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Mere dreams of feign'd fantastic


So the dearest joys of loving, But the disease of idle hours;

Which scarce heaven can go beyond,
Amusement, hamour, affectation,

We'll be every day iinproving.
Compar'd with this sublimer passion,
Whose raptures, bright as those above,

You more fair, and I more fond.
Outshine the flames of zeal or love.
Yet think not, faireft, what I ling

I more fair, and you more fond,
Can from a love Platonic spring;
That formal softness (false and vain)
Not of the heart, but of the brain.
Thou art indeed above all nature;

ON ONE WHO DIED DISCOVERING HER But I, a wretched human creature,

Wanting thy gentle generous aid,
Of husband, rivals, friends, afraid !

SOME vex their souls with jealous pain,
Amidst all this seraphic fire,

While others sigh for cold disdain; Am almost dying with desire,

Love's various flaves we daily see! With eager wishes, ardent thoughts,

Yet happy all, compar'd with me. Prone to commit love's wildest faults !

Of all mankind, I lov'd the best And (as we are on Sundays told

A nymph fo far above the rest, The lusty patriarch did of old)

That we outshin'd the blest above, Would force a blessing from those charms,

In beauty flie, and I in love.
And grasp an angel in my arms.

And therefore they who could not bear
To be outdone by mortals here,
Among themselves have plac'd her now,

And left me wretched here below.

All other fate I could have borde,

And ev'n endur'd her


But oh! thus all at once to find
Between an Elderly Skepberd and a very Yourg Nympb. That dread account! both dead and kind !

What heart can hold ! if yet I live,

'Tis but to show how much I grieve. BRIGHT and blooming as the spring,

Universal love inspiring;
All our swains thy praises sing,
Ever gazing and admiring.




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COME all ye doleful, dismal cafes,
That ever haunted guilty mind!
The pangs of love when it despairs,

And all those stings the jealous find :
Alas! heart-breaking though ye be,
Yet welcome, welcome all to me!
Who now have lost-but oh! how much?

No language, nothing can express,
Except my grief! for she was such,

That praises would but niake her less.
Yet who can ever dare to raise
His voice on her, unless to praise ?
Free from her fex's smallest saulis,

And fair as womankind can be ;
Tender and warm as lover's thoughts,

Yot cold to all the world but me.
Of all this nothing now remains,
But only fighs and endless pains !

idle boys admire us blindly,

Are inconstant, wild, and bold; And your using me so kindly

Is a proof you are not old.


With thy pleasing voice and fashion,

With thy humour and thy youth, Cheer my soul, and crown my passion :

Oh! reward my love and truth, ,


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335 Leis seems the faith that mountains can remove, There I and sorrow for a while could part, Than this which triumphs over youth and love. Sleep closid my eyes, and easd a fighing heart.

But shall fome threatening priest divide as two? But here too soon a wretched lover found That worse than that could all his curses do? In deepest griefs that leep can ne'er be found; Thus with a fright some have relign'd their breath, with strange furprise my troubled fancy brings And poorly dy'd, only for fear of death.

Odd ancick hapes of wild unbeard-of things; Heaven fées our paflions with indulgente still, Dismai and terrible they all appiat, And they who lov'd well, can do nothing ill. My soul was ih ok with an unusual fear, While to us nothing but ourselves is dear,

But as when visions glad the eyes of saints, Should the world frown, yet whac have we to fear? and kind relief attends derout complaints, Fame, wealth, and power, those high-priz'd gifts of Some beauccous aogel in bright charms will Line, fate,

And spread a glory scurd, that's all divise; The low concerns of a less happy state,

Just such a bright and beauteous form appears, Are far bencath us : fortune's self may take The monsters vanish, and with them my fears. Her aim at us, yet no impression make;

The fairelt share was then before me brought, Let worldings ask her help, or fear her harms; That eyes e'er faw, or fancy ever thought; We can lie safe, lock'd in each other's arnis, How weak are words to the w such excellence, Like the bleit saints, eternal raptures know, Which er'a confounds the foul, as well as fenfe! And light those storms that vainly rest below: And, while our eyes transporting pleasure and,

Yet this, all this you are resolv'd to quit; It stops not here, but ftrikes the fory mind. I see my ruin, and I must submit;

Some angel speaks her praise; no hunza congues But think, O think, before you prove unkind, But with its utmost are mult do he: wrong. How loft a wretch you leave forlorn behind. The caly wonan that has power to kill,

Malignant envy, mir'd with hate ard fear, And yet is good enough to want the will; Revenge for wrongs too burdensome to bear, Who needs no fofi al uring words repeat Ev'n zeal itself, from whence all mischiefs 1pring, Nor study'd looks of languihing deceit. Have never done so barbarous a thing.

