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But since of late ELIZABETH,
And later, JAMES came in ; They never danc'd on any heath,
As when the time had been. By which we note the FAIRIES
'Were of the old profession: Their songs were Ave-Maries,'
Their dances were procession. But now, alas! they all are dead,
Or gone beyond the feas, Or farther for religion fled,
Or elle they take their ease. A tell-tale in their company
They never could endure; And whoso kept not secretly
Their mirth, was punish'd sure :
To pinch such black and blue :
Such justices as you!
A register they have,
A man both wife and grave.
By one that I could name
TO WILLIAM for the fame.
Give land and praises due,
With tales both old and new :
And pray ye for his noddle; For all the fairies evidence
Were loft, if it were addle,
POLLIO. THE peaceful ev'ning breathes her balmy store,
The playful school-boys wanton o'er the
green; Where Ipreading poplars shade the cottage door,
The villagers in rustic joy, convene. Amid the secret windings of the wood,
With solemn MEDITATION let me stray: This is the hour, when to the wise and good,
The heav'nly maid repays the toils of day. The river murmurs, and the breathing gale
Whispers the gently-waving boughs among; The star of ev'ning glimmers o'er the dale,
And leads the filent host of heav'n along. How bright, emerging o'er yon broom-clad height,
The silver emprefs of the night appears ! Yon limpid pool reflects a fiream of light,
And faintly in its breast the woodland bears. The waters tumbling o'er their rocky bed,
Solemn and constant, from yon dell resound; The lonely hearths blaze o'er the distant glade;
The bat, low-wheeling, skims the dusky ground. August and hoary, o'er the floping dale,
The Gothic abbey rears its sculptur’d tow'rs; Dull through the roofs refounds the whistling gale;
Dark SOLITUDE among the pillars low'rs. Where
old trees bend o'er a place of graves, And, folemn, shade a chapel's sad remains; Where yon skaith'd poplar thro’the window waves,
And, twining round, the hoary arch füftains: There oft at dawn, as one forgot behind,
Who longs to follow, yet unknowing where, Some hoary shepherd, o'er his staff reclin'd,
Pores on the graves, and fighs a broken pray'r..
High o'er the pines, that with their dark’ning shade
Surround yon craggy bank, the castle rears Its crumbling turrets: still its tow'ry head
A warlike mien, a sullen grandeur wears. So, ʼmidst the snow of age, a boaftful air
Still on the war-worn vet’ran's brow attends; Still his big bones, his youthful prime declare,
Though trembling,o'er the feeble crutch he bends. While round the gates the dusky wall-flow’rs creep,
Where oft the knights the beaut'ous dames have Gone is the bow'r, the grot a ruin'd heap,
Where bays and ivy 'o'er the fragments spread. 'Twas here our fires, exulting from the fight,
Great in their bloody arms, march'd o'er the lea, Eying their rescu'd fieids with proud delight;
Now lost to them! and ah, how chang'd to me! This bank, the river, and the fanning breeze,
The dear idea of my POLLIO bring; So, shone the moon through these foft-nodding trees,
When here we wander'd in the eves of spring. When April's smiles the flow'ry lawn adorn,
And modeft cowslips deck the streamlet's fide: When fragrant orchards, to the roseate morn
Unfold their bloom, in heav'n's own colours dy'd: So fair a blossom gentle POLLIO wore,
These were the emblems of his healthful mind; To him the letter'd page display'd its lore,
To him bright Fancy all her wealth resign'd: Him, with her purest flames the muse endow'd,
Flames never to th' illiberal thought ally'd; The sacred sisters led where Virtue glow'd
In all her charms; he saw, he felt, and dy'd. Oh, partner of my infant griefs and joys!
Big with the scenes now paft, my heart o'erflows, Bids each endearment, fair as once, to rise,
And dwells luxur’ous on her melting woes.
Oft with the rising fun, when life was new,
Along the woodland have I roam’d with thee; Oft by the moon have brush'd the ev’ning dew,
When all was fearless INNOCENCE and glee. The fainted-well, where yon bleak hill declines,
Has oft been conscious of those happy hours ! But now the hill, the river crown’d with pines,
And sainted-well, have lost their cheering pow'rs. For thou art gone.-My guide, my friend! oh,
where, Where halt thou fled, and left me here behind : My tend'rest wish, my heart to thee was bare,
Oh, now cut off each passage to thy mind! How dreary is the gulph! how dark, how void,
The trackless shores that never were repaft! Dread feparation on the depth untry'd,
Hope faulters, and the soul recoils aghast. Wide round the spac'ous heav'n's I cast my eyes ;
And shall these stars glow with immortal fire! Still shine the lifeless glories of the skies!
And could thy bright, thy living foul expire ? Far be the thought !—The pleasures most sublime,
The glow of friendship, and the virt'ous tear, The tow'ring with, that Icorns the bounds of time,
Chill'd in this vale of death, but languish here. So, plant the vine on NORWAY's wint’ry land,
The languid ftranger feebly buds, and dies : Yet there's a clime where virtue shall expand
With godlike strength, beneath her native skieș. The lonely shepherd on the mountain's fide,
With patience waits the roly op'ning day; The mariner at midnight's darksome tide,
With cheerful hope expects the morning ray, Thus I, on life's storm-beaten ocean tost,
In mental vision view the happy shore, Where POLLIO beckons to the peaceful coast, Where fate and death divide the friends no more!
Oh! that some kind, some pitying kindred shade,
Who, now perhaps, frequents this folemn grove, Would tell the awful secrets of the dead,
And, from my eyes the mortal film remove! Vain is the wish-yet surely not in vain,
Man's bosom glows with that celestial fire, Which fcorns earth's luxuries, which smiles at pain,
And wings his fpirit with sublime desire. To fan this spark of heav'n, this ray divine,
Still, oh, my soul! ftill be thy dear employ; Still thus to wander through the shades be thine,
And swell thy breast with vis’onary joy!
In ancient days, the holy seers retir'd;
While rising ecstafies their bofoms fir’d; Restor'd creation bright before them rose,
The burning deserts smil'd as EDEN's plains, One friendly ihade the wolf and lambkin chose, The flow'ry mountains sung ---- MESSIAH
Yet let me oft frequent this solemn scene,
What time the moon-fhine dimly gleams between. There, where the cross in hoary ruin nods,
And weeping yews o’ershade the letter'd stones, While midnight filence wraps these drear abodes,
And soothes me wand'ring o'er my kindred bones: Let kindled fancy view the glorious morn,
When from the bursting graves the juft shall rise, All nature smiling, and, by angels borne,
MESSIAH's cross far blazing o'er the skies?