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TO HIS FRIEND IN TOWN.
But, oh! what tongue to Laura shall relate
Oh! none can bear the fight! The fad conclusion of her lover's fate!
Those lively, eyes, which love inspir’d, Already the dire news has reach'd her ear; Which Cælia, too, so much admir'd, She flies to know the truth, half frantic with her Are clos d in endless night.
fear! Loose and dishevell’d was her auburn hair,
If innocence demands a figh, Her zone ungirt, and all 'her bosom bare;
Ye gentle bosoms tell me why It's dazzling whiteness fhe deform'd with blows,
Not heav'd on Toby's grave? And round her wild, inquiring eyes, the throws!
When Cruelty's relentless hand At length casts them on the fable bier,
Did what malignity had plannid, And see the hapless youth extended there!
Not innocence could save! Clos'd were those charming eyes, which could
impart The foftest passion to the virgin's heart; Lifeless those lips, which oft to hers were prest;
FROM A GENTLEMAN IN THE COUNTRY,
ROM Whichwood's deep shades, and it's
high waving groves, But madness kindling, as the view'd the youth Where Fancy, delighted, at liberty roves ; Henry, (she cry'd) I come to prove my truth!
From the seats of fequefter dcontentmentandeafe, Then from her side a ready dagger drew, Where rofy Hygeïa wafts health in each breeze; Which in her own heart's blood she did embrue!
Receive, my dear friend! these rude, rustic lays, All flew with one accord to aid the fair;
From, a mufe unambitious of honours or praise. Who, bleeding, fell upon her lover's bier!
O could you,Philander, these gay groves among, Your help is vain! (the panting virgin cried;); With me catch the notes of the sweet feather'd And then, without a struggle, ligh’d, and died!
throng, Still to their tomb the weeping maidens bring
With ears full of rapture hear Philomel's strain, The earliest tribute of the blooming spring; And see the feet hart bound along the smooth And still do Jersey's bards, in flowing verse,
plain; The mournful story of their loves rehearse; The town, and it's pleasures, with scorn you'd Bid melting virgios weep at Laura's name,
resign; And Henry's deeds transmit to lasting fame.
To the waters of Lethe ambition consign;
And vow,here,with quiet, life's vain dream to end. DEATH OF A FAVOURITE RABBIT.
O loft to each joy, who toil in the crowd,
Who cringe to the noble, or bow to the proud;
Who bustle along through life's peopled way,
And grasp at each phantom that shines in the day!
Who know not to fealt on that heavenly repast, But, with the safety nature yields,
Which never can satiate, but charms to the last;
The sweets that from Enjoy'd the pleasure of the fields,
peace and tranquillity flow, To
And the rest of the soul,which the poor only know;
The clear limpid breast, and the heart void of pain,
As I rest in the shade, or refresh at the rill,“ There fhun the greyhound's speed;
Or Nowly ascend yon green-waving hill; But-o unhappy!--in thy bloom,
As I hear the gay birds their lov'd descants repeat;
And inhale rich perfume from each gale that I
I pity the splendid, the pompous,
In vengeance c'erhung with the trappings of state; Refrain from tears who can!
Too high to be happy, too proud to be bless’d, Thou ne'er knew ft malice or deceit,
Whose days pass in folly, and nights without rest; But, ah! it was decreed by Fate,
Who never embrace the calm, tranquil hour, To find they were in man.
When pageantry yields to soft rapture it's power, Villains ingrate! whoe'er ye are,
And the soul in reflection darts through this dull View him, and shed one piteous tearg
scene, A little to redress!
Where passion and error so oft intervene. If this proposal is too much,
By falfhood and flattery let others aspire, Be forry that the deed is such;
In the climax of fortune, to rise a step higher; Ye surely can't do less!
For the shouts of the mob the patriot may toil,
The hero through foes may rush for the fpoil, Now Toby, harmless Toby's dead,
Unenvied the poet his laurels may wear, See every rabbit droop it's head,
And Ambition still hug it's delusion and care:
WRITTEN BY A SCHOOL BOY.
No with in my bosom e'er fonder fall rise, When your tear, and your verse, shall hallow my
Forget all my foibles, and say, with a fighAnd fix all my warmest attachments at home. O earth! on the bofom that lov'd me light lie! Heaven spreads forth it's bleslings as plenteous WHICHWOOD FOREST,
W.F.M, as dew;
JULY 6. While our wants are our own, or but trivial and
few: In ambition alone all our wretchedness lies,
ODE TO SOLITUDE, And gloting on vifions that dance round our eyes; AIL! Solitude, the Muses friend! In wildly departing from Nature's just plan,
To thee I atring the tuneful lyre; And aiming at objects unsuited to man.
