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Nay, my lord-mayor, with merriment possest, What makes that girl with hideous visage stare? Will break his nap, and laugh among the rest,
What fiends prevent Fad's journey to the fair?? And jog the aldermen to hear the jest.
Why all this noise, this bustle and this rout?
Meantime, superior to the pains below,
In rapturous trance on Virgil's genius dwell,
To us, poor mortals, his strong beauties tell,
And, like Æneas, from your couch of state, IN ALLUSION TO HORACE, BOOK I. EP. V. In all the pomp of words display the Trojan fata Ir Dodington will condescend
Can nothing your aspiring thoughts restrain ?
Or does the Muse suspend the rage of pain ? To visit a poetic friend,
Awhile give o'er your rage; in sickness prove And leave a numerous bill of fare,
Like other mortals, if you'd pity move:
Think not your friends compassionate can be,
When such the product of disease they see;
Your sharpest pangs but add to our delight,
We'll wish you still the Gout, if still you write.
WRITTEN IN THE FOLDS OF A PIN. Your fish (if any) from the town; Our rogues, indeed, of late, o'craw'd,
PAPER By human laws, not those of Go:l,
Of old, a hundred Cyclops strore No venison steal, or none they bring.
To forge the thunderbolt for Jove; Or senit it all to master King 2;
I too employ a hundred hands, And yet, perhaps, some venturous spark
And travel through as many lands. May bring it, now the nights are dark.
A head I have, though very small, Punch I have store, and beer beside,
But then I have no brains at all. And port that's good, though frenchified.
The miser locks me up with care, Then, if you come, I'm sure to get
Close as his money, all the year.
When John and Joan are both at strife,
'Tis I find money for the wife. And your petitioner will pray, &c.
At court I make the ladies shine,
Through town and country, land and sea,
I'm neither fish, nor flesh, nor herring,
And now I live with goody Verring
DE MIVIMIS MAXIMA.
AUTORE LUDOVICO DUNCOMBE
Exigua crescit de glande altissima quercus, What conscious greatness if the heart be stout ! Et tandem patulis surgit in astra comis: Methinks I see you o'er the house preside, Dunque anni pergunt, crescit latissima moles; In painful majesty and decent pride,
Mox secat æquoreas bellica navis æquas. With leg tost high, on stately sofa sit,
Angliacis hinc fama, salus hinc nascitur oris, More like a sultan than a modern wit;
Et glans est nostri præsidium imperii. Quick at your call the trembling slaves appear,
TRANSLATION OF THE FOREGOING, BY MR. PITT. Advance with caution, and retire with fear; Ev'n Persy trembles, though (or authors fail) Fпом
'rom a small acorn, see! the oak arise, At times the anti-salic laws prevajl.
Supremely tall, and towering in the skies !
2 Blandford fair; two miles from Pimpem, Mr. Without, the horses wonder at their rest.
Pitt's rectory, where he was born, and where he What terrible dismay, what seenes of care ! died, April 13, 1748, aged 48. See his epitaph in Why is the sooty Mintrem's hopeful heir
Hutchins's Dorset, I. 82. N. Before the morning-dawn compell’d to rise,
A seller of pins at Blandford. Pitt. And give attendance with his half-shut eyes! * See this ingenious young gentleman's verses to
the memory of Mr. Hughes, in vol. X. He was Created Lord Melcombe in 1761.
second son of John Duncombe, Esq. of Stocks; and * The Blandford carrier.
died at Merton College, Oxford, where he was * Mr. Dodington's seat at that time.
a gentleman commoner, Dec. 26, 1730, in the * Mr. Pitt's servant, the son of a blacksmith. twentieth year of his age. N.
ON HIS HAVING A FIT OF THE COUT.
A POEM ON THE
Queen of the groves! har stately head she rears,
Oh! no; at such a melancholy scene,
From all the moving eloquence of grief.
From dark obscurity his virtues save,
With them the marble should due measures
Relent at every sigh, at every accent weep.
Britannia mourn thy hero, nor refuse
'To vent the sighs and sorrows with the Muse :
Oh! let thy rising groans load every wind, Ye sacred Spirits! while your friends distress’d
Nor let one sluggish accent lag behind. Weep o'er your ashes, and lament the bless'd;
Thy heavy fate with justice to deplore, O let the pensive Muse inscribe that stone,
Convey a gale of sighs from shore to shore. And with the general sorrows mix her own :
And thou, her guardian angel, widely spread The pensive Muse! —who, from this mournful hour, Thy golden wings, and shield the mighty dead. Shall raise her voice, and wake the string no more! Brood o'er his ashes, and illustrious dust, Of love, of duty, this last pledge receive;
And sooth with care the venerable ghost. 'Tis all a brother, all a son can give.
