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For foreign ports, and lands unknown, Thus the firin sailor leaves his own; Obedient to the rising gale, Unmoors his bark, and spreads his sail; Defies the ocean and the wind, Nor mourns the joys he left behind.
Is Death a pow'rful monarch? True; Perhaps you dread the tyrant too! Fear, like a fog, precludes the light, Or swells the object to the sight. Attend my visionary page, And I'll disarm the tyrant's rage. Come, let this ghastly form appear; He's not so terrible when near. Distance deludes th' unwary eye; So clouds seem monsters in the sky: Hold frequent converse with him now, He'll daily wear a milder brow, Why is my theme with terror fraught? Because you shun the frequent thought. Say, when the captive pard is nigh, Whence thy pale cheek and frighted eye? Say, why dismay'd thy manly breast, When the grim lion shakes his crest; Because these savage sights are new; No keeper shudders at the view: Keepers accustom'd to the scene, Approach the dens with looks serene? Fearless their grisly charge explore, And smile to hear the tyrants roar. Ay-but to die! to bid adieu! An everlasting farewell too!
Farewell to ev'ry joy around!
Oh, the heart sickens at the sound!'
Stay, strippling-thou art poorly taught:
Joy, didst thou say? discard the thought.
Joys are a rich celestial fruit,
And scorn a sublunary root:
What wears the face of joy below,
Is often found but splendid woe.
Joys here, like unsubstantial fame,
Are nothings but a pompous name;
Or else, like comets in the sphere,
Shine with destruction in their rear.
Passions, like clouds, obscure the sight,
Hence mortals seldom judge aright.
The world's a harsh unfruitful soil,
Yet still we hope, and still we toil;
Deceive ourselves with wond'rous art,
And disappointment wrings the heart.
Thus, when a mist collects around,
And hovers o'er a barron ground,
The poor deluded trav'ller spies
Imagin'd trees and structures rise;
But, when the shrouded sun is clear,
The desert and the rocks appear.
Ah-but when youthful blood runs high,
Sure 'tis a dreadful thing to die!
To die! and what exalts the gloom,
I'm told that men survives the tomb!
O! can the learned prelate find
What future scenes await the mind!
Where wings the soul, dislodg'd from clay?
Some courteous angel point the way!
That unknown somewhere in the skies,
Say, where that unknown somewhere lies;
And kindly prove, when life is o'er,
That pains and sorrows are no more;
For doubtless, dying is a curse,
If present ills be chang'd for worse.'
Hush, my young friend, forego the theme,
And listen to your poet's dream.
Ere while I took an ev'ning walk,
Honorio join'd in social talk.
Along the lawns the zephyrs sweep;
Each ruder wind was lull'd asleep.
The sky, all beauteous to behold,
Was streak'd with azure, green, and gold;
But tho' serenely soft and fair,
Fever hung brooding in the air;
Then settled on Honorio's breast,
Which shudder'd at the fatal guest.
No drugs the kindly wish fulfil;
Disease eludes the doctor's skill:
The poison spread thro' all the frame,
Ferments, and kindles into flame.
From side to side Honorio turns,
And now with thirst insatiate burns:
His eyes resign their wonted grace,
Those friendly lamps expire apace!
The brain's an uscless organ grown;
And Reason tumbled from his throne.
But, while the purple surges glow,
The currents thicken as they flow:
The blood in ev'ry distant part
Stagnates and disappoints the heart;
Defrauded of its crimson store,
The vital engine plays no more.
Honorio dead, the fun'ral bell
Call'd ev'ry friend to bid farewell.
I join'd the melancholy bier,
And dropp'd the unavailing tear.
Theclock struck twelve-whennature sought
Repose from all the pangs of thought;
And, while my limbs were sunk to rest,
A Vision sooth'd my troubled breast.,
I dream'd the spectre Death appear'd!
I dream'd his hollow voice I heard!
Methought th' imperial tyrant wore
A state no prince assum'd before;
All nature fetch'd a general groan,
And lay expiring round his throne.
I gaz'd when straight arose to sight
The most detested fiend of night.
He shuffled with unequal pace,
And conscious shame deform'd his face.
With jealous leer he squinted round,
Or fixed his eyes upon the ground.
From hell this frightful monster came;
Sin was his sire, and Guilt his name.
This fury, with officious care,
Waited around the sov'reign's chair;
In robes of terror dress'd the king,
And arm'd him with a baneful sting;
Gave fierceness to the tyrant's eye,
And hung the sword upon his thigh.
Discases next, a hideous crowd!
Proclaim'd their master's empire loud,
And all, obedient to his will,
Flew in commission'd troops to kill
A rising whirlwind shakes the poles,
And lightning glares, and thunder rolls.
