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Then levell’d quite, whilst yet alive,
Though vice by no superior joys The monarch and his slave;
Her heroes keeps in pay : Not wait enlighten'd minds to learn
Through pure disinterested lore That lesson from the grave :
Of ruin they obey ! A George the Third would then be low
Strict their devotion to the wrong, As Lewis in renown,
Though tempted by no prize ; Could he not boast of glory more
Hard their cominandments, and their creed Than sparkles from a crown.
A magazine of lyes When human glory rises high
From faucy's forge: gay fancy smiles As human glory can ;
At reason plain, and cool; When, though the king is truly great,
Fancy, whose curious trade it is Still greater is the man;
To make the finest fool. The man is dead, where virtue fails;
Voltaire ! long life's the greatest curse And though the monarch proud
That mortals can receive, In grandeur shines, his gorgeous robe
When they imagine the chief end Is but a gaudy shroud.
Of living is to live; Wisdom! where art thou ? None on Earth,
Quite thoughtless of their day of death, 'Though grasping wealth, fame, power,
That birth-day of their sorrow!
Nor crush them tillto morrow.
These are cold, northern thoughts, conceiv'd Worms feast on viands rare,
Bencath an humble cot; Those little epicures have kings
Not mine, your genius, or your state, To grace their bill of fare:
No castle is my lot", From kings what resignation due
But soon, quite level shall we lie; To that almighty will,
And, what pride most bemoans, Which thrones bestows, and, when they fail, Our parts, in rank so distant now, Can throne them higher still !
As level as our bones; Who truly great? The good and brave,
Hear you that sound? Alarming sound! The masters of a mind
Prepare to meet your fate ! The will divine to do resolv'd,
One, who writes Finis to our works, To suffer it resign'd.
Is knocking at the gate ; Madam ! if that may give it weight,
Far other works will soon be weigh'd; The trifle you receive
Far other judges sit; Is dated from a solemn scene,
Far other crowns be lost or won,
Than fire ambitious wit:
Their wit far brightest will be prov'd,
Who sunk it in good sense;
And veneration most profound
Of dread Omnipotence,
'Tis that alone unlocks the gate However, spare it; ere you die
Of blest eternity; Such thoughts will be your own,
0! mayst thou never, nerer lose
That more than golden key !?!
Whate'er may seem too rough excuse,
Your good I have at heart : Should blame Voltaire the wise :
Since from my soul I wish you well; Fame's trumpet rattling in your ear,
As yet we must not part: Now, makes us disagree;
Shall you, and I, in love with life, When a far louder trumpet sounds,
Life's future schemes contrive, Voltaire will close with me :
The world in wonder not unjust, How shocking is that modesty,
That we are still alive? Which keeps some honest men
What have we left? How mean in man From urging what their hearts suggest,
A shadow's shade to crave! When brav'd by folly's pen
When life, so vain! is vainer still, Assaulting truths, of which in all
'Tis time to take your leave : is sown the sacred seed !
Happier, than happiest life, is death, Our constitution's orthodox,
Who falling in the field And closes with our creed :
Of conflict with his rebel will,
Writes vici, on his shield;
11 Letter to lord Lytteltone And labour to be lost (
! Alluding to Prussia.
So falling man, immortal heir
Madam ! self-will inflicts your pains : Of an eternal prize;
Self-will's the deadly foe Undaunted at the gloomy grave,
Which deepens all the dismal shades, Descends into the skies.
And points the shafts of woe: O! how disorder'd our machine,
Your debt to nature fully paid, When contradictions mix !
Now virtue claims her due : When Nature strikes no less than twelve,
But virtue's cause I need not plead, And folly points at six !
'Tis safe; I write to you : To mend the moments of your heart,
You know, that virtue's basis lies How great is my delight
In ever judging right; Gently to wind your morals up,
And wiping errour's clouds away, And set your hand aright!
Which dim the mental sight : That hand, which spread your wisdom wide
Why mourn the dead? you wrong the grave,
From storm that safe resort ;
We are still tossing out at sea,
Our admiral in port.
