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Stanhope, in wisdom as in wit divine,
Delia alone can please, and never tire,
Let Stanhope speak his listening country's wrongs, Beauty and worth in her alike contend,
In her, my wife, my mistress, and my friend, Securely sitting in his friendly shade.
I taste the joys of sense and reason join'd. Stanhope shall come, and grace his rural friend, On her I'll gaze, when others loves are o'er, Delia shall wonder at her noble guest,
And dying press her with my clay-cold handWith blushing awe the riper fruit commend, Thou weep'st already, as I were no more, And for her husband's patron cull the best. Nor can that gentle breast the thought withstand Hers be the care of all my little train,
Oh, when I die, my latest moments spare, While I with tender indolence am blest,
Nor let thy grief with sharper torments kill, The favorite subject of her gentle reign,
Wound not thy cheeks, nor hurt that flowing hair, By love alone distinguish'd from the rest.
Though I am dead, my soul shall love thee still: For her I'll yoke my oxen to the plow,
Oh, quit the room, oh, quit the deathful bed. Ir gloomy forests tend my lonely flock;
For thou wilt die, so tender is thy heart; For her a goat-herd climb the mountain's brow, Oh, leave me, Delia, ere thou see me dead, And sleep extended on the naked rock.
These weeping friends will do thy mournful part: Ah, what avails to press the stately bed,
Let them, extended on the decent bier, And far from her midst tasteless grandeur weep, Convey the corse in melancholy state, By marble fountains lay the pensive head,
Through all the village spread the tender tear, And, while they murmur, strive in vain to sleep? While pitying maids our wondrous loves relate.
WILLIAM SOMERVILE, an agreeable poet, was mind, and plunged him into habits which shortened born in 1692, at his father's seat at Edston, in War- his life. He died in 1742; and his friend She wickshire. He was educated at Winchester school, stone, with much feeling, announces the event to whence he was elected to New College, Oxford. one of his correspondents. Somervile passed his Ilis political attachments were to the Whig party, life in celibacy, and made over the reversion of b. as appeared from his praises of Marlborough, Stan- estate to Lord Somervile, a branch of the one hope, and Addison. To the latter of these he ad-family, charged with a jointure to his mother, thea dressed a poem, in which there is the happy couplet in her 90th year. alluded to in the Spectator :
As a poet, he is chiefly known by - The Chaze,"
a piece in blank verse, which maintains a kid “When panting Virtue her last efforts made,
rank in the didactic and descriptive classes. Ber: "You brought your Clio to the Virgin's aid."
composed by one who was perfectly conversani mi "Clio" was known to be the mark by which Addi. the sports which are its subject, and entered into son distinguished his papers in that miscellany. them with enthusiasm, his pictures greatly surroes
Somervile inherited a considerable paternal es. the draughts of the same kind which are attempted late, on which he principally lived, acting as a by poets by profession. Another piece connecte magistrate, and pursuing with ardor the amusements with this is entitled “Field Sports," but only see of a sportsman, varied with the studies of a man scribes that of hawking. In his “Hobbinol, e of letters. His mode of living, which was hospi- Rural Games," he attempts the burlesque with to. table, and addicted to conviviality, threw him into erable success. Of his other pieces, serious and pecuniary embarrassments, which preyed on his comic, there are few which add to his fame.
|The Chase 1 sing, hounds, and their various breed.
And no less various use. O thou, great prince! Book I.
Whom Cambria's towering hills proclaim their lord. Argument.
Deign thou to hear my bold, instructive song.
