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What care, what rules, your heedless charms shall Vice always found a sympathetic friend;
They pleas'd their age, and did not aim to mend.
Each nymph your rival, and each youth your slave?
Where then shall Hope and Fear their objects find?
No cries invoke the mercies of the skies?
Then, crush'd by rules, and weaken'd as refin d,
But who the coming changes can presage,
Inquirer, cease; petitions yet remain
Which Heav'n may hear, nor deem religion vain. Perhaps where Lear has rav'd, and Hamlet died,
Hard is his lot that, here by Fortune plac'd
With these celestial Wisdom calms the mind,
SPOKEN BY MR. GARRICK, AT THE OPENING OF THE
WHEN Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes
Then Jonson came, instructed from the school,
A mortal born, he met the gen'ral doom,
The wits of Charles found easier ways to fame,
Then prompt no more the follies you decry,
To chase the charms of sound, the pomp of show
Bid scenic Virtue form the rising age
DEATH OF MR. ROBERT LEVET,
A PRACTISER IN PHYSIC.
CONDEMN'D to Hope's delusive mine,
Our social comforts drop away
Well tried through many a varying year,
Of ev'ry friendless name the friend.
Yet still he fills affection's eye,
Hunt, a famous boxer on the stage; Mahomet, a ropedancer, who had exhibited at Covent Garden theatre the winter before, said to be a Turk.
WILLIAM SHENSTONE was born at Hales-Owen, | he settled, and devoted the remainder of his Shropshire, in November, 1714. His father was life to landscape-gardening. All the money a gentleman farmer who cultivated an estate of he could command was spent in beautifying his own called the Leasowes. William received the place, erecting rustic bridges, temples, and his early education from a clergyman of Soli- grottoes, while his fancy was continually emhull, who introduced him to classical literature ployed in devising oddities and composing inand gave him a taste for the best English writ- scriptions and mottoes. His ingenuity was ers. In 1732 he went to Oxford, where he made especially displayed in the devices by which one of a little club of students who met in the he attempted to produce on a small plat of evening to read English literature. ground the effect of an extensive domain. He prided himself upon a vista which he had formed by planting large and dark-colored trees and shrubs near the point of observation, gradually succeeded by lighter and smaller ones down the pathway, which grew narrower as it receded, thus greatly increasing the apparent distance. But a practical wag in the neighborhood used to take visitors to look at it from the wrong end.
In 1737 Shenstone published at Oxford a small volume bearing this title: "Poems upon Various Occasions, written for the Entertainment of the Author, and printed for the Amusement of a few Friends, prejudiced in his Favour." It did not attract much attention, and some years later he bought up all the copies he could find, and did his utmost to suppress it.
In 1740 he visited London and made the acquaintance of Dodsley, who published his "Judgment of Hercules." The next year he published his "School-mistress," which alone has kept his name on the roll of British poets. Shenstone brought it out in what he calls a sixpenny pamphlet, illustrated with costly engravings designed by himself, among which he contemplated including "the deformed portrait of my old school-dame, Sarah Lloyd." He also supplemented it with a "ludicrous index," which he said was "purely to show fools that I am in jest." But Dodsley suppressed the index in subsequent editions, and it is said that for want of it some noted critics did entirely misapprehend the character of the poem, as its author had feared. It is not improbable that one of the striking passages in this poem suggested one of the most striking in Gray's "Elegy."
In 1745, his parents having died, Shenstone came into possession of the Leasowes, on which
IN IMITATION OF SPENSER.
Auditæ voces, vagitus et ingens,
Advertisement. What particulars in Spenser were imagined most proper for the author's imitation on this occasion, are his language, his simplicity, his manner of description, and a peculiar tenderness of sentiment remarkable throughout his works.
АH me! full sorely is my heart forlorn,