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And Hope and fair Religion's steady light
Yes! I have wish'd for Beauty's form,
Though but the Spirit's transient dress, That I might more my Henry warm,
That I might more my Henry bless. And I have wish'd my stores to teem
With the bright earth of Chili's mine; Though little I Wealth's joys esteem,
But as the ministers of thine.
And I have wish'd indulgent Heaven
Had wit and sense bestow'd on me; Because, those godlike treasures given,
I had become more worthy thee.
So infinite the space appears,
Which, pass'd by thee, between us I mark it only with my tears,
I measure only with my eyes.
ON GOING TO OXFORD
Adieu, O ye thoughtless gay train !
That tread Pleasure's flowery path, Where Sloth, idly busy, in vain
Ever seeks fresh enjoyments at Bath : Adieu !—That from you I retire,
No tear shall swell into' my eye ; Nor, pining with hopeless desire,
For your joys shall I heave one fond sigh. Adieu, O ye seats still so lov'd !
Dear scenes of my childhood, adieu ! Ye vales too, where happy I rov'd
Ere the sharpness of sorrow I knew ! No more on his willowy shore
Avon sees me lone-wand'ring at eve; Avon hears me deep-mụsing no more ;
These meads, and these plains I must leave.
Hark! Isis now calls me away ;
" Haste; spurn these soft pleasures,” She cries; " Oh! why dost thou fondly delay. ?
" Oh! why turn so often thine eyes ? “ Amid the bright circle to shine,
“ Each varying fashion to guide, " To warm the fair breast is not thine ;
“ Haste; spurn these soft pleasures aside.
“ If yet the green mead can delight;
5 If Philomel sweetly can sing; * If the distant streams glittering bright
“ Amid the gay landscape of spring,
* Or the spires, that * high-bosom’d in trees
Reflect the slope sun's golden ray, “ Have yet aught of beauty to please;
“ O haste, tò my banks haste away:
66 Where does Philomel warble more sweet? " What streara rolls more pure thro' a scene,
" Where Spring's various treasures so meet? “ O say, what can Avon compare
“ To the towers, that crown my proud side! Or when did the muses sport there? " When deign'd Phoebus to bathe in his tide ? “ Erewhile thou to Phæbus wast dear,
" When Ichin was calm’d by thy strains; " And fondly I deem'd I should hear
“ Thy pipe echoing shrill through my plains. “ Go, Corydon, throw that pipe down,
+ Thy lips now no longer it breathes; " Go, Corydon, pluck off that crown;
“ Those laurels ill brook pleasure's wreaths.” Oh Isis ! thy taunts are in vain;
Far other cares tear my sad heart! Nor can Phæbus e'er sooth
fix'd pain; -Ah me! Love but laughs at his art. In vain nature pours a'er the ground
Her beauties no beauties to me: If wherever I roll them around These eyes can no Maryanne see.
* Bosom'd high in tufted trees. MILTON
Alas! that Fancy's pencil still pourtrays
A fairer scene than ever nature drew:
Alas! that ne'er to Reason's placid view Arise the charms of youth's delusive days, For still the memory of our former years,
By contrast vain impairs our present joys;
Of greener fields we dream, and purer skies,
Adorn'd with flowers of more enchanting hue
And fairer bloom than ever Eden knew,
you make the present joys less sweet?
* Author of “ Scenes of Infancy;" a poem, descriptive of Teviot-dale,
TO THE YEW.
BY THE SAME.
Wuen Fortune smild, and Nature's charms were
new, I lov'd to see the oak majestic tower;
I lov'd to see the apple's painted flower, Bedropt with peneilld tints of rosy hue: Now more I love thee, melancholy yew,
Whose still green leaves in solemn silence wave
Above the peasant's rude unhonour'd grave, Which oft thou moist'nest with the morning dew. To thee the sad, to thee the weary fly;
They rest in peace beneath thy sacred gloom :
There, sole companion of the lonely tomb, No leaves but thine in pity o'er them sigh.
Lo! now to Fancy's gaze thou seem'st to spread Thy shadowy boughs to shroud me with the dead.