The compositions in prose and verse of mr. John Oldham. To which are added memoirs of his life, and explantory notes, by E. Thompson

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الصفحة xxvii - FAREWELL, too little, and too lately known, Whom I began to think and call my own: For sure our souls were near allied, and thine Cast in the same poetic mould with mine.
الصفحة xlv - Thy generous fruits, though gathered ere their prime, Still showed a quickness ; and maturing time But mellows what we write to the dull sweets of rhyme. Once more, hail, and farewell ; farewell, thou young, But ah! too short, Marcellus of our tongue! Thy brows with ivy and with laurels bound; But fate and gloomy night encompass thee around.
الصفحة xlv - What could advancing Age have added more? It might (what Nature never gives the Young) Have taught the Numbers of thy Native Tongue.
الصفحة 23 - It pitied holy Mother Church to see A world so drowned in gross idolatry ; It grieved to see such goodly nations hold Bad errors and unpardonable gold. Strange ! what a fervent zeal can coin infuse, What charity pieces of eight 2 produce ! So were you chosen the fittest to reclaim The pagan world, and give 'ta Christian name.
الصفحة 46 - O'er waves, without the help of sail or oar ; How zealous crab, the sacred image bore, And swam a catholic to the distant shore. With shams like these the giddy rout mislead, Their folly and their superstition feed. All these are allusions to the extravagant fictions in
الصفحة xliv - Caft in the fame poetic mould with mine. One common note on either lyre did ftrike, And knaves and fools we both abhorr'd alike. To the fame goal did both our ftudies drive ; The laft fet out, the fooneft did arrive.
الصفحة 25 - Cut-throats in godly pure sincerity, .So they with lifted hands, and eyes devout, Said grace, and carved a slaughtered monarch out. When the first traitor Cain (too good to be Thought patron of this black fraternity) His bloody tragedy of old designed, One death alone quenched his revengeful mind, Content with but a quarter of mankind : Had he been Jesuit, and but put on Their savage cruelty, the rest had gone ; His hand had sent old Adam after too, And forced the Godhead to create anew.
الصفحة 24 - Compelled instead of fiends to worship you, The more inhuman devils of the two. Rare way and method of conversion this, To make your votaries your sacrifice ! If to destroy be Reformation thought, A plague as well might the good work have wrought. Now see we why your founder, weary grown, Would lay his former trade of killing down * : He found 'twas dull ; he found a crown would be A fitter case, and badge of cruelty.
الصفحة xx - Who, in my hearing, shall a rhyme commend. It cannot be — - — whether I will or no, Such as they are, my thoughts in measure flow...
الصفحة lxix - And murmur'd, when by following Waves preft on, The following Waves forcing their Way to hear. Oft the fierce Wolf purfuing of the L'amb, Hungry and wildly certain of his Prey, Left the Purfuit rather than lofe the Sound.

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