Fantastic beauty, always in the wrong, With such a fate the heavens decreed to per Still thinks some pride mult to its p. wer belong; Armida once, thoogh of the fairer sex;

An air affueted, and an haughty orien, Rinaldo she had charin'd with so much art,

Something that seems to say, I would be fcen. Hers was his power, his person, and his heart : But of all womankind this only flie, Honour's high thoughts no more his mind could Full of its charms, and from its frailty free,

Deförres some nobler. mufe her fame to raise, She footh'd his rage, and curn'd it all to love : By making the whole fes belide her pyramid of When straight a gust of fierce devotion blows, She, ihe appear'd the source of all my joys, (praise And in a moment all her joys o'erthrows :

The deareft care that all my thought eniploys : The poor Armida tears her golden hair,

Gently he look'd, as when I left her lat, Matchless til now, for love or for despair.

When first the lèiz'd my heart, and held it fart : Who is not mov'd while the fad nymph rom- When, if ny rows, alas! pre made too late, plains ?

I saw my doom cable pot from her, bui fate. Yet you now act what Tasso only feigos:

With pity then the eas'd my raging paio, And after all our vows, our aghs, our tears, And her kind eyes could scarce from tears refrain: My banith'd sorrows, and your conquer'd fears; Why, gentle swain, said the, why do fe grieve So many doubts, so many dangers, paft,

In words I thould not hear, much less believe? Visions of zeal must vanquish me at last.

I gaze on that which is a fault to mind, Thus, in great Homer's war, throughout the And ought to fly the danger which I find; field

Of faile mankind though you may be the best, Some hero still made all things mortal yield; Ye all have robb'd poor women of their relt. But when a god once took the vanquish'd fide, I see your pain, and see it too with grief, The wesk prevail'd, and the vitorious dy'd. Because I would, yet iuit not, give relicf.

Thus, for a turband's fake, as well as yours,

My scrupulous foul divided pain endures;

Guilty, alas? to both: for inos I do

Tou niuch for him, yet not enough for you. Written during a Sea Voyage, when fent to som nund Give over then, give over, hapless Twain, tbe Forces for tbe Relief of Tangier.

A paffion moving, but a paffion vain :

Not chance nor time shall ever change my thought WITHIN the filent Shades of soft repose,

'Tis better much to die, than do a faalt. Where fancy's boundless fream for ever flows; Oh, worse than ever! Is it then my doom Where the infracchis'd soul ac case cap play, Just to see heaven, where I must never come? Tir'd with the toillonie bufiness of the day; Your soft compaffion, if not something more; Where princes gladly reft their weary heads, Yet I remain as wretched as before, And change uncały thrones for dowry beds; The wind indeed is fair, but ah! no fight of hore. M'here seeming joys delude despairng minds; Farewell, too scrupulous fair one; oh, farewell; And where ev'o jealousy fame quitt tiods; What cormeots I endure, 30 tongue cau cell:


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Thank heaven, my fate transports me now where I, Yet decency requires the wonted caros
Your martyr, may with ease and safety die. Of interest, children, and remote affairs;
With that I kueeld, and seiz'd her trenibling But in her love, that dear concern of life,

She all the while may be another's wife : (bed,
While the impos'd this cruel kind command : Heaven, that beholds her wrong'd and widow'd
Lite, and love on; you will be true, I know, Permits a lover in her husband's stead.
Eut live then, and come back to tell me fo;

I Aung nie at his feet, his robes would kiss, For though I blush at this last guilty breath, And cry'l--Ev'n our base world is just in this; I can endure that better than your death.

Amiast our censures, love we gently blame, Tormenting kindness: barbarous reprieve ! And love sometimes preserves a female fame. Condemo'd to die, and yet compellid to live! What'cie less strong can woman's will restrain ?

This tender suene my dream repeated o'er, When honour checks, and conscienee pleads in Just as it pafs'd in real truth before.

vain; Methought I then fell grovelling to the ground, When parents' threats, and friends' persuasions fail, Till, on a sudden rais'd, I wondering found When interest and anibition scarce prevail, A strange appearance all in taintless white; To bound that sex when nothing else can move, His form gave reverence, and his face delight, They'll live reserv'd, to please the man they love! Goodness and greatness in his eyes were seen,

The spirit then reply'd to all I said, Gencle his look, and affable his mien.

