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Were half so sad, as one benighted mind,

Sinking from bad 10 worse ; few years, the sport Which gropes for happiness, and meets despair. Of fortune; then the morsel of despair. How, like a widow in her weeds, the night,

Say, then, Lorenzo! (for thou know'st it well) Amid her glimmering tapers, silent sits!

What's vice ?-Mere want of compass in our How sorrowful, how desolate, she weeps

thought. Perpetual dews, and saddens Nature's scene! Religion, what ?—The proof of common-sense. A scene more sad sin makes the darken'd soul, How art thou hooled, where the least prevails ! All comfort kills, nor leaves one spark alive. Is it my fault, if these truths call thee fool?

Though blind of heart, still open is thine eye: And thou shalt never be miscall'd by me. Why such magnificence in all thou seest? Can neither shame, nor terror, stand ihy friend? Of malter's grandeur, know, one end is this : And art thou still an insect in the mire ? To tell the rational, who gazes on it

How, like thy guardian angel, have I flown; “Though that immensely great, still greater he, Snatch a thee from Earth ; escorted thee through al! Whose breast, capacious, can embrace, and lodge, Th' ethereal armies; walk'd thee, like a god, Unburthen'd, Nature's universal scheme; Through splendors of first magnitude, arrang'u Can grasp creation with a single thought;

On either hand ; clouds thrown beneath thy feet; Creation grasp; and not exclude its Sire.”

Close-cruis'd on the bright Paradise of God;
To tell him farther-" It behoves him much And almost introduc'd ihee to the throne !
To guard th' important, yet depending, fate And art thou still carousing, for delight,
Of being, brighter than a thousand suns :

Rank poison; first fermenting to mere froth,
One single ray of thought outshines them all." And then subsiding into final gall?
And if man hears obedient, soon he'll soar To beings of sublime, immortal make,
Superior heights, and on his purple wing,

How shocking is all joy, whose end is sure!
His purple wing bedropt with eyes of gold, Such joy, more shocking still, the more it charms
Rising, where thought is now denied to rise, And dost thou choose what ends ere well-begun;
Look down triumphant on these dazzling spheres. And infamous, as short? And dost thou choose

Why then persist !--No mortal ever liv'd, (Thou, to whose palate glory is so sweet) But, dying, he pronounc'd (when words are true) To wade into perdition, through contempt, The whole that charms thee, absolutely vain ; Not of poor bigots only, but thy own? Vain, and far worse !—Think thou, with dying men; For I have peep'd into thy cover'd heart, O condescend to think as angels think!

And seen it blush beneath a boastful brow; O tolerale a chance for happiness!

For, by strong guilt's most violent assault, Our nature such, ill choice insures ill fate; Conscience is but disabled, not destroy'd. And Hell had been, though there had been no God. O thou most awful being; and most vain! Dost thou not know, my new astronomer!

Thy will, how frail! how glorious is thy power!
Earth, turning from the Sun, brings night to man? Though dread eternity has sown her seeds
Man, turning from his God, brings endless night; Of bliss, and woe, in thy despostic breast;
Where thou canst read no morals, find no friend, Though Heaven and Hell depend upon thy choice
Amend no 'manners, and expect no peace.

A butterfly comes 'cross, and both are fied.
How deep the darkness! and the groan, how loud! Is this the picture of a rational ?
And far, how far, from lambent are the flames !-- This horrid image, shall it be most just ?
Such is Lorenzo's purchase! such his praise ! Lorenzo! No: it cannot --shall not, be,
The proud, the politic, Lorenzo's praise !

