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Nor tedious was the search: for ev'rywhere On to the center of the grove they ftray'd ; As nigh great Custom's royal toiv'rs the Which in a spacious circle op’ning round, knight

Within its helt'ring arms securely laid, Pass'd thro' th'adjoining hamlets, mote hehear Disclos'd to sudden view a vale profound, The merry voice of festival delight

Wiih Nature's artless finiles and tranquil beauSaluting the return of inorning bright,

ties crown'd. With matin revels by the mid-day hours

There, on the basis of an ancient pile,
Scarce ended, and again with dewy night
In cover'd theatres or leafy bow'rs, (pow'rs.

Whofe cross-surmounted spire o'erlook'd the

A venerable matron they erewhile, [wood, Of’ring her ev'ning vows to pleasure's joyous

Discover'd have, beside a murm'ring food, And ever on the way mote he espy

Reclining in right fad and pensive mood : Men, women, children, a promiscuous throng Retir'd within her own abstracted breast, Of rich, poor, wife and fimple, low and high, She secm'd o'er various woes by turns to brood, By land, by water, pailing aye along

The which her changing cheer hy turnsexprest, With murmurs, antics, music, dance, and fong, Now glowing with dildain, with grief now overTo Pleasure's num'rous temples, that beside

keft. The glitt’ning streams, or tufted groves among, Her thus immers'd in anxious thoughts proTo ev'ry idle foot stood open wide,

tound, And ev'ry gay desire with various joys fupply'd.

When as the knight perceiv'd, he nearer drew For there each earth with diverse charins to To weet what bitter bale did her astound, move,

And whence th’occasion of her anguilh grewv; The ny enchantrets fummond all her train, For that right noble matron well he knew, Alluring Venus, queen of agrant Love, And inany perils huye and labours fore The boon companion Bacchus, loud aud vain, Had for her fake endur'd; her vassal true, And tricking Herines, god of fraudful gain, Train’d in her love, and practis'd evermore Who when blind Fortune throws direct the dic, Her honor to respect, and reverence her love. And Phæbus, tuning his foft Lydian ftrain

.O deareft Drad !'he cry'd, - • Fair Inand To wanton motions and the lover's high,

• Qucen ! And thought-beguilingthew and making revelry. • Mother of Heroes ! Empress of the Main !

Unmeet allociates these for noble youth • What means that stormy brow of troublous Who to truc honor meaneth to aspire,


[ train And for the works of virtue, faith, and truth,

. Sich heav'n-born peace, with all her finiling Would keep his inanly faculties entire,

"Of sciences and arts adore thy reign The which avizing well, the cautious fire

· With wealth and knowledge, fplendour and From that soft Siren land of pleataunce vain,


[plain! With timely halie was ininded to retire,

'Each port how throng?d! how fruitful ev'ry Or ere the livect contagion mote attain (stain.

• How blithe the country! and how gay the

• town! His fon's unpractis'd heart, yet free from vicious


. While Liberty secures and heightens ev'ry So turning from that beaten road aside,

Awaken'd from her trance of pensive woc Thro' inany a devious path at length he pacid, As that experienc'd palmer did him guide,

By these fair flatt'ring words, the rais'd her head,

[brow, Till to a mountain hoar they came at lati, Whose high-rais'd brow's, with fylvan honors

And bending on the knight her frowning Majestically frown'd upon the plain, (grac'd,

• Mock'it thou my forrows, Fairy Son' the And over all an awful horror cast; Seein'd as those villas gay it did disdain, (train.

• Or is thy judgment by thy heart milled

• To deem that certain which thyhopes fuggeft? Which spangl'd all the vale like Flora's painted

• To deem them full of life and lustihead + The hill afcended strait, crewhile they came « Whole checks in Hebe's vivid tints are Toa tall grove, whose thick-embolv'ring thade,

• drett,

[fmiles impreft? Impervious to the sun's meridian flanie, * And with Joy's careless mien and dimpled Evin at mid-roon a dubious twilight made,

Thy unsuípeeling heart bow nobly good Like to that tober light which, diturray'd

I know, how fanguine in thy country's cause, Of all its gorgeous robe, with blunted beams

• And mark'd thy virtue fingly how it stood Thro' windows dim with holy acts pourtray'd

• Th'allaults of mighty cultoin, whicho'erawes Along fomne cloister'd abbey faintly gleams,

· The faint and tim'rous mind, and oft withAbstracting the rapt thought froin vain earth

• drau's muling themes.