Was death denied, this world, a scene To Satan dreadfully resign'd,
How dismal and forlorn ! Whole herds rush down the steep
To death we owe, that 't is to man Of folly, by lewd wits possess'd,
A blessing to be born; And perish in the deep,
When every other blessing fails, Men's praise your vanity pursues ;
Or sapp'd by slow decay, 'Tis well, pursue it still;
Or, storin'd by sudden blasts of fate, But let it be of men deceas'd,
Ís swiftly whirld away; And you 'll resign the will ;
How happy! that no storin, or time, And how superior they to those
Of death can rob the just ! At whose applause you aim;
None pluck from their unaching heads How very far superior they
Soft pillows in the dust! In number, and in name!
Well pleas'd to bear Heaven's darkest (row,
Your utinost power employ;
'Tis noble chemistry to turn POSTSCRIPT.
Necessity to joy. Thus have I written, when to write
Whate'er the colour of my fate, No mortal should presume;
My fate shall be my choice : Or only write, what none can blame,
Determin’d am I, whilst I breathe, Hic jacet-for his tomb :
To praise and to rejoice; The public frowns, and censures loud
What ample cause! triumphant hope ! My puerile employ ;
O rich eternity! Though just the censure, if you smile,
I start not at a world in flames, The scandal I enjoy ;
Charm'd with one glimpse of thee: But sing no more—no more I sing
And thou! its great inhabitant! Or reassume the lyre,
How glorious dost thou shine! Unless vouchsaf'd an humble part
And dart through sorrow, danger, death, Where Raphael leads the choir:
A beam of joy divine ! What myriads swell the concert loud !
The void of joy (with some concern Their golden harps resound
The truth severe I tell) High, as the footstool of the throne,
Is an impenitent in guilt, And deep, as Hell profound :
A fool or infidel! Hell (horrid contrast !) chord and song
Weigh this, ye pupils of Voltaire ! Of raptur'd angels drowns
From joyless murmur free; In self-will's peal of blasphemies,
Or, let us know, which character And hideous burst of groans;
Shall crown you of the three. But drowns them not to me; I hear
Resign, resign: this lesson none Harmonious thunders roll
Too deeply can instill; (In language low of men to speak)
A crown has been resign’d by more, From echoing pole to pole!
Than have resign’d the will; Whilst this grand chorus shakes the skies Though will resign’d the meancst makus “ Above, beneath the Sun,
Superior in renoun, Through boundless age, by men, by gods,
And richer in celestial eyes, Jebovah's will be done !"
Than he who wears a crown; 'Tis done in Heaven ; whence headlong burl'd Hence, in the bosom cold of age, Self-will with Satan feil;
It kindled a strange aim And must from Earth be banish'd too,
To shine in song; and bid me boast Os Earth's another Hell;
The grandeur of my theme į
But oh! how far presumption falis
Then shining forth, when deepest shades shall blot Its lofty theme below!
The Sun's bright orb, and Cato be forgot. Our thoughts in life's December freeze,
I sing but ah! my theme I need not tell, And numbers cease to flow.
See every eye with conscious sorrow swell: Firsi! greatest! best! grant what I wrote
Who now to verse would raise his humble voice, For others, ne'er may rise
Can only show his duty, not his choice. To brand the writer ! thou alone
How great the weight of grief our hearts sustain ! Canst make our wisdom wise;
We languish, and to speak is to complain.
Let us look back, (for who too oft can view And how unwise! how deep in guilt!
That most illustrious scene, for ever new!) How infamous the fault!
See all the seasons shine on Anna's throne, " A teacher tbron'd in pomp of words,
And pay a constant tribute, not their own. Indeed, beneath the taught!"
Her summer's heats nor fruits alone bestow,
They reap the harvest, and subdue the foe; Means most infallible to make
And when black storms confess the distant Sun, The world an infidel;
Her winters wear the wreaths her summers won. Avd, with instructions inost divine,
Revolving pleasures in their turns appear, To pave a path to Hell;
And triumphs are the product of the year. O! for a clean and ardent heart,
To crown the whole, great joys in greater cease, O! for a soul on fire,
And glorious victory is lost in peace. Thy praise, begun on Earth, to sound
Whence this profusion on our favour'd isle ? Where angels string the lyre;
Did partial fortune on our virtue smile ? How cold is man! to him how bard
Or did the sceptre, in great Anna's hand, (Hard, what most easy seems)
Stretch forth this rich indulgence o'er our land? " To set a just esteem on that,
Ungrateful Britain ! quit thy groundless claim, Which yet he-most csteems!”
