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Nor tedious was the fearch: for ev'rywhere As nigh great Cuftom's royal tow'rs the knight

Pafs'd thro' th'adjoining hamlets, mote hehear The merry voice of feftival delight Saluting the return of morning bright, With matin revels by the mid-day hours Scarce ended, and again with dewy night In cover'd theatres or leafy bow'rs, [pow'rs. Off'ring her ev'ning vows to pleasure's joyous And ever on the way mote he efpy Men, women, children, a promifcuous throng Of rich, poor, wife and fimple, low and high, By land, by water, paffing aye along With murmurs, antics, mufic, dance, and fong, To Pleafure's num'rous temples, that befide The glift'ning ftreams, or tufted groves among, To ev'ry idle foot stood open wide,

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And ev'ry gay defire with various joys fupply'd. For there each earth with diverfe charms to

'move,

The fly enchantrefs fummon'd all her train,
Alluring Venus, queen of vagrant Love,
The boon companion Bacchus, loud and vain,
And tricking Hermes, god of fraudful gain,
Who when blind Fortune throws direct the die,
And Phoebus, tuning his foft Lydian strain
To wanton motions and the lover's figh,
And thought-beguilingthew and making revelry.
Unmeet affociates thefe for noble youth
Who to true honor meaneth to afpire,
And for the works of virtue, faith, and truth,
Would keep his manly faculties entire,
The which avizing well, the cautious fire
From that foft Siren land of pleafaunce vain,
With timely hafte was minded to retire,
Or ere the fwect contagion mote attain [ftain.
His fon's unpractis'd heart, yet free from vicious
So turning from that beaten road afide,

Thro' many a devious path at length he pac'd,
As that experienc'd palmer did him guide,
Till to a mountain hoar they came at laft,
Whofe high-rais'd brows, with fylvan honors
Majeftically frown'd upon the plain, [grac'd,
And over all an awful horror caft;

Seem'd as thofe villas gay it did difdain, [train. Which spangl'd all the vale like Flora's painted

The hill afcended ftrait, crewhile they came
To a tall grove, whofe thick-embow'ring fhade,
Impervious to the fun's meridian flame,
Ev'n at mid-noon a dubious twilight made,
Like to that fober light which, difarray'd
Of all its gorgeous robe, with blunted beams
Thro' windows dim with holy acts pourtray'd
Along fome cloifter'd abbey faintly gleams,
Abstracting the rapt thought froin vain earth-
mufing themes.

Beneath this high o'erarching canopy
Of cluft'ring oaks, a fylvan colonade,
Aye lift'ning to the native melody

Of birds fweet echoing thro' the lonely fhade,

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On to the center of the grove they ftray'd; Which in a fpacious circle op'ning round, Within its helt'ring arms fecurely laid, Difclos'd to fudden view a vale profound, With Nature's artless finiles and tranquil beauties crown'd.

There, on the bafis of an ancient pile, Whofe crofs-furmounted fpire o'erlook'd the A venerable matron they erewhile, [wood, Difcover'd have, befide a murm'ring flood, Reclining in right fad and penfive mood: Retir'd within her own abftracted breaft, She feem'd o'er various woes by turns to brood, The which her changing cheer by turns expreft, Now glowing with difdain, with grief now overkeft. +

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• How vast his influence, how wide his sıvay, • All the rich Nores of science have resign'd

Thyself erewhile bv proof didtt understand, "To you, that by the craftsman's various toil, • And saw'rt, as thro’ his realms thou took'st • The sea-worn mariner, and livearing hind, • thy way,

• In peace and afluence inaintain'd, the while * How vice and folly had o'erspread the land; • You for yourselves and then may dress the • And canst thou then, O Fairy Son! demand 'mental foil. • The reason of my wo? or hope to ease

• Bethink you then, my children, of the trust • The throbbings of my heart with speeches

* In you repos’d; ne let your heav'n-born bland,

• mind And words more apt my sorrows to increase,

Consume in pleasure or inactive ruft, • The once dear names of wealth, and liberty,

• But nobly roule you to the talk assign'd, • and peace ?

• The godlike talk, to teach and inend • Peace, wealth, and liberty, that noblest boon,

• mankind ! • Are blessings only to the wife and good ; • Learn that you may instruct: to virtue lead • To weak and vicious minds thçir worth un- • Yourselves the way; the herd will crowd be

• kuown, • And thence abus'd, but ferve to furnish food

* And gather precepts from each worthy deed: • For riot and debauch, and fire the blood * Example is a lesson that all men can read. • With high-spic'd luxury, whence ftrife,

• But if (to all or moft I do not speak) debate,

• In vain and sensual habits now grown old • Ambition, envy, Faction's vip'rous brood,

• The strong Circæan charm you cannot * Contempt of order, manners profligate;

• break, The ivmptoms of a foul, diseas'd and bloated

• Nor reassume at will your native mould I, iftate.

