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Still to new heights his restless wishes tow'r; Should no disease thy torpid veins invade,
If dreains yet flatter, once again attend,
The glitt'ring eminence cxempt from foes; Grief aids disease, remember'd folly stings, See, when the vulgar 'scapes, despis'd or aw'u,
Speak thou, whose thoughts at huinble peace From meaner mincs, tho' smaller fines content, repine,
(The plunder'd palace, or sequester'd rent; Shall Wolsey's wealth with Wolsey'send bethine! Mark'd out by dang'rous parts he meets theshock, Or liv'st thou now, with safer pride content, And fatal Learning leads him to the block: The wisest justice on the banks of Trent! Around his toinb let Art and Genius weep, For why did Wolsey, near the steeps of fate, But hear his death, ye blockheads, hearand sleep. Or weak foundations ruise th’enonnous weight? The festal blazes, the triumphal show, Ilay but to sink, beneath misfortune's blow, The ravish'd standard, and she captive foe, With louder ruin to the gulphs below? | The senate's thanks, the gazette's pompous tale,
What gave great Villiersioth'assassin's knifc, With force resistless o'er the brave prevail. And fix'd disease on Harley's closing life? Such bribes the rapid Greek o'er Asia whirl'd, What mailed Wentworth, and what exild For such the steady Romans shook the world; Hyde,
For such in distant lands the Britons shine, Be kings protected, and in kings ally'd ? | And stain with blood the Danube or the Rhine; What but their wish indulg'd in courts to shine, This pow'r has praise, that virtue scarce can warın And pow'r too great to keep, or to resign? Till fame supplies the universal charm.
When I first the college rolls receive his name, Yet Reason frowns on War's unequal game, Tue young enthusiast quits his ease for fame; Where wasted nations raise a single name. Rei-zless burns the fever of renown,
And mortgag d suites their grandsires wreaths Caught from the strong contagion of the gown: regret, O'er Bodley's dome his future labors spread, From age to age in everlasting ciebit; And 1 Bacon's mansion trembles o'er his head. Wreailis which at last the dear-bought right conAre these thy views? proceed, illustrious youth, To rust on medals, or on stones decay. [vev And Virtue guard thee to the throne oi Truth! On what foundation stands the warnor's Yet should thy soul indulge the gen'rous heat, Till captive Science yields her last retreat; How just his hopes, let Swedish Charles decide; Should Reason guide thee with her brightest ray, ' A frame of adamani, a soul of fire, And pour on misty Doubl resistless day: No dangers fright him, and no labors tire; Should no false kindness lure to loose delight, O'er love, o'er fear, extends his wide domain, . Nor praise relax, nor difficulty fright;
Uniconquer'd lord of pleasure and of pain; Should tempting Novelty thy cell refrain, No joys to him pacific sceptres yield, Aud Sloth effuse her opiate fumes in rain; War sounds the trump, he rushes to the field; . Should Beauty blunt on fops her fatal dart, Behold surrounding lines their pow'r combine, Nor claim the triumph of a letter'd heart; | And one capitulate, and one resigu;
* Ver. 108--119.
+ Ver. 114--132. There is a tradition, that the study of friar Bacon, built on an arch over the bridge, will fall when a man greater than Bacon shall pass under it.
$ A very learned divine and mathematician, fellow of New College Oxford, and rector of Okerton near Banbury. He wrote, among many others, a Latin Treatise, De Natura Cæli, &c. in which he attacked the sentiments of Scaliger and Aristotle; no: bearing to hear it urged that some things are true in philosophy and false in divinity. He made above six hundred sermons on the harmony of the Evangelists. Being unsuccessful in publishing his works, he lay in the prison of Bocardo at Oxford, and the king's-bench, till bishop Usher, Dr. Laud, Sir William Boswe!, and Ir. Pink, released him by paying his debts. He petitioned King Charles I. to be sent into Ethiopia, &c. to procure MSS. Having spoken in favor of monarchy and bishops, he was plundered by the parliament forces, and twice carried away prisoner from his rectory; and afterwards had not a shirt to shift him in three months, unJess he borrowed it, and be died very poor in 1646. Ver. 193--11C. Ver. 147-167.
