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By William Wycherly, Esq. In those more dull, as more censorious days, When few dare give, and fewer merit praise, A Muse sincere, that never flattery knew, Pays what to friendship and desert is due. Young, yet judicious; in your verse are found, Art strengthening nature, sense improv'd by sound. Unlike those wits, whose numbers glide along So smooth, no thought e'er interrupts the song: Laboriously enervate they appear, And write not to the head, but to the ear; Our minds unmov'd and unconcern'd they lull, And are at best most musically dull : So, purling streams with even murmurs creep, And hush the heavy hearers into sleep. As smoothest speech is most deceitful found, The smoothest numbers oft are empty sound : But wit and judgment join at once in you, Sprightly as youth, as age consummate too: Your strains are regularly bold, and please With unforc'd care and unaffected ease, With proper thoughts, and lively images : Such as by Nature to the ancients shown, Fancy improves and judgment makes your own : For great men's fashions to be follow'd are, Although disgraceful 'tis their clothes to wear. Some in a polish'd style write pastoral, Arcadia speaks the language of the Mall.
Like some fair shepherdess, the silvan Muse
Should wear those flowers her pative fields produce;
And the true measure of the shepherd's wit
Should, like his garb, be for the country fit:
Yet must his pure and unaffected thought
More nicely than the common swaii's be wrought.
So, with becoming art, the players dress
In silks the shepherd and the shepherdess :
Yet still unchang’d the form and mode remain,
Shap'd like the homely russet of the swain.
Your rural Musè appears to justify
The long-lost graces of simplicity :
So rural beauties captivate our sepse
With virgin charms, and native excellence.
Yet lovg her modesty those charms conceald,
Till by men's envy to the world reveald ;
For wits industrious to their trouble seem,
And needs will envy what they must esteem.
Live and enjoy their spite ! nor mourn that fate,
Which would, if Virgil liv'd, on Virgil wait;
Whose Muse did once, like thine, in plains delight,
Thine shall, like his, soon take a higher flight;
So larks, which first from lowly fields arise,
Mount by degrees, and reach at last the skies.
ON HIS WINDSOR FOR EST.
By Francis Knap.
Hall! sacred bard 1 a Muse unknown before
Salates thee from the bleak Atlantic shore,
To our dark world thy shining page is shown,
And Windsor's gay retreat becomes our own.
The Eastern pomp had just bespoke our care,
And India pour'd ber gaudy treasures here:
A various spoil adorn’d our naked land,
The pride of Persia glitter'd on our strand,
And China's earth was cast on common sand :
Toss'd up and down the glossy fragments lay,
And dress’d the rocky shelves, and pav'd the paint-
Thy treasures next arrivd; and now we boast
A nobler cargo on our barren coast :
From thy luxuriant forest we receive
More lasting glories than the East can give.
Where'er we dip in thy delightful page,
Wbat pompous scenes onr busy thoughts engage!
The pompous scenes in all their pride appear,
Fresh in the page as in the grove they were.
Nor half so true the fair Lodona shows
The silvan state that on her border grows,
While she the wondering shepherd entertains
With a new Windsor in her watery plains ;
Thy juster lays the lucid wave surpass,
Thy living scene is in the Muse's glass,
Nor sweeter notes the echoing forests cheer,
When Philomela sits and warbles there,
Than when you sing the greens and opening glades,
And give us harmony as well as shades :
A Titian's hand might draw the grove, but you
Can paint the grove, and add the music too.
With vast variety thy pages shine;
A new creation starts in every line.
How sudden trees rise to the reader's sight,
And make a doubtful scene of shade and light,
And give at once the day, at once the night;
And here again what sweet confusion reigns
In dreary deserts mix'd with painted plains !
And see the deserts cast a pleasing gloom,
And shrublay heaths rejoice in purple bloom;
Whilst fruitful crops rise by their barren side,
And bearded groves display their annual pride.
Happy the man, who strings his tuneful lyre (spire!
Where woods, and brooks, and breathing tields in-
Thrice happy you! and worthy best to dwell
Amidst the rural joys, yon sing so well.
I, in a cold and in a barren clime,
Cold as my thought, and barren as my rhyme,
Here on the western beach attempt to chime.
O joyless flood ! O rough tempestuous main!
Border'd with weeds, and solitudes obscene!
Snatch me, ye gods! from these Atlantic shores,
And shelter me in Windsor's fragrant bow'rs;
Or to my much-lovid Isis' walk convey,
And on her flowery bank for ever lay.
Thenee let me view the venerable scene,
The awful dome, the grove's eternal green,
Where sacred Hough long found his fam'd retreat,
And brought the Muses to the silvan sent,
Reform'd the wits, unlock'd the classic store,
And made that music which was noise before.
There with illustrious bards I spent my days,
Not free from censure, nor unknown to praise,
Enjoy'd the blessings that his reign bestow'd,
Nor envied Windsor in the soft abode.
The golden minutes smoothly danc'd away,
Apd tuneful bards beguild the tedious day :
They sung, nor sung in vain, with numbers fir'd
That Maro taught, or Addison inspir’d.
Ev'n I essay'd to touch the trembling string :
Who could hear them, and not attempt to sing ?
Rou'd from these dreams by thy commanding strain,
I rise and wander through the field or plain ;
Led by the Muse, from sport to sport I run,
Mark the stretch'd line, or hear the thundering gun.
Ah! how I melt with pity, when I spy
On the cold earth the Quitering pheasant lie;
His gaudy robes in dazzling lines appear,
And every feather shines and varies there.
Nor can I pass the generous courser by,
But while the prancing steed allures my eye,
He starts, he's gone! and now I see him fly
O’er hills and dales, and now I lose the course,
Nor can the rapid sight pursue the flying horse.
Oh, could thy Virgil from his orb look down,
He'd view a courser that might match his own!
Fir’d with the sport, and eager for the chase,
Lodova's murmurs stop me in the race.
Who can refuse Lodona's melting tale?
The soft complaint shall over time prevail ;
The tale be told, when shades forsake her shore;
The nymph be sung, when she can flow no more,