Yet envy not the state you could not hold, « Ev'n Wit and Genius, with their learned

• And take compassion on the rising age; train

• In them redeem your errors manifold, • Of Arts and Muses, tho’ from Heav'n above • And by due discipline and nurture sage, • Descended, when their talents they profane • In virtue's lore betimes your docile sons engage. • To varnih folly, kindle wanton love,

"You chiefly, who like me in secret mourn • And aid eccentric sceptic pride to rove • Beyond celestial trurli's attractive fphere,

• The prevalence of custom lewd and vain, This moral system's central sun aye prove

• And you who, though by the rude torrent

borne "To their fond votaries a cute severe,

• Unwillingly along, you yield with pain . And only make mankind more obstinately err.

• To his behests, and act what you didain, • And stand my sons herein from cenfure clear? • Yet nourish in your hearts the gen'rous love • Have they confider'd well, and understood • Of picty and truth, no more restrain • The use and import of thote bleflings dear • The manly zeal; but all your finews move • Which the great Lord of Nature hath be- • The present to reclaim, the future race im• ftow'd,

prove. • As well to prove as to reward the good?

• Eftloons by your joint efforts shall be quell'd • Whence are there torrents then, these billowy

Yon haughty giant, who fo proudly sways • Of vice, in which as in his proper flood

• A sceptre by repute alone upheld, · The fell Leviathan licentious plars,

• Who where he cannot dictate strait obeys :

• Accustoin'd to conform his flatering phrase • And upon Thipwreck'd Faith and linking vir* tue preys?

To numbers and high-plac'd authority

• Your party he will join, your maxims praise, To you, ye noble, opulent, and great!

And drawing after all his menial fry, • With friendly voice I call, and honest zeal ; • Soon teach the gen’ral voice your act to ratify. • Upon your vital influences wait

• Nc for th’atchievement of this great emprize « The health and sickness of the common weal:

• The want of means or countel mav hedread; • The maladies you cause yourselves must heal. • In vain to the unthinking harden'd crowd

• From my twin-daughters fruitful wombs

Thall rife «Will Truth and Realon make their juft appeal; In rain will sacred Wildoin cry cloud,

• A race of letter'd sages, deeply read

• In learning's various writ, by whom yled · And Justice drench in vain her vengeful fivord

• Thro' each well cultur'd plot, cach beauscous • in blood!

'grove, • With You must reformation first take place : • Where anrick wisdom u hilom wontto tread, • You are the head, the ir tellectual mind • With iningled glee and profit may ye rove, • Of this vast body politic, whose base * And cull each virtuous plant, each tree of • And vulyar limbs to drugery contign’d,

• knowledge prove. Mauld, Tape, form.

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• Yourselves with virtue thus and knowledge On these that royal dame her ravish'd eyes • fraught

Would often feast; and ever as the 1py'd « Of what in ancient days of good or great Forth from the ground the length’ning struc. • Historians, bards, philosophers, have taught,

ture rise, • Join'd with whatever else of modern date With new-plac'd statues deck'd on ev'ry fide, • Maturer judgment, search more accurate, Her parent-breast would swell with gea'rous • Discover'd have of Nature, Man, and God,

pride. . May by new laws reform the time-worn state And now with her in that sequester'd plain

* Of cell-bred discipline, and smoothe the road The knight a while constraining to abide, • That leads thro' Learning's vale to Wisdom's She to the Fairy youth with pleasure fain • bright abode.

Those sculptur'd chiefs did Thew,

and their great • By you invited to her secret bow'rs,

lives explain. «Then shall Pædia re-ascend her throne, • With vivid laurels girt and fragrant flow'rs; • While from their forked mount descending

§ 57. Ifis. An Elegy. By Mr. MASON,

$ • down,

of Cambridge. • Yon supercilious pedant train shall own • Her empire paramount, ere long by her

FAR from her hallow'd grot, where mildly

bright, • Ytaught a lesson in their schools unknown,

The pointed crystals shot their trembling light, • To learning's richest treasure to prefer

From dripping moss where sparkling dew-drops • The knowledge of the world, and man's great fell,

{Thell, • business there.

