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Gifts that alone from Nature's bounty flow, Forbear, raih mufe! nor longer now commend,
Which fortune may display, but not bestow; Lest whom thou would'st describe, thou should'st
For wealth but sets the picture more in light,

offend,
And brings the beauties or the faults to light. And in her breast a painful glowing raise,
How true th' esteem that's founded in desert! Who, conscious of the merit, shuns the praise.
How pleasing is the tribute of the heart!
Here willing daty ne'er was paid in vain,
And ev'n dependence cannot feel its chain,

THE ECSTACY.
Yet whom she thus sets free she closer binds,
(Affection is the chain of grateful minds)
And, doubly blessing her adopted care,

" Me vero primùm dulces ante omnia mula Makes them her virtues with her fortune share,

Accipiant, cælique vias et fidera monftrent." Leads by exan:ple, and by kindness guards,

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And raifas first the merit she rewards.

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Oft too abroad she casts a friendly eye,
As she would help to every need supply.

It may be proper to acquaint the reader that the
The poor near her almost their cares forget,

following poem was begun on the model of a Their want but serves as hunger to their nieat; Latin ode of Casimire, intitulede Rebus Humanis For, since her soul's ally'd to haman kind,

Exceffus, from which it is plain chat Cowley Not to her house alone her store's confin'd,

likewise took the first hint of his ode called the But passing on, its own full banks o'erflows,

Ecstacy. The former part, thercfore, is chiefly Enlarg'd, and deals forth plenty as it goes.

an imitation of that ode, though with confiderThrough some fair garden thus a river leads

able variations, and the addition of the whole Its watery wealth, and first th'inclusure feeds, second stanza, except the first three lines : but Visits each plant, and every flower supplies;

the plan itself seeming capable of a farther im. Or, taught in Sportive fountains to arise,

provement, the latter part, which attempts a Cafts sprinkled fowers o'er every figur'd green;

short view of the heavens according to the mo-
Or in canals walks round the beauteous scene, dern philstophy, is entirely original, and not
Yet stops not there, but its free course maintains, founded on any thing in the Latin author,
And spreads gay verdure through th' adjacent

plains;
The labouring hinds with pleasure see it flow,

I LEAVE mortality's low sphere.
And bless those strcanis by which their pastures

Ye winds and clouds, come life me high, grow,

And on your airy pinions bear

Swift through the regions of the sky.
O generous use of power! O virtuous pride!

What lofty mountains downward Ay!
Ne'er day the means be to such fouls deny'd,

And lo, how wide a space of air
Exccutors of Heaven's all bounteous will,

Extends new prospects to my eye!
Who well the great First-giver's ends fulfil,

The gilded fanes, reflecting light,
Who from superior heights still looking down

And royal palaces, as bright,
On glittering heaps, which scarce they think their

(The rich abodes
own,

Of heavenly and of earthly gode)
Despise the empty show of useless state,

Retirc apace; whole cities too
And only would by doing good be great!

Decrease beneath ny rising view.

And now far off the rolling globe appears;
Now pause awhile, my muse, and then renew les scatter'd nacions I survey,
The pleasing task, and take a second view!

And all the mass of earth and rea;
Oh object well deserving tears!

Capricious state of things below, (know!
A train of virtues yet undrawn appear;

That, changeful fron their birth, no fix'd duration
Here just economy, strict prudence there;
Near liberality they ever stand;

Here new-built towns, aspiring high,
This guides her judgment, that directs her hand. Ascend, with lofty turrets crown'd:
By these see wild profusion chas'd away,

There others fall, and mouldering lie,
And wantun luxury, like birds of prey.

Obscure, or only by their ruins found,
Whilst nieek humility, with charms lerene,

Palmyra's far-extended waste I spy,
Forbids vain ponip t'asproach the hallow'd scene; (Once Tadmor, ancient in renown)
Yet through her veil the more attracts the fight, Her marble heaps, by the wild Arab shown,
And on her lifter-virtues caks a light.

