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An Emulation's noble rage alarm,
LVII. But She who set on fire his infant heart, And all his dreams, and all his wanderings shared And bless'd the Muse and her celeitial art, Still claim d th’Enthufiaft's fond aud firit regard. From Nature's beauties variously compared And variously coinbined, he learns to frame Those forms of bright perfection, which the Bard,
While boundless hopes and boundless views inflame, Enamour'd confecrates tu never-dying faine.
LVIII. Of late, with cumbersome, though pompous show, Edwin would oft his dowry rhime deface, Through ardour to adorn ; but Nature now To his experienced eye a modeit grace Prefeats, where Ornament the second place Holds to intrinsic worth and juit deliga Subfervient itill. Simplicity apace
Tenpers his rage: he owns her charm divine, And clears th’ainbiguous phrase, and lops th’unwieldy line.
LIX. Fain would I fing (much yet unsung remains) What sweet delirium o'er his bofum ilule, When the great Shepherd of the Mailluan plains * His deep inajestic melody 'gan to rull:
Fain would I fing, what transport florm'd his soul,
Gracefully terrible, sublimely strong,
I hafte, where gleams funeral glare around (sound. And, mix'd with
thrieks of woe, the knells of death re
refined, Friend, teacher, pattern, darling of mankind ! * He fleeps in duft.-mAh, how shall I pursue My theme' - To heart-consuming grief refign’d Here on this recent grave I fix ny view, And poor my bitter tears.—Ye flowery lays, adieu !
G** ****, for ever fled !
Thy placid eyes with imiles no longer glow,
My hopes to cherish, and allay my fears. (tears. "Tis meet that I should mourn :-flow forth afrein my
* This excellent person died suddenly, on the 10th of February, 1773. The conclusion of the poem was written a few days after,
mantic in the Story of the following Poem; but the Author has his Reasons for believing that there is something likewise, Authentic. On the simple Circumstances of the ancient Narrative, from which He first borrowed his Idea, those Reasons are principally founded, and they are supported by others, with which, in a work of this Kind, to trouble his Readers would be fuperfluous.