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* Rich with immortal green above the rest :
Or, in procession fix'd and regular,
Mov'd with the heaven's majestic pace; ..
Or, call’d to more superior bliss, - Thou tread's, with seraphims, the vast abyss : * Whatever happy region is thy place,
Cease thy celestial song a little space;
is thine. Hear then a mortal muse thy praise rehearse,
In no ignoble verse
But such as thy own voice did practise here,
While yet a young probationer,
Our wonder is the less to find
But if thy pre-existing soul
Was form’d, at first, with myriads more, It did thro all the mighty poets roll,
Who Greek or Latin laurels wore, And was that Sappho last, which once it was
before. If so, then cease thy flight, О heaven-born
mind ! Thou hast no dross to purge from thy rich ore : Nor can thy foul a fairer mansion find,
Than was the beauteous frame the left behind: Return to fill or mend the choir of thy celestial kind.
Strung each his lyre, and tun'd it high,
That all the people of the sky
And then, if ever, mortal ears
And if no clust'ring fwarm of bees
'Twas that such vulgar miracles
Heaven had not leisure to renew :
Debas'd to each obscene and impious use,
Art she had none, yet wanted none ;
She might our boasted stores defy :
By great examples daily fed, What in the best of books, her father's life, she read. And to be read herself she need not fear; Each test, and every light, her muse will bear, Tho Epictetus with his lamp were there. E’en love (for love sometimes her muse expreft) Was but a lambent flame which play'd about her
breast: Light as the vapors of a morning dream, So cold herself, whilst she such warmth expreft, 'Twas Cupid bathing in Diana's stream.
VI. Born to the spacious empire of the Nine, One would have thought, she should have been
content Το manage
well that mighty government ; But what can young ambitious souls confine ?
To the next realm the stretch'd her sway,
For Painture near adjoining lay,
A Chamber of Dependencies was fram'd.
When armd, to justify th’offence)
And perfectly could represent
The shape, the face, with every lineament ;
Receiv'd in triumph wherefoe'r she went.