Suill load with useless pomp the ground.

But where is lordly Babylon? where now
But wherefore starts the painter-muse, and why, Lifts the co heaven her giant brow?
The piece unfinish'd, throws the pencil by?

Where does the wealth of Nineveh abound?
Methinks (she says) humility I hear,

Or where's the pride of Afric's thore?
With gentle voice reproving, cry--Forbear:

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In Rome herself behold th' extremes of fate, And bury spacious towns beneath their sweeping Her ancient greacness sunk, her modern boasted

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Dash'd with the sudden flood the vaulted temples See her luxurious palaces arise,

Waves rollid on waves, deep burying deep, lift With broken arches mixt between!

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And here what fplendid domes poffefs the fies! A watery monument, in which profound
And there old temples, open to the day,

The courts and cottages together lie.
Their walls o'ergrown with moss display;

Ev'n now the floating wreck I fpy,
And columns, awful in decay, [scene. And the wide surface far around
Rear up their roofless heads to form the various With spoils of plunder'd countries crown'd.

Such, Belgia, was the ravage and affright, Around the space of earth I turn my eye;

When late thou saw'st thy ancient foe
But where's the region free from woe?

Swell o'er thy digues, oppos'd in vain,
Where shall the muse one little spot descry

With deadly rage, and rising in its might
The seat of happiness below?

Pour down swift ruin on thy plains below.
Here peace would all its joys dispense,

Thus fire, and air, and earth, and main, The vines and olives unmolested grow,

A never-cealing fight maintain,
But lo! a purple pestilence

While man on every side is sure to lose;
Unpeoples cities, sweeps the plains,

And fate has furnish'd out the stage of life Whilft vainly through deserted fields

With war, misfortune, and with strife; (woes. Her unreap'd harvests Ceres yields,

Till death the curtain drops, and shuts the scene of
And at the noon of day a midnight filence reigns.
There milder heat the healthful climate warms, But why do I delay my flight ?
But, flaves to arbitrary power,

Or on such gloomy objects gaze?
And pleas'd each other to devour,

I go to realms serene with ever-living light.
The mad poffessors rush to arms.

Haste, clouds and whirlwinds, haste a raptur'd bard I fee, I fee them from afar,

to raise; I view distinct the mingled war!

Mount me sublime along the shining way, I see the changing squadrons i en

Where planers, in pure streams of æther driv'n, Hand to hand, and breast to wreast.

Swim through the blue expanse of heav'nı. Destruction, like a vulture, hovers nigh;

And lo! th' obscquious clouds and winds obey ! Lur'd with the hope of human blood,

And lo! again the nations downwards fly, She hangs upon the wing, uncertain where to fly, Andwide-stretch'd kingdoms perish from my eye. But licks her drowthy jaws, and waits the promis'd Heaven! what bright visions now arise! food,

What opening worlds my ravish'd sense surprise!

I pass cerulean gulfs, and now behold Here cruel Discord takes a wider scene,

New solid globes their weight, self-balanc'd, bear, To exercise more unrelenting rage;

Unprop'd amidst the fluid air, Appointed fleets their numerous powers engage, And all, around the central sun, in circling eddies With scarce a space of sea between.

rollid. Hark! what a brazen burst of thunder

Unequal in their course see they advance, Rends the elements asunder!

And form the planetary dance! Affrighted Ocean flies the roar,

Here the pale moon, whom the same laws ordaio And drives the billows to the distant fore;

T'obey the earth, and rule the main ;
The distant More,

Here spots no more in shadowy streaks appear ; That such a storm ne'er felt before,

But lakes instead, and groves of trees, Transmits it to the rocks around;

The 'wondering muse transported sees, The rocks and hollow creeks prolong the rolling And their tall heads discover'd niountains rear. found.

And now once more I downward cast my light,

When lo! the earth a larger moon, displays Still greater horrors strike my eyes.