Peace courts his hand, but spreads her charms in Time hovers o'er, impatient to destroy, ; vain;
| And shuts up all the passages of joy : « Think nothing gaind, he cries, till nought In vain their gifts their bounteous seasons pour, remain,
The fruit autumnal, and the vernal flow'r « On Moscow's walls till Gothic standards fly, With listless eyes the dotard views the store, " And all be mine beneath the polar sky." He views, and wonders that they please no more; The march begins in military state,
Now pall the tasteless meats, and jovless wines, And nations on his eye suspended wait; | And Luxury with sighs her slave resigns. Stern Famine guards the solitary coast,
Approach, ye minstrels, try the soothing strain, And Winter barricades the realms of Frost; Difuse the tuneful lenitives of pain : lle comes, 11orwant nor cold his course delay; Nosounds, alas! would touch th'impervious ear, Hide, blushing Glory, hide Pultosva's dav: |Though dancing mountains witnessid Orpheus The vanquish'd hero leaves his broken bands, Nor lute nor lvre his feeble pow'rs attend, near; And shows his iniseries in distant lands, Nor sweeter music of a virtuous friend : Condemn'd a needy supplicant to wait, But everlasting dictates crowd his tongue, While ladies interpose, and slaves debate. Perversely grave, or positively wrong. But did not Chance at length her error mend? The still returning tale, or ling'ring jest, Did no subvertel empire mark his end? Perplee the fawning nicce and pamper'd guest, Did rival monarchs gire the falal wound? While growing hopes scarce awe the gathering Or hostile millions press him to the ground? | And scarce a legacy can bribe to hear; sneer, Ilis fall was destin'd to a barren strand,
The watchful guests still hint the last offence, A petty fortress, and a dubious hand;
The daughter's petulance, the son's expence, He left the name, at which the worll grew pale, Improve his heady rage with treach'rous shill, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
And mould his passions till they make his will. · All* uimes theirscenes of pomponis woes afford, Unnumber'd maladies his joinis invade, From Persia's tyrant, to Bavaria's lord.
Lay siege to life, and press the dire blockade; In gay hostility, and barlı'rous pride,
But unextinguish'd Airice still remains, Il'ith half mankind embattid at his side, And dreaded losses aggravate liis pains ; Great Xerxes comes to seise the certain prey, He turns, with anxious heart and crippled hards, And starves exhausted regio's in his way; His bonds of debt, and mortgages of lands; Attendant Flatt'ry counts his myriads o'er, Or views his coffers with suspicious eyes, Till cointed inyriads sooth his pride no more; Unlocks his gold, and commits it till he dies, Fresh praise is try'd till madness fires his mind, But grant, the virtues of a temp'rate prime The waves lie lashes, and enchains the wind; Bless with an age exempt from scorn or crime; New pow'rs are claim'd, new pow'rs are still An age that melts with unperceiv'd decay, bestow'd,
| And glides ia inodest innocence away; Till rude resistance lops the spreading cod; Whose peaceful day Bencvolence endears, The daring Greeks deride the martial show, Whose night congratulating Conscience cheers ; And hcap their vallies with the gaudy foe; The gen'ral fav'rite as the genral friend : Th'insulted sea with luumbler thoughts he gains, Such age there is, and who shall wish its end? A single skilf to speed his Aight remains :
Yet ev'n on this her load Misfortune Aings, Thincuinberdoar scarce leaves the dreaded coast To press the weary minutes flagging wings; Thro' purple billows and a founting host. New sorrow rises as the day relurns,
The bold Bavarian, in a luckless hour, A sister sickens, or a daughter mourns. Tries the dread siunmits of Cæsarean pow'r, Now kindred Nierit fills the sable bier, With unexpected legions bursts away,
Now lacerated Friendship claims a tear. And sees defenceless realms receive his sway, Year chases year, decay pursues decay, Short sıray! fair Austria spreads her mournful Suill drops some joy froni witli'ring life away ; charms,
New forms arise, and diff'rent views engage, Theancen, the beauty, sets the world in arins; Superfluous lags the vet'ran on the stage, Fron bill to hill the beacon's rousing blaze Till pilying Nature signs the lust release, Spreads wide the hope of plunder and of praise ;| And bids allicted worth retire to peace. The fiercc Croatian, and the wild Hussar, 1 But few thereare whom hours like these await, With all the sons of ravage crowd the war; Who set unclouded in the gulphs of Fate. The b ed prince in honor's flatıring bloom From Lydia's inonarch should the scarch descend, Of hoty greatness finds the fatal dooin, . By Solon caution'd to regard his end, Ilis foes derision, and his subjects blame, In life's lase scene whet prodigies surprise, And steals to death from anguish and from shame. Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise !
