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AN EPISTLE TO JOSEPH HILL, ESQ.
CowPER. Dear Jo'SEPH-five-and-twenty y'ears ago (Alas, how time esca'pes !’tis e'ven so'-) With frequent in tercourse, and always swe'et, And always frie'ndly, we were wont to ch'eat/* A tedious hoʻur-and noow/ we never me'et ! As some grave gentleman in Terence say's, ('Twas therefore / much the same in anocient-days), Good laʼck! we know not what to-mo‘rrow brin'gsStrange fluctu’ation of all human thi'ngs ! Tr'ue. Changes will befa'll, and friends may p'art, But distance o'nly) cannot change the he’art: An'd, were I ca'lled/ to prove the assertion tr’ue, On'e proof should ser've
reference to yo'u. Whence comes it theʼn, th`at/ in the waone-of-life, (Though nothing have occur'red to kindle str’ife,) We find the friends, we fancied we had wo'n, Though numerous o'nce, reduced to fe'w or no'ne ? Can gold grow worth'less/ that has stood the tou'ch ? No-gʻold they seeỉmed, but they were never suoch.
Horatio's servant on'ce, with bow and cri'nge (Swinging the parlour do'or/ upon its hinge,) Dreading a negative, and overa'wed/ Le'st he should tre'spass, begged to go abro'ad. Go, fellow!- whi ther?—(turning short abo'ut-) Na'y--stay at ho'me-yo'u're always going o'ut. 'Tis but a step, si'r, just at the street's e'nd. For what?—
An please you, si'r, to see a frie'nd. A fri end! (Horatio cried, and seemed to start) – Yea marry shalt thou, and with a'll
* Too much care cannot be paid to the pronunciation of the last word of every line in rhyming poetry, especially when there is no printer's punctuation after it, as in “cheat,'' where the unskilful reader is almost certain to make no pause, and hastens to run “ We were wont to cheat" into the next line, thereby at once injuring both the elocution and the verse ;-now, be it remembered, that every such line, though without a point, requires a consi/lerable pause, and, in general, the rising inflection.
And fetch my clo'ak; fo'r/ though the night be ra'w, "I'll see him to'o- the firs't I ever sa'w.
I knew the ma'n, and knew his nature mild,
But, not to moralize too mu'ch, and stra'in
Oh, happy Britain ! we have not to fear'/
* We see here the power of emphasis ! If “cold” had not required a peculiarly significant turn of the voice (the falling circumflex) it would, agreeably to rule, have bad the rising inflection.
LINES ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE
Which surround this terraqueous ba'll ?
What is deaoth, but the harbour of a'll ?
And our loftiest ca'nvass be sho'wn:
And our ma'sts by the boʻard/ may be go`ne.
We all our light sa'il/ may displa'y,
And of sorrow/ ne'er feel the salt spr'ay;
From the point of ill-for'tune, may blo'w,
May se't/ in the wild wa'ves of wo'e.
His bark with spare ta'ckle/ suppl'ies.
Have here a spare an'chor secur'ed,
The helpless, will one day be moor'ed.
* When the pronoun you occurs in the nominative case, it is pronounced full and open, so as to rhyme with new ; but when in the accusative case, and unemphatic, it must be pronounced as if spelt ye. This observation is likewise applicable to the possessive pronoun your. When in the nominative case, it is pronounced so as to rhyme with fewer ; if in the accusative, and unemphatic, it is pronounced as if written yur. This sound of the possessive pronoun your always takes place when it is used to signify any particular species of persons or things, as, “your men of the world,” &c. &c. My, too, when unemphatic, runs into the familiar sound of me.
The personal pronoun you should likewise, when unemphatic, be pronounced as in the accusative case, when coming after the auxiliary verbs are, were, shall, may, can, &c.
When the strong arm of w'inter/ uplifts the blue ma'in,
And sno'w-storms, and shipwrecks aboʻund; When hollow-cheeked fa'mine/ inflicts her fell pa'in,
And the swam p/ flings destruction arou’nd; When the folly of ru'lers/ embroils human ki'nd,
And my'riads/ are robbed of their bre'ath : This wise Institu'tion/ shall come o'er the m'ind,
And may soften the p`illow of death.
The veľteran (whose powers are no m'ore)
And to chase meagre w'ant/ from the doo'r.
This is following the an 't's prudent ways;
With ra'pture shall lisp forth thy pra'ise.
ODE ON THE BURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE.*
Rev. CHARLES WOLFE. Not a drum was hea'rd, not a funeral n'ote,
(As his corse to the ramparts we h'urried ;) Not a soldier dischar'ged/ his farewell sh'ot
O'er the gr'ave/ where our H'ero was bu'ried. We buried him dar'kly, at dead of night,
(The sod with our bayonets tu’rning,)
* This accomplished general has had few equals. Glasgow has the honour of having been the place of his birth. While little more than thirty, he served with distinguished honour under Sir Ralph Abercrombie, in the West Indies, as Brigadier-General. At the close of the disastrous Peninsular campaign of 1808, by the masterly disposition of his troops at Corunna, he repelled the formidable attack of the French army ; in which unequal contest a cannon ball deprived him of his valuable life, and his country of one of her best and bravest generals, in the fortyeighth year of his age. Sir John Moore was the son of Dr. Moore, the distinguished tourist and author of “ Zeleuka,'
,"" Edward,” &c., and brother to the admiral, who died at an advanced age in 1844.
+ The highly-gifted and amiable writer of this beautiful Ode, which Lord Byron so eloquently and deservedly panegyrized, (while the author was yet unknown) was born in Dublin, and died, in the thirty-second year of his age, at the Cove of Cork, in 1823.
By the struggling moo'n-beams, misty light,
And the la'ntern/ dimly bur'ning.
Nor in sh'eet/ nor in shro'ud/ we wou'nd-him ;
With his martial cloak/ arou'nd-him. Few and short were the prayers/ we sa
sasid, And we spoke not a wo'rd of sororow; But we steadfastly ga'zed on the face of the d'ead,
And we biỉtterly tho'ught-of the mor'row.
And smoothed down his lo'nely pillow)
And w'e far aw'ay) on the bil'low.
And 'o'er his cold a'shes/ upbraid h'im;
In the gra've, where a Bíriton has laid him !
When the clo'ck/ struck the hour for reti'ring, And we h'eard (by the distant and random gʻun)
That the f'oe) was suddenly firin'g. Slowly and sa'dly we laid him down,
(From the field of his fam'e fresh and gʻory) \Lower and slawer. We carved not a lin'e, we raised not a st'one,
But we left him al'one/ with his glory'.
SCIPIO'S RESTORING THE CAPTIVE LADY
TO HER LOVER.
THOMSON. When, to his glorious/ first essay in war,* New Carthage fe'll ; there all the flower oft Spa'in * We have an instance, in this line, of the absolute power of Rhythmus,
of alternate emphasis and remission :-" Thesis" (a) indicating the heavy pulsation ; and “ Arsis,” (:: ) the light; by which power the accent in the noun essay is changed from the first, to the second syllable, as · in the verb.
† “Of.” This preposition is pronounced as if written uv, except when