Do thou thy magic influence lend, Can the pomp of attendance, the foppery of And wake devotion's hallow'd fire: pride,
For thee I quit the noise of itrife, The line of ancestors to monarchs allied,
And seek the humbler scenes of life; 'The titles of rank, or the whistlings of fame, To soar on Contemplation's wing, Or soothe the torn bosom, or fanctify shame! And glow with rapture as I fing. When the diadem'd head feels the ache of disease, Sce! Cynthia, empress of the night, And the viands of luxury no longer can please; Emits a beam of glimmering light; When the down of the cygnet no longer is soft, And, bursting through a sable cloud, And fate from ii's watch-tower calls loudly and Proclaims in Reason's ear aloud,
While rolling round her destin'd sphere, Then say, my dear friend, would you envy che lot That God is acting every where: Of the prince in his palace, or twain in his cot? Self-pleas'd, the grateful theme I fondly join, Where memory no pangs of compunction o'er- And hail the Author, and his Power, divine.' cloud,
Oh! come, Reflection, heaven-born maid, Nor conscience repeats every baseness aloud;
And all thy wonted power display; Where few are the dainties that lite must resign,
Point out where I have erring stray'd, And the soul can repose in the mercies divine.
And lead me from the devious way! As the rivers incessantly run to the sea,
Thus, taught by thee, unerring guide, As the springs from their beds still strive to get
To thun the motley sons of pride; free:
Whose minds have ever since their birth So hastens each mortal to one common grave,
Kept level with their mother Earth; The only pufleffion the richest can save;
Whose souls, confin'd to Folly's shrine, Where the honour'd and mean together repose,
Can scarcely prove themselves divine, And friends mingle dust with their once fellest
Till Death obliquely throws the dart, foes.
And wounds the victims to the heart, Since then, my Philander,we all know our fate,
Then, bursting from the tottering clay,
To meet the vengeance of an angry God.
Then, while Reflection's sober power
With me shall kindly deign to dwell, And only for natural cravings provide;
Be mine the task, each fleeting hour Alike o'er our heads Time's last curtain shall close,
Some pleasing moral truth to tell; And remembrance lose hold of it's pleasures or
And, wak'd from lite's fantastic dream,
Where mortals are not what they seem, Come, then, and indulge your genius and taste,
(But, skill'd in fraudful guile and art, Nor longer your years in vain industry waste :
Deceive the eye, to win the heart ;) Bid your villa arise on yon gay funny fite,
Let me forsake the treacherous crowd, Where each obje&t in nature conspires to delight;
The rich, the poor, the mean, the proud, Where the sweet bird of eve shall woo you to rest,
To taste the sweets of Solitude, And at morn blooming Pleasure enrapture your
Where seldom human ills intrude, breast;
There mark where Virtue's sons have trod, Where the charms of bright Wisdom shall win all
And look through nature up to God; your heart,
Tili, rifing far above terrestrial toys, And Philosophy pure her best treasures impart;
The raptur'd soul foresees eternal joys! Where I, too, shall hail you my neighbour and And those, who by parental ties friend,
Now check the Mule's flights in vain, And learn from your converse my failings to Will, when they mount th’ætherial skies, mend;
With rapture join the grateful Arain;
Above their reach the Muses foar :
They barter Ease, Content, and Health; -
Seek pleasure in gay Folly's round,
From the dark, dreary grave, I come,
Conceals her borrow'd light;
To soothe your troubled mind to rest,
And banish your despair;
And calm each anxious care.
No more let grief your bosom swell!
No more of fate complain!
But seek my grave, nor doubt to find
A balm for ev'ry pain.
Farewel, my love! I hence am callid,
And dare no longer stay;
For fee! the rosy morn appears,
And ulhers in the day-
Then Emma sought her William's grave,
Which oft she'd sat beside;
And, falling on the green grass turf,
By all regretted, died.
NORWICH, JULY 23.
SONNET FROM PETRARCH.
LONE, and pensive, thro' deserted meads,
My eyes intent to fhun each path that leads
No other refuge left but in despair,
To fhun the world's discernment I retire;
Since now in Pleasure's train no part I bear, Joys equal to the Elysian fields.
