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Ah! 'midst the rest may fowers adorn his grave, III. To Mr. DODSLEY.
Whose art did first these dulcet cates display!
Ah, rather come, and in these delis dirown
The care of oth řsirains, and tune thine own,
COME then, my friend, thy sylvan talte dif
TERE, here she lies, a budding rose,
a , Whose innocence did fwects disclose
IV. On the back of a Gothic Seat.
HEPHERD, would'st thou here obtain
Joy that suits the rural sphere ?
Gentle Shepherd, lend an ear.
Caves that echo tinkling rills.
If thou canst no charm disclose
Go, forsake thy plain and fold,
Tranquil pleasures never cloy;
Banish each tuniultuous joy :
All but love-for love inspires
Fonder wishes, warmer fires. When the pale moon, ascending high,
Love and all its joys be thine Darts through yon lines hçr quivering beams, Yet, ere thou the reins resign, We frisk it near these crystal fireanis.
Hear what Reason seems to say, Her beams, reflected from the wave,
Hear attentive, and obey. Afford the light our revel crave ;
“ Crimson leaves the ro'c'adorn, The turf, with daisies broider'd o'er
" But beneath them lurks a thorn Exceeds, we wot, the Parian floor,
- Fair and fotory is the brake, Nor, yet for artful strains we call,
" Yet it hides the vengeful snake. But listen to the water's fall.
". Think not the, whose empty pride Would you then ta te our tranquil scene,
Dares the fleecy garb deride, Be sure your bosoms be serene;
" Think not she, who, light and vaid, Devoid of hate, devoid of trife,
“ Scorns the sheep, can love the swais. Devoid of all that poisons life:
“ Artless deed and simple dress, And much it 'vails you in their place,
" Mark the chosen shepherdess ; To graft the love of human race.
“ Thoughts by decency control'd; And tread with awe these favour'd bowers ; " Well conceiv'd, and freely cold. Nor wound the shrubs, 'nor bruise the flowers;
« Sense, that shuns each conscious air, So may your path with sweets abound;
“ Wit, that falls ere well aware; So may your couch with reft he crown'd!
« Generous pity, prone to figh But harm beride the wayward swain,
"* If her kid or lambkin die. Who dares our hallow'd haunts profane !
" Let not lucre, let not pride,
“ Gentler paflions triumph here.
" See, to sweeten thy repose, INGENIO ET AMICITIAE
" The bloffom buds, the fountain flows; GUILIEMI SOMERVILE.
“Lo! to crown thy healthful board, And on the opposite side,
« All that milk and fruits afford. G. S. POSVIT,
" Seek no more--the rest is vain; Debitâ spargens lacrymi favillam “ Pleasure ending soon in pain : Vatis amici.
“ Anguish lightly, gilded o'er : * In Halesowen church-yard, on Miss Anne
“ Close thy with, and seek no'morc." Powell.
V. On the back of a Gothic Alcove.
X. On a Seat. O
You that bathe in courtly blyfsc,
Or toyle in fortune's giddy spheare;
Of him that bydes contented here.
Que tibi, quæ tali reddam pro carmine dona ? Nor yet deryde the breechen bowle,
Nam neque me tantum venientis fibilus austri, In whyche he quaffs the lympid springs.
Nec percussa juvant fluctu tam litora, nec quz
Şaxosas intec decurrunt flumina valles. Forgive him, if at eve or dawne,
Devoid of worldlye cark hellray: Or all beside some flowerye lawne,
XI. On a Seat at the Bottom of a large He waste his inoffensive dayc.
Root, on the Side of a Slope.
Let me haunt this peaceful thade;
Nor let Ambition c'er invade from whyche thesc peaceful glennes are free. The tenants of this leafy bower
That fhan her paths, and flight her power!
Hither the peaceful Halcyon flies
Pleas'd by the rill her course to lteer,
The trout, bedropt with crijnson stains,
To lurk within this hunible stream.
Flow, fion, my stream, this devions way,
Though lovely fofc thy murmers are;
Thy waters lovely cool and fair.
l'low gentie stream, nor let the rain
Thy (niali unsully'd stores disdain :
Nor let the pensive fage repite,
Whose latent course resembles thine,
XII. On a small Obelifk in Virgil's,
P. VIRGILIO MARCNI
DIVA QUAE SECESS,V ISTO FRVI CONCEDIT.
LAPIS ISTE CVM LVCO SACER ESTO.
XVI. On a Statue of Venus de Medicis. " (FORTUNATVI ET ILLE DEOS QUI NOVIT
AGRESTES “ Semi educta Venus,"
PANAQVE, SYLVANVMQVE, SENEM, NYM.
PAASQVE SORORES." VIRG.
« My sober vows I pay :
• The bold, the pert, the gay. " Not her whose amorous leer prevailed
VERSES “ To bribe the Phrygian boy ;
TO MR. SHENSTONE. « Not her wbo. clad in armour, fail'd • To save dif. ftrvus Troy.