To guard the nobler relics. leave a while
And, with thy sister-angel, learn to wecp. DEATH OF THE LATE EARL STANHOPE. And cool with streams of tears his sacred urn
Ye sons of Albion, o'er your patriot mourn, HUMBLY INSCRIBED TO THE COUNTESS OF STANHOPE.
His wondrous virtues, stretch'd to distant shores,
Demand all Europe's tears, as well as yours. “At length, grim Fate, thy dreadful triumphs cease: Nature can't bring in every period forth, Lock up the tomb, and seal the grave in peace."
A finish'd hero of exalted worth,
Whose godlike genius, towering and sublime, Now from thy riot of destruction breathe, Must long lie ripening in the womb of time: Call in thy raging plagues, thou tyrant Death: Before a Stanbope enters on the stage, Too mean's the conquest which thy arms bestow, The birth of years, and labour of an age. 700 mean to sweep a nation at a blow,
In field, and council, born the palm to share, No, thy unbounded triumphs higher run,
His voice a senate, as his sword a war :
And each illustrious action of his life,
On either side, unite their blended rays,
Stand out, and witness this, unhappy Spain,
Tell how thy heroes yielded to their fear, In arms, and eloquence, like Ca;sar, shone When Stanhope rouz'd the thunder of the war : So bright, that each Minerva was his own.
With what fierce tumults of severe delight How could so last a fund of learning lie
Th’impetuous hero plung'd into the fight. Shut up in such a short mortality?
How he the dreadful front of Death dcfac'd, One world of science nobly travelid o'er,
Pour'd on the foe, and laid the battle waste. Like Philip's glorious son, he wept for more. Did not his arm the ranks of war deform,
And now, resigu'd to tears, th' angelic choirs, And point the hovering tumult where to storm?. With drooping heads, unstring their golden lyres, Did not his sword through legions cleave his way, Wrapt in a cloud of grief, they sigh to view Break their dark squadrons, and let in the day Thcir sacred image laid by Death so low :
Did not he lead the terrible attack, And deep in anguish sunk, on Stanhope's fate, Push Conquest on, and bring her bleeding back ? Begin to doubt their own iminortal state.
Throw wide the scenes of horrour and despair, But hold, my Muse, thy mournful transport errs, The tide of conflict, and the stream of war? Hold here, and listen to Lucinda's tears,
Bid.yellow Tagus, who in triumph roll'J While thy rain sorrows echo to his tomb,
Till then bis turbid tides of foaming gold, Behold a sight that strikes all sorrow dumb:
Boast his rich channels to the world no more, Behold the partner of his cares and life,
Since all his glittering streams, and liquid ore, Bright in her tears, and beautiful in grief.
Lie undistinguish'd in a flood of gore. Shall then in vain those streams of sorrow flow, Bid his charg'd waves, and loaded billows sweep, Drest up in all the elegance of woe?
Thy slaughter'd thousands to the frighted deep, And shall the kind officious Muse forbear
Confess, fair Albion, how the listening throng Toanswer sigh for sigh, and tell out tear for tear? Dwelt on the moving accents of his tongue.
In the sage council seat him, and confess · Robert Pitt, A. M. his eldest brother. See Thy arm in war, thy oracle in peace : the Latin inscription, in Hutchins's Dorset, vol. I. How here triumphant too, his nervous sense
Bore off the palm of manly eloquence ?
THE LATE FAMOUS ASTRONOMER.
The healing balm to Albion's wounds apply'd, Oh! choak thy griefs, thy rising sighs suppress,
Nor let thy sorrows violate his peace.
Look on his dearest pleuge: he left behind,
And see how Nature, bountiful and kind,
In fair succession, to adora the son ;
The last best hopes of Albion's realms to grace,
And form the hero worthy of his race:
Some means at last by Britain may be found,
Lo! from his azure throne, old father Thames To rise the Stanhope of the future age.
EPIT IPI ON DR. KEIL.
Beneath this stone the world's just wonder lies,
Around the stars his active soul had flown,
HORACE, BOOK II. EP. XIX.
AN EPISTLE TO MR. ROBERT LOWTH'.
'Tis said, dear sir, no poets please the town,
For in cold blood they seldom boldly think;
Their rhymes are more insipid than their drink.
