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His eager arms the reverend sage embrace,
And the warm tear fast trickled down his face.
Untouch'd, yet lost awhile in deep surprise,
Stood Mornay brave; for still on Mornay's eyes
Hung errour's mist, and God's high will conceal'd
The gifts from him to Henry's breast reveal'd.
His wisdom idly would the world prefer,
Whose lot, though rich in virtues, was to err.
While the rapt sage fulfilling God's behest,
Spoke inspiration to the prince's breast,
Hush'd were the winds, within their caverns bound,
Smooth flow'd the seas, and Nature smil'd around.
The sage his guide, the hero sought his way
Where the tall vessels safe at anchor lay:
The ready sailors quit the friendly strand,
Hoist the glad sails, and make for Albion's land.
While o'er her coast his eyes admiring range,
He prais'd in silence Britain's happier change:
Where laws, abus'd by foul intestine foes,
Had erst entail'd a heap of dreadful woes
On prince and people; on that bloody stage,
Where slaughter'd heroes bled for civil rage;
On that bright throne, from whence descended
springs

Th' illustrious lineage of a hundred kings,
Like Henry, long in adverse fortune school'd,
O'er willing English hearts a woman rul'd:
And, rich in manly courage, female grace,
Clos'd the long lustre of her crowded race.
Eliza then, in Britain's happiest hour,
Held the just balance of contending pow'r;
Made English subjects bow the willing knee,
Who will not serve, and are not happy free.
Beneath her sacred reign the nation knows
No sad remembrance of its former woes;
Their flocks securely graz'd the fertile plain,
Their garners bursting with their golden grain.
The stately ships, their swelling sails unfurl'd,
Brought wealth and homage from the distant
world:

All Europe watch'd Britannia's bold decree,
Dreaded by land, and monarch of the sea.
Wide o'er the waves her fleet exulting rode,
And fortune triumph'd over ocean's god.
Proud London now, no more of babarous fame,
To arms and commerce urg'd her blended claim.
Her pow'rs, in union leagu'd, together sate,
King, lords, and commons, in their threefold
state.

Hither, the faithful Mornay at his side,
Without the noise and pageant pomp of pride,
The toys of grandeur which the vain pursue,
But glare unheeded to the hero's view,
The prince arriv'd: with bold and manly sense
He spoke; his frankness all his eloquence;
Told his sad tale, and bow'd his lofty heart,
For France's woes, to act submission's part;
For needful aids the British queen addrest,
While, in the suppliant, shone the king confest.
"Com'st thou," reply'd the queen, with strange
surprise,

"Com'st thou from Valois for the wish'd allies?
Ask'st thou protection for a tyrant foe,
Whose deadly hate work'd all thy fortune's woe?
Far as the golden Sun begins to rise,

To where he drives adown the western skies,
His strife and thine to all the world is known:
Stand'st thou for him a friend at Britain's throne?
And is that hand, which Valois oft hath fear'd.
Arm'd in his cause, and for his vengeance rear'd?”
When thus the prince; "A monarch's adverse
Wipes all remembrance out of former hate. [fate
Valois was then a slave, his passion's slave,
But now himself a monarch firm and brave;
He bursts at once the ignominious chain,
Resumes the hero, and asserts his reign.
Blest, if of nature more assur'd and free,
He'd sought no aid but from himself and me!
But led by fraud, and arts, all insincere,
He was my foe from weakness and from fear.
His faults die with me, when his woes 1 view,
I've gain'd the conquest-grant me vengeance,
you;

For know the work is thine, illustrious dame,
To deck thy Albion's brows with worthiest fame,
Let thy protection spread her ready wings,
And fight with me the injur'd cause of kings!"

Eliza then, for much she wish'd to know,
The various turns of France's long-felt woe,
Whence rising first the civil discord came,
And Paris kindled to rebellion's flame-
"To me, great prince, thy griefs are not unknown,
Though brought imperfect, and by Fame alone;
Whose rapid wing too indiscreetly flies,
And spreads abroad her indigested lies.
Deaf to her tales, from thee, illustrious youth,
From thee alone Eliza seeks the truth,
Tell me, for you have witness'd all the woe,

Though separate each their several interest draw, Valois' brave friend, or Valois' conquering foe,
Yet all united form the stedfast law.

All three, one body's members, firm and fit,
Make but one pow'r in strong conjunction knit;
Pow'r to itself of danger often found,
But spreading terrour to its neighbours round,
Blest, when the people duty's homage show,
And pay their king the tribute which they owe!
More blest, when kings for milder virtues known,
Protect their people's freedom from the throne!
"Ah when," cry'd Bourbon, "shall our discord
cease,

Our glory, Albion, rise, like thine, in peace?
Blush, blush, ye kings, ye lords of jarring states,
A woman bids, and War bath clos'd its gates:
Your countries bleed with factious rage opprest,
While she reigns happy o'er a people blest."