If there is force in reason ; or, in sounds
Though in his ear, and leveld at his heart, Chanted beneath the glimpses of the Moon,
I've half read o'er the volume of the skies. A magic, at this planetary hour,

For think not thou hast heard all this from me; When slumber locks the general lip, and dreams
My song but echoes what great Nature speaks. Through senseless mazes hunt souls uninspir'd.
What has she spoken? Thus the goddess spoke, Attend—The sacred mysteries begin-
Thus speaks for ever:-“ Place, at Nature's head, My solemn night-born adjuration hear;
A sovereign, which o'er all things rolls his eye, Hear, and I'll raise thy spirit from the dust ;
Extends his wing, promulgates his commands, While the stars gaze on this enchantment new,
But, above all, diffuses endless good :

Enchantment, not infernal, but divine!
To whom, for sure redress, the wrong'd may fly; “By silence, Death's peculiar attribute ;
The vile, for mercy; and the pain'd, for peace; By darkness, guilt's inevitable doom ;
By whom, the various tenants of these spheres, By darkness, and by silence, sisters dread!
Diversified in fortunes, place, and powers,

That draw the curtain round Night's ebon throne, Rais'd in enjoyment, as in worth they rise,

And raise ideas, solemn as the scene ! Arrive at length (if worthy such approach) By Night, and ail of awful, Night presents At that blest fountain-head, from which they To thought or sense (of awful much, to both, stream;

| The goddess brings !) By these her trembling fires Where conflict past redoubles present joy ; Like Vesta's, ever-burning; and, like hers, And present joy looks forward on increase; Sacred to thoughts immaculate, and pure! And that, on more ; no period! every step

By these bright orators, that prove,


praise, A double boon! a promise, and a bliss."

And press theo to revere the Deity ; How easy sits this scheme on human hearts ! Perhaps, too, aid thee, when rever'd awhile, It suits their make; it soothes their vast desires; To reach his throne ; as stages of the soul, Passion is pleas'd; and reason asks no more; Through which, at different periods, she shall pass, "Tis rational! 'tis great !-But what is thine? Refining gradual, for her final height, It darkens! shocks! excruciates! and confounds! And purging off some dross at every sphere ! Leaves us quite naked, both of help, and hope, By this dark pall thrown o'er the silent world!

By the world's kings, and kingdoms, most renown'd, The ship-boy's hammock, or the soldier's straw,
From short ambition's zenith set for ever,

Whence sorrow never chas'd thee ; with thee bring
Sad presage to vain boasters, now in bloom! Not hideous visions, as of late ; but draughts
By the long list of swift mortality,

Delicious of well-tasted, cordial, rest;
From Adam downward to this evening knell, Man's rich restorative; his balmy bath,
Which midnight waves in fancy's startled eye, That supples, lubricates, and keeps in play
And shocks her with an hundred centuries ; The various movements of this nice machine,
Round Death's black banner throng'd, in human Which asks such frequent periods of repair.

When tir'd with vain rotations of the day,
By thousands, now, resigning their last breath, Sleep winds us up for the succeeding dawn;
And calling thee-wert thou so wise to hear! Fresh we spin on, till sickness clogs our wheels,
By tombs o'er tombs arising ; human earth Or Death quite breaks the spring, and motion ends.
Ejected, to make room for-human earth;

When will it end with me? The monarch's terror! and the sexton's trade!

-“THOU only know'st, By pompous obsequies that shun the day,

Thou, whose broad eye the future, and the past, The torch funereal, and the nodding plume, Joins to the present; making one of three Which makes poor man's humiliation proud; To mortal thought! Thou know'st, and thou alone, Boast of our ruin! triumph of our dust!

All-knowing !-all-unknown!-and yet well-known, By the damp vault that weeps o'er royal bones; Near, though remote ! and, though unfathom'd, And the pale lamp that shows the ghastly dead,

felt! More ghastly through the thick incumbent gloom! And, though invisible, for ever seen! By visits (if there are) from darker scenes,

And seen in all! the great and the minute : The gliding spectre! and the groaning grave! Each globe above with its gigantic race, By groans, and graves, and miseries that groan Each flower, each leaf, with its small people For the grave's shelter! By desponding men,

swarm’d, Senseless to pains of death, from pangs of guilt! (Those puny vouchers of Omnipotence !) By guilt's last audit! By yon Moon in blood, To the first thought, that asks, From whence !' The rocking firmament, the falling stars,

declare And thunder's last discharge, great Nature's knell! Their common source. Thou fountain, running o'er By second chaos and eternal night."

