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Oh, Wolfe, to thee a streaming flood of woe But now her wealth and fin'ry fled,
Sighing we pay, and think e'en conquest dear; Her hangers-on cut short all;
Let us lament, in sorrow sore,
For Kent-street well may say,
Since from thy tomb a thousand heroes rise.
A SONNET. EPITAPH ON DR. PARNELL. Weeping, murmuring, complaining, Tuis tomb, inscrib'd to gentle Parnell's name,
Lost to ev'ry gay delight;
Myra, too sincere for feigning,
Fears th' approaching bridal night. That leads to truth through pleasure's flow'ry Yet why impair thy bright perfection, way!
Or dim thy heauty with a tear?
FROM THE ORATORIO OF THE While converts think their poet in the skies.
Still, still on hope relies;
And ev'ry pang that rends the heart,
Bids expectation rise,'
Adorns and cheers the way,
Emits a brighter ray.
O MEMORY! thou fond deceiver, Lament for Madam Blaize,
Still importunate and vain, Who never wanted a good word
To former joys recurring ever, From those who spoke her praise.
And turning all the past to pain ; The needy seldom pass’d her door,
Thou, like the world, th' opprest oppressing, And always found her kind;
Thy smiles increase the wretch's woe! She freely lent to all the poor
And he who wants each other blessing, Who left a pledge behind.
In thee must ever find a foe. She strove the neighbourhood to please,
With manners wondrous winning,
THE POET LABERIUS,
A ROMAN KNIGHT, WHOM CÆSAR FORCED
UPON THE STAGE.
PRESERVED BY MACROBIUS!.
What! no way left to shun th' inglorious stage,
And save from infamy my sinking age! 1 This gentleman was educated at Trinity Col- Scarce half alive, oppress'd with many a reas, lege, Dubiin ; but having wasted his patrimony, What in the name of dotage drives me here? he enlisted as a foot soldier. Growing tired of that employment, be obtained his discharge, 1 This translation was first printed in one of and became a scribbler in the newspapers. He our author's earliest works, The present State translated Voltaire's Henriade.
of Learning in Europe, 12mo. 1759.
WRITTEN AND SPOKEN BY
A time there was, when glory was my guide, My pride forbids it ever should be said, Nor force nor fraud could turn my steps aside; My heels eclips'd the honours of my head; Unaw'd by pow'r, and unappall'd by fear, That I found humour in a pyeball vest, With honest thrift I held my honour dear; Or ever thought that jumping was a jest, But this vile hour disperses all my store,
[Takes off his mask, And all my hoard of honour is no more;
Whence and what art thou, visionary birth? For, ah! too partial to my life's decline, Nature disowns, and reason scorns thy mirth : Cæsar persuades, submission must be mine; In thy black aspect every passion sleeps, Him I obey, whom Heav'n bimself obeys, The joy that dimples, and the woe that weeps. Hopeless of pleasing, yet inclin'd to please. How hast thou filled the scene with all thy brood, Here then at once I welcome ev'ry shame, Of fools pursuing, and of fools pursu'd! And cancel at threescore a life of fame;
Whose ins and outs no ray of sense discloses, No more my titles shall my children tell, Whose only plot it is to break our noses; *The old buffoon will fit my name as well;
Whilst from below the trap-door demons rise,
And shall I mix in this unhallow'd crew?
No I will act-I'll viudicate the stage: PROLOGUE TO THE TRAGEDY OF Shakespeare himself shall feel my tragic rage. ZOBEIDE.
Of! off! vile trappings! a new passion reigns !
The mad'ning monarch revels in my veins. Ix these bold times, when leaming's sons ex- Oh ! for a Richard's voice to catch the theme : plore
“Give me another horse! bind up my wounds! The distant climates, and the savage shore ;
soft-twas but a dream.” (treating; When wise astronomers to India steer,
Aye, 'twas but a dream, for now there's no reAnd quit for Venus many a brighter here;
If I cease Harlequin, I cease from eating. While botanists, all cold to smiles and dimpling, 'Twas thus that sop's stag, a creature blameless, Forsake the fair, and patiently-go simpling; Yet something vajn, like one that shall be nameOur bard into the general spirit enters,
Once on the margin of a fountain stood, [less, And fits his little frigate for adventures.
