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When some proud Grecian dame shall tasks impose,
TO A YOUNG LADY ON HER BIRTHDAY!,
This tributary verse receive, my fair, Warm with an ardent lover's fondlest prayer. May this returning day for ever find Thy form more lovely, more adorn'd thy mind; All pains, all cares, may favouring heav'n remove, All but the sweet solicitudes of love! May powerful nature join with grateful art To point each glance, and force it to the heart ! O then, when conquer'd crowds confess thy sway, When ev'n proud wealth and prouder wit obey, My fair, be mindful of the mighty trust, Alas ! 'tis hard for beauty to be just. Those sovereign charms with strictest care employ; Nor give the generous pain, the worthless joy: With his own form acquaint the forward fool, Shown in the faithful glass of ridicule; Teach mimick censure her own faults to find, No more let coquettes to themselves be blind, So shall Belinda's charms improve mankind.
THE YOUNG AUTHOUR 2.
When first the peasant, long inclined to roam, Forsakes his rural sports and peaceful home, Pleased with the scene the smiling ocean yields, He scorns the verdant meads and flow'ry fields; Then dances jocund o'er the watery way, While the breeze whispers, and the streamers play :
1 Mr. Hector informs me, that this was made almost impromptu, in his pr.8cnce. ? This he inserted, with many alterations, in the Gentleman's Magasine, 1743.
He, however, did not add his name. See Gentleman's Magazine, vol. xiii. p. 378. -MALONE.
Unbounded prospects in his bosom roll,
INTENDED TO HAVE BEEN SPOKEN BY A LADY WHO WAS TO PERSONATE
THE GHOST OF HERMIONE.
Ye blooming train, who give despair or joy,
Some young ladies at Lichfield having proposed to act " The Distressed Mother," Johnson wrote this, and gave it to Mr. Hector to convey it privately to them.
For you, ye fair, I quit the gloomy plains,
[TRANSLATION (attributed to Mr. Jackson of Canterbury) of the Ode AD URBANUM, substituted as shorter and better than the translation by an anonymous correspondent, given by Mr. BOSWELL,-referred to in p. 84.
URBAN, whom neither toil profound,
Fatigues, nor calumnies o’erthrow,
and will for ever grow.
Of rivals let no cares infest,
Of what they threaten or prepare ;
Thy hours still let the muses share.
The leaden shafts which folly throws,
In silent dignity despise :
Thy vigorous diligence shall rise.
Exert thy strength, each vain design,
Each rival soon shalt thou disdain ;
Approach the muses' fav’ring train.
How grateful to each muse the page,
Where grave with sprightly themes are join'd;
And recreate the wearied mind.
Thus the pale violet to the rose
Adds beauty ʼmidst the garland's dies ;
Its varied splendours o'er the skies.]
[The following complete list of THE CLUB (referred to in p. 402), with the dates of the elections of all the members, and of the deaths of those deceased, from its foundation to the present times, and the observations prefixed and annexed, have been obligingly furnished to the editor by Mr. Hatchett, the present treasurer.
“ The Club was founded in 1764, by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Dr. Samuel Johnson, and for some years met on Monday evenings. In 1772 the day of meeting was changed to Friday; and about that time, instead of supping they agreed to dine together once in every fortnight during the sitting of parliament.
“ In 1773, the Club, which soon after its foundation consisted of twelve members, was enlarged to twenty ; March 11, 1777, to twentysix ; November 27, 1778, to thirty; May 9, 1780, to thirty-five; and it was then resolved that it never should exceed forty.
“It met originally at the Turk’s-head, in Gerrard-street, and continued to meet there till 1783, when their landlord died, and the house was soon afterwards shut up. They then removed to Prince's, in Sackvillestreet; and on his house being soon afterwards shut up, they removed to Baxter's, which afterwards became Thomas's, in Dover-street. In January, 1792, they removed to Parsloe's, in St. James's-street; and, on February 26, 1799, to the Thatched house in the same street.
“ From the original foundation to this time, the total number of members is one hundred and two. Esto
“ C. H. “ Belle Vue House, Chelsea, July 10, 1829.”
Original. 1.-1764 2.3.4. 5.6. 7. 8. 9.
1792. Dec. 13,
1784. Jul. 9,
1797. Nov. 12, 1775. Dec. 18,
1801. Mar. 11, 1780. Apr. 4, 1774. Oct. 12,