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The fleet careen'd, the wind propitious fill'd Full on my 'fenceless head its phial'd wrath
On thee I gaz'd, aud reason foon dispelld
Alliga'd its total, merit, unrestrain'd.
'Twas there my fancy saw the Virtues dwell,
Thy shapely limbs. Relation, birth, essay'd
Their partial power in vain : again I gaz'd,
And Albion's ifle appear'd, amidst a tract
Of savage wastes, the darling of the skies!
To paint the genius of thy native shore.
" Yes, generous youth! I see thy bosom glow That gilds the lemon's fruit, or scenes the flower,
Sits jealousy enthren’d, and at each ray
What call I freedom ? is it that these limbs, Stranger to Britisn worth? the worth which forms
The kindest friends; the niost tremendous foes;
O'er Spanish deeds the veil, your praise resound.
Of English fame, my bias'd partial breast
Wilh'd them success, and, happiest she, I cry'd,
True, I was born an alien to those eyes I he fame, the virtues, ofan English lord !
Yet Henry's beauties knew in foreign garb Forego its nobler conquest? will he flight
And yet Iheria's sons, with every yow,
Perhaps by birth decreed, by fortune plac'd And love her jult defert, who fues for love;
A female friend. Then learn, my gentle youth !
That store his quiver, shall seduce my soul
Yet if the specious with, the vnlgar voice By merit rais’d; by gratitude approv'd; Has titled prudence, sways a soul like thine, By hope confirmd ; with artless truth reveal'd; In gems or gold, what proud Iberian dame Let, let me say, but for one matchless maid Eclipses me? Nor paint the dreary storms of happier birih, with mutual ardor crown'd. Or hair-breadth 'scapes that haunt the boundless These radiant gems, which burnish happiness, deep,
But mock misfortune, to thy favourite's hand And force from tender eyes the filent tear ; with care convey. And well may-fuch adorn When memory to the penfive maid fuggests, Her chearful front, who finds in thee alone In full contrast, the safe domestic scene
The source of every transport; but disgrace For these refign’d. Beyond the frantic rage My penfive breast, which doom'd to lasting woe, Of conquering heroes brave, the female mind, In thee the source of every bliss religns. When fieel'd by love, in love's most horrid way And now farewel, thou darling youth! the Beholds not danger, or beholding fcorns.
gem Heaven take my life, but let it crown my love." of English merit! peace, content, and joy,
She ceas’d, and cre his words her fate decreed, And tender hopes, and young desires, farewel! Impatient watch'd the language of his eye : Attend, ye smiling train, this gallant mind There pity dwelt, and from its tender sphere Back to his native Thores; there sweetly (nrooth Sent looks of love, and faithless hopes inspir'd. His evening pillow; dance around his groves;
Forgive me, generous maid, the youth re- | And, where he treads, with violets paint his way. turn'd,
But leave Elviraleave her, now no more if, by thy accents charm’d, thus long I bore Your frail companion! in the sacred cells To let such sweetness plead, alas ! in vain ! Of some lone cloister let me shroud my shame ;Thy virtue merits more than crowus can yield There, to the matin bell, obsequious, pour Of solid bliss, or happiest love, bestow.
My constant orisons. The wanton Loves, But ere from rative ihore I plough'd the main, And gay Desires, small spy the glimmering towTo one dear maid, by virtue and by charms
ers, Alone endear'd, ny plighted vows ! gave ; And wing their flight aloof: but rest confirmed, To guard my faith, whatever chance fhould wait • That never fail Elvira's tongue conclude My warring sword : if conqueft, fame, and spoil, Her shortest prayer, ere Henry's dear success Grac'd my return, before her feet to pour The warmest'accent of her zeal employ." The glittering treasure, and the laurel wreath ;
Thus spoke the weeping fair, whose artless Enjoying conquest then, and fame, and spoil,
mind If fortune frown'd adverse, and death forbade Impartial scorn'd to model her esteem The blissful union, with my latelt breath
Hy native customis; dref , and íace, and air, To dwell on Medway's and Maria's name.
And manners, less; nor yet refolv'd in vain. This ardent vow deep-ruoted, from my soul He, bound by prior love, the folema vow No dangers tore ; this vow my bosom fiz'd Given and receiv'd, to soft compassion gave To.conquer danger, and the spoil enjoy.
A tender tear ; then with that kind adieu Her shall I leave, with fair events elate, Litcem could warrant, weary'd heaven with Who crown'd mine humbleit fortunc with her
To shield that tender breast he left forlorn. Her shall I leave, who now perchance alone He ceas'd, and to the cloister's pensive scene Climbs the proud cliff, and chides my low re- Elvira Nap'd'd her solitary way.