Enlarge t my life with multitude of days ;' (From Marlb'rough's curs the streams of dotare In health, in sickness, thus the supplant prays; And Swift cxpires a driviler and a show. [flow, Hides from himself his statc, and shuns to know, The I teeming mother, anxious for licr race, That life protracted is protracted woe.
Begs for each birth the fortune of a face;. • Ver. 165-187. + Ver. 18S---258.
Yet Vane could tell what ills from beauty spring:!So oft have tripp'd in her fantastic train,
(This City owns, since now her bicom is fled), By day the frolic, and the dance by night,
Fair as the foruns that, wove in Fancy's loom, Who frown with vanity, who sinile with art,
Float in light vision round the poet's licad. And ask the latest fashion of the heart,
Whencer with soft serenily she smild, What care, what rules your heedless charms! Or canght the orient blush of quick surprise, shall save,
Now sweetly mutable, how brighily wild, Eachnynıphyour rival, and each youthyourslave? The liquid lustre darled from her eyes! Avainst your fame with fondness hate combines, Lachlook, each motion, wak'da new-born grace, The rival batters, and the lover inines.
That o'er her form its transient glory cast : With distant voice neglected Virtue calls, Some lovelier wonder suon usurp'd the place, Les heard and less, the faint remonstrance fulls; Chas'd by a charm still lovelier than the last. Tird with contempt, she quits the slipp ry rein, That bell acais! It tells us what she is ; And Pride and Prudence take her seat in vain.
1 On what she was, no more the strain prolong; In crowd at once, where none the pass defend, The harmless freedom, and the private friend.
'Luxuriant fancy, pause! an hour like this
1 Demands the tributc of a serious song. The guardians yield, by force superior plud; To Int'rest, Prudence; and to Flatt’ry, 'Pride. Varia claims it froin that salle bier, Here beauty falls betray'it, despis’d distrest, Where cold and wan the slumb'rer rests her and hissing Intanny proclaims the rest.
head; Where then shall Hopeand Fearthcir objects In still small wbispers 10 reflection's ear find!
| She breathes the solenin dictates of the deal. Must dull Suspense corrupt the stagnant mind? O catch the awful notes, and lift them loud ! Must helpless inan, in igliorance serate,
Proclaim the theme by sage, by fool rever'd, Poll darkling down the torrent of his fate ?
JIlear it, ye young, ye vain, ye great, ye proud! Must no dislike alarm, no wishes rise,
'Tis Vature speaks, and Nature will be heard. Nocties invoke the mercies of the skies? Enquirer, cease, petitions yet remain
l'es; ve shall hear, and tremble as ye hear, Which Heav'n may hear nor deem religion vain;l,
.|.While, high with lıcaltlı, your bearts cxulting Sall raise for good the supplicating voice,
'I E'en in the midst of pleasure's inad career, sleapi But lewe to Heav'n the measure and the choice,!
ū the choice. The mental monitor shall wake and weep!