And cavill'd at his image in the flood. With Scythian stores and trinkets deeply laden,
“ The deuce confound,” he cries, “these drumHe this way steers his course, in hopes of trad
stick shanks, ing
They neither have my gratitude nor thanks ; Yet ere he lands has order'd me before,
They're perfectly disgraceful ! strike me dead! To make an observation on the shore.
But for a head-yes, yes, I have a head. Where are we driven ? our reck’ning sure is lost!
How piercing is that eye ! how sleek that brow! This seems a rocky and a dang'rous coast.
My horns ! - I'm told horns are the fashion now." Lord! what a sultry climate am I under!
Whilst thus he spoke, astonish'd ! to his view, Yon ill-foreboding cloud seems big with thunder : Near, and more near, the hounds and huntsmen
[nind. There mangroves spread, and larger than I've Hoicks! bark forward! came thund'ring from beseen 'em
[Pit. He bounds aloft, outstrips the fleeting wind : Here trees of stately size and billing turtles in He quits the woods, and tries the beaten ways; 'em
[Balconies. He starts, he pants, he takes the circling maze. Here ill-condition'd oranges abound- ($tage. At length his silly head, so priz'd before, And apples, bitter apples, strew the ground:
Is taught his former folly to deplore; [Tasting them.
Whilst his strong limbs conspire to set him free, Th' inhabitants are cannibals I fear.
And at one bound he saves himself, like me. I heard a hissing-there are serpents here!
[Taking a jump through the stage door. 0, there the people are—best keep my distance: Our captain (gentle natives) craves assistance; Our ship's well stor’d—in yonder creek we've laid her,
EPILOGUE His honour is no mercenary trader.
TO THE COMEDY OF THE SISTERS. This is his first adventure; lend him aid,
WHAT! five long acts and all to make us wiser ! And we may chance to drive a thriving trade. His goods, he hopes, are prime, and brought | Had she consulted me, she should have made
Our authoress, sure, has wanted an adviser.
Her moral play a speaking masquerade;
Warm’d up each bustling scene, and in her rage --I'd best step back-and order up a sample.
Have emptied all the green-room on the stage. My life on't, this had kept her play from sinking;
Have pleas'd our eyes, and saved the pain of
Well, since she thus has shown her want of skill, SPOKEN BY MR. LEE LEWES,
What if I give a masquerade ?-1 will. IN THE CHARACTER OF HARLEQUIN, AT HIS BENEFIT. But how ? aye, there's the rub ! (pausing)—I've Hold! prompter, hold! a word before yont non
got my cue:
The world's a masquerade ! the masquers, you, sense ; I'd speak a word or two to ease my conscience.
you, you. [To Eoxes, Pis, and Gallery,
Lud! what a group the motley scene discloses ! | Besides, a singer in a comic set ! False wils, false wives, false virgins, and false Excuse me, ma'am; I know the etiquette. spouses !
MISS CATLEY. Statesmen with bridles on; and, close beside 'em, What if we leave it to the house? Patriots, in party-colour'd suits, that ride 'em. There Hebes, turn'd of fifty, try once more The house !--Agreed. To raise a flame in Cupids of threescore. These in their turn, with appetites as keen, Agreed. Deserting fifty, fasten on fifteen. Miss, not yet full fifteen, with fire uncommou, And she, whose party's largest, shall proceed. Flings down ber sampler, and takes up the wo- And first, I hope, you'll readily agree man ;
l've all the critics and the wits for me. The little urchin smiles, and spreads her lure, They, I am sure, will answer my commands; And tries to kill, ere she's got pow'r to cure. Ye candid judging few, hold up your bands : Thus 'tis with all their chief and constant care What, no return? I find too late, I fear, Is to seem ev'ry thing but what they are.
That modern judges seldom enter here. Yon broad, bold, angry spark, I fix my eye on,
MISS CATLEY. Who seems t' have robb’d his vizor from the lion; I'm for a diff'rent set-Old men, whose trade i Who frowns, and talks, and swears, with round Still to gallant and dangle with the ladies.
parade, Looking, as who should say, damme! who's Who mump their passion, and who, grimly smi. afraid? (Mimicking.
ing, Strip but this vizor off, and sure I am
Still thus address the fair, with voice brguiling: You'll find his lionship a very lamb.