Not great Apollo could the train inspire,
Till generous Bacchus help'd to fan the fire.
Rhyme all the day, and fuddle all the night.
Homer, says Horace, nods in many a place,
But hints, he nodded oftner o'er the glass.
Inspir'd with wine old Ennius sung and thought
With the same spirit, that his heroes fought :
And we from Jonson's tavern-laws divine,
That bard was no great enemy to wine.
'Twas from the bottie King derived his wit,
Let the grave judges too the glass forbear,
This truth once known, our poets take the hint,
And lose their senses in the seach of wit :
And thou, his pious consort, here below,
· Late Bishop of London.
Such mimic Swift or Prior to their cost,
A soul, where depth of sense and fancy moet; For in the rash attempt the fools are lost.
A judgment brighten'd by the beams of wit,
Be still yourself; the world can ask no more.
IMITATION OF SPENSER.
A well-known vase of sovereign use I sing,
Pleasing to young and old, and Jordan hight, And keep great Flaccus ever in my view;
The lovely queen, and eke the haughty king But in a distant view-yet what I write,
Snatch up this vessel in the murky night: In these loose sheets, must never see the light;
Ne lives there poor, ne lives there wealthy wight, Epistles, odes, and tweoty trifles more,
But uses it in mantle brown or green; Things that are born and die in half an hour.
Sometimes it stands array'd in glossy white;
And eft in mighty dortours may be seen
The frannion, who ne shame ne blushing koors,
At once the potter's glossy vase does fill;
It whizzes like the waters from a mill.
The beef-fed justice, who fat ale doth swill,
Grasps the round-handled jar, and tries, and
The dame of Fraunce shall without shame convey PREFIXED TO THE ESSAY ON POPE'S ODYSSEY.
This ready needment to its proper place;
Yet shall the daughters of the lond of Fay Tis donem-restor'd by thy immortal pen,
Learn better amenaunce and decent grace; The critic's noble name revives again;
Warm blushes lend a beauty to their face, Once more that great, that injur'd name we see For virtue's comely tints their cheeks adorn; Shine forth alike in Addison and thee.
Thus v'er the distant hillocks you may trace Like curs, our critics haunt the poet's feast, The purple beamings of the infant morn : And feed on scraps refus'd by every guest;
Sweet are our blooming maids--the sweetest creaFrom the old Thracian dog' they learn'd the way
tures born. To snarl in want, and grumble o'er their prey. None but their husbands or their lovers true As though they grudg'd themselves the joys they
They trust with management of their affairs; feel,
Nor even these their privacy may view, Vex'd to be charm'd, and pleas'd against their will,
When the soft beavys seek the bower by pairs: Such their inverted taste, that we expect
Then from the sight accoy'd, like timorous hares, For faults their thanks, for beauties their neglect ;
From mate or bellamour alike they fly ; [airs, So the fell snake rejects the fragrant fowers,
Think not, good swain, that these are scornful But every poison of the field devours.
Think not for hate they shun thine amorous eye, Like bold Longinus of immortal fame,
Soon shall the fair return, nor done thee youth, to You read your poet with a poet's flame ;
dye. With his, your generous raptures still aspire; The critic kindles when the bard's on fire.
While Belgic frows across a charcoal store
(Replenish'd like the Vestal's lasting fire) slove, But when some lame, some limping line demands The friendly succour of your healing hands;
Brea for whole years, and scorcb'd the parts of The feather of your pen drops balm around,
No longer parts that can delight inspire,
Erst cave of bliss, now monumental pyre ;
O British maid, for ever clean and neat,
From whom I aye will wake my simple lyrt, Blind with the glorious blaze;--to vulgar sight
With double care preserve that dun retreat, 'Twas one bright mass of undistinguish'd light;
Fair Venus' mystic bower, Dan Cupid's feather'd
Unknown to gnarring slander and to bale,
O'er scas of bliss peace guide her gondelay, A life well spent, that never lost a day;
Ne bitter dole impest the passing gale. An easy spirit, innocently gay ;
O! sweeter than the lilies of the dale, A strict integrity, devoid of art;
In your soft breasts the fruits of joyance grow. The sweetest manners, and sincerest heart;
Ne fell despair be here with visage pale,
Brave be the youth from whom your bosoms glow, 'Zoilus, so called by the ancients. Ne other joy but you the faithful striplings know.
Where hills adorn the mansion they defend ? EPISTLE TO J. PITT, E$2.