The mental monor stan
What brighter planet on your births arose ? Implore his aid, in his decisions rest,
Or gave of fortune's gifts an anipler share, Secure whate'er he gives, he gives the best. In life to lavish, or by death to lose? Yet when the sense of sacred presence fires, Early to lose! While, borne on busy wing, And strong devotion to the skies aspires,
Ye sip the nectar of each varying bloom ; Pour forth ihy fervors for a healthful mind,
Nor fear, while basking in the beams of spring, Oscdient passions, and a will resign'd;
The wint'ry storm thatswoeps you to the comb; For love, which scarce collective man can fill; For patience, sor' reign o'er transmuted ill;
Think of her faic! revere the hcarenly liand For faith, that, panting for a happier seat,
| That led her hence, thoʻsoon by steps so slow; County death kind Nature's signalof retrvát: Long at her couch Death took his patient stand, Those goods for man the laws of Heav'o ordain, And menac dost, and oft withheld the blow. These goods he grants, who grants the pow'r to To give reflection time, with lenient art, gain ;
1 Each fond mon from her soul to steal ! With these celestial Wisdom calms the mind, Teach her from tolly peaceably to part, And inakes the Happiness she does not find. And wean ber froin a world she lov d so well
Say, are you sure his mercy shall es tend $ 75. Elegy on the Death of Lady Coventry.! To you solong a span? Alas, ye sigli! [friend, Written in 1760. Mason.
Make then, while yet ve may, your God your Tur midnight clock has tolld-and, hark! And learn wiih cqual case to sleep or die! the bell
found ? Nor think ihelluge, whose sober voicc ye hcar, Of death beats slow! heard ye the riote pro- Contracts with bigot frown her sullen brow ; It pruses now; and now, with rising knell,
Casts round religion'sorb the inists of fear, selow. Flings to the hollow gale its sullen sound. Orshades with horrorswhat with siniles should Yes-Coventry is clearl. Attend the straia,
No-she wonld warn you with scraphic fire,
1 Diughters of Albioni ye ihat, light as alt,
Heirs as ve are of heaven's cternal day;
"ould bid you bolelly to that heaven a pire, • Ver. 31024-966. Nor sink and slumber in rour cells of clav.
Enon Know', vc were form'd to range von azure field, Par un même destin il ne pensera plus !
In von ethereal founts of bliss io lave: Non, rien n'est plus ceria in, soyous en convaincu. Force then, sccure in faith's protection shield, 'It is to this Epistle that the latter part of the
Thesting from death,the vict ry from the grave! | Elegy alludes. Is this the bigot's rant? Away, ye vain! (steep:
Your hopes, your fears, in doubt, in dullness ($ 76. Elrgy to a young Nobleman leaving the Go sooth vour souls in sickness, grief, or pain,
University. Mason. With the sad solace of eternal sleep! ERE vet, ingenuous youth, thy step, retire (vale,
From Can's smoothi margin, and the peaceful Yet will I praise you, triflers as you are,
eod. Where Science callid thee to her studious quire, More thanthose preachers of your fav'ritecreed, W'ho proudly swell the brazen throat of war, 7
| And inet thee musing in her cloisters pale;
To let thy friend (and inay he boast the name!) Who froni the phalanx, bid the battle bleed,
| Breathe from his artless recd one parting lay : Nor wish for more; who conquer but to dic. A lay like this thy early virtues claiin,
Mear, Folly, hear, and triumph in the tale! And this let voluntary friendship pay. Like you they reason, not like you enjoy Yet know, the time arrives, the dang'rous time,
The breeze of bliss, that fills your silken sarl: When all those virtues, 'op'ning now so fair, On pleasure's glitt'ring streain ve gaily steer Transplanted to the world's tempestuous clime,
Your little course to cold oblivion's shore; Must learn each passion's twist'rous breath 10 They dare the storm, and thro'th'inclement rear
bear; Stem the rough surge, and brave the torrent's There, if anbition, pestilent and pale, roar.
| Or luxury should taint their vernal glow; Is it for glory? That just Fate denies; Jr coll sell-interest, with herchilling gale, Sblow;
Long must the warrior moulder in his shroud, Should blast th' unfolding blossoms cre they Ere froin her trump the heaven-brea:h'd accents If minic hues, by art or fashion spread,
That lift the hero from the fighting crowd: [rise Their genuine simple coloring should supply; Is it his grasp of empire to extend ?