She may be kind, but not till thou art dead; A kind y notice of me thus he took

Bervail thy memory, beniçan thy fate : " What mean these flowing eyes, this ghastly Then she will love, when 'tis, alas! too late : look:

Of all thy pains she will hu pity have,
These rembling joints, this loose dishevell'd hair, | Till iad despair has sent thee to the grave.
“ And this cold dew, the drops of deep despair ?"
With giief and wonder first ny spirits faint,

Amaz'd, I wak'd in haste,
But thus at last I vented niy complaint:

All trembling at my doom; Behold a wretch whom cruel fate has found,

Dreams oft' repeat adventures past,
And in the dep.h of all misfortune drown'd.

And tell our ills to come.
There shines a nymph, to whom an envy'd (wain
Is ty'd in Hymen's ceremonious chain;
But, cloy'd with charms of such a marriage-bed,
And fed with inanna, yet he longs for bread;

Aud will, most husband-like, not only range,
For love perhaps of nothing else but change,
But to inferior beauty prostrate lies,
And courts her love in fcorn of Flavia's eyes. Tranflated by the Earl of Mulgrave and Mr. Drydex.

All this I knew, (the form divine reply'd) And did but alk to have thy temper try'd,

When loose epifles violate chaste eyes, Which prove sincere. Of both I know the mind; She half confents, who silently denies; She is too scrupulons, and thou too kind :

How dares a liranger, with designs so vain, But since thy fatal love's fir ever fix’d,

Marriage and hospitable rights profane? Whatever time or absence come betwixt ;

Was it for this your fate did shelter find Since thy fond heart ev'n her disdain prefers From swelling seas and every faithless wind? To others' love, I'll fomething soften hers: (For though a distant country brought you forih, Else in the search of virtue she may stray:

Your use here was equal to your worth.) Well-meaning mortals should not lose their way. Does this deserve to be rewarded so? She now indeed fins on the faler fide,

Did you come here a stranger, or a foe! For hearts too loose are never to be tgid;

Your partial judgnient may perhaps complain, Bui no extrenies are either good or wise,

And think me barbarous for my just disdain; And in the millt alone true virtue lies.

Ill-bred then let me be, but not unchaste, When marriage-vows unite an equal pair,

Nor my clear fame with any spot defac'd.
"Tis a more contract made by human care, Though in my face there's no affected frown,
By which they both are for convenience ty'd, Nor in my carriage a feign'd niceness shown,
The bridegroom yet more strictly than the bride : I keep my honour still without a stain,
For circumstances alter every ill,

Nor has my love made any coxcomb vain.
And woman meets with most temptation still; Your boldness I with admiration fee :
She a forsaken bed must often bear,

What hope had you to gain a queen like me? While he can never fail to find her there,

Because a hero forc'd me once away, And therefore less excus'd to range elsewhere. Am I thought fit to be a second prey ? Yet this fhe ought to suffer, and fubmit :

Had I heen won, I had deserv'd your blame, But when no longer for each other fit,

But sure my part was nothing but the shame; If usage base shall just refenthient move,

Yet the base theft to him no fruit did bear,
Or, what is worl2, affronts of wandering love ; I 'Icap'd unhurt by any thing but fear :
No obligation after that icmains,

Rude force might some unwilling kisses gain, 'Tis mean, not just, to wear a rival's chains. But that was all he ever could obtain,


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357 You on such terms would ne'er have let me go; For oh! your face has such peculiar charms, Were he like you, we had noc parted fo.

That who can hold from flying in your armis! Untouch'd the youth restor'd me to my friends, But what I ne'er can have without offence, And modest usage made me some amends.

May fonie blest maid pofiess with innocence. ?Tis virtue to repent a vicious deed :

Pleasure niay tempe, but virtue more should nove; Did he repent, that Paris might succeed?

Oh! learn of me to want the thing you love. Sure 'ris fome fate that sets me above wrongs. What you desire is sought by all mankind; Yet still exposes me to busy tongues.

As you have eyes, so others are not blind : I'll not complain, for who's displeas'd with love, Like you they fee, like you my charms adore; If it sincere, discreet, and constant prove?

They wish not less, but you dare venture more. But that I fear-- not that I think you base, Oh! had you then upon our coasts been brought, Or doubt the blooming beauties of niy face; My virgin love when thousand rivals fought, But all your fex is subjed to deceive,

You had I feen, you should have had my voice, And ours, alas ! too willing to believe.