• From Reason's lore th'abitious and the vain, Bencath this high o'erarching canopy

• By the tweet lure of popular applause Of clust'ring oaks, a fylvan colonade,

Against their better knowledge to maintain Aye lift’ning to the native melody

The lawlets throne of Vice or Folly's childish Of birds fiveet echoing thro' the lonely fade,


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• All the rich fores of science have resign'd • Thyself ereu bile bv proof didft underftand,

that by the craftsman's various toil, • And saw'rt, as thro' his realms chou took'st • The sea-worn mariner, and livearing hind, • thy way,

• In peace and attluence inaintain'd, the while • How vice and folly had o'erspread the land; • You for yourselves and then may dress the * And canst thou then, O Fairy Son' demand mental foil, • The reason of my wo? or hope to ease

• Bethink you then, my children, of the trust • The throbbings of my heart with speeches

• In you repos d ; ne let your heav'n-born • bland,

• mind “And words more apt my sorrows to increase,

Consume in pleasure or inactive rust, "The once dear names of wealth, and liberty,

• But nobly roule you to the task assign'd, • and peace ?

• The godlike task, to teach and mend • Peace, wealth, and liberty, that noblest boon,

i mankind! • Are blessings only to the wife and good ; Learn that you may instruct: to virtue lead • To weak and vicious minds their worth un • Yourselves the way; the herd will crowd be• known,

• hind, • And thence abus'd, but ferve to furnish food • And gather precepts from each worthy deed: For riot and debauch, and fire the blood

* Example is a lesson that all men can read. • With high-spic'd luxury, whence strife,

• But if (to all or most I do not speak) debate,

• In vain and sensual habits now grown old Ambition, envy, Faction's vip'rous brood,

• The strong Circzan charm you cannot • Contempt of order, manners profligate;

• break, The {vmptoms of a foul, diseas'd and bloated ftate.

* Nor reassume at will your native mould .,

• Yet envy not the state you could not hold, • Ev'n Wit and Genius, with their learned • And take compassion on the rising age; • train

"In them redeem your errors manifold, "Of Arts and Muses, tho' from Heav'n above • And by due discipline and nurture sage, • Descended, when their talents they profane • In virtue's lore betimes your docile sons engage. • To varnish folly, kindle wanton love,

* You chiefly, who like me in secret mourn • And aid eccentric fceptic pride to rove

• The prevalence of custom lewd and vain, • Beyond celestial truili's attractive sphere, • This moral system's central sun aye prove

• And you who, though by the rude torrent

* borne "To their fond votaries a cute fevere, And only make mankind more obstinately err.

Unwillingly along, you yield with pain

• To his behefts, and act what you disdain, • And stand my sons herein from censure clear? • Yet nourish in your hearts the gen'rous love • Have they confider'd well, and understood • Of picty and truth, no more restrain • The use and import of thote bleilings dear • The manly zeal; but all your finews move • Which the great Lord of Nature hath be The present to reclaim, the future race ima • ftow'd,

prove. • As well to prove as to reward the good ? • Whence are there torrents then, these billowy

• Eftfoons by your joint efforts shall be quell'd

Yon haughty giant, who so proudly (ways • Of vice, in which as in his

• A sceptre by repute alone upheld, food

proper The fell Leviathan licentious plars,

• Who where he cannot dictate strait obeys:

• Accuftoin'd to conform his fatt'ring phrase • And upon shipwreck'd Faith and linking vir

• To numbers and high-plac'd authority • tue preys?

