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In ev'ry age, in ev'ry state!
CHORUS of Youths and Virgins.
H Tyrant Lovel hast thou poffeft
The prudent, learn'd, and virtuous breaft?
Which Nature has imprest? 10
The mild and gen'rous breast?
REMARK S. Ver. 9. Why Virtue, etc.) In allusion to that famous conceit of Guarini,
“ Se il peccare è sì dolce, etc. Vol. 1,
Brutus for absent Porcia sighs,
What is loose love? a transient gust,
And burn for ever one;
Productive as the Sun.
25 United wish, and mutual joy!
What various joys on one attend,
Whether his hoary fire he spies,
What home-felt raptures move?
Hence false tears, deceits, disguises,
Fires that scorch, yet dare not shine:
Sacred Hymen! these are thine -.
REMARKS. · These two Chorus's are enough to shew us his great talents for this species of Poetry, and to make us lament he did not prosecute his purpose in executing some plans he had chalked out; but the Character of the Managers of Playhouses was what (he said) foon determined him to lay aside all thoughts of that nature,
O DE on SOLITUDE'. HA
APPPY the man, whose with 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 fupply him with attire,
6 Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.
Blest, who can unconcern’dly find
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
Thus let me live, unseen, unknown,
Thus unlamented let me die, Steal from the world, and not a stone
A Tell where I lie.
. This was a very early production of our Author, written at out twelve years old. P.