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Or that thy beauties lie in wormy bed,
Oh no! for something in thy face did shine
VI. Resolve me then, oh Soul most surely blest, (If so it be that thou these plaints dost hear,) Tell me, bright Spirit, where'er thou hoverest, Whether above that high first-moving sphere, Or in th’ Elysian fields, (if such there were,) 40
Oh say me true, if thou wert mortal wight, And why from us so quickly thou didst take thy flight.
VII. Wert thou some star which from the ruin'd roof Of shak'd Olympus by mischance didst fall; Which careful Jove in nature's true behoof 45 Took up, and in fit place did reinstall ? Or did of late earth's sons besiege the wall
Of sheeny Heav'n, and thou some Goddess fled Amongst us here below to hide thy nectar'd head ?
VIII. Or wert thou that just Maid, who once before 50 Forsook the hated earth, O tell me sooth, 31 wormy] Shakesp. Mid. N. Dr. act iii. sc. ult.
Already to their wormy beds are gone. Warton. 40 were] He should have said “are,' if the rhyme had permitted. Hurd.
And cam’st again to visit us once more ?
55 Let down in cloudy throne to do the world some good ?
IX. Or wert thou of the golden-winged host, Who having clad thyself in human weed, To earth from thy prefixed seat didst post, And after short abode fly back with speed, 60 As if to show what creatures heav'n doth breed,
Thereby to set the hearts of men on fire To scorn the sordid world, and unto heav'n aspire ?
But oh, why didst thou not stay here below
To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart? But thou canst best perform that office where thou art.
53 Or wert] In this line a dissyllable word is wanting. Mr. J. Heskin conjectured. Or wert thou Mercy,' &c.
Think what a present thou to God hast sent,
This if thou do, he will an offspring give
ANNO ÆTATIS 19.
At a VACATION EXERCISE in the COLLEGE, part
Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began.
Hail, native Language, that by sinews weak
And, if it happen as I did forecast,
30 graver] An anticipation of the subject of Par. Lost, if we substitute Christian for Pagan ideas. Warton.
36 thunderous) Jortin proposed thunderer's throne;' but see P. L. x. 702, “thunderous clouds ;' and Sylvester's Du Bartas, p. 420, rushing with thundrous roar. Warton and Todd.
List’ning to what unshorn Apollo sings
37 unshorn] Hor. Od. i. xxi. 2. • Intonsum, pueri, dicite Cynthium.' And Pind. Pyth. Od. iii. 26. Newton.
40 watchful] «Vigiles flammas.' Ov. Art. Am. ii. 463. Vigil flamma.' Trist. iii. v. 4. Warton.
52 sweet] Tasso, Gier. Lib. c. vi. st. 84. "Giogo di servitu dolce e leggiero. Du Bartas, p. 997. The willing chains of my captivitie.' Warton and Todd.