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Thy locks were whiter than the plumes display'd
By Leda's paramour in ancient time;
But thou wast worthy ne'er to have decay’d,
Or, Æson-like, to know a second prime, Worthy, for whom some goddess should have won New life, oft kneeling to Apollo's son.
Commission'd to converse with hasty call
The gowned tribes, how graceful wouldst thou So stood Cyllenius erst in Priam's hall, [stand !
Wing-footed messenger of Jove's command ! And so Eurybates, when he address’d To Peleus' son, Atrides' proud behest.
Dread queen of sepulchres! whose rigorous laws
And watchful eyes run through the realms below, Oh, oft too adverse to Minerva's cause !
Too often to the muse not less a foe! Choose meaner marks, and with more equal aim Pierce useless drones, earth's burthen, and its
Flow, therefore, tears for him from every eye,
All ye disciples of the muses, weep !
Assembling all in robes of sable dye,
Around his bier lament his endless sleep!
And let complaining Elegy rehearse
In every school her sweetest, saddest verse.
ON THE DEATH OF THE BISHOP OF
Silent I sat, dejected, and alone,
Making, in thought, the public woes my own,
When first arose the image in my
Of England's suffering by that scourge, the pest!
How Death, his funeral torch and sithe in hand,
Entering the lordliest mansions of the land,
Has laid the gem-illumined palace low,
And level'd tribes of nobles at a blow.
I next deplored the famed paternal pair,
Too soon to ashes turn'd and empty air !
The heroes next, whom snatch'd into the skies
All Belgia saw, and follow'd with her sighs;
But thee far most I mourn'd, regretted most,
Winton's chief shepherd, and her worthiest boast!
Pour'd out in tears I thus complaining said :
Death, next in power to him who rules the dead ! Is it not enough that all the woodlands yield To thy fell force, and every verdant field ; That lilies, at one noisome blast of thine, And e'en the Cyprian queen's own roses pine ; That oaks themselves, although the running rill Suckle their roots, must wither at thy will ; That all the winged nations, even those Whose heaven-directed flight the future shows,
And all the beasts that in dark forests stray,
And all the herds of Proteus are thy prey.
Ah envious ! arm’d with powers so unconfined !
Why stain thy hands with blood of human kind ?
Why take delight, with darts that never roam,
To chase a heaven-born spirit from her home?
While thus I mourn'd, the star of evening stood,
Now newly risen above the western flood,
And Phoebus from his morning goal again
Had reach'd the gulfs of the Iberian main.
I wish'd repose, and, on my couch reclined,
Took early, rest, to night and sleep resign'd:
When-Oh for words to paint what I beheld !
I seem'd to wander in a spacious field,
Where all the champaign glow'd with purple light,
Like that of sunrise on the mountain height;
Flowers over all the field, of every hue
That ever Iris
Nor Chloris, with whom amorous zephyrs play,
E'er dress'd Alcinous' garden half so gay.
A silver current, like the Tagus, rolld
O'er golden sands, but sands of purer gold;
With dewy airs Favonius fann'd the flowers,
With airs awaken'd under
bowers. Such, poets feign, irradiated all o'er The sun's abode on India's utmost shore.
While I that splendour, and the mingled shade Of fruitful vines, with wonder fix'd survey'd, At once, with looks that beam'd celestial grace, The seer of Winton stood before
snowy vesture's hem descending low His golden sandals swept, and pure as snow New fallen shone the mitre on his brow. Where'er he trod, a tremulous sweet sound Of gladness shook the flowery scene around : Attendant angels clap their starry wings, The trumpet shakes the sky, all ether rings; Each chants his welcome, folds him to his breast, And thus a sweeter voice than all the rest : “ Ascend, my son! thy father's kingdom share ! My son! henceforth be freed from
every So spake the voice, and at its tender close With psaltery's sound the angelic band arose ; Then night retired, and, chased by dawning day, The visionary bliss pass'd all away. I mourn'd my banish'd sleep with fond concern; Frequent to me may dreams like this return !
TO, HIS TUTOR THOMAS YOUNG,
CHAPLAIN TO THE ENGLISH FACTORY AT HAMBURGH.
Hence my epistle-skim the deep-fly o'er
Yon smooth expanse to the Teutonic shore !
Haste-lest a friend should grieve for thy delay-
And the gods grant that nothing thwart thy way!
I will myself invoke the king who binds
In his Sicanian echoing vault the winds,
With Doris and her nymphs, and all the throng
Of azure gods, to speed thee safe along.
But rather, to ensure thy happier haste,
Ascend Medea's chariot, if thou mayst;
Or that whence young Triptolemus of yore
Descended, welcome on the Scythian shore.
The sands that line the German coast descried,
To opulent Hamburga turn aside !
So call’d, if legendary fame be true,
From Hama, whom a club-arm'd Cimbrian slew !
There lives, deep learn’d and primitively just,
A faithful steward of his Christian trust,
My friend, and favourite inmate of my heart,
That now is forced to want its better part !
What mountains now, and seas, alas ! how wide !
From me this other, dearer self divide,
Dear as the sage renown'd for moral truth
To the prime spirit of the Attic youth !
Dear as the Stagyrite to Ammon's son,
His pupil, who disdain’d the world he won!
Nor so did Chiron, or so Phænix shine
eyes, as he in mine.
First led by him through sweet Aonian shade,
Each sacred haunt of Pindus I survey’d;
And favour'd by the muse, whom I implored,
Thrice on my lip the hallow'd stream I pour’d.
But thrice the sun's resplendent chariot rollid
To Aries, has new tinged his fleece with gold,
And Chloris twice has dress’d the meadows
gay, And twice has summer parch'd their bloom away,