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ELEGY,
HYMN TO ADVERSITY.

WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD.
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The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, σανα, τω πάθει μαθών

The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea, θένα κυρίως έχειν.

The plowman homeward plods his weary way, Æschylus, in Agamemnone.

And leaves the world to darkness and to me. DAUGIITER of Jove, relentless power,

Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight, Thou tamer of the human breast,

And all the air a solemn stillness holds, Whose iron scourge, and torturing hour,

Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight, The bad affright, afflict the best!

And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds : Bound in thy adamantine chain The proud are taught to taste of pain,

Save that, from yonder ivy-mantled tower, And purple tyrants vainly groan

The moping owl does to the Moon complain With pangs unfelt before, unpitied, and alone. Of such as, wandering near her secret bower,

Molest her ancient solitary reign. When first thy sire to send on Earth

Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade, Virtue, his darling child, design'd,

Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, To thee he gave the heavenly birth,

Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
And bade to form her infant mind.

The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
Stern rugged nurse; thy rigid lore
With patience many a year she bore :

The breezy call of incense-breathing Morn,
What sorrow was, thou bad'st her know,
And from her own she learn'd to melt at others' woe. The cock's shrill clarion, or the echoing horn,

The swallow twittering from the straw-built shed,

No more shall rouse them from their lowly bed. Scar'd at thy frown terrific, fly Self-pleasing Folly's idle brood,

For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn, Wild Laughter, Noise, and thoughtless Joy,

Or busy housewife ply her evening care : And leave us leisure to be good.

No children run to lisp their sire's return, Light they disperse, and with them go

Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share. The summer friend, the flattering foe; By vain Prosperity receiv'd,

Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield, To her they vow their truth, and are again believ'd.

Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke; How jocund did they drive their team a-field!

How bow'd the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!
Wisdom, in sable garb array’d.
Immers'd in rapturous thought profound,

Let not Ambition mock thair useful toil,
And Melancholy, silent maid,
With leaden eye, that loves the ground,

Their homely joys, and destiny obscure ;
Still on thy solemn steps attend :

Nor grandeur hear, with a disdainful smile, Warm Charity, the general friend,

The short and simple annals of the poor. With Justice, to herself severe,

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And Pily, dropping soft the sadly-pleasing tear.

And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,

Await alike th' inevitable hour,
Oh, gently on thy suppliant's head,

The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
Dread goddess, lay thy chastening hand!
Not in thy gorgon terrors clad,

Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault, Nor circled with the vengeful band,

If Memory o'er their tomb no trophies raise, (As by the impious thou art seen,)

Where through the long-drawn aisle and fretted vault, With thundering voice, and threatening mien, The pealing anthem swells the note of praise. With screaming Horror's funeral cry, Despair, and fell Disease, and ghastly Poverty. Can storied urn or animated bust

Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath?

Can Honor's voice provoke the silent dust,
Thy form benign, oh, goddess! wear,
Thy milder influence impart,

Or Flattery soothe the dull cold ear of Death? Thy philosophic train be there,

Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
To sosten, not to wound, my heart.
The generous spark extinct revive,

Some heart once pregnant with celestial tire;

Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd, Teach me to love and to forgive,

Or wak'd to ecstacy the living lyre.
Exact my own defects to scan,
What others are, to feel, and know myself a man.

But Knowledge to their eyes her ample page,

Rich with the spoils of time, did ne'er unroll;
Chill Penury repress'd their noble rage,
And froze the genial current of the soul.

Full many a gem of purest ray serene,

The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear : Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,

And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

“One morn I miss'd him on the 'custom'd hill,

Along the heath and near his favorite tree;
Another came; nor yet beside the rill,

Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he:

Some village-Hampden, that with dauntless breast" The next with dirges due in sad array
The little tyrant of his fields withstood;

Slow through the church-way path we saw him Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest,

borne. Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood. Approach and read (for thou canst read) the lay,

Gray'd on the stone beneath yon aged thorn." Th’applause of listening senates to command,

THE EPITAPH.
The threats of pain and ruin to despise,
To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land,

HERE rests his head upon the lap of Earth,
And read their history in a nation's eyes,

A youth to fortune and to fame unknown,

Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth,
Their lot forbad: nor circumscrib'd alone

And Melancholy mark'd him for her own.
Their growing virtues, but their crimes confin'd;
Forbad to wade through slaughter to a throne,

Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere,
And shut the gates of mercy on mankind.

Heaven did a recompense as largely send :

He gave to Misery all he had, a tear; The struggling pangs of conscious truth to hide,

He gain'd from Heaven ('twas all he wish'd) a To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame,

friend. Or heap the shrine of Luxury and Pride With incense kindled at the Muse's flame.

