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Though tafte, though genius bless
To fome divine excefs, Faint's the cold work till thou inspire the whole;
What each, what all supply,
May court, may charm our eye,
Of these let others ask,
To aid fome mighty task,
Where oft my reed might found
To maids and shepherds round,
WHEN DELIA on the plain appears,
Aw'd by a thousand tender fears,
THE RIVER AVON. THOU soft flowing Avon, by thy silver stream, Of things more than mortal sweet SHAKSPEARE
would dream; The fairies by moon-light dance round his green bed, For hallow'd the turf is, which pillow'd his head. The love-stricken maiden, the soft-sighing fwain, Here rove without danger, and sigh without pain. The sweet bud of beauty no blight Thall here dread, For hallow'd the turf is, which pillow'd his head. Here youth shall be fam’d for their love and their
truth, And cheerful old age feel the spirit of youth; For the raptures of fancy here poets Thall tread, For hallow'd the turf is, which pillow'd his head. Flow on, silver Avon, in fong ever flow, Be the swans on thy borders Itill whiter than snow! Ever full be thy stream, like his fame may it spread, And the turfever hallow'd, which pillow'd his head.
COUNTRY BUMPKIN-ANDRAZOR-SELLER. A FELLOW in a market town,
Most musical, cry'd razors up and down, And offer'd twelve for eighteen-pence; Which certainly seem'd wond'rous cheap, And for the money, quite a heap,
As ev'ry man wou'd buy, with cash and sense. A country-bumpkin the great offer heard : Poor Hodge, who suffer'd by a broad black beard,
That seem'd a shoe-brush ituck beneath his nose, With cheerfulness the eighteen-pence he paid, And proudly to himself, in whispers said,
“ This rascal stole the razors, I suppofe.
* No matter if the fellow be a knave, • Provided that the razors shave;
“ It certainly will be a monstrous prize:” So home the clown, with his good fortune, went, Smiling in heart, and soul content,
And quickly soap'd himself to ears and eyes. Being well lather'd from a dish or tub, HODGE now began with grinning pain to grub,
Just like a hedger cutting furze: 'Twas a vile razor 1-then the rest he try'dAll were impostors—"Ah!" HODGE figh’d!
“ I wish the eighteen-pence within my purse.” In vain to chace his heard, and bring the graces,
Hecut,and dug,and winc'd,and ftamp'dandfwore: Brought blood, and danc’d, blasphem'd, and made
And curs’d each razor's body o'er and o'er.
So kept it-laughing at the steel and suds : Hodge, in a paflion, stretch'd his angry jaws, Vowing the dirett vengeance, with clench'd claws,
On the vile cheat that fold the goods.
“ Not fit to scrape a hog!” Hodge fought the fellow-found him, and begun-
P’rhaps, meafter razor-rogue, to you 'tis fun,
" That people nay themfelves out of their lives : “ You rascal--for an hour have I been grubbing,
Giving my scoundrel whiskers here a scrubbing, “ With razors just like oyster knives. " Sirrah! I tell you, you're a knave, “ To cry up razors that can't Shave.” Friend' quoih the razor-man, I'm not a knave: • As for the razors you have bought,
l'pon my soul I never thought • That they would Mave.'
“ Not think they'd Mave!” quoth HODGE with
wond’ring eyes, And voice not much unlike an Indian vell; “What were they made for then, you dog?” he cries,
· Made!' quoth the fellow, with a sinile,—to sell.'
THE PARISH POOR HOUSE. THE "HEIRS is yon house that holds the parish poor,
Whose walls of mud scarce bear the broken door; There, where the putrid vapours flagging play, And the dull wheel hums doleful thro’ the day; There children dwell who know no parent's care; Parents, who know no children's love, dwell there; Heart-broken matrons on their joyless bed, Forsaken wives, and mothers never wed; Dejected widows with unheeded tears, And crippled age with more than childhood-fears ! The lame, the blind, and, far the happiest they! The moping idiot, and the madınan gay.
Here too the sick their final doom receive, Here brought, amid the scenes of grief, to grieve; Where the loud groans from some sad chamber flow, Mixt with the clamours of the crowd below : Here forrowing, they each kindred forrow scan, And the cold charities of man to man. Whose laws indeed for ruin’d age provide, And strong compulsion plucks the scrap from pride; But still that scrap is bought with many a ligli, And pride embitters what it can't deny.
Say ye, opprest by fome fantastic woes, Some jarring nerve that baffles your repose; Who.press the downy couch, while Naves advance With timid eye to read the distant glance; Who with fad prayers the weary doctor teaze To name the nameless ever-new disease; Who with mock-patience dire complaints endure, Which real pain, and that alone can cure;
How would you bear in real pain to lie,
THE BEGGAR WOMAN. WHY founds the plaint of mis’ry in the firect >
One gentle bofom only heaves a ligh; Unfeeling Av’rice frowns and passes by : 'Tis false, the miscreant thinks- -'tis all deceit; The wily trader, wrapp'd in schemes of lure,
Heeds not the groan long-ling’ring on the air ; While GREATNESS. stoops not, from his feat secure,
To view affliction he will never share. Woman of want, thy hand is stretch'd in vain !Pity from that cold heart thou can'st not ftrain ; Vain tears bedew thy forrow-wafted cheek; Forc'd from thy famish'd babe, the fearful ihriek Is nothing; tight like thine, fo woe-begone, Should not be seen, nor heard thy pit’ous moan, Where pomp, luxur’ous eafe, and purple pride, And mirth, repos’d on downy beds, refide. Spoil not the poor and thoughtless inerriment; Go! hug thy griefs at home--and starve content!