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This moveable structure of shelves, ...
For its beauty admired and its use, And charged with octavos and twelves,
The gayest I had to produce; Where, flaming in scarlet and gold,
My poems enchanted I view, And hope, in due time, to behold
My Iliad and Odyssey too: .
This china, that decks the alcove,
Which here people call a buffet, But what the gods call it above
Has ne'er been reveal’d to us yet : These curtains, that keep the room warm 12 of
Or cool, as the season demands, . ; Those stoves that for pattern and form nori
Seem the labour of Mulciber's hands :: iné
All these are not half that I owe
To one, from our earliest youth, To me ever ready to show
Benignity, friendship, and truth; For Time, the destroyer declared
And foe of our perishing kind, If even her face he has spared, .
Much less could he alter her mind."... vi.
Thus compass'd about with the goods í bei
And chattels of leisure and ease, I indulge my poetical moods
In many such fancies as these ;
And fancies I fear they will seem
Poet's goods are not often so fine;
LINES COMPOSED FOR A MEMORIAL OF
ASHLEY COWPER, ESQ.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS DEATH, BY HIS NEPHEW
WILLIAM OF WESTON.
FAREWELL! endued with all that could engage
In life's last stage, (O blessings rarely found!) Pleasant as youth with all its blossoms crown'd; Through every period of this changeful state Unchanged thyself-wise, good, affectionate !
Marble may flatter, and lest this should seem
ON THE QUEEN'S VÍSIT TO LONDON,
THE NIGHT OF THE SEVENTEENTH OF MARCH, 1789.
When, long sequester'd from his throne,
George took his seat again, By right of worth, not blood alone,
Entitled here to reign,
Then loyalty, with all his lamps
New trimm'd, a gallant show !! Chasing the darkness and the damps,
Set London in a glow. 'Twas hard to tell, of streets or squares ,
Which form'd the chief display,
Those the long milky way. , .
And rockets flew, self-driven, i To hang their momentary fires
Amid the vault of heaven. So, fire with water to compare,
The ocean serves, on high Up-spouted by a whale in air,
To express unwieldy joy.
Had all the pageants of the world,
In one procession join'd,
That heralds e’er design'd,
For no such sight had England's queen
Forsaken her retreat, Where George, recover'd, made a scene
Sweet always, doubly sweet.
A witness undescried,
Was loved by all beside.
In aid of her design
To veil a deed of thine !
Resolved to be unknown,
That night except her own. Arrived, a night like noon she sees,
And hears the million hum; As all by instinct, like the bees,
Had known their sovereign come.. Pleased she beheld, aloft portray'd
On many a splendid wall, Emblems of health and heavenly aid,
And George the theme of all.
So difficult to spell,
The night his city fell.i i .
Soon watery grew her eyes and dim,
But with a joyful tearga t None else, except in prayer for him,
George ever drew from her. .. It was a scene in every part "
Like those in fable feign'd, sii And seem'd by some magician's art . TO)
Created and sustain'd. s. 21:11
Had been exerted none,
Save love of George alone...,
Convey'd her calm along...
The sea-maid rides the waves, depend op 75 , * And fearless of the billowy scene · Her peaceful bosom laves... With more than astronomic eyes ', . die is
She view'd the sparkling show; · One Georgian star adorns the skies, '. . .
She myriads found below...ti ** Yet let the glories of a night'.!! !
crisi: ";Xrispy sri Juw Like that, once seen, suffice,
Hasd to Heaven grant us no such future sight, in rega
Such previous woe the price ! :34 trobadesse