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Retired from all the circles of the gay,
And all the crowds that bustle life away,
To scenes where competition, envy, strife,
Beget no thunder-clouds to trouble life,
Let me, the charge of some good angel, find
One who has known, and has escaped mankind ;
Polite, yet virtuous, who has brought away
The manners, not the morals, of the day:
With him, perhaps with her, (for men have known
No firmer friendships than the fair have shown)
Let me enjoy, in some unthought-of spot,
All former friends forgiven and forgot,
Down to the close of life's fast fading scene,
Union of hearts without a flaw between.
'Tis grace, 'tis bounty, and it calls for praise,
If God give health, that sunshine of our days !
And if he add, a blessing shared by few,
Content of heart, more praises still are due-
But if he grant a friend, that boon possess'd
Indeed is treasure, and crowns all the rest ;
And giving one, whose heart is in the skies,
Born from above and made divinely wise,
He gives, what bankrupt nature never can,
Whose noblest coin is light and brittle man,
Gold, purer far than Ophir ever knew,
A soul, an image of himself, and therefore true.

Nov. 1783.

VOL. VII.

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EPITAPH ON DR. JOHNSON.

HERE Johnson lies—a sage by all allow'd,
Whom to have bred may well make England proud,
Whose prose was eloquence, by wisdom taught,
The graceful vehicle of virtuous thought;
Whose verse may claim-grave, masculine, and

strong-
Superior praise to the mere poet's song;
Who many a noble gift from heaven possess’d,
And faith at last, alone worth all the rest.
O man, immortal by a double prize,
By fame on earth- by glory in the skies !

Jan. 1785.

TO MISS CS, ON HER BIRTHDAY.

How many between east and west

Disgrace their parent earth,
Whose deeds constrain us to detest

The day that gave them birth !
Not so when Stella's natal morn

Revolving months restore,
We can rejoice that she was born,
And wish her born once more!

1786.

GRATITUDE.

ADDRESSED TO LADY HESKETH.

This cap, that so stately appears,

With ribbon-bound tassel on higli, Which seems by the crest that it rears

Ambitious of brushing the sky : This cap to my cousin I owe,

She gave it, and gave me beside, Wreath'd into an elegant bow,

The ribbon with which it is tied.

This wheel-footed studying chair,

Contrived both for toil and repose, Wide-elbow'd, and wadded with hair,

In which I both scribble and dose, Bright-studded to dazzle the eyes,

And rival in lustre of that In which, or astronomy lies,

Fair Cassiopeia sat :

These carpets so soft to the foot,

Caledonia's traffic and pride! Oh spare them, ye knights of the boot,

Escaped from a cross-country ride! This table, and mirror within,

Secure from collision and dust, At which I oft shave cheek and chin, And periwig nicely adjust:

This moveable structure of shelves,

For its beauty admired and its use, And charged with octavos and twelves,

The gayest I had to produce ; Where, flaming in scarlet and gold,

My poems enchanted I view, And hope, in due time, to behold

My Iliad and Odyssey too:

This china, that decks the alcove,

Which here people call a buffet, But what the gods call it above

Has ne'er been reveal'd to us yet : These curtains, that keep the room warm

Or cool, as the season demands, Those stoves that for pattern and form

Seem the labour of Mulciber's hands :

All these are not half that I owe

To one, from our earliest youth, To me ever ready to show

Benignity, friendship, and truth; For Time, the destroyer declared

And foe of our perishing kind, If even her face he has spared,

Much less could he alter her mind.

Thus compass'd about with the goods

And chattels of leisure and ease, I indulge my poetical moods

In many such fancies as these ;

And fancies I fear they will seem

Poet's goods are not often so fine ;
The poets will swear that I dream

When I sing of the splendour of mine.

1786,

LINES COMPOSED FOR A MEMORIAL OF

ASHLEY COWPER, ESQ.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS DEATH, BY HIS NEPHEW

WILLIAM OF WESTON,

FAREWELL! endued with all that could

engage All hearts to love thee, both in youth and age! In prime of life, for sprightliness enrolld Among the gay, yet virtuous as the old ;

In life's last stage, (O blessings rarely found!) Pleasant as youth with all its blossoms crown'd; Through every period of this changeful state Unchanged thyself --wise, good, affectionate !

Marble may flatter, and lest this should seem O'ercharged with praises on so dear a theme, Although thy worth be more than half supprest, Love shall be satisfied, and veil the rest.

June, 1788.

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