AIR-COTILLOX. Yon politician, famous in debate,
Turn my fairest, turn, if ever Perhaps to vulgar eyes bestrides the state;
Strephon caught thy ravish'd eye: Yet when he deigns his real shape t' assuine,
Pity take on your swain so clever, He turns old woman, and bestrides a broom.
Who without your aid must die. Yon patriot, too, who presses on your sight,
Yes, I shall die, hu, hu, hu, hu, And seems to ev'ry gazer all in white,
Yes, I must die, ho, ho, ho, ho.
Let all the old pay homage to your merit:
Give me the young, the gay, the men of spirit. If I proceed, our bard will be undone !
Ye travell'd tribe, ye macaroni train,
To dress, and look like aukward Frenchmen here;
Their hands are only lent to the Heinelle!
Ay, take your travellers, travellers indeed!
Give me my bonny Scot, that travels from the Enter Mrs. Bulkley, who curlsies very low as be
Tweed. ginning to speak. Then enter Ň iss Catley, Where are the cheels? Ah, ah, I well discern who stands full before her, and curtsies to the 'The smiling looks of each bewitching baime: audience.
A bonny young lad is my Jockey.
I'll sing to amuse you by night and by day, Hold, ma'am, your pardon. What's your bu. And be unco merry when you are but gay; siness here?
When you with your bagpipes are ready to play,
My voice shall be ready to carol away, The epilogue.
With Sandy, and Sawney, and Jockes,
With Sawney, and Jarvie, and Jockey. The epilogue ?
Ye gamesters, who, so eager in pursuit, Yes, the epilogue, my dear.
Make but of all your fortune ode va toute :
Ye jockey tribe, whose stock of words are fer, Sure you mistake, ma'am. The epilogue I bring " I hold the odds-Done, done, with you, with it.
Ye barristers, so fluent with grimace, (you."
“My lord-your lordship misconceives the case:'! Excuse me, ma'am. The author bid me sing it. Doctors, who answer every misfortuner,
“ I wish I'd been call'd in a little sooner :" Ye beaux and belles, that form this splendid ring, Assist my cause with hands and voices hearty, Suspend your conversation while I sing. Come end the contest here, and aid my party. MRS. BULKLEY.
AIR-BALEINAMONY. Why sure the girl's beside herself: an epilogue of singing,
Ye brave Irish lads, bark away to the crack, A hopeful end indeed to such a blest beginning. Assist me, I pray, in this woful attack,
SPOKEN BY MRS. BULKLEY AND MISS CATLEY.
MRS. BULK LEY.
MRS. BUI.K LEY.
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF HER LATE
ROYAL HIGHNESS THE
SPOKEN AND SUNG IN THE GREAT ROOM IN SOHO
For sure I don't wrong you, you seldom are slack, / Yes, he's far gone :—and yet some pity fix,
PRINCESS DOWAGER OF WALES.
SQUARE, What if we leave the epilogue unspoken?
Thursday the 20th of February 1772. Agreed.
The following may more properly be termed a And now, with late repentance,
compilation than a poem. It was prepared Un-epilogued the poet waits his sentence:
for the composer in little more than two days; Condeinn the stubborn fool who can't submit
and may therefore rather be considered as an To thrive by flatt’ry, though he starves by wit.
industrious effort of gratitude than of genius. [Exeunt.
In justice to the composer it may likewise be right to inform the public, that the music was
adapted in a period of time equally short. EPILOGUE,
INTENDED FOR MRS. BULKLEY.
OVERTUREA SOLEMN DIRGE.
There is a place, so Ariosto sings,
Mr. Lee and Mrs. Bellamy. A treasury for lost and missing things : Lost human wits have places there assign'd them, and they, who lose their senses, there may find Mr. Champnes, Mr. Dine, and Miss Jameson. them.
The music prepared and adapted by Signor Bat where's this place, this storehouse of the age ?
Arise, ye sons of worth, arise,
When truth and virtue, &c.
The praise attending pomp and
power, The gamester too, whose wit's all high or low,
The incense given to kings,
Mere transitory things.
