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A scene, which the patient and pure shall inherit, Where hearts bleed no more, and the tear shall be dry. There souls, which on earth in each other delighted, By friendship, by honour, by virtue united, Shall meet, and their pleasures no more shall be blighted, But perfect and pure as their love be their joy.
WHEN the vocal cuckoo wings
Other flatt’rers come and go,
From the Opera of The Royal Merchant,
Of their treasure, so free, so diffuse,
The fulness of pleasure and pride,
If e'er a Patron I shall find,
3 Who, in his mode of giving, adds A grace to bounty, and who glads The very heart he favours; No burden then his love I'll find, But be to gratitude inclin'd, While all of good-will savours: 4. Who will not in return demand A mean compliance at my hand, Or mark extreme each error; But, rather, who the friend shall prove, To bind my heart by cords of love, And not by abject terror.” 5 Sure pain would on the thought attend, To differ from a generous friend : 'Twould give me grief unfeigned To think my Patron against me Had e'en the semblance of a plea, Or justly he complained.
* There is a sentiment, in the Opera of THE Accomrtis Hed MA in, which has always struck me as being extremely beautiful, and shewing an admirable heart in the speaker: Fanny says, “How bountiful has Providence been in allotting me such humane Benefactors, who, by kindness, convert misfortune into a blessing”. She does not repine at her dependent state, but feels grateful for, and rejoices in, the bene
volence of her Patrons. M
6 * But, if it chanc'd—as chance it might, The best man is not always right— That he and I agree not; To me let him that credit give, Which he from others would receive, My failings spare, or see not.
7 But if, unknowing, I offend, Still may I find he is my Friend, And friendly may he smite me; * Admonish'd then my fault I'll mourn, And to his love a quick return May firmly re-unite me.
9 Oh! never may I pine unheard, Heart-sick at last from hope deferr'd,+ And fruitless expectation:
* Psalm crli. 5. + Prov. xiii. 12.