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Et tibi forma datur procerior omnibus, inquit;
Et tibi, principibus qui solet esse, color;
Et donec vincat quædam formosior ambas,
Et tibi reginæ nomen, et esto tibi.

- VII.
His ubi sedatus furor est, petit utraque nympham,
Qualem inter Veneres Anglia sola parit;
Hanc penesimperium est, nihil optant amplius, hujus
Regnant in nitidis, et sine lite, genis.

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THE POPLAR FIELD.

THE poplars are fell’d, farewell to the shade, And the whispering sound of the cool colonnade; The winds play no longer and sing in the leaves, Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receives.

Twelve years have elaps'd, since I last took a view
Of my favouritefield, and the bank where they grew;
And now in the grass behold they are laid,
And the tree is my seat that once lent me a shade.

The blackbird has fled to another retreat,
Where the hazels afford him ascreen from the heat,
And the scene, where his melody charm'd mebefore,
Resounds with his sweet-flowing ditty no more.

My fugitive years are all hasting away,
And I must ere long lie as lowly as they,
With a turf on my breast, and a stone at my head,
Ere another such grove shall arise in its stead.

'Tis a sight to engage me, if anything can, To muse on the perishing pleasures of man; wou, I. £3*

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Though his life be a dream, his enjoyments, I see, Have a being less durable even than he."

* Mr. Cowper afterward altered this last stanza in the fol. lowing manner:The change both my heart and my fancy employs, I reflect on the frailty of man and his joys; Short-liv'd as we are, yet our pleasures, we see, Have a still shorter date, and die sooner than we,

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IDEM LATINE REDDITUM.

POPULEAE cecidet gratissima copia silve,
Conticuere susurri, omnisque eyanuit umbra.
Nullaejam levibus se miscent frondibus aura,
Etnulla in fluvio ramorum ludit imago.

Heimihis bis senos dum luctu torqueor annos,
Hiscogor silvis suetoque carrere recessu,
Cum sero rediens, stratasque in gramine cernens,
Insedi arboribus, sub queis errare solebam.

Ah ubi nunc merulae cantus? Felicior illum
Silvategit, durae nondum permissa bipenni;
Scilicet exustos colles camposque patentes
Odit, et indignans et nonrediturus abivit.

Sed qui succisas doleo succidar etipse,
Et prius huic parilis quam creverit altera silva
Flebor, et, exquis parvis donatus, habebo
Defixum lapidum tumulique cubantis acervum,

Tam subito periisse videns tam digna manere,
Agnosco humanas sortes et tristia fata—
Sit licetipse brevis, volucrique simillimus umbrae,”
Esthomini brevior citiusque obitura voluptas.

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WOTUM.

O MATUTINI rores, auraeque salubres,
Onemora, et late rivis felicibus herbac,
Graminei colles, et amoenae in vallibus umbrae!
Fata modó dederint quas olim in rure paterno
Delicias, procularte, procul formidine novi.
Quam vellemignotus, quodmens measemperavebat,
Antelarem proprium placidam expectaresenectam,
Tum demüm, exactis non infeliciter annis,
Sortiri tacitum lapidem, aut sub cespite condi'

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