In rivers of communicated joy! Be wise-Nor let Philander blame my charm; Who gav'st us speech for far, far humbler themes! But own not ill-discharg'd my double debt, Say, by what name shall I presume to call Love to the living; duty to the dead !

Him I see burning in these countless suns, For know I'm but executor; he left

As Moses, in the bush? Illustrious Mind!
This moral legacy; I make it o'er

The whole creation, less, far less, to thee,
By his command ; Philander hear in me; Than that to the creation's ample round.
And Heaven in both.-If deaf to these, O! hear How shall I name thee ?-How my laboring soul
Florello's tender voice: his weal depends

Heaves underneath the thought, too big for birth!
On thy resolve; it trembles at thy choice,

“Great system of perfections! mighty cause For his sake-love thyself : example strikes Of causes mighty! cause uncaus'd! sole root All human hearts; a bad example more ;

Of Nature, that luxuriant growth of God!
More still a father's ; that insures his ruin. First Father of effects! that progeny
As parent of his being, wouldst thou prove of endless series ; where the golden chain's
'Th' unnatural parent of his miseries,

Last link admits a period, who can tell ?
And make him curse the being which thou gavest ? Father of all that is or heard, or hears!
Is this the blessing of so fond a father?

Father of all that is or seen, or sees!. If careless of Lorenzo! spare, Oh! spare

Father of all that is, or shall arise ! Florello's father, and Philander's friend!

Father of this immeasurable mass Florello's father ruin'd, ruins him;

of matter multiform ; or dense, or rare;
And from Philander's friend the world expects Opaque, or lucid ; rapid, or at rest ;
A conduct no dishonor to the dead.

Minute, or passing bound! in each extreme
Let passion do, what nobler molive should ; Of like amaze, and mystery, to man.
Let love, and emulation, rise in aid

Father of these bright millions of the night!
To reason : and persuade thee to be—blest. of which the least full godhead had proclaim'd,
This seems not a request to be denied ;

And thrown the gazer on his knee-Or, say,
Yet (such the infatuation of mankind !)

Is appellation higher still, thy choice?
"Tis the most hopeless, man can make to man. Father of matter's temporary lord !
Shall I then rise in argument, and warmth? Father of spirits ! nobler offspring! sparks
And urge Philander's posthumous advice,

Of high paternal glory; rich endowed
From topics yet unbroach'd-

With various measures, and with various modes
But, Oh! I faint! My spirits fail!--Nor strange! of instinct, reason, intuition ; beams
So long on wing, and in no middle clime!

More pale, or bright from day divine, to break
To which my great Creator's glory callid; The darker matter organiz'd (the ware
And callsbut, now, in vain. Sleep's dewy wand of all created spirit); beams, that rise
Has strok'd my drooping lips, and promises Each over other in superior light,
My long arrear of rest ; the downy god

Till the last ripens into lustre strong, (Wont to return with our returning peace)

Of next approach to godhead. Father fond
Will pay, ere long, and bless me with repose. (Far fonder than e'er bore that name on Earth)
Haste, haste, sweet stranger! from the peasant's of intellectual beings! beings blest

With powers to please thee ! not of passive ply

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To laws they know not; beings lodg'd in seats On a poor breathing particle in dust,
Of well-adapted joys, in different domes

Or, lower, an immortal in his crimes.
Of this imperial palace for thy sons ;

His crimes forgive! forgive his virtues, too! Of this proud, populous, well-policied,

Those smaller faults, half-converts to the right. Though boundless habitation, plann'd by thee: Nor let me close these eyes, which never more Whose several clans their several climates suit; May see the Sun (though night's descending scale And transposition, doubtless, would destroy. Now weighs up morn), unpitied, and unblest! Or, Oh! indulge, immortal King, indulge

In thy displeasure dwells eternal pain; A title less august indeed, but more

Pain, our aversion; pain, which strikes me nou); Endearing; ah! how sweet in human ears, And, since all pain is terrible to man, Sweet in our ears, and triumph in our hearts ! Though transient, terrible ; at thy good hour, Father of immortality to man!