Where could he better answer Nature's end ?
Here from the sea the melting breezes rise, IN IMITATION OF HORACE, EPIST. IV. BOOK I.
Unbind the snow, and warm the wintry skies : DEAR SIR,
Here gentle gales the dog-star's beat allay,
And softly breathing cool the sultry day.
How free from cares, from dangers auj affright, And with most Christian patience lose your time,
In pleasing dreams I pass the silent night! To hear me preach, or pester you with rhyme.
Does not the variegated marble yield Here with my books or friend I spend the day,
To the gay colours of the flowery field ?
Can the New-river's artificial streams, But how at Kingston pass your hours away?
Or the thick waters of the troubled Thames, Say, shall we see some plan with ravish'd eyes,
In many a winding rusty pipe convey'd, Some future pile in miniature arise ? (A model to excel in every part
Or dash'd and broken down a deep cascade,
With our clear silver streams in sweetness vie, Judicious Jones, or great Palladio's art)
That in eternal rills run bubbling by ;
In dimples o’er the polish'd pebbles pass,
And yet in town the country prospects please,
Where stately colonades are tlank'd with trees : Nature, who form'd you, nobly crowu'd the whole With a strong body, and as firm a soul :
On a whole country looks the master down The praise is yours to finish every part
With pride, where scarce five acres are his own. With all th' embellishinents of taste and art.
Yet Nature, though repellid, maintains her part,
And in her turn she triumphs over art; Some see in canker'd heaps their riches rollid,
The hand-maid now may prejudice our taste, Your bounty gives new lustre to your gold.
But the fair mistress will prevail at last. Could your deal father hope a greater bliss,
That man must smart at last whose puzzled sight Or your surviving parent more than this?
Mistakes in life false colours for the right;
As the poor dupe is sure his loss to rue,
Who takes a Pinchbeck guinea for a true. (crowns, Who greatly thinks, and truly
speaks his thought: Grows twice as abject when the goddess frowns ; With all the chaste severity of sense,
As he, who rises when his head turns round, Truth, judgment, wit, and manly eloquence.
Must tumbie twice as heavy to the ground. So iu bis youth great Cato was rever'd,
Then love not grandeur, 'tis a splendid curse; By Pompey courted, and by Cæsar feard :
The more the love, the harder the divorce. Both he disdain'd alike with godlike pride,
We live far happier by those gurgling springs, For Rome and Liberty he liv’d--and dy'd.
Than statesmen, courtiers, counsellors, or kings In each perfection as you rise so fast, Well may you think each day may be your last.
The stay expell’d the courser from the plain;
What can be do?--he begs the aid of man;
He takes the bit and proudly bears away
His new ally; he fights and wins the day:
But, ruin'd by success, he strives in vain Then 'tis clear gain to seize the present hour;
To quit his master and the curb again. Break from the serious thought, and laugh away
So from the fear of want most wretches fly, In Pimpern walls one idle easy day.
But lose their noblest wealth, their liberty ;
To their imperious passions they submit,
Who mount, ride, spur, but never draw the bit.
"Tis with your fortune, Spence, as with your shoe, For he has twenty cures, and I but one.
A large may wrench, a small one wring your toe
Not every man is born to be a dean.
I'll bear your jeers, if ever I am known
To seek two cures, when scarce I merit one. IN IMITATION OP HORACE, EPIST. X. BOOK 1.
Riches, 'tis true, some service may afford,
But oftner play the tyrant o'er their lord. Health from the bard who loves the rural sport,
Money I scorn, but keep a little still, To the more noble bard that haunts the court:
To pay my doctor's, or my lawyer's bill. In every other point of life we chime,
From Encombe's soft romantic scenes I write, Like too soft lines when coupled into rhyme. Deep sunk in ease, in pleasure and delight; I praise a spacious villa to the sky,
Yet, though her gen'rous lord himself is here, You a close garret full five stories high ;
'Twould be one pleasure more, could you appear. I revel here in Nature's varied sweets, You in the nobler scents of London streets. I left the court, and here at ease reclin'd, Am happier than the king who staid behind : INVITATION TO A FRIEND AT COURT. Twelve stifing dishes I could scarce live o'er,
Ip you can leave for books the crowded court, At home I dine with luxury on four. Where would a man of judgement chuse a seat,
And generous Bourdeaux for a glass of port,
To these sweet solitudes without delay But in a wbolesome, rural, soft retreat,
Break from the world's impertinence away.