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Nor would'st thou her, nor could she thee survive.
And couldft not fall but with thy country's fate.
Bot look aloft, and if thou ken 'st from far When sinews o'er the skeletons are spread,
Those cloth'd with Aleth, and life inspires the
dead; Tis the that shines in that propitious light. The sacred poets first shall hear the sound,
And foremost from the tomb shall bound, When in mid-air the golden trump shall sound, For they are cover'd with the lightest ground; To raise the nations under ground;
And straight, with in-born vigour, on the wing, When in the valley of Jehofhaphat,
Like mounting larks, to the new morning sing. The judging God shall close the book of fate; There thou, sweet Saint, before the quire shallAnd there the last aslizes keep,
The way which thou so well halt learnt below..
Upon the death of the
TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN OF DR. PITCAIRN.
Scotland and thou did cach in other live ;
Farewell, who dying didft support the state,
A PANEGYRICAL POEM,
Dedicated to the memory of the late
COUNTESS OF ABINGDON.
To the right honourable the
EARL OF ABINGDON, &c.
Tue commands with which you honoured me ill; if at least I am capable of writing any thing, some months ago are now performed: they had at any time, which is worthy your perusal and been sooner; but betwixt ill health, fome business, your patronage. I cannot say that I have escaped and many troubles, I was forced to defer them from a shipwreck; but have only gained a rock till this time. Ovid, going to his banishment, by hard swimming; where I may pant a while and writing from on thipboard to his friends, and gather breath : for the doctors give me a excused the faults of his poetry by his misfortunes; sad assurance, that my disease never took its leave and cold them, that good verses never fow but of any man, but with a purpose to return. Howfrom a serene and composed fpirit. Wit, which ever, my lord, I have laid hold on the interval, is a kind of Mercury, with wings fastened to his and managed the small flock, which age has left head and heals, can fly but flowly in a damp air. nie, to the best advantage, in performing this inI thereforc chose rather to obey you lace than conliderable service to my lady's memory. We
who are priests of Apollo, have not the inspira- | that he had never seen Mrs. Drury, whom he tion when we please; but mult wait till the God has made immortal in his admirable Anniversaries. comes rushing on us, and invades us with a fury I have had the fanie fortune, though I have not which we are not able to resist : which gives us succeeded to the same genius. However, I have double strength while the fit continues, and leaves followed his footsteps in the design of his paneu languishing and spent at its departure. Let gyric; which was to raise an eniulation in the me not seem to boast, my lord; for I have really living, ta copy out the example of the dead. felt it on this occasion, and prophefied beyond my And therefore it was, that I once intended to macaral power. Let me add, and hope to be be- have called this poem " The Pattern :" and leved, that the excellency of the subject contri- though, on a second confideration, I changed the beted much to the happiness of the execution ; title into the name of the illustrious person, yet and that the weight of thirty years was taken off the design continues, and Eleonora is still the De while I was writing. I swam with the tide, pattern of charity, devotion, and humility; of the and the water under me was buoyant. The best wise, the best mother, and the best of friends. reader will easily observe, that I was transported And now, my lord, though I have endeavoured by the multitude and variety of my fimilitudes; to answer your commands, yet I could not answer which are generally the product of a luxuriant it to the world, nor to my conscience, if I gave fancy, and the wantonness of wit. Had I called not your lordship my testimony of being the best in my indgment to my assistance, I had certainly husband now living : I say my testimony only; retrenched many of them. But I defend them for the praise of it is given you by yourself
. They Dot; let them pass for beautiful faults amongst who despise the rules of virtue both in their the berter fort of critics : for the whole poem, practice and their morals, will think this a very though written in that which they call Heroic trivial commendation. But I think ic the peverse, is of the Pindaric nature, as well in the culiar happiness of the Countess of Abingdon, to theaght as the expreffion; and, as such, requires have been so truly loved by you while she was the fame grains of allowance for it. It was in- living, and so gratefully honoured after she was tended, as your lordship sees in the title, not for dead." Few there are who have either had, or a elegy, but a panegyric : a kind of apothesis, could have, such a loss; and yet fewer who car. indeed, if a Heathen word may be applied to a
ried their love and constancy beyond the grave. Charitian use. And on all occasions of praise, if The exteriors of mourning, a decent funeral, and Te take the Ancients for our patterns, we are black habits, are the usual stints of common bound by prescription to employ the magnificence husbands : and perhaps their wives deserve no et words, and the force of figures, to adorn the better than to be mourned with hypocrisy, and fublimity of thoughts. Isocrates amongst the forgot with ease. But you have distinguished Grecian orators, and Cicero and the Younger yourself from ordinary lovers, by a real and lasting Pling amongst the Romans, have left us their grief for the deceased; and by endeavouring to precedents for our security : for I think I need raise for her the most durable monument, which Det mention the inimitable Pindar, who stretches is that of verse. And so it would have proved, on these pinions out of sight, and is carried up if the workman had been equal to the work, and ward, as it were, into another world.
