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any transactions dishonourable to the writer, is rested the whole support of the accusa

Multùm, crede, juvat terras aluisse remotas

Pectus amans nostri, tainque fidele caput;
Quodque mihi lepidum tellus longinqua sodalem

Debet, at unde brevi reddere jussa velit.
Me tenet urbs refluâ quam 'Thamesis alluit undâ,

Meque nec invitum patria dulcis habet.
Jam nec arundiferum mihi cura revisere Camum,

Nec dudum vetiti me laris angit amor,
Nuda nec arva placent, umbrasque negantia molles :

Quàm malè Phæbicolis convenit ille locus !
Nec duri libet usque minas perferre magistri,

Cæteraque ingenio non subeunda meo.
Si sit hoc exilium patrios adiisse penates,

Et vacuum curis otia grata sequi,

vel profugi nomen sortemve recuso,
Lætus et exilii conditione fruor.
O, utinam vates nunquam graviora tulisset,

Ille Tomitano flebilis exul agro:
Non tunc Ionio quicquam cessisset Homero,

Neve foret victo laus tibi prima, Maro.
Tempora nam licet hic placidis dare libera Musis,

Et totum rapiunt me, mea vita, libri.
Excipit hinc fessum siouosi pompa theatri,

Et vocat ad plausus garrula scena suos.
Seu catus auditur senior, seu prodigus hæres,

Seu procus, aut positâ casside miles adest 3
Sive decennali fæcundus lite patronus

Detonat inculto barbára verba foro,
Sæpe vafer gnato succurrit servus amanti,

Et nasum rigidi fallit ubique patris :
Sæpe novos illic virgo mirata calores

Quid sit amor nescit, dum quoque nescit, amat.
Sive cruentatum furiosa Tragedia sceptrum

Quassat, et effusis crinibus ora rotat.
Et dolet, et specto, juvat et spectâsse dolendo,

Interdum et lacrymis dulcis amaror inest :

tion, preferred against our author's college life, from his own to the present times. The

Seu puer infelix indelibata reliquit

Gaudia, et abrupto flendus amore cadit :
Seu ferus è tenebris iterat Styga criminis ultor,

Conscia funereo pectora torre movens :
Seu mæret Pelopeia domus, seu nobilis Ili,

Aut luit incestos aula Creontis avos.
Sed neque sub tecto semper, nec in urbe latemus ;

Irrita nec nobis tempora veris eunt.
Nos quoque lucus habet vicinâ consitus ulmo,

Atque suburbani nobilis umbra loci.
Sæpius hîc, blandas spirantia sidera flammas,

Virgineos videas præteriisse choros.
Ah quoties dignæ stupui miracula formæ,

Quæ possit senium vel reparare Jovis !
Ah quoties vidi superantia lumina gemmas,

Atque faces, quotquot volvit uterque polus !
Collaque bis vivi Pelopis quæ brachia vincant,

Quæque fluit puro nectare tincta via !
Et decus eximium frontis, tremulosque capillos,
Aurea quæ

fallax retia tendit Amor !
Pellacesque genas, ad quas hyacinthina sordet

Purpura, et ipse tui floris, Adoni, rubor!
Cedite, laudatæ toties Heroides olim,

Et quæcunque vagum cepit amica Jovem,
Cedite, Achæmeniæ turritâ fronte puellæ,

Et quot Susa colunt, Memnoniámque Ninon ;
Vos etiam Danaæ fasces submittite nymphæ,

Et vos Iliaca, Romuleæque nurus:
Nec Pempeianas Tarpeia Musa columnas

Jactet, et Ausoniis plena theatra stolis.
Gloria virginibus debetur prima Britannis;

Extera, sat tibi sit, fæmina, posse sequi.
Tuque urbs Dardaniis, Londinum, structa colonis,

Turrigerum latè conspicienda caput,

author of the “ Modest Confutation," (whom Milton believed to have been the son of

Tu nimium felix intra tua mænia claudis

Quicquid formosi pendulus orbis habet.
Non tibi tot cælo scintillant astra sereno,

Endymioneæ turba ministra deæ,
Quot tibi, conspicuæ formâque auróque, puellæ

Per medias radiant turba videnda vias.
Creditur buc geminis venisse invecta columbis

Alma pharetrigero milite cincta Venus;
Huic Cnidon, et riguas Simoentis flumine valles,

