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I curse my fond enduring heart, I swore I lov’d, and you believ'd,
Which, scorn'd, presumes not to be free :
Condemn'd to feel a double smart;
To hate myself, and burn for thee.
On Shakspeare's Monument at Stratford upon And thought that form was you.
Great Homer's birth seven rival cities claim, On one who first abused, and then made Love Yet not to birth alone did Homer owe
Too mighty such monopoly of fame. to a Lady.
His wondrous worth ; what Egypt could beFour. with graceless verse
stow, The noble dar'd
With all the schools of Greece and Asia join'd, asperse: But when he saw her well bespatter'd,
Enlarg‘d th' immense expansion of his mind. Her reputation stain'd and tatter'd;
Nor yet unrival'd the Mæonian strain : He gazed, and loved the hideous elf,
The British Eaglet and the Mantuan Swan She look'd so very like himself.
Tow'r equal heights. But happier Stratford, True sung the bard well-known to fame*,
thou, Self-love and social are the same.
With incontested laurels deck thy brow:
brought To a Lady who drew her Pins from her Bonnet More than all Egypt, Greece, or Asia, taught. in a Thunder Storm.
Not Homer's self such matchless honors won;
The Greek has rivals, but thy Shakspeare none. Cease, Eliza, thy locks to despoil,
Nor remove the bright steel from thy hair ; For fruitless and fond is the toil,
A Sonnet. Imitated from the Spanish of Lopez Since Nature has made thee so fair.
de Vega: Menagiana, tom. iv. p. 176.
EDWARDS. While the rose on thy cheek shall remain, And thine eye so bewitchingly shine,
CAPRICIOUS Wray a sonnet needs must Thy endeavour must still be in vain,
have; For attraction will always be thine. I ne'er was so put to't before-a sonnet!
Why, fourteen verses must be spent upon it:
'Tis good howe'er t' have conquerd the first She who in secret yields her heart,
Again may claim it from her lover; Yet I shall ne'er find rhymes enough by half, But she who plays the trifler's part,
Said I; and found myself i'the midst o' the Can ne'er her squander'd fanie recover.
second : Then grant the boon for which I
If twice four verses were but fairly reckon'd, 'Tis better lend than throw away.
I should turn back on the hardest part and
laugh. We thought you without titles great,
Thus far with good success I think I've scribAnd wealthy with a small estate ;
bled, While by your humble self alone
And of the twice seven lines have clean got You seem'd unrated and unknown.
o'er ten. But now on fortune's swelling tide
Courage! another'll finish the first triplet. High borne in all the pomp of pride,
Thanks to thee, muse, my work begins to Of grandeur vain, and fond of pelf,
shorten. 'Tis plain, my lord, you knew yourself.
There's thirteen lines got thro', driblet by driblet:
On pollard oak, hollow at heart,
Tremendous lightning darted: Their passions merit fate the same,
Tremble at God's avenging dart, They thirst and starve alike for fame.
O all ye hollow-hearted!
To Clarissa. Why like a tyrant wilt thou reign,
When thou mayst rule the willing mind ? Can the poor pride of giving pain
Repay the joys that wait the kind ?
Why the Universities abound in Learning.
• Mr. Pope.
The gownman stopp'd, and, turning, sternly
said As Quin and Foote
I doubt, my lad, you're far worse taught than One day walk'd out
fed! To view the country round,
Why, ay ! says Tom, still jogging on, that's In merry mood
true : They chatting stood
Thank God! he feeds me; but I'm taught by
Epitaph on a certain Miser.
Here lies one who for med'cines would not
A little gold, and so his life he lost:
I fancy now he'd wish again to live,
Could he but guess how much his funeral
On Captain Grenville. LORD Lyttelton.
Ye weeping muses, graces, virtues, tell, Says Quin, that thought
If, since your all-accomplish'd Sidney fell, Should in your head be found, You, or afflicted Britain, e'er deplor’d Since that's the way
A loss like that these plaintive lays record! Your debts you pay
Such spotless honor; such ingenuous truth;
Such ripen'd wisdom in the bloom of youth!