• Your party he will join, your maxims praise, To you, ye noble, opulent, and grear! • And drawing after all his menial fry, • With friendly voice I call, and honefi zeal ; Soon teach the gen’ral voice your act to ratify. • Upon your vital influences wait

• Ne for th’atchievement of this great emprize • The health and sickness of the common weal:

• The want of means or counsel may he dread; • The maladies you cause yourselves muft heal. * In vain to the unthinking harden'd crowd

• From my twin-daughters fruitful wounbs

"Thall rise «Will Truth and Rcalon make their juft appeal; In rain will facred Wifdom cry cloud,

• A race of letter'd sages, deeply read • And Justice drench in vain her vengeful sword

• In learning's various writ, by whom ylcd • in blood!

• Thro' each well cultur’d plot, cach beauscous

grove, ( With rou must reformation first take place : "Where anrick wisdom u bilom wontto tread, • You are the head, the ir tellectual mind • With ningled glee and profit may ye rove, • Of this vast body politic, whose base * And cull cach virtuous plant, each tree of • And vulyar limbs to drudgery contign’d,

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• Yourselves with virtue thus and knowledge On these that royal dame her ravish'd eyes • fraught

Would often feast; and ever as the 1py'd • Of what in ancient days of good or great Forth from the ground the length’ning struc. • Historians, bards, philosophers, have taught,

ture rise, • Join'd with whatever else of modern date With new-plac'd statues deck'd on ev'ry side, • Maturer judgment, search more accurate, Her parent-breast would swell with gea'rous • Discover'd have of Nature, Man, and God,

pride. . May by new laws reform the time-worn state And now with her in that sequester'd plain

Of cell-bred discipline, and smoothe the road The knight a while conftraining to abide, • That leads thro' Learning's vale to Wisdom's She to the Fairy youth with pleasure fain • bright abode.

Those sculptur'd chiefs did thew,

and their great • By you invited to her secret bow'rs,

lives explain.
• Then shall Pædia re-afcend her throne,
• With vivid laurels girt and fragrant flow'rs;
• While from their forked mount descending

$ 57. Ifis. An Elegy. By Mr. MASON, • down,

of Cambridge. Yon supercilious pedant train thall own

AR from her hallow'd grot, where mildly • Her empire paramount, ere long by her

bright, • Ytaught a lesson in their schools unknown, The pointed crystals shot their trembling light, • To learning's richest treasure to prefer

From dripping moss where sparkling dew-drops • The knowledge of the world, and man's great fell,

[Shell, bus'ness there,

Where coral glow'd, where twin'd the wreathed On this prime science, as the final end Pale Isis lay; a willow's lowly shade • Of all her discipline and nurt'ring care, Spread its thin foliage o'er the sleeping maid ; • Her eye Pædia fixing, aye Mall bend Clos'd was her eye, and from her heaving breast, * Her ev'ry thought and effort to prepare In careless folds, loose Pow'd her zonelcls vest, • Her tender pupils for the various war While down her neck her vagrant trelles flow, • Which vice and folly shall upon them wage

In all the awful negligence of woc; • As on the perilous march of life they fare, Her urn sustain'd her arm, that sculptur'd vase • With prudent lore fore-arming ev'ry age

Where Vulcan's art had lavish'd all his grace; ' 'Gainst Pleasure's treach'rous joys and Pain's Here, full with life, was heav'n-taught Science

einbatuled rage. * Then shall my youthful fons, to wisdom led Known by the laurel wreath and musing mien: • By fair example and ingenuous praise,

There cloud-crown's Fame, here Peace sedate With willing feet the paths of duty tread,

and bland, • Thro' the world's intricate or rugged ways,

Swell'd the loud trump and wav'd the olive wand; • Conducted by Religion's sacred rays,

While solemn domes, arch'd shades, and vistas • Whose soul-invigorating influence

green, • Shall purge their minds from all impure allays At well mark'd distance close the sacred scene. "Of sordid felfishness and brutal fenfe,

On this the Goddess cast an anxious look, . And swell th’ennobled heart with blest bene. Then dropt a tender tear, and thus the spoke : 6 volcnce.

