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Caught up the prize, though prostrate, stain'd, What! choose a heroine from that Gothic time,
rhyme; And Fancy bid me mark where, o'er
When lovely woman, all unschool'd and wild,
Blush'd without art, and without culture smiledFair laurelld spirits seem'd to soar,
Simple as flowers, while yet unclass'd they shone, Who thus in song their voices blended :- Ere Science call'd their brilliant world her own,
Ranged the wild rosy things in learned orders, " Shine, shine for ever, glorious flame,
And fillid with Greek the garden's blushing bor Divinest gift of God to men !
ders ? From Greece thy earliest splendour came,
No, no-your gentle Inas will not do-
Tomorrow evening, when the lights burn blue,
I'll come—(pointing downwards)-you understand "Take, Freedom ! take thy radiant round
till then adieu !" When dimm'd, revive-when lost, return; Till not a shrine through earth be found, And has the sprite been here ? No-jests apartOn which thy glories shall not burn! Howe'er man rules in science and in art,
The sphere of woman's glories is the heart.
And, if our Muse have sketch'd with pencil true EPILOGUE.
The wife--the mother—firm, yet gentle too
Whose soul, wrapp'd up in ties itself hath spun, Last night, as lonely o'er my fire I sat,
Trembles, if touch'd in the remotest one;
Dire as they are, of Critics and Blue Devils.
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOSEPH ATKINSON, ESQ. OF DUBLIN. “Bless me!" I starting cried, "what imp are you ?"
If ever life was prosperously cast, "A small he-devil, Ma'am--my name Bas Bleu
If ever life was like the lengthen'd flow A bookish sprite, much given to routs and reading : Of some sweet music, sweetness to the last, 'T is I who teach your spinsters of good breeding 'T was his who, mourn'd by many, sleeps below. The reigning taste in chemistry and caps, The last new bounds of tuckers and of' maps,
The sunny temper, bright were all its strife, And, when the waltz has twirl'd her giddy brain, The simple heart that mocks at worldly wiles, With metaphysics twirl it back again!
Light wit, that plays along the calm of life,
And stirs its languid surface into smiles; I view'd him, as he spoke--his hose were blue,
Pure charity, that comes not in a shower, His wings—the covers of the last Review
Sudden and loud, oppressing what it feeds, Cerulean, border'd with a jaundice hue,
But, like the dew, with gradual silent power, And tinsell'd gaily o'er, for evening wear,
Felt in the bloom it leaves among the meads; Till the next quarter brings a new-fledged pair. "Inspired by me--(pursued this waggish Fairy) The happy grateful spirit, that improves That best of wives and Sapphos, Lady Mary, And brightens every gift by fortune given, Votary alike of Crispin and the Muse,
That, wander where it will with those it loves, Makes her own splay-foot epigrams and shoes. Makes every place a home, and home a heaven: For me the eyes of young Camilla shine, And mingle Love's bluc brilliances with mine;
All these were his.--Oh! thou who read'st this ston, For me she sits apart, from coxcombs shrinking,
When for thyself, thy children, to the sky Looks wise--the pretty soul !--and thinks she's Thou humbly prayest, ask this boon alone, thinking.
That ye like him may live, like him may die! By my advice Miss Indigo attends Lectures on Memory, and assures her friends, “Pon honour ! --(mimocks ) ---nothing can surpass the EPITAPH ON A WELL-KNOWN POET plan
BENEati these poppies buried deep, Of that professor-(trying to recollect)---psha! that The bones of Bob the Bard lie hid; memory-man-
Peace to his manes ; and may he sleep That-what's his name?-him I attended lately
As soundly as his readers did ! 'Pon honour, he improved my memory greatly.'”
Through every sort of verse meandering,
Through Epic, Sapphic, Alexandrine, "Nav, there-Hhe cried)—there I am guiltless quite- To verse that was no verse at all;
Till fiction having done enough,
To make a bard at least absurd, And give his readers quantum suff.