Gently, ah gently, lay me in my bed, A theme that lately* set my soul on fire

My clay-cold bed! by nature now, so near; And thou the next! yet equal! thou, by whom By nature, near; still nearer by disease! That blessing was convey'd ; far more! was bought: Till then, be this, an emblem of my grave: Ineffable the price! by whom all worlds

Let it out-preach the preacher; every night Were made ; and one redeem'd! illustrious light Let it out-cry the boy at Philip's ear; From light illustrious! Thou, whose regal power, That tongue of death! that herald of the tomb! Finite in time, but infinite in space,

And when the shelter of thy wing implor'd) On more than adamantine basis fixed,

My senses, sooth'd, shall sink in sofi repose, O'er more, far more, than diadems and thrones, O sink this truth still deeper in my soul, Inviolably reigns; the dread of gods !

Suggested by my pillow, sign'd by fate, And Oh! the friend of man! beneath whose foot, First, in fate's volume, at the page of manAnd by the mandate of whose awful nod,

Man's sickly soul, though turn'd and toss'd for All regions, revolutions, fortunes, fates, Of high, of low, of mind, and matter, roll

From side to side, can rest on nought but thee : Through the short channels of expiring time, Here, in full trust ; hereafter, in full joy ; Or shoreless ocean of eternity,

On thee, the promis'd, sure, eternal down Calm, or tempestuous (as thy spirit breathes), Of spirits, toil'd in travel through this vale. In absolute subjection !- And, O thou

Nor of that pillow shall my soul despond ; The glorious third ! distinct, not separate!

For-Love almighty! Love almighty! (sing, Beaming from both! with both incorporate; Exult, creation!) Love almighty, reigns! And (strange to tell !) incorporate with dust! That death of death! that cordial of despair! By condescension, as thy glory, great,

And loud eternity's triumphant song! Enshrin'd in man! of human hearts, if pure,

“Of whom, no more :- For, Othou PatronDivine inhabitant! the tie divine

God! Of Heaven with distant Earth! by whom I trust, Thou God and mortal! Thence more God to man ! (If not inspir'd) uncensur'd this address

Man's theme eternal! man's eternal theme! To thee, to them-lo whom !—Mysterious power! Thou canst not 'scape uninjur'd from our praise. Reveal'd !-yet unreveald! darkness in light! Uninjur'd from our praise can he escape, Number in unity! our joy! our dread !

Who, disembosom'd from the Father, bows The triple bolt that lays all wrong in ruin! The Heaven of Heavens, to kiss the distant Earth! That animates all right, the triple sun!

Breathes out in agonies a sinless soul! Sun of the soul! her never-setting sun!

Against the cross, Death's iron sceptre breaks! Triune, unutterable, unconceiv'd,

From famish'd ruin plucks her human prey! Absconding, yet demonstrable, great God!