Mean time the hero reach'd the sea-girt isle,
Where Freedom bids eterna! plenty smile;
Not far from William's tow'r at distance seen,
Stood the fam'd palace of the virgin queen.

Say, whence this friendship, this alliance grew,
Which knits the happy bond 'twixt him and you;
Explain this wond'rous change, 'tis you alone
Can paint the virtues which yourself hath shown.
Teach me thy woes, for know thy story brings
A moral lesson to the pride of kings."

"And must my memory then, illustrious queen,
Recall the horrours of each dreadful scene?
O had it pleas'd th' Almighty Pow'r (which knows
How my heart bleeds o'er all my country's woes)
Oblivion then had snatch'd them from the light,
And hid them buried in eternal night.
Nearest of blood, must I aloud proclaim
The princes' madness, and expose their shame?
Reflection shakes my mind with wild dismay-
But 'tis Eliza's will, and I obey.

Others, in speaking, from their smooth address,
Might make their weakness or their crimes seem
The flow'ry art was never made for me, [less,
I speak a soldier's language, plain and free."

AN IMITATION FROM THE SPECTATOR.

A MONTH hath roll'd its lazy hours away,

Since Delia's presence bless'd her longing swain:

How could he brook the sluggish time's delay, What charm could soften such an age of pain? One fond reflection still his bosom cheer'd,

And sooth'd the torments of a lover's care, 'T was that for Delia's self the bow'r he rear'd, And Fancy plac'd the nymph already there. "O come, dear maid, and with a gentle smile, Such as lights up my lovely fair one's face, Survey the product of thy shepherd's toil,

Nor rob the villa of the villa's grace. "Whate'er improvements strike thy curious sight, Thy taste hath form'd-let me not call it mine, Since when I muse on thee, and feed delight,

I form no thought that is not wholly thine. "Th' apartments destin'd for my charmer's use, (For love in trifles is conspicuous shown) Can scarce an object to thy view produce,

But bears the dear resemblance of thine own. "And trust me, love, I could almost believe, This little spot the mansion of my fair; But that awak'd from fancy's dreams I grieve, To find its proper owner is not there. "Oh! I could doat upon the rural scene,

Its prospect over hill and champaign wide, But that it marks the tedious way between,

That parts thy Damon from his promis'd bride. "The gardens now put forth their blossoms sweet, In Nature's flow'ry mantle gayly drest, The close-trimm'd hedge, and circling border neat, All ask my Delia for their dearest guest. "The lily pale, the purple-blushing rose,

In this fair spot their mingled beauties join; The woodbine here its curling tendrils throws,

In wreaths fantastic round the mantling vine. "The branching arbour here for lovers made, For dalliance met, or song, or amorous tale, Shall oft protect us with its cooling shade, When sultry Phœbus burns the lovely vale. ""Tis all another paradise around,

And, trust me, so it would appear to me, Like the first man were I not lonely found, And but half blest, my Delia, wanting thee. "For two, but two, I've form'd a lovely walk, And I have call'd it by my fair one's name; Here blest with thee, t'enjoy thy pleasing talk, While fools and madmen bow the knee to fame.

"The rustic path already have 1 try'd,

Oft at the sinking of the setting day; And while, my love, I thought thee by my side, With careful steps have worn its edge away. "With thee I've held discourse, how passing

sweet!

While Fancy brought thee to my raptur'd dream,

With thee bave prattled in my lone retreat,

And talk'd down suns, on love's delicious theme.

"Oft as I wander through the rustic crowd,

Musing with downcast look, and folded arms, They stare with wonder, when I rave aloud, And dwell with rapture on thy artless charms.

They call me mad, and oft with finger rude, Point at me leering, as I heedless pass; Yet Colin knows the cause, for love is shrewd, And the young shepherd courts the farmer's lass.

Among the fruits that grace this little seat, And all around their clustring foliage spread, Here mayst thou cull the peach, or nect'rine sweet, And pluck the strawberry from its native bed. "And all along the river's verdant side,

I've planted elms, which rise in even row;
And fling their lofty branches far and wide,
Which float reflected in the lake below.
"Since I've been absent from my lovely fair,

Imagination forms a thousand schemes,
For O! my Delia, thou art all my care,

And all with me is love and golden dreams. "O flatt'ring promise of secure delight;

When will the lazy-pacing hours be o'er? That I may fly with rapture to thy sight, And we shall meet again to part no more."

