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Shave the goat's shaggy beard, lest thou too late
In vain should't seek a strainer to dispart
The husky, terrene dregs, from purer Must.
Be cautious next a proper steed to find
Whose prime is paft; the vigorous horse disdains
Such fervile labours, or, if forc'd, forgets
His past atchievements, and victorious palms.
Blind Bayard rather, worn with work, and
Shall roll th' unwieldly stone, with sober pace
He'll tread the circling path 'till dewy eve,
From early day-spring, pleas'd to find his age
Declining, not unuseful to his lord.
Some, when the press, by utmost vigour
screw'd, Has drain'a the pulpous mass, regale their
With the dry refuse; thou, more wise, fhalt
Thy husks in water, and again employ
The pondrous engine. Water will imbibe
The small remains of spirit, and acquire
A vinous flavour; this the pealants blithe
Will quaff, and whistle, as thy tinkling team
They drive, and sing of Fusca's radiant eyes,
Pleas'd with the medly draught, Nor 1 halt thou
Reject the Apple-Cheese, tho quite exhaust;,
Ev'n now 'twill cherish, and improve the roots
Of fickly plants; new vigour hence convey'd
Will yield an harvest of unusual growth.
Such profit fprings from husks discreetly us'd!
The tender apples, from their parents rent
By stormy shocks, must not neglected lie,
The prey of worms: A frugal man I knew,
Rich in one barren acre, which, subdu'd
By endless culture, with sufficient Must
His casks replenish'd yearly: He no more
Defird, nor wanted, diligent to learn
The various seasons, and by skill repel
Invading pests, succesful in his cares,
Till the damp Libyan wind, with tempests armid,
Outragious, bluster'd horrible amidst
His Cyder - grove: O'erturn'd by furious blasts,
The lightly ranks fall proftrate, and around
Their fruitage scatter'd, from the genial boughs
Stript iinmature: Yet did he not repine,
Nor curse his stars; but prudent, his fall’n heaps
Collecting, cherish'd with the tepid wreaths
Of tedded grass, and the fun's mellowing beams
Rivald with artful heats, and thence procur'd
A costly liquor, by improving time
Equal’d with what the happiest vintage bears.
But this I warn thee, and shall always
No heterogeneous mixtures use, as some
With watry Turnips have debas'd their wines,
Too frugal; nor let the crude humours dance
In heated brass, steaming with fire intense;
Altho? Devonia'much commends the use
Of ftrengthning Vulcan; with their native
Thy wines fufficient, other aid refuse;
And, when th' allotted orb of time's compleat,
Are more commended than the labourd drinks.
Nor let thy avarice tempt thee to with
draw The priest's appointed share ; with chearful
The tenth of thy increafe bestow, and own
Heav'n's bounteous goodness, that will sure re-
Thy grateful duty: This neglected, fear
Signal avengeance, fuch as over took
A mifer, that unjustly once with held
The clergy's due, relying on himself,
His fields he tended, with successless care,
Earlý, and late, when, or unwish’d-for rain
Descended, or unseasonable frosts
Curb'd' his increasing hopes, or when around
The clouds dropt fatnels, in the middle sky
The dew suspended staid, and left unmoist
His execrable glebe: Recording this,
Be juft, and wife and tremble to transgress.
Aaron Bill, (geb. 1685, geft. 1750.) gehört stvar nicht unter die englischen Dichter vom ersten Range; indeß find feine zahlreichen dramatischen Stücke nicht ohne einzelne Schönheiten und auffallende Züge des Senies. Er war, unter mancherlei Veränderungen seiner Cage, auch eine Zeits Įang Unternehmer und Direktor der beiden Schaubühnen-in Drurylane und auf dem Haymarket; und in seinem Lehrges dichte, The Art of Asting, bewies er seine Geschicklichkeit zu dieser Stelle, und seine genaue Bekanntschaft mit den dras matischen Regeln für Dichter und Schauspieler, die er auch prosaisch in einem periodischen Blatte, The Prompter (der Linhelfer), vortrug. In folgender Stelle jenes Gedichts. ift die Pflicht des Schauspielers die verschiednen Leiden: schaften und ihre Leußerungen auszudrücken, mit vielem, nur für den Ton des Lehrgedichts fast zu lebhaftem, Feuer vorgetragen.
was the actor stain'd, by law's decree?
Loft time's recov'rer! truth's awak'ner, he!
Passion's refiner! life's 1 hoal coast survey'd -
The wise man's pleaser, an the good man's aid.
Precept, and practice, in one teacher, join'd,
Bodied resemblance of the copied mind:
Nature confirms, art dignifies his claim,
And only çant's low crawl defiles his name,
If, but by comprehension we possess,
And every greater circle holds the lefs;
No rank's high claim can make the player's
Since, acting each, he comprehends them, all,
Off, to due distance, half ye stalking train!
Blots of a title, your low tastes profane !
No dull, cold, mouther shares the actor's plea,
Rightly to seem, is transiently, to be.
How shall this goal be reach'd, that, seen moft
Still glides more distant from th' advancing eye ?
Like the sky's sea-diptarch, heaven's fancied
For ever sa:I'd to, and, yet, never found.
How shall trac'd practice hit th' untrodden way?
Where life is travell’d out, in arts to stray.
Arduous the task, and asks a climbing brain;
A head for judgment, and a heart for pain :
E’er sense impress’d, reflects adopted forms,
And changeful nature shakes, with borrow'd
E'er ductile genius turns, as passions wind,
And bends, to fancy's cyrve, the pliant mind.
Mark, when th' expanding seed, from earth's moist
bed, Starting, at nature's call, prepares to spread; First, the prone Root breaks downward, thence
Shot stems, whose joints collateral boughs extend:
Twigs, from those boughs, lend leaves, each leaf
Side-less'ning stalks, transvers’d by fibry veins.
So, from injected thought, shoots paffion's growth;
No sprout spontaneous, no chance child, of Iloth:
IDEA lends it root firm, on touch'd minds,
Fancy, (swift planter !) first, th' impression binds.
Shap's in conception's mould, nature's prompt
Bids subject nerves obey th' inspiring will:
Strung to obsequious bend, the muscly frame
Stamps the shown image. - Pleasure, pity, 1 hame,