He took to praising George the Third : And now, in virtue of his crown,
Dooms us, poor whigs, at once to slaughter; Like Donellan of bad renown,
Poisoning us all with laurel-water. And yet at times some awkward qualms he
Felt about leaving honour's track; And though he's got a butt of Malmsey,
It may not save him from a sack.
Put to his works a finis thus.
Than did his quartos upon us !
THE SYLPH'S BALL. A SYLPH, as gay as ever sported
Her figure through the fields of air, By an old swarthy Gnome was courted,
And, strange to say, he won the fair. The annals of the oldest witch
A pair so sorted could not showBut how refuse?-the Gnome was rich,
The Rothschild of the world below; And Sylphs, like other pretty creatures,
Learn from their mammas to consider Love as an auctioneer of features,
Who knocks them down to the best bidder. Home she was taken to his mine
A palace, paved with diamonds all-
Sent out her tickets for a ball.
And all the best ; but of the upper
A few old Sylphids who loved supper.
Of Davy, that renown'd Aladdin,
Which accidents from fire were bad in; The chambers were supplied with light
By many strange, but safe devices:Large fire-flies, such as shine at night
Among the Orient's flowers and spices : Musical flint-inills-swiftly play'd
By elfin hands—that, flashing round, Like some bright glancing minstrel maid,
Gave out, at once, both light and sound; Bologna-stones, that drink the sun
And water from that Indian sea,
Cork'd up in crystal carefully;
Like little light-houses, were set up;
And pretty phosphorescent fishes,
That by their own gay light were eat up. 'Mong the few guests from Ether, came
That wicked Sylph, whorn Love we cal.-
My Lord, her husband, not at all.
That he was coming, and, no doubt
He should, by all means, be kept out. But others disapproved this plan,
And, by his flame though somewhat frighted, Thought Love too much a gentleman,
In such a dangerous place to light it. However, there he was—and dancing
With the fair Sylph, light as a feather: They look'd like two young sunbeams, glancing,
At daybreak, down to earth together. And all had gone off safe and well,
But for that plaguy torch-whose light, Though not yet kindled, who could tell
How soon, how devilishly it might ? And so it chanced—which in those dark
And fireless halls, was quite amazing, Did we not know how small a spark
Can set the torch of Love a-blazing. Whether it came, when close entangled
In the gay waltz, from her bright eyes, Or from the lucciole, that spangled
Her locks of jet—is all surmise. Certain it is, the ethereal girl
Did drop a spark, at some odd turning, Which, by the waltz's windy whirl,
Was fann'd up into actual burning. Oh for that lamp's metallic gauze
That curtain of protecting wireWhich Davy delicately draws
Around illicit, dangerous fire! The wall he sets 'twixt flame and air
(Like that which barr'd young Thisbe's bliss,) Through whose small holes this dangerous pair
May see each other but not kiss.'
A sign, they say, that no good boded-
And, crack! the ball-room all exploded. Sylphs, Gnomes, and fiddlers, mix'd together,
With all their aunts, sons, cousins, nicces, Like butterflies, in stormy weather,
Were blown--legs, wings, and tails-to pieces While, 'mid these victims of the torch,
The Sylph, alas! too, bore her partFound lying, with a livid scorchi,
As if from lightning, o'er her heart!
"Well done!" a laughing goblin said,
Which for the mousing deeds, transacted Escaping from this gaseous strife ;
In holes and corners, is well fitted, " "T is not the first time Love has made
But which, in sunshine, grows contracted,
As if 't would rather not admit it;
Throw time away who tried to let in a
Decent portion of God's light
On lawyers' mind or pussy's retina. After a conversation with 1-J—R- in which he had intimated some idea of giving up all Hence when he took to politics, political pursuits.
As a refreshing change of evil, What! thou, with thy genius, thy youth, and thy
Unfit with grand affairs to mix
His little Nisi-Prius tricks, Thou, born of a Russel-whose instinct to run
Like imps at bo-peep, play'd the devil ; The accustom'd career of thy sires, is the same
And proved that when a small law wit As the eaglet's, to soar with his eyes on the sun!
