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ADDRESSED TO MISS M-R
REVOLVING in their destin'd sphere,
As rapidly to fly;
So youth and beauty die.
Tho' now the captivated throng
And all before you bow :
Or wreathe your frowning brow.
Pitholeon's feeble line, In opposition to the nine,
Still violates your name: Tho' tales of passion meanly told, As dull as Cumberland, as cold,
Strive to confess a flame.
Yet, when that bloom and dancing fire,
Aged, wrinkled, and defaced :
With Walpole's mental taste. *
Tho' rapture wantons in your air,
Free, affable, serene:
Sincerity, I mean.
Tho' num'rous swains before you fall,
'Tis all that you require :
Of those who but admire !
Accept, for once, advice from me,
Maria can be true:
Or butterflies pursue.
• This stanza has been brought forward by the friends of Walpole, as a proof that Chatterton altered his opinion with respect to Walpole's treatment of him. Most probably it is only satire in disguise.Dix's Life of Chatterton.
Fly to your worthiest lover's arms,
And meet his gen'rous breast :
Shall read your cares to rest. *
THE COPERNICAN SYSTEM.
The sun revolving on his axis turns,
• The inequality of Chatterton's various productions may be compared to the disproportions of the ungrown giant. His works had nothing of the definite neatness of that precocious talent which stops short in early maturity. His thirst for knowledge was that of a being taught by instinct to lay up materials for the exercise of great and undeveloped powers. Even in his favourite maxim, pushed it might be to hyperbole, that a man by abstinence and perserverance might ac. complish whatever he pleased, may be traced the indications of a genius which Nature had meant to achieve works of immortality. Tasso (in the verses which he sent to his mother when he was nine years old) alone can be compared to him as a juvenile prodigy. No English poet ever equalled him at the same age.-CAMPBELL.
Bright Venus occupies a wider way,
Now the just Balance weighs his equal force,
Investing with a double ring his pace,
These are thy wondrous works, first Source of good! Now more admir'd in being understood.*
AN HEROIC POEM.
OF warring senators, and battles dire,
Mr. Corser, of Totterdown, has favoured me with the following anecdote of Chatterton.-Mr.C. was intimately acquainted with him, and well remembers that he once met hiin on a Sunday morning, at the gate of Temple church, when the bells were chiming for service: there being yet some time to spare before the prayers commenced, Chatterton proposed their taking a walk together, in the church-yard, which was then open to the public, and laid out like a garden. “Come,” said he, “ I want to read to you something I have just written;" and when arrived at a secluded spot, he read to Mr. Corser a treatise on Astronomy, and stated that he had not yet finished it, but that he intended to make it the subject of a poem. Not long afterwards there appeared the above poem in the Town and Country Magazine.—Dıx's Life of Chatterton.
+ The Consuliad, a political piece, written at Bristol, is in the highest strain of party scurrility.-DR. GREGORY.
[The first draught of this poem is preserved in the British Museum. It is there called the “Constabiliad," and commences
• Of roaring constables, and battles dire,
* Of geese uneaten,' &c. There are frequent variations from the printed copy throughout the whole of the Poem.-ED.)