Nor could my husband justly blame nzy choice. Yet others yield, and love o'ercomes the best- For both our hopes, alas ! you came too late, But why should I not shine above the rest ? Another now is master of my fate; Fair Leda's story seems at first to be

More to my wish I could have liv'd with you, A fit example ready found for me :

And yet my present lot can undergo. But she was couzen'd by a borrow'd shape, Cease to folicit a weak woman's will, And under harmless feathers felt a rape :

And urge not her you love to so r:uch ill; If I fould yield, what reason could i use?

But let me live contented as I may By what mistake the loving crime excuse?

And make not my unspotced fame your prey: Her fault was in her powerful lover lost;

Some right your claini, since naked to your eyes But of what Jupiter have I to boast?

Three goddefles disputed beauty's prize: Though you to heroes and to kings succeed, One offer'd valour, t'other crowns; but she Our fainous race does no addition need;

Obtain'd her cause, whu smiling promis'd me. And great alliances but useless prove

But, fisit, I ain not of belief ro light, fight : To one that fprings herself from mighty Jove. To think such nymphs would thew you such a Go then, and boast in some less haughty place Yet, granting this, the other part is seign'd, Your Phrygian blood, and Priam's ancient racea A bribe so mean your sentence had not guin'd. Which I would show I valued, if I durft;

With parcial eyes I should myself regard, You are the fifth from Jove, but I the first. To think that Venus made me her reward; The crown of Troy is powerful, I confess, I humbly am content with human praise, But I have reason to think ours no less.

A goddess's applause would envy raise ;)
Your letter, fillid with promises of all

But be ic as you say; for 'tis confett,
That men can good, and women pleasant call, The men who fatier highest please us best :
Gives expectacion such an ample field

That I suspect it ought not to displease,
As would move goddefles themselves to yield : For miracles are not believ'd with ease.
But, if I c'er offend great Juno's laws,

One joy I have, that I had Venus' vrice; Yourself shall be the dear, the only cause;

A greater yet, that you confirm'd her choice; Either my honour l'll to death maintain,

That proffer'd laurels, promis d sovereignty,
Or follow you without mean thoughts of gain; Juno and Pallas you contemn'd for me.
Not that so fair a present I despise;

Am I your enipire then, and your renown? We like the gift, when we the giver prize;. What heart of rock but muit by this be won? But 'tis your love moves me, which niade you take And yet bear witness, O ye powers above, Such pains, and run such hazards for


fake. How rude I am in all the arts of love! I have perceiv'd, (though I dissembled too) My hand is yet untaught to write to nico, A thousand things that love has made you do : This is th' ellay of my unprastis'd pen; Your eager cyes would alnioit dazzle mine, Happy those nymphs, whoni use has perfect made, In which (wild man!) your wanton thoughts I think all crime, and cremble at a loade: would shine.

Ev'n while I write, my fearful conscious eyes Sometimes you'd figh, sometimes disorder'd stand, Look often back, misdoubting a surprise ; And with unusual ardour press my hand ;

For now the rumour (preads among the crowd, Contrive just after me to take the glass,

At court in whispers, but in town aloud. Nor would you let the least occasion pass;

Dissemble you, whate'er you hear them lay : Which oft I fear'd I did not mind alonc,

To leave off loving were your better way;
And blushing fat for things which you have done ; | Yet, if you will diffenible it, you may.
Then murmur'd to myself, He'll for my fake Love secretly : the absence of my lord
Do any thing, I hope 'was no mistake.

More freedom gives, but does not all afford :
Oft have I read within this pleasant grove, Long is his journey, long will be his stay,
Under ny name, these charming words, I love, Calld by affairs of consequence away.
I, frowning, secm'd not to believe your flame, To go or not, when unresolv'd he stood,
But now, alas! am come to write the fame, I bid him make what swift return he could :
If I were capable to do amiss,

Then kissing me, he faid, I recommend hould not but be sensible of this.

All to thy care, But most my Tsojan friend.

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I smil'd at #liat he innocently faid,

Shruld I be injur'd on your Phrygian thote: And only answer'd, You shall be obey'd.