Written on a Ferme Ornee, near Bir6. Fresh rising from the foamy tide, “ She every bor m warms;
mingham, by the late Lady Luxborough. 6. While half withdrawn the seems to hide,
"Is Nature here bids pleasing scenes arise, " And hall reveals, her charms. “ Learn hence, ye boastful fons of talte,
To veil each blemish, brighten every grace ; “ Who plan the rural shade ;
Yeč fill preserve the lovely parent's face • Learn hence to thun the vicious waste
How well the bard obeys, each valley tells ; “ Of pomp, at large display'd.
These lucid streams, gay meads, and lonely cells " Let sweer concealment's magic art
Where modeft Art in filence lurks conceal'd, “ó Your mazy bounds inveft;
While Nature shines so gracefully revcai'd, us And while the light unveils a part,
That she triumphant claims the total plan, “ Let fancy paint the rest.
And, with fresh pride, adopts the work of man. « Let ccy reserve with coft unite
“ To gr ce your wood or field; " No ray obtrusive pall the fight, “ In aught you paint, or build.
TO WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Esq. And far be driven the sumptuous glare
AT THE LEASOWES. “ Of gold, from Britisa groves;
By Mr. GRAVES. And far the meretricious air w Of China's vain alcoves.
6. Vellem in amicitia fic errarenius !"" Hor. “ 'Tis bahsul beauty ever twinės
EF ! the tall youtlı, by partial Fate's decree, 16 The most courcive chain;
To affluence born, and from refiraint set frec. s' 'Tis the, that sovereign rule declines
Eager he fecks the scenes of gay resort, • Who belt deserves to reiga.”
The mall, the rout, the play-house, and the
Soon for some varnish'd nymph of dubious fame, XVII. Intended to be written at the Be
Or powder'd peeress, counterfeits a flame. ginning of a Collection of Flowers, Dress, dance, drink, revel, all he knows not why:
Behold him now, enraptur’d, swear aud figh, which Mr. SHENSTONE coloured for Till, by kind fate restor'd to country air, Mrs. JAGO.
He marks the roles of some rural fair :
Smit with her unaffected native charnis,
A real passion foon his bosom warms :
And, wak'd from idle dreams, he takes a wife,
and tastes the genuine happiness of life. AMORES MERVIT,
*Thus, in the vacant Season of the year, Some Tenplar gay begins his wild career.
From seat to feat o'er pompous scenes he flies,
Views all with equal wonder and surprize ;
He hics fatigued, not fatiskied, to town.
Proposed to Mr. Graves. by Yet if some kinder genius puiut his way Mr. Shenfone, as a proper Inscription Charm'd with the sylvan beauties
To where the Muses o'er thy Leafowes fray,
the place, for himself.
Where Art aflumes the sweets of Nature's face,
Each hill, each dale, each consecrated grove, Qvi,
Iach lakc, and falling stream, his rapture move. NAIADAS PARITER AC MVSAS
Like the sage captive in Calypso's grott, 1
The cares, the pleasures, of the world forgot,
AMICITIAE G. S.
VERSES received by the polt, from a, On the discovery of an Echo at Edgbaston.
LADY unknown, 1761.
. happy H Powers on theie Plains its tender man.
ást thou the nymph in Shenston's dale,
I hat hc forsakes th' Aonian maids,
To court inconstant rils and shades ?
With liquid lay and melting fong,
The listening herd around him fray'd,
And every Naïad ceaş'd to lave
Of Smiles and Loves went hand in hand;
To glowing trought his breast inspird.
All nature fmild, while Shenstone sung.
So charm's his lay; but now no more
And thou relound the peerless lay,
And with inimortal nunibers fill
Each rocky cave and vocal hill. • Go, simple rhymer ! bear this messige true: "The truths that fairies dictare none ihall.rue, Say to the Bard in Leasowes' happy grove, VERSES by Mr. Dodsley, on his fieft arWhom Dryads honour, and whon, Fairies
rival at the LEASOWES, 1754. love“ Content thyself no longer that thy lays,
rOW Shall I fix ny wandering cye? Where
· hy source of this enchantment? Dwells it in “ The welcome treasures of tły polifid Muse;
" The woods ? 'or waves there not a magic wand,
“ O'er the translucent waters? Sure, unseen, "The scatter'd blooms, that boalt tlay" valued name,
“ Some savouring power directs the happy lines " Collect, unite, and give the wreath en fame :
“ Thar sketch these beauties; (weils the riling " Ne'er can thy virtues, or thy verse, engage
hills, " More solid praise than in this harpicit age,
"And scoops the dales, to Nature's finest forms, " When fenfe aud merit 's cherish' by the
" Vague, undetermin'd, infinite; untaught throne,
By line or compars, yet supremely fair.” " And cach illustrious privilege their own.
So fpakc Philenor, as with raptur'd gaze 6. Though modeft be thy gentie Muse, I ween,
He travers'u Damon's farın. From dinant plains Oh, lead her blushing from the daisy'd green,
He fought his friend's abode: nor had the famc "A fit attendant on Britannia's Queen."
