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But ever in my love-lorn flights
Art ever gives disgust.
Is to that nature just.
But ask your orthodox divine,
Which fancy now inspires :
Quench nature's rising fires ?
In natural religion free,
Nature's the God I own :
No other hell is known.
I steeld by destiny was born,
Regardless of that hell ;
And bid the bosom swell.
Then catch the shadow of a heart,
Although that substance burn,
To make a safe return.
A rev'rend cully-mully puff
With no Greek motto graced ; Whilst you, despising the poor strain, • The dog's insufferably vain
“ To think to please my taste!"
'Tis vanity, 'tis impudence
Through which to fame I trod;
And shall gain you by G-d.
TO MR. HOLLAND.*
What numbers, Holland, can the muses find,
To sing thy merit in each varied part, When action, eloquence, and ease combin'd,
Make nature but a copy of thy art ?
Majestic as the eagle on the wing,
Or the young sky-helm'd, mountain-rooted tree; Pleasing as meadows blushing with the spring,
Loud as the surges of the Severn sea.
In terror's strain, as clanging armies drear :
In love, as Jove, too great for mortal praise ; In pity, gentle as the falling tear;
In all-superior to my feeble lays.
Black Anger's sudden rise, extatic pain ;
Tormenting Jealousy's self-cank'ring sting; Consuming Envy, with her yelling train;
Fraud closely shrouded with the turtle's wing :
Whatever passions gall the human breast,
Play in thy features, and await thy nod; In thee, by art, the demon stands confest,
But nature on thy soul has stamp'd the god.
• This person was an actor of some provincial celebrity, whose performance of various characters at Bristol was for some time the engrossing subject of conversation among the friends of Chatterton.
So just thy action with thy part agrees,
Each feature does the office of a tongue ; Such is thy native elegance and ease,
By thee the harsh line smoothly glides along.
At thy feign'd woe we're really distrest,
At thy feign'd tears we let the real fall; By every judge of nature 'tis confest,
No single part is thine, thou’rt all in all.
On the much-lamented death of Wm. BECKFORD, Esq.,
late Lord Mayor of, and Representative in Parliament for the City of London.*
Weep on, ye Britons ! give your gen’ral Tear ;
But hence, ye venal—hence each titled Slave ! An honest pang should wait on Beckford's Bier,
And patriot Anguish mark the Patriot's Grave.
* To the Editor of Felix Farley's Journal. SIR,-As the columns of your Paper gave the earliest effusions of the highly-gifted Chatterton to the public eye, it may form a ground for claiming a space for an entire copy of an Elegy by him, of which only the first twelve stanzas, gathered from a contemporary review, are to be fuund in any edition of his works. It was advertised in the Middlesex Journal (the patriotic paper of that period, to which Chatterton made many communications), on the 3rd July, 1770, and was published in quarto, by Mr. Kearsley of Fleet-street, price one shilling. It is probable the author received for this production two guineas, according to his current account, inserted in his life, of the balance in favour of the Lord Mayor's death. The obtainment of a copy of the original publication was an object of search for above ten years.
When like the Roman to his Field retired,
'Twas you (surrounded by unnumber'd Foes) Who call’d him forth, his Services required,
And took from Age the Blessing of Repose.
With soul impell’d by Virtue's Sacred Flame,
To stem the Torrent of corruption's Tide,
And nobly in his country's Service died.
In the last awful, the departing Hour,
When life's poor Lamp more faint and fainter grew; As Mem’ry feebly exercis'd her pow'r,
He only felt for Liberty and you.
He view'd Death's Arrow with a Christian Eye,
With firmness only to a Christian known ; And nobly gave your Miseries that sigh
With which he never gratified his own.
Your's &c. Eu. Hoon. The punctuation, capital letters, numerals, &c. are followed, as printed in Kearsley's edition.
[For a complete copy of this celebrated Elegy--the first ever included in an edition of Chatterton's Works - the present Editor is indebted to the good services of Mr. Tyson, of Bristol.]