Of statesmanship attempts the trial,
'T is like a player on the kit Whose nobility comes to thee, stamp'd with a seal, Put all at once to a bass viol. Far, far more ennobling than monarch e'er set;
Nay, even when honest (which he could
Be, now and then,) still quibbling daily,
He serv'd his country as he would Shalt thou be faint-hearted and turn from the strife,
A client thief at the Old Bailey. From the mighty arena where all that is grand,
But-do him justice-short and rare And devoted, and pure, and adorning in life,
His wish through honest paths to roam; Is for high-thoughted spirits, like thine, to com
Born with a taste for the unfair, mand ?
Where falsehood call’d, he still was there, Oh no, never dream it-while good men despair
And when least honest, most at home. Between tyrants and traitors, and timid men bow,
Thus, shuffling, bullying, lying, creeping, Never think, for an instant, thy country can spare
He work'd his way up near the throne, Such a light from her dark’ning horizon as thou ! And, long before he took the keeping
Of the king's conscience, lost his own. With a spirit as meek as the gentlest of those
Who in life's sunny valley lie shelter'd and warm; Yet bold and heroic as ever yet rose
MY BIRTH-DAY. To the top cliffs of Fortune, and breasted her
“My birth-day !"—What a different sound storm;
That word had in my youthful ears! With an ardour for liberty, fresh as in youth,
And how, each time the day comes round, It first kindles the bard, and gives life to his .yre; Less and less white its mark appears! Yet mellow'd, even now, by that mildness of truth Which tempers, but chills not, the patriot fire ;
When first our scanty years are told,
It seems like pastime to grow old; With an eloquence—not like those rills from a height, And, as youth counts the shining links
Which sparkle, and foam, and in vapour are o'er; That time around him binds so fast, But a current that works out its way into light
Pleased with the task, he little thinks Through the filt'ring recesses of thought and of lore. How hard that chain will press at last. Thus gifted, thou never canst sleep in the shade;
Vain was the man, and false as vain, If the stirrings of genius, the music of fame,
Who said, ' “ were he ordain'd to run And the charms of thy cause have not power to per
His long career of life again, suade,
He would do all that he had done."Yet think how to freedom thou 'rt pledged by thy
Ah! 't is not thus the voice that dwells
In sober birth-days speaks to me;
Far otherwise—of time it tells Like the boughs of that laurel, by Delphi's decree, Lavish'd unwisely, carelessly, Set apart for the fane and its service divine,
Of counsel mock'd—of talents, made All the branches that spring from the old Russel tree, Haply for high and pure designs, Are by liberty claim'd for the use of her shrine. But oft, like Israel's incense, laid
Upon unholy, earthly shrines
Of nursing many a wrong desire
Of wandering after Love too far,
And taking every meteor fire HERE lies a lawyer-one whose mind
That cross'd my pathway for his star ! (Like that of all the lawyer kind) Resembled, though so grave and stately,
1 Fontenelle.--"Si je recommençais ma carrière, Je fe The pupil of a cat's eye greatly;
rais tout ce que j'ai fait
All this it tells, and, could I trace
The imperfect picture o'er again,
The lights and shades, the joy and pain,
Which hath been more than wealth to me; Those friendships in my boyhood twined,
And kept till now unchangingly, And that dear home, that saving ark,
Where Love's true light at last I've found, Cheering within, when all grows dark,
And comfortless, and stormy round!
Oh! what is happier than to find
Our hearts at ease, our perils past; When, anxious long, the lighten'd mind
Lays down its load of care at last ?When, tired with toil on land and deep,
Again we tread the welcome floor Of our own home, and sink to sleep
On the long-wish'd-for bed once more? This, this it is that pays alone
The ills of all life's former trackShine out, my beautiful, my own
Sweet Sirmio-greet thy master back. And thou, fair lake, whose water quaffs
The light of heaven, like Lydia's sea, Rejoice, rejoice-let all that laughs
Abroad, at home, laugh out for me!