He too, like Sidney, nursd in Learning's arms, On a Statue of Apollo crowning Merit. For nobler war forsook her softer charms:
Like him, possess'd of every pleasing art, Merit, if thou'rt blest with riches,
The secret wish of every female heart; For God's sake buy a pair of breeches, Like him, cut off in youthful glory's pride, And give them to thy naked brother,
He unrepining for his country died. For one good turn deserves another.
Designed for the Monument of Sir Isaac O Let me die in peace ! Eumenes cried
Newton. To a hard creditor at his bed-side.
More than his name were less-'twould How! die! roar'd Gripus; thus your debts evade!
seem to fear No, no, Sir, you shan't die till I am paid. He who increased Heaven's fame, could want
Yes when the sun he lighted up shall fade, On Sleep.
And all the world he found at first decay'd ; ALTHOUGH soft sleep death's sad resem
Then void and waste eternity shall lie, blance wears,
And Time and Newton's name together die ! Suill do I wish him on my couch to lie. Come, balmy sleep, for sweetly it appears, Thus without life to live, thus without death Upon a young Gentleman refusing to walk with
the Author in the Park, because he was not to die.
To shun each other oft agree;
For I'm not beau enough for him,
And he's too much a beau for me. When screech-owls screek, their note por. Then let us from each other fly, tends
And arm in arm no more appear; To foolish mortals death of friends :
That I may ne'er offend your eye, But when Corvina strains her throat,
That you may ne'er offend my ear. Even screech-owls sicken at the note.
On Mr. Quin. GARRICK. UPON some hasty errand Tom was sent, Says Epicure Quin, Should the devil in hell And met his parish-curate as he went;
In fishing for men take delight, But, just like what he was, a sorry clown, His hook bait with ven'son, I love it so well, It seems he pass’d him with a cover'd crown. Indeed I am sure I should bite.
Extempore, on hearing a certain impertinent |To the Author of the Farmer's Letters, which
Address in the Newspapers. By Garrick, were written in Ireland in the year of the Thomson, &c.
Rebellion, by Henry Brooke, Esq. 1745. Thou essence of dock, of valerian, and sage,
GARRICK. At once the disgrace and the pest of this age,
O thou, whose artless, free-born genius The worst that we wish thee, for all thy bad
Whose rustic zeal each patriot bosom warms; Is to take thy own physic, and read thy own Pursue the glorious task, the pleasing toil, rhymes.
Forsake the field, and till a nobler soil ;
Extend the farmer's care to human kind,
Manure the heart, and cultivate the mind : Their wish must be in form revers'd,
There plant religion, reason, freedom, truth, To suit the doctor's crimes,
And sow the seeds of virtue in our youth : For, if he takes his physic first,
Let no rank weeds corrupt or brambles choke; He'll never read his rhymes.
And shake the vermin from the British oak:
And guard our pastures from the wolves of Dr. Hill's Reply to the Junto's Epigram.
Rome : Ye desperate junto, ye great or
On Britain's liberty ingraft thy name, small,
ye Who combat dukes, doctors, the deuce, and And reap the harvest of immortal fame!
'em all! Whether gentlemen, scribblers, or poets in jail,
Upon a Lady's Embroidery. GARRICK,
A goddess at her art defied;
The hapless victim of her pride,
O then beware Arachue's fate !
Be prudent, Chloe, and submit:
For you'll more surely feel her hate,
Who rival both her art and wit, His farces are physic,
His physic a farce is. To Dr. Hill, upon his Petition of the Letter I Death and the Doctor. Occasioned by a Phyto Mr. Garrick.
GARRICK. IF 'tis true, as you say, that I've injur'd a letter,
[better ; As Doctor
With “Doctor, why so thoughtful, pray?"