Jo may with them these laureate honors fade, To curb the fury of insuliing foes ? Ambition, cease! the idle coniest end :
Then do not blame, if, tho' thyself inspire, "Tis but a kingdom thou canst win or lose. [ Cautious I strike the panegyric string;
The Muse full oft pursues a nieteor fire, And why inust murderil myriads lose their all | Aud, vainly veni'rous, soars on waxen wing:
(If life be all), why desolation low's That thou mavst flame the meteor of an huur?! The poet's bosom pours the fervent strain,
Till sad reflection blames the hasty choice, Gn, wiser ve, that flutter life awar, Crown with the mantlingjuicethugoblet high?
And oft invokes ohlivion's aid in vain. Wcare the light dance, with festive freedom gay,
Call we the shade of Pope from that blest bow'r, And live your moinent, since the next yedio! Wherethrond hesits with manya tuneful sage;
| Ask, if he ne'er bemoans that hapless lour Yet know, rain sceptics ! know, th' Alınighty When St. John's nainc illumin'd glory's page.
Ask, if the wretch, who dard his mem'ry stain ; Bade his free soul, by earth nor tione contin'de
| Ask, if his country's, his religion's foe, To heav'n, to iininortality aspire. .
|Deservd the ineed that Marlbro' fail'd to gain ;
The deathless meed he only could bestow: Norshall the pile of hope his mercy rear'd · By vain philosophy be c'er destroy'd :.
The bard will tell thce, the misguided praise Eternity, by all or wish'd or feard,
Clouds the celestial sunshine of his breast; Shall be by all or suffer'd or enjoy'd !
Ev'n now, repentant of his erring lays,
1 He heaves a sigh ainid the realınıs of rest. York. In a bonk of French verscs, intitled, If Pope thro* friendship fail'd, indignant view, Ourtes du Philosophe de Sans Souci, and lately Yet pity, Dryden - hark, whene'er he sings, reprinted at Berlin by authority, under the title How adulation drops her courtly dew of Poesies Diverses, may be found an Episile to On titled rhymers and inglorious kings! Marshal Keith, written professedly against the Sce, from the depths of his exhaustless mine, inmortality of the soul. By way of specimen of His glitt'ring stores the tuneful spendthritt the whole, take the following lines :
throus: De l'avenir, cher Keith, jugeons par le passé: Where fear or int'rest bids, behold they shine ; Comine avant que je suisse il n'avoit point pensé ; .
Now grace aCromwell's, now aCharles'sbrows. Deméine,après ma iort, quand toutes mes parties Born with too gen'rous or too mean a heart, Par la corruption seront anéanties, . E . l
Dryden! in vain to thee those stores were lent;
Thy swertest numbers but a trifling art: Graceful, yet each with different grace the more
Thy strongest diction idly eloquent. | This striking sacred awe; that,softerwinning lore. The simplest lyre, if truth directs its lays, The first in native dignity surpass'd;
Warbles a melody ne'er heard from ihinc: Artless and unadorn d 'she pleas'd the more; Not to disgust with false or venal praise, Health o'er her looks a genuine lustre cast;
Was Parnell's modest fame, and may be mine. A vest more whit: than nuw-fallen snow she Go then, my friend, nor let thy candid breast
August she trod, yet modest was her air; swore : Condemn me, if I check the plausive string;
Serene her eye, yet dariing heaverly fire; Go to the wayward world; complete the rest;
Still she drew near, and never still more fair, Be what the purest Muse would wish to sing.
| More mild, appear'd: yet such as might inspire
| Pleasure corrected with an awful fear; Be still thyself: that open path of truth, Majestically sweet, and amiably serere.
