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To penetrate the chilling gloom ;Ah! what avails that Britain now
With fculptur'd laurel decks his brow,
And hangs the votive verfe on his unconscious tomb!
From Poems and Plays by Mrs.
AGES elaps'd ere Homer's lamp appear'd, And ages ere the Mantuan fwan was heard carry Nature lengths unknown before, To give a MILTON birth, afk'd ages more. Thus Genius rofe and fet at order'd times, And shot a day-spring into distant climes, Ennobling every region that he chose; He funk in Greece, in Italy he rose ; And, tedious years of Gothick darkness pass'd, Emerg'd all splendour in our isle at last. Thus lovely halcyons dive into the main, Then show far off their fhining plumes again. COWPER'S Table Talk.
From the fame Author's Tafk, B. iii.
pure fountain of eternal love,
eyes indeed; and, viewing all the fees
As meant to indicate a God to man,
Gives him his praise, and forfeits not her own. Learning has borne fuch fruit in other days On all her branches: Piety has found
Friends in the friends of fcience, and true prayer
Has flow'd from lips wet with Caftalian dews.
And in his word fagacious. Such too thine,
AND THOU, with age oppress'd, beset with wrongs,
And "fall'n on evil days and evil tongues,
What stars of joy thy night of anguish crown'd?
And ftrode fublime, and pafs'd, with generous
The feeble minions of a puny age.
From the Poetical Works of William
SEE! where the BRITISH HOMER leads
To realms unknown to Pagan lays :
He chaunts the birth-day of the world, The conflict of Angelick Powers,
The joys of Eden's peaceful bowers,
When fled the Infernal Hoft, to thundering Chaos hurl'd.
Yet, as this deathlefs fong he breath'd,
He bath'd it with Affliction's tear;
And to Pofterity bequeath'd
The cherish'd hope to Nature dear, No grateful praise his labours cheer'd, No beam beneficent appear'd