your choice of the artificer as happy as your deThis
, at least, my lord, I may juftly plead, that, lign. Yet, as Phidias, when he had made the if I have not performed so well as I think I have, ftatue of Minerva, could not forbear to engrave et I have used my best endeavours to excel my- his own name, as author of the piece : fo give me taf. 'One disadvantage I have had; which is, leave to hope that, by subscribing mine to this Dever to have known or seen my lady: and to prem, I may live by the goddess, and transmit my draw the lineaments of her mind from the de name to posterity by the memory of hers. "Tiş Scription which I have received from others, is no fattery to assure your lordship, that she is refor a painter to set himself at work without the membered, in the present age, by all who have living original before him: which, the more beau had the honour of her conversation and acquainte tiful it is, will be so much the 'more difficult for ance; and that I have never been in any comhim to conceive, when he has only a relation pany, since the news of her death was first broughe given him of such and such features by an ac. ine, where they have not extolled her virtues, quaintance or a friend, without the nice touches and even spoken the same things of her in prose which give the belt resemblance, and make the which I have done in verse. graces of the picture. Every artist is apt enough I therefore think myself obliged to thank your to datter himielf (and I amongst the rest) that lordship for the commission which you have given their own ucular observations would have disco me : how I have acquitted myself of it, must be pered more perfections, at least others, than have left to the opicion of the world, in spite of ang been delivered to them : though I have received protestation which I can enter against the present mine from the best hands, that is, from persons age, as incon pecent or corrupt judges. For my who neither want a just understanding of my comfort, they are but Englishmen, and, as such, lady's worth, for a due veneration for her me if they think ill of me to-day, they are inconstant
enough to think well of me to-morrow. And, Doctor Donne, the greatest wit, though not after all, I have not much to thank my fortune the greatek poet of our nation, acknowledges, that I was born amongst them. The good of
both sexes are so few in England, that they stand you, and some few others, I have obtained my like exceptions against general rules : and though end. You see I have disabled myself, like an one of them has delerved a greater commenda- elected Speaker of the House: yet like him i tion than I could give her, they have taken care have undertaken the charge, and find the burdes shat I should not tire my pen with frequent ex- Sufficiently recompensed by the honour. BC ercise on the like subje&s; that praises, like taxes, pleased to accept of these my unworthy labours fhould be appropriated, and left almost as indi- this paper-monument; and let her pious memory vidual as the person. They say, my talent is fa- which I am sure is sacred to you, not only pleac tire : if it be so, it is a fruitful age, and there is the pardon of my many faults, but gain me you an extraordinary crop to gather. But a single protection, which is ambitiously fought by, hand is insufficient for such a harvest : they have fown the dragon's teeth themselves, and it is but
My Lord, juft they should reap each other in lampoons. You, my lord, who have the character of honour,
Your Lordship's though it is not niy happiness to know you, may ftand aside, with the small remainders of the
Most obedient servant, English nobility, truly such, and, unhurt yourselves, behold the mad combat. If I have pleased
A PANEGYRICAL POEM.
As when some great and gracious monarch dies, | And trust their fustenance with her so well,
As the first Christians of th' apostles' cure. Who, then, perhaps, were offering vows in vain, The distant heard, by fame, her pious deeds, For his long life, and for his happy reign : And laid her up for their extremest needs; So, flowly, by degrees, unwilling Fame
A future cordial for a fainting mind; Did Matchless Eleonora's fate proclaim,
For, what was ne'er refus'd, all hop'd to find Till public as the loss the news became.
Each in his turn : the rich might freely come, The nation felt it in th' extremeft parts, As to a friend; but to the poor, 'twas home. With eyes o’crflowing, and with bleeding hearts; As to fame holy house th'afflicted came, But most the poor, whom daily the supply'd, The hunger-farv'd, the naked, and the lame; Beginning to be such but when the dy'd.
Want and diseases fled before her name. For, while the liv'd, they slept in peace by night, For zeal like her's her fervants were too slow; Secure of bread as of returning light;
She was the first, where need requir'd, to go; And with such firm dependence on the day, Herself the foundress and attendant too. That need grew pamper'd, and forgot to pray: Sure she had guests sometimes to entertain, So sure the dole, so ready at their call,
Guests in disguise, of her great Master's train : They stood prepar'd to see the manna fall. Her Lord himself might come, for aught we Such multitudes the fed, she cloath'd, she nurst,
know; That she herself might fear her wanting first. Since in a servant's form he liv'd below : Of her fire talents, other five she made;
Beneath her roof he might be pleas'd to stay; Heaven, that had largely given, was largely paid : Or some benighted angel, in his way, And in few lives, in wondrous few, we find Might ease his wings, and, seeing heaven appear A fortune better fitted to the mind.
In its best work of mercy, think it there : Nor did her alms from oftentation fall,
Where all the deeds of charity and love Or proud defire of praise; the soul gave all : Were in as constant method as above, Unbrib'd it gares or, if a bribe appear,
All carry'd on; all of a piece with theirs; No less than heaven; to heap huge treasures there. As free her alms, as diligent her cares ; Want pass'd for merit at her open door : As loud her praises, and as warm her prayers. Heaven law, he safely might increase his poor,