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There passengers shall stand, and pointing say,
By foreign hands thy humble grave adorned,
* The poet in the previous couplet has employed the word “mourn” to signify genuine regret. In this verse it is put for the act of wearing mourning, -the appearing in the “sable weeds,” which are “the mockery of woe” when the sorrow is not real.
* Dryden, Virg. Ecl. x. 51: How light would lie the turf upon my
A. Philips in his third Pastoral :
This thought was common with the
account the passage from ver. 59 to ver. 68 deserves no quarter; for it is not the language of the heart, but of the imagination indulging its flights at ease, and by that means is eminently discordant with the subject. It would be a still more severe censure if it should be ascribed to imitation, copying indiscreetly what has been said by others.-LoRD KAMEs. The ghost of the injured person appears to excite the poet to revenge her wrongs. He describes her character, execrates the author of her misfortunes, expatiates on the severity of her fate, the rites of sepulture denied her in a foreign land. Then follows, “What though no weeping,” &c. Can anything be more naturally pathetic Yet the critic tells us he can give no quarter to this part of the poem. Well might our poet's last wish be to commit his writings to the candour of a sensible and reflecting judge, rather than to the malice of every short-sighted and malevolent critic.—WARBURTON.
So peaceful rests, without a stone, a name, What once had beauty, titles, wealth, and fame. 70 How loved, how honoured once, avails thee not, To whom related, or by whom begot; A heap of dust alone remains of thee; 'Tis all thou art, and all the proud shall bel'
Poets themselves must fall like those they sung, 75 Deaf the praised ear, and mute the tuneful tongue.” Ev’n he, whose soul now melts in mournful lays, Shall shortly want the gen'rous tear he pays; Then from his closing eyes thy form shall part, And the last pang shall tear thee from his heart, 80 Life's idle business at one gasp be o'er, The muse forgot, and thou beloved no more
* When Pope describes the retribution which is to fall upon the imperious relatives of the unfortunate lady, he says, Thus unlamented pass the proud away;
The persecutors who have hunted you into the grave, shall one day share your fate.
and it is to these same relations, whose pride was their vice, that he reverts in the line,
'Tis all thou art, and all the proud shall be.
* R. Herrick, in a Meditation for his Mistress :
You are the queen all flow'rs among,