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5 What is Fame, bidding Envy defiance?

The idol and bane of mankind; What is Wit, what is Learning, or Science,

To the heart that is steadfast and kind ?

6 E'en Genius may weary the sight

By too fierce and too constant a blaze ; But affection, mild planet of night! Grows lovelier the longer we gaze.

7
It shall thrive when the flattering forms

That encircle creation decay ;
It shall live ʼmid the wide-wasting storms
That bear all undistinguish'd away.

8
When Time, at the end of his race,

Shall expire with expiring mankind, It shall stand on its permanent base,

It shall last till the wreck of the mind.

N

XV.

SMILES AND TEARS.

BY MR. DIBDIN.

1

The weather, the land, and all those that dwell

in it, Like our minds that are chequer'd by hopes

and by fears, In rapid succession change every minute,

A constant rotation of smiles and of tears.

But the smiles and the tears the same motive

revealing, Tho' opposite, similar passions excite, One the offspring of bounty, the other of feeling,

Take different tacks to the road of delight,

2

When pants the parch'd earth, as its wounds

require healing, For the shower, to put forward fresh blossoms

and leaves ; Nature, parent to all, with affectionate feeling,

Benignly sheds tears as its wants she relieves.

And when kindly refresh’d, as new beauties are

springing, And the sun, in rich smiles, glads the gra

tified sight; Thankful birds on the glistening verdure are

singing, And the smiles and the tears expand equal

delight.

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And so, 'twixt friend and friend, when a heart

wounding sorrow Resolution o'ercomes, and sinks deep in the

mind; From the tears of a friend flattering comfort we

borrow, For the motive's sincere, and the action is

kind : Nor when friendship's warm efforts o'ercome

the vexation, Do our smiles, howe'er grateful, more plea

sure excite, For they both have their source in the same

sweet sensation, And convey to the mind the same generous

delight.

XVI.

THE SMILE OF BENEVOLENCE.

BY MR. DIBDIN, .

1 Inspir’d by so grateful a duty,

In terms strongest art can devise, Bards have written those raptures on beauty,

That Lovers have wafted on sighs : I, to fill the sweet theme more completely,

Sing the beauty of goodness the while, For every face is dress'd sweetly,

Where beams a benevolent smile.

2

While the heart some beneficent action

Contemplates, with joy the eyes speak, On the lip quivers mute satisfaction,

And a glow of delight paints the check. Bliss pervades ev'ry feature completely,

Adding beauty to beauty the while, And the loveliest face looks more sweetly,

Where beams a benevolent smile.

O there I retreat from the sun's scorching ray, Or taste the fresh breeze in the cool of the day ; There the black bird o'er head pours his sweet

mellow song, The nightingale his varied notes will prolong ; At morning or noon, in the evening or night, My Arbour is still the lov'd scene of delight.

2 With a book there I often my leisure employ, Or in friendship convivial an hour I enjoy ; There tea its society sweet will afford, Or supper present its plain plentiful board. We behold in her glory the bright silver moon, As majestic she rides in her journey's high

noon; In the morning, &c.

3 The cares of the world never trouble niy mind, All is calm and serene—to my lot I'm resign’d; War's murmurs are hush'd ere my Arbour they

reach, Or are heard but the lesson of pity to teach.t

* To behold the wand'ring moon,
Riding near her highest noon.

IL PENSEROSO.
+ Thus sitting, and surveying thus at ease

The globe and its concerns, I seem advanc'd

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