Where coral glow'd, where twin'd the wreathed On this prime science, as the final end Pale Iris lay; a willow's lowly shade • Of all her discipline and nurt'ring care, Spread its thin foliage o'er the sleeping maid ; Her eye Pædia fixing, aye shall bend Clos'd was her eye, and from her heaving breast, • Her ev'ry thought and effort to prepare In careless folds, loose How'd her zonelels vest, * Her tender pupils for the various war While down her neck her vagrant trelles flow, • Which vice and folly shall upon them wage

In all the awful negligence of woe; • As on the perilous march of life they fare, Her urn sustain'd her arm, that sculptur'd vase • With prudent lore fore-arming ev'ry age

Where Vulcan's art had lavish'd all his grace; • 'Gainst Pleasure's treach'rous joys and Pain's Here, full with life, was heav'n-taught Science embattled rage.

feen, • Then shall my youthful fons, to wisdom led Known by the laurel wreath and musing mien : • By fair example and ingenuous praise,

There cloud-crown'd Fame, here Peace sedate ** With willing feet the paths of duty tread,

and bland, • Thro' the world's intricate or rugged ways,

Swell'd the loud trump and wav'd the olive wand; • Conducted by Religion's sacred rays,

While solemn domes, arch'd shades, and vistas Whose foul-invigorating influence

green, • Shall purge their minds from all impure allays At well mark’d distance close the sacred scene. • Of sordid selfishness and brutal fente,

On this the Goddess cast an anxious look, • And livell th’ennobled heart with blest bene- Then dropt a tender tear, and thus the spoke : « volence.

Yes, I could once with pleas'd attention trace

The mimic charms of this prophetic vase; • Then also shall this emblematic pile, Then lift my head, and with enraptur'd eyes • By magic whilom fram'd to sympathise View on yon plain the real glories rise. • With all the fortunes of this changeful ille, Yes, Isis ! oft haft thou rejoic'd to lead • Still as any lons in fame and virtue rise,

Thy liquid treasures o'er yon fav’rite mcad; • Grow with their growth, and to th’applaud. Oft hart thou stopt thv pearly car to gaze, . ing skies

While ev'ry Science nurs’d its growing bays; • Its radiant cross uplift; the while to grace While ev'ry Youth, with faine's strong impulse • The multiplying nitches, fresh supplies Prest to the goal, and at the goal untir’d, (fird, * Of worthies shall succeed with equal pace, Snatch'd each celestial wreath, to bind his brow, • Aye following their fires in virtue's glorious The Mutes, Graces, Virtues could bestow. race.'

E’n now fond Fancy leads th’ideal train, Fird with th’idca of her future fame, And ranks her troops on Mem'ry's ainple plain ; She role majestic from her lowly stead, See ! the firm leaders of my patriot line, While from her vivid eyes a sparkling flame See ! Sidney, Raleigh, Hampden, Somers shine. Outbeaming with unwonted light, o'erspread See Hough, superior to a tyrant's doom, That monuinental pile, and as her head Sinile at the menace of the save of Rome : To ev'ry front she turn'd, discover'd round Each foul whom truth could fire, or virtue move, The venerable form of heroes dead,

Each breast, strong panting with its country's love, Who for their various merit erst renown'd, All that to Albion gave their heart or head, In this bright fanc of glory shrines of honor found. That wisely countel'd, or that bravely bled,

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All, all appear; on me they grateful smile ; Despis’d, infulted, by the barb'rous train
The well-carn’d prize of ev'ry virtuous toil Who fcour, like Thracia's moon-struck rout,
To ine with filial reverence they bring,

the plain ; And hang fresh trophies o'er my honor'd spring. Sworn foes, like them, to all the Mufe approvés, Ah! I remember well von beechen fpray ; All Phorbus favours, or Minerva loves. There Addison first run'd his polith'd lay; Are thefe the fons my foft'ring breast must rear, 'Twas there great Cato's forin first met his eye, Grac'd with my name, and nurtur'd by my care? In all the pomp of free-born majcity; Lawe; Must thete go forth from my maternal hand, • My son, he cry'd, . obferve this mien with \ To deal their insults thro' a peaceful land, • In folemn lines ihe stroug retemblance draw; And boait, while Freedom biceds, and Virtue • The piercing notes thall Itrike cach British ear; groans, • Each British eye thall drop the patriot icar! That “ Itis taught Rebellion to her fons ?• And rous’d to glory by the nervous strain, Forbid it, Heav'n! and let my rising waves • Each youth lhall fpurn at llav'ry's abject reign; Indignant fivell, and whelm the recreant flaves! • Shall guard with Cato's zcal Britannia's laws, In England's cause their patriot foods employ, And speak, and act, and bleed, in Freedom's As Xanthus delug'd in the cause of Troy. * caule.'