But soon they more familiar grew;
And then he told his piteous case,
“ Away with fear," the phantom said, You should call at his house, or should send
As soon as he had heard his tale : him a card ;
“ Take my advice, and mend your trade : Can Garrick alone be so cold?
We both are losers if you fail.
“Go write, your wit in satire show, Garrick.
No matter whether smart or true;
Call Shall I, a poor player, and still poorer bard,
names, the greatest foe Shall folly with Camden make bold?
To dullness, folly, pride, and you. What joy can I give him, dear Wilmot, declare: “ Then copies spread, there lies the trick, Promotion no honors can bring;
Among your friends be sure you send 'em; To him the Great Seals are but labor and care : For all who read will soon grow sick: Wish joy to your country and king.
And, when you're call'd upon, attend'em. Soon after the promotion of Lord Camden to the Seals, Mr. Wilmot, his Lordship's pursebearer, called at Hampton ; where learning that Mr. Garrick had not yet paid bis congratulatory compliments, the conversation between the two gentlemen furnished Mr. Garrick with the subject of the Epigram; in which with admirable address our English Roscius has turned an imputed neglect into a very elegant panegyric on that truly patriotic nobleman.
u Thus trade increasing by degrees,
A bee within a damask rose
But lesser sweets the thief foregoes,
Where tasting all the bloom of spring,
Waked by the ripening breath of May, Upon a certain Lord's giving some Thousand Th’ ungrateful spoiler left his sting, Pounds for a House. GARRICK.
And with the honey flew away. So many thousands for a house, Por you, of all the world, Lord Mouse ! An Epitaph upon the celebrated Claudius PhiA little house would best accord
lips*, Musician, who died very poor. With you, my very little lord !
GARRICK. And then exactly match'd would be Your house and hospitality.
Philips, whose touch harmonious could
The pangs of guilty pow'r and hapless love, Upon seeing Mr. Taylor's Pictures of Bath, Here find that calm thou gav'st so oft before ;
Rest here, distress'd by poverty no more, and hearing a Connoisseur declare that, they Sleep undisturb’d within this peaceful shine, were finely painted for a Gentleman."
Till'angels wake thee with a note like thine. Tell me the meaning, you who can, Of “finely for a gentleman!"
Epitaph on William Hogartht, in Chiswick Is genius, rarest gift of Heaven,
GARRICK. To the hired artist only given? Or, like the Catholic salvation,
Farewel, great painter of mankind, Paled in for any class or station ?
Who reach'd the noblest point of art ; Is it bound prentice to the trade,
Whose pictur'd morals charm the mind, Which works, and as it works is paid ?
And ihrough the eye correct the heart ! Is there no skill to build, invent,
If genius fire thee, reader, stay ; Unless inspir'd by five per cent. ?
if nature touch thee, drop a tear:And shalt ihou, Taylor, paint in vain,
If neither move thee, turn away,
For Hogarth's honour'd dust lies here.
Epitaph on James Quin 1, in Bath Cathedral.
GARRICK. Tom Fool to Mr.Hoskins, his Counsellor and That tongue, which set the table in a roar, Friend.
GARRICK. And charm'd the public ear, is heard no more:
Clos'd are those eyes, the harbingers of wit, On your care must depend the success of my Which spoke, before the tongue, what Shak
suit, The possession I mean of the house in dispute; Cold are those hands, which living were
speare writ. Consider, my friend, an attorney's my foe, The worst of his tribe, and the best is so-so.
At friendship's call, to succour modest worth. O let not his quiddits and quirks of the law,
Here lies James Quin! Deign, reader, to be O let not this harpy, your poor client claw!
taught,In law, as in life, I know well 'tis a rule, That a knave should be ever 100 hard for a fool: In nature's happiest mould however cast,
Whate'er thy strength of body, force of thought, To this rule one exception your client implores, To this complexion thou must come at last. That the fool may for once beat the knave out of doors.
