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V. Gloomy Pluto, King of Terrors,
Arm'd in adamantine Chains, Lead me to the Crystal Mirrors,
Wat'ring soft Elysian Plains.
VI. Mournful Cypress, verdant Willow,
Gilding my Aurelia's Brows, Morpheus hov’ring o'er my Pillow, Hear me pay my dying Vows.
VII. Melancholy smooth Meander,
Swiftly purling in a Round, On thy Margin Lovers wander,
With thy flow'ry Chaplets crown'd.
Know the thing that's most uncommon;
(Envy be filent, and attend !)
Handsome and witty, yet a Friend.
Not grave thro' Pride, or gay thro' Folly,
And sensible foft Melancholy.
Yes, she has one, I must aver;
The Woman's deaf, and does not hear.
On his GROTTO at Twickenham,
Marbles, Spårs, Gemms, Ores, and
Shines a broad Mirrour thro' the shadowy Cave;
VARIATION S. After v. 6. In the MS.
You see that Island's wealth, where, only free,
Earth to her entrails feels not Tyranny. i. e. Britain is the only place on the globe which feels not Tyranny even to its very entrails. Alluding to the condemnation of Criminals to the Mines, one of the inflictions of civil justice in most Countries. The thought was exceeding natural and proper in this place, whicre the Poet was describing a Groito incrusted and adorned with all sorts of Minerals collected from the four quarters of the Globe.
Nores. On his Grotto.] The improving and finishing this Grott was the favourite amusement of his declining Years; and the beauty of his poetic genius, in the disposition and ornaments of this romantic recess, appears to as much advantage as in his best contrired Poems. 6
Approach. Great Nature studiously behold!
VARIATION S. Ver. 11. Where British highs from dying Wyndham fole.] in his MS. it was thus,
To Wyndham's breast the patriot-passions stole, which made the whole allude to a certain Anecdote of not much consequence to any but the parties concerned.
NOTES. Ver. 9. Ægerian Grott,] Alluding to Numa's projecting his system of Politics in this Grott, affifted, as he gave out, by the Goddess Ægeria.
Mrs. M. B. on her Birth-Day.
H be thou bleft with all that Heav'n can send,
a Friend :
Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content,
And oh since Death must that fáir frame destroy,