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7 Let Music sound the voice of joy,
Or Mirth repeat the jocund tale ; Let Love his wanton wiles employ, And o'er the season wine prevail
8 Yet Time life's dreary winter brings,
When Mirth's gay tale shall please no more, Nor music charm, though Stella sings,
Nor love nor wine the spring restore.
9 Catch, then, oh! catch the transient hour,
Improve each moment as it flies; Life's a short summer-man a flower,
He dies—alas ! how soon he dies !
THE WINTER'S WALK.
1 BEHOLD, my fair, where'er we rove,
What dreary prospects round us riseThe naked hill, the leafless grove,
The hoary ground, the frowning skies.
2 Nor only through the wasted plain,
Stern Winter ! is thy force confess'd ; Still wider spreads thy horrid reign,
I feel thy power usurp my breast.
3 Enlivening hope, and fond desire,
Resign the heart to spleen and care ; Scarce frighted Love maintains her fire,
And rapture saddens to despair.
4 In groundless hope and causeless fear,
Unhappy man ! behold thy doom ;
The slave of sunshine and of gloom.
5 Tired with vain joys, and false alarms,
With mental and corporeal strife,
And screen me from the ills of life!
ON HER GIVING THE AUTHOR A GOLD AND SILK NETWORK
PURSE OF HER OWN WEAVING.
THOUGH gold and silk their charms unite
Spread out by me, the roving coin
ON GEORGE II. AND COLLEY CIBBER, ESQ.
AUGUSTUS still survives in Maro's strain, And Spenser's verse prolongs Eliza's reign; Great George's acts let tuneful Cibber sing, For Nature form'd the poet for the king.
STELLA IN MOURNING.
When lately Stella's form display'd
1 Nor the soft sighs of vernal gales,
The fragrance of the flowery vales,
2 Not all the gems on India's shore,
Not all Peru's unbounded store,
3 Yet Nature's charms allure my eyes,
And knowledge, wealth, and fame I prize ;
WRITTEN AT THE REQUEST OF A GENTLEMAN TO WHOM A
LADY HAD GIVEN A SPRIG OF MYRTLE.
What hopes, what terrors, does this gift create,
The myrtle (ensign of supreme command,
At length must Suffolk beauties shine in vain,
1. Lady Firebrace:' daughter of P. Bacon, Ipswich, married three times—, to Philip Evers, Esq., to Sir Corbell Firebrace, and to William Campbell, uncle of the Duke of Argyle.