No further seek his merits to disclose,

Or draw his frailties from their dread abode, Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife,

(There they alike in trembling hope repose) Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray ;

The bosom of his Father and his God. Along the cool sequester'd vale of life

They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.

A PINDARIC ODE.

Yet ev'n these bones from insult to protect,

THE PROGRESS OF POESY.
Some frail memorial still erected nigh,
With uncouth rhymes and shapelesssculpture deck'd,
Implores the passing tribute of a sigh."

Φωνάνα συνελοίσιν ες

Δε το πάν ερμηνέων χαρίζει.
Their name, their years, spelt by th' unletter'd Muse,

Pindar. Olym. ii.
The place of fame and elegy supply:
And many a holy text around she strews,

I.
That teach the rustic moralist to die.

AWAKE, Æolian lyre, awake,

And give to rapture all thy trembling strings. For who, to dumb Forgetfulness a prey,

From Helicon's harmonious springs
This pleasing anxious being e'er resign'd, A thousand rills their mazy progress take ;
Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day, The laughing flowers that round them blow,
Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind ?

Drink life and fragrance as they flow.

Now the rich stream of music winds along, On some fond breast the parting soul relies, Deep, majestic, smooth, and strong,

Some pious drops the closing eye requires ; Through verdant vales, and Ceres' golden reign: Ev'n from the tomb the voice of Nature cries, Now rolling down the steep amain, Ev'n in our ashes live their wonted fires. Headlong, impetuous, see it pour:

The rocks, and nodding groves, rebellow to the roar For thee, who, mindful of th' unhonor'd dead,

Dost in these lines their artless tale relate; Oh! sovereign of the willing soul, If chance, by lonely Contemplation led,

Parent of sweet and solemn-breathing airs, Some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate,

Enchanting shell! the sullen cares,

And frantic passions, hear thy soft control : Haply some hoary-headed swain may say,

On Thracia's hills the lord of war “oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn Has curb'd the fury of his car, Brushing with hasty steps the dews away And dropp'd his thirsty lance at thy command : To meet the Sun upon the upland lawn. Perching on the scepter'd hand

Of Jove, thy magic lulls the feather'd king “There at the foot of yonder nodding beech, With ruffled plumes, and flagging wing:

That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high, Quench'd in dark clouds of slumber lie His listless length at noontide would he stretch, The terror of his beak, and lightning of his eyg. And pore upon the brook that bubbles by.

Thee the voice, the dance, obey, “ Hard by yon wood, now smiling as in scorn, Temper'd to thy warbled lay,

Muttering his wayward fancies he would rove, O'er Idalia's velvet-green
Now drooping woful wan, like one forlorn, The rosy-crowned Loves are seen,

Or craz'd with care, or cross'd in hopeless love. On Cytherea's day,

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With antic sports and blue-ey'd pleasures, Thine too these golden keys, immortal boy!
Frisking light in frolic measures ;

This can unlock the gates of Joy;
Now pursuing, now retreating,

or Horror that, and thrilling fears, Now in circling troops they meet:

Or ope the sacred source of sympathetic tears." To brisk noles in cadence beating Glance their many-twinkling feet.

Nor second het that rode sublime Slow-melting strains their queen's approach declare:

Upon the sera ph-wings of Ecstasy, Where'er she turns, the Graces homage pay,

The secrets of th'abyss to spy. With arts sublime, that float upon the air,

He pass'd the flaming bounds of place and time : In gliding state she wins her easy way:

The living throne, the sapphire-blaze, O'er her warm cheek, and rising bosom, move

Where angels tremble, while they gaze,
The bloom of young Desire, and purple light of Love. He saw; but, blasted with excess of light,

Clos'd his eyes in endless night.
II.

Behold, where Dryden's less presumptuous car, Man's feeble race what ills await,

Wide o'er the fields of Glory bare Labor and Penury, the racks of Pain,

Two coursers of ethereal race, Disease, and Sorrow's weeping train,

With necks in thunder cloth’d, and long-resounding And Death, sad refuge from the storms of Fate!

pace. The fond complaint, my song, disprove,

Hark, his hands the lyre explore! And justify the laws of Jove.

Bright-ey'd Fancy, hovering o'er, Say, has he given in vain the heavenly Muse ?

Scatters from her pictur'd urn Night, and all her sickly dews,

Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. Her spectres wan, and birds of boding cry,

But ah! 'tis heard no more-
He gives to range the dreary sky:

Oh! lyre divine, what daring spirit
Till down the eastern cliffs afar
Hyperion's march they spy, and glittering shafts of Wakes thee now? though he inherit

Nor the pride, nor ample pinion,
war.

