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His quarter-staff, which he could ne'er forsake,
By chance conducted, or by thirst constrain'd,
her repose. The fool of nature stood with stupid eyes, And gaping mouth, that testify'd surprise, Fix'd on her face, nor could remove his sight, New as he was to love, and novice to delight : Long mute he stood, and, leaning on his staff, His wonder witness'd with an idiot laugh ; Then would have spoke, but by his glimmering sense First found his want of words, and fear'd offence :
Doubted for what he was he should be known, By his clown accent, and his country tone. Through the rude chaos thus the running light Shot the first ray that pierced the native night ; Then day and darkness in the mass were mix'd, Till gather'd in a globe the beams were fix'd. Last shone the sun, who, radiant in his sphere, Illumined heaven and earth, and rolld around the
year. So reason in his brutal soul began, Love made him first suspect he was a man ; Love made him doubt his broad barbarian sound; By love his want of words and wit he found ; That sense of want prepared the future way To knowledge, and disclosed the promise of a day.
TRANSLATION OF THE NINTH ODE OF
THE FIRST BOOK OF HORACE. BEHOLD yon mountain's hoary height
Made higher with new mounts of snow; Again behold the Winter's weight
Oppress the labouring woods below : And streams, with icy fetters bound, Benumb'd and crampt to solid ground.
With well-heap'd logs dissolve the cold,
And feed the genial hearth with fires ;
And sprightly wit and love inspires :
Let him alone, with what he made,
To toss and turn the world below; At his command the storms invade ;
The winds by his commission blow; Till with a nod he bids them cease, And then the calm returns, and all is peace.
To-morrow and her works defy,
Lay hold upon the present hour, And snatch the pleasures passing by,
To put them out of Fortune's power : Nor love, nor love's delights, disdain ; Whate'er thou gett'st to-day is gain.
Secure those golden early joys,
That youth unsour'd with sorrow bears,
With sickness and unwieldy years.
The appointed hour of promised bliss,
The pleasing whisper in the dark, The half unwilling willing kiss,
The laugh that guides thee to the mark, When the kind nymph would coyness feign, And hides but to be found again ; These, these are joys the gods for youth ordain.
SIR CHARLES SEDLEY.
BORN ABOUT 1639-DIED 1701.
This gentleman, one of the most witty and profligate of the
courtiers of Charles the Second, is best known as a dramatic writer. After spending a youth of folly and gaiety, he went into parliament, and became a man of business. His daughter was the mistress of the Duke of York, afterwards James II. At the accession of her royal lover she was created Countess of Dorchester. It does not appear that her father enjoyed her elevation. When Sedley was asked why he promoted the Revolution, which opened the way to the throne to the Princess Mary, the wife of William Prince of Orange, he replied, “ Gratitude to the King, who had made his daughter a Countess, made him do what he could to make her a Queen.”
Sedley is the writer of the well-known song, “Ah, Chloris! could I now but sit.”
TO A DEVOUT YOUNG LADY.
PHILLIS, this early zeal assuage !
You overact your part :
Gave heaven but half their heart.
till past the pleasure, ne'er
The devil at fifteen.
SONG IN BELLAMIRA.
Alas ! our passions move;
That like before we love.
You may be handsome and have wit,
Be secret and well-bred,
He only can succeed,
Of sighs, nor oaths, to make it known :
Lovers should use their love alone.
Into their very looks 'twill steal,
And he that most would hide his flame, Does in that case his pain reveal :
Silence itself can love proclaim.
The reputation of Swift as a poet is eclipsed by his fame as
a prose writer, and he is thus in some measure the martyr of his own popularitySwift was the son of an English