My outward mien betrays my inward fire! Here, Genius! bere thy tribute raise,
Methinks, henceforth, the mountains, groves, And tune to Heaven thy vocal lays;
and plains, Here freely range, or court the shady bower,
And rivers, know my melancholy mind; And wait serenely for the changeful hour.
But only these, to all befide untold:
AMINTOR, And yet, what savage track unfought remains,
However rude, but love my haupts will find;
And he and I'alternate converse hold! WILLIAM AND EMMA.
TO A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDELD.
WRITTEN BY DENNIS O'BRYEN, ESQ. Adown her cheeks, with sorrow pale, Where once the roses grew,
SPOKEN BY MR. PALMER. Her fparkling tears in torrents flow'd,
N times long past, ere Fashion's powerful sway And tham'd the silver dew.
earth, ber way, Her gentle bosom heav'd a figh,
A sober knight, who would be what he chose, Expressive of her woe;
Bought, and long wore, a pair of worfted hose. As thus, with mournful voice, the cried
But stockings must, like empires, feel disease, No joy can Emma know!
And time, that alters all things, alter'd these. When William told his tender tale,
From worsted they grew filk; for, with much art, And bade me ease his pain;
His fempstress darn'd with silk each broken part; Ah! why did I his ardent love,
Till, like old boroughs, they became derang'd, And vows fincere, disdain!
And e'en their very constitution chang'd. As thus, with grief oppressid, she spoke,
Thus chang'd our manufacture of to-night;
First from the loom as Farce it saw the light, Fond William's ghoft appear'd;
Our weaver view'd the stuff with courteous eye, And, gazing on the drooping maid,
And bade it be wrought up to Comedy;
(And, when you see it's texture, may you find Pooh, pooh! (cries Citpup) this is all a lye! -
rallyUnfix'd it's title, too, as well as frame,
Nothing but truth and honour in 'Change Alley! For as it's figure chang’d, it chang'd it's name, Plump Margery at a monitrous premium went As fast as politicians change their friends, Prodigious interest -almost cent. per cent. Or as all mankind change to gain their ends. I found her poor, not bleft with half a crown;
Poets there are, of generous soul, who grudge' Stampt her my own, and brought her upon town-The town the trouble from their tafte to judge; Made her as fine as hands or gold could make With pomps and pageants, and processions vie,
herTo blind the sense, and glut the gaping eye ; Built her a coacb--a grand onel in Long Acre! As women hide in paint a wrinkled face, Margery's good fortunes all on me depend; Or dwarfs cunceal deformities in lace.
I ruind her-and am her only friend. Some, nobly trampling upon nature, draw
Happy the high-born fair, whose ample dower, Such myftic monsters, ás no eye e'er saw; Pours in her wealthy lap a golden shower! Or, scorning idle words, sublimely glow,
While many a friendfincere, no doubtfusTo trace mankind in jig and raree-thow;
rounds Or teize with fripperies, till your reason fhrugs, Her thousand charms-and hundred thousand Like craw-fick itomachs cramm'd with nauieous
But she, who pines in want; whose early bloom Fare how he may, our poet fought but this, Deceit would canker, or ditrefs consume; To paint plain life precisely as it is;
Let jealou s fears ber every Atep attend, And all may trace the likeness, for you meet And mark the flatterer from the real friend! The pictures, whence he drew, in every street. He who with gold would bribe her into vice, Judge then with temper of our novice bard, Buys but her honotr at a dearer price; For it's true wisdom not to be tuo hard.
Not generous, but prodigal and vain; The poet, like the statesman, when disgrac'd, A botom traitor! cruel, not humane ! Joins factious crowds, and roars to be replac'd. But he, whose virtuous hand her wants supplies, Damn'd bards at bards triumphant hiss and grin, And wipes the tears of anguish from her eyes; As the out-statesman thunders at the in.
Who rears, o'ercharg'd with grief, her drooping And each (sustain'd by kindred spirits near him) head, Plagues you with Off-off-off! or-Hear him! And summons Hymen to the genial bea; , hear him!
Let love and gratitude his merits plead, Yet do not think our bard would bribe your And lodge him in her heart a Friend Indeed!
SUNG BY MR.ARROWSMITH, AT VAUXHALL.