Far off, amidst the heavens, her silver face, Behold convulsive earthquakes there

And to her sister moon by turns gives light! And shatter'd land in pieces tear,

Her feas are shadowy spots, her land a milky white. And ancient cities fink, and sudden mountains rife! Through opening mines th' astonish'd wretches go, What power unknown my course still upwards Hurry'd to unknown depths below.

guides, The bury'd ruin fleeps; and nought remains Where Mars is seen his ruddy rays to throw But dust above and desart plains,

Through heatless skies that round him seem to Unless some stone this sad infcription wear,

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And where remoter Jove o'er his four moons pre# The prince, his pcople, and his kingdom, here, And now I urge my way more bold, One common tomb contains.

Uopierc'd by Saturns chilling cold, [behold.

And pass his planetary guards, and his bright ring Again, behold where seas, disdaining bound,

Here the sun's beams so faintly play, D'er the firm land ufurping ride,

The mingled fades almost extinguish day,

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337 His rage geverted hence the fire withdraws, Yet there with in-born vigour hopes the kies : For here his wide dominions end;

Till fledg'd with wings full-grown, and bold to rise, And other funs, that rule by cther laws,

The bird of heaven to heaven aspires, Hither their bordering realms extend. Soars 'midit the meteors and celestial fires,

With generous pride his humbler birth disdaios, And now far off through the blue vacant borne, And bears the thinder through th'æthereal plains.

I reach at lart the milky road,
Once thought to lead to Jove's fupreme abode,
Where stars, profuse in heaps, heaven's glittering

heights adorn.
Lost in each other's neighbouring rays, [blaze.

THE TENTH BOOK
Thay undiftinguith'd thine in one promiscuous

So thick the lucid gems are strowa,
As if ch' Almighty builder bere

LUCAN'S PHARSALIA,
Laid up his stores for many a sphere
lo destin'd worlds, as yet unknown.
Hither the nightly. wakeful swain,

The Argument and Conncetion of the Story with the
That guards his folds upon the plain,
Oft turns his gazing eyes,

foregoing Books, Yet marks no stars, but o'er his head

Pompey, flying to Egypt, after his defeat at Phar. Beholds elie streamy twilight spread,

falia, was, by the king's consept, barely murLike distant morning in the skies;

dered by Pothinus, and his head presented to And wonders from what source its dawning fplen- Cæsar, as he approached the Egyptian coast, in dors rise.

pursuit of his enemy. The poet having repre

sented this catastrophe in the two former books; But lo!--what's this I see appear?

che argument of the tenth book is as follows: It seems far off a pointed flame;

Cæfar lands in Egype. He goes to Alexandria; From earth-wards too the shining meteor canie. visits the temple, and the sepulchre of the kings, How swift it climbs th'aerial space!

ip' which Alexander the Great was buried. The And now it traverses cach sphere,

poet, in a beautiful digreffion, declaims againt And seems some living guest, familiar to the place.

the ambition of that monarch. Ptolemy, the 'Tis he-as I approach more near

young king of Egypt, meets Cæsar at his arriThe great Columbus of the skies I know!

val, and receives him into his palace. His fifter 'Tis Newton's foul, that daily travels here

Cleopatra, who had been kept a prisoner in In search of koowledge for mankind below. Pharos, makes her escape, and privately getting O stay, thou happy spirit, ftay, [day;

admittance to Cesar, implores his protection. And lead me on through all th' unbeaten wilds of By his nieans she is recopciled to her brother; As when the Sibyl did Rome's father guide

after which the entertains Cæfar at a feast. The Sase through the downward roads of oight, supper being ended, Cæsar requests of Achoreus, And in Elyfium bleft his sight

the priest, an account of the antiquities of Egypt, With views till then to mortal eyes deny'd. particularly of the river Nile. Achoreus's reply. Here loc me, thy companion, stray

The course of that river described, with an enu. From orb to orb, and now behold

meration of the various opinions concerniog its Unnumber'd suns, all seas of molten gold; {pring, and the causes of its overflowing. Po

