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“ All the brighé iniages,” says Steele, in addressing to his lordship the 4th yolnme of the Tade", " which the wits of past ages have left behind them in their writings, the noblest plans which th: greatest statesmen have laid down for the administration of affairs, are equally the familiar objects of your knowledge. But what is peculiár to your lordship, above all the illustrious persunages that have appeared in any age, is, that wit and learning have, from your example, fallen into a
Your patronage has produced those arts, which before shunned the commerce of the world, into the service of life, and it is to you we owethat the man of wit has curned himself to be a man of business. Your own studies have been diverted from being the brightest oroameat, to the brightest use to mankind; and the capacities that would have rendered you the greatest poet of your age, have, to the advantage of Great Britain, been employed in pursuits which have made you the most able and unbiaffed patriot.”
" He refted not,” says Tickell, “ in a barren admiration of the polite arts, wherein he him. Self was so great a master, but was acted by that humanity they naturally inspire ;, which gave rise to many excellent writers, who have cast a light upon the age in which he lived, and will diflisguish it to posterity. It is well known that very few celebrated pieces have been published to several years, but what were either promoted by his encouragement, or supported by his approbation, or recompensed by his bounty. The cause of liberty will receive. no small advantage in future times, when it shall be observed that the Earl of Halifax was one of the patriots who wers at the head of it; and that most of those who were eminent in the several parts of polite or useful learning, were, by his influence and example, engaged in the same interest.”
His character, as given by Dr. Johnson, Inews the prejudices of our great poetical biographer, against a Whig patron of literature, who is enumerated among the most eminent poets, yet is despised.
“ Many a blandishment was practised upon Halifax, which he would never have known had he had no other attractions than those of his poetry, of which a short time has withered the bezeties, le would now be esteemed no honour, by a contributer to the monthly bundles of verses, 19 be told, that, in ftrains either familiar or solemn, he fings like Montague,"
Farewell, great Charles, monarch of bleft re- | No malice shew'd, no hate, revenge, or pride, nown,
But ruld as meekly, as his father dy'd; The best good man that ever fill'd a throne; Eas'd us from endless wars, made discords cease, Whom Nature as her highest pattern wrought, Restor'd to quiet, and maintain'd in peace. And mix'd both sexes virtues in one draught; A mighty series of new time began, Wisdom for councils, bravery in war,
And rolling years in joyful circles ran. With all the mild good-nature of the fair. Then wealih the city, business fill'd the port, The woman's sweetness, temper'd manly wit, To mirth our tumults turn'd, our wars to sport : And loving pow'r, did crown' with meekness fit; Then learning flourish'd, blooming arts did spring, His awful person reverence engag'd,
And the glad muses prun'd their drooping wing: With mild address and tenderness assuag'd: Then did our flying towers in:provement know, Thus the almighty gracious King above
Who now command as far as winds can blow; Docs both command our fear, and win our love. With canvass wings round all the globe they fly,
With wonders born, by miracles preserv'd, And, built by Charles's art, all storms defy: A heavenly host the infant's cradle serv'd; To every coast with ready fails are hurld, And men his healing empire's omen read, Fill us with wealth, and with our fame the world; When sun with fars, and day with night agreed. From whose difractions scas do us divide; His youth for valorous patience was renown'd; Their riches here in Aoating castles ride. Like David, persecuted first, then crown'd; We reap the swarthy Indian's sweat and toil; Lov'd in all courts, admir'd where'er he came, Their fruit, without the mischiefs of their foil. At oncc our nation's glory, and its shame : Here in cool mades their gold and pearls receive, They bleft the ifle where such great spirits dwell, Free from the heat which does their luftre give. Abhorr'd the men that could such worth expel. In Persian lilks, eat eastern spice; secure To spare our lives, he meckly did defeat
From burning fluxes, and their calenture : Those Sauls whom wand'ring alles made fo great; Under our vines, upon the peaceful shore, Waiting till heav'n's election should be shewo, We see all Europe toft, hear tempests roir : And the Almighty Mould his unction own: Rapine, sword, wars, and famine, rage abroad, And own he did his powerful arm display'd; While Charles their hoft, like Jove from lda, And Ifrael, the belov'd of God, obey'd;
