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THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

JOSEPH WARTON.

COLLATED WITH THE BEST EDITIONS :

BY

THOMAS PARK, F.S.A.

LONDON:
Printed at the Stanhope Press,
BY WHITTINGHAM AND ROWLAND,

Goswell-Street;
PUBLISHED BY SUTTABY, EVANCE, AND HUTCHINGS,

STATIONERS' COURT, LUDGATE STREET ; SHARPE AND
HAILES, PICCADILLY; AND TAYLOR AND HESSEY,
FLEET STREET.

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" ENCOMIUM ON JOSEPH WARTON.

FROM MANT'S VERSES TO HIS MEMORY.

O TOWERS of Venta, and thou gentle stream,
Itchin, ye bending vales, and breezy downs,
You best his praise can witness :-Oft he climb'd
In morn of life your fir-crown'd hill, and roam'd
Your osierd meads, and pac'd your cloisters dim;
You to meridian fame beheld him rise
Circled with Wykeham's sons, and you beheld
How Wykeham’s grateful sons the tribute paid
Of filial love, and cheer'd his closing day.

For well was WARTON lov’d, and well deserv'd!
Whether he led the faltering step of youth
To offer incense at the Muse's shrine;
Or, justly stern, check'd with forbidding frown
Impetuous vice; or with approving smile
Cherish'd the hopes of Virtue's modest bud;
Strong to convince, and gentle to persuade,

His tongue drop'd manna,' and his ardent eye Sparkled with temper'd rage, or beam'd with joy, Boundless : nor wonder; for within his heart Dwelt pure affection, and the liberal glow Of charity, join'd to each native grace, Which the sweet Muse imparts to those she loves. His was the tear of pity, soft as showers That fall on April meadows, his the rap'd

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