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The following Translations, Parodies, and Burlesque
Verses, most of them extempore, are taken from Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson, lately published by Mrs. Piozzi.
ANACREON, ODE IX.
LOVELY courier of the sky,
Soft Anacreon's vows I bear,
Under leaves to hide one's head,
WRITTEN IN RIDICULE OF CERTAIN POEMS PUBLISHED
WHERESOE'ER I turn my view,
PARODY OF A TRANSLATION
FROM THE MEDEA OF EURIPIDES.
Err shall they not, who resolute explore
Times gloomy backward with judicious eyes ; And, scanning right the practices of yore,
Shall deem our hoar progenitors unwise. They to the dome where Smoke with curling play
Announc'd the dinner to the regions round, Summon’d the singer blithe, and harper gay,
And aided wine with dulcet-streaming sound. The better use of notes, or sweet or shrill,
By quiv'ring string or modulated wind; Trumpet or lyre-to their harsh bosoms chill
Admission ne'er had sought, or could not find. Oh! send them to the sullen mansions dun,
Her baleful eyes where Sorrow rolls around; Where gloom-enamour'd Mischief loves to dwell, And Murder, all blood-bolter'd, schemes the
When cates luxuriant pile the spacious dish,
And purple nectar glads the festive hour; The guest, without a want, without a wish,
Can yield no room to musick's soothing pow'r.
OF THE TWO FIRST STANZAS OF THE SONG RIO VERDE,
RIO VERDE," PRINTED IN BISHOP PERCY'S RELIQUES OF ANCIENT ENGLISH POETRY. AN IMPROMPTU.
Glassy water, glassy water,
Down whose current, clear and strong,
Moor and Christian, roll along.
IMITATION OF THE STYLE OF ****.
HERMIT hoar, in solemn cell
Wearing out life's evening grey,
What is bliss, and which the way.
Thus I spoke, and speaking sigh’d,
Scarce repress’d the starting tear,
Come, my lad, and drink some beer.
OF THE FOLLOWING LINES OF LOPEZ DE VEGA.
Vence una muger hermosa
O ella di ser mas furiosa.
If the man who turnips cries,
OF THE FOLLOWING LINES AT THE END OF BARETTI'S EASY
Viva viva la padrona !
Long may live my lovely Hetty!