That the Theban eagle bear, In climes beyond the solar road,

Sailing with supreme dominion Where shaggy forms o'er ice-built mountains roam, Through the azure deep of air : The Muse has broke the twilight gloom

Yet oft before his infant eyes would run To cheer the shivering native's dull abode.

Such forms as glitter in the Muse's ray And oft, beneath the odorous shade

With orient hues, unborrow'd of the Sun: Of Chili's boundless forests laid,

Yet shall he mount, and keep his distant way She deigns to hear the savage youth repeat,

Beyond the limits of a vulgar fate, In loose numbers wildly sweet,

Beneath the good how far--but far above the great. Their feather-cinctur'd chiefs, and dusky loves. Her track, where'er the goddess roves, Glory pursue, and generous Shame, Th' unconquerable mind, and Freedom's holy flame.

ODE ON THE SPRING. Woods, that wave o'er Delphi's steep,

Lo! where the rosy-bosom'd Hours, Isles, that crown th' Ægean deep,

Fair Venus' train appear, Fields, that cool Ilissus laves,

Disclose the long-expecting flowers, Or where Mæander's amber waves

And wake the purple year! In lingering labyrinths creep,

The attic warbler pours her throat, How do your tuneful Echoes languish

Responsive to the cuckoo's note, Mute, but lo the voice of Anguish?

The untaught harmony of Spring : Where each old poetic mountain

While, whispering pleasure as they fly, Inspiration breath'd around :

Cool zephyrs through the clear blue sky
Every shade and hallow'd fountain

Their gather'd fragrance fling.
Murmur'd deep a solemn sound :
Till the sad Nine, in Greece's evil hour,

Where'er the oak's thick branches stretch Left their Parnassus, for the Latian plains.

A broader, browner shade; Alike they scorn the pomp of tyrant-power,

Where'er the rude and moss-grown beech And coward Vice, that revels in her chains.

O'er-canopies the glade, When Latium had her lofty spirit lost,

Beside some water's rushy brink They sought, oh Albion! next thy sea-encircled coast.

With me the Muse shall sit, and think

(At ease reclin'd in rustic stale) III.

How vain the ardor of the crowd, Far from the Sun and summer-gale,

How low, how little are the proud, In thy green lap was Nature's darling * laid,

How indigent the great! What time, where lucid Avon stray'd,

Still is the toiling hand of Care : To him the mighty mother did unveil

The panting herds repose : Her awful face: the dauntless child

Yet hark, how through the peopled air Stretch'd forth his little arms, and smil'd.

The busy murmur glows ! “This pencil take," she said, “ whose colors clear Richly paint the vernal year:

† Milton.

| Meant to express the stately march and sounding Shakspeare.

energy of Dryden's rhymes.

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The insect youth are on the wing,

“Ye brown o'er-arching groves, Eager to taste the honied spring,

That Contemplation loves,
And float amid the liquid noon:

Where willowy Camus lingers with delight!
Some lightly o'er the current skim,

Oft at the blush of dawn
Some show their gaily-gilded trim,

I trod your level lawn,
Quick-glancing to the Sun.

Oft woord the gleam of Cynthia silver-bright

In cloisters dim, far from the haunts of Folly, To Contemplation's sober eye

With Freedom by my side, and soft-ey'd MelanSuch is the race of man:

choly.” And they that creep, and they that fly, Shall end where they began.

But hark! the portals sound, and pacing forth Alike the busy and the gay

With solemn steps and slow,
But futter through lise's little day,

High potentates and dames of royal birth,
In Fortune's varying colors drest :

And mitred fathers, in long order go:
Brush'd by the hand of rough Mischance ;

Great Edward,* with the lilies on his brow,
Or chill'd by Age, their airy dance

From haughty Gallia torn,
They leave in dust to rest.

And sad Chatillon,t on her bridal morn

That wept her bleeding love, and princely Claret Methinks I hear in accents low

And Aujou’sý heroine, and the paler rose.||
The sportive kind reply;

The rival of her crown and of her woes, “ Poor moralist! and what art thou ?

And either Henryf there,
A solitary fly!

The murder'd saint, and the majestic lord,
Thy joys no glittering female meets,

That broke the bonds of Rome. No hive hast thou of hoarded sweets,

(Their tears, their little triumphs o'er, No painted plumage to display:

Their human passions now no more, On hasty wings thy youth is flown:

Save Charity, that glows beyond the tomb,)
Thy sun is set, thy spring is gone-

All that on Granta's fruitful plain
We frolic while 'tis May."

Rich streams of regal bounty pour'd,
And bade these awful fanes and turrets rise,
To hail their Fitzroy's festal morning come ;
And thus they speak in soft accord

The liquid language of the skies.
ODE FOR MUSIC.