What help of sindred could I there implure? Propicious winds have borne him far from bence, Mtdea was by Jason's flattery won; Eut let not tbis secure your confidence :

may, like her, believe and be undone. Absent he is, yet abreoc he commands:

Plain honest hearts, like mine, suspect no cheat, You know the proverb,“ Princes have long hands." And love contributes to its own deceit. M" fame's my burden, for the more I'm prais'd, The ships, about whose fides loud tempeíts roar, A juter ground of jealousy is rais's :

With gentle winds were frafted from the shore. Werei lils fair, I mighe liave been more bleft, Your teeming mother dreamt a flaming brand, Great beauty through great danger is podelt. Sprung from her womb, consum'd the Trojan To leave me here, his venture was not hard, To second chis, old prophecies conspire, [land; Because he thought my virtue was my guard : That Ilium shall be burnt with Grecian fire ; He fear'd niy face, but truited to my life,

Both give me fear, nor is it much allay'd, The beau:y doubred, but belier'd the wife. That Venus is oblig'd our loves to aid. You bid nie use th' occasion while I can,

For they who lost their cause, revenge will take, Put in your hands by the good easy ran.

And for one friend, two enemies


make. I Fould, and yet I doubt 'uwirt love and fear; Nor can I douht, but, hould I follow you, One draws mc from you, and one briggs me cear. The sword would foon our fatal crime pursue; Our flames are mutual, and my husband's gonc : A wrong so great my husband's rage would soufe, The nights are long; I fear co lic alone;

And'niy relations would his caule espouse. One house contains us, and weak walls divide, Vou boast your strength and courage ; but, alas! And you're too presling to be long deny'd. Your words receive small credit from your face. Let me not live, but every thing conspires Let beroes in the dusuy field delight, To join our loves, and yet ny fear retires.

Those limbs were fashion'd for another fight. You court with words, wlied you should force em- Bid Hector fally from the walls of Troy; ploy;

A sweeter quarrel fhould your arms employ. A rape is requisite to shame-fac'è joy;

Yet fears like these fhould not my mind perplex, Indulgcut to the wrongs which we receise, Weré las wise as many of my ser: Our fex can suffer what we dare not give. But time and you may bolder thoughts inspire; What have I faid! for both of us 'cwere best, And I, perhaps, may yield to your desire. Our kindling fire if each of us supprest.

You last demand a private conference : The faith of strangers is too prone to change, These are your words, but I can gue's your feose. And, like themselves, their wandering paflions lour uoripe hopes their harvest must attend : Hypsipyla and the fond Miroian maid, [range. Be sol'd by me, and time may be your friend, Were both, by trusting of their guest, betray'd : This is enough to let you undertland, How can I doubt that other men deceive,

For now my pen bas cir'd my tender hand; When you yourself did fair Oenone leave!

My woman knows the secret of my heart,
But, left I should upbraid your treachery,

And may hercafcer better news impart,
You make a merit of that crime to due.
You grant you were to faithful love inclin'd,
Your weary Trojans wait but for a wind.
Should you prevail, while I allign the night,
Your fails are hoisted, and you take your flight;

Some bewailiog mariner our love destroys,
And breaks asunder our unfinish'd jays.

Being - Translation out of the fourth Book of Virgil. But I wich you may leave the Spartan port,

To view the Trojan wealth and Priani's court.
Shown while I see, I fall ezpose my fanie;

'Tis not for nothing when just heaven does frown; And fill a foreign country with niy shame.

The injur'd Orpheus calls chese judgments down; Ja Ala what reception shall I find !

Whose spouse, avoiding to become thy prey, And what difki nour leave in Greece behind! And all his joys at once were soatch'd away; What will your brothers, Priam, Hecuba,

The nymph, foredoom'd that fatal way to pass, And what will all your modest marrons fay? Spy'd not the ferpent lurking in the grass : Ev'n Fou, when on this action you refled,

A mournful cry the spacious valley fills. [hills; Mly future cundu.2 ju!y nay fufpet;

With echoing groans from all the neighbouring And whüte'er fanger lands upon your coaft,

The Dryades roar out in deep despair,

And with united voice bewail the fair, Conclude me, by your own example, loft. 1, from your rage, a strumpet's name shall hear,

For such a loss he fought no vain relief,
While you forge: what part in it you bear :

But with his lute indulg'd the tender gricf;
Tuu, my crime's author, will my crime upbraid : Along the shore he oft would wildly ftray,
Deep under ground, oh! let me first be laid ! With doleful notes begin and end the day.
Sou boast the pomp and plenty of your larid, Ac length to hell a frightful journey made,
And promise all all be at my command : Pass'd the wide-gaping gulf and dismal shade
Your Trojan wealth, believe me, I despise;

Visits the ghosts, and to that king repairs

Whose heart's inflexible to human prayers, M:Iy own poor native land has dearer tics.

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