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A new life gives to others' joys,
Whilst that I
With any sweet
Hear, O hear!
And waters fall
Whilst to me,
Echoes despair, And every drop provokes a tear, What are all the senses' pleasures, When the mind hath lost all measures ? ROBERT VEEL,
Born at Alveston, in Gloucestershire; entered of Edm. Hall,
Oxford, in 1663, aged 15; “ continued there (says Wood) 6 about 10 terms; went to the great city, lived after “ the manner of poets, in a debauched way, and wrote “partly for the use of his idle and vain companions, but
more to gain money to carry on the trade of folly.” Among other things he was author of “ New Court Songs “and Poems," 8vo. 1672. He seems to have been an easy versifier, though without much originality,
VANITY OF WORLDLY HAPPINESS.
w eager are our vain pursuits
How full of trouble, grief, and noise !
What, but a tempest, is the world,
Whereon this bark of ours is tost?
Is split against a rock, and lost !
The safer vulgar this with wonder see,
With costlý silks we do adorn
These stalking pageants, made of clay, Whose very flowers, when they are worn,
But emblems are of our decay: Batter'd by sickness, or inflam'd by lust, Or undermin'd by time, we fall to dust.
FRAILTY OF BEAUTY.
As poor Aurelia sat alone,
Hard by a river's flowery side,
Envious at nature's new-born pride, Her slighted self thus she reflected on.
Alas! that nature should revive
These flowers, which after winter's snow
Spring fresh again and brisker show; And for our brighter sex so ill contrive!
Beauty, like them, a short-livd thing,
On us in vain he did bestow;
Beauty, that only once can grow, An autumn has, but knows no second spring.
See how the feather'd blossoms through the air
Traverse a thousand various paths, to find On the impurer earth a place that's fair,
Courting the conduct of each faithless wind !
See how they seem to hover near their end,
Nicely supported on their doubtful wings, Yet all by an impulse of fate descend,
On dunghills some, some on the courts of kings.
Of warmest vapours, which the sun exhales,
All are compos'd; and, in a short-liv'd hour, Their dazzling pride and coyest beauty falls,
Dissolv'd by Phæbus, or a weeping shower.
All, of one matter form'd, to one return :
Their fall is greatest who are plac'd most high: Let not the proud presume, or poorest mourn:
Their fate's decreed, and every one must die.
Boast not of endless wealth, or noble birth ;
JOHN WILMOT, EARL OF ROCHESTER,
Was born in 1648, and died in 1680. The anecdotes of his
life are too numerous for abridgment, and too well known to require insertion in this place.
INSULTING beauty, you mis-spend
Those frowns upon your slave ;
From all the charms you have.
Your conquering eyes so partial are,
Or mankind is so dull,