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Verses to the Memory of

Garrick.

Verses to the Memory of

Garrick.

Spoken as a Monody, at the Theatre Royal

in Drury Lane.

If dying excellence deserves a tear,
If fond remembrance still is cherished here,
Can we persist to bid your sorrows flow
For fabled suff'rers and delusive woe?
Or with quaint smiles dismiss the plaintive

strain, Point the quick jest-indulge the comic

veinEre yet to buried Roscius we assign One kind regret-one tributary line !

His fame requires we act a tenderer part: His memory claims the tear you gave his art ! The general voice, the mecd of mournful

verse, The splendid sorrows that adorn’d his hearse, The throng that mourn'd as their dead

favorite passed, The graced respect that claim'd him to the last,

While Shakespeare's image from its hallowa

base Seem'd to prescribe the grave, and point the

place,Nor thesenor all the sad regrets that flow From fond fidelity's domestic woeSo much are Garrick's praiseso much his

dueAs on this spot-one tear bestow'd by you.

Amid the hearts which seek ingenious fame, Our toil attempts the most precarious claim ! To him whose mimic pencil wins the prize, Obedient Fame immortal wreaths supplies; Whate'er of wonder Reynolds now may

raise, Raphael still boasts contemporary praise : Each dazzling light and gaudier bloom sub

dued, With undiminish’d awe his works are view'd; E’en Beauty's portrait wears a softer prime, Touch'd by the tender hand of mellowing

Time. The patient Sculptor owns an humbler part, A ruder toil, and more mechanic art; Content with slow and timorous stroke to

trace The lingering line, and mould the tardy

grace; But once achievedthough barbarous wreck

o’erthrow The sacred fane, and lay its glories low,

Verses to the Memory of Garrick.

Yet shall the sculptured ruin rise to day,
Graced by defect, and worship’d in decay;
Th' enduring record bears the artist's name,
Demands his honors, and asserts his fame.

Superior hopes the Poet's bosom fire;
O proud distinction of the sacred lyre!
Wide as thinspiring Phæbus darts his ray,
Diffusive splendor gilds his votary's lay.
Whether the song heroic woes rehearse,
With epic grandeur, and the pomp of verse;
Or, fondly gay, with unambitious guile,
Attempt no prise but favoring beauty's smile;
Or bear dejected to the lonely grove
The soft despair of unprevailing love-
Whate'er the themethrough every age and

clime Congenial passions meet th' according rhyme; The pride of glory-pity's sigh sincereYouth's earliest blushand beauty's virgin

tear. Such is their meed-their honors thus

secure, Whose arts yield objects, and whose works

endure. The Actor, only, shrinks from Time's award; Feeble tradition is his memory's guard; By whose faint breath his merits must abide, Unvouch'd by proof-to substance unallied ! E’en matchless Garrick's art, to heaven re

sign'd, No fix'd effect, no model leaves behind !

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