aw'd, Callid by his people's tears, he came, he easid Us from our foes and from ourselves did shield, The groaning nation, the black storms appeas'd, Our towns from tumules, and from arms the field; Did greater blessings, than he took, afford; For when bold faction goodness could disdain, England itself was more, than he, restor'd. Unwillingly he us'd a straiter rein: Unhappy Albion, by strange ills oppress'd, In the still gentle voice he lov'd to speak, in various fevers toft, could find no rest;
But could with thunder harden'd rebels break. Quite spent and weary'd, to his arms the fled, Yet though they wak'd the laws, his tender mind And relted on his shoulders her fair bending head. Was undisturb’d, in wrath severely kind;
In conquests mild, he came from exile kind; Tempting his power, and urging to assume; No climas, 20 provocations, chang'd his mind; Thus Jove in love did Semele consume,
As the stout oak, when round his trunk the vine But oh! he ebbs, the smiling waves decay,
Where the best streams, the longest rivers, end. But though so genile seems his outward form, His spotless waves there undistinguish'd país, llis hidden trength out-braves the loudert form : None see, how clear, how bounteous, sweet, he Firmer he stands, and boldly keeps the field, Shewing fout minds, when unprovok'd, are No difference now, though late so much, is seen, mild,
'Twixt him, fierce Rhine, and the impetuous Scine. So when the good man made the crowd presume, But, ko! the joyful tide our hopes restores, He shew'd bimself, and did the king afiume ; And dancing waves er end the wid’ning lhores. For goodness in excess may be a lin;
James is our Charles in all things but in name : Juftice must tame, whom mercy cannot win. Thus Thames is daily loft, yet fill the same. Thus winter fixes the unstable sea, And teaches restless water conftancy, Which under the warm influence of bright days, The fickle motion of cach blait obeys.
ON THE MARRIAGE OF THE
PRINCESS ANNE AND PRINCE Were arts great Charles's prudence only knew. S
GEORGE OF DENMARK.
Whilst black designs (that direful work of fate) Eighter than our șriud neighbour's guilty fan.c,
Distract the labouring state; More poble than the spoils that barcles yield,
Whilft (like the sea) around loud discords roar, Or all the enifty triumphs of the field.
Breaking iheir fury on the frighted shore ; 'Tis less to conquer, than to make war cease, And Ergland does like brave Vienna stand, and withou: fighting, awe the world to peace :
Belieg'd by Infidels on either hand; For praudett triumphs from contempt arile;
What means this peaceful train, this pompous bigtit? The vanquilh'd first the conqueror's arms despise :
What means this royal beauteous pair ? Won cofigns are the gaudy marks of icorn;
This troop of youths and virgins heavenly fair, They brave the vidtor firit, and then adorn.
That does at once astonish and delight; But peaceful monarchs reign like guds; while Great Charles, and his illuflrious brother here,
No bold affallinate need sear; Dispute, all love, bless, reverence their throne.
Here is no harmful weapon found, 'Tigers and bears, with all the savage hoft, Nothing but Cupid's darts and Beauty here can May boldnets, Itrength, and daring conquest boast;
wouud. But the tweet pallions of a generous mind Are the prerogative of human kind;
Ilow gra:esul does this scene appear The godlike image, on our clay impres,
To us, who might too justly fear The darling attribute which heaven loves beit:
We never should have seen again In Charles, fo good a man and king, we see
Aughe bright, but armour on the plain! A double image of the deity.
Nc'er in their cheerful garb t' have recn the fair, On! had he more ref mbled it! Oh, why
While all, with inelting eyes and wild dibeveld Was he not ftill more like, and could not die ?
hair, Now do our choughts alone enx y his name,
Had mourn'd their brothers, sons, and hushinda and faint ideas of our bleiling frame!
Thele dusky shadows make this scene more brigta; In Thames, the Ocean's viariing, England's pride,
The horror adds to the delight. The pleasing emblem of his reign does glide :
This glorious pomp our spirits cheers; from hence Thames, the support and glory of our ille,
We lucly omens cake, new happiness conmeccs. Richer than Tagus, or Ævyprian Nile:
hough no rich fand in him, no pearls are found, Thus when the gathering Jouds a storm prepare Yec fields rejoice, his meadows laugh around;
And their black force associate in the air, Lels wealth nis bofom holds, le's guilty stores, (End-avouririg co eclipse the boun:eous light, For he exhausts himself, t'enrich the thores.
