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The never failing brook, the busy mill,
The decent church, that topp'd the neighboring hill;
The hauthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade,
For talking age and whispering lovers made.
How often have I bless'd the coming day,
When toil, remitting, lent its turn to play,
And all the village train from labor free,
Led up their sports beneath the spreading tree!
While many a pastime circled in the shade,
The young contending as the old survey'd :
And many a gambol frolick'd o'er the ground,
And slights of art and feats of strength went round;
And still, as each repeated pleasure tir'd,
Succeeding sports the mirthful band inspir'd :
The dancing pair, that simply sought renown,
By holding out to tire each other down ;
The swain, mistrustless of his smutted face,
While secret laughter titter'd round the place :
The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love,
The matron's glance, that would those looks reprove.
Sweet was the sound, when oft at evening's close,
Up yonder hill the village murmur rose.
There as I pass'd with careless steps and slow,
The mingling notes came soften'd from below.
The swain responsive as the milkmaid sung ;
The sober herd that low'd to meet their
The noisy geese that gabbled o'er the pool;
The playful children just let loose from school ;
The watch dog's voice, tkat bay'd the whisp'ring wind;
And the loud laugh that rooke the vacant mind ;
These all, in soft confusion, sought the shade,
And filled each pause the nightingale had made.
V.—The Painter who pleased Nobody and every Body.
LEST men suspect your tale untrue,
Keep probability in view.
The trav'ler leaping o'er those bounds,
The credit of his book confounds,
Who with his tongue hath armies routed,
Make e'en his real courage doubted.
But flatt'ry never seems absurd ;
The flatter'd always take your word
Impossibilities seem just;
They take the strongest praise on trust ;
Hyperboles, though e'er so great,
Will still come short of self conceit.
So very like a painter dvew,
That ev'ry eye the picture knew;
He hit complexion, feature, air,
So just that life itself was there ;
No flatt'ry with his colors laid
To bloom restor'd the Faded maid ;
He gave each muscle all its strength ;
The mouth, the chin, the nose's length,
His honest pencil touch'd with truth,
And mark'd the date of age and youth.
He lost his friends ; his practice fail'd,
Truth should not always be reveal'd ;
In dusty piles his pictures lay,
For no one sent the second pay.
Two busto's fraught with every grace,
A Venus' and Apollo's face,
He placed in view, resolv'd to please,
Whoever sat, he drew from these ;
From these corrected every feature,
And spirited each aukward creature.
All things were set ; the hour was come,
His palette ready o'er his thumb :
My Lord appear'd, and seated right,
In proper attitude and light,
The painter look'd, he sketch'd the piece ;
Then dip'd his pencil, talk'd of Greece,
Of Titian's tints, of Guido's
"Those eyes, my Lord, the spirit there,
Might well a Raphael's hand require,
To give them all the native fire ;
features, fraught with sense and witj You'll grant, are very hard to hit : But yet, with patience, you shall View As much as paint or art can do : Observe the work."—My Lord reply'd. “ Till now I thought my mouth was wide ; Besides, my nose is somewhat long"; Dear sir, for me 'tis far too young.
O pardon me," the artist cry'd, "In this we painters must decide. The piece e'en common eyes 'must strike ; I'll warrant it extremely like." My Lord examin'd it anew, No lookingglass seem'd half so true. A lady came.
With borrow'd grace, He from his Venus form'd her face. Her lover prais'd the painter's 'art, So like the picture in his heart! To every agė some charm he lent; E'en beauties were almost content. Through all the town his art they priis'd', His custom grew his price was rais'd. Had he the real likeness shown, Would any man the picture own! But when thus happily he wroughit, Each found the likeness in his thought.
VI.--Diversity in the Human Character.
VIRTUOUS and vicious every man must be,
Few in th' extreme, but all in the degree :
The rogue and fool by fits are fair and wise,
And e'en the best, by fits what they despise.
'Tis but by part we follow good or ill,
For, Vice or Virtue, self directs it still ;
Each individual seeks a sev'ral goal ;
But Heaven's great vie is one, and that the whole.
That counterworks each folly and caprice :
That disappoints th' effect of every vice;
That happy frailties to all ranks apply'd-
Shame to the virgin, to the matron pride,
Fear to the statesman, rashness to the chief,
To king's presumption, and to crowds belief.
That Virtue's end from vanity can raise,
Which seeks no interest, no reward but praise ;
And build on wants, and on defects of mind,
The joy, the peace, the glory of mankind.
Heaven, forming each on other to depend,
A master, or a servant, or a friend,
Bids each on other for assistance call,
Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all.
Wants, frailties, passions, closer still ally
The common int'rest or endear the tie.
To those we owe true friendship, love sincere,
Each homefelt joy that life inherits here ;
Yet from the same, we learn in its decline,
Those joys, those loves, those int'rests to resign.
Taught half by reason, half by mere decay,
To welcome death, and calmly pass away.
