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Seen, Greenwich, from thy lovely heights, declare
How just, how beauteous the refractive law.

The noiseless tide of Time, all bearing down
To vast eternity's unbounded sea,
Where the green islands of the happy shine,
He stemm'd alone; and to the source (involv'd
Deep in primeval gloom) ascending, rais'd
His lights at equal distances, to guide
Historian, wilder'd on his darksome way.

But who can number up his labours? who
His high discoveries sing? when but a few
Of the deep-studying race can stretch their minds
To what he knew : in fancy's lighter thought,
How shall the muse then grasp the nighty theme?

What wonder thence that his devotion swellid Responsive to his knowledge! For could he, Whose piercing mental eye diffusive saw The finish'd university of things, In all its order, magnitude, and parts, Forbear incessant to adore that Power Who fills, sustains, and actuates the whole?

Say, ye who best can tell, ye happy few, Who saw him in the softest lights of life, All unwithheld, indulging to his friends The vast unborrow'd treasures of his mind, Oh speak the wondrous man! how mild, how calm, How greatly humble, how divinely good; How firm establish'd on eternal truth; Fervent in doing well, with every nerve Still pressing on, forgetful of the past, And panting for perfection: far above Those little cares, and visionary joys, That so perplex the fond impassion'd heart Of ever-cheated, ever-trusting man.

And you, ye hopeless gloomy-minded tribe,
You who, unconscious of those nobler flights
That reach impatient at immortal life,
Against the prime endearing privilege
Of Being dare contend,-say, can a soul
Of such extensivé, deep, tremendous powers,
Enlarging still, be but a finer breath
Of spirits dancing through their tubes awhile,
And then for ever lost in vacant air?

But hark! methinks I hear a warning voice,
Solemn as when some awful change is come,
Sound through the world—'Tis done!—The mea.

sure's full; And I resign my charge.- -Ye mouldering stones, That build the towering pyramid, the proud Triumphal arch, the monument effac'd By ruthless ruin, and whate'er supports The worshipp'd name of hoar antiquity, Down to the dust! what grandeur can ye boast While Newton lifts his column to the skies, Beyond the waste of time. Let no weak drop Be shed for him. The virgin in her bloom Cut off, the joyous youth, and darling child, These are the tombs that claim the tender tear, And elegiac song. But Newton calls For other notes of gratulation high, That now he wanders through those endless worlds He here so well descried, and wondering talks, And hymns their author with his glad compeers. O Britain's boast! whether with angels thou Sittest in dread discourse, or fellow-blest, Who joy to see the honour of their kind; Or whether, mounted on cherubic wing, Thy swift career is with the whirling orbs,

ON THE DEATH OF MR. AIKMAN.

203 Comparing things with things, in rapture lost, And grateful adoration, for that light So plenteous ray'd into thy mind below, From Light himself; Oh look with pity down On human-kind, a frail erroneous race! Exalt the spirit of a downward world! O’er thy dejected Country chief preside, And be her Genius calld! her studies raise, Correct her manners, and inspire her youth. For, though deprav'd and sunk, she brought thee And glories in thy name; she points thee out [forth, To all her sons, and bids them eye thy star: While in expectance of the second life, When time shall be no more, thy sacred dust Sleeps with her kings, and dignifies the scene.

ON THE

DEATH OF MR. AIKMAN'.

Oh, could I draw, my friend, thy genuine mind,
Just, as the living forms by thee design’d,
Of Raphael's figures none should fairer shine,
Nor Titian's colours longer last than mine.

1 Mr. Aikman was born in Scotland, and designed for the profession of the law: but travelled to Italy, and returned a painter. He was patronised in Scotland by the Duke of Argyle, and afterwards met with encouragement to settle in London: but falling into a long and languishing disease, he died at his house in Leicester-fields, June, 1731, aged 50. Boyse wrote a panegyric upon him, and Mallet an epitaphi. See Walpole's Anecdotes, vol. iv. p. 41.

204 ON THE DEATH OF MR. AIKMAN.
A mind in wisdom old, in lenience young,
From fervent truth where every virtue sprung;
Where all was real, modest, plain, sincere;
Worth above show, and goodness unsevere:
View'd round and round, as lucid diamonds throw
Still as you turn them a revolving glow;
So did his mind reflect with secret ray,
In various virtues, heav'n's internal day,
Whether in high discourse it soar'd sublime
And sprung impatient o'er the bounds of Time,
Or wand'ring nature through with raptur'd eye,
Ador'd the hand that turn'd yon azure sky:
Whether to social life he bent his thought,
And the right poise of mingling passions sought,
Gay converse bless’d; or in the thoughtful grove
Bid the heart open every source of love:
New varying lights still set before your eyes
The just, the good, the social, or the wise.
For such a death who can, who would refuse
The friend a tear, a verse the mournful muse?
Yet pay we just acknowledgement to Heaven,
Though snatch'd so soon, that Aikman e'er was given.
A friend, when dead, is but remov'd from sight,
Hid in the lustre of eternal light:
Oft with the mind be wonted converse keeps
In the lone walk, or when the body sleeps
Lets in a wand'ring ray, and all elate
Wings and attracts her to another state;
And when the parting storms of life are o'er
May yet rejoin him in a happier shore.
As those we love decay, we die in part,
String after string is sever'd from the heart;
Till loosen'd life at last-but breathing clay,
Without one pang, is glad to fall away.

Unhappy he who latest feels the blow,
Whose eyes have wept o'er ev'ry friend laid low,
Dragg'd ling’ring on from partial death to death;
And dying, all he can resign is breath.

TO THE

MEMORY

OF THE

RIGHT HON. LORD TALBOT,

LATE CHANCELLOR OF GREAT BRITAIN.

Addressed to His Son. WHILE, with the public, you, my Lord, lament A friend and father lost; permit the Muse, The Muse assign’d of old a double theme, To praise dead worth and humble living pride, Whose generous task begins where int’rest ends, Permit her on a Talbot's tomb to lay This cordial' verse sincere, by truth inspir’d, Which means not to bestow but borrow fame. Yes, she may sing his matchless virtues nowUnhappy that she may.--But where begin? How from the diamond single out cach ray, Where all, though trembling with ten thousand hues, Effuse one dazzling undivided light?

Let the low-minded of these narrow days No more presume to deem the lofty tale Of ancient times, in pity to their own, Romance. In Talbot we united saw The piercing eye, the quick enlighten'd soul, The graceful ease, the flowing tongue of Greece,

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