Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

TWO CHORUS'S

TO THE TRAGEDY OF BRUTUS.*

CHORUS OF ATHENIANS.

STROPHE I.

YE shades, where sacred truth is sought;

Groves, where immortal sages taught :
Where heav'nly visions Plato fir'd,
And Epicurus lay inspir’d!
In vain your guiltless laurels stood

Unspotted long with human blood.
War, horrid war, your thoughtful walks invades,
And steel now glitters in the Muses' shades.

5

ANTISTROPHE I.

IO

Oh heav'n-born sisters ! source of art !
Who charm the sense or mend the heart;
Who lead fair Virtue's train along,
Moral Truth, and mystic Song !

To

a Altered from Shakespear by the Duke of Buckingham, at whose desire these two Chorus's were composed to supply as many wanting in his play. They were set many years afterward by the famous Bononcini, and performed at Buckingham-housea

To what new clime, what distant sky,

Forsaken, friendless, shall ye fly?
Say, will ye bless the bleak Atlantic shore?
Or bid the furious Gaul be rude no more?

15

STROPHE II.

20

When Athens sinks by fates unjust,
When wild Barbarians spurn her dust ;
Perhaps ev'n Britain's utmost shore
Shall cease to blush with stranger's gore,
See Arts her savage sons controul,

And Athens rising near the pole !
Till some new tyrant lifts his purple hand,
And civil madness tears them from the land.

ANTISTROPHE II.

25

Ye Gods! what justice rules the ball ?
Freedom and Arts together fall;
Fools grant whate'er Ambition craves,
And men, once ignorant, are slaves.
Oh curs'd effects of civil hate,

In ev'ry age, in ev'ry state !
Still, when the lust of tyrant pow'r succeeds,
Some Athens perishes, some Tully bleeds.

30

[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

5

OH tyrant Love ! hast thou possést

The prudent, learn’d, and virtuous breast?
Wisdom and wit in vain reclaim,
And Arts but soften us to feel thy flame.

Love, soft intruder, enters here,
Bat ent’ring learns to be sincere.
Marcus with blushes owns he loves,
And Brutus tenderly reproves.
Why, Virtue, dost thou blame desire,

Which Nature has imprest,
Why, Nature, dost thou soonest fire

The mild and gen'rous breast ?

[ocr errors][merged small]

CHORUS.
Love's purer flames the Gods approve ;
The Gods and Brutus bend to love :

Brutus for absent Portia sighs,
And sterner Čassiùs melts at Junia's eyes.

What is loose love? a transient gust,
Spent in a sudden storm of dust,
A vapour fed from wild desire,
A wand'ring, self-consuming fire.

20

But

But Hymen's kinder flames unite,

And burn for ever one ;
Chaste as cold Cynthia's virgin light,

Productive as the sun.

SEMICHORUS.

25

Oh source of ev'ry social tye,
United wish, and mutual joy!

What various joys on one attend,
As son, as father, brother, husband, friend?

Whether his hoary sire he spies,
While thousand grateful thoughts arise ;
Or meets his spouse's fonder eye ;
Or views his smiling progeny ;
What tender passions take their turns,

What home-felt raptures move?
His heart now melts, now leaps, now burns,

With rev’rence, hope, and love.

30

36

CHORUS.

40

Hence guilty joys, distastes, surmises,
Hence false tears, deceits, disguises,
Dangers, doubts, delays, surprizes ;

Fires that scorch, yet dare not shine :
Purest love's unwasting treasure,
Constant faith, fair hope, long leisure,
Days of ease, and nights of pleasure ;

Sacred Hymen! these are thine.

[blocks in formation]

ODE ON SOLITUDE.”

HAPPY the man, whose wish and care

A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air,

In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,

Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade,

In winter firé.

Blest who can unconcern'dly find

Hours, days and years slide soft away, In health of body, peace of mind,

Quiet by day.

Sound sleep by night ; study and ease,

Together mixt; sweet recreation : And innocence, which most does please

With méditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown,

Thus unlamented let me die,
Steal from the world, and not a stone

Tell where I lie.

a This was a very early production of our Author, written at about twelve years old.

« AnteriorContinuar »