Thy queen and thy good fortune are the same.
Hear, with alarms our trumpets fill the sky; What shall we say, when boundless bliss
'Tis Anna reigns! the Gallic squadrons fly. Is ofler'd to mankind,
We spread our canvass to the southern shore; And to tbat offer when a race
'Tis Anna reigns! the South resigns her store. Of rationals is blind?
Her virtue smooths the tumult of the main, Of human nature ne'er too high
And swells the field with mountains of the slain. Are our ideas wrought;
Argyll and Churchill but the glory share, Of human merit ne'er too low
While millions lie subdued by Anna's prayer. Depress'd the daring thought.
How great her zeal! how fervent hier desire !
Not set returns of pleasure or of pride,
Not want of rest, or the Sun's parting ray,
But finish'd duty, limited the day. HIS MAJESTY'S ACCESSION TO THE How sweet succeeding sleep! what lovely themes THRONE.
Smil'd in her thoughts, and soften'd all her dreams!
Her royal conch descending angels spread, INSCRIBED TO JOSEPH ADDISON, ESQ. SECRETARY TO Aud join'd their wings a shelter o'er her head.
Though Europe's wealth and glory claim'd a part,
Religion's cause reign'd mistress of her heart : -Gaudia Curis.
She saw, and griev'd to see, the mean estate
Of those who round the hallow'd altar wait; Sir, I have long, and with impatience, sought, She shed her bounty, piously profuse, To ease the fullness of my grateful thought, And thought it more her own in sacred use, My fame at once, and duty to pursue,
Thus on his furrow see the tiller stand,
And fill with genial seed his lavish hand;
What strikes my sight? does proud Augusta rise
Know, sir, the great esteem and honour due, Drown'd in a brighter blaze it disappears, I chose that moment to profess to yon,
Who dry'd the widow's and the orphan's tears? When sadness reigo'd, s ben fortune, so severe, Who stoop'd from high to succour the distrest, Had warm'd our bvsoms to be most sincere.
And reconcile the wounded heart to rest ? And when no motives could have force to raise Great in her goodness, well could we perceive, A serious value, and provoke iny praise,
Whoever sought, it was a queen that gave. But such as rise above, and far transcend
Misfortune lost her name, her guiltless frown Whatever glories with this world shall end, But inade another debtor to the crown;
THEIR EXCELLENCIES THE LORDS JUSTICES.
ON THE DEATH OF QUEEN ANNE...THE INSTALMENT. 507 And each unfriendly stroke from fate we bore, Now in some foreign court he may sit down, Became our title to the regal store.
And quit without a blush the British crown. Thus injur'd trees adopt a foreign shoot,
Secure his honour, though he lose his store, And their wounds blossoin with a fairer fruit. And take a lucky moment to ise poor.
Ye numbers, who on your misfortunes thrivd, Nor think, great sir, now first, at this late hour, When first the dreadful blast of fame arriv'd,
In Britain's favour, you exert your power;
To us, far back in time, I joy to trace
In the more scenes your genius was display'd, A second time our tender parents died !
The greater debt was on Britannia laid: Heroes returning from the field we crown, They all conspir'd this mighty man to raise, And deify the haughty victor 's frową.
And your new subjects proudly share the praise. His splendid wealth too rasbly we admire,
All share; but may not we have leave to boast
This antient nurse of arts, indulg'd by fate
Has through the world her loyalty proclaim'd; One drop of water, that refresh'd the dry,
And often pour'd (too well the truth is known!) Shall rise a fountain of eternal joy.
Her blood and treasure to support the throne ! But ah! to that unknown and distant date For England's church her latest accents strain'd; Is virtue's great reward push'd off by fato;
And freedoin with his dying hand retaiu'd. Here random shafts in every breast are found,
No wonder then her various ranks agree Virtue and merit but provoke the wound.
