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To what new clime, what distant sky,
Forsaken, friendless, shall ye fly?
And Athens rifing near the pole !
In ev'ry age, in ev'ry state!
CHORUS of Youths and Virgins.
The prudent, learn'd, and virtuous breaft?
15 And sterner Cassius melts at sunia's eyes.
What is loose love?-a transient gust,
20 But Hymen's kinder flames unite;
And burn for ever one;
Productive as the Sun. VER. 9. Why, Virtue, etc.) In allufion to that famous conceit of Guarini, “ Se il peccare è sì dolce, etc.
SEMICHORUS. Oh source of ev'ry social tye,
23 United with, and mutual joy!
What various joys on one attend,
Whether his hoary fire he spies,
What home-felt raptures move?
Fires that scorch, yet dare not shine: 40
Sacred Hymen! these are thine,
O DE on SOLITUDE*
APPY the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
In his own ground.
6 Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire. Blest, who can unconcern’dly find
Hours, days, and years slide foft away, IO In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day, Sound sleep by night; study and eafe,
Together mixt ; sweet recreation; And innocence, which moft does please 15
Thus unlamented let me die,
Tell where I lie.
• This was a very early production of our Author, written at about twelve years old. P.
The dying Christian to his SOUL
Quit, oh quit this mortal frame:
Oh the pain, the bliss of dying !
* This ode was written in imitation of the famous sonnet of Hadrian to his departing foul ; but as much superior in sense and sublimity to his original, as the Chriftian Religion is to the Pagan.