THEN rouz'd by the trumpet's loud clan. gor
Reluctant I quitted Eliza's bright charms; EPILOGY E.
Tho' honour commanded, yet I've fill'd my mind, WRITTEN BY GEORGE COLMAN, LIQ. Ah! how could I leave the dear charmer behind?
Yet the rage of the battle with courage I try'd, SPOKEN BY MRS. BULKLEY.
Surviv'd while the heroes fell taft on each lide:
Love stood my protector in all the alarms,
While the filver-ton'd trumpet Arill founded to
Now olive-robid Peace kind advances again, Hogarth, on whom, sweet Humour's darțing. And her bleffings dispenses wide over the plain;
co Eliza, we join in the throng, At once Minerva and Thalia (mild;
Where is heard the futt pipe, or the heart-lifting Whose pencilrd satire vice and folly (mote,
tong. Who many a comedy on canvas wrote;
Each rural amusement with rapture we try, With coat tuck'd up, straw hat, and linen gown,
While the beams of contentment are found in Draws honest Margery just arriv'd in town: With ruddy health and innocence ihe glows,
Love stood my protector in all the alarms, Fresh as the morn, and blooming like the rose,
While the filver-ton'd trumpet shrill founded to In the inn yard a hag, who ready stands, Lays on the harmless maid her harpy hands; What mortal, like me, so transcendently bless’d, Too well the beldame knows the treacherous art When clafp'd by the charmer, with joy, to her To tempt, and to corrupt, the female heart;
breaft! Too foon to ruin she decoys her prey,
The laurel of conquest I give to the wind; Then cafts her like a loathsome weed away. ?Tis nought, withvut love and honour combin'd.
COMPOSED BY MR. ARNI.
WRITTEN BY MR. OAKMAN.
SET TO MUSIC BY DR. ARNOLD
But when thus united, how noble the name! 'Tis more than the bluth of the rose in the
'Tis eafe to the witty, and wit to the weak.
'Tis surely the girdle that Venus was bound with, THE AMAZON.
The graces, her handmaids, all proud, put it on;
Who, smiling, arises, and waits for the sun.
Oh! wear it, ye lafles, on every occasion;
'Tis the noblest reproof, 'tis the strongest per
suafion; THAT means this loud tumult, this con
'Twill keep, nay, 'twill almost retrieve repu-
THE BRITISH TAR.
SUNG BY MR.ARROWSMITH, AT VAUXHALL.
ONS of Ocean, fam'd in story, Rear the standard of Honour, the flag of our race,
Wont to wear the laurell'd brow; With the trophies we've won without blame or
Listen to your rising glory, disgrace;
Growing honours wait you now; When proudly those lords of the world would
Think not servile adulation controul
Meanly marks my grateful song,
All the praises of the nation
Given to you, to you belong; field, And by Prudence and Virtue compelld them to
And rival kingdoms send from far
Their plaudits to the British Tar. yield:
rouze to the battle, exert ev'ry charm, 'Tis not now your valiant daringa While the trumpet, loud founding, cries-Arm, Courage you've for ages shewn; females, arm!
'Tis not now your mild forbearingan
Pity ever was your own; Thus the Amazons once, as by poets we're told,
'Tis your prince, fo lov’d, so plealing, In defence of their honour and conduct, were bold; Defied each vain coxcomb of powder and prate,
Spreads your fame thro' diftant lands,
And, the trident nobly seizing, And nobly determind to be a free state:
Grasps it in his youthful hands;
The virtues of the British Tar..
See your royal shipmate go,
Brave the fury of the foe:
Now when smiling Peace rejoices,
Greet him with a sailor's arts;
Pay his service with your hearts;
And be, henceforth, your leading star, E beauties, or such as would beauties be The gallant, royal, British Tar.
COMPOSED BY MR.HOOK.
Lay patches, and washes, and painting, afide, Go burn all the glafles that ever were fram'd,
The gewgaws of fashion and knicknacks of pride, A nostrum to cull from the toilet of reason, "Tis easy, 'tis cheap, and 'tis ever in season,
When art has in vain her cofineties applied. Good-nature, believe me,'s the smootheft of var.
nish, Which ever bedimples the beautiful cheek; No time nor no tint can it's excellence tarnish,
It holds good fo lung, and it lies on so Neek.
When books or prints. obscene he fees,
Good man! his fang fruid's quite at ease.
Kindle with him such ardent blushes,