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Unmanly thought! what seasons can control,
Spite of her frail companion, dauntless goes
Suspends th' inferior laws that rule our clay :
Not but the human fabric from the birth
They guard with spirit, what by strength they gain'd?
(As lawless force from confidence will grow)
What wonder, in the sultry climes, that spread
If with advent'rous oar and ready sail,
[The following couplet, which was intended to have been introduced in the poem on the Alliance of Education and Government, is much too beautiful to be lost. MASON.
When love could teach a monarch to be wise,
And gospel-light first dawn'd from Bullen's eyes.
STANZAS TO MR. BENTLEY.
Mr. Bentley had made a set of designs for Mr. Gray's Poems, particularly a head-piece to the Long Story. The original drawings are in the library at Strawberry Hill.
IN silent gaze the tuneful choir among,
See, in their course, each transitory thought
The tardy rhymes that us'd to linger on,
To censure cold, and negligent of fame,
In swifter measures animated run,
And catch a lustre from his genuine flame.
Ah! could they catch his strength, his easy grace,
The energy of Pope they might effacê,
But not to one in this benighted age
Is that diviner inspiration given,
That burns in Shakspeare's or in Milton's page,
As when conspiring in the diamond's blaze,
And dazzle with a luxury of light.
Enough for me, if to some feeling breast
** * *
HIS OWN CHARACTER.
WRITTEN IN 1761,
AND FOUND IN ONE OF HIS POCKET BOOKS.
Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune;
No very great wit, he believ'd in a God:
A post or a pension he did not desire,
But left church and state to Charles Townshend and Squire*.
* Squire] At that time Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and afterwards Bishop of St. David's.