Which led thee here, let manhood firm pursue; IT Retain the sweet simplicity of youth;
sue, The other dame seein'd even of fairer hue; And all thy virtue dictates dare to do.
But bold her mien, unguarded rou'd her eye,
And her flush'd checks confess'd at nearer view Still scorn, with conscious pride, the mask of art, The borrow'd blushes of an artful dye.
On vice's front let fearful caution low'r; All soft and delicate, with airy swim
Lightly she danc'd along; her robe betray'd Of knaves that plot, and fools that fawn for Thro' the clcar texture every tender limb, i pow'r.
Heighi'ning thecharmsit only seem'd to shade. So, round thy brow when age's honors spread. And as it flow'd adown, so loose and thin, [skin. When death's cold hand unstrings thy Ma
Herstature show'dnoretall,mores nowywhiteher son's lyre,
Oft with a smile she view'd herself askance; When the green turf lies lightly on his head, Even on her shade a conscious look she threw :
Thy worth shall some superior bard inspire: Then all around her cast a careless glance, He to the amplest bounds of time's domain To mark what gazing eyes her beauty drew.
On raptures plume shall give thy name to fly:/ As they came near, before that other maid For trust, with rev'rence trast, this Sabine strain, | Approaching decent, eagerly she press'd · The Muse forbids the virtuous man to die.' | With hasty step; nor of repulse afraid, (dress'd;
With freedom bland the wond'ring youth ad$ 77. The Choice of Hercules : from the
With winning fondness on his neck she hung; Greek of Prodicus. Bp. Lowth.
Sweet as the honey-dew How'd her enchanting Now had the son of Jove, mature, attain'd
tongue : The joyful prime: when youth, elate and gay, “ Dear Hercules, whence this unkind delay ? Steps into life, and follows tinrestrain'd (way.
Dear youth, what doubts can thus distract thy Where passion leads, or prudence points the
Securely follow where I lead the way, [mind? In the pure mind, at those ambiguous years,
And range thro' wilds of pleasure inconfin'd. Or vice, rank weed, first strikes her pois'nous With me retire from noise, and pain, and care, Or haply virtue's op'ning bud appears. [root;
I Embath'd in bliss, and wrapt in endless ease By just degrees, fair bloom of fairest fruit!
(Rough is the road to fame, thro' blood and war; For, if on youth's untainted thought imprest,
| Smooth is my way, and all my paths are peace. The gen'rous purpose still shall warm the manly
With me retiré, from toils and perils free, breast.
| Leave honor to the wretch! pleasures were made As on a day, reflecting on his age
for thee. For highest deeds now ripe, Alcides sought " Then will I grant thce all thy soul's desire ; Retirement, nurse of contemplation sage, All that may charın thine car, and please thy Step following step, and thought succeeding sight; thought; .
All that the thought can frame, or wish require, Musing, with steady pace the youth pursued | To steep thy ravish'd senses in delight:
His walk, and lost in meditation stray'd The sumptuous feast, enhanc'd with music's Far in a lonely vale, with solitude
Fittest to tune the melting soul to love, [sourd, Conversing; while intent his mind survey'd Rich odors, breathing choicest sweets around; The dubious path of life: before him lay, (way. The fragrant bow'r, cool fountain, shady grove; Here virtue's rough ascent, there pleasure's flow'ry Fresh flowy'rs to strew thy couch, and crown thy Mach did the view divide his wav'ring mind :
[thy bed. Now glow'd his breast with gen'rous thirst of Joy shall attend thy steps, and ease shall sir:goth Nowlove of ease to softer thoughts inclind (fame;" These will I freely, constantly supply,
Hisyielding soul,and quenchidtherising flame: Pleasure's not earn 'd with toil, nor mix'd with
Direct to him their stops they seem to bear; Nor labor bathe in sweat thy careful brow.