Throws wide the gates celestial to his fots ! Greater than greatest! Better than the best! Their gratitude, for such a boundless debi, Kinder than kindest! with soft pily's eye,

Deputes their suffering brothers to receive! Or (stronger still to speak it) with thine own, And, if deep human guilt in payment fails; From thy bright home, from that high firmament, As deeper guilt prohibits our despair! Where thou, from all eternity, hast dwelt;

Enjoins it, as our duty, to rejoice!
Beyond archangel's unassisted ken;

And (to close all) omnipotenily kind,
From far above what mortals highest call ; Takes his delight among the song of men."+
From elevation's pinnacle; look down,

What words are these-And did they come from Through-Whai? confounding interval! through

Heaven? ali

And were they spoke to man? to guilty man? And more than laboring fancy can conceive ; What are all mysteries to love like this? Through radiant ranks of essences unknown; The songs of angels, all the melodies Through hierarchies from hierarchies detach'd Of choral gods, are wafied in the sound; Round various banners of omnipotence,

Heal and exhilarate the broken heart; With endless change of rapturous duties fir'd; Though plung’d, before, in horrors dark as night : Through wondrous beings interposing swarms, Rich prelibation of consummate joy! All clustering at the call, to dwell in thee;

Nor wait we dissolution to be blest. Through this wide waste of worlds! this vista vast, This final effort of the moral Muse, All sanded o'er with suns; suns turn'd to night How justly titled '1 nor for me alone : Before thy feeblest beam-Look down-down— For all that read; what spirit of support, down,

What heights of Consolation, crown my song!

| Prov. chap. viii.

1 The Consolation.

* Nights the Sixth and Seventh.


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more :


of men,

Then, farewell night! of darkness, now, no

Joy breaks; shines; triumphs ; 'tis eternal day.
Shall that which rises out of nought complain
Of a few evils, paid with endless joys?

My soul! henceforth, in sweetest union, join
The two supporas of human happiness,

Which some, erroneous, think can never meet;
True taste of life, and constant thought of death!

-Fulgente trahit constrictos gloria curru
Non minus ignotos generosis.

The thought of death, sole victor of its dread!
Hope, be thy joy; and probity, thy skill ;
Thy patron he, whose diadem has dropp'd

Yon gems of Heaven; eternity, thy prize :

And leave the racers of the world their own,
Their feather, and their froth, for endless toils :

-Tanto major Famæ sitis est, quam
They part with all for that which is not bread;


Jud. Sat. ..
They mortify, they starve, on wealth, fame, power : My verse is Satire ; Dorset, lend your ear,
And laugh to scorn the fools that aim at more.
How must a spirit, late escap'd from Earth,

And patronize a Muse you cannot fear.
Suppose Philander's, Lucia's, or Narcissa's,

To poets sacred is a Dorset's name; The truth of things new-blazing in its eye,

Their wonted passport through the gates of Fame; Look back, astonishid, on the ways

It bribes the partial reader into praise, Whose lives' whole drift is to forget their graves !

And throws a glory round the shelter'd lays : And when our present privilege is past,

The dazzled judgment fewer faults can see, To scourge us with due sense of its abuse,

And gives applause to Blackmore, or to me. The same astonishment will seize us all.

But you decline the mistress we pursue : What then must pain us, would preserve us now.

Others are fond of Fame, but Fame of you. Lorenzo! 'tis not yet too late ; Lorenzo!

Instructive Satire, true to virtue's cause! Seize wisdom, ere 'tis torment to be wise ;

Thou shining supplement of public laws! That is, seize wisdom, ere she seizes thee.

When flatter'd crimes of a licentious age
For what, my small philosopher, is Hell?

Reproach our silence, and demand our rage;
"Tis nothing but full knowledge of the truth, When purchas'd follies, from each distant land,
When truth, resisted long, is sworn our foe : Like arts, improve in Britain's skilful hand;
And calls eternity to do her right.

When the Law shows her teeth, but dares not bite Thus, darkness aiding intellectual light,

And South-sea treasures are not brought to light; And sacred silence whispering truths divine,

When churchmen Scripture for the classics quit, And truths divine converting pain to peace,

Polite apostates from God's grace to wit; My song the midnight raven has outwing'd, When men grow great from their revenue spent, And shot, ambitious of unbounded scenes,

And fly from bailiffs into parliament; Beyond the flaming limits of the world,

When dying sinners, to blot out their score, Her gloomy flight. But what avails the flight Bequeath the church the leavings of a whore ; Of fancy, when our hearts remain below?

