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Apollo saw, and could not keep from tears.
610 But still fought on with courage and with care. He had but two poor common men to show, And Mars's favourite with his iv'ry bow. The thoughts of ruin made 'em dare their best To save their King, so fatally distress’d.
615 But the sad hour required not such an aid; And Hermes breath'd revenge where'er he stray'd. Fierce comes the sable Queen with fatal threat, Surrounds the monarch in his royal seat; Rush'd here and there, nor rested till she slew 620 The last remainder of the whiten'd crew. Sole stood the King, the midst of all the plain, Weak and defenceless, his companions slain. As when the ruddy morn ascending high Has chased the twinkling stars from all the sky, 625 Your star, fair Venus, still retains its light, And, loveliest, goes the latest out of sight. No safety's left, no gleams of hope remain ; Yet did he not as vanquish'd quit the plain,
629 But tried to shut himself between the foe,Unhurt through swords and spears he hoped to go, Until no room was left to shun the fatal blow. For if none threaten'd his immediate fate, And his next move must ruin all his state,
634 All their past toil and labour is in vain, Vain all the bloody carnage of the plain,Neither would triumph then, the laurel neither gain. Therefore through each void space and desert tent, By different moves his various course he bent: The Black King watch'd him with observant eye, 640 Follow'd him close, but left him room to fly.
Then when he saw him take the farthest line,
The victor could not from his insults keep,
Soon after this, the heavenly victor brought
[Under this head some editors of Goldsmith's Poems give a number of small pieces extracted from the prose works. Most of these, however, are really not translations by Goldsmith, as will be seen by reference to (for instance) those in the · Belles Lettres' essays (v. i.), which are translations by Francis and others. Of the few that remain, we give the following from works by Goldsmith not included in the present edition.-ED.)
FROM THE HISTORY OF THE EARTH AND
[1774, vol. v., p. 312.]
Addison, in some beautiful Latin lines inserted in the Spectator,' is entirely of opinion that birds observe a strict chastity of manners, and never admit the caresses of a different tribe.?
CHASTE are their instincts, faithful is their fire,
1 Spectator,' No. 412.-ED.
FROM THE SAME.
[V. iii., p. 6-Of the Salmon.]
Of all the fish that graze beneath the flood,
FROM "THE COMIC ROMANCE' OF SCARRON."
Thus when soft love subdues the heart
With smiling hopes, and chilling fears,
And speaks in moments more than years.
SOME OTHER PIECES OF POETRY
by Goldsmith will be found in his prose works as fol. lows:
IN THE CITIZEN OF THE WORLD' [1760-2].
Letter LXXXV. See v. iii.
On the Death of the Right Hon. * *
Letter CVI. See v. iii.
1. The Comic Romance of Monsieur Scarron, translated by Oliver Goldsmith :' London, W. Griffin, 2 vols. 12mo, 1776. This was put forth two years after Goldsmith’s death as being mainly by him; and it is generally admitted that the poet had at least undertaken to furnish such a translation. But most of the poetical pieces in these two volumes have been traced to a previous translation, and the work generally is now classed with those bearing Goldsmith's name which are denominated “ doubtful”- though the above four lines are viewed by Mr. Bolton Corney and others as being certainly from Goldsmith’s hand.—Ed.
Epigram to the Gentlemen Reflected on in the “Rosciad.'
Letter CXIII. See v. iii.
IN THE GOOD-NATURED Man' .
Epilogue; spoken by Mrs. Bulkley.
IN SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER' .
Act I. See v. ii.