And trace each comet's wandering way, thinus plots the death of Cæsar. His message And now descry light's fountain-head,

to Achillas to invite him to join in this attempt. And measure its descending speed;

Achillas marches against Alexandria with an Or learn how sun-born colours rife

army compofed nf Egyptians and Romans, and In rays distinct, and in the skies

besieges Cæsar in the palace, who seizes Prolemy Bleuded in yellow radiance flow,

as a pledge for his own security. A herald, Or ftain the fleecy cloud, or streak the watery bow; fent from the king to inquire the cause of this

Or now diffus'd their beauteous tinctures shed tumule, is flain. An attack being made, Cæfar On every planet's riling bills, and every verdant defends himself, burns the Egyptian ships in the mead.

harbour, and possesses himself of Pharos, where

he puts Porhinus to death. Arsinoe, younger Thus, rais d sublime on contemplation's wings, fifter of Ptolemy, by the aid of Ganimede, her Fresh wonders I would fill explore,

governor, arriving in the camp, causes Achillas Still the great Maker's power adore,

to be flain. Ganimede renews the attack against Loft in the thought-nor ever more

Cæsar, who is blocked up in Pharos, and reReturn to earth, and carthly things;

duced to the greatest extremity.
But here with native frecdom take my flight,
An inmate of the heavens, adopted into light: WHEN conquering Cæfar follow'd to the land
So for a while the royal eagle's brood

His rival's head, and trod the barbarous strand,
In his low nest securely lies,

His fortune Itrove with guilty Egypt's fate Amid the darkness of the theltering wood, In doubtful fight, and this the dire debate;

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Shall Roman arms great Lagus' realm enthrall ? Who to his grave the world's sole empire borc,
Or shall the victor, like the vanquish'd, fall With the fame envy 'twas acquir'd before;
By Egypt's sword ? Pompey, the ghost withstood And, wanting a successor to his reign,
Th’impending blow, and sav'd the general's blood, | Left all to suffer conquest once again.
Left Rome, too happy after loss of thee,
Should rule the Nile, herself from bondage free. Yet Babylon first yielded to his arms,

And Parthia trembled at his proud alarms. Secure, and with this barbarous pledge content, | Oh shame to tell! could haughty Parthia fear TO Alexandria now the conqueror went.

The Grecian dart, and not the Roman (pear? The crowd that saw his entry, while, before, What though the north, and south, and west, are Advancing guards the rods of empire bore,

ours, In murmur'd sounds their jealous rage disclos'd, Th' unconquer'd east defies our feeble powers, At Roman rites and foreign law impos'd.

So fatal once to Rome's great Crassi known, Observing Cæfar foon his error (py'd,

A province now to Pella's puny town.
That not for hiin his nighty rival dy'd,
Yet (mooth'd his brow, all marks of fear suppress’d,

Now from Pelufium, where expanding wide And hid his cares, deep bury'd in his breat. Nile pours into the sea his aniple tide,

Came the boy-king; his presence foon appeasid Then with intrepid mien he took his way, The people's rage, and giddy tumult ceas'd. The city walls and temples to survey,

In Egypt's palace, Cæsar Aleeps secure; Works which thy ancient power, great Macedon, This princely hostage does a while ensure citplay,

His terms of peace; when lo! the sister-queen, He viev'd the splendid fares with careless eyes,

In a small boat conceal'd, securely mcan, Shrines rich with gold and sacred mysteries,

With gold corrupts the keeper of the port, Nor fix'd his fight, but, eager in his pace,

And undiscover'd lands, and lurks within the court. Descends the vault, which holds the royal race.

The royal whore! her country's worst disgrace, Philip's mad son, the prosperous robber, bound

The fate and fury of the Roman race ! In fate's eternal chains, here sleeps profound,

As Helen's Soft incendiary charms Whom death forbad his rapines to pursue,

Provok'd the Grecian and the Trojan arms,
And ii the world's
the world's revenge the monster few.

