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To what new clime, what distant sky,
Of bid the furious Gaul be rude no more?
When Athens finks by fates unjust,
And Athens rifing near the pole !
Ye Gods! what justice rules the ball?
Oh curs'd effects of civil hate,
In ev'ry age, in ev'ry ftate!
Still, when the luft of tyrant power fucceeds,
CHORUS of Youths and Virgins.
H Tyrant Love! haft thou poffeft
The prudent, learn'd, and virtuous breast? Wisdom and wit in vain reclaim,
And Arts but soften us to feel thy flame:
- Love's purer flames the Gods approve ;
And fterner Caffius melts at Junia's eyes.
A vapour fed from wild defire,
A wand'ring, felf-confuming fire.
Chafte as cold Cynthia's virgin light,
VER. 9. Why, Virtue, etc.] In allufion to that famous
conceit of Guarini,
peccare è sì dolce, etc.
Oh fource of ev'ry focial tye,
United with, and mutual joy!
What various joys on one attend,
As fon, as father, brother, husband, friend?
While thousand grateful thoughts arise;
Or meets his fpouse's fonder eye;
Or views his fmiling progeny ;
What tender paffions take their turns,
His heart now melts, now leaps, now burns,
Hence guilty joys, distastes, furmizes,
Fires that fcorch, yet dare not fhine:
O DE on SOLITUDE.
HAPPY the man, whofe with and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.
Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
Bleft, who can unconcern'dly find
Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,
Sound fleep by night; study and ease,
Thus let me live, unfeen, unknown,
Thus unlamented let me die,
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lie.
This was a very early production of our Author, written at about twelve years old. P.
The dying Christian to his SOUL.
O D E*.
VITAL fpark of heav'nly flame
Quit, oh quit this mortal frame:
Hark! they whisper; Angels fay,
Drowns my spirits, draws my breath?
This ode was written in imitation of the famous fonnet of Hadrian to his departing foul; but as much fuperior in fenfe and fublimity to his original, as the Chriftian Religion is to the Pagan.