In all the fervencies of zeal for thee. August in native worth and regal state,
What though thy birth a distant kingdom boast, Anna sate arbitress of Europe's fate;
And seas divide thee from the British coast? To distant realms did every accent fly,
The crown's impatient to enclose thv head: And nations watch'd each motion of her eye. Why stay thy feet? the cloth of gold is spread. Silent, nor longer awful to be seen,
Our strict obedience through the world shall tell How small a spot contains the mighty queen! That king's a Briton, who can govern well! No throng of suppliant princes mark the place, Where Britain's greatness is compos'd in peace : The broken earth is scarce discern’d to rise,
THE INSTALMENT. And a stone tells us where the monarclı lies.
Thus end maturest honours of the crown! This is the last conclusion of renown!
THE RIGHT HON. SIR ROBERT WALPOLE, So wben with idle skill the wanton boy Breathes through his tube; he sees, with eagerjoy, The trembling bubble, in its rising small;
Quæsitam Merit.s. Hor. And by degrees expands the glittering ball
. But when, to full perfection blown, it flies
With invocations some their breasts infilame; High in the air, and shines in various dyes, I need no Muse, a Walpole is my theme. The little monarch, with a falling tear,
Ye mighty dead, ye garter'd sons of praise ! Sees his world burst at once, and disappear. Our morning stars ! our boast in former days! 'Tis not in sorrow to reverse our doom,
Which hovering o'er. your purple wings display, No groans unlock th' inexorable tomb !
Lur'd by the pomp of this distinguish'd day, Why then this fond indulgence of our woe! Stoop, and attend: by one, the knee be bound; What fruit can rise, or what advantage flow! One, throw the mantle's crimson fulds around; Yes, this advantage ; from our deep distress By that, the sword on his proud thigh be placd; We learn how much in George the gods can bless. This, clasp the diamond-girdle round his waist; Had a less glorious princess left the throne, His breast, with rays, let just Godolphin spread; But half the hero had at first been shown:
Wise Burleigh plant the plumage on his head; An Anna falling all the king employs,
And Edward own, since first he fix'd the race, To vindicate from guilt our rising joys:
None press'd fair glory with a swifter pace. Our joys arise and innocently shine,
When fate would call some mighty genius forth auspicious monarch! what a praise is thine ! To wake a drooping age to gorllike worth,
Welcome, great stranger, to Britannia's throne! Or aid some favourite king's illustrious toil, Nor let thy country think thee all ber own. It bids his blood with generous ardour boil; Of thy delay how oft did we complain!
His blood, from virtue's celebrated source, Our hopes reach'd out, and met thee on the main. Pour'd down the steep of time, a lengthen'd course; With prayer we smooth the billows for thy fleet; That men prepar'd may just attention pay, With ardent wishes fill thy swelling sheet; Warn’d by the dawn to mark the glorious day, And when thy foot took place on Albion's shore, When all the scatter'd merits of his line We bending bless'd the Gols, and ask'd no more. Collected to a point, intensely shine. What hand but thine should conquer and compose, See, Britain, see thy Walpole shine from far, Join those whom interest joins, and chase our foes ? His azure ribbon, and his radiant star; Repel the daring youth's presumptuous aim, A star that, with auspicious beams, shall guide And by his rival's greatness give him fame ? Thy vessel safe, through furtune's roughest tide.
KNIGHT OF THE MOST NOBLE ORDER OF THE CARTER.
If peace still smiles, by this shall commerce steer His genius ardent, yet his judgment clear,
If war's ordain'd, this star shall dart its beams Joy then to Britain, blest with such a son,
Who pobly-conscious meets the smiles of fate ;
Let dastard souls, or affectation, run This shall direct it where the bolt to throw, To shades, nor wear bright bonours fairly won; A star for us, a comet to the foe.
Such men prefer, misled by false applause, At this the Muse shall kindle, and aspire : The pride of modesty to virtue's cause. My breast, () Walpole, glows with grateful fire. Honours, which make the face of virtue fair, The streams of royal bounty, turn'd by thee, 'T is great to merit, and 't is wise to wear; Refresh the dry domains of poesy.