1 In imitation of SPENSER.. If all the wealth Iberian mines conceal, If all the charnis Iberian maids disclose,
“ Auditæ voces, vagitus et ingens, If thive, Elvira, thine, uniting all ?
" Infantumque animæ fentes in limine primo." I hus far prevail-nor can thy virtuous breast
VIRG. Demanıl, what honour, faith, and love denies.'
ADVERTISEMENT. “Oh ! happy she, rejoin'd the pensive maid, Who shares thy fame, thy virtue, and thy love!
What particulars in Spenser were imagined most proper
for the Author's imitation on this Oscar And be she happy ! thy distinguish'd choice Declares her worth, and vindicates her claim.
fron, are his languuge, his fimplicity, his manner Farewell my luckless hopes, my flattering dreams
of i escription, and a peculiar tenderness of sentia
ment remarkable throughout his works. Of rapturous days ! iny guilty luit, farewell! Yet, fond howe'er my plea, or deep the wound
H me! full forely is my heart forlorn, That waits my fame, let not the random shaft
To think how 'modeit worth neglected Of cenfure pierce with me th' Iberian dames : They love with caution and with happier stars. While partial fame doth with her blasts adorn And oh! by pity mov'd, refrain the taunts
Suca divus alone, as pr:de and pomp Of levity, nor brand Elvira's flame;
Deeds of ill fort, and misi hicvous cmprize : Were the stern god to give his slaves the rein?
The cot no mire, I woen, were deem'd the
A ruflet stole was o'er her shoulders thrown;
A rullet kirtle fenc'd the nipping air ;
I'was simple russet, but it was her own ;
'Twas her own country bred the flock fo fair ! They grieven sore, in piteous durance pent, 'Twas her own labour did the fleece prepare ; Aw'd by the power of this relentless dame ;
And, footh to say, hez pupils, rang'd aroun 1, And oft-times, on vagaries idly bent,
Through pious awe, did term it passing rare ; For unkempt hair, or takk unconn'u, are sorely
For they in gaping wo:derment abound, shent.
And think, no doubt, the been the greatest wight
Albeit ne flattery did corrupt her truth,
Ne pompous title did debauch her ear ;
Goody, good-woman, goflip, n'aunt, forsooth,
Or dame, the sole additions she did hear; But their limbs shudder'd, and their pulse
Yet these the challengd, these she held right
dear : bcat low;
Ne would esteem hini act as mought behove, And as they look’t they found their horror
Who should not honour'd eld with these revere: grew,
For never title yet so mean could prove,
But there was eke a mind which did that title
One ancieot hen she took delight to feed,
Into her school begirt with chickens, came; Sad servitude ! such comfortless annoy
Such favour did her pait deportment claim : May no bold Briton's riper age t'er taste! And, if neglect had lavish'd on the ground Ne superstition clog his dance of jny,
Fragment of bread, she did collect the same; Ne vision empty, vain, his native bliss destroy. For well the knew, and quaintly could expound, Near to this dome is found a patch so green,
What fin it were to waste the imalleil crumb the
That in her garden sip'd the fi!very dew ; The noises intermix'd which thence resound,
Where no vain flower disclos'd a giwdy ftrcak Do learning's little tenement betray:
But herbs for use, and physic, not a few, Where fits the dame, disguis'd in look pro
Of gry renown, within chote borders grew: found,
The tufced batil, pun-provoking Viyme,
Fresh baum, and mary-gold of chearful hue around.
The lowly gill, that never dares to climb;
Yet euphrasv may not be left unung,
That gives dim eyes to wander leagues around;
And pungent radish, biting infants tongue;
ud plant in ribb'd, that heals the reaper's twin'd,
And marjorım sweet, in shepherd's polic
found; And fury uncontrould, and chattilement unkind
Ard lavender, whof: spikes of azure bloom Few but have ken'd, in femblance Dieet pour- Shall be, ere-while, in arid bundies bound, tray'd,
To lurk and the labours of her loom,
And crown her kerchiefs clean, with mickle rire
And here trim rosemarine, that whilom On which thilk-wight, that has yogazing beer, crowu'd
Kens the forth-coming rod, unpleasing light, ! The daintiest garden of the proudelt peer ;
ween! Ere, driven from its envy'd fite, it found
Ah luckless he, and born beneath the beam À sacred shelter for its branches here ;
Of evil star! it irks me whilst I write ! Where edg'd with gold its glittering skirts ap- As erst the * bard by, Mulla's silver stream, pear.