Yes, I could once with pleas'd attention trace

The mimic charms of this prophetic vase;
•Then also shall this emblematic pile, Then lift my head, and with enraptur'd eyes
By magic whilom fram'd to sympathise

View on yon plain the real glories rise.
With all the fortunes of this changeful isle, Yes, Isis oft haft thou rejoic'd to lead
Still as iny lons in fame and virtue risc,

Thy liquid treasures o'er yon fav’rite mead;
• Grow with their growth, and to th’applaud- Oft halt thou stopt thv pearly car to gaze,
. ing skies

While ev'ry Science nurs'd its growing bays; • Its radiant cross uplift; the while to grace While ev'ry Youth, with faine's strong impulse • The multiplying nitches, fresh supplies Prest to the goal, and at the goal untird, (fird, "Of worthics shall succeed with equal pace, Snatch'd each celestial wreath, to bind his brow, Aye following their fires in virtue’s glorious The Mules, Graces, Virtues could bestow. race.'

E'n now fond Fancy leads th’ideal train, Fir'd with th'idea of her future fame, And ranks her troops on Mem’ry's ample plain ; She role majestic from her lowly stead, See ! the firm leaders of my patriot line, While from her vivid eyes a sparkling fame See ! Sidney, Raleigh, Hampden, Somers fhine. Outbeaming with unwonted light, o'erspread See Hough, superior to a tyrant's doom, That monuinental pile, and as her head Sinile at the menace of the save of Rome : To ev'ry front she turn’d, discover'd round Each soul whom truth could fire, or virtue move, The venerable form of heroes dead,

Each breast, strong panting with its country's love, Who for their various merit erst renown'd, All that to Albion gave their heart or head, In this bright fanc of glory fhrines of honor found. That wisely counfeld, or that bravely blevi,



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All, all appear; on me they grateful fimile ; Despis’d, infulted, by the barb'rous train
The well-carn’d puze of ev'ry virtuous toil

Who fcour, like Thracia's moon-struck rout, To ine with filial reverence they bring,

the plain ; And hang fresh trophies o'er my honor’d spring. Sworn foes, like them, to all the Mufe approves, Ah! I ruinember well von beechen Spray ; All Pharbus favours, or Minerva loves. There Addison first run’d his polith'd lay; Are these the fons my foft'ring breast must reár, 'Twas there great Cato's forin firt met his eye, Grac'd with my name, and nurtur'd by my cart? In all the pomp of free-born majeity; [awe; Must thete go forth from my maternal hand, • My ton, he cry'd, • obterve this mien with To deal their insults thro' a peaceful land, • In folemn lines the stroug retomblance draw; And boast, while Freedom bleeds, and Virtue

The piercing notes thall Itrike cach British ear; groans, • Each British eye thall drop the patriot tcar! That " Itis taught Rebellion to her fons?”

And rous'd to glory by the nervous strain, Forbid it, Heav'n! and let my rising waves • Each youth shall spurn‘at Nav'ry's abject reign; Indiguant fivell, and whelm the recreant flaves! Shall guard with Cato's zcal Britannia's laws, In England's cause their patriot Hoods employ, And speak, and act, and bleed, in Freedom's As Xanthus delug'd in the cause of Troy. i cause.'

Is this deny’d; then point fome secret way The hero fpokc; the bard assenting bow'd; Where far, far hence these guiltless streams may The lay to Liberty and Cato flow'd :


[spreads While Echo, as the ror'd the vale along, Some unknown channel lend, where Nature Join'd the trong cadence of his Roman fong. Inglorious vales and unfrequented meads,

But ah! how Stilnefs liept upon the ground! There, where a hind scarce times his ruftic strain, How mute Attention check'd cach rising found! Where scarce a pilgrim treads the pathless plain, Scarce stole a breeze to wave the leafy spray, Content I'll dow; forget that e'er my ride Scarce trill'd sweet Philomel her softest lay, Saw yon majestic structures crown its fide; Wlien Locke walk'd muling forth! E'en now Forget that e'er my wrapt attention hung I view

Or on the fage's or the poet's tongue ; Majestic Wifitom thron'd upon his brow; Calm and resign'd, my humbler lot embrace, View Candor simile upon his modeít chcek, And, pleas'd, prefer oblivion to disgrace. And from his eye all Judgment's radiance break. 'Twas here the iage his manly zeal expreft, Here ftript vain Faltehood of her gaudy vest; § 58. The Triumph of Ifis, occafioned by Ifis, au Here Truth's collected beains first fill'd his mind,

Elegy. T. WARTON. Ere long to burst in blessings on mankind; Ere long to thew to Reaton's purged eye, Quid nihil nescio quam, proprio cum Tybride, That" Nature's first beit gift was Liberty."

