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Sir, don't be dishearten’d; although it be true, 2
Th' operation is painful, and hazardous too,
'Tis no more than what many a man has gone thro'.)
And then, as for years, you may yet be call’d young,
Your life after this may be happy and long.
Don't fatter me, Tom, was the father's reply, .
With a jest in his mouth and a tear in his eye;
Too well by experience, my vessels, thou know'st,
No sooner are tap’d, but they give up the ghost.


By H. T.

SEEK not for Paradise with curious eye

In Asiatic climes, where Tigris' wave,
Mix'd with Euphrates in tumultuous joy,
Doth the broad plains of Babylonia lave.

II. 'Tis gone with all its charms; and like a dream, i

Like Babylon itself, is swept away ; . Bestow one tear upon the mournful theme, But let it not thy gentle heart dismay. K3

III. For

For know where-ever love and virtue guide,

They lead us to a state of heav'nly blifs,
Where joys unknown to guilt and shame prefide,
And pleasures unalloy'd each hour increase.

Behold, that grove, whose waving boughs admit,

Through the live colonade, the fruitful hill,
A moving prospect with fat herds replete,

Whose lowing voices all the valley fill.

There, through the spiry grass where glides the brook,

(By yon tall poplar which erects its head Above the verdure of the neighb'ring oak,) And gently murmurs o'er th' adjoining mead;

VI. Philander and Cleora, happy pair,

Taste the cool breezes of the gentle wind; Their breasts from guilt, their looks are free from care,

Sure index of a calm contented mind.

'Tis here in virtuous lore the studious fair

Informs her babes, nor scorns herself to improve, While in his smile she lives, whofe pleasing care Dispenses knowledge from the lips of love.


No wild desires can spread their poison here,

No discontent their peaceful hours attend;
False joys, nor flatt'ring hopes, nor fervile fear,
Their gentle minds with jarring paffions rend.

Here oft in pleasing solitude they rove,

Recounting o'er the deeds of former days ;
With inward joy their well-spent time approve, :
And feel a recompence beyond all praise.

Or in sweet converse through the grove, or near

The fountain's brink, or where the arbour's shade Beats back the heat, fair Virtue's voiee they hear,,

More musical by sweet digressions made.

With calm dependence every good they taste, “..

Yet feel their neighbours' wants with kind regret, Nor cheer themselves alone, (a mean repaft!) But deal forth blessings round their happy feat.

'Tis to such virtue, that the pow'r fupreme

The choiceft of his blessings hath designd,
And shed them plenteous over every clime,
The calm delights of an untainted mind.
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Ere yet the fad effects of foolish pride,

And mean ambition still employ'd in strife,
And luxury did o'er the world preside,
Deprav'd the taste, and pall’d the joys of life.

For such the Spring, in richest mantle clad,

Pours forth her beauties through the gay parterre ;
And Autumn's various bosom is o’erspread
With all the blushing fruits that crown the year.

Such Summer tempts, in golden beams array'd,

Which o'er the fields in borrow'd lustre glow,
To meditate beneath the cooling shade
Their happy state, and whence their blessings fow.

E'en rugged Winter varies but their joy,

Painting the cheek with fresh vermilion-hue ;
And those rough frosts which fofter frames annoy
With vig'rous health their slack’ning nerves renew. -

From the dark bofom of the dappled Morn

To Phæbus shining with meridian light, . .
Or when mild Ev’ning does the sky adorn,
Or the pale moon rides through the spangled night.


The varying scenes in every virtuous foul .

Each pleasing change with various pleasures bless, Raise cheerful hopes, and anxious fears controal,

And form a Paradise of inward peace.


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T'HO' strength of genius, by experience taught, 1 Gives thee to found the depth of human thought, To trace the various workings of the mind, And rule the secret springs that rule mankind; Rare gift! yet, Walpole, wilt thou condescend To listen, if thy unexperienc'd friend in Can aught of use impart, though void of skill, And raise attention by sincere good will : For friendship sometimes want of parts supplies, The heart may furnish what the head denies.

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