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RIEND of my youth, shedd'st thou the pitying tear

O'er the fad reliques of my happier days? of nature tender, as of soul fincere,

Pour'st thou for me the melancholy lays ?

Oh, truly said !--the distant landscape bright,

Whose vivid colours glitter'd on the eye, Is faded now, and sunk in shades of night,

As on some chilly eve the closing flow'rets die.

Wsitten when he laboured under a dejection of spirits.

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Yer had I hop'd, when first, in happier times,

I trod the magick paths where Fancy led, The Muse to foiter in more friendly climes,

Where never Mis’ry rear'd it's hated head.

How vain the thought! hope after hope expires !

Friend after friend, joy after joy, is lost! My dearest wishes feed the fun’ral fires,

And life is purchas'd at too dear a cost !

Yet, could my heart the selfish comfort know,

That not alone I murmur and complain, Well might I find companions in my woes

All born to grief--the family of Pain !

Full well I know, in life's uncertain road,

The thorns of mis’ry are profusely fown; Full well I know, in this low vile abode,

Beneath the chast’ning rod what numbers groan.

Born to a happier state, how many pine

Beneath th' oppreffor's pow'r-or feel the smart Of bitter want—or foreign evils join

To the fad fymptoms of a broken heart!

How many, fated from their birth to view

Misfortunes growing with their rip'ning years, The same fad track, thro' various scenes, pursue,

Still journeying onward thro' a vale of tears.

To them, alas ! what boots the light of heav'n,

While still new mis’ries mark their destin'd way; Whether to their unhappy lot be giv'n

Death's long fad night, or life's Mort busy day !


Me not such themes delight!-I more rejoice,

When chance some happier, better change I fee ; Tho' no such change await my luckless choice,

And mountains rise between my hopes and me.

For why hould he who roves the dreary waste,

Still joy on ev'ry side to view the gloom ? Or, when upon the couch of sickness plac’d,

Well pleas'd survey a hapless neighbour's tomb ?

If e'er a gleam of comfort glads my soul,

If e'er my brow to wonted smiles unbends ; 'Tis when the fleeting minutes, as they roll,

Can add one gleam of pleasure to my friends!

E’en in these shades, the laft retreat of grief,

Some transient blessings will that thought beftow; To Melancholy's self yield some relief,

And ease the breast surcharg'd with mortal woe.

Long has my bark in rudeft tempeft tofs'd,

Buffetted seas, and ftemm'd life's hoftile wave e ; Suffice it now, in all my wishes cross’d,

To seek a peaceful harbour in the grave.

And when that hour shall come, (as come it must,

Ere many moons their waning horns increase !) When this frail frame shall mix with kindred duft,

And all it's fond pursuits and troubles cease ;

When those black gates that ever open stand,

Receive me on th' irremeable shore ;
When life's frail glass has run it's latest fand,

And the dull jeft, repeated, charms no more :


Then may my friend weep o'er the fun'ral hearse ;

Then may his presence gild the awful gloom ; And his laft tribute be some mournful verse,

To mark the spot that holds my filent tomb!

This, and no more-- the rest let Heav'n provide :

To which, resign’d, I trust my weal or woe; Affur'd, howe'er it's justice shall decide,

To find nought worse than I have left below.




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Who o'er th' unbounded waste art joy'd to roam ; Led by the Moon, when at the midnight hour

Her pale rays tremble thro' the dulky gloom.

O bear me, goddess, to thy peaceful feat!

Whether to Hecla's cloud-wrapt brow convey'd, Or lodg'd where mountains screen thy deep retreat,

Or wand'ring wild thro' Chili's boundless shade,

Say, rove thy steps o'er Libia's naked waste?

Or seek fome distant folitary shore ?
Or on the Andes' topmost mountain plac'd,

Do'st fit and hear the solemn thunder roar;

Fix'd on some hanging rock's projected brow,

Hear'ít thou low murmurs from the distant dome? Or itray thy feet where pale dejected Woe

Pours her long wail from some lamented tomb ?

Hark! Hark! yon deep echo strikes the trembling ear!

See Night's dun curtain wraps the darksome pole ! O’er heav'n's blue arch yon rolling worlds appear,

And rouze to folemn thought th' aspiring foul.

O lead my steps beneath the moon's dim ray,

Where Tadmor stands all desart and alone!
While from her time-shook tow’rs, the bird of prey

Sounds thro' the night her long-resounding moan:

Or bear me far to yon bleak dismal plain,

Where fell-ey'd tygers, all athirst for blood, Howl to the desart-while the horrid train

Roams o'er the wild where once great Babel stood :

That queen of nations ! whose fuperior call

Rouz’d the broad east, and bid her arms destroy ! When warm’d to mirth-let Judgment mark her fall,

And deep Reflection dalh the lip of Joy.

Short is Ambition's gay, deceitful dream;

Though wreaths of blooming laurel bind her brow, Calm Thought dispels the visionary scheme,

And Time's cold breath diffolves the with’ring bough.

Slow as fome miner saps th' aspiring tow'r,

When working secret with destructive aim : Unseen, unheard, thus moves the stealing hour,

But works the fall of empire, pomp, and name.

Then let thy pencil mark the traits of man;

Full in the draught be keen-ey'd Hope pourtray'd : Let flutt'ring Cupids croud the growing plan ;

Then give one touch, and dash it deep with fade.


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