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Or that thy beauties lie in wormy bed,
Oh no! for something in thy face did shine
Resolve me then, oh Soul most surely blest,
Oh say me true, if thou wert mortal wight,
Wert thou some star which from the ruin'd roof
up, and in fit place did reinstall ?
Of sheeny Heav'n, and thou some Goddess fled Amongst us here below to hide thy nectar'd head ?
Or wert thou that just Maid, who once before 50
• Already to their wormy beds are gone. Warlon.
And cam’st again to visit us once more?
Or any other of that heavenly brood
Or wert thou of the golden-winged host,
Thereby to set the hearts of men on fire
But oh, why didst thou not stay here below
To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart?
Then thou, the Mother of so sweet a Child,
53 Or wert] In this line a dissyllable word is wanting. Mr. J. Heskin conjectured • Or wert thou Mercy,' &c.
Think what a present thou to God hast sent,
This if thou do, he will an offspring give
ANNO ÆTATIS 19.
At a VACATION EXERCISE in the College, part
Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began.
Hail, native Language, that by sinews weak
5 dumb silence] Nonni Dionys. xv. 10. &qwvýra ownñ. Chapman's Homer's Il. p. 98, • Dumb silence seiz'd them all.' Daniel's Poems, ii. 236. Wishart's Immanuel, p. 66. Sylvester's Du Bartas, p. 5. England's Helicon, p. 259. C. Cotton's Poems, p. 239. Buchanan. Sylv. p. 310, “tacitæ per muta silentia silvæ.'
And, if it happen as I did forecast,
pray thee then deny me not thy aid For this same small neglect that I have made : But haste thee straight to do me once a pleasure, And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefest treasure, Not those new fangled toys, and trimming slight Which takes our late fantastics with delight, 20 But cull those richest robes, and gay'st attire Which deepest spirits, and choicest wits desire : I have some naked thoughts that rove about, And loudly knock to have their passage out; And weary of their place do only stay Till thou hast deck'd them in thy best array; That so they may without suspect or fears Fly swiftly to this fair assembly's ears; Yet I had rather, if I were to choose, Thy service in some graver subject use, Such as may make thee search thy coffers round, Before thou clothe my fancy in fit sound: Such where the deep transported mind may soar Above the wheeling poles, and at Heav'n's door Look in, and see each blissful Deity How he before the thunderous throne doth lie,
graver] An anticipation of the subject of Par. Lost, if we substitute Christian for Pagan ideas. Warton.
36 thunderous] Jortin proposed “thunderer's throne;' but see P. L. x. 702, “thunderous clouds;' and Sylvester's Du Bartas, 420, rushing with thundrous roar. Warton and Todd.
List’ning to what unshorn Apollo sings
37 unshorn] Hor. Od. i. xxi. 2. • Intonsum, pueri, dicite Cynthium.' And Pind. Pyth. Od. iii. 26. Newton.
40 watchful] «Vigiles flammas.' Ov. Art. Am. iii. 463. "Vigil flamma.' Trist. iii. v. 4. Warton.
52 sweet] Tasso, Gier. Lib. c. vi. st. 84. "Giogo di servitu dolce e leggiero.' Du Bartas, p. 997. The willing chains of my captivitie.' Warton and Todd.