Roman Proud of this wondrous son, fublime I ftood Semper in oregeris? Referunt fi vera parentes, (While louder furges swellid my rapid Hood) Hanc Urbem insano Nullus qui Marte petivil, Then, vain as Niobe, exulring cry'd,

Lactatus viola je redit. Nec Numina sedem Jlitsus ! roll thy famd Athenian tide;

Deflituunt.Tho' Plato's lieps oft mark'd thy neighb'ing

CLAUDIAX. glade, Though fair Lyi æum lent its awful shade,

ON closing flow'rs when genial gales diffuse Tho' ev'ry Academic green imprest

The fragrant tribute of refreshing dews; Its image full on thy reflecting brcast,

When chants the milk-maid at her balmy pail, Yet my pure stream fhall boast as proud a name, And weary reapers whistle o'er the vale, And Britain's Ilis flow with Attic fame. Charm'd by the inurmurs of the quiv’ring shade, Alas! how chang'd! where now that Attic O'er Ilis' willow-fringed banks 1 ftray'd; boast?

And calmly muling thro' the twilight way, Sec! Gothic licence rage o'er all my coatt! In pentive mood I fram’d the Doric lay. See! Hydra Faction fjáread its impious rcign, When lo! from ov’ning clouds a golden gleam Poison each breast, and madden ev'ry brain ! Pourd fudden fplendors o'er the shadowy ftream; Hence frontless crowds, that not content to fright And from the wave arose its guardian queen, The blushing Cynthia from her throne of light, Known by her fivceping flote of gloliy green; Blast the fair face of day; and madly bold, While in the coral crown that bound her bron, To Frecdom's focs infernal orgies hold; Was wove the Delphic laurel's verdant bough. To Freedoni's foes, ah! see the goblet crown'd, As the imooth surface of the dimply food Hear plausive shouts to Freedom's foes resound; The silver-flipper'd virgin lightly trod, The horrid notes my refuent waters daunt, From her loole hair the dropping dew the press’d, The Echoes groan, the Dryads quit their haunt; And thus mine ear in accents mild address’d : Learning, that once to all diffus’d her beam, No more, my son, the rural reed employ, Now sheds, by ftealth, a partial private glcam Nor trill the tinkling strain of empty joy; In fonc lone cloister's melancholy shade, No more thy love-retounding fonnets suit Where a firm few support her fickly lacad, To notes of pastral pipe, or oaten dute.


For hark! high-thron'd on yon majestic walls, When yon proud * dome, fair learning's amplest To the dear Muse afflicted Freedom calls : Beneath its attic roofs receiv'd the Nine, [thrine, When Freedom calls, and Oxford bids thee fing, Was rapture mute, or ceas'd the glad acclame, Why stays thy hand to strike the founding ftring? To Radcliffe due, and Iris' honour'd name? While thus, in Freedom's and in Phæbus' spite, What free-born crowds adorn'd the festive day, The venal sons of slavish Cam unite;

Nor bluth to wear iny tributary bay! To shake yon tow'rs when Malice rears her crest, How each brave breast with honest ardors heav'd, Shall all my fons in filence idly rest?