'T is holding up the prize to public view, My furtune shows, when arts are Walpole's care, Confirms grown virtue, and inflames the new; What slender worth forbids us to despair:
Heightens the lustre of our age and clime, Be this thy partial smile from censure free; And sheds rich seeds of worth for future time. 'Twas meant for merit, though it fell on me.
Proud chiefs alone, in fields of slaughter fam'd, Since Brunswick's smile has authoris’d my Muse, Of old, this azure bloom of glory clainid, Chaste be her conduct, and sublime her views. As when stern Ajax pour'd a purple flood, False praises are the whoredoms of the pen, The violet rose, fair daughter of his blood, Which prostitute fair fame to worthless men : Now rival wisdom dares the wreath divide, This profanation of celestial fire
And both Minervas rise in equal pride; Makes fools despise, what wise men should ad- Proclaiming loud, a monarch fills the throne, mire.
Who shines illustrious not in wars alone. Let those I praise to distant times be known,
Let fame look lovely in Britannia's eyes; Not by their author's merit, but their own.
They coldly court desert, who fame despise. If others think the task is hard, to weed
For what's ambition, but fair virtue's sail? From verse rank flattery's vivacious seed,
And what applause, but her propitious gale? And rooted deep; one means must set them free, When sweild with that, she fleets before the wind Patron! and patriot ! let them sing of thee. To glorious aims, as to the port design'd; While vulgar trees ignobler honours wear,
When chain'd, without it, to the labouring oar, Nor those retain, when winter chills the year; She toils ! she pants! nor gains the flying shure, The generous Orange, favourite of the Sun, From her sublime pursuits, or turn’d aside With vigorous charms can though the seasons By blasts of envy, or by fortune's tide :
For one that bas succeeded ten are lost, runs Defies the storm with her tenacions green ; Of equal talents, ere they make the coast. And flowers and fruits in rival pomp are seen : Then let renown to worth divine incite, Where blossoms fall, still fairer blossoms spring; With all her beams, but throw those beams aright, And midst their sweets the feather'd poets sing. Then merit droops, and genius downward tends,
On Walpole, thus, may pleas'd Britannia view When godlike glory, like our land, descends. At once her ornament and profit too;
Custom the garter long confin'd to few, The fruit of service, and the bloom of faine, And gave to birth, exalted virtue's due : Matur'd, and gilded by the royal beam.
Walpole has thrown the proud enclosure down ; He, when the nipping blasts of envy rise,
And high desert embraces fair renown. Its guilt con pity, and its rage despise ;
Though rival'd, let the peerage smiling see Lets tall no honours, but, securely great,
(Smiling, in justice to their own degree,) Unfaded holds the colour of his fate :
This proud reward by majesty bestow'd No winter knows, though rutiling factions press; On worth like that whence first the peerage fond. By wisdom deeply rooted in success;
From frowns of fate Britannia's bliss'd to guard, One glory sbed, a brighter is display'd';
Let subjects merit, and let kings reward.
And kings most like them, by rewarding well. In deep eternity to lanch thy name!
Though strong the twanging nerve, and drawn Thy name in view, no rights of verse I pleari,
aright, But what chaste Truth indites, old Time shall read. Short is the winged arrow's upward Night;
“ Behold! a man of ancient faith and blood, But if an eagle it transfix on bigh, Which, soon, beat high for arts, and public good; Lodg’d in the wound, it soars into the sky. Whose glory great, but natural appears,
Thus while I sing thee with unequal lays, The genuine growth of services and years ;
And wound perhaps that worth I mean to praise; Wo sudden exhalation drawn on high,
Yet I transcend myself, I rise in fame, And fondly gilt by partial majesty :
Not lifted by my genius, but my theme. One bearing greatest toils with greatest ease,
No more: for in this dread suspense of fate, One born to serve us, and yet born to please : Now kingdoms fluctuate, and in dark debate Whom, while our rights in equal scales he lays, Weigh peace and war, now Europe's eyes are The prince may trust, and yet the people praise;
Brunswick of kings the terrour or defence! * Knight of the Bath, and then of the Garter, Who dares detain thee at a world's expense à