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OF A SPEECH OF AQUILEIO, IN THE ADRIANO OP
TU CHE IN CORTE INVECCHIASTIS."
GROWN old in courts, thou surely art not one
• The character of Cali, in Irene, is a masterly sketch of the old and practised dissembler of a despotic court.-ED.
Open to all, true only to thyself,
OF THE MODERN VERSIFICATIONS OF ANCIENT
LEGENDARY TALES. AN IMPROMPTU.
The tender infant, meek and mild,
Fell down upon the stone :
But still the child squealid on.
The noble mind's delight and pride,
To all the lower world deny'd.
While love, unknown among the blest,
Parent of thousand wild desires",
Torments alike with raging fires*; "This ode originally appeared in the Gentleman's Magazine for 1743. See Boswell's Life of Johnson, under that year. It was afterwards printed in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, in 1766, with several variations, which are pointed out, below.-J. B. "Parent of rage and hot desires.-Mrs. W. * Infames alike with equal fires.
With bright, but oft destructive, gleam,
Alike, o'er all his lightnings fly;
Around the fav'rites of the sky.
Thy gentle flows of guiltless joys
On fools and villains ne'er descend;
And hugs a flatt'rer for a friend.
Directress of the brave and just”,
0! guide us through life's darksome way! And let the tortures of mistrust
On selfish bosoms only prey.
Nor shall thine ardours cease to glow“,
When souls to blissful climes remove:
Shall aid our happiness above.
ON SEEING A BUST OF MRS. MONTAGUE.
Had this fair figure, which this frame displays,
y In vain for thee the monarch sighs.
z This stanza is omitted in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, and instead of it, we have the-following, which may be suspected, from internal evidence, not to have been Johnson's :
When virtues, kindred virtues meet,
And sister-souls together join,
Are all transporting—all divine. a O! shall thy fames then cease to glow.
ON A YOUNG HEIR'S COMING OF AGE.
Long expected one-and-twenty,
Ling’ring year, at length is flown; Pride and pleasure, pomp and plenty, Great
are now your own.
Loosen'd from the minor's tether,
Free to mortgage or to sell; Wild as wind, and light as feather,
Bid the sons of thrift farewell.
Call the Betseys, Kates, and Jennies,
All the names that banish care; Lavish of your grandsire's guineas,
Show the spirit of an heir.
All that prey on vice or folly
Joy to see their quarry fly: There the gamester light and jolly,
There the lender grave and sly.
Wealth, my lad, was made to wander,
Let it wander as it will;
Bid them come, and take their fill.
When the bonny blade carouses,
Pockets full, and spirits highWhat are acres? what are houses ?
Only dirt, or wet or dry.
Should the guardian friend, or mother
Tell the woes of wilful waste;
You can hang or drown at last.
H. S. E.
MICHAEL JOHNSON, Vir impavidus, constans, animosus, periculorum immemor, laborum patientissimus; fiducia christiana fortis, fervidusque; paterfamilias apprime strenuus; bibliopola admodum peritus; mente et libris et negotiis exculta; animo ita firmo, ut, rebus adversis diu conflictatus, nec sibi nec suis defuerit; lingua sic temperata, ut ei nihil quod aures vel pias vel castas læsisset, aut dolor vel voluptas unquam expresserit.
Natus Cubleiæ, in agro Derbiensi, anno MDCLVI; obijt MDCCXXXI.
Apposita est SARA, conjux, Antiqua FORDORUM gente oriunda ; quam domi sedulam, foris paucis notam; nulli molestam, mentis acumine et judicii subtilitate præcellentem; aliis multum, sibi parum indulgentem: æternitati semper attentam, omne fere virtutis nomen commendavit.
Nata Nortoniæ Regis, in agro Varvicensi, anno MDCLXIX; obijt MDCCLIX.
Cum NATHANAELE, illorum filio, qui natus MDCCXII. cum vires et animi et corporis multa pollicerentur, ando MDCCXXXVII. vitam brevem pia morte finivit.
IN BROMLEY CHURCH.
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