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No children run to lisp their sire's return,
Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share.
Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield,
Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke : How jocund did they drive their team afield ! How bow'd the woods beneath their sturdy
Let not ambition mock their useful toil,
Their homely joys, and destiny obscure;
Var. V. 24. Or] Nor. MS. W.
V. 25. Sickle] Sickles. MS. W.
Sacrum et vetustis exstruat lignis focum
Lassi sub adventum viri." See also Thomson. Winter, 311:
“ In vain for him the officious wife prepares
The fire fair-blazing, and the vestment warm:
With tears of artless innocence.”
Virg. Georg. ii. v. 523. W. So Dryden. ed. Warton, vol. ii. p. 565: ç Whose little arms about thy legs are cast,
And climbing for a kiss prevent their mother's haste.” See also Thomson. Liberty, iii. 171, and Ovid. Heroid. Ep. viii. 93. Hom. Il. E. 408. V. 26. “ 'Tis mine to tame the stubborn glebe."
Gay. Fabl. p. ii. xv. Luke. V. 27. “He drove afield.” Lycidas, 27. W. Add Dryden. Virg. Eclog. ii. 38. “ With me to drive afield.” Luke. “ To drive afield by morn the fattening ewes.” A. Philips. V. 28. “ But to the roote bent his sturdie stroake,
And made many woundes in the waste oake.” Spenser. February. W. See also Dryden. Georg. iii. 639.
“ Labour him with many a sturdy stroke.”
Nor grandeur hear with a disdainful smile
The short and simple annals of the poor.
The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike th' inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault,
If memory o'er their tomb no trophies raise,
Var. V. 35. Await] Awaits. Ms. M. and W.
M. and W.
V. 33. “ Very like," says the editor, (in a note to the
Have their short flourishing hour;
E'en so in the same land
Our golden treasure, and our purple state;
Dodsley. Misc. ii. 279.
“ the roof o’ the chamber With golden cherubims is fretted.”
Cymbel. act ü. sc. 4. W.
Where thro’ the long-drawn aisle and fretted vault
The pealing anthem swells the note of praise. 40
Can storied urn, or animated bust,
Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath ? Can honour's voice provoke the silent dust,
Or flatt'ry soothe the dull cold ear of death?
Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire ; Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd,
Or wak’d to extasy the living lyre:
“ This majestical roof fretted with golden fire.”
Hamlet, act ii. sc. 2. V. 40. “ There let the pealing organ blow,
To the full-voiced quire below,
Il Pens. 163. W.
Pope. Ode. V. 44. “ And sleep in dull cold marble.”
Hen. VIII, act iii. sc. 2. V. 47. “ Sunt mihi quas possint sceptra decere manus, Ovid. Ep. v. ver. 86. “ Proud names that once the reins of empire held,” Tickell. Poem to E. of Warwick, ver. 37.
V. 48. Waken raptures high,” Par. Lost, iii. 369. And Lucret. ii. 412: “ Mobilibus digitis expergefacta figurant."
“ Begin the song, and strike the living lyre.” Cowley. And Pope. Winds. For. 281:
6 where Cowley strung His living harp, and lofty Denham sung." W. V. 50. “ Rich with the spoils of nature.”
Brown. Rel. Med. p. 27.
But knowledge to their eyes her ample page
Rich with the spoils of time did ne'er unroll; 50 Chill penury repress’d their noble rage,
And froze the genial current of the soul.
Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush
unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
V. 51. “So just thy skill, so regular my rage.
Pope to Jervas. “ Be justly warn’d with your own native rage."
Pope. Prol. to Cato, 43. W. And, “How hard the task ! how rare the godlike rage.”
Tickell. Prol. (Steele. Misc. p. 70.) V. 53. “That like to rich and various gems inlay The unadorned bosom of the deep."
Comus, ver. 22. And see Young. “Ocean," st. xxiv.
“ There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowells of the earth, many a fair pearle in the bosome of the sea, that never was seene, nor never shall bee.” Bishop Hall. Contemplations, 1. vi. p. 872. See Quart. Rev. No. xxii. p. 314. ad Fr. Barberini Poem, p. 148. Μάργαρα πολλα βαθύς συγκρύπτει Kúpaol Tóvtoc. and see T. Warton. Milton, p. 234. V. 54. 'Apavta Kevo uāvos Búon. Lycophr. Cass. 1277.
Mathias. V. 55. “Like roses that in deserts bloom and die.”
Pope. Rape of the Lock, iv. 157. W. Also Chamberlayne. Pharonida, part ii. b. iv. p. 94:
“ Like beauteous flowers which vainly waste their scent
Of odours in unhaunted deserts.” And Young. Univ. Passion, Sat. v. p. 128:
“ In distant wilds, by human eyes unseen,
She rears her flow'rs, and spreads her velvet green;
Some village-Hampden, that, with dauntless
breast, The little tyrant of his fields withstood, Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest,
Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood.
Th’ applause of list’ning senates to command,
The threats of pain and ruin to despise, To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land,
And read their history in a nation's eyes,
Their lot forbade: nor circumscrib'd alone
Their growing virtues, but their crimes confin'd;
Var. V. 58. Fields] Lands, erased in Ms. M.
Add Philip. Thule:
“ Like woodland flowers, which paint the desert glades,
And waste their sweets in unfrequented shades.” For the expression “ desert air,” Wakefield refers to Pindar. 01. i. 10: Epñuas di aidépos. Also Fragm. Incert. cxvi. “Howl'd out into the desert air.” Macbeth, act iv. sc. 3. Rogers. V. 58. “ With open freedom little tyrants rag'd.”
Thoms. Winter. Luke. “The tyrants of villages.” Johnson. Debates, i. 268. V. 59. So Philips, in his animated and eloquent preface to his Theatrum Poetarum, p. xiv. ed. Brydges: “Even the very names of some who having perhaps been comparable to Homer for heroic poesy, or to Euripides for tragedy, yet nevertheless sleep inglorious in the crowd of the forgotten vulgar.”
V. 60. Edwards, the author of “ The Canons of Criticism," here added the two following stanzas, to supply what he deemed a defect in the poem: “Some lovely fair, whose unaffected charms
Shone with attraction to herself unknown;
Whose virtue cast a lustre on a throne.