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No single brute his fellows leads.
AMIDST the clamour of exulting joys,
Which triumph forces from the patriot heart, Grief dares to mingle her soul-piercing voice,
And quells the raptures which from pleasures start. O Wolfe!' to thee a streaming flood of woe,
Sighing we pay, and think e'en conquest dear; Quebec in vain shall teach our breast to glow,
Whilst thy sad fate extorts the heart-wrung tear.
ON THE TAKING OF QUEBEC,
[First published in the Busy Body,' Oct. 22, 1759, on receipt of the news of General Wolfe's victory and death (Sept. 13, 1759).-ED.]
1 Goldsmith claimed relationship with this gallant soldier, whose character he greatly admired, and whose death he thus laments in his
Alive, the foe thy dreadful vigour fled,
And saw thee fall with joy pronouncing eyes :
ON A BEAUTIFUL YOUTH,
STRUCK BLIND BY LIGHTNING.
Imitated from the Spanish.
[This seems to have been first printed in The Bee,' No. 1, 1759. -ED.] SURE 'twas by Providence design'd, Rather in pity than in hate, That he should be, like Cupid, blind, To save him from Narcissus' fate.
[First printed in 'The Bee,' No. 3, 1759. Mr. Bolton Corney says it is an imitation from the French of Saint-Pavin.-Ed.]
WEEPING, murmuring, complaining,
Why dim thy beauty with a tear? 1
'History of England' (first edition, 1771, v. iv., p. 400): "Perhaps the loss of the English that day was greater, than the conquest of Canada was advantageous. But it is the lot of mankind only to know true merit on that dreadful occasion when they are going to lose it."—B. Prior says Wolfe's mother was Henrietta Goldsmith, of Limerick.—ED.
1 We restore 'The Bee' text here. Most editions have in lieu of this couplet
"Yet why impair thy bright perfection,
The change was made in the first collected edition of the Poems and Plays, that by Evans, 1780, and thence has been adopted by most of the succeeding editors, Percy included.—ED.
TO IRIS, IN BOW-STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
[First printed in 'The Bee,' 1759. It is an imitation of a French piece titled, Etrene a Iris,' and given by La Monnoye in the ' Ménagiana,' 1715, v. iii. p. 397.-ED.]
SAY, cruel Iris, pretty rake,
My heart, a victim to thine eyes,
A bill, a jewel, watch, or toy,
My rivals give-and let 'em ;
I'll give them—when I get 'em.
I'll give but not the full-blown rose,
ach short-lived off'rings but disclose
I'll give thee something yet unpaid,
I'll give thee-ah! too charming maid!—
ON THAT GLORY OF HER SEX,
MRS. MARY BLAIZE.
[First printed in The Bee,' 1759. See introductory note to 'Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog,' p. 89.-ED.]
Good people all, with one accord,
The needy seldom pass'd her door,
She strove the neighbourhood to please,
At church, in silks and satins new,
Her love was sought, I do aver,
But now, her wealth and finery fled,
The doctors found, when she was dead-
Let us lament, in sorrow sore,
For Kent Street well may say,
[1759-60. Goldsmith intended this for the commencement of a "heroicomic poem." After the description below, the hero of the piece, Scroggen, indulges in a soliloquy, which is interrupted by the entrance of the landlord, to dun him for his reckoning
"Not with that face, so servile and so gay,
Our author does not appear to have proceeded farther with his plan, which is to be regretted, as he would in all probability have made it a very humorous account of the shifts and adventures of a needy author.-B. The above, with the extra lines of the fragment, are gleaned from Goldsmith's letter to his brother Henry, 1759; see Letters, vol. i. The lines of our text following differ otherwise slightly from the version in the letter. As here given they are the same as Goldsmith gave them, a year later, in his Citizen of the World' (Letter XXX.), where, probably, they first appeared in print.—ED.]
WHERE the Red Lion, staring o'er the way,
1 See 'Deserted Village,' p. 39, and the note there.-ED.
2 Var. The version in the letter gives, "And Prussia's monarch show'd", &c. "Prince William" applied to Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, the hero of Culloden, who died in 1765.-ED.