To chase our spleen, when themes like these increase, Virtue abounds in flatteries and foes;

Shall panegyric reign, and censure cease? 'Tis pride to praise her; penance to perform.

Shall poesy, like law, turn wrong to right, To more than words, to more than worth of And dedication wash an Æthiop white, tongue,

Set up each senseless wretch for nature's boast, Lorenzo! rise, at this auspicious hour;

On whom praise shines, as trophies on a post ? An hour, when Heaven's most intimate with man;

Shall funeral eloquence her colors spread, When, like a falling star, the ray divine

And scatter roses on the wealthy dead? Glides swift into the bosom of the just ;

Shall authors smile on such illustrious days, And just are all, determind to reclaim;

And satirize with nothing—but their praise? Which sets that title high within thy reach.

Why slumbers Pope, who leads the tuneful train Awake, then: thy Philander calls : awake!

Nor hears that virtue, which he loves, complain ? Thou, who shalt wake, when the creation sleeps ;

Donne, Dorset, Dryden, Rochester, are dead, When, like a taper, all these suns expire ;

And guilt's chief foe, in Addison, is fled; When Time, like him of Gaza in his wrath,

Congreve, who, crown'd with laurels, fairly won, Plucking the pillars that support the world,

Sits smiling at the goal, while others run, In Nature's ample ruins lies entomb'd;

He will not write ; and (more provoking still .) And midnight, universal midnight! reigns.

Ye gods! he will not write, and Mævius will.

Doubly distrest, what author shall we find,
Discreetly daring, and severely kind,
The courtly Roman's* shining path to tread,
And sharply smile prevailing folly dead?
Will no superior genius snatch the quill,
And save me, on the brink, from writing ill?
Though vain the strife, I'll strive my voice to raise
What will not men attempt for sacred praise ?

* Horace.


The love of praise, howe'er conceal'd by art, Aid me, great Homer! with thy epic rules,
Reigns, more or less, and glows, in every heart : To take a catalogue of British fools.
The proud, to gain it, toils on toils endure; Satire! had I thy Dorset's force divine,
The modest shun it, but to make it sure.

A knave or fool should perish in each line;
O'er globes, and sceptres, now on thrones it swells; Though for the first all Westminster should plead,
Now, trims the midnight lamp in college cells : And for the last all Gresham intercede.
'Tis Tory, Whig; it plots, prays, preaches, pleads, Begin. Who first the catalogue shall grace ?
Harangues in senates, squeaks in masquerades. To quality belongs the highest place.
Here, to Steele's humor makes a bold pretence ; My lord comes forward ; forward let him come!
There, bolder, aims at Pulteney's eloquence. Ye vulgar! at your peril, give him room :
It aids the dancer's heel, the writer's head,

He stands for fame on his forefathers' feet,
And heaps the plain with mountains of the dead; By heraldry, prov'd valiant or discreet :
Nor ends with life; but nods in sable plumes, With what a decent pride he throws his eyes
Adorns our hearse, and flatters on our tombs. Above the man by three descents less wise !

What is not proud ? the pimp is proud to see If virtues at his noble hands you crave,
So many like himself in high degree:

You bid him raise his father's from the grave.
The whore is proud her beauties are the dread Men should press forward in Fame's glorious chase;
Of peevish virtue, and the marriage-bed ;

Nobles look backward, and so lose the race.
And the hrib'd cuckold, like crownd victims born Let high-birth triumph! What can be more great ?
To slaughter, glories in his gilded horn.