FANCY. The more I've view'd this world, the more I've found
That, fill'd as 't is with scenes and creatures rare, Fancy commands, within her own bright round,
A world of scenes and creatures far more fair. Nor is it that her power can call up there
A single charm that 's not from Nature won,
A single tint unborrow'd from the sun-
One dull monotony of lustre flings,
Colours as gay as those on angels' wings!
TO MY MOTHER.
Written in a Pocket-Bock, 1822. They tell us of an Indian tree
Which, howsoe'er the sun and sky May tempt its boughs to wander free,
And shoot and blossom, wide and high, Far better loves to bend its arms
Downward again to that dear earth From which the life, that fills and warms
Its grateful being, first had birth. "T is thus, though woo'd by flattering friends,
And fed with fame (if fame it be,) This heart, my own dear mother, bends,
With love's true instinct, back to thee!
LOVE AND HYMEN. Love had a fever-ne'er could close
His little eyes till day was breaking i And whimsical enough, Heaven knows,
The things he raved about while waking. 'To let him pine so were a sin
One to whom all the world's a debtorSo Doctor Ilymen was call'd in,
And Love that night slept rather better. Next day the case gave further hope yet,
Though still some ugly fever latent;“ Dose, as before"--a gentle opiate,
For which old Hymen has a patent. After a month of daily call,
So fast the dose went on restoring, That Love, who first ne'er slept at all,
Now took, the rogue! to downright snoring.
ILLUSTRATION OF A BORE. If ever you've seen a gay party,
Relieved from the pressure of NedHow instantly joyous and hearty
They've grown when the damper was fledYou may guess what a gay piece of work,
What delight to champagne it must be, To get rid of its lvre of a cork,
And come sparkling to you, love, and me!
The best that I know for a lover of pelf
And then sell him at that which he sets on himself
TRANSLATION FROM CATULLUS. SWEET Sirmio! thou, the very eye
Of all peninsulas and isles That in our lakes of silver lie,
Or sleep, enwreathed by Neptune's smiles, How gladly back to thee I fly!
Still doubting, asking can it be That I have left Bithynia's sky,
And gaze in safety upon thee?
Immortal life into her soul,
One drop of doubt into the bowlWhich, mingling darkly with the stream,
To Psyche's lips—she knew not why
And, though there ne'er was rapture given
Like Psyche's with that radiant boy, Hers is the only face in heaven
That wears a cloud amid its joy.
FROM THE FRENCH. Of all the men one meets about,
There's none like Jack-he's every where : At church-park-auction-dinner-rout
Go when and where you will, he's there. Try the West End, he's at your back
Meets you, like Eurus, in the EastYou 're call’d upon for “How do, Jack ?"
One hundred times a-day, at least. A friend of his one evening said,
As home he took his pensive way, " Upon my soul, I fear Jack's dead
I've seen him but three times to-day !"
Whoe'er was in, whoe'er was out
Whatever statesmen did or said If not exactly brought about,
Was all, at least, contrived by Ned. With Nap if Russia went to war,
'T was owing, under Providence, To certain hints Ned gave the Czar
(Vide his pamphlet-price six pence.) If France was beat at Waterloo
As all, but Frenchmen, think she was To Ned, as Wellington well knew,
Was owing half that day's applause. Then for his newsno envoy's bag
E’er pass'd so many secrets through itScarcely a telegraph could wag
Its wooden finger, but Ned knew it. Such tales he had of foreign plots,
With foreign names one's ear to buzz in From Russia chefs and ofs in lots,
From Poland owskis by the dozen. When GEORGE, alarm'd for England's creed,
Turn'd out the last Whig ministry, And men ask'd—who advised the deed ?
Ned modestly confess'd 't was he. For though, by some unlucky miss,
He had not downright seen the King,
With all the pure romance, the blissful sadness
Two young and longing hearts in that sweet mad
But where to choose the locale of my vision
In this wide vulgar world—what real spot Can be found out, sufficiently elysian
For two such perfect lovers, I know not.