What is grandeur, what is power ?

Heavier toil, superior pain.
PERFORMED IN THE SENATE-HOUSE AT CAMBRIDGE, What the bright reward we gain?

JULY 1, 1769, AT THE INSTALLATION OF HIS The grateful memory of the good.
GRACE AUGUSTUS-HENRY FITZROY, DUKE OF GRAF- Sweet is the breath of vernal shower,
TON, CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY.

The bee's collected treasure's sweet,
Sweet music's melting fall, but sweeter yet

The still small voice of Gratitude." “Hence, avaunt, ('tis holy ground,)

Comus and his midnight-crew,
And Ignorance with looks profound,
And dreaming Sloth of pallid hue,

* Edward the Third; who added the fleur-de-lis of Mad Sedition's cry profane,

France to the arms of England. He founded Trinity Servitude that hugs her chain,

College. Nor in these consecrated bowers

† Mary de Valentia, Countess of Pembroke, daughter Let painted Flattery hide her serpent-train in flowers. of Guy de Chatillon, Comte de St. Paul in France: of Nor Envy base, nor creeping Gain,

whom tradition says, that her husband, Audemar de Dare the Muse's walk to stain,

Valentia, Earl of Pembroke, was slain at a tournament While bright-ey'd Science watches round: on the day of his nuptials. She was the foundress of Hence, away, 'tis holy ground !"

Pembroke College or Hall, under the name of Aula Maria de Valentia.

| Elizabeth de Burg, Countess of Clare, was wife of From yonder realms of empyrean day

John de Burg, son and heir of the Earl of Ulster, and Bursts on my ear th' indignant lay:

daughter of Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, by Joan There sit the sainted sage, the bard divine,

of Acres, daughter of Edward the First. Hence the poet The few, whom genius gave to shine

gives her the epithet of princely. She founded Clare-Hall. Through every unborn age and undiscover'd clime. Rapt in celestial transport they,

$ Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry the Sixth, found.

ress of Queen's College. The poet had celebrated her con Yet hither oft n glance from high

jugal fidelity in a former ode. They send of tender sympathy To bless the place, where on their opening soul | Elizabeth Widville, wife of Edward the Fourth (hence First the genuine ardor stole.

called the paler rose, as being of the house of York.) She 'Twas Milton struck the deep-ton'd shell,

added to the foundation of Margaret of Anjou. And, as the choral warblings round him swell,

1 Henry the Sixth and Eighth. The former the founder Meek Newton's self bends from his state sublime, of King's, the latter the greatest benefactor to Trinity And nods his hoary head, and listens to the rhyme. College.

The hapless nymph with wonder saw : A whisker first, and then a claw,

With many an ardent wish, She stretch'd in vain to reach the prize ; What female heart can gold despise?

What cat's a verse to fish ?

Foremost and leaning from her golden cloud
The venerable Marg'ret* see !
“Welcome, my noble son,” she cries aloud,
“To this, thy kindred train, and me:
Pleas'd in thy lineaments we trace
A Tudor's t fire, a Beaufort's grace.
Thy liberal heart, thy judging eye,
The flower unheeded shall descry,
And bid it round Heaven's altars shed
The fragrance of its blushing head :
Shall raise from Earth the latent gem,
To glitter on the diadem.

Presumptuous maid! with looks intent Again she stretch'd, again she bent,

Nor knew the gulf between. (Malignant Fate sate by, and smil'd,) The slippery verge her feet beguild,

She tumbled headlong in.

Eight times emerging from the flood, She mew'd to every wat’ry god,

Some speedy aid to send. No Dolphin came, no Nereid stirr'd; Nor cruel Tom, nor Susan heard,

A favorite has no friend!

“Lo, Granta waits to lead her blooming band.
Not obvious, not obtrusive, she
No vulgar praise, no venal incense flings;
Nor dares with courtly tongue refin'd
Profane thy inborn royalty of mind :
She reveres herself and thee.
With modest pride to grace thy youthful brow
The laureate wreath, that Cecili wore, she brings
And to thy just, thy gentle hand
Submits the fasces of her sway,
While spirits blest above and men below
Join with glad voice the loud symphonious lay.
Through the wild waves as they roar,
With watchful eye and dauntless mien
Thy steady course of honor keep,
Nor fear the rocks, nor seek the shore:
The star of Brunswick smiles serene,
And gilds the horrors of the deep."

From hence, ye beauties, undeceiv'd,
Know, one false step is ne'er retriev'd,

And be with caution bold.
Not all, that tempts your wandering eyes,
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize ;

Not all that glisters, gold.

ODE

ON A DISTANT PROSPECT OF ETON COLLEGE

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