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ENCOMIUMS ON PARNELL.
TO THE RIGHT HON.
ROBERT EARL OF OXFORD AND MORTIMER.
SUCH were the notes thy once-loved Poet sung, Till death untimely stopp'd his tuneful tongue. Oh, just beheld, and lost! admired, and mourn'd! With softest manners, gentlest arts, adorn'd! Bless'd in each science, bless'd in every strain! Dear to the Muse, to Harley dear-in vain!
For him, thou oft hast bid the world attend, Fond to forget the statesman in the friend: For Swift and him, despised the farce of state, The sober follies of the wise and great; Dexterous, the craving, fawning crowd to quit, And pleased to scape from flattery to wit.
Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear, (A sigh the absent claims, the dead a tear) Recall those nights that closed thy toilsome days, Still hear thy PARNELL in his living lays :
Who, careless now of interest, fame, or fate,
And sure, if aught below the seats divine
In vain to deserts thy retreat is made; The Muse attends thee to thy silent shade: "Tis her's, the brave man's latest steps to trace, Rejudge his acts, and dignify disgrace. When interest calls off all her sneaking train, When all the' obliged desert, and all the vain; She waits, or to the scaffold, or the cell, When the last lingering friend has bid farewell. E'en now she shades thy evening-walk with bays, (No hireling she, no prostitute to praise) E'en now, observant of the parting ray, Eyes the calm sunset of thy various day, Through fortune's cloud one truly great can see, Nor fears to tell, that Mortimer is he.
DE LA COUR'S PROSPECT OF POETRY.
ONE who has proved how hard it is to please;
With every grace and every Muse adorn'd!
How sweet the song that from thy mellow pipe, Dear PARNELL, flow'd! Death heard, and was amazed,
And his stone couch forsook, all wonder now,
And thou shalt hear, and with eternal wrath,
THE RISE OF WOMAN.
WHAT ancient times (those times we fancy wise)
In days of yore, (no matter where or when, 'Twas ere the low creation swarm'd with men) That one Prometheus, sprung of heavenly birth, (Our author's song can witness) lived on earth.