Of that now-form'd Arcadia reach'd his ear.
and thus the swain, as o'er each hill and diale, Ye Sportive elves, as faithful I relate
Through lawn or thicket he pursued his way: Th’intrusted mandates of your fairy state, " What is it gilds the verdure of thele meads Vise these wilds again with nightly care ; " With hues more bright than fancy paints the So Thall my kine, of all the herd. repair
flowers In healthful plight to fill the copious pail!
Of Paradife? What Naïad's guiding hand My fhecy lie pent with safety in the dale':
Leads, through the bruider'ü vsle, the lucid My poulery fear no robber in the rooft,
rills, My linen more than common whiteness boast : “ That, murmusing as they flow, bear melody Let order, peace, and housewifry be nine : “ Along their banks;
and through the vocal shenitonz, be fancy, fame, and fortune eliine.
“: Improve the music of the woodland choir ? COTSWOULDIA.
“ What penlive Dryad raisód yon solemn grove, With lapse incessant echoes through the dale ? “ Where minds contemplative, at close of day Yet what avails the lifeless landskip now? “ Retiring, muse o'er Nature's various works, The charm 's diffolv'd; the genius of the wood, “ Her wonders venerate, or her sweets enjoy- Alas! is flown--for Damon is no more. " What room for doub! ? Some rural deity, As when from fair Lyceum crown'd with " Presiding, scatters o'er th' unequal lawns,
pines, "In beauteous wildness, yon fair-spreading trees; Or Mänalus with leaves autumnal strew'd, • And mi: gling woods and waters, hills and dales, The tuncful Pan retires ; the vocal hills " And herds and bleating flocks, domestic fowl, Resound no more, and all Arcadia mourns.com " And those that swim the lake, fees rising round Yet here we fondly dreamt of lasting joys: <
More pleasing landskips thao iu Tempe's vale Here we had hop'd from noisy throngs retir'd, ~ Penéus water'd. Yes, some fylvan god To drink large draughts of friendship’s cordia! “ Spreads wide the varied prospect ; waves the
In sweet oblivion wrapt by Damon's verse “ Kifts the proud hills, and clears the shining And social converse, many a summer's day. lakes;
Romantic wish! In vain frail mortals trace “While, from the congregated waters pour’d, Th’ imperfect iketch of human bliss—whilft yet “ The bursting torrent tunbl.s down the deep
Th' enraptur'd fre his well-plann'd structure " In soanirg fury; fierce, irregular,
views, • Wild, interru; ted, cross'd with rocks and roots Majestic rising 'midtt his infant groves : " And interwoven trees ; till, soon absorbid,
Sees the dark laurel spread its glossy shade, " An opening cavern allits rage entombs.
Its languid bloom the purple lilach bend, " So vanih human glories ! Such the pomp Orvale laburnum drop its pensile chain : « Of swelling warriors, of ambitious kings,
Neath spreads the fatal shaft, and bids his heir “ Who fret and strut their hour upon the flage
Transplant the cypress round his father's tomb. • Of busy lise, and then are heard no more
Oh! teach 'mc then, like you, my friend ta “ Yes, 'tis enchanıment all and see, the fpells
raise " The powerful incantations, magic verse, To moral truths my groveling fong; for ah ! “Inscrib'd on every tree, alcove, or urn
Too long by lawless fancy led astray, “ Spells !-incantations !-mali, my tuneful friend!
Of nymphs and groves i've dreamt, and dancing “ Thine are the numbers ! thine the wondrous
Or Naiad leaning o'er her tinkling urn. “Yes, great magician! now I read thee right,
Oh! could I learn to santify my itrains " And lightly weigh all forcery but thine.
With hymns, like those by tuneful Meyrick fung “ No Naiad's leading liep conduces the rill; Or rather catch the melancholy sounds “ Nor sylvan god presiding skirts the lawn From Warton's reed, or Mason's lyre-to paint “In beauteous wildness, with fair-spreading the sudden gloom that damps my soul-But see! trees;
Melpomene herself has fnatch'd the pipe, “ Nor magic wand has circumscrib'd the scene.
With which sad Lyttleton his Lucia mourn'd; " "Tis thinc own tafte, thy genius that presides, And paintive cries, My Shenstone is no more! «: Nor reeds there other deity, nor needs
R. GRAVE 3. " More potent tpells than they.”-No niore the
VERSES written at the gardens of Wil
liam Shenfione, Esquire, near Bir-,
mingham, 1756, To Mr. R. D. On the Death of Mr. SHENSTONE.
“ Lile terrarum nihi præter omncs
“ Angulus ridet.” " Thec, shepherd, thee the woods and delart TOULD you these lov'd receffes trace,
And view fair Nature's modeft face? " With wild thyme and the cadding vire o'cr- See her in every field-flower bloom? grown,
O'er every thicket Ihed perfume ? 66 And all their echoes mourn."
By verdant groves, and vocal hills,
By mosly grotts, near purling rills,
Behold her win without disguise
What though no pageant trifies here, By Danion's magic triil, is loft in air !
As in the glare of courts, apppear; What though the lawns and pendant woods re- | Though rarely here be heard the name main,
Of rank, or title, power or faznes Each tink'ing stream, cach zushing cataract,