No less did Clevpatra's eyes inspire
His impious bones, which, through each climatetost, Italian fames, and spread the kindled fire.
The sport of winds, or in the ocean lot,

A rabble rout, a vile enervate band
Had met a juster face, this tomb obtain'd,

Presum'd th' imperial eagles to withstand; And facred, to that kingdom's end, remain'd. Canopus inarc) 'd, a woman at their head, O! should auspicious years roll round again,

And then, if ever, Rome knew aught of dread, And godlike liberty resume her reign,

E'en mighty Rome with terror heard the jar, Preserv'd to scorn the relics would be shown

Of clatter'd cymbals tinkling to the war, Of the bold chief, whose boundless pride alone And fhook her lofty towers, and trembled from This curft example to apibition gave,

afar. How many realms one mortal can enslave! What triumphs had proud Alexandria seen,

Had great Octavius chen a captive been, Distaining what his father won before,

When hovering victory, at Leucate's bay, Afpiring still, and restless after more,

Hung on her wings, and 'twas a strife that day, He left his home; while fortune smiooth'd his way,

If the lost world a distaff should obey. And o'er the fruitful cast ealarg'd his sway. From that curst night this daring hope arose, Red Naughter mark'd his progress, as he past; That shameful nighe, the source of future woes, The guilty sword laid human nature waste, Which first commenc'd polluted loves, between Discolur'd Ganges' and 'uphrat«s' food,

A Roman general and Egyptian queen. With Persian this, and that with Indian blood. O who can Anthony's wild passion blame? He seem'd in terror to the nations sent,

Ev'n Cælar's finty heart confessid the softening The wrash of heaven, a star of dire portent,

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flame! And thook, like thunder, all the continent !

The foul adulterer, recking with the stains

Of impious slaughter on Thessalian plains, Nor yet content, a navy he provides,

Unwash'd from blood, amidit the rage of war, To seas remote his triumpho now he guides, In joys obscene forgets his cruel care. (walls, Nor winds nor waves his progress could with- Thongh Pompey's ghost yet haunt those barbargus stand;

And howling in his ears for vengeance calls, Nor Liby's scorching heat, and defart land, Secure in guilt, he hugs a harlot's charms, Nor rolling mountains of collected fund.

And ningles lawless love with lawless arms, Had Heaven but giv’n hiin tine, he had outrun

Nor mindful of his chaster progeny, The farthest journey of the setting fun,

A bastard-brother, Julia, gives to chee. March'd round the poles, and drank discover'd Nile His rallying foes on Libyan plains rejoin; At his spring-head- But winged fate the while Luxurious Cæfar, shamefully supine, Comes on with specd, the funeral hour draws near; Foregues higains, and for a kiss or smile Death only could arrest his inad carccr,

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Him Cleopatra sought t'espouse her care ; Besides th' unhappy youth by steel unmann'd,
Presuming of her charms, the mournful fair And foften'd from their sex, a beardlefs band;
In wild disorder loos'd her lovely hair,

An abler train was rang'd in adverse rows,

Yet scarce their cheeks did the first down disclofe;
Aod, with a face inviting sure relief,
In tender accents thus disclos'd her grief :

The princes took their seats; amid the rest
Great Cæfar, look! of Lagus' royal race, Sat lordly Cæfar, their superior guest.
So thou restore me to my rightful place,

Proud Cleopatra, not content alone
I kneel a queen. Expell’d my father's throne, T'enjoy a brother-spouse, and share his throne,
My hope of succour is in' you alone. .

Had itain'd her cheeks, and arm'd with artful
You rise a prosperous ftar to Egypt's aid;

Her fatal eyes, new conquest to prepare ; (care O shine propitious on an injur'd maid !

Bright jewels grac'd her neck, and sparkled in My sex has oft the Pharian sceptre sway'd,

her hair.
For fo the laws admit. Let Cæfar read

O'ercharg'd with spoils which the Red Sea fup-
Our parent's will; my brother's crown and bed
Are mine to share, and were the youth but free Scarce can she move beneath the ponderous pride,
From faucy tutors, he would marry me.

