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I MI Τ Α Τ Ι Ο Ν
OF A FRENCH AUTHOR.
CAN you count the filver lights
That deck the skies, and cheer the nights ; Or the leaves that strow the vales, When groves are stript by winter-gales ; Or the drops that in the morn Hang with transparent pearl the thorn; Or bridegroom's joys, or miser's cares, Or gamester's oaths, or hermit's prayers; Or envy's pangs, or love's alarms, Or Marlborough's acts, or --n's charms ?
TO MR. GAY,
ON HIS POEMS.
The lays she once had learn’d repeat ;
And wonder'd who could fing so sweet. "T'was thus. The Graces held the lyre,
Th' harmonious frame the Muses strung, The Loves and Smiles compos’d the choir,
And Gay tranfcrib'd what Phæbus sung.
UNWIELDY pedant, let thy aukward Muse
With censures praise, with flatteries abuse.
THE EARL OF GODOLPHIN TO DR. GARTH,
UPON THE LOSS OF MISS DINGLE: In return to the Doctor's Consolatory Verses to
bim, upon the loss of his Rop*, THOU, who the pangs of my emlitter'd rage
Could'st, with thy never-dying verse, assuage;
Whose lucky hand administers repose
What though it comes from an unpractis’d Muse,
Dingle is lost, the hollow caves resound
Dingle is lost; where 's now the parent's care,
Train’d by thy care, by thy example led,
Learn, ye indulging parents, learn from hence :
the other nine :
But oh! my friend, consider, though the 's gone, She left no coffers empty but her own ; Her mind, that did direct the great machine, Mov’d, like the universe, by springs unseen; And, though from thy instructions she retreats, Her globe of light grows larger as she sets : For nought could brighter make her lustre shine, Than to withdraw, and single it from thine. Then think of this; and pardon, when you
fee, Those virtues you so late admir'd in me.
C ο Ν Τ Ε Ν Τ 8
G ART H'S
P O E M S.
91 To the Lady Louisa Lenos, with Ovid's Epistles. 104 To Richard Earl of Burlington, with Ovid's Art of Love.
105 To the Dutchess of Bolton, on her staying all the winter in the country.
107 To the Duke of Marlborough, on his voluntary banishment.
108 To the Earl of Godolphin.