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When Envy reads the nervous lines, Ha! no traveller art thou,
She frets, she rails, she raves, she pines ; King of men, I know thee now;
Her hissing snakes with venom swell,
She calls her venal train from hell ; Miglitiect of a mighty line
The servile fiends her nod obey,
And all Curll's authors are in pay.
Fame calls up Calumny and Spite;
Thus Shadow owes its birth to Light. Art thou, nor prophetess of good;
As prostrate to the
god of day But mother of the giant brood !
With heart devout a Persian lay,
His invocation thus begun :
“Parent of light, all-seeing sun, Hie thee hence, and boast at home, Prolific beam, whose rays dispense That never shall enquirer come
The various gifts of Providence, To break my iron sleep again;
Accept our praise, our daily prayer, Till Loke has burst his tenfold chain ; Smile on our fields, and bless the year. Never, till substantial night
A Cloud, who mock'd his gratefu Has reassumed her ancient right;
With pride and envy swell’d, aloud
Weak is this gaudy god of thine,
Whom I at will forbid to shine.
Shall I nor vows nor incense know? THE DEAD IN WESTMINSTER Where praise is due, the praise bestow." ABBEY.
With fervent zeal the Persian moved, Oft let me range the gloomy aisles alone,
Thus the proud calumny reproved :
“It was that God who claims my Sad luxury, to vulgar minds unknown! Along the walls where speaking marbles who gave thee birth, an
raised thec show What worthies form the hallowd mould When o'er His beams the veil is thrown,
below; Proud names, who once the reins of em- A passing gale, a puff of wind,
Thy substance is but plainer shown : pire held; In arms who triumphed, or in arts ex•
Dispels thy thickest troops combined.” celled ;
The gale arose ; the vapour tossed, Chiefs graced with scars and prodigal of The glorious orb the day refines ;
The sport of winds, in air was lost ; blood; Stern patriots who for sacred freedom
Thus envy breaks, thus merit shines. stood; Just men, by whom impartial laws were
given ; And saints, who taught and led the way
BLACK-EYED SUSAN. to heaven.
All in the Downs the fleet was moor’d,
The streamers waving in the wind,
When black-eyed Susan came on board, John Gay. 1688–1732.)
“Oh, where shall I my true-love THE PERSIAN, THE SUN, AND
Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell
true, Is there a bard whom genius fires, Does my sweet William sail among you Whose every thought the god inspires ?
William, who high upon the yard A life so sacred, such serene repose,
Rock'd by the billows to and fro, Seem'd heaven itself, till ore suggestion Soon as the well-known voice he heard, rose ;
He sigh'd and cast his eyes below; That vice should triumph, virtue vice obey, The cord flies swiftly through his glow. This sprung some doubt of Providence's ing hands,
sway : And quick as lightning on the deck he His hopes no more a certain prospect stands.
And all the tenour of his soul is lost: “O Susan, Susan, lovely dear,
So when a smooth expanse receives im. My vows shall always true remain,
prest Let me kiss off that falling tear,–
Calm nature's image on its watery breast, We only part to meet again ;
Down bend the banks, the trees dependChange as ye list, ye winds, my heart
ing grow, shall be
And skies beneath with answering colours The faithful compass that still points to glow; thee.
But if a stone the gentle scene divide,
Swift ruffling circles curl on every side, Believe not what the landsmen say, And glimmering fragments of a broken Who tempt with doubts thy constant sun, mind;
Banks, trees, and skies, in thick disorder They tell thee sailors, when away,
In every port a mistress find; Yes, yes, believe them when they tell you To clear this doubt, to know the world so,
by sight, For thou art present wheresoe'er I go." To find if books, or swains, report it
right; The boatswain gave the dreadful word, (For yet by swains alone the world he The sails their swelling bosom spread;
knew, No longer she must stay on board,- Whose feet came wandering o'er the They kiss'd, she sigh'd, he hung his nightly dew,) head:
He quits his cell; the pilgrim-staff he bore, Her lessening boat unwilling rows to And fix'd the scallop in his hat before; land,
Then with the sun a rising journey went, Adieu !” she cried, and wav'd her lily Sedate to think, and watching each event. hand.
