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As when fair Iris has a while display'd

Her wat’ry arch, with gaudy painture gay,
While yet we gaze the glorious colours fade,

And from our wonder genily steal away :
Where shone the beauteous phantom'erft fo bright,
Now low’rs the low-hung cloud, all gloomy to the fight.

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But Virtue, more engaging, all the while

Disclos'd new charms, more lovely, more serene. Beaming sweet influence: a milder smile

Soften’d the terrors of her lofty mien.
“ Lead, goddess; I am thine!” transported cried

Alcides ; “O propitious pow'r, thy way
Teach me! possess my soul ! be thou my guide:

From thee oh never, never let me ftray !"
While ardent thus the youth his vows address’d,
With all the goddess fill'd, already glow'd his breaft.

The heavenly mard with strength divine endued

His daring foul ; where'all her pow’rs combin’d :
Firm constancy, undaunted fortitude.

Enduring patience, arm’d his mighty mind,
Unmov'd in toils, in dangers undismay'd,

By many a hardy deed and bold emprize,
From fiercest monsters, thro' her pow'rful aid,

He freed the earth! thro' her he gain’d the skies. 'Twas virtue plac'd him in the blest abode ; Crown'd with eternal youth, among the gods a god.

On

On a Goldfench starved to Death in his Cage.

COW PAR.

TIME
IME was when I was free as air,

The thiftle's downy feed my fare,
My drink the morning dew ;
I perch'd at will on ev'ry spray,
My form genteel, my plumage gay,

My strains for ever new.

But gaudy plumage, {prightly frain,
And form genteel, were all in vain,

And of a transient date :
For caught and cag'd, and flarv'd to death,
In dying fighs my little breath

Soon pass'd the wiry grate.

Thanks, gentle swain, for all my woes,
And thanks for this effectual close

And cure of ev'ry ill!
More cruelty could none express;
And I, if you had shewn me lefs,

Had been your pris'ner ftill.

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Gilchrist. del.

Murray

Published by J. Roach. Woburn Street New Drury Theatre Royal 1795. ROACH'S BEAUTIES

OF THE POETS, N. XXIII.

CASTLE of INDOLENCE,

by James Thomