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The other damc scem'd even of fairer hue ; 1 Tho'Slander call me Sloth (dctraction vain!),
But bold her mien, unguarded rov'd her eye, Heed not what Slander, vain detra&ter, fays; Anl her Auth'd cheeks confels'd a nearer view Slander, still promptruc merit to defame, [name.'
The borrow'd bluihes of an artful dye. To blut the brigaieft worth, and blast the fairelt All soft and delicate, with airy fiviin
By this arriv'd the fair majestic maid; Lightly she danc'd along; her robe betray'd
She all the while, with the fame modest pace, Thro' the clear texture every tender lini),
Height’ning the charms it only feem'd to ihade : Compos'd advancd:“know, Hercules," the faid And as it flow'd adəwn, fo loole and thin, fikii Thy tender age, that lov'd infruction's voice,
With manly tonc, “thy birth of heavenly race: Heritatpre thew'd more tall, more snowy white her
Bromis’d thee generous,patient,brave, and wise; Oft with a smile she view'd herself askance; When manhood Mhould confirm thy glorious choice,
Even on her shade a conscious look the threw : Now expectation waits to see thee rise. Then all around her cast a circlefs glance, а
Risc, youth! exalt thyself and me ; approve To mark what gazing eyes her beauty drew. Thy high descent from heaven, and dare be As they came near, before that other máid
[disguise: A proaching decent, eagerly the pressid
But what truth prompts, my tongue shall not With hafty step; nor of repulse afraid, (dress’d;
The stoop ascent mult bc with toil subdued; With freedom bland the wond'ring youth ad- Watching and cares must win the lofty prize With winning fon Incfs on his neck ihe hung; Swuct as the honey.dew fou'd her enchanting Honour rewards the brave and bold alone;
Propos d by Heaven-true bliss and real good. tongue :
She spurns the timorous, indolent, and base: 66 Dear Hercules, whence this unkind delay! Danger and toil stand stern before her throne,
Dear youth, what doubts can thus district thr And guard (fo Jove commands)the facred place. Securely follow where I lead the way, (midWho lecks her must tlic mighty coft fuhain,
And range thro' wilds of pleature uncontia’d. | And pay the price of fame-labour, and care, and With me retire from noise, and pain, and care,
pail. Embath'd in bliss, and wrapt in endless cale: Rough is the road to fame, thio' blood and war;
Wouldst thou engage the gods peculiar care !
O Hercules, th’immortal pow'ss adore! Smooth is my way, and all my paths are peace. With a pure heart, with facrifice, and pray'r With me retire, from toils and perils free, Leave honour to the wretch! plcatures were made or, wouldit thou gain thy country's loud applause,
Attend their altars, and their aid implere. for thee.
Lov'd as her father, as her god ador'd? “ Then will I grant thee all thy soul's desire; Be thou the bold allerter of ber caute; All that may charm thinc ear, and please thy Iler voice in council, in the fight her fuvord: fight;
In peace, in war, pursue thy country's good; All that the thought can frame, or wih require, For her bare thy buid breast, and pour thị gene. To steep thy ravish'd funics in delight:
rous blood. The fumptuous feast,enhanc'd with music'sfound, WouldA thou,toquell the proud and lift th'oppreff,
Fittest to tune the melting foul to love, Rich odours, breathing choicest firects around; First conquer thou thyself: to cafe, to reft,
In arts of war and matchless ferongth excel? The fragrant bow'r, cool fountain, thady grove; Fresh flow'rs to strew thy couch!, and crown thy The night alternate, due to feet repote,
To cach soft thought of pleasure, bid faruwel, head :
[thy bed. Joy shall attend thy steps, and ease shall sinooth Congcal'di amidst the rigorous winter's fr.ows,
In watches waste; in painful mareh, the day: “ These will I freely, constantly supply,
Scoich'd by the summer's thirst- in Aaming ray, Pleasures not carnd with tuií, nor mix'd with Thy harden'd limbs thall boast fuperior might: Far from thy reft repining want shall Aly, [wvoe; Vigour shall brace tbine arm,retistie's in the figis." Nor labour bathc in liveat thy careful brow.
“ Hear'st thou what monsters then thou mus Mature the copious harvest shall be thie,
engage? Let the laborious hind subdue the foil;
What dangers, gentle routh, she bids thco Leave the raih foldier spoils of war to win,
(Abrupt says Sloth) —“Ill fit thy tender age Won by the foidier thou thalt share the spoil : Tumult and wars, fit age for joy and love. These fofier cares my best allies employ,
Turn, gentle youth, to me, to love, and jov ! New pleasures to invent, to will, and to cnjoy." To there I lead : no monsters here shall stay Her winning voice the youth attentive caught: Thine ealy course; no cares thy peace annoy ; He gaz d impatient on the smiling maid;
I lead to bliss a nearer, smoother way: Stiil gaz'd, and listen 'd; t!en her name befought: Phort is my way, fair, caly, smooth, and plain :
“ Míy name, fair youth, is Happiness,” she laid Turn, gentle youth-with me eternal piealures “ Well can my friends this envied oruth maintain:
reign." They share my bliss, they best can speak my "What pleasures,vain mistaken is setch, are thine?" praile:
(Virtuç with tcorn replied) “who fiecp'it in eafc
Iufenfate; whole soft limbs the toil decline “ Nor need my friends the various cofily feast;
Tine teatons blits, and makes enjoyment please: Hunger to them th' effects of art supplies; Dizisi'g the copious bowl ere thirit require ; Labour prepares their weary limbs to reit; feating cre hunger to the featt invite;
Sweet is their sleep; light, checrful, strong, they
Look back with transport on a life well spent,
In which no hour flew unimprov'd away ; [day.
Flics from thay tow’ry couch and downy bed. " Ardihen the destin'dterm at length's complete,
Their ashes rest in peace, etemal fame
Sourds wide thur prave : triumphant over fate, Ta' imperfect sleep, that lulls tlıy languid lense
In facred long for ever lives their name. In dull oblivious interval of thought;
Tliis, Hercules, is happiness ! obey
My voice, and live: let thy celcftial birth
That leads to fame, and raises thee from earth * From bountcous nature's unexhausted stores
Immortal! Lo, I guide thy steps. Arise, [lkies.” Flows the pure fountain of fincere delights;
Pursue the glorious path, and claim thy native Arrie to her, you waste the joyless hours;
Sizep drowns thy days, and riot rules thy nights. Her words breathe fire celestial, and impart in real tho' thou art, indignant Jove
New vigour to his foul, that ludden caught Hurl'd thee from heaven, th’immortals blissfull The generous fizinc : with great intent his heart plice,
Swells full, and labours with exalted thought. Forever baniih'd from the realms above,
The mist of error from his eyes dispelld, To dwell on earth with man's degenerate race :
Thro' all her fraudtul arts, in clearest light,
Sloth in her native form he now beheld,
Falle Siren - All her vaunted charms, that shone "Fond wretch, that vainly weenest all delight
So freth erewhile and fair, now wither’d, pale, and To gratify the leafe, relerv'd for thee!
gone. Yet the most pleafing object to the lig!t, Thine own fair action, never didst thou see.
No more the rosy bloom in sweet disguise Tho' lulld with softest sounds thou lieft along,
Masks her diffémbled looks; each borrow'd grace 876 masc, warbling voices, melting lays ;
Leaves her wan check; pale tickness cloudshereyes
Livid and funk, and pailions dim her face.
Her wat'ry arch, with gaudy painture gay,
And from our wonder gently steal away : tempting Inare.
Where thone the beauteousphantom erít to righe, "Vat happiness enjoy thy gay allies !
Now lowrs the luw-hung cloud, all gloony to
Disclos’d newcharms, more lovely, more sercne,
Softend the terrors of her lofty mien.
Froin thee oh never, never let me stray !”.
While ardent thus the youth his vous aildress'd, Me, his supreme delight, th' Almighty Sire
brcast. Regards well pleas'd : whatever works excel, All, or civine or human, I inspire.
The heavenly maid with strength divine endued
la union meet conjoin'd, with me refide: Firm confiancy, undaunted fortitude,
Uninor'd in tvils, in dangers undilinay'd,
Hc freed the earth!'thro' her he gain'u the skies.
'Twas virtue plac'd him in the blest abode; (god. At length 'tis morn, and at the dawn of day Crown'd with eternal youth, among the gods a Along the wide canals the Zephyrs play;
Fresh o'er the gay parterres the breezes creep,
And shake the neighbouring wood to banith deep: . $ 104. Tbe Hermit. PARNELL.
Up rise the guests, obedient to the call; AR in a wild, unknown to public view, An early banquet deck'd the splendid hall;
From youth to age a rev'rend Hermit grew; Rich luscious wine a golden goblet graed, The moss his bed, the cave his humble coll, Which the kind inafter forc'd the guests to taste. Ilis food the fruits, his drink the crystal well: Then, pleas'd and thankful, from the porch thcy Remote from man, with God he puis’d his days,
go; Pray’r all his business, all his pleasure praise.
And, but the landlord, nouc had cause of woe: Á life so facrcd, such ferene repose,
llis cup was vanith'd ; for in fecrer guise Seem'd heaven itself, till one lugreition 10se- The younger guest purloin d the glitt ring prize. That vice should triumphi, virtue vice obey ; As one who fpics a ferpent in his way, This sprung fome doubt of Providence's fway: Glia’ning and basking in the fummer ray, His hopes no more a certain prospect boast, Disorder'd stops to ilun the danger near, And all the tenour of his foul is lost.
Then walks with fainruess on, and looks with fear; So when a smooth expanfc receives imprest So secm'd the fire, when far upon the road Calm nature's image on its watry brcalt, The shining spoil his wily partner lho.v'd. Down bend the banks, the trees depending grow, lle foppd with filence, walk'd with trembling And skies beneath with ansiering colours glow: heart, But if a stone the gentle sea divide,
And much he wish'd, but durft not ask, to part: Swift ruffling circles curl on ev'ry side, Murm’ring he lifts his eyes, and thinks it hard And glimm'ring fragments of a broken sun; That gen'rous actions mect a base reward. Banks, trees, and skies, in thick disorder run. While thus they pass, the sun his glory throuds,
To clear this doubt, to know the world by night, The changing skies hang out their sable clouds; To find if books or swains report it right A found in air prefag'd approaching rain, (For yet by swains alone the world he knew, And bcasts to covert icud across the plain. Whose feet came wand'ring o'er the nightly dew), Warn'd by the signs, the wand'ring pair retreat He quits his cell; the pilgrim-taft he bore, To feck for shelter at a neighb'ring leat: And fix'd the scallop in his har before; 'Twas built with turrets on a riting ground, Then with the sun a ring journey went, And strong, and large, and unimprov'd around; Sedate to think, and watching each event. lis owner's temper, rim'rous and levere,
The morn was waited in the pathlefs grass, Unkind and griping, caus’d a dcfert there. And long and lonesome was the wild to piss: As near the inifer's heavy doors they drew, But when the southern sun had warm’d the day, Fierce rising gufts with ludden fury blew;
A youth came posting o’er a crossing way; The nimble lightning mix'd with thow'rs began, His raiment decent, his complexion fair, And o'er their heads loud rolling thunder ran. And soft in graceful ringlets wav'd his hair: Here long they knock, but knock or call in vain, Then near approaching, ** Father, hail!” he cried: Diy'n by the wind and batter'd by the rain. And “ Hail, iny fon?" the rev'rend fire replied: At length some pity warm'd the master's breat Words follow'd words, froin question answer ('Twas then his threshold first receiv'd a gues): flow'd,
Slow creaking turns the door with jealous care, And talk of various kind docciv'd the road; And half he welcomes in the fhiv'ring pair; Till each with other pleas'd, and loth to part, One frugal faggot lights the naked walls, While in their age they differ, join in heart. And nature's fervour through their limbs recals: Thus stands an aged elm in ivy bound, Bread of the coarseit fort, wish mca ver wine, Thus youthful ivy clasps an elin around. (Each hardly granted) serv'd them both to dine;
Now funk the fun; the closing hour of day And when the tempcft first appear d to cease, Came onward, mantled o'er with sober grey; A ready warning bid them part in peace. Nature in silence bid the world repose :
With still remark the pond'ring Hernit view'd, When near the road a stately palace rose. [pass, In one to rich, a life so poor and rude; There, by the moon, through ranks of trees they And why should such (within himself he cried) Whose verdure crown'd their noping sides of grais. Lock the left wealth a thouland want beside? It chanc'd the noble master of the dome But what now marks of wonder soon take piace Still made his house the wand'ring stranger's home; In ev'ry settling feature of his face, Yet still the kindness, from a thirst of praise, When from his veft the young companion hore Prov'd the vain flourish of expensive eale. That cup the gen’rous landlord own'd before, The pair arrive: the livcried servants wait; And paid profusely with the precious bowl Their lord receives them at thc pompous gate.
The Itinted kindness of this churlith soul ! The table groans with costly piles of food, But now the clouds in airy tumult fly; And all is more than hospitably good. The sun emerging opes an azure sky; Then, led to rest, the day's long toil they drown, A fresher green the smelling leaves display, Deep funk in Niep, and lilk, and heaps of down. And, glitt'ring as they trembk, chcer the dar ·
The weather courts them from the poor retreat, (Surprise in secret chains his words suspends,
And in a calm his fertling temper ends. While hence they walk, the Pilgrim's bosom But silence here the beauteous angel broke wrought
(The voice of music ravith'd as he spoke): With all the travail of uncertain thought; "Thy pray'r,thy praife,thy life to vice unknown, lis partner's acts without their cause appear; In fiect memorial rise before the throne : Twas there a vice; and seem'd a madneis here : Thele charms success in our bright region find, Ditetting that, and pitying this, he goes, And force an angel down to calm thy mind; Lot and confuunded with the various thows. For this commillion'd, I fortook the sky-
Now night'sdim hades again involve the sky; Nay, cease to kneel !--thy fellow-ferrant I.
- Then know the truth of government Divine, Again they téarch, and find a lodging nigh. And let thefe fcruples be no longer ihine. ite foil improv d around, the manfion neat, “ The Maker justly claims that world he made, And neither pooriy lo:v, nor idly great, In this the right of Providence is laid; It seem d to ipeak its master's turn of mind, Its facred majesty through all depends Content, and not for praise but virtue kind. On using second means to work his ends ;
Hither the walkers turn with weary feet Tis thus, withdrawn in ftate from human eye,
“Without a vain, without a grudging heart, “What Itrange events can strike with more fur-
At length the world, renew'd by calm repofe, Has, with the cup, the graceleis cultom lost,
Confus'd and struck with silence at the deed, In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow,
Wild sparkling rage inflames the father's eyes ; " But how had all his fortunes fclt a wrack,
His master took the chariot of the sky:
The prophet gaz d, and with'd to follow too, Tho' loud at first the Pilgrim's passion grew,
The bending Hermit here a pray’r begun : Sudden be gaz'd, and wist not what to do;
Lord! as in beaver, on earth ihy will be dmt.
Then, gladly turning, fought his ancient place, Then grieve the moments thou hast idiy spent : And pais'd a life of piety and peace.
The rest will yield thee comfort and content.
Be these good rules thy study and delight, $ 105. The Golden Verfes of Pythagoras.
Practise by day, and ponder them by night; FITZGERALD.
Thus all thy thoughts to virtue's height Mall rise,
And truth ihall stand unveil'd before thv eyes. FIRST, the Supreme doth highest rev'rence of beings the whole system thou thalt see, ;
Rang'd as they are in beauteous harmony, Use with religious awe his sacred name : Whilst all depend from one fuperior caule, Affur'd he views :hy ways, let nought controul And Nature works obedient to her laws. The oath thou once haft bound upon thy soul. Hence, as thou labour'st with judicious care
Next, to the heroes bear a gratcfui mind, To run the courte allotted to thy snare, Whole glorious cares and toils have bluft mankind. Wildom refulgent with a heavenly ray Let just relpeet and decent rites be paid Shall clear thy prospect, and direct thy way. To the immortal mancs of the dead.