Oft, as he told of deadly do!orous plight,
Sigh'd as he sung, and did in tears indite.
the rod, she doth begin
To loose the brogues, the stripling's late de
And down they drop, appears his dainty skin,
ruthful scene ! when from a nook obscure, If winter 'twere, the to her hearth did cleave,
His little Gifter doth his peril see :
All playful as the fate, the grows demure;
She finds full soon her wonted spirits flee;
She mediates a prayer to see him free:
Nor gentle pardon could this danie deny,
(lf gentle pardon could with dames agree) Uphung their useless lyres--small heart had they
To jer sad grief that swells in either eye,
And wings her so that all for pity the could dye.
On thee she calls, on thee her parent dear!
But ah! what pen his piteous plight may trace ?,
The form uncouth of his disguised face?
The pallid hue that dyes his looks amain ?
The plenteous fhower that does his cheek dif.
ftain ? Our sovereign prince and liefelt liege is plac'd,
When he, in abject wise, implores the dame, The matron fate ; and some with rank the
Ne hopeth ought of sweet reprieve to gain ; grac'd,
Or when from high she levels well her aini, (The source of children's and of courtiers And, through the thatch, his cries cach falling, pride !
ftroke proclain. Redress'd affronts, for vile affronts there pass'd;
And warn'd them not the fretful to deride, The other tribe, aghast, with fore dismay, But love each other dear, whatever them betide. Attend, and conn their tasks with mickle care: Right well she knew each temper to descry ;
By turns, astony'd, every twig survey,
And, from their fellow's hateful wounds, be-
Knowing, I twist, how each the same may,
Till fear has taught them a performance meet,
And to the well-known chest the danie repair ; While with quaint arts the giddy crowd she sways ;
Whence oft with sugar'd cales she doth them Forewarn’d, if little bird their pranks behold, greet,
And ginger-bread yorare; now certes, doubly, 'Twill whisper in her ear, and all the scene un
sweet! fold. Lo now with state the utters the command ! See to their feats they hye with merry glee, Efisoons the urchins to their talks repair ; 1 And in beseemly order fitren there; Their books of stature small they take in hand, All but the wight of buin y-galled, he, Which with pellucid horn secured are ;
Abhorrerla bench and stool, and fourn and To save from fingers wer the letters sair :
chair; The work so gay, that on their back is seen,
(This St. George's high atchievments does declare;
(This hand in mouth y-fix'd, that rends his And like a rushing torrent out they fly,
And now the graffy cirque had cover'd o'er And eke with snubs profound, and heaving With boisterous revel-l'out and wild uproar ; breast,
A thousand ways in wanton rings they run,
Heaven Thield their thori-liv'd pastimes, I im.
Appear to British elf more gladsome than the
For when my bones in grass-green fods are laid;
For never may ye talte more careless hours
But most in courts where proud an:bition tow-
Deluded wight ! who weens fáir peace can
spring; Ne for his fellows joyaunce carech aught,
Beneath the pompous dome of kefar or of king.
See in each sprite fome various bent appear!
Those fauntering on the green, with jocund leer
Some to the standing lake their courses bend, resent.,
With pebbles smooth at duck and drake to
Here, as each season yields a different store,
Each season's stores in order ranged been ;
Apples with cabbage-net y cover'd o'er
Galling full sore th' unmoney'd wight, are deceit.
And goose-b'rie clad in livery red or green ; Yet, nurs’d with skill, what dazzling fruits
And here of lovely dye, the catharine pear, appear!
Fine pear ! as lovely for thy juice, I ween; Ev'n now sagacious foresight points to show
O may no wight e'er pennyless come there, A little bench of heedless bihops here,
Les imit with ardent love he pine with hope. And there a chancellour in embryo,
less care !
With thread so white in tempting posies tyd,
[fly. With pamper'd look draw little eyes aside ; Witheth, poor starveling elf! his paper kite may and must be bought, though penury becide, And this perhaps, who, censuring the design,
The plumb all azure and the nut ali brown, Low lays the houfe which that of cards doth
And here each season do those cake's abide,
Whose honour'd names * th' inventive city build, Shall Dennis be! if rigid fate incline,
own, And inany an epic to his rage shall yield ;
Rendering through Britain's ille Salopia's praises
Eyes her bright form in Severn's ambient
Her daughters lovely, and her ftriplings brave :