Is this denyd; then point fome secret way The hero fpoke; the bard afsenting bow'd; Where far, far hence these guiltless streams may The lay to Liberty and Cato flow'd:

Itray;

[fpreads While Echo, as the rord the vale along, Some unknown channel lend, where Nature Join'd the firong cadence of his Roman tong. Inglorious vales and unfrequented meads,

But ah! how Stilnets llopt upon the ground! There, where a hind scarce times his rustic strain, How mute Attention check'd cach rising found! Where scarce a pilgrim treads the pathless plain, Scarce stole a breeze in wave the leaf: tpray, Content I'll Aow; forget that e'er my side Scarce trillid sweet Philomel her foftest lav, Saw yon majestic structures crown' its fide; When Locke walk'd muling forth ' E'un now Forget that e'er my wrapt attention hung I view

Or on the fage's or the poet's tongue; Majestic Wililom thron'd upon his brow; Calm and resign'd, my huinbler lot embrace,

View Candor simile upon his modest chcek, And, pleas'd, prefer oblivion to disgrace.
And froin his eve all Judgınent's radiance break.
'Twas here the lage his manly zeal exprelt,
Here ftript vain Faltelrood of her gaudy vest; $ 58. The Triumph of Ihs, occafioned by Ifis, ar
Here Truth's collected beams first fill'd his mind,

Elegy. T. WARTON.
Ere long to burst in bleflings on mankind;
Ere long to thew to Realon's purged tye,

Quid nihil nescio quam, proprio cum Tybride, That Nature's first hett gift was Liberty."

Romam Proud of this wondrous son, fublime I stood

Semper in ore geris? Referunt si vera parentes, (While louder furges swellid my rapid food) Harc Urbem insano Nullus qui Marii petivił, Then, vain as Niobe, exulting cry’d,

Lietatus vio!olje rodit. Nec Numina sedim Jlitsus! roil thy famd Athenian tide;

Deftituuni.Tho' Plato's tieps oft mark'd thy neighb'ing

CLAUDIAN. glade, Though fair Lyi æum lent its awful fade,

ON clong flours when genial gales diffuse Tho' ev'ry Academic green imprest

The fragrant tribute of refrething dews; Its image full on thy reflecting breast,

When chants the milk-maid at her balmy pail, Yet my pure stream fhall boast as proud a name, And weary reapers whistle o'er the vale, And Britain's Iris flow with Attic fame. Charm’d by the inurmurs of the quir’ring shade, Alas! how chang'd! where now that Attic O'er Ilis' willow-fringed banks I ftray'd; boast?

And calmly musing thro' the twilight way, Sec! Gothic licence rage o'er all my coait! In pentive mood I fram'd thc Doric lav. See! Hydra Faction jjrcad its impious rcign, When lo! from ou’ning clouds a golden gleam Poison each breast, and madden ev'ry brain ! Pour'd ludden fplendors o'er the Shadowy itseain; Hence frontless crowds, that not content to fright And from the wave arose its guardian queen, The blushing Cynthia from her thro:e of light, Known by her liveeping flore of glotiy green; Blast the fair face of day; and madly bold, While in the coral ciown that bound her brow, To Freedom's focs infernal orgies hold; Was wove the Delphic laurel's verdant bough. To Freedom's foes, ah! see the goblet crown'd, As the imooth surface of thie dimply Hood Hear plausive shouts to Freedom's foes resound; The silver-lipper'd virgin lightly trod, The horrid notes my refluent waters daunt, From her loole hair the dropping dew the press’d, The Echoes groan, the Dryads quit their haunt; And thus mine ear in accents mild addressid: Learning, that once to all diflusid her beam, No more, my fon, the rural reed employ, Now sheds, by ftealth, a partial private glcam Nor trill the tinkling strain of empty joy; In some lone cloister's melancholy shade, No more thy love-retounding fonnets fuit Where a firm few support her fickly hcad, To notes of pastral pipe, or oaten dute.

For

For hark! high-thron'd on yon majestic walls, When yon proud * dome, fair learning's amplest To the dear Mufe afflicted Freedom calls : Bencath its attic roofs receiv'd the Ninc, [thrine, When Freedom calls, and Oxford bids thee sing, Was rapture mute, or clas'd the glad acclame, Why stays thy hand to strike the founding string? To Radcliffe due, and Ifis' honour'd name? While thus, in Freedom's and in Phæbus' spite, What free-born crowds adorn'd the festive day, The venal sons of flavish Cam unite;

Nor blush to wear iny tributary bay! To shake yon tow'rs when Malice rears her crest, How each brave breast with honest ardors heav'd, Shall all my fons in silence idly rest?