Then all around compatrionateiy view Honour thy parents, and thy next of kind; The wietched ends which vain mankind pursue, And virtuous men wherever thou canst find, Tots'd to and fro by cach impetuous guít, In the same bond of love let them be join'd. The
rage of pailion, or the fire of lust, Uteful and ifeady let thy life proceed, No certain stay, no safe retreat they know, Mild ev'ry word, good-natur'd ev'ry deed; But blindly wander through a maze of woe. Oh, never with the man thou lov'ft contend! Mcan while congenial vilencis works within, But bear a thouland frailties from thy friend. And custom quite subdues the soul to fa. Rafhly inflam’d, vain spleen, and light surmise, Save us f om this distress, Almighty Lord, To real feuds, and endlets discords rife.
Our minds illumine, and thy aid afford ! O'er lust, o'er anger, keep the strictest rein, But O! fecure from all thy life is led, Subdue thy sloth, thy appetite rettrain.
Whofe feet the happy paths of virtue tread. With no vile action venture to comply,
Thou stand'lt united to the race divine, Noi, tho' unseen by ev'ry mortal eve.
And the perfection of the skies is thine. Above all witnesses thy conscience fear,
Imperial rcafon, free from all controul, And more than all mankind thyself revere. Maintains her just dominion in thy soul :
One way let all thy words and actions tend, Till purg'd at length from every sinful stain, Reason their constant guide, and truth their end. When friendly death shall break the cumbrous And ever mindful of thy mortal state,
chain, How quick, how various are the turns of fate; Loosd from the body thou shalt take thy flight, How here, how there, the tides of fortune roll; And range immortal in the fields of light. How soon impending death concludes the whole, Compose thy mind, and free from anxious strife
§ 106. On Cheerfulrif. FITZGERALD. Endure thy portion of the ills of life :
FAIR as the dawning light! auspicious guest! Tho' ftill the good man stands fecure from harms, Source of all comfort io the human breast ! Nor can misfortune wound, whom virtue arms. Depriv'd of thee, in fad despair we moan,
Discourse in common converse, chou wilt find And tedious roll the heavy moments on. Some to improve, and fome to taint the mind; Though beauteous objects all around us rise, Grateful to that a due observance pay;
To charm the fancy and delight the eyes; Beware left this entice thy thoughts attray ; Though art's fair works and nature's gifts conAnd bold uvtruths which thou art forc'd to hear,
plie Receive discreetly with a patient car.
To please each sense, and satiate cach defire, Wouldīt thou be juftly rank'd among the wise, 'Tis joylets all-tillthy enliv’ning ray Think ere thou dost, ere thou refo!v'fi, advise. Seatters the melancholy gloom away: Sull let thy aimns with sage experience Square, Then opeus to the soul a heavenly scene, And plan thy conduct with fagracious care; Gladnels and peace, ail Iprightly, ali serene. So shalt thou all thy course with pleasure run, Where doit thou rcign, lay, in what blit for with an action of thy liic undone.
retrcat, Among the various ends of thy defires, To choose thy mansion, and to fix thy feat ? 'Tis no inferior place thy health requires. Thy sacred presence how shall we explore ! Firmly for this from all excets refrain,
Can av’rice gain thce with her golden store ? Thy cups be mod'rate, and thy diet plain : Can vain ambition with her boafted charms Nor yet unelegant thy board supply,
Tempt thee within her wide-extended arms ? But thun the nauseous pomp of luxury. No, with Contcnt alone canst thou abide, Let fpleen by cheerful converse be withstood, Thy lifter, ever smiling by thy fide. And honest labours purify thc blood.
When boon companions void of ev'ry care Each night, ere needful Number seals thy eyes, Crown the full bowl,and the rich banquet share, Home to thy foul let these reflections rise : And give a loote to pleasure-art thou there? How has this day my duty secn express’d? Or when th' alicmbled great and fair advance What have I dune, omitted, or tranlgiels'd? Tu cclebraic the walk, chic play, the dance, 6