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If with adventurous oar and ready sail,
The dusky people drive before the gale;
Or on frail floats to neighbouring cities ride,
That rise and glitter o'er the ambient tide

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troduced in the poem on the Alliance of Education and

Government, is much too beautiful to be lost. Mason.)
When love could teach a monarch to be wise,
And gospel-light first dawn'd from Bullen's eyes.

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STANZAS TO MR. BENTLEY.

AS T

Th

Toge

Mr. Bentley had made a set of designs for Mr. Gray's Poems,

particularly a headpiece to the Long Story. The original drawings are in the library at Strawberry Hill.

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In silent gaze the tuneful choir

among, Half pleased, half blushing, let the Muse admire, While Bentley leads her sister art along,

And bids the pencil answer to the lyre.

See, in their course, each transitory thought

Fix'd by his touch a lasting essence take; Each dream, in fancy's airy colouring wrought

To local symmetry and life awake!

The tardy rhymes that used to linger on,

To censure cold, and negligent of fame, In swifter measures animated run,

And catch a lustre from his genuine flame.

Ah! could they catch his strength, his easy grace,

His quick creation, his unerring line; The

energy of Pope they might efface, And Dryden's harmony submit to mine.

But not to one in this benighted age

Is that diviner inspiration given,
That burns in Shakspeare's or in Milton's page,
The
pomp

and prodigality of heaven.

ELET

- Garifas

As when, conspiring in the diamond’s blaze,

The meaner gems, that singly charm the sight,
Together dart their intermingled rays,

And dazzle with a luxury of light.
Enough for me, if to some feeling breast

My lines a secret sympathy "impart;'
And as their pleasing influence 'flows confest,

A sigh of soft reflection • heaves the heart.'

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F

SKETCH

OF

HIS OWN CHARACTER.

This

WRITTEN IN 1761,

AND FOUND IN ONE OF HIS POCKET BOOKS.

Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune ;
He had not the method of making a fortune:
Could love, and could hate, so was thought somewhat

To To

odd;

То

No very great wit, he believed in a God:
A post or a pension he did not desire,
But left church and state to Charles Townshend and

Squire *.

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* Squire] At that time Fellow of St. ohn's College, Cam bridge, and afterwards Bishop of St. David's.

AMATORY LINES.

This jeu d'esprit first appeared in Warton's Edition of Pope.

With beauty, with pleasure surrounded, to languish

weep without knowing the cause of my anguish : To start from short slumbers, and wish for the morn

To

ingTo close

my

dull
eyes

when I see it returning ; Sighs sudden and frequent, looks ever dejected Words that steal from my tongue, by no meaning

connected ! Ah, say, fellow-swains, how these symptoms befell me? They smile, but reply not-Sure Delia will tell me!

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