While grateful citizens with pompous show, The subject proposed. Address to his royal bigh- Rear the triumphal arch, rich with th' exploits ness the prince. The origin of hunting. The of thy illustrious house ; while virgins pare rude and unpolished manner of the first hunters. Thy way with powers, and, as the royal youth Beasts at first hunted for food and sacrifice. The Passing they view, admire and sigh in vain; grant made by God to man of the beasts, &c. While crowded theatres, too fondly proud The regular manner of hunting first brought of their exotic minstrels, and shrill pipes, into this island by the Normans. The best hounds The price of manhood, hail thee with a song, and best horses bred here. The advantage of And airs soft-warbling; my hoarse-sounding born this exercise to us, as islanders. Address to gen- Invites thee to the Chase, the sport of kings; ilemen of estates. Situation of the kennel and Image of war, without its guilt. The Muse its several courts. The diversion and employ. Aloft on wing shall soar, conduct with care ment of hounds in the kennel. The different Thy foaming courser o'er the steepy rock, forts of hounds for each different chase. De- Or on the river bank receive thee safe, scription of a perfect hound. Or sizing and sort- Light-bounding o'er the wave, from shore to shore. ing of hounds; the middle-sized hound recom- Be thou our great protector, gracious youth! mended. Of the large deep-mouthed hound for And if, in future times, some envious prince, hunting the stag and otter. Of the lime-hound ; Careless of right, and guileful, should invade their use on the borders of England and Scotland. Thy Britain's commerce, or should strive in vaia A physical account of scents. Of good and bad To wrest the balance from thy equal hand; scenting days. A short admonition to my breth- Thy hunter-train, in cheerful green array'd. ren of the couples.
(A band undaunted, and inur'd to toils)
Shall compass thee around, die at thy feet, Is bred the perfect hound, in scent and speed
In vain malignant steams and winter fogs Through fire, and smoke, and blood, and fields of Load the dull air, and hover round our coasts : death.
The huntsman, ever gay, robust, and bold,
Defies the noxious vapor, and confides
His drooping herd, and cheer his heart with joy. Improve the piece, or wise Experience give
Ye vigorous youths, by smiling Fortune blest The proper finishing. When Nimrod bold, With large demesnes, hereditary wealth, That mighty hunter, first made war on beasts, Heap'd copious by your wise forefathers' care, And stain'd the woodland-green with purple dye, Hear and attend! while I the means reveal New, and unpolish'd was the huntsman's art; T' enjoy those pleasures, for the weak too strong, No stated rule, his wanton will his guide.
Too costly for the poor : To rein the steed With clubs and stones, rude implements of war, Swift stretching o'er the plain, to cheer the pack He arm'd his savage bands, a multitude
TOpening in concerts of harmonious joy, Untrain'd; of twining osiers form'd, they pitch But breathing death. What though the gripe severo Their artless toils, then range the desert hills, of brazen-fisted Time, and slow disease And scour the plains below; the trembling herd Creeping through every vein, and nerve unstrung, Start at th' unusual sound, and clamorous shout Amict my shatter'd frame, undaunted still, Unheard before ; surpris'd, alas ! to find
Fix'd as a mountain ash, that braves the bolts Man now their foe, whom erst they deem'd their lord, Of angry Jove ; though blasted, yet unfallen; But mild and gentle, and by whom as yet
Still can my soul in Fancy's mirror view Secure they graz’d. Death stretches o'er the plain Deeds glorious once, recall the joyous scene Wide-wasting, and grim slaughter red with blood : In all its splendors deck’d, o'er the full bowl Urg'd on by hunger keen, they wound, they kill, Recount my triumphs past, urge others on Their rage licentious knows no bound ; at last, With hand and voice, and point the winding way: Encumber'd with their spoils, joyful they bear Pleas'd with that social sweet garrulity, Upon their shoulders broad the bleeding prey. The poor disbanded veteran's sole delight. Part on their altars smoke a sacrifice
First let the kennel be the huntsman's care, To that all-gracious Power, whose bounteous hand Upon some little eminence erect, Supports his wide creation; what remains
And fronting to the ruddy dawn ; its courts On living coals they broil, inelegant
On either hand wide opening to receive Of taste, nor skill'd as yet in nicer arts
The Sun's all-cheering beams, when mild he shines Of pamper'd luxury. Devotion pure,
And gilds the mountain tops. For much the pack And strong necessity, thus first began
(Rous'd from their dark alcoves) delight to stretch The chase of beasts : though bloody was the deed, And bask in his invigorating ray: Yet without guilt. For the green herb alone Warn'd by the streaming light and merry lark, L'nequal to sustain man's laboring race,
Forth rush the jolly clan; with tuneful throats Now every moving thing that livid on Earth They carol loud, and in grand chorus join'd Was granted him for food.* So just is Heaven, Salute the new-born day. For not alone To give us in proportion to our wants.