Who, with kind warmth, and powerini rass Mild and lerene the peaceful current flows,
Them to that envy'd height No angry foam, no raging lurges knows;
From their mean native carth did raise) No drcadful wrecks opon his banks appear,
A thoughtful ladnets firs on all,
2 His crystal stream unitain'd by widows tear, Expecting where the full-charg'd clouds will fall : His channel strong and cafy, deep and clear. S But if the heavenly bow No arbitrary inundacior s sweep
Deck'd like a gaudy liride appears, The pl ughman's hopes and lite into the deep ; And all her varivus robes dilplays, His even waters the old limits krep.
Painted by th' conquering sun's trium; hant rart.
ON THE SAME OCCASION
It mortals drooping spirits cheers;
Again, in pleasant warbling notes,
Hinc, hinc, Camænæ, cedite inutiles,
Nam cor potenti numine gaudiuin
Amavit, exultansque pectus Then, then, my muse, raise with the lyre thy
Corripuit meliore flamma. voice,
Talesque cantus fundere gestio, And with thy lays make fields and woods rejoice :
Ismene, quales auribus hauseras For, lo! the heavenly pledge appears,
Utrisque, quandò Dithyrambis And in bright characters the promise bears :
Pindarus incaluit folutis.
Dum nescit æquo funtine gaudium
Prolabi, et arctis limitibus, vage
Nunc huc redundans, nunc retrorsum, Her charms, and Charles's power, their fury shall
Vorticibus furit inquietis.
Adlis, triumphos dum canimus tuos,
Adsis, Cupido, iliabere pectori :
Dum perfonanius te, decoris
Carminibus, bona Cypris, adsis.
Cyprop beatam (perne volatilis,
Huc, huc. Am rum fepta cohortibus, The frighted Roman eagles fled.
Molire gressus, ad Britannos
Cærulcos age, Diva, currus.
Fallor? an ex læva Convexi parte sereni
Diva vocata venit?
Ecce! citis magnum (pendens in verbere prona)
Tranat inane rotis.
Fronde comas, auroque premit pulcherrima, Mar.
Gaudia, Blandicias, hilari vulruque renidens Than that you brought from Lunsden's famous
Spargit ubique Jocus.
Lascivas pidas jactantior explicat alas plain ; Where, when your brother, fired with success,
Idaliusque puer. Too daringly upon the sue did press,
Adventu dispersa Deæ sunt nubila, venti And was a captive made, then you
Nec fremuêre minis. alone
Dum Nymphas una ante alias formosior omncs, Did with your fingle arnı fupport the throne: Your generous breast, with fury boiling o'er,
Dignaque cura Deæ, Like lightning through their scatter'd troops you
Sic pæana canit, cælum et modulamine complet flew,
Vox sociaca lyræ : And from th' amazed foe the royal prize in triumph
Egregiam laudem, Venus, et spolia ampla re
fertis You have your ancestors in this one ad out-done, Though their successful arms did this whole ille Tuque, Puerque tuus; si Virgo Britannica victa o'er-run.
Agnoscat numen (mentem jam faucia) veltruni,
Si votis, fi fæva ullis insucta moveri,
Aue precibus præbere suas tractabilis aures,
Illum jam sentit, quem non miserata furorem eft, And back behind them threw
Fervidus et Daniæ Princeps, cui prælia cura, Their curses as they flew;
(Deteltata Tivi) pictis et splendor in armis, On the bleak lhore, expecting you, they stand,
Qui nec militiam veftram, nec castra, Cupido, And with glad shouts conduct to land :
Novit, fed flammas et inania spicula risit, Through gaping crowds you're forc'd to press Dum trepidos Suecos ardens agit æquore campi, your way,
Jam venerem accipiens invido pectore totam, While virgins figh, the young men shout, and old Extendit palmas ad numina læsa rebelles. And with this beauteous lady you may gain (This lady, that alone
Jam non bella placent, et lituo lyram Of greater value is than any throne)
Præfert, atque caput Itali caflide ferrea Without that rapine, guilt, and hate,
Urgeri folitum, divitis Itali "By a calm and even fate,
Unguentum redolens, suce That empire, which they did so fort a while
# From the “ Hymenaeus Catabrigienfis. Cantabir. maintain,
Reclinat gremio conjugis; inimemor « Espous'd your cause and interest in distress,
“ Permit us then ill fortune to accuse,
“ That you at last unhappy councils ose,
" And ask the only thing we must refuse. Deponitque gravi militiâ latus
“ Our lives and fortunes freely we'll expose, Defefl'um in thalamo lætus amabili:
“ Honour alone we cannot, must not lose ; Hâc niercede juvant vulnera, fic caput “ Honour, that spark of the celestial fire, Objecisse periculis.
“ That above nature makes mankind aspire;
“ Ennobles the rude passions of our frame Plaudit, Dione, læta Britannia,
“ With thirit of glory, and defire of fame; Olim cruentum nec meminit mare,
“ The richest treasure of a generous breast, Fusosve cives indecorè, aut
“ That gives the stamp and standard to the reit. Regna Dano populata forti;
“ Wit, itrength, and courage, are wild dargeron
u force, Hæc dum renidens vindicat omnia
« Unless this softens and directs their course; Pulchris ocellis Anna, Georgium
“ And would you rob us of the nobleft part? Ducensque captiyum catenis,
“ Accept a sacrifice without a heart? Per thalamun graditur triumphans. “ 'Tis much beneath the greatness of a throce,
“ To take the casket when the jewel's gone; Tuisque surgit laudibus Haffnia,
• Débauch our principles, corrupt our race, Volvendo retrò secula præcidens,
“ And teach the nobles to be false and bale; Cum Cin:ber Anglo junctus omni
" What confidence can you in them repote, Det trepido sua jura mundo.
“ Who, ere they serve you, all their value lole?
6 Who once enslave their conscience to their lö Dione! Suecia jam canit, Pulsos colonos dum neque fulgidis
“ Have lost their reins, and can no more be jat. Deterret armis, nec iremendo
“ of honour, men at first like women pice, Georgius indomitus tuniulu.
“ Raise maiden scruples at unpractis'd vice;
“ Their modest nature curbs the struggling flame, Vos, par beatum, ter, ter et ampliùs, “ And stilles what they wish to ad, with theme; Vos obligatam ferte deæ dapem,
“ But once this fence thrown down, when they Semperque amantes hanc benignam
“ perceive Perpetuo celebrate plausu!"
" That they may taste forbidden fruit and live;
". They flop not here their course, but safely is, CAROLUS MONTAGU, Generofus, et A. M. Trin. Coll. “ Grow ftrong, luxuriant, and bold in fia;
" True to no principles, press forward ftill,
“ But shift with every veering blast their fails. THE MAN OF HONOUR.
“ Mark those that meanly truckle to your power,
“ They once deserted, and chang'd sides before, OCCASIONED BY A POSTSCRIPT OF PENN'S LETTER.
“ And would to mortow Mahomet adore.
« On higher springs true men of honour nove, Not all the threats or favour of a crown, “ Free is their service, and unbought their love : A prince's whisper, or a tyrant's frown,
" When danger calls, and honour leads the way, Can awe the spirit, or allure the mind,
“ With joy they follow, and with pride obey : Of him, who to frict honour is inclin'd.
* When the rebellious foe canie rolling on, Though all the pon p and pleasure that does wait “ And shook with gathering multitudes the throne, On public places, and affairs of state,
“ Where were the minions then? What arm, wbat Should fondly court him to be base and great;
“ force, With even paflions, and with settled face,
“ Could they oppose to stop the torrent's coarte? He would remove the harlot's falle embrace.
“ Then Pembroke, then the nobles firmly stood, Thou all the storms and tempefts hould arise, " Free of their lives, and lavish of their bigod; That churchi-magicians in their celis advise, “ But, when your orders to mean ends decline, And from their settled basis nations icar,
" With the same cooltancy they all resign." He would unmov'd the mighty ruin bear;
Thus fpake the youth, who open'd firt the Sicure io innocence contenın iheni all,
way, And decently array'd in honours fall.
And was the phosph'rus to the dawning day; For this, brave Shrewsbury and Lumley's name Follow'd by a more glorious fplendid hot, Shall ftand the foremost in the list of fame; Than any age, or any realmı can boaft : Who first with steady minds the current broke, So great their fame, so numerous their traio, And to the suppliant monarch boldly spoke; To name were endless, and co praise in vaia;
Great Sir, renown'd for constancy, how just Buc Herbert and great Oxford merit more; Have we obey'd the crown, and surv'd our trul, B.Id is their fight, and more sublime diem;