Whate'er the passion, knowledge, fame or pelf,
Not one would change his neighbor with himself.
The learn'd is happy, nature to explore,
The fool is happy that he knows no more ;
The rich is happy in the plenty given,
The poor contents him with the care of heaven :
See the blind beggar dance, the cripple sing,
The sot a hero, lunatic a king ;
The starving chymist in his golden views
Supremely blest, the poet in his muse.
See some strange comfort ev'ry state attend,
And pride, bestow'd on all a common friend ;
See some fit passion ev'ry age supply,
Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die..
Behold the child, by nature's kindly law,
Pleas'd with a rattle, tickled with a straw;
Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight!
A little louder, but as empty quite i
Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage,
And cards and counters are the toys of age ;
Pleas'd with this bauble still, as that before ;
Till tir'd he sleeps, and life's poor play is o'er.
Meanwhile opinion gilds, with varying rays,
Those painted clouds that beautify our days ;
Each want of happiness by hope supply'd,
And each vacuity of sense by pride.
These build as fast as knowledge can destroy i
In folly's cup still laughs the bubble, joy :
One prospect lost, another still we gain,
And not a vanity is given in vain ;
E'en mean self-love becomes, by force divine,
The scale to measure others' wants by thine.
See ! and confess, one comfort still must rise ;
'Tis this : Though man's a fool, yet God is wise.
AND now, unveil'd, the toilet stands display'd,
Each silver vase in mystic order laid.
First rob'd in white, the nymph intent adores,
With head uncover'd the cosmetic powers.
A heavenly image in the glass appears ;
To that she bends, to that her eye she rears.
Th’inferior priestess, at the altar's side,
Trembling, begins the sacred rights of pride.
Unnumber'd treasures ope at once, and here
The various offerings of the world appear ;
From each she nicely culls, with curious toil,
And decks the goddess with the glittering spoil.
This casket India's glowing gems unlocks,
And all Arabia breathes from yonder box.
The tortoise, here, and elephant unite,
Transform'd to combs, the speckled and the white ;
Here files of pins extend their shining rows,
Puffs, powders, patches, bibles, billetdoux.
Now awful beauty puts on all its arms,
The fair, each moment, rises in her charms,
Repairs ber smiles, awakens every grace.
And calls forth all the wonders of her face.
FAR in a wild, unknown to public view,
Froiu youth to age, a rev're: d hermit grew,
The moss his bed, the cave his humble cell,
His food the fruits, his drink the chrystal well .
Remote from man, with God he pass'd the days,
Prayer all his bus'ness, all his pleasure praise.
A life so sacred, such serene repose,
Seem'd heaven itself, till one suggestion rose :
That vice should triumph, virtue vice ( bey;
Thus sprung some doubt of Providence's sway.
His hopes no more a certain prospect boast,
And all the tenor of his soul is lost.
So, when a smooth expanse receives, imprest
Calm nature's image on its wat'ry breast,
Down bend the banks ; the trees, depending, grow ;
And skies, beneath, with answ'ring colors glow:
But if a stone the gentle sea divide,
Swift ruffling circles curl on ev'ry side ;
And glimm'ring fragments of a broken sun,
Banks, trees and skies in thick disorder ruin.
To clear this doubt ; to know the world by sight;
To find if books or swains report it right;
(For yet by swains alone the world he knew,
Whose feet came wand'ring o'er the nightly dew ;)
He quits his cell ; the pilgrim staff he bore,
And fix'd the scallop in his hat before ;
Then, with the sun a rising journey went,
Sedate to think, and watching each event.
The morn was wasted in the pathless grass,
And long and loathsome was the wild to pass :
But when the southern sun had wavm'd the day,
A youth came boasting o'er the crossing way;
His raiment decent, his complexion fair,
And soft, in graceful ringlets wav'd his hair.
Then near approaching, Father, hail ! he cry'd ;
And hail ! my son, the rev'rend sire rsply'd :
Words follow'd words; from question answer flow'd;
And talk of various kind deceiv'd the road ;
Till, each with other pleas'd, and loth to part,
While in their age they differ, join in heart.
Thus stands an aged elm in ivy bound ;
Thus youthful ivy clasps an elm around.
Now sunk the sun ; the closing hour of day
Came onward, mantled o'er with sober gray ;
Nature, in silence, bid the world repose ;
When, near the road, a stately palace rose :
There, by the moon, througli ranks of trees they pass,
Whose verdure crown'd their sloping sides of grass.
It chane'd the noble master of the dome
Still made his house the wand'rinig stranger's home :
Yet still, the kindness, from a thirst of praise,
Prov'd the vain flourish of expensive ease.
The pair arrive ; the liv'ry'd servants wait,
Their lord receives them at the pompous gate i
A table groans with costly piles of food ;
And all is more than hospitably good.
Then, led to rest, the day's long toil they drown,
Deep sunk in sleep, and silk, and heaps of down.
At length 'tis morn ; and at the dawn of day,
Along the wide canals the zephyrs play: