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The worm of Grief had never prey'd
IN IMITATION OF TIBULLUS.
WHERE now are all my flattering dreams of joy?
Monimia, give my soul her wonted rest; Since first thy beauty fix'd my roving eye,
Heart-gnawing cares corrode my pensive breast. Let happy lovers fly where pleasures call,
With festive songs beguile the fleeting hour; Lead beauty through the mazes of the ball,
Or press her, wanton, in love's. roseate bower. For me, no more I'll range the' empurpled mead,
Where shepherds pipe, and virgins dance around, Nor wander through the woodbine’s fragrant shade, To hear the music of the
resound. I'll seek some lonely church, or dreary hall,
Where fancy paints the glimmering taper blue, Where damps hang mouldering on the ivied wall,
And sheeted ghosts drink up the midnight dew: There, leagued with hopeless anguish and despair,
Awhile in silence o'er my fate repine:
To kindred dust my weary limbs consign.
On the cold grave where all my sorrows rest ? Strew vernal flowers, applaud my love sincere,
And bid the turf lie easy on my breast ?
Sed podice levi
A D V IC E.
ENOUGH, enough; all this we knew before;
When such bright names in constellation blaze ? i General Cope was famous for an expeditious retreat, though not quite so deliberate as that of the ten thousand Greeks from Persia; having unfortunately forgotten to bring his army along with him.
Newcastle, abstinently great, Neglects his food to cater for the state; And Grafton, towering Atlas of the throne, So well rewards a genius like his own: Granville3 and Bathu illustrious, need I name, For sober dignity and spotless fame; Or Pitt, the unshaken Abdiel,“ yet unsung: Thy candour, Cho'm'dly! and thy truth, 0 Younge!
1 Alluding to the philosophical contempt which this great personage manifested for the sensual delights of the stomach.
2 This noble peer, remarkable for sublimity of parts, by virtue of his office of Lord Chamberlain, conferred the laureate on Colley Cibber, a delectable bard, whose character has already employed, together with his own, the greatest pens of the age.
3 Two noblemen, famous in their day, for nothing more than their fortitude in bearing the scorn and reproach of their country.
4 Abdiel, according to Milton, was the only seraph that preserved his integrity in the midst of corruption
Among the innumerable false, unmoved,
Unshaken, unseduced, unterrified 5 This alludes to a phenomenon, not more strange than true. The person here meant having actually laid upwards of forty eggs, as several physicians and fellows of the Royal Society can attest: one of whom we hear, has undertaken the incubation, and will, no doubt, favour the world with an account of his success. Some virtuosi affirm, that such productions must be the effect of a certain intercourse of organs not fit to be named.
6 This was a riotous assembly of fashionable people, of both sexes, at a private house, consisting of some hundreds; not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and emptiness of the entertainment. There were also drum-major, rout, tempest, and hurricane, differing only in degrees of multitude and uproar, as the significant name of each declares.
E'en Atticus (so wills the voice of fate)
FRIEND What! turn assassin ?
Let the assassin bleed:
Heavens, how you rail! the man's consumed by spite !
1 It was Lockman's fate to be little read, and less approved.
The' ascent is easy, and the prospect clear,
grasp, in hope, a truncheon and a star:
The taste of Maro and Anacreon plead; 1 This child of dirt (to use a great author's expression), without any other quality than grovelling adulation, has arrived at the power of insulting his betters every day.
2 Another son of fortune, who owes his present affluence to the most infamous qualifications; commonly called Brush Warren, from having been a shoeblack.
3 This gerial knight wore at his own banquet a garland of flowers, in imitation of the ancients: and kept two rosy boys robed in white, for the entertainment of his guests.