The vegetable world, but men and brutes Or chance or industry in after-time
Own his reviving influence, and joy Some few improvements made, but short as yet | At his approach. Fountain of light! if chance Of due perfection. In this isle remote
Some envious cloud veil ihy refulgent brow, Our painted ancestors were slow to learn,
In vain the Muses' aid ; untouch'd, unstrung, To arms devote, of the politer arts
Lies my mute harp, and thy desponding bard Nor skill'd nor studious; till from Neustria's coasts Sits darkly musing o'er th' unfinish'd lay. Victorious William, to more decent rules
Let no Corinthian pillars prop the dome, Subdu'd our Saxon fathers, taught to speak
A vain expense, on charitable deeds The proper dialect, with horn and voice
Better dispos'd, to clothe the tatter'd wretch, To cheer the busy hound, whose well-known cry Who shrinks beneath the blast, to feed the poor His listening peers approve with joint acclaim. Pinch'd with afflictive want. For use, not state, From him successive huntsmen learn’d to join Gracefully plain, let each apartment rise. In bloody social leagues, the multitude
O'er all let cleanliness preside, no scraps Dispers’d; to size, to sort their various tribes; Bestrew the pavement, and no half-pick'd bones To rear, feed, hunt, and discipline the pack. To kindle fierce debate, or to disgust Hail, happy Britain! highly favor'd isle,
That nicer sense, on which the sportsman's hope, And Heaven's peculiar care! To thee 'tis given And all his future triumphs, must depend. To train the sprightly steed, more fleet than those Soon as the growling pack with eager joy Begot by winds, or the celestial breed
Have lapp'd their smoking viands, morn or eve, That bore the great Pelides through the press From the full cistern lead the ductile streams, Of heroes arm'd, and broke their crowded ranks ; To wash thy court well pav’d, nor spare thy pains, Which, proudly neighing, with the Sun begins For much to health will cleanliness avail. Cheertui his course ; and ere his beams decline, Seek'st thou for hounds to climb the rocky steep, Has measur'd half thy surface unfatigued.
And brush th' entangled covert, whose nice scent In thee alone, fair land of liberty!
O'er greasy fallows and frequented roads
Can pick the dubious way? Banish far off • Gen. chap. ix. ver. 3.
Each noisome stench, let no offensive smell
Invade thy wide inclosure, but admit
But husband thou thy pleasures, and give scope The nitrous air and purifying breeze.
To all her subile play: by Nature led, Water and shade no less demand thy care : A thousand shifts she tries ; l'unravel these In a large square th' adjacent field inclose,
Th'industrious beagle twists his waving tail, There plant in equal ranks the spreading elm, Through all her labyrinths pursues, and rings Or fragrant lime; most happy thy design,
Her doleful knell. See there with countenance If at the bottom of thy spacious court,
blithe, A large canal, fed by the crystal brook,
And with a courtly grin, the fawning hound From its transparent bosom shall reflect
Salutes thee cowering, bis wide-opening poee Downward thy structure and inverted grove. Upward he curls, and his large sloe-black eres Here when the Sun's too potent gleams annoy Melt in soft blandishments and humble joy ; The crowded kennel and the drooping pack, His glossy skin, or yellow-pied, or blue, Restless, and faint, loll their unmoisten'd tongues, In lights or shades by Nature's pencil drawn), And drop their feeble tails, to cooler shades Reflects the various tints; his ears and legs Lead forth the panting tribe ; soon shalt thou find Fleckt here and there, in gay enamell'd pride. The cordial breeze their fainting hearts revive: Rival the speckled pard ; his rush-grown tail Tumultuous soon they plunge into the stream, O'er his broad back bends in an ample arch: There lave their reeking sides, with greedy joy On shoulders clean, upright and firm he stands: Gulp down the flying wave, this way and that His round cat foot, straight hams, and wide-spread From shore to shore they swim, while clamor loud
thighs, And wild uproar torments the troubled flood : And his low-dropping chest, confess his speed, Then on the sunny bank they roll and stretch His strength, his wind, or on the sieepy hill, Their dripping limbs, or else in wanton rings Or far-extended plain; in every part Coursing around, pursuing and pursued,
So well proportion'd, that the nicer skill The merry multitude disporting play.