The monarch and his train prepare
To range the foul tempestuous air.
Straight to his shoulders he applies
Two pinions of enormous size!
Methought I saw the ghastly form
Stretch his black wings and mount the storm'
When Fancy's airy horse I strode,
And join'd the army on the road.
As the grin conqu'ror urg'd his way,
He scatter'd terror and dismay.
Thousands a pensive aspect wore,
Thou ands who sneer'd at death before.
Life's records rise on ev'ry side,
And conscience spreads those volumes wi̟le ;
Which faithful registers were brought
By pale-eyed Feer and busy Thought.
Those faults which artful inen conceal,
Stand here, engrav'd with pen of steel,
By Conscience, that impartial scribe!
Whose honest palm disdains a bribe;
Their actions all like critics view,
And all like faithful critics too.
As Guilt had stain'd life's various stage,
What tears of blood bedew'd the page!
All shudder'd at the black account,
And scarce believ'd the vast amount!
All vow'd a sudden change of heart,
Would death relent, and sheath his dart
But, when the awful foe withdrew,
All to their follies fled anew.
So when a wolf, who scours at large, Springs on the shepherd's fleecy charge, The flock in wild disorder fly, And cast behind a frequent eye; But when the victim's borne away, They rush to pasture and to play.
Indulge my dream, and let ny pen Paint those unmeaning creatures, nien.
Carus, with pain and sickness worn, Chides the slow night, and sighs for morn, Soon as he views the eastern ray
He mourns the quick return of day
Hourly laments protracted breath,
And courts the healing hand of death.
Verres, oppress'd with guilt and shame, Shipwreck'd in fortune, health, and fame : Pines for his dark, sepulchral bed, To mingle with th' unheeded dead.
With fourscore years grey Natho bends, A burden to himself and friends! And with impatience seems to wait The friendly hand of ling'ring Fate. So hirelings wish their labor done, And often eye the western sun.
The monarch hears their various grief; Descends, and brings the wish'd relief. On Death with wild surprise they star'd;' All seem'd averse! all unprepar'd!
As torrents sweep with rapid force, The grave's pale chief pursued his course. No human pow'r can or withstand, Or shun, the conquests of his hand. Oh! could the prince of upright mind, And as a guardian angel kind, With ev'ry heart-felt worth beside, Turn the keen shaft of death aside, When would the brave Augustus join The ashes of his sacred line! But Death maintains no partial war; He mocks a sultan or a czar :
He lays his iron hand on all-
Yes, kings, and sons of kings, must fall !
A truth Britannia lately felt,
And trembled to her centre
Could ablest statesmen ward the blow, Would Grenville own this common foe? For greater talents ne'er were known To grace the fav'rite of a throne.
Could genius save-wit, learning, fireTell me would Chesterfield expire? Say, would his glorious sun decline, And set like your pale star or mine? Could ev'ry virtue of the skyWould Herring †, Butler, Secker §, die?
Referring to the death of his late Royal Highness Frederic Prince of Wales. Archbishop of Canterbury. Late Bishop of Durham,
Why this address to peerage all?
Untitled Allen's virtue's call!
If Allen's worth demands a place,
Lords with your leave, 'tis no disgrace.
Though high your ranks in heralds rolls,
Know, Virtue too ennobles souls.
By her that private nian's renown'd
Who pours a thousand blessings round.
While Allen takes Affliction's part,
And draws out all his gen'rous heart,
Anxious so seise the fleeting day,
Lest unimprov'd it steal away;
While thus he walks with jealous strife,
Through goodness, as he walks through life;
Shall not I mark his radiant path?
Rise, Muse, and sing the Man of Bath!
Publish abroad, could goodness save,
Allen would disappoint the grave;
Translated to the heavenly shore,
Like Enoch, when his walk was o'er
Nor Beauty's pow'rful pleas restrain:
Her pleas are trifling, weak, and vain ;
For women pierce with shrieks the air,
Smite the bare breasts, and rend their hair;
All have a doleful tale to tell,
How friends, sons, daughters, husbands fell!
Alas! is life our fav'rite theme-
'Tis all a vain or painful dream;
A dream which fools or cowards prize,
But slighted by the brave or wise.
Who lives, for others ills must groan,
Or bleed for sorrows of his own;
Must journey on with weeping eye,
Then pant, sink, agonize, and die.
And shall a man arraign the skies,
Because man lives, and mourns, and dies?'
Impatient Reptile! Reason cried;
"Arraign thy passion and thy pride;
Retire, and commune with thy heart,
Ask whence thou cam'st, and what thou art;
Explore thy body and thy mind,
Thy station too, why here assign'd.
The search shall teach thee life to prize,
And make thee grateful, good, and wise.
