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And sing, in self-command a very child,
Her whom my fancy, blind to threaten'd harms,
THE loneliest fields, a pensive wanderer grown,
And round my anxious eyes, inquiring, throw,
Thus mountains now, methinks, and silent plains,
Yet neither wild nor rugged path restrains
ON THE RECOVERY OF LAURA FROM A
Now was the star of Venus in the east
Seen high, and that which could so jealous make
The Lover on his pleasing pain to feast ;
Enter'd my thoughts; not by the accustom'd way, Which Sleep kept closed, as Sorrow had bedew'd; (How changed, alas, her looks!) and seem'd to say, "Take heart, be hopeful of a better fate:
"These eyes by you will, as they wont, be view'd."
TO STEPHEN COLONNA THE YOUNGER, MADE SENATOR OF ROME FOR FIVE YEARS."
HEROIC spirit, that thy seat on high
Hast left, to animate terrestrial clay,
And form a mortal, prudent, bold, and wise; Since thou hast now attain'd the sovereign sway,
And canst in Rome the arts of empire try,
To bid it to its ancient honour rise,
On thee, I call; for, save in thee, my eyes
* Before the publication of the Memoires de Petrarque, it was supposed most generally to be addressed to Rienzi, the famous tribune.
Perceive not Virtue (which from earth seems flown)
Nor even the very shame that Vice inspires.
Or seeks, her state seems to herself unknown,
Is she in everlasting slumber bound?
O might my vigour lift her from the ground!
No; she will never, from her slumber deep,
To plant thy hand, that now dishevell❜d * trail,
Till the raised sluggard on her feet be set.
*This alludes to the disunited state of Rome.
Their elevated aims revived to sec,
That high advantage will be due to thee.
Those ancient walls, the pilgrim yet beholds
With pleasure and with dread, when times long
And many splendid triumphs be revolves;
With tombs of those, whose actions will outlast
Even what man's perishable cast infolds,
the fabric of the world
And whate'er works one ruin now involves
Will old Fabricius triumph, and exclaim,
And if ethereal spirits can endure
Their thoughts from scenes celestial to estrange, And meditate on what is done below;