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In fancy'd want, (a wretch compleat),
The next to sudden honours grew ;
Beauty with early bloom supplies .
When Jove the father's grief survey'd,
N EATH,,on a solemn night of state,
In all his pomp of terrors fate : Th’ attendants of his gloomy reign, Diseases dire, a ghastly train, Crowd the vast court. With hollow tone A voice thus thunder'd from the throne. This night our minifter we name, Let ev'ry servant speak his claim;. Merit shall bear this ebon wand. All, at the word, Itretch'd forth their hand..
Fever, with burning heat possest,
I to the weekly bills appeal,
Next Gout appears with limping pace,
A haggard spectre from the crew
Stone urg'd his ever-growing force.
Plague represents his rapid power, Who thinn'd a nation in an hour.
All spoke their claim, and hop'd the wand. Now expectation hush'd the Band,
When thus the monarch from the throne. ... Merit was ever modest known.
What, no physician speak his right!
You, Fever, Gout, and all the rest,
The H ERMIT.
[By Dr. THOMAS PARNELL.] TAR in a wild, unknown to public view, T' From youth to age a rev'rend Hermit grew; The moss his bed, the cave his humble cell, His food the fruits, his drink the chrystal well: Remote from man, with God he pass’d the days, Pray’r all his bus'ness, all his pleasure praise.
A life so sacred, such serene repose, i Seem'd heav'n itself; 'till one suggestion rose, That vice shou'd triumph, virtue vice obey, This sprung some doubt of providence's sway: His hopes no more a certain prospect boast, And all the tenour of his soul is lost: So when a smooth expanse receives imprest Calm nature's image on its watry breast, Down bend the banks, the trees depending
grow, And skies beneath with answ'ring colours.
glow: But if a stone the gentle scene divide, Swift ruffling circles curl on ev'ry side, And glimmering fragments of a broken sun, Banks, trees, and skies, in thick disorder run.
To clear this doubt, to know the world by
light, To find. if books, or swains, report it right; (For yet by swains alone the world he knew, Whose feet came wand'ring o’er the nightly.
The morn was wasted in the pathless grass,
flow'd, And talk of various kind deceiv'd the road; 'Till each with other pleas’d, and loth to part, While in their age they differ, join in heart: Thus stands an aged elın in ivy bound, Thus youthful ivy clasps an elm around.
Now sunk the sun; the closing hour of day Càme onward, mantled o’er, with fober grey; Nature in silence bid the world repose: When ́near the road a ltately palace rose :. There by the moon thro' ranks of trees they
pass, Whole verdure crown'd their floping sides of
grass... It chanc'd the noble master of the dome, Still made his house thc wand'ring stranger's. home :
Yet still the kindness, from a thirst of praise,
drown, Deep funk in Necp, and silk, and heaps of
down. . At length 'tis morn; and, at the dawn of
day, . . · Along the wide canals the Zephyrs play;
Fresh o’er the gay parterres the breezes creep, And shake the neighb'ring wood to banish
sleep. Up rise the guests, obedient to the call : An early banquet deck'd the splendid hall; Rich luscious wine a golden goblet grac'd, Which the kind master forc'd the guests to
taste. Then pleas'd and thankful, from the porch , they go ; And, but the landlord, none had cause of
woe; His cup was vanilh'd; for in secret guise The younger guest purloin'd the glitt'ring
prize. As one who spies a serpent in his way, Glist’ning and balking in the summer ray, Disorder'd stops to fhun the danger near, Then walks with faintness on, and looks with:
fear : So seem'd the Sire; when far upon the road, The shining spoil his wiley partner show'd.