Of Phidias himself can't blame thy choice. But here with watchful and observant eye, Of such compose thy pack. But here a mean Attend their frolies, which too often end
Observe, nor the large hound prefer, of size
Torn and embarrass'd bleeds : But if 100 small,
And crown thy pleasing labors with success.
Step after step, their size the same, their arms,
Reviewing generals his merit own;
Are well repaid, if mighty George approve.
But above all take heed, nor mix thy hounds Each vicious ferment. Thus the hand divine Of different kinds ; discordant sounds shall grate Of Providence, beneficent and kind
Thy ears offended, and a lagging line
But if the amphibious otter be thy chase, Their great physician. Now grown stiff with age, Or stately stag, that o'er the woodland reigns; And many a painful chase, the wise old hound, Or if the harmonious thunder of the field Regardless of the frolic pack, attends
Delight thy ravish'd ears; the deep-flew'd hound His master's side, or slumbers at his ease
Breed up with care, strong, heavy, slow, but sure: Beneath the bending chade ; there many a ring Whose ears down-hanging from his thick round head Runs o'er in dreams; now on the doubtful foil. Shall sweep the morning dew, whose clanging voice Puzzles perplex’d, or doubles intricate
Awake the mountain Echo in her cell. Cautious unfolds, then, wing'd with all his speed, And shake the forests : The bold Talbot kind Bounds o'er the lawn to seize his panting prey, Of these the prime ; as white as Alpine snows; And in imperfect whimperings speaks his joy. And great their use of old. Upon the banks
A different hound for every different chase Of Tweed, slow winding through the vale. the seat Select with judgment; nor the timorous hare of war and rapine once, ere Britons knew O'ermatch'd destroy, but leave that vile offence The sweets of peace, or Anna's dread commands To the mean, murderous, coursing crew; intent To lasting leagues the haughty rivals awd, On blood and spoil. O blast their hopes, just There dwelt a pilfering race; well train'd and skilld Heaven!
In all the mysteries of theft, the spoil And all their painful drudgeries repay
Their only substance, feuds and war their sport: With disappointment and severe remorse.
