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Then let the boobies stay at home;
Twould cost him, I dare say,
Without the clowns that pay.
SONNET, ADDRESSED TO HENRY COWPER, ESQ. On bis emphatical and interesting Delivery of the Defence of Warren
Hastings, Esq., in the House of Lords. COWPER, whose silver voice, task'd sometimes hard,
Legends prolix delivers in the ears
(Attentive when thou read'st) of England's peers, Let verse at length yield thee thy just reward. Thou wast not heard with drowsy disregard,
Expending late on all that length of plea
Thy generous powers, but silence honour'd thee,
Of Attic phrase and senatorial tone,
Of others' speech, but magic of thy own.
LINES ADDRESSED TO DR DARWIN,
AUTHOR OF "THE BOTANIC GARDEN."
Not oft so well agree),
Conspire to honour thee.
Who oft themselves have known
By labours of their own.
Though various, yet complete,
And learned as 'tis sweet.
Though, could our hearts repine
They would they must at thine.
Of friendship's closest tie,
With an unjaundiced eye; • Allading to the poem by Mr Hayley, which accompanied these linen
And deem the Bard, whoe'er he be,
And howsoever known,
Unworthy of his own.
ON MRS MONTAGU'S FEATHER-HANGINGS.
The peacock sends his heavenly dyes
To the same patroness resort, Secure of favour at her court, Strong Genius, from whose forge of thought Forms rise, to quick perfection wrought, Which, though new-boru, with vigour move, Like Pallas springing arm'd from Joven Imagination scattering round Wild rosas over furrow'd ground, Which Labour of his frown beguile, And teach Philosophy a smile Wit flashing on Religion's side, Whose fires, to sacred truth applied, The gem, though luminous before, Obtrude on human notice more, Like sunbeams on the golden height Of some tall temple playing brightWell tutor'd Learning, from his books Dismiss'd with grave, not haughty, looke, Their order on his shelves exact, Not more harmonious or compact Than that to which he keeps confined The various treasures of his mindAll these to Montagu's repair, Ambitious of a shelter there. There Genius, Learning, Fancy, Wit, Their ruffled plumage calm refit
(For stormy troubles loudest roar
She thus maintains divided sway
VERSES, Supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk, during his solitary abode
in the island of Juan Fernandez.
My right there is none to dispute ;
I am lord of the fowl and the brute.
That sages have seen in thy face?
Than reigu in this horrible place.
I must finish my journey alone,
I start at the sound of my own.
My form with indifference see;
Their tameness is shocking to me.
Divinely bestow'd upon man,
How soon would I taste you again!
In the ways of religion and truth,
wisdom of age,
Resides in that heavenly word !
Or all that this earth can afford.
These valleys and rocks never heard,
Or smiled when a Sabbath appear’d.
Convey to this desolate shore
Of a land I shall visit no more.
My friends, do they now and then send
A wish or a thought after me?
Though a friend I am never to see.
Compared with the speed of its flight,
And the swift-winged arrows of light.
In a moment I seem to be there;
Soon hurries me back to despair.
The beast is laid down in his lair;
And I to my cabin repair.
And mercy, encouraging thought!
And reconciles man to his lot.
ON OBSERVING SOME NAMES OF LITTLE NOTE
RECORDED IN THE BIOGRAPHIA BRITANNICA,
So when a child, as playful children use,
REPORT OF AN ADJUDGED CASE,
NOT TO BE FOUND IN ANY OF THE BOOKA.
BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose,
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong;
To which the said spectacles ought to belong.
a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning While chief baron Ear sat to balance the laws, So famed for his talent in nicely discerning.
In behalf of the Nose it will quickly appear,
And your lordship, he said, will undoubtedly find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear,
Which amounts to possession time out of mind. Then holding the spectacles up to the court
Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle, As wide as the ridge of the Nose is; in short,
Design'd to sit close to it just like a saddle. Again, would your lordship a moment suppose
('Tis a case that has happen'd, and may be again) That the visage or countenance had not a Nose,
Pray, who would, or who could, wear spectacles then 1 On the whole it appears, and my argument shows,
With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose,
And the Nose was as plainly intended for them.
He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes :
For the court did not think they were equally wise.
Decisive and clear, without one if or butThat, whenever the Nose put his spectacles on,
By daylight or candlelight-Eyes should be shut!
ON THE PROMOTION OF EDWARD THURLOW, ESQ.
TO THE LORD HIGH CHANCELLORSHIP OF ENGLAND.
And in his sportive days,
And Genius shed his rays.
The experienced and the sage,
With all the skill of age !
Proclaim him born to sway
And bear the palm away.
He sprang impetuous forth,
Attends superior worth.
Ere yet he starts is known,
What all had deem'd his own.