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Then shall thy Form the Marble grace,
(Thy Grecian Form) and Chloe lend the Face : His House, embosom'd in the Grove,
Sacred to social life and social love, Shall glitter o'er the pendent green,
Where Thames reflects the visionary scene: Thither, the filver-sounding lyres
Shall call the smiling Loves, and young Desires; There, ev'ry Grace and Muse shall throng,
Exalt the dance, or animate the long; There Youths and Nymphs, in confort gay,
Shall hail the rising, close the parting day. With me, alas ! those joys are o'er ;
For me, the vernal garlands bloom no more Adieu ! fond hope of mutual fire,
The still believing, ftill-renew'd defire; Adieu ! the heart-expanding bowl,
And all the kind Deceivers of the soul ! But why? ah tell me, ah too dear!
Steals down my cheek th' involuntary Tear? Why words so flowing, thoughts so free,
Stop, or turn nonsense, at one glance of thee? Thee, dreft in Fancy's airy beam,
Absent I follow thro' th extended Dream ; Now, now I seize, I clasp thy charms,
And now you burst (ah cruel!) from my arms ; And swiftly shoot along the Mall,
Or softly glide by the Canal, Now shown by Cynthia's silver ray,
And now, on rolling waters snatch'd away.
L I B E R IV.
O DE IX.
E forte credas interitura, quae
Longe fonantem natus ad Aufidum
Verba loquor socianda chordis ;
Stefichorique graves Camenae : Nec, fi quid olim lusit Anacreon, Delevit aetas : fpirat adhuc amor, Vivuntque commiffi calores
Aeoliae fidibus puellae.
Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona
Nocte, carent quia vate facro.
Part of the NINTH ODE
Of the FOURTH BOOK.
EST you should think that verse Shall die,
Which sounds the Silver Thames along, Taught, on the wings of Truth to fly
Above the reach of vulgar song ;
Tho' daring Milton fits fublime,
In Spencer native Muses play ; Nor yet shall Waller yield to time,
Nor penfive Cowley's moral·lay.
Sages and Chiefs long since had birth
Ere Cæfar was, or Newton nam'd; These rais'd new Empires o'er the Earth,
And Those, new Heav'ns and Systems fram'd.
Vain was the Chief's, the Sage's pride !
They had no Poet, and they died.
They had no Poet, and are dead,