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TVithout my sweet companion can I live?
Without thy lovely smile,
The dear reward of every virtuous toil,
What pleasures now can pallid Ambition give ?
E'en the delightful sense of well-earn'd praise, Unshard by thee, no more my lifeless thoughts
For my distracted mind
What succour can I find ?
On whom for consolation shall I call ?
Support me, every friend;
Your kind assistance lend,
To bear the weight of this oppressive wo..
Alas! each friend of mine,
My dear departed love, so much was thine,
That none has any comfort to bestow.
My books, the best relief
In every other grief,
Are now with your idea sadden'd all :
Each favourite author we together read [dead,
My tortur'd memory wounds, and speaks of Lucy
We were the happiest pair of human kind:
The rolling year its varying course perform'd,
And back return'd again;
Another and another smiling came,
And saw our happiness unchang'd remain :
Still in her golden chain
· Harmonious Concord did our wishes bind :
Our studies, pleasures, taste, the same.
O fatal, fatal stroke,
That all this pleasing fabric Love had rais'd
Of rare felicity,
On which e’en wanton Vice with envy gaz'd,
And every scheme of bliss our hearts had form’d,
With soothing hope, for many a future day,
In one sad moment broke !
Yet O my soul, thy rising murmurs stay;
Nor dare th' all-wise Disposer to arraign,
Or against his supremne decree
With impious grief complain.
That all thy full-blown joys at once should fade,
Was his most righteous will--and be that willobey'd.
Would thy fond love his grace to her control,
And in these low abodes of sin and pain
Her pure exalted soul
Unjustly for thy partial good detain ?
No-rather strive thy grovelling mind to raise
Up to that unclouded blaze,
That heavenly radiance of eternal light,
In which enthron'd she now with pity sees
How frail, how insecure, how slight,
Is every mortal bliss ;
E’en Love itself, if rising by degrees
Beyond the bounds of this imperfect state,
Whose fleeting joys so soon must end,
It does not to its sovereign good ascend.
Rise then, my soul, with hope elate,
And seek those regions of serene delight,
Whose peaceful path and ever-open gate
No feet but those of harden'd Guilt shall miss.
There Death himself thy Lucy shall restore, There yield up all his power, ne'er to divide you, more.
Lord Lyttelton. VOL. III.
MONODY WRITTEN NEAR STRATFORD UPON AVON.
Avon, thy rural views, thy pastures wild,
The willows that o'erhang thy twilight edge,
Their boughs entangling with th'embattled sedge;
Thy brink with watery foliage quaintly fring'd,
Thy surface with reflected verdure ting'd,
Sooth me with many a pensive pleasure mild.
But while I muse, that here the bard divine,
Whose sacred dust yon high-arch'd aisles enclose,
Where the tall windows rise in stately rows
Above the embowering shade,
Here first, at Fancy's fairy-circled shrine,
Of daisies pied his infant offering made;
Here playful yet, in stripling years unripe,
Fram'd of thy reeds a shrill and artless pipe :
Sudden thy beauties, Avon, all are fled,
As at the waving of some magic wand :
An holy trance my charmed spirit wings,
And awful shapes of warriors and of kings
People the busy mead,
Like spectres swarming to the wizard's hall;
And slowly pace, and point with trembling hand
The wounds ill-cover'd by the purpled pall.
Before me Pity seems to stand
A weeping mourner, smote with anguish sore,
To see Misfortune rend in frantic mood
His robe, with regal woes embroider'd o'er.
Pale Terror leads the visionary band,
And sternly shakes his sceptre, dropping blood.
TO THE MEMORY OF GARRICK. IF dying excellence deserve a tear, If fond remembrance still be cherish'd here,* Can we persist to bid your sorrows flow For fabl’d suff'rers, and delusive wo? Or with quaint smiles dismiss the plaintive strain, Point the quick jest-indulge the comic veinEre yet to buried Roscius we assignOne kind regret-one tributary line!
His fame requires to act a tender part:
His memory claims the tear you gave his art!
The general voice, the meed of mournful verse, The splendid sorrows that adorn'd his hearse, The throng that mourn'd as their dead favourite
pass'd, The grac'd respect that claim'd him to the last, While Shakspeare's image from its hallow'd base, Seem'd to prescribe the grave, and point the placeNor these-nor all the sad regrets that flow From fond Fidelity's domestic woSo much are Garrick's praise--so much his dueAs on this spot-one tear bestow'd by you.
Amid the arts which seek ingenious fame, Our toil attempts the most precarious claim ! To him, whose mimic pencil wins the prize, Obedient Fame immortal wreaths supplies : Whate'er of wonder Reynolds now may raise, Raphael still boasts contemporary praise : Each dazzling light, and gaudier bloom subdu'd, With undiminish'd awe his works are view'd:
* Drury Lane Theatre, in which it was spoken.
E'en Beauty's portrait wears a softer prime,
Touch'd by the tender hand of mellowing time.
The patient sculpture owns an humbler part,
A ruder toil, and more mechanic art;
Content with slow and timorous stroke to trace
The lingering line, and mould the tardy grace:
But once achiev'd-tho' barbarous wreck o'erthrow
The sacred tame, and lay its glories low,
Yet shall the sculptur'd ruin rise to-day,
Grac'd by defect, and worship'd in decay ;
Th' enduring record bears the artist's name,
Demands his honours, and asserts his fame.
Superior hopes the poets bosom fire-
O, proud distinction of the sacred lyre !
Wide as th' inspiring Phæbus darts his ray,
Diffusive splendour gilds his votary's lay.
Whether the song heroic woes rehearse,
With epic grandeur, and the pomp of verse ;
Or, fondly gay, with unambitious guile
Attempt no prize but favouring Beauty's smile;
Or bear dejected to the lonely grove
The soft despair of unprevailing love-
Whate'er the theme-through every age and clime
Congenial passions meet th' according rhyme:
The pride of glory-Pity's sigh sinceram
Youth's earliest blush-and Beauty's virgin tear.
Such is their meed-their honours thus secure,
Whose arts yield objects, and whose works endure.
The actor only shrinks from time's award ;
Feeble tradition is his memory's guard ;