Huic Paphon, et roseam posthabitura Cypron.
Ast ego, dum pueri sinit indulgentia cæci,

Mænia quàm subitò linquere fausta paro;
Et vitare procul malefidæ infamia Circes

Atria, divini molyos usus ope.
Stat quoque juncosas Cami remeare paludes,

Atque iterum raucæ murmur adire scholæ,
Interea fidi paryum cape munus amici,

Paucaque in alternos verba coacta modos,


At length, my friend, the missive paper came,
Warm with your words, and living with your pame:
Came from those fields, which Cestrian Deva laves,
As prone he hurries to lërne's waves.
I joy to find my friendship thus confest,
Though regions part us, thriving in your breast:
I joy, believe me, that a distant shore
Owes me a comrade—and must soon restore.
Pleased with my native city, still I dwell
Where Thames's restless waters sink and swell.
No love of late forbidden scenes now pains,
Cam's sedgy banks, and Granta's cloister'd fanes.
I like not fields that gasp in vain for shades, -
Fields most unfriendly to the Aönian maids.

bishop Hall,) confesses that he had no certain notice of his opponent, further than what he

Ill too my soul a master's threats can bear,"
And all the fretting of the pedant's war.
If this be banishment,-all cares aloof,
To live my own beneath a father's roof,
Siūl,-let an idle world condemn or not,-
Mine be truant's name, an exile's lot.
O had no weightier ills oppressid the doom
of the sad bard in Tomi's wintry gloom ;
Great Homer's self had seen a rival lay,
And Maro had resign'd his victor bay:
For here the Muses lead my hours along,
And all my day is study or is song.
Then, tired, I hasten where the scene commands
The crowded theatre's applauding hands :
Whether it's fictions show, with mimic truth,
A cautious parent, or a spendthrift youth:
A lover, or a peaceful son of war;-
Or, bawling the base jargon of the bar,
Pompous, and pregnant with a ten years' cause,
The prating, puzzled pleader of the laws.
There oft a servant aids the doating boy
To elude his sire, and gain his promised joy:
There a new feeling oft the maiden proves;
Knows not 'tis love, but while she knows pot, loves.
Or there high tragedy, in wild despair,
Lifts her red hand, and rends her streaming hair.
I look and weep:-1 weep-yet look again,
And snatch from sorrow a delicious pain:
Whether the hapless youth, from love and life
Torn by strong fate, resign his virgin wife:
Or, hot froin hell, the dire avenger stand,
Exerting o'er the wretch her Stygian brand:
Or heaven's dread wrath o'ertake, with tardy pace,
The crimes of Atreus in his bleeding race;
Or Creon's court atone the incestuous sire's embrace.


had gathered from the “ Animadversions;" and Milton says,

" He blunders at me for the

Nor always do I lose, 'mid walls and streets,
Spring's painted blossoins, and refreshing sweets.
Sometimes beneath my suburb grove I stray,
Where blending elms dispense a chequer'd day:
Where passing beauties often strike my sight,
Diurnal stars, that shoot a genial light.
With raptured gaze, ah! often have I hung
On forms of power to make old Saturn young :
Ah! often have I seen the radiant

Outblaze the gem, or Zembla's nightly sky;
The neck, more white than Pelops' ivory arm;
The nectar'd lip, with dewy rapture warm;
The front's resplendent grace; the playful hairs,
Compelld by Love to weave his golden snares;
And the sweet power of cheek, where dimples wreath,
And tints, beyond the blush of Flora breathe.
Yield, famed Heroides! yield nymphs, who strove
With heaven's great empress for the heart of Jove!
Stoop, Persian dames! your structured foreheads low!
Ye Grecian, Dardan, Roman damsels, bow!
And thou, Tarpeian poet,* cease to boast
Thy Pompey's porch, and theatre's bright host.
Let foreigo nymphs the fruitless strife forbear:
Beauty's first prize belongs to Britain's fair.
Imperial London! built by Trojan hands,
With towery head illustrious o'er the lands,
Happy-thrice happy!-what the sun beholds
Of female charms, thy favour'd wall infolds.
Not more the stars, whose beams illume thy night,
(Gay homagers of Luna's regent light,)
Than lovely maids, of faultless form and face,
Who o'er thy crowded paths diffuse a golden grace.

# Ovid.

· Apol. for Smectymnuus, P.W. v.i. 213.

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