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Bring verse so smooth, and thoughts so fres,
To blazon Jenny Gray.
In ruddy tints how gay!
Blooms lovely Jenny Gray.
That pipe the sylvan lay,
And study Jenny Gray.
And in each rose-bush play;
From lovely Jenny Gray.
In vain their charms display:
The lips of Jenny Gray.
A tuneful tax to pay;
And she is Jenny Gray.
2) CARB AND GENEROSITY *).
) Fable XVII.
Ho heap'd up such an ample store, That Av'rice could not sigh for more: Ten thousand flocks his shepherd told, His coffers over-flow'd with gold; The land all round him was his own, With corn his crowded granaries groan. In short, so vast his charge and gain, That to possess them was a pain: With happiness oppress'd he lies, And much too prudent to be wise. Near him there liv'd a beauteous maid, With all the charms of youth array'd; Good, amiable, sincere, and free; Her name was Generosity. "I'was hers the largess to bestow On rich and poor, on friend and foe. Her doors to all were opend wide, The pilgrim there might safe abide: For th’ hungry and the thirsty crew, The bread she broke, the drink she drew; There Sickness laid her aching head, And there Distress could find a bed. Each hour, with an all-bounteous hand, Diffus'd she blessings round the land: Her gifts and glory lasted long, And numerous was th' accepting throngi At last pale Penury seiz'd the dame, And Fortune fled, and Ruin came; She found her riches at an end, At that she had not made one friend. All curs'd her for not giving more, Nor thought on what she'd done before: She wept,
she rav'd, she tore her hair, When, lo! to comfort her came Care; And cry'd, my dear, if you will join Your hand in nuptial bonds with mine, And will be well you shall have store, And I be plagu'd with wealth no more. Though I restrain your bounteous heart, You still shall act the generons part. The bridal came
great was the feast, And good the pudding and the priest.
The bride in nine moons brought him forth
Argument. Stanza I, 2. Iovocation of men and angels to join in the praise of St. Cecilia. The divine origin of music.
Art of music, or its miraculous power over the brute and inanimate creation exemplified in Walier; and Stanza 4, 5, ju Arion. Stanza 6. The nature of music, or its power over the pas. sions. Instances of this in its exciting pity. Stanza 7. In promoting courage and military virtue. Stanza 8. Excellency of church - music. Air 10 the memory of Mr. Purcell. Praise on the organ and its inventress St. Cecilia.
rom your lyre- enchanted tow'rs,
And with thy sweetly- solemn lute
Such as sublime and clear,
Replete with heavenly love,
Mix on your anbrosial tongue
Weight of sense with sound of song,
How little less than angels when ye sing!
And from your mellow-modulating throats
The tribute of your grateful notes
Shall echo from her vocal cave
And give her back the borrow'd lays ?
For ev'n Cecilia, mighty maid,
Confess'd she had superior aid –
Let the winged numbers climb:
Solemn, sacred, and sublime.
Music's a celestial art;
Cease to wonder at its pow's,
Though trees dance lightly from the bow'r,
Are held and listen into sense.
*) Eine kleine Stade in Kene, wo Waller verschiedene seiner Gedichte schrieb; vermuthlich meint unser Dichter hier dasjenige, welches in der Andersonschen Ausgabe von Wab ler's Gedichten das iste der Miscellanies ist. Der Dichter klag! in demselben über die Grausamkeik seiner Sacharisse. Siche oben S. 189.
Has found some solitary grove,
Within an hoary moss-grown cell,
Of his resounding shell.
But Medway *), melancholy mute,
Gently on his urn reclines,
In uncomplaining anguish pines :
Neptune in the boisterous seas
While each blast
Or breathes its last,
Pall'd in theatrical attire,
Great in distress, and wakes the golden lyre:
By the bright beams of Cynthia's eyes,
And actuate the hoary deep;
*) Nome eines Flusses der durch Rochester Niefst.