To spurn the venal gifts as flattery.-
An equal dignity of mind :
When titles are the smallest claim:
But aid the power of doing good,
Then all their trophies last--and flattery turns Our author's the least likely to grow wiser;
"This epilogue was given in MS. by Dr. Gold How can the piece expect or hope for quarter ? smith to Dr. Percy (now Bishop of Dromore); No high-life scenes, no sentiment :--the creature but for what comedy it was intended is not re. Still stoops among the low to copy nature. membered.
BY A MANAFFETUOSO.
Blest spirit thou, whose faine, just born to
MAN SPEAKER. bloom,
Yet let that wisdom, urged by her example, Shall spread and flourish from the tomb,
Teach us to estimate what all must suffer: How hast thou left mankind for Hearen!
Let us prize death as the best gift of nature, Even now reproach and faction mourn,
As a safe inn where weary travellers, And, wondering how their rage was born,
When they have journey'd thro' a world of care, Request to be forgiven !
May put off life and be at rest for ever. Alas! they never had thy hate:
Groans, weeping friends, indeed, and gloomy se Unmov'd in conscious rectitude,
bles, Thy towering wind self-centred stood,
May oft distract us with their sad solemnity, Nor wanted man's opinion to be great. In vain, to charm thy ravish'd sight,
The preparation is the executioner.
Death, when unmask'd, shows me a friendly face, A thousand gifts would fortune send :
And is a terrour only at a distance: In vain, to drive thee from the right,
For as the line of life conducts me on A thousand sorrows urged tby end :
To death's great court, the prospect seems mon Like some well-fashion'd arch thy patience
'Tis nature's kind retreat, that's always open And purchased strength from its increasing load.
To take us in when we have drain'd the cup Pain met thee like a friend to set thee free,
Of life, or worn our days to wretchedness.AMiction still is virtue's opportunity!
In that secure, serene retreat, Virtue on herself relying,
Where all the humble, all the great, Every passion husb'd to rest,
Promiscuously recline : Loses every pain of dying
Where wildly huddled to the eye, In the hopes of being blest.
The beggar's pouch and prince's purple lie, Every added pang she suffers,
May every bliss be thine. Some increasing good bestows,
And ah! blest spirit, wheresoe'er thy flight, And every shock that malice offers,
Through rolling worlds, or fields of liquid light, Oply rocks her to repose.
May cherubs welcome their expected guest,
May saints with songs receive thee to their rest, Virtue on herself relying, &c.
May peace that claim'd while here thy Farnest
May blissful endless peace be thine abore. Only rocks her to repose.
BY A WOMAN-AMOROSO. Yet ah! what terrours frown'd upon her fate,
Lovely lasting Peace below, Death with its formidable band,
Comforter of every woe, Fever, and pain, and pale consumptive care,
Heavenly born and bred on high, Determined took their stapd.
To crown the favourites of the sky; Nor did the cruel ravagers design
Lovely lasting Peace appear, To finish all their efforts at a blow :
This world itself, if thou art here, But, mischievously slow,
Is once again with Eden blest,
Aud man contains it in his breast.
Our vows are heard! Long, long to mortal eyes, Death's growing pow'r,
Her soul was fitting to its kindred skies : And trembled as he frown'd.
Celestial-like her bounty fell, As helpless friends who view from shore
Where modest want and patient sorrow dwell, The labouring ship, and hear the tempest roar, Want pass'd for merit at her door, While winds and waves their wishes cross : Unseen the modest were supplied, They stood while hope and comfort fail,
Her constant pity fed the poor, Not to assist, but to bewail
Then only poor, indeed, the day she died. The inevitable loss.
And oh! for this! while sculplure decks thy Relentless tyrant, at thy call
shrine, How do the good, the virtuous fall!
And art exhausts profusion round,
There Faith shall come, a pilgrim grey,
To bless the tomb that wraps thy clay: When vice my dart and scythe supply,
And calm Religion shall repair How great a king of terrours I!
To dwell a weeping hermit there. If folly, fraud, your hearts engage,
Truth, Fortitude, and Friendship, shall agree' Tremble ye mortals at my rage !
To blend their virtues while they think of thee Fall, round me fall, ye little things, Ye statesmen, warriors, poets, kings !
CHORUS-COMPOSO. If virtue fail her counsel sage,
Let us, let all the world agree, Tremble, ye murtals, at my rage!
To profit by resembling thee,
WOMAN SPF AKER.