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OF THE MODERN VERSIFICATIONS OF ANCIENT
The tender infant meek and mild,
Fell down upon the stone:
But still the child squealid on.
[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.]
FRIENDSHIP, peculiar boon of Heaven,
The noble mind's delight and pride,
To all the lower world deny’d.
Parent of thousand wild desires,"
Torments alike with raging fires ;"
Alike o'er all, his lightnings fly;
Around the fav’rites of the sky.
On fools and villains ne'er descend;
And hugs a flatterer for a friend.
a Parent of rage and not desires.-Mrs. W. b Inflames alike with equal fires. € In vain for thee the monarch sighs.
*Directress of the brave and just,
O guide us through life's darksome way!
On selfish bosoms only prey.''
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,
ON A YOUNG HEIR'S COMING OF AGE.
Long expected one-and-twenty,
Ling’ring year, at length is flown;
are now your own.
Free to mortgage or to sell';
Bid the sons of thrift farewell.
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.
Call the Betseys, Kates, and Jennies,
All the names that banish care ;
Shew the spirit of an heir.
Joy to see their quarry fly:
There the lender grave and sly.
Let it wander as it will;
Bid them come and take their fill.
Pockets full, and spirits high
Only dirt or wet or dry.
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; fiduciâ Christianâ fortis, fervidusque; Paterfamilias apprimè 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. i
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, anno MDCCXXXVII, vitam brevem pia morte finivit." ".!
IN BROMLEY CHURCH
Formosæ, cultæ, ingeniosæ, piæ ;
Uxoris, primis nuptiis, Henrici Porter,
secundis, SAMUELIS JOHNSON,
Hoc lapide contexit.
A. D. MDCCLIII.
IN WATFORD CHURCH.
In the vault below are deposited the remains of
JANE BELL, wife of John BELL, Esq.
who in the fifty-third year of her age,
surrounded with many worldly blessings, heard, with fortitude and composure truly great, the horrible malady, which had for some time begun to
afflict her pronounced incurable ;
and for more than three years, endured with patience and concealed with decency,
the daily tortures of gradual death; continued to divide the hours not allotted to devotion, between the cares of her family, and the converse of
and acknowledged the offices of affection;
her husband's sufferings and sorrows, increased them by her gratitude for his care,
and her solicitude for his quiet.
To the testimony of these virtues,
this monument is erected by
. She died in October 1771.