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Admir'd Salopia! that with venial pride
Her daughters lovely, and her striplings brave:
ON A TABLET AGAINST A ROOT-HOUSE.
HERE, in cool grot and mossy cell,
We rural fays and fairies dwell;
Darts through yon limes her quivering beams,
Her beams, reflected from the wave,
Would you then taste our tranquil scene,
And much it 'vails you in their place,
To graft the love of human race.
And tread with awe these favour'd bowers,
Nor wound the shrubs, nor bruise the flowers;
ON THE BACK OF A GOTHIC SEAT.
SHEPHERD, would'st thou here obtain
Learn to relish calm delight,
If thou canst no charm disclose
Tranquil pleasures never cloy;
Love and all its joys be thine-
"Crimson leaves the rose adorn,
"Think not she, whose empty pride
"Artless deed and simple dress
"Sense that shuns each conscious air,
"Let not lucre, let not pride,
"Draw thee from such charms aside;
"See to sweeten thy repose,
"The blossom buds, the fountain flows;
"Seek no more-the rest is vain ;
"Pleasure ending soon in pain :
"Anguish lightly gilded o'er :
"Close thy wish and seek no more."
ON THE BACK OF A GOTHIC ALCOVE.
O you that bathe in courtly blysse
Of him that bydes contented here.
Nor yet disdeigne the russet stoale,
Which o'er each carelesse lymb he flyngs:
In whyche he quaffs the lympid springs.
Forgive him, if at eve or dawne,
So may he pardonne fraud and strife,
For faults there beene in busye life,
From whyche these peaceful glens are free.
ON A SEAT,
At the Bottom of a large Root, on the Side of a Slope.
LET me haunt this peaceful shade;
Nor let ambition e'er invade
The tenants of this leafy bower,
That shun her paths, and slight her power!
Hither the peaceful Halcyon flies
The trout, bedropt with crimson stains,
And sure I hear the Naiad say,
Flow, gentle stream, nor let the vain
MARK AKENSIDE, whom the ancients would have celebrated as a legitimate son of Apollo, as he was distinguished both for his talents in poetry and medicine, was born of humble parentage, and first saw the light, at Newcastle on Tyne, in 1721. His family were dissenters; and giving early proofs of talents and application, he was sent to the University of Edinburgh, with a view of qualifying him for the ministry. He however, soon quitted the study of divinity for medicine; and after some time spent at Edinburgh, he proceeded to Leyden in pursuit of medical knowledge, where he graduated in 1744. About this time, his immortal work, "The Pleasures of Imagination," was published; which being seen in manuscript by Pope, received no mean commendation from that illustrious poet.
Soon after Akenside returned from Leyden, he produced his first collection of odes, in one of which he stigmatizes Pulteny as the betrayer of his country. In fact, Akenside was a warm patriot, and what he felt, he expressed, regardless of rank or place.
Having attempted in vain to establish himself in professional practice at Northampton, and afterwards at Hampstead, he finally settled in London; and had the good fortune to attract the regard of Jeremiah Dyson, who with singular generosity, settled an annuity on him of 300l. a year, to enable him to elbow his way with more effect. In due time, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society, obtained a degree at Cambridge, was elected a Fellow of the College of Physicians, and one of the physicians of St. Thomas's Hospital. And with establishment of the Queen's Household, he had the