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The swift decline of fleeting life that Oh! Pleasure, goddess of these plains, tell!
Ne'er changeful turn from thy adoring Ah! can thought their force repel ?
boy, With solemn brow she woos me to her But give my hours their fond employ! seat,
She smiles, and fresher beauties clothe Where oft I met the moralizing maid;
the scene; But the dim recess of shade
Entrancing musick steals upon the air: Explore shall dutenus now my feet, Drooping flower's their bloom repair, When Pleasure, with seductive mein, And fling their fragrance round their Points her opening paths between,
queen. And holds the goblet o'er whose side 'Tis mine, in wished forgetfulness, Flows the inspiring juice, and bids me The couch of luxury to press, quaff the tide ?
And heaven itself receives me here:
But soft! what seraph voice comes solemo II. 3.
on my ear? O bear me to your blest retreats,
"Mistaken youth! and dost thou deen Golden wings, and gently waking
The joys you grasp are not a dream, All the myrtle-murmuring grove !
Thy cheated fancy quick pervading, And there with thee my steps shall
And, alas! as quickly fading? rove,
Soon the glittering prospect bright Distant from each mortal care;
Will vanish from thy sickened sight. There Love shall aim his honied dart,
Touched by Reason's awful ire, Thrill, but never wound the heart;
Unveiled appears the specious harm; And melting maids, as yielding kind as
Guilt remains for Pleasure's charm, fair,
And sad remorse for the indulged desire. In dalliance dear, and ainorous play,
He finds in harlot-lap carest, Glancing looks of humid ray,
Innocence has left the breast. And sighing odours, as they go,
E’en beneath the flowers concealed, Shall, with the soul's delicious glow,
On which thy limbs their langour yield, Lead me to the rosy bed
Care with serpent-form remains For blissful rites their hands have To sting the wretch with fiercer pains; spread:
And Death, o'er mad excess presiding, And ever ceaseless joys amassing,
Marks his prey, each joy deriding !”As the moments bright are passing,
The voice was pushed, or heard no more, Attentive forms shall, mocking doom,
And all was fled my sight of all that Strow with oblivious flowers iny passage
charmed before. to the tomb !
GEO. W. CLARKE.
THE BUTTERFLY'S FUNERAL.
gay Jealous of my cherished woes:
At the Butterfly's banquet carousing ! And oft when dimly glimmering in her away; sphere
Your feasts and your revels of pleasures Hung midnight's silent, solitary lamp,
are fled, Wandering at her season damp,
For the soul of the banquet-the ButterI paused the torrent's roar to hear;
fly's dead ! Or when the moon, in fieecy shroud, Shrunk pale behind her fearful cloud,
II. I loved, amid the soul-affrighting hours,
No longer the Flies and the Emmets adTo hear the rushing blast that raved among the towers !
To join with their friends in the Grass
hopper's dance, III. 2.
For see his thin form o'er the favourite Realms of rich delight and joy,
bend, At length I reach secure your blest do. And the Grasshopper mourns for the loss mains.
of his friend!
APOSTROPHE, TO THE RIVER NITH. And hark to the funeral dirge of the Bee,
[ By John Mayne.] And the Beetle that follows as mournful as he;
HAIL, gentle stream! for ever dear And see where so sadly the green rushes
Thy rudest murmurs to mine ear!
Torn from thy banks, though far I rove, wave, The Mole is preparing the Butterfly's Ne'er shall thy burd, where'er he be,
The slave of Poverty and Love,
Without a sigh remember thee!
For there my infant years began,
And there my happiest minutes ran; forlorn,
And there, to love and friendship true, And the Gnat slowly winded his shrill The blossoms of affection grew!
little horn; And the Moth, who was grieved for the Blythe on thy banks, thou sweetest stream loss of a sister,
ever nursed a poet's dream ! Bent over the body, and silently kissed Oft have I, in forbidden time, her.
(If youth could sanctify a crime !)
With hazel-rod, and fraudful fly,
Ensnared thy unsuspecting fry;
Till, chaced by lurking fishermen, sun, And enclosed in a case which the Silk.
Away I've flown, as fieet as wind, worm bad spun;
My lagging followers far behind! By the help of the Hornet the coffin was
And, when the vain pursuit was o'er,
Returned successful as before !
By Francis Hodgson. In weepers and scarfs came the Butter “ Let Alexander's discontented soul flies all,
Sigh for another world's increased control! And six of their number supported the 111-weav'd ambition has no charm for me, pall;
Nor, sordid Avarice, am I slave to thee. And the Spider came there in his mourn. ing so black,
" I only ask twelve thousand pounds a But the fire of the Glowworm soon fright
year, ened him back.
And Curwen's country house on WinderVII.
A beauteous wife, as sensible as fair, The Grub left his nutshell to join the sad And many a friend, and not a single care.
throng, And slowly led with him the Bookworm
“I am no glutton-no! I never wish along;
A sturgeon floating in a golden dish Who wept his poor neighbour's unfortu. At the Piazza satisfied to pay nate doom,
Three guineas for my dinner every day. And wrote these few lines to be placed on her tomb:
“ What though shrewd Erskine at the EPITAPH.
bar we view, At this solemn spot where the green rushes As famed as Crassus, and as wealthy too; wave,
I only ask the eloquence of For, Here sadly we bend o'er the Butterfly's To jump like Ireland, and like Belcher grave;
box; 'Twas here we to beauty our obsequies To act as Garrick did-or any how paid,
Unlike the heroes of the buskin now; And hallowed the ground which her ashes To range, like Garnerin, through fields of
had made. And here shall the daisy and violet blow; To win, like V--S, England's richest And the lily discover her bosom of snow, fair While under the leaf, in the evenings of I only ask these blessings to enjoy, spring,
And every varied talent well employ, Still mourning her friend shall the Grass. Thy life, Methuselah' or, if not thine, hopper sing.
An immortality of love and wine."
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