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And Anjou's Heroine, § and the paler Rofe,
And either Henry¶ there,
The murder'd faint, and the majestic lord,
(Their tears, their little triumphs o'er, Their human paffions now no more,
Save charity, that glows beyond the tomb)
And bade thofe awful fanes and turrets rife
To hail their Fitzroy's feftal morning come;
The liquid language of the fkies :
"What is grandeur, what is power? "Heavier toil, fuperior pain,
"What the bright reward we gain?
"The grateful mem'ry of the good.
and daughter of Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, by Joan of Acres, daughter of Edward I. hence the poet gives her the epithet of princely. She founded Clare-hall.
§ Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI. foundrefs of Queen's college. The poet has celebrated her conjugal fidelity in a former ode.
Elizabeth Widville, wife of Edward IV. (hence called the paler Rofe, as being of the houfe of York.) She added to the foundation of Margaret of Anjou.
1 Henry VI. and VIII. the former the founder of King's, the latter the greateft benefactor to Trinitycollege.
"Sweet Mufic's melting fall, but sweeter yet "The ftill fmall voice of Gratitude."
Foremost, and leaning from her golden cloud,
"Welcome, my noble fon!" fhe cries aloud,
"Pleas'd in thy lineaments we trace "A Tudor's+ fire, a Beaufort's grace.
"Thy lib'ral heart, thy judging eye,
"Lo! Granta waits to lead her blooming band;
"No vulgar praise no venal incense flings,
"With modeft pride to grace thy youthful brow
*Countess of Richmond and Derby, the mother of Henry VII. foundrefs of St. John's and Chrift's colleges.
The Countess was a Beaufort, and married to a Tudor; hence the application of this line to the Duke of Grafton, who claims defcent from both thefe families.
‡ Lord Treasurer Burleigh was Chancellor of the University in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
"And to thy juft, thy gentle hand
"Submits the fafces of her fway;
"While spirits bleft above, and men below,
"Join with glad voice the loud fymphonious lay.
"Thro' the wild waves, as they roar,
A LONG STORY.
MR. GRAY's Elegy, previous to it's publication, was handed about in MS. and had, amongst other admirers, the Lady Cobham, who refided in the manfion-house at Stoke-Pogeis. The performance inducing her to wish for the Author's acquaintance, Lady Schaub and Mifs Speed, then at her house undertook to introduce her to it. These two ladies waited upon the Author at his aunt's folitary habitation, where he at that time refided, and not finding him at home, they left a card behind them. Mr. Gray, furprised
at fuch a compliment, returned the vifit; and as the beginning of this intercourse bore some appearance of romance, he gave the humorous and lively account of it which the Long Story contains.
IN Britain's ifle, no matter where,
An ancient pile of building stands;* The Huntingdons and Hattons there Employ'd the pow'r of Fairy hands
To raife the ceiling's fretted height,
Full oft within the fpacious walls,
His bufhy beard and shoe-ftrings green,
• The manfion-houfe at Stoke-Pogeis, then in poffeffion of Viscountefs Cobham. The ftyle of building which we now call Queen Elizabeth's, is here admirably defcribed, both with regard to it's beauties and defects; and the third and fourth ftanzas delineate the fantastic manners of her time with equal truth and humour. The house formerly belonged to the Earls of Huntingdon and the family of Hatton.
+ Sir Chriftopher Hatton, promoted by Queen Elizabeth for his graceful perfon and fine dancing.Brawls were a fort of a figure-dance then in vogue, and probably deemed as elegant as our modern cotillions, or ftill more modern quadrilles.
What, in the very first beginning
A house there is (and that's enough)
The first came cap-à-pée from France,
Her conq'ring destiny fulfilling,
And vainly ape her art of killing.
The other Amazon kind Heav'n
Had arm'd with fpirit, wit, and satire;
Alas! who would not wish to please her!
In pity to the country farmer.
Fame, in the shape of Mr. P-t, (By this time all the parish know it)
The reader is already apprized who these ladies were; the two defcriptions are prettily contrafted; and nothing can be more happily turned than the compliment to Lady Cobham in the eight ftanza.
I have been told that this gentleman, a neighbour and acquaintance of Mr. Gray's in the country, was