Nothing—but merit in a low estate.
Some go to church, proud humbly to repent,

To virtue's humblest son let none prefer
And come back much more guilty than they went: Vice, though descended from the Conqueror.
One way they look, another way they sleer, Shall men, like figures, pass for high, or base,
Pray to the gods, but would have mortals hear; Slight, or important, only by their place?
And when their sins they set sincerely down, Titles are marks of honest men, and wise ;
They 'll find that their religion has been one. The fool, or knave, that wears a title, lies.
Others with wistful eyes on glory look,

They that on glorious ancestors enlarge,
When they have got their picture towards a book : Produce their debt, instead of their discharge.
Or pompous title, like a gaudy sign,

Dorset, let those who proudly boast their line,
Meant to betray dull sots to wretched wine. Like thee, in worth hereditary, shine.
If at his title T-- had dropp'd his quill,

Vain as false greatness is, the Muse must own
T might have pass'd for a great genius still. We want not fools to buy that Bristol stone.
But T-alas! (excuse him if you can)

Mean sons of earth, who on a South-sea tide
Is now a scribbler, who was once a man.

Or full success, swam into wealth and pride,
Imperious, some a classic fame demand,

Knock with a purse of gold at Anstis' gate,
For heaping up, with a laborious hand,

And beg to be descended from the great.
A wagon-load of meanings for one word,

When men of infamy to grandeur soar,
While A's depos'd, and B with pomp restor'd. They light a torch to show their shame the more.

Some, for renown, on scraps of learning dote, Those governments which curb not evils, cause'
And think they grow immortal as they quote.

And a rich knave's a libel on our laws.
To patchwork learn'd quotations are allied ;

Belus with solid glory will be crown'd;
Both sirive to make our poverty our pride. He buys no phantom, no vain empty sound;
On glass how witty is a noble peer!

But builds himself a name; and, to be great,
Did ever diamond cost a man so dear?

Sinks in a quarry an immense estate!
Polite diseases make some idiots vain;

In cost and grandeur, Chandos he'll outdo;
Which, if unfortunately well, they feign.

And Burlington, thy taste is not so true.
Of folly, vice, disease, men proud we see; The pile is finish’d; every toil is past;
And (stranger still !) of blockheads' flattery ; And full perfection is arriv'd at last ;
Whose praise defames; as if a fool should mean, When lo! my lord to some small corner runs,
By spitting on your face, to make it clean.

And leaves state-rooms to strangers and to duns.
Nor is 't enough all hearts are swoln with pride, The man who builds, and wants wherewith to pay
Her power is might;, as her realm is wide.

Provides a home from which to run away.
What can she not perform ? The love of Fame In Britain, what is many a lordly seat,
Made bold Alphonsus his Creator blame :

But a discharge in full for an estate ?
Empedocles hurlid down the burning steep:

In smaller compass lies Pygmalion's fame;
And (stronger still !) made Alexander weep. Not domes, but antique statues, are his flame :
Nay, it holds Delia from a second bed,

Not Fountaine's self more Parian charms has known,
Though her lov'd lord has four half months been dead, Nor is good Pembroke more in love with stone.
This passion with a pimpe have I seen

The bailiffs come (rude men, profanely bold !)
Retard a cause, and give a judge the spleen. And bid him turn his Venus into gold.
By this inspir’d (O ne'er to be forgot!)

“ No, sirs,” he cries, “I'll sooner rot in jail :
Some lords have learn'd to spell, and some to knot. Shall Grecian arts be truck'd for English bail ?"
It makes Globose a speaker in the house; Such heads might make their very bustos laugh:
He hems, and is deliver'd of his mouse.

His daughter starves; but Cleopatra 's safe.*
It makes dear self on well-bred tongues prevail, Men, overloaded with a large estate,
And I the little hero of each tale.

May spill their treasure in a nice conceit:
Sick with the Love of Fame, what throngs pour in, The rich may be polite: but, oh! 'tis sad
Unpeople court, and leave the senate thin? To say you 're curious, when we swear you 're mai?
My growing subject seems but just begun,
And, chariot-like, I kindle as I run.

* A famous statue.

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