Why do you roam to foreign climes,
To study nations, modes, and times;
A science often dearly bought,
Tho' deeply read in Plato's school,
With all his knowledge, is a fool.
Proclaim the truth- Say, what is man?
His body from the dust began;
And when a few short years are o'er,
The crumbling fabric is no more.
O prize this intellectual flame!
This nobler self with rapture scan;
"Tis mind alone which makes the man.
Trust me, there's not a joy on earth,
But from the soul derives its birth,
And often what avails you nought?
Go, man, and act a wiser part,
Study the science of your heart :
This home philosophy, you know,
Was priz'd some thousand years ago
Then why abroad a frequent guest?
Why such a stranger to your breast?
Why turn so many volumes o'er,
Till Dodsley can supply no more?
Not all the volumes on thy shelf
‹ Are worth that single volume, Self:
For who, this sacred book declines,
Howe'er in other arts he shines,
Tho' smit with Pindar's noble rage,
‹ Or vers'd in Tully's manly page;
With curious eyes review thy frame;
This science shall direct thy claim.
Dost thou indulge a double view,
A long, long life, and happy too?
Perhaps a farther boon you crave —
To lie down easy in the grave.
Know, then, my dictates must prevail,
Or surely each fond wish shall fail.
Come, then, is happiness thy aim?
Let mental joys be all thy game.
* Know thyself;' a celebrated saying of Chilo, one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece.
Ask the young rake, (he'll answer right),
Who treats by day and drinks by night,
What makes his entertainment shine?
What gives the relish to his wine?
He'll tell thee (it he scorns the beast)
That social pleasures form the feast.
The charms of beauty too shall cloy,
Unless the soul exalts the joy.
The mind must animate the face,
Or cold and tasteless ev'ry grace.
What! must the soul her pow'rs dispense,
To raise and swell the joys of sense?
Know, too, the joys of sense control
And clog the motions of the soul;
Forbid her pinions to aspire,
Damp and impair her native fire;
And sure as sense, that tyrant! reigns,
She holds the empress Soul in chains:
Inglorious bondage to the mind,
Heaven born, sublime, and unconfin'd!
She's independent, fair, and great,
And justly clains a large estate;
She asks no borrow'd aids to shine;
She boasts within a golden mine;
But, like the treasures of Peru,
Her wealth lies deep, and far from view.
Say, shall the man who knows her worth,
Debase her dignity and birth?
Or e'er repine at Heaven's decree,
Who kindly gave her leave to be;
Call'd her from nothing into day,
And built her tenement of clay?
Hear and accept me for your guide
(Reason shall ne'er desert your side) ·
Who listens to my wiser voice,
Can't but applaud his Maker's choice;
Pleas'd with that first and sov'reign cause,
Pleas'd with unerring Wisdom's laws:
Secure, since sov'reign goodness reigns;
Secure, since sov 'reign pow'r obtains.
(The joys above are understood And relish'd only by the good). Who shall assume this guardian care? Who shall secure their birthright there! Souls are my charge-to me 'tis given To train them for their native heaven • Know, then-Who bow the early knee, And give the willing heart to me; Who wisely, when temptation waits, • Elude her frauds, and spurn her baits; Who dare to own my injur'd cause, Tho' fools deride my sacred laws; Or scorn to deviate to the wrong, Tho' Persecution lifts her thong; Tho' all the sons of hell conspire To raise the stake, and light the fireKnow, that for such superior souls There lies a bliss beyond the poles; Where spirits shine with purer ray, And brighten to meridian day;
• Where love, where boundless Friendship rules,
(No friends that change, no love that cools!)
Where rising floods of knowledge roll,
And pour, and pour upon the soul!
But where's the passage to the skies?
The road thro' Death's black valley lies.
Nay, do not shudder at my tale;,
Tho' dark the shades, yet safe the vale.
This path the best of men have trod,
And who 'd decline the road to God?
Oh! 't is a glorious boon to die!
This favor can't be priz'd too high.'
While thus she spake, my looks express'd
The raptures kindling in my breast:
My soul a fix'd attention gave;
When the stern monarch of the grave
With haughty strides approach'd—amaz'd
I stood, and trembled as I gaz'd
The seraph calm'd each anxious fear,
And kindly wip'd the falling tear;
Then hasten'd with expanded wing
To meet the pale, terrific king.
ow what milder scenes arise!
The tyrant droops his hostile guise
He seems a youth divinely fair;
In graceful ringlets waves his hair;
His wings their whit'ning plumes display,
His burnish'd plumes reflect the day;
Light flows his shining azure vest,
And all the angel stands confest.
I view'd the change with sweet surprise,
And, oh! I panted for the skies;
Thank'd Heaven that e'er I drew my breath,
And triumph'd in the thoughts of Death.