When Sheldon's fane the patriot band receiv'd ; Still fing, o Cam, your fav’rite freedom's cause, While, as we loudly haild the chosen few, Still boast of Freedom, while you break her laws; Rome's awful sepate ruth'd upon the view! To Pow'r your songs of gratulation pay; O may the day in latest annals 1hine, To courts address foft Flattery's servile lay ; That made a Beaufort and an Harley mine! Who tho' your gentle Mason's plaintive verse That bade them leave the loftier scene a while, Has hung with liveetest wreaths Museus' herse; The pomp of guiltless state, the patriot toil, What tho' your vaunted bard's ingenuous woe, For bleeding Albion's aid the fage design, Soft as my stream, in tuneful nuinbers flow; To hold thort dalliance with the tuneful Nine!" Yet strove his Muse, by fame or envy led, Then Mufic left her liver fphere on high, To tear the laurels from a fifter's headi- And bore each strain of triumph from the sky; Misguided youth, with rude unclassic rage Swell'd the loud long, and to my chiefs around To blot the beauties of thy whiter page; Pour'd the full peans of mellifluous sound. A rage that sullies e’en thy guiltless lays, My Naiads blythe the dying accents caught, And blasts the vernal bloom of half thy bays. And lift’ning danc'd beneath their pearly grot.

Let - boast the patrons of her name, In gentler eddies play'd my conscious wave, Each splendid fool of fortune and of fame: And all my reeds their foftest whispers gave ; Still of preferment let her shine the queen, Each lay with brighter green adorn'd my bow'rs, Prolific parent of each bowing dean :

And breath'd a fresher fragrance on my flow'rs. Be hers each prelate of the pamper'd cheek, But lo! at once the pealing concerts cease, Each courtly chaplain, fan&tify'd and fleck: And crowded theatres are hush'd in peace. Still let the drones of her exhauftless hive See, on yon sage how all attentive stand, On rich pluralities supinely thrive :

To catch his darting cye and waving hand! Still let her fenates titled llaves revere,

Hark! he begins, with all a Tully's art, Nor dare to know the patriot from the peer; pour

the dictates of a Cato's heart ! No longer charm’d by virtue's lofty song, Skill'd to pronounce what noblest thoughts inspire, Once heard sage. Milton's manly tones among, He blends the speaker's with the patriot's fire;. Where Cam, meand'ring thro' the matted reeds, Bold to conceive, nor tiin'rous to conceal, With loitring wave his groves of laurel feeds. What Britons dare to think, he dares to tell. 'Tis ours, my son, to deal the sacred bay, 'Tis his alike the ear and eye to charm, Where honour calls, and justice points the way; To win with action, and with sense to warm; To wear the well-earn'd wreath that mcrit brings, Untaught in Row'ry periods to dispense And snatch a gift beyond the reach of kings. The Julling founds of sweet impertinence: Scorning and scorn'd by courts, yon Muse's bow's, In frowns or smiles he gains an equal prize, Still nor enjoys nor seeks the smile of pow'r. Nor meanly fears tó fall, nor creeps to rise; Though wakeful Vengeance watch my crystal Bids happicr days to Albion be restor'd, Spring,

Bids ancient Justice rear her radiant sword; Though Perfecution wave her iron wing, From me, as from my country, claims applause, And, o'er yon spiry temples as she flies, And makes an Oxford's a Britannia's cause. • These destin'd feats be mine,' exulting cries; While arms like these my stedfast sages wield, Fortune's fair smiles on Ifis still attend : While mine is Truth's impenetrable shield; And, as the dews of gracious heav'n descend, Say, shall the puny champion fondly dare Unask'd, unseen, in still but copious shou’rs, To wage with force like this scholastic ward Her stores on me fpontaneous Bounty pours. Still vainly fcribble on with pert pretence, Sce, Science walks with recent chaplets crown'd; With all the rage of pedant impotence ? With Fancy's strain my fairy shades relound; Say, shall I foster this domestic pest, My Mufe divine still keeps her custom'd state, This parricide, that wounds a mother's breast > The mien erect, and high majestic gait:

Thus in fome gallant thip, that long has bore Green, as of old, each oliv'd portal smiles, Britain's victorious cross from shore to shore, And fill the Graces build my Grecian piles: By chance beneath her close fequefter'd cells. My Gothic fpires in ancient glory rise, Soine low-born worin, a lurking mischief dwells; And dare with wonted pride to rush into the Eats his blind way, and faps with secret guile Ikies.

The deep foundations of the floating pile. E'en late when Radcliff's delegated train In vain the forest lent its stateliest pride, Auspicious Ihone in Ilis happy plain;

Rcar'd her tall mast, and fram'd her knotty fide;

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