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Ad Postumum.

Postume, quod quæris mihi, quod tibi, defit asylum,

Neque ulla rebus impetrantur otia :
Ut mala nimboso cum turbine conditur ætas !

Ut inter arma sæculum renascitur !
Ut rupti nexus populorum, ususque, modusque,

Et irriti novantur urbium status !
Nec tu, Rhene pater, nec prælia Nilipotens rex,

Neque obserata distulistis æquora !
En geminæ gentes regno super omnia turbant ;

Stat invicem patronus et juvat Deus :
Hanc vetere obsequio Neptunia cuspis obarmat,

Corusca fulminantis hanc Jovis manus.
Auro inhiant ambæ ; superest violentia fraudi,

Et ipsa crescit appetentibus fames.
Ergo ense injecto Brennorum Gallus ad instar

Superbus æra libripendis elevat:
Qualis at articulis polypus cava tentat aquarum,

Terit Britannus omne classibus fretum :
Gentibus ille satam sibi vindicat Amphitriten,

Habetque avarus æquor, ut domum suam. Hoc opus, hæ vires; quibus omnigenum ventorum

Nigros ad usque devolavit objices, Sideribus rexitque ratem non ante repertis,

Inexpedita quo ferat lucri via.

To all isles, all coasts of furthest nations ;

All—but only those of Paradise.
Vainly o'er the world's wide surface ranging,

Would'st thou seek that blessed spot to know, Where bright Freedom's verdure smiles unchanging,

Where life's earliest flowers undying blow? Endless lies the globe's huge floating mansion,

Scarce can sail its bulk enormous trace;
Yet not all throughout its vast expansion

May ten happy beings find a place.
To the heart's still chamber, deep and lonely,

Must thou flee from life's tumultuous throng :
Freedom in the land of dreams is only,

And the Beauteous blooms alone in song.

Merivale's Schiller.

Bonnie Lass.

BONNIE lass, bonnie lass, will you be mine?
Thou shalt neither wash dishes nor serve the swine;
But sit on a cushion and sew up a seam,
And thou shalt have strawberries sugar and cream.

Gammer Gurton.

At latet Elysium felix nemus; at pia sedes

Adhuc fefellit, angulusque Achillež,
Qua sua libertas animis, rerumque juventas

Virescit, hortulisque pullulat sacris.
Quod si spe nimia tanti sinus orbis aditur,

Volantis ut fatiscat impetus trabis,
Ipse tamen digitis potes enumerare beatos,

Quot omnis ora pascit, et tegit polus.
Tecum habita, Geniumque fove, (neque enim hoc

Deus aufert) Inulta si stat occupare gaudia : Prende chelyn, cui sola patet plaga libera mundi,

Vacantque regna somniorum inania.

C. M.

Pulcra Puella.

Pulcra puella, velis fieri mea, pulcra puella ? Pascere non porcos, tibi non detergere lances Curæ erit; at vestem suere et requiescere sella ; Mellaque erunt epulis et lacte fluentia fraga.

F. H.

Ode to Adversity.

Daughter of Jove, relentless power,
Thou tamer of the human breast,
Whose iron scourge and torturing hour
The bad affright, afflict the best!
Bound in thy adamantine chain,
The proud are taught to taste of pain,
And purple tyrants vainly groan
With pangs unfelt before, unpitied and alone.

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When first thy Sire to send on earth
Virtue, his darling child, designed,
To thee he gave the heavenly birth,
And bade to form her infant mind.
Stern rugged Nurse! thy rigid lore
With patience many a year she bore;
What sorrow was, thou bad'st her know,
And from her own she learned to melt at others' woe.

Gray.

In Calamitatem.

QUÆ sævo domitos imperio regis
Mortales, superi nata Jovis Dea,
Dira non sine pæna et

Flagris improba ferreis
Pertentans homines ; unde adamantinis
Sub vinclis trepidum comprimitur Nefas,
Angunturque malorum

Seris pectora luctibus,

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Nec puri sceleris non animi dolent;
Te reges dominam purpurei novam,
Per deserta domorum,

Te vano gemitu tremunt.

Cum lectam generi mittere filiam
Humano voluit coelicolum Pater
Virtutem, tibi diam

Commisit sobolem Deus,

Ut prudens teneræ pectora fingeres.
Ah! quanta rigidam te patientia,
Nutrix aspera, longis

Virtus temporibus tulit!

Sensit, qua miseris fracta doloribus
Mens cura gemeret: sensit, et haud suo,
Te perdocta magistra,

Luctu tangitur invicem.

L.

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