The mom was wasted in the pathless grass,
And long and lonesome was the wild to (THOMAS PARNELL. 1679–1718.) But when the southern sun had warm'd
the day, THE HERMIT.
A youth came posting o'er a crossing way; FAR in a wild, unknown to public view, His raiment decent, his complexion fair, From youth to age a reverend hermit And soft in graceful ringlets waved his grew;
hair. The moss his bed, the cave his humble Then near approaching, “Father, hail ! ” cell,
he cried, His food the fruits, his drink the crystal | “And hail, my son," the reverend sire
replied; Remote from man, with God he pass'dWords“ follow'd words, from question the days,
answer flow'd Prayer all his business, all his pleasure and talk of various kind deceived the praise
Till each with other pleased, and loth to As one who spies a serpent in his way, part,
[heart: Glistening and basking in the summer ray, While in their age they differ, join in Disorder'd stops to shun the danger near, Thus stands an aged elm in ivy bound, Then walks with faintness on, and looks Thus youthful ivy clasps an elm around. with fear :
So seem'd the sire; when far upon the Now sunk the sun ; the closing hour of road, day
The shining spoil, his wily partner show'd. Came onward, mantled o'er with sober He stopp'd with silence, walk'd with tremgray;
bling heart, Nature in silence bade the world repose : And much he wish'd, but durst not ask to When near the road a stately palace rose: part : There by the moon through ranks of trees Murmuring he lifts his eyes, and thinks it they pass,
hard, Whose verdure crown'd their sloping sides That generous actions meet a base reward.
of grass. It chanced the noble master of the dome, While thus they pass, the sun his glory Still made his house the wandering shrouds, stranger's home :
The changing skies hang out their sable Yet still the kindness, from a thirst of praise,
A sound in air presaged approaching rain, Proved the vain flourish of expensive ease. And beasts to covert scud across the plain. The pair arrive : the liveried servants War'd by the signs, the wandering pair wait;
retreat, Their lord receives them at the pompous To seek for shelter at a neighbouring seat. gate.
'Twas built with turrets, on a rising The table groans with costly piles of food, ground, And all is more than hospitably good. And strong, and large, and unimproved Then led to rest, the day's long toil they
Its owner's temper, timorous and severe, Deep sunk in sleep, and silk, and heaps Unkind and griping, caused a desert of down.
At length 'tis morn, and at the dawn of As near the miser's heavy doors they drew, day,
Fierce rising gusts with sudden fury blew; Along the wide canals the zephyrs play; The nimble lightning mix'd with showers Fresh o'er the gay parterres the breezes began, creep,
And o'er their heads loud rolling thunder And shake the neighbouring wood to banish sleep
Here long they knock, but knock or call Up rise the guests, obedient to the call, An early banquet deck'd the splendid Driven by the wind, and batter'd by the
rain. Rich luscious wine a golden goblet graced, At length some pity warm'd the master's Which the kind master forced the guests breast, to taste.
('Twas then, his threshold first received Then, pleased and thankful, from the a guest,)
(care, porch they go,
Slow creaking turns the door with jealous And, but the landlord, none had cause of And half he welcomes in the shivering woe;
pair; is cup was vanish'd; for in secret guise One frugal fagot lights the naked walls,
younger guest purloin'd the glittering And nature's fervour through their limbs prize.
