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Our anxious bard without complaint may share
power and famne
“ This day the powder'd curls and golden coat, Says swelling Crispin, “ begg'd a cobler's vote;' “ This night our wit,” the pert apprentice cries, “ Lies at my feet; I hiss him, and he dies.” The great, 'tis true, can charm th' electing tribe, The bard may supplicate, but cannot bribe. Yet judg'd by those whose voices ne'er were sold, He feels no want of ill persuading gold ; But confident of praise, if praise be due, Trusts without fear to merit and to you.
TO THE COMEDY OF
A WORD TO THE WISE",
Spoken by Mr. HULL.
his night presents a play which publick rage,
Or right, or wrong, once hooted from the stage t. From zeal, or malice, now no more we dread, For English vengeance wars not with the dead. A generous foe regards with pitying eye The man whom fate has laid, where all muft lie.
To wit reviving from its author's dust, Be kind ye judges, or at least be just. For no renew'd hoftilities invade · Th’ oblivious grave's inviolable shade. Let one great payment every claim appease, And him who cannot hurt, allow to please ; To please by scenes unconscious of offence, By harmless merriment, or useful sense. Where aught of bright, or fair the piece displays,, Approve it only-'tis too late to praise. If want of skill, or want of care appear, Forbear to hiss—the poet cannot hear. By all like him must praise and blame be found, At best a ficeting gleam, or empty sound.
* Performed at Covent-Garden theatre in 1777, for the benefit of Mrs. Kelly, widow of Hugh Kelly, Esq. (the author of the play), and her children.
+ Upon the first representation of this play, 1770, a party assembled to damn it, and succeeded.
Yet then shall calm reflection bless the night,
TERN Winter now, by Spring repress’d,
Forbears the long continued strife; And Nature, on her naked breast,
Delights to catch the gales of life. Now o'er the rural kingdom roves
Soft pleasure with her laughing train, Love warbles in the vocal groves,
And vegetation plants the plain. Unhappy! whom to beds of pain, Arthritick
tyranny consigns; Whom smiling nature courts in vain,
Tho' rapture sings and beauty shines.
Her wings imagination tries,
Where's humble turrets rise.
Nor from the pleasing groves depart, Where first great nature charm'd my light,
Where wisdom first inform’d my heart.
• The author being ill of the gout.
Here let me thro' the vales pursue
A guide-a father-and a friend, Once more great nature's works renew,
Once more on wisdom's voice attend, From false caresses, causeless strife,
Wild hope, vain fear, alike remov’d; Here let me learn the use of life,
When best enjoy'd-when most improv'd. Teach me, thou venerable bower,
Cool meditation's quiet seat,
The filent grandeur of retreat.
Or raging factions rush to war,
I can't prevent, and will not share. But lest I fall by subtler foes,
Bright wisdom teach me Curio's art, The swelling passions to compose,
And quell the rebels of the heart.
M I D S U M M E R,
O PHOEBUS! down the western sky,
Far hence diffuse thy burning ray, Thy light to distant worlds supply,
And wake them to the cares of day.
Come gentle eve, the friend of care,
Come Cynthia, lovely queen of night! Refresh me with a cooling breeze,
And cheer ine with a lambent light.
Her living carpet nature spreads ;
In showers its fragrant foliage sheds.
Let musick die along the grove; Around the bowl let myrtles twine,
And every strain be tun'd to love. Come, Stella, queen of all my heart !
Come, born to fill its vast desires! Thy looks perpetual joys impart,
Thy voice perpetual love inspires. Whilst all my wish and thine complete,
By turns we languish and we burn, Let sighing gales our sighs repeat,
Our murmurs-murmuring brooks return. Let me when nature calls to rest,
And blushing skies the morn foretell, Sink on the down of Stella's breast,
And bid the waking world farewell.
A U T U M N,
A N O D E. ALA
LAS! with swift and filent pace,
Impatient time rolls on the year ; The seasons change, and nature's face Now sweetly smiles, now frowns severe.