A BALLAD.

YE shepherds so careless and gay,

Who sport with the nymphs of the plain, Take heed lest you frolic away

The peace you can never regain. Let not Folly your bosoms annoy;

And of Love, the dear mischief beware. You may think 'tis all sunshine and joy, I know 'tis o'ershadow'd, with care. Love's morning how blithesome it shines, With an aspect deceitfully fair; Its day oft in sorrow declines,

And it sets in the night of despair. Hope paints the gay scene to the sight,

While Fancy her visions bestows, And gilds every dream with delight, But to wake us to sensible woes.

How hard is my lot to complain

Of a nymph whom I yet must adore, Though she love not her shepherd again, Her Damon must love her the more, For it was not the pride of her sex,

That treated his vows with disdain, For it was not the pleasure to vex,

That made her delude her fond swain. 'Twas his, the fair nymph to behold,

He hop'd-and he rashly believ'd;
'Twas her's to be fatally cold,
-He lov'd-andwas fondly deceiv'd;
For such is of lovers the doom,

While passions their reason beguile, "Tis warrant enough to presume,

If they catch but a look or a smile.
Yet surely my Phillis would seem
To prize me most shepherds above;

But that might be only esteem,

While I foolishly constru'd it love. Yet others, like Damon, believ'd

The nymph might have favour'd her swain, And others, like him, were deceiv'd,

Like him, though they cannot complain.

Of Phyllis was always my song,

For she was my pride and my care; And the folks, as we wander'd along, Would call us the conjugal pair. They mark'd how I walk'd at her side, How her hand to my bosom I prest, Each tender endearment I try'd,

And I thought none was ever so blest,

But now the delusion is o'er,

These day-dreams of pleasure are fled, Now her Damon is pleasing no more,

And the hopes of her shepherd are dead. May he that my fair shall obtain,

May he, as thy Damon, be true; Or haply thoul't think of that swain, Who bids thee, dear maiden, adieu.

TO CHLOE.

If Chloe seek one verse of mine
I call not on the tuneful Nine

With useless invocation;
Enough for me that she should ask;
I fly with pleasure to the task,

And her's the inspiration.
When poets sung in ancient days,
The Muses that inspir'd their lays,
Of whom there such parade is;
Their deities, let pride confess,
Were nothing more, and nothing less,
Than earth-born mortal ladies.

Did any nymph her subject choose?
She straight commenc'd inspiring Muse?
And every maid, of lovely face,
That struck the heart of wounded swain,
Exalted to yon starry plain,
Was register'd a Grace.

These were the compliments of old,
While nymphs, among the gods enroll'd,
Claim'd love's obsequious duty;
Thus, while each bard had favourite views,
Each nymph became a Grace, or Muse,
A Venus every beauty.

Say, in these latter days of ours,
When Love exerts his usual powers,

What difference lies between us?

In Chloe's self at once I boast,
What bards of every age might toast,
A Muse, a Grace, a Venus.

In Chloe are a thousand charms,
Though Envy call her sex to arms,
And giggling girls may flout her,
The Muse inhabits in her mind,
A Venus in her form we find,
The Graces all about her.

TO THE MOON.

ALL hail! majestic queen of night,

Bright Cynthia! sweetest nymph, whose presence brings

The pensive pleasures, calm delight,

While Contemplation smooths her ruffled wings
Which folly's vain tumultuous joys,

Or business, care, and buzz of lusty day
Have all too rufled.-Hence, away

Stale jest, and flippant mirth, and strife-en-
gendering noise.

When Evening dons her mantle grey,
I'll wind my solitary way,

And hie me to some lonely grove
(The haunt of Fancy and of Love)
Whose social branches, far outspread,
Possess the mind with pleasing dread.
While Cynthia quivers through the trees
That wanton with the summer breeze,
And the clear brook, or dimpled stream,
Reflects oblique her dancing beam.
How often, by thy silver light,
Have lovers' tongues beguil'd the night?
When forth the happy pair have stray'd,
The amorous swain and tender maid,
And as they walk'd the groves along,
Cheer'd the still Eve with various song,
While ev'ry artful strain confest
The mutual passion in their breast,
The lovers' hours fly swift away,

And Night reluctant yields to Day.

Thrice happy nymph, thrice happy youth, When beauty is the meed of truth!

Yet not the happy Loves alone,
Has thy celestial presence known.
To thee complains the nymph forlorn,
Of broken faith, and vows forsworn;
And the dull swain, with folded arms,
Still musing on his false one's charms,
Frames many a sonnet to her name,
(As lovers use to express their flame)
Or pining wan with thoughtful care,
In downcast silence feeds despair;
Or when the air dead stillness keeps,
And Cynthia on the water sleeps;
Charms the dull ear of sober Night,
With love-born Music's sweet delight.