Bread of the coarsest sort, with eager The soil improved around, the mansion wine,
neat, (Each hardly granted,) served them both And neither poorly low, nor idly great : to dine
It seem'd to speak its master's turn of And when the tempest first appear'd to mind, cease,
Content, and not for praise, but virtue A ready warning bid them part in peace. kind. With still remark the pondering hermit Hither the walkers turn with weary feet, view'd
Then bless the mansion, and the master In one so rich, a life so poor and rude ; greet: And why should such (within himself heTheir greeting fair bestow'd, with modest cried)
guise, Lock the lost wealth a thousand want The courteous master hears, and thus beside ?
replies: But what new marks of wonder soon took place
“Without a vain, without a grudging In every settling feature of his face !
heart, When from his vest the young companion To Him who gives us all
, I yield a part ; bore
From Him you come, for Him accept it That cup, the generous landlord own'd here,
A frank' and sober, more than costly And paid profusely with the precious He spoke, and bid the welcome table bowl
spread, The stinted kindness of this churlish soul! Then talk'd of virtue till the time of bed,
When the grave household round his hall But now the clouds in airy tumult Ay,
Warn'd by a bell, and close the hours The sun emerging opes an azure sky; A fresher green the smelling leaves display,
At iength the world renew'd by calm And, glittering as they tremble, cheer the
repose day: The weather courts them from the poor
Was strong for toil, the dappled morn retreat,
Before the pilgrims part, the younger And the glad master bolts the wary gate.
Near the closed cradle where an infant While hence they walk, the pilgrim's And writhed his neck : the landlord's
bosom wrought With all the travel of uncertain thought; O strange return! grew black, and gasp’d,
little pride, His partner's acts without their cause
and died. appear, 'Twas there a vice, and seem'd a madness How look'd our hermit when the fact was
Horror of horrors ! what! his only son ! here :
done? Detesting that, and pitying this, he goes, Not hell
, though hell's black jaws in Lost and confounded with the various
sunder part, shows.
And breathe blue fire, could more assault
his heart. Now night's dim shades again involve the sky;
Confused, and struck with silence at the Again the wanderers want a place to len deed, Again they search, and find a lodging He flies, but trembling fails to fly with nigh.
His steps the youth pursues ; the country These charms, success in our bright lay
region find, Perplex'd with roads, a servant show'd And force an angel down, to calm thy A river cross'd the path; the passage o'er For this, commission'd, I forsook the Was nice to find; the servant trod before; sky, Long arms of oaks an open bridge sup. Nay, cease to kneel—thy fellow-servant L
plied, And deep the waves beneath the bending • Chen know the truth of government glide.
divine, The youth, who seem'd to watch a time And let these scruples be no longer thing,
to sin, Approach'd the careless guide, and thrust him in ;
“The Maker justly claims that world He Plunging he falls, and rising lifts his head, In this the right of Providence is laid ;
made, Then flashing turns, and sinks among the Its sacred majesty through all depends dead.
On using second means to work His ends: Wild, sparkling rege inflames the father's 'Tis thus, withdrawn in state from human
eye, eyes, He bursts the bands of fear, and madly Your actions uses, nor controls your will
, The power exerts his attributes on high, cries, “Detested wretch !” – but scarce his And bids the doubting sons of men be
still. speech began, When the strange partner seem'd no longer man:
“ What strange events can strike with His youthful face grew more serenely
Than those which lately struck thy won. sweet ; His robe turn'd white, and flow'd upon Yet taught by these, confess th’ Almighty
dering eyes ? Fair rounds of radiant points invest his
just, hair ;
And where you can't unriddle, learn to Celestial odours breathe through purpled
trust! air ;
[day, And wings, whose colours glitter'd on the “The great, vain man, who fared on Wide at his back their gradual plumes
costly food, display.
Whose life was too luxurious to be good; The form ethereal bursts upon his sight,
Who made his ivory stands with goblets And moves in all the majesty of light.
And forced his guests to morning draughts Though loud at first the pilgrim's passion
Has, with the cup, the graceless custom grew, Sudden he gazed, and wist not what to
And still he welcomes, but with less of Surprise in secret chains his words sus.
pends, And in a calm his settling temper ands. “The mean, suspicious w.etch, whose But silence here the beauteous angel broke, bolted door (The voice of music ravish'd as he spoke). Ne'er moved in duty to the wandering
poor; “Thy prayer, thy praise, thy life to vice with him I left the cup, to teach his mind unknown,
That Heaven can bless, if mortals will be In sweet memorial rise before the throne. kinde