would you then learn to dissipate the band
Sudden, the landscape sinks on ev'ry hand; “ Of these huge threatening dilliculties dire,
The pure quick streams are marshy puddles “ That in the weak man's way like lions
(stand; “ stand, " His soul appal, and damp his rising fire ?
| On baleful heaths the groves all blacken'd • Resolve, resolve, and to be men aspire.
And o'er the weedy soul abhorred ground, " Exert that noblest privilege, alone
Snakes, adders, toads, cach loathsome creature
crawls around. “ Here to mankind indulg:d : control desire : “ Let godlike Reason, from her sovereign And here and there, on trees by lightning " throne,
Tis done. scath'd, “Speak the counnanding word - I will: -andit Unhappy wights who loathee life yhung : ** Heavens! can you then thus waste, in
Or, in fresh core and recent imurder bath'd, "shameful wise,
They weliring lay; or else, infuriate flung “ Your few important days of trial here?
Into the gloomy Hood, while ravens sung “ Heirs of eternity! yborn to rise
The funeral nirge, they down the torrent " Through endless states of being still more
roul'd: «« near
These, liy distcinperd blood to madnessstung, "To bliss approaching, and perfection dear: Hrad doow'd theinselves;: whence oft, when “ Can you renounce a fortune so sublime,
Showlid. « Such glorious hopes, your backward stops | The world, returning hither their sad spirits " to steer,
Cand slime?! Meantime a moving scene was open laid; " And roll, with vilest brutes, though mud! That lazar house, I whilom in mr lay "No! no! - Your heaven-touch'd hearts dis Depainted have, its horrors deep display'd, . “ dain the sordid crime !"
And gave umnumber'd wretches to the day, “ Enough! cnough !" they cry'd — straight Who tossing there in squalid misery lay. froin the crowd
Soon as of sacred light the unwonted smile The better sort on wings of transport fly, Pour'd on these living catacombs its ray, As when amid the lifeless suinmits proud Through the drear caverns stretching many Of Alpine cliffs, where to the gelid sky.
á mile, Snows pild on snows in wint'ry torpor ly, The sick uprais'd their heads, and dropp'd their The rays divine of vernal Phobus play;
woes a while.
Ec3 "O heaven!
“ O hcaren! (they cried) and do we once! The fear supreme around their sofien'd beds, " more see
Some holy man by prayer all ep'ning Heren “ Yon blessed sun and this green earth so fair? | disprcds. " Arcwefromnoisomedainpofpest-house free?! Attended by a clac acclaining train, " And drink our souls the sweet cthcreal air? Of those he rescued hud fruiti wapinz hell, “(thou! or Knight, or God! whoholdcstthere Then turu'd the Knight, and, to his nail again «« 'That fiend, oh keep him in eternal chains ! “ But what for is, the children of despair, Yet down his cheeks the genis of piiy fell, " Brought to the brink of hell, what hope Ilo see the helpless wretches that reinain'd, " remains ?
[pains." There left thro' delves and desserts dire to vell; « Repentance does itself but aggravate our Amaz'd, their looks with pale chismay were
The gentle Knight, who saw their rueful casc, stain'd, Let fall adown his silver beard some lears. And spreading wiśc their hands they meck re. “ Certes (quoth he) it is not even in grace
pentance feignu. “ T'undo the past, and eke your broken years: Bui, ah! their scorned day of grace was rast: “ Nathless, to nobler worlds Repentance rears, For horrible to tell!) a desart wild fiast; “« With humble hope, her eve; to her is given Before they stretch'd, bare, conforile s, and “ A pow'r the truly contrite heart thatchects; With gibbuts, bones, and carcases detird. “ She quells the brand by which the rocks There vor trim field, nor lively culture sold; “are riven;
Heaven. Norwaving shade was seen, nor fountain fair; “ She more than merely softens, she rejoices But sands abrupt on sands lay loosely pil'ú, " Then patient bear the sufferings you have Thrò' which ihrey Poundering toil'd with " earn'd,
rainful care, !! And by these sufferings purify the mind : Whilst Phæbus smote them sore, and fir'd the • Let wisdoin bc by past niisconduct learn'd; cloudless air. " Or pious die, with penitence resign'd; Then, varying 10 a joyless land of bags, " And in a life more happy and relin'd, The sadden'd country a grey waste appeard ; “ Doubt not, you shall new creatures yet arise. Where nought but puurid streams and 10. « Till then you may expect in me to find
some fogs “ One who will wipe your sorrow from your For ever hung on drizzly Auster's kard; " eyes ;
Or else the ground by piercing Canrus seard, Hi One who will soothe your pangs, and wing Was jagg'd with frust, or heap'd with glazed "? you to the skies."
snow : They silent heard, and pour d their thanks in Thru' these extremes a ceaseless round they lears.
sicer'd, " For you (resum'd the knight with sterner By cruel fiends sill hurried to and from " Whose hard dry hcarls th' obdurate demon Gaunt Begrary, and Scorn, with many he!!“ fears,
[groan; hounos nioe, « That villain's gifts will cost you many al The first was with base dunghill hans vclad. “ 1:1 colorous mansion long you must bemoan Tainting the gale, in which they Hunter'd light, “ His fatal charms, and wecp yoursiainsaway: Of morbid huc his features, sunk and sad; « Til soft and pure as infant goodness grown, Ilis hollow eync shook forth a sickly light:
" You fecla perlecichange: then, whocan say, And o'er his lank jaw-bone, in pitcois plight. ç Wha: grace may vet shine furth in keare's His black rough beard was dalied, rand, and "eternal day?"
vilc; This said, his pow'rrul and he way’dancw; Direful to sce! and heart-appalling night! Instant a glorious angel-train descends, Meantiine foul scurs and blotches lim defile: The Charities, to wit, of rosy huc; | And dogs, where'er he went, still burked all the Swect love their looks a gentle radiancelends; while. And with seraphic fiame compassion blends. The other was a fell despightful fiend : At once, delighted, to tiicir charge they fly : Hell holds none wosse in haneful bow'r belan: When, lo! a goodly hospital ascends;
By pride, and wit, and rage, and rankorbecud; In which they hade cach lenient ajd be nigh, Of Van alike if good or bad the fne : That couid the sick-bed snigothe of that sad With nose up-turn'd, he always made a show company.
As if he smelt soine nauseous scent; his err It was a worthy edifying sight,
Wascoldand keen, likeblast from borealsnow; And gives to barman kind peculiar grace, And taunts he casten forth niost bitterly. frv. To sce kind hands attending day and night, Such were the twain that of drore this ungolly Withi tender ministry, from place to place. Even sothrough Brentford town, alownofiud, Some prop the head; some from the pallid face An herd of bristly swine is prick'd along; Wipe offthe faint cold dews weak nature sheds: The filthy beast, that never chew the cud, Some reach the healing draught: the whilst, Still gruntand squeak, and sing their troublows to chase