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Oh! shall thy flames then cease to glow, .

When souls to happier climes remove ? What rais'd our virtue here below,

Shall aid our happiness above.



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HE world, my dear Myra, is full of deceit,
And friendship’s a jewel we

seldom can meet; How ftrange does it feem, that in searching around, This source of content is so rare to be found ?


O, friendship! thou balm, and rich sweet'ner of life ;

parent of ease, and composer of Atrife; Without thee, alas! what are riches and pow'r? But empty delusion, the joys of an hour!

How much to be priz'd and esteem'd is a friend,
On whom we may always with safety depend?
Our joys, when extended, will always increase,
And griefs, when divided, are huth'd into peace.

When fortune is smiling, what crouds will appear,
Their kindness to offer, and friendship fincere;
Yet change but the prospect, and point out distress,
No longer to court you they eagerly press.

LOW, blow thou winter wind,

Thou art not so unkind

As mans ingratitude:
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,

Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh ho! sing, heigh ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:

Then, heigh ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.
Preeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
Thou dost not bite so nigh

As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy fting is not so sharp

As friend remember'd not.
Heigh ho! &c.



Τ Η Ε L I E.
O soul, the bodys guest,

Upon a thankless arrant,
Fear not to touch the best,

The truth Mall be thy warrant:
Go, since I needs must die,
And give the world the lie.

* In As you like it.
+ See vol. 1. p. 126. The Lie is generally, though erroneously, supposed
10 have been written by fir Walter Raleigh, the night before his exe-



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Say to the court, it glows,

And shines like rotten-wood;
Say to the church, it shows

What's good, and doth no good.
If church and court reply,
Then give them both the lie.

Tell potentates they live

Acting by others action,
Not loved unless they give,

Not strong, but by affection.
If potentates reply,
Give potentates the lie.

Tell men of high condition,

That manage the estate,
Their purpose is ambition,

Their practice only hate :
And if they once reply,
Then give them all the lie,

Tell them that brave it most,

They beg for more by spending,
Who in their greatest cost,

Like nothing but commending:
And if they make reply,
Then give them all the lie.



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Tell Fortune of her blindness ;

Tell nature of decay ;
Tell friendship of unkindness;

Tell justice of delay :
And, if they will reply,
Then give them all the lie.

Tell arts, they have no soundness,

But vary by esteeming;
Tell schools, they want profoundness,

And stand on too much seeming :
If arts and schools reply,
Give arts and schools the lie.

Tell faith, it's fled the city ;

Tell how the country erreth ;
Tell, manhood shakes • off' pity ;

Tell, virtue least preferreth :'
And, if they do reply,
Spare not to give the lie.

So, when thou hast, as I

Commanded thee, done blabbing,
Because to give the lie

Deferves no less than stabbing,
Stab at thee he that will,
No flab the' soul can kill.


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