When Sheldon's fane the patriot band receiv'd; Still fing, o Cam, your fav’rite freedom's cause, While, as we loudly hailid the chosen few, Still boast of Freedom, while you break her laws; Rome's awful sepate ruth'd upon the view ! To Pow'r your songs of gratulation pay; O may the day in latest annals thine, To courts address foft Flattery's servile lay; That made a Beaufort and an Harley mine! Who tho' your gentle Mason's plaintive verse That bade them leave the loftier scene a 'while, Has hung with Tweetest wreaths Museus' herse; The pomp of guiltlets state, the patriot toil, What tho' your vaunted bard's ingenuous woe, For bleeding Albion's aid the fage design, Soft as my ítream, in tuneful numbers flow; To hold thort dalliance with the tuneful Nine!" Yet strove his Muse, by fame or envy led, Then Music left her liiver sphere on high, To tear the laurels from a sister's head i And bore each strain of triumph from the sky; Misguided youth, with rude unclassic rage - Swell’d the loud long, and to my chiefs around To blot the beauties of thy whiter page; Pour'd the full peans of mellifluous found. A rage that sullies e’en thy guiltless lays, My Naiads blythe the dying accents caught, And blasts the vernal bloom of half thy bays. And lift'ning danc'd beneath their pearly grot: Let

boast the patrons of her name, In gentler eddies play'd my conscious wave, Each splendid fool of fortune and of fame: And all my reeds their foftest whispers gave; Still of preferment let her shine the queen, Each lay with brighter green adorn'd my bow'rs, Prolific parent of each bowing dean :

And breath'd a fresher fragrance on my flow'rs. Be hers each prelate of the pamper'd cheek, But lo! at once the pealing concerts cease, Each courtly chaplain, sanétify'd and fleck: And crowded theatres are huth'd in peace, Still let the drones of her exhaustless hive See, on yon fage how all attentive stand, On rich pluralities supinely thrive :

To catch his darting cye and waving hand! Still let her fenates titled llaves revere,

Hark! he begins, with all a Tully's art, Nor dare to know the patriot from the peer; To pour the dictates of a Cato's heart ! No longer charm’d by virtue's lofty song, Skill'd to pronounce what noblest thoughts inspire, Once heard sage Milton's manly tones among, He blends the speaker's with the patriot's fire;. Where Cam, meand'ring thro’the matted reeds, Bold to conceive, nor tin'rous to conceal, With loitring wave his groves of laurel feeds. What Britons dare to think, he dares to tell. 'Tis ours, my son, to deal the sacred bay, 'Tis his alike the ear and eye to charm, Where honour calls, and justice points the way; | To win with action, and with sense to warm; To wear the well-earn'd wreath that mcrit brings, Untaught in Aow'ry periods to dispense And snatch a gift beyond the reach of kings. The Julling sounds of sweet impertinence: Scorning and scorn’d by courts, yon Muse's bow'r, In frowns or smiles he gains an equal prize, Still nor enjoys nor fecks the smile of pow'r. Nor meanly fears to fall, nor creeps to rise; Though wakeful Vengeance watch my crystal Bids happier days to Albion be restor’d, spring,

Bids ancient Justice rear her radiant sword; Though Perfecution wave her iron wing, From me, as from my country, claims applause, And, o'er yon spiry temples as the fies,

And makes an Oxford's a Britannia's cause. • These destin'dicats be mine,' exulting cries; While arms like these my stedfast sages wield, Fortune's fair smiles on Ifis still attend : While mine is Truth's impenetrable shield; And, as the dews of gracious heav'n descend, Say, shall the puny champion fondly dare Unask'd, unseen, in stilt but copinus shou’rs, Το


with force like this scholastic war? Her stores on me spontaneous Bounty pours. Still vainly fcribble on with pert pretence, Sce, Science walks with recent chaplets crown'd; With all the rage of pedant impotence ? With Fancy's strain my fairy shades relound; Say, shall I foster this domestic peft, My Mufe divine still keeps her custom'd state, This parricide, that wounds a mother's breast > The mien erect, and high majestic gait:

Thus in fome gallant ship, that long has bore Green, as of old, each oliv'd portal smiles, Britain's victorious cross from shore to shore, And fill the Graces build my Grecian piles: By chance beneath her close fequefter'd cells. My Gothic fpires in ancient glory rise, Soine low-born worm, a lurking mischief dwells; And dare with wonted pride to rush into the Eats his blind way, and faps with secret guile skies.

The deep foundations of the floating pile. E'en late when Radcliff's delegated train In vain the forest lent its stateliest pride, Auspicious shone in Isis happy plain;

Rear'd her tall mast, and fram'd her knotty fide;

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