Sidonian filk her snowy breasts array'd,
But by Pothivus' nod his passions move,

Which through the net-work veil a thousand
Pothinus wields his sword, and manages his love.

charms display'd,
Forbid that crime; I freely quit my claim, Here might be seen large oval tables wrought
But fave from such reproach our house and name. Of.citron from Atlantic forests brought,
Rescue the rogal buy from mean command, Their treffels ivory; not so rich a fort
Restore the scepire to his trembling hand,

Was Cæsar's prize in vanquish'd juba's court,
This vile domestic's lawless pride restrain, (reign. Blind oftentatious madness! to display
Remove the traitor-guard, and teach the king to Your wealth to whom ev'n civil war's a play,
Th'imperious flave, who kill'd great Cæsar's fue, And tempt an armed guest to seize the prey!
Inur'd to blood, would murder Cæfar too,

Grant riches not the purpose of his toil,
But far, far hence, ye gods, avert the threaten'd Nor with rapacious arms to hunt for spoil,
blow!

Think him a hero of that charter time,
Let Pompey's head suffice Pothinus' fame, When poverty was praise and gold a crime;
Nor let a nobler death increase our shame!

Suppose Fabricius present at the show,

Or the rough consul chosen from the plough,
Here paus'd the queen, and spoke in looks the Or virtuous Curius; cach would wish to come

With such a triumph back to wondering Rome,
Not words alone could move his favage breast;
Her eyes enforce her prayers, soft beauty pleads, What earth and air, the sea and Nile afford,
And brib'd the judge; a night of guilt succeeds. In golden vessels heaps the plenteous board;
Then soon for peace th' affrighted brother sought, Whate'er ambitious luxury could find
And with rich gifts his reconcilement brought. Through the search'd globe, and more than

want enjoin'd;

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Affairs united thus, the court ordains

Herds of Egyptian gods, and fowl of various
A solemn feast, where joy tumultuous reigns. In cryslal ewers Nilus fupplies around
Here Cleopatra's genius first was shown,

His purest streams; vast glittering bowls abound
And arts till then to frugal Rome uoknown. With wine from Meroe's ifle, whose poble age,
The hall a temple seem'd; corrupter days

Fermenting, sparkles with ungovern'd rage :
Scarce on the gods would such a fructure raise. With twisted wreaths, which fragrant flowers
Rich was the fretted roof, and cover'd o'er

compofe,
With ponderous gold; all onyx was the floor. Delightful nard, and ever-blooming rose,
Nor marble plates alone the walls incas'd,

They crown their brows; and strow their oily hair
Beauteous to light, and all th' apartment grac'd; With spice from neighbouring fields, not yet ex-
But solid pillars of thick agate stood,

pir'd in air. And ebony supply'd for common wood.

Here Cæsar learns the fruitful world to drain, Ivory the doors, with Indian cortoise seen

While conscious thoughts his secret foul arraign
Inlaid, and studded emerald between.

Blushing he inward mourns the dire debate
The beds too shone, profufc of gems, on high, With his poor son, but mourns, alas ! too late,
The coverings Tyrian silk, of double dye,

And longs for war with Egypt's wealthy state.
Embroider'd part with gold, with scarlet part,
A curious mixture of Egyptian art.

At length, the tumult of the banquet, o'er,

When faced luxury requir'd no more,
And now the crowd of menial flaves appears, Cæsar protracts the filent hours of night,
Of various skin, and size, and various years. And, turning to Achoreus, cloth'd in white,
Some swarthy Africans with frizzled hair; High on a lofty couch-Say, holy feer!
Black Ethiops these; and thosc, like Germans, fair, whose hoary age thy guardian gods revere,
With yellow locks, which, Cæsar owns, nurthine Devoted to their rites! wilt thou relate
In colour ey'n the natives of the Rhine;

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