Angels are but unbodied minds:
• When the partition walls decay,
⚫ Men emerge angels from their clay; Yes, when the frailer body dies,
• The soul asserts her kindred skies:
• But minds, tho' sprung from heavenly race, • Must first be tutor'd for the place:
FABLES by the late. Mr. GAY. Introduction to the FABLES. Part the First $90. The Shepherd and the Philosopher. REMOTE from cities liv'd a swain, Unvex'd with all the cares of gain; His head was silver'd o'er with age, And long experience made him sage;
In summer's heat, and winter's cold,
He fed his flock, and penn'd the fold;
His hours in cheerful labor flew,
Nor envy nor ambition knew;
His wisdom and his honest fame
Through all the country rais'd his name.
A deep Philosopher (whose rules
Of moral life were drawn from schools)
The shepherd's homely cottage sought,
And thus explor'd his reach of thought:
Whence is thy learning? Hath thy toil
O'er books consum'd the midnight oil?
Hast thou old Greece and Rome survey'd,
And the vast sense of Plato weigh'd?
Hath Socrates thy soul refin'd?
And hast thou fathom'd Tully's mind?
Or, like the wise Ulysses, thrown
By various fates ou realms unknown,
Hast thou through many cities stray'd,
Their customs, laws, and manners weigh'd?
The Shepherd modestly replied:
I ne'er the paths of learning tried:
Nor have I roam'd in foreign parts
To read mankind, their laws, and arts;
For man is practis'd in disguise,
He cheats the most discerning eyes:
Who by that search shall wiser grow,
When we ourselves can never know?
The little knowledge I have gain'd,
Was all from simple nature drain'd;
Hence my life's maxims took their rise,
Hence grew my settled hate to vice.
The daily labors of the bee
Awake my soul to industry.
Who can observe the careful ant,
And not provide for fugure want?
My dog (the trustiest of his kind)
With gratitude inflames my mind:
I mark his truc, his faithful way,
And in my service copy Tray.
In constancy and nuptial love,
I learn my duty from the dove.
The hen, who from the chilly air
With pious wing protects her care,
And ev'ry fowl that flies at large,
Instructs me in a parent's charge.
From nature too I take my rule,
To shun contempt and ridicule:
I never, with important air,
In conversation overbear.
Can grave and formal pass for wise,
When men the solemn bour despise?
My tongue within my lips I rein,
For who talks much must talk in vain :
We from the wordy torrent fly;
Who listens to the chatt'ring pye?
Nor would I, with felonious flight,
By stealth invade my neighbour's right;
Rapacious animals we hate :
Kites, hawks, and wolves, deserve their fate
Do not we just abhorrence find
Again the toad and serpent kind?
But envy, calumny, and spite
Bear stronger venoin in their bite.
Thus ev'ry object of creation
Can furnish hints to contemplation;
And from the most minute and mean
A virtuous mind cau morals glean.
Thy fame is just, the Sage replies; Thy virtue proves thee truly wise. Pride often guides the author's pen; Books as affected are as But he who studies nature's laws, From certain truth his maxims draws; And those, without our schools, suffice To make men moral, good, and wise.
To his Highness William Duke of Cumberland. $91. FABLE I. The Lion, the Tiger, and the Traveller.
ACCEPT, young Prince, the moral lay, And in these tales mankind survey; With early virtues plant your breast, The specious arts of vice detest.
Princes, like beauties, from their youth Are strangers to the voice of truth: Learn to contemn all praise betimes; For flattery 's the nurse of crimes. Friendship by sweet reproof is shown (A virtue never near a throne); In courts such freedom must offend, There none presumes to be a friend. To those of your exalted station Each courtier is a dedication. Must I too flatter like the rest, And turn my morals to a jest? The Muse disdains to steal from those Who thrive in courts by fulsome prose. But shall I hide your real praise, Or tell you what a nation says? They in your infant bosom trace The virtues of your royal race, In the fair dawning of your mind Discern you gen'rous, mild, and kind. They see you grieve to hear distress, And pant already to redress. Go on, the height of good attain, Nor let a nation hope in vain.: For hence we justly may presage The virtues of a riper age. True courage shall your bosom fire, And future actions own your sire. Cowards are cruel, but the brave Love mercy, and delight to save.
A Tiger, roaming for his prey, Sprung on a Trav'ller in the way; The prostrate game a Lion spies, And on the greedy tyrant flies: With mingled roar resounds the wood, Their teeth, their claws, distil with blood Till, vanquish'd by the Lion's strength, The spotted foe extends his length. The man besought the shaggy lord, And on his knees for life implor'd; His life the gen'rous hero gave: Together walking to his cave,