Epitaph on Laurence Sterne ş. GARRICK. From the Spanish. GARRICK.
Shall pride a heap of sculptur'd marble raise,
(praise, For me my fair a wreath has wove, Some worthless, unmourn'd, titled fool to
Where rival flow'rs in union meet; And shall we not by one poor grave-stone learn As oft she kiss'd the gift of love,
Where genius, wit, and humor, sleep with Her breath gave sweetness to the sweet.
Sterne? • This Epitaph has been ascribed to Dr. Johnson, but was really written by Mr. Garrick. See European Magazine, January, 1785. + He died October 26, 1764.
1 Mr. Quin died January, 1766. Š Mr. Sterne was born at Clonmel in Ireland, November 24, 1713, and died in London, March 18, 1768.
Epitaph on Mr.Beighton, who had been Vicar | Lines written by the celebrated Thomson, to
of Egham forty-five Years. GARRICK. his AMANDA; with a Copy of the Seasons. Near half an age, with every good man's Accept, dear Nymph! a tribute due praise,
To sacred friendship, and to you: Among his flock the shepherd pass’d his days : But with it take, what breath'd the whole, The friend, the comfort of the sick and poor, O! take to thine the Poet's soul ! Want never knock'd unheeded at his door; If fancy here her pow'r displays, Oft when his duty call'd, disease and pain Or if a heart esalts these lays, Sırove to confine him, but they strove in vain. You fairest in that fancy shine, All moạn his death, his virtues long they tried, And all that heart is fondly thine! They knew not how they lov'd him, till he
died. Peculiar blessings did his life attend, He had no foe, and Camden was his friend.
A MEMBER of the modern great
The tinker forced to trudge it.
The Lawyer and his Client. A Tribute by Mr.Garrick, to the Memory of
Two lawyers, when a knotty cause was a Character he long knew and respected.
Shook hands, and were as good friends as Epitaph on Mr. Havard, Comedian*.
before, “ An honest man's the noblest work of God.” “ Zounds!" says the losing client, “ hov
Havard, from sorrow rest beneath this stone; To be such friends, who were such foes just An honest man-belor'd as soon as known;
naw?" Howe'er defective in the mimic art, In real life he justly play'd his part !
Thou fool, says one, we lawyers, tho' so keen, The noblest character he acted well,
Like shears, ne'er cut ourselves, but what's And heaven applauded when the curtain fell.
Inscription on a Grotlo of Shells, at Crur. Epitaph on Mrs. Ellen Temple, late Wife of Easton t, the Work of Nine young Ladies 1.
Mr. John Temple, of Malton, Surgeon.
By Mr. GENTLEMAN.
Here, in just hope above the stars to rise, Clear as her soul, and shining as her frame;
The mortal part of Ellen Temple lies, Beauty which nature only can impart, In whom those beauties of a spotless mind, And such a polish as disgraces art;
Faith and good works, were happily combin’d; But fate dispos’d them in this humble sort,
A patient, careful, constant, loving wife, And hid in deserts what would charm a court. The foe of scandal and domestic strife :
The tender mother, undissembling friend,
Who grac'd those virtues with a pious end; Verses occasioned by seeing a Grotto built by Who, still preserving an unblemish d name, Nine Sisters.
Herbert. Ne'er nieanly strove to taint a neighbour's So much this building entertains my sight, fame : Nought but the builders can give more delight: Who play'd, -as, reader, thou shouldst doIn them the masterpiece of nature's shown, In this I see art's masterpiece in stone. With inward peace and rectitude of heart; O Nature, Nature, thou hast conquer'd Art; Who Christian-like resign'd her final breath, She charms the sight alone, but you the heart. I And, dying free from censure, smild at death.
• He died 20th February, 1778. + In the county of Hants, the seat of Edward Lisle, Esq. 1 Miss Lisles, daughters of Edward Lisle, Esq. and sisters to Dr. Lisle.