Oft as thy orb performs its round,
Thou list'nest to the various sound
Of shepherds' hopes and maidens' fears
(Those conscious Cynthia silent hears,
While Echo, which still loves to mock,
Bears them about from rock to rock.)

But shift we now the pensive scene,
Where Cynthia silvers o'er the green.
Mark yonder spot, whose equal rim
Forms the green circle quaint and trim;
Hither the fairies blithe advance,
And lightly trip in mazy dance;
Beating the pansie-paven ground
In frolic measures round and round;
These Cynthia's revels gayly keep,
While lazy mortals snore asleep;
Whom oft they visit in the night,
Not visible to human sight;
And as old prattling wives relate,
Though now the fashion's out of date,
Drop sixpence in the housewife's shoe,
And pinch the slattern black and blue.

They fill the mind with airy schemes,
And bring the ladies pleasant dreams.

Who knows not Mab, whose chariot glides,
And athwart men's noses rides?
While Oberon, blithe fairy, trips,
And hovers o'er the ladies' lips;
And when he steals ambrosial bliss,
And soft imprints the charming kiss,
In dreams the nymph her swain pursues,
Nor thinks 'tis Oberon that woos.

Yet, sportive youth, and lovely fair,
From hence, my lesson read, beware,
While Innocence and Mirth preside,
We care not where the fairies glide;
And Oberon will never miss
To greet his fav'rites with a kiss;
Nor ever more ambrosia sips,
Than when he visits

-'s lips.

When all things else in silence sleep,
The blithesome elfs their vigils keep;
And always hover round about,
To find our worth or frailties out,
Receive with joy these elfin sparks,
Their kisses leave no tell-tale marks,
But breathe fresh beauty o'er the face,
Where all is virtue, all is grace.
Not only elfin fays delight

To hail the sober queen of night,

But that sweet bird, whose gurgling throat
Warbles the thick melodious note,
Duly as evening shades prevail,
Renews her soothing love-lorn tale;
And as the lover pensive goes,
Chants out her symphony of woes,
Which in boon Nature's wilder tone,
Beggar all sounds which Art has known,
But hist -the melancholy bird
Among the groves no more is heard;
And Cynthia pales her silver ray
Before th' approach of golden Day,
Which on yon mountain's misty height,
Stands tiptoe with bis gladsome light.
Now the shrill lark in ether floats,
And carols wild her liquid notes;
While Phoebus, in his lusty pride,
His flaring beams flings far and wide,
Cynthia, farewell-the pensive Muse,
No more her feeble flight pursues,
But all unwilling takes her way,
And mixes with the buzz of day,

SONG.

THE beauty which the gods bestow,
Did they but give it for a show?

Not was lent thee from above,
To shed its lustre o'er thy face,
And with its pure and native grace
To charm the soul to love.

The flaunting Sun, whose western beams,
This evening drink of Oceans' streams,
To morrow springs to light.

But when thy beauty sets, my fair,
No morrow shall its beam repair,

'T.s all eternal night.

See too, my love, the virgin rose,
How sweet, how bashfully it blows

Beneath the vernal skies!
How soon it blooms in full display,
Its bosom opening to the day,

Then withers, shrinks, and dies.
Of mortal life's declining hour,
Such is the leaf, the bud, the flow'r;

Then crop the rose in time. Be blest and bless, and kind impart The just return of heart for heart, Ere love becomes a crime.

To pleasure then, my charmer, haste, And ere thy youth begins to waste,

Ere beauty dims its ray,

The proffer'd gift of love employ,
Improve each moment into joy,
Be happy, whilst you may.

TO THE REV. MR. HANBURY,

OF CHURCH-LANGTON, LEICESTERSHIRE, ON HIS

PLANTATIONS.

WHILE vain pursuits a trifling race engage,
And Virtue slumbers in a thriftless age,
Thy glorious plan', on deep foundations laid,
Which aiding Nature, Nature's bound to aid,
The wise man's study, though the blockhead's

scorn,

Shall speak for ages to a world unborn.
Though fools deride, for Censure's still at hand
To damn the work she cannot understand,
Pursue thy project with an ardour fit;
Fools are but whetstones to a man of wit.

Like puling infants seem'd thy rising plan, Now knit in strength, it speaks an active man. So the broad oak, which from thy grand design Shall spread aloft, and tell the world t'was thine, A strip'ling first, just peep'd above the ground, Which, ages hence, shall fling its shade around.