Not more expert in every fraudful art
The arch-lelon * was of old, who by the tail With tender blossoms teeming, kindly spare Drew back his lowing prize : in vain his wiles, Thy sleeping pack, in their warm beds of straw In vain the shelter of the covering rock,
Low-sinking at their ease ; listless they shrink In vain the sooty cloud, and ruddy flames
Into some dark recess, nor hear thy voice That issued from his mouth; for soon he paid Though oft inyok’d; or haply if thy call His forfeit life: a debt how justly due
Rouse up the slumbering tribe, with heavy eyes To wrong'd Alcides, and avenging Heaven! Glaz'd, lifeless, dull, downward they drop their tails Veil'd in the shades of night they ford the stream, Inverted ; high on their bent backs erect Then prowling far and near, whate'er they seize Their pointed bristles stare, or 'mung the tufts Becomes their prey: nor flocks nor herds are safe, of ranker weeds, each stomach-healing plant Nor stalls protect the steer, nor strong-barr'd doors Curious they crop, sick, spiritless, forlorn. Secure the favorite horse. Soon as the morn | These inauspicious days, on other cares Reveals his wrongs, with ghastly visage wan Employ thy precious hours; th' improving friend The plunder'd owner stands, and from his lips With open arms embrace, and from his lips A thousand thronging curses burst their way : Glean science, season'd with good-natur'd wit. lle calls his stout ailies, and in a line
But if the inclement skies and angry Jove Ilis faithful hound he leads, then with a voice Forbid the pleasing intercourse, thy books That utters loud his rage, attentive cheers : Invite thy ready hand, each sacred page Soon the sagacious brute, his curling tail
Rich with the wise remarks of heroes old. Flourish'd in air, low bending plies around
Converse familiar with th'illustrious dead; His busy nose, the steaming vapor snuffs
With great examples of old Greece or Rome, Inqirisitive, nor leaves one turf untried,
Enlarge thy free-born heart, and bless kind Heaven, Till, conscious of the recent stains, his heart That Britain yet enjoys dear Liberty, Beats quick ; his snuffing nose, his active tail,
That balm of life, that sweetest blessing, cheap Attest his joy ; then with deep opening mouth, Though purchas'd with our blood. Well-bred, That makes the welkin tremble, he proclaims
polite, Th'audacious felon; foot by foot he marks Credit thy calling. See! how mean, how low, His winding way, while all the listening crowd The bookless sauntering youth, proud of the skut Applaud his reasonings. O'er the watery ford,
That dignifies his cap, his flourish'd belt,
And rusty couples gingling by his side.
Transporting pleasures were by Heaven ordain'd Arriv'd, and seizing by his guilty throat
Wisdom's relief, and Virtue's great reward.
in the hare going to seat in the morning. Of In many a crimson tide, then here and there
the variety of seats or forms of the hare, accordIn smaller rills dis parted, as it Nows
ing to the change of the season, weather, or wind. Propeil'd, the serons particles evade
Description of the hare-hunting in all its parts, Through th' open pores, and with the ambient air
interspersed with rules to be observed by those Entangling mix. As fuming vapors rise,
who follow that chase. Transition to the Asiatic And hang upon the gently purling brook,
way of hunting, particularly the magnificent There by th' incumbent atmosphere compressid:
manner of the Great Mogul, and other Tartarian The panting Chase grows warmer as he flies, princes, taken from Monsieur Bernier, and the And through the net-work of the skin perspires;
history of Gengiscan the Great. Concludes with Leaves a long-streaming trail behind, which by a short reproof of tyrants and oppressors of The cooler air condens'd, remains, unless
mankind. By some rude storm dispers’d, or rarefied By the meridian Sun's intenser heat.
Nor will it less delight th' attentive sage To every shrub the warm effluvia cling,
T'observe that Instinct, which unerring guides Hang on the grass, impregnate earth and skies. The brutal race, which mimics reason's lore, (swift With nostrils opening wide, o'er hill, o'er dale And oft transcends: Heaven-taught, the re-buck The vigorous hounds pursue, with every breath
Loiters at ease before the driving pack Inhale the grateful steam, quick pleasures sting
And mocks their vain pursuit; nor far he flies, Their tingling nerves, while they their thanks repay, But checks his ardor, till the steaming scent And in triumphant melody confess
That freshens on the blade provokes their rage. The titillating joy. Thus on the air
Urg'd to their speed, his weak deluded foes Depend the hunter's hopes. When ruddy streaks Soon flag fatigued; strain'd to excess each nerve, At eve forebode a blustering stormy day,
Fach slacken'd sinew fails; they pant, they foam , Or lowering clouds blacken the mountain's brow, Then o'er the lawn he bounds, o'er the high bills When nipping frosts, and the keen biting blasts Siretches secure, and leaves the scatter'd crowd of the dry parching east, menace the trees To puzzle in the distant vale below.
'Tis Instinct that directs the jealous hare * Cacus, VIRG. Æn. lib. viii.
|To choose her soft abode. With grep revers'd