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Why not, sometimes, regale admiring friends
With Greek and Latin sprinklings, odds and ends?
Exert your talents; read, and read to write!
As Horace says, mix profit with delight."

SONGS

IN THE CAPRICIOUS LOVERS,

AIR I.

WHILE the cool and gentle breeze all-Whispers fragrance through the trees, Nature walking o'er the scene Clad in robes of lively green, From the sweetness of the place Labour wears a cheerful face.

'Tis rare advice: but I am slow to mend,
Though ever thankful to my partial friend:
Full of strange fears--for hopes are banish'd
I list' no more to Phoebus' sacred call,
Smit with the Muse, 'tis true I sought her charms;
But came no champion, clad in cumb'rous arms,
To pull each rival monarch from his throne,
And swear no lady Clio like my own,
All unambitious of superior praise,

My fond amusement ask'd a sprig of bays,
Some little fame for stringing harmless verse,
And e'en that little fame has prov'd a curse;
Hitch'd into rhyme, and dragg'd through muddy

prose,

By butcher critics, worth's confed'rate foes.

If then the Muse no more shall strive to please,
Lull'd in the happy lethargy of ease;
If, unadvent'rous, she forbear to sing,

Nor take one thought to plume her ruffled wing;
'Tis that she hates, howe'er by nature vain,
The scurril nonsense of a venal train.
When desp'rate robbers, issuing from the waste,
Make such rude inroads on the land of Taste,
Genius grows sick beneath the Gothic rage,
Or seeks her laurels from some worthier age.
As for myself, I own the present charge;
Lazy and lounging, I confess at large:
Yet Ease, perhaps, may loose her silken chains,
And the next hour becomes an hour of pains.
We write, we read, we act, we think, by fits,
And follow all things as the humour hits,
For of all pleasures, which the world can bring,
Variety-O! dear variety's the thing!

Our learned Coke, from whom we scribblers draw
All the wise dictums of poetic law,

Lays down this truth, from whence my maxim follows,

(See Horace, Ode Dec. Sext.-the case Apollo's) "The god of verse disclaims the plodding wretch, Nor keeps his bow for ever on the stretch."

However great my thirst of honest fame,
I bow with rev'rence to each letter'd name;
To worth, where'er it be, with joy submit,
But own no curst monopolies of wit.

Nor think, my friend, if I but rarely quote,
And little reading shines through what I've wrote,
That I bid peace to ev'ry learned shelf,
Because I dare form judgments for myself.
-Oh! were it mine, with happy skill to look
Up to the one, the universal book!
Open to all-to him, to me, to you,
-For Nature's open to the general view→→→
Then would I scorn the ancients' vaunted store,
And boast my thefts, where they but robb'd be-
fore.

Mean while with them, while Grecian sounds impart

Th' eternal passions of the human heart,
Bursting the bonds of ease and lazy rest,
I feel the flame mount active in my breast;
Or when, with joy, I turn the Roman page,
I live, in fancy, in th' Augustan age!
Till some dull Bavius' or a Mævius' name,
Damn'd by the Muse to everlasting fame,
Forbids the mind in foreign climes to roam,
And brings me back to our own fools at home.

Sure I taste of joys sincere,
Faithful Colin ever near;
When with ceaseless toil oppress'd,
Wearied Nature sinks to rest.
Love shall wake me with a smile.
All my labours to beguile,

AIR II.

THOUGH my features I'm told
Are grown wrinkled and old,
Dull wisdom I hate and detest,
Not a wrinkle is there
Which is furrow'd by care,
And my heart is as light as the best.

When I look on my boys
They renew all my joys,
Myself in my children I see;

While the comforts I find
In the kingdom my mind,
Pronounce that my kingdom is free.
In the days I was young,
O! I caper'd and sung;

The lasses came flocking apace.
But now turn'd of threescore
1 can do so no more,

Why then let my boy take my place.

Of our pleasures we crack,

For we still love the smack,
And chuckle o'er what we have been;
Yet why should we repine,
You've yours, I've had mine,
And now let our children begin.

AIR III.

'TIS thus in those toys
Invented for boys

To show how the weather will prove,

The woman and man

On a different plan

Are always directed to move.

One goes out to roam
While t'other keeps home,
Insipid, and dull as a drone,
Though near to each other
As sister and brother,
They both take their airing alone.

AIR IV.

WHEN the head of poor Tummas was broke
By Roger, who play'd at the wake,
And Kate was alarm'd at the stroke,
And wept for poor Tummas's sake;
When his worship gave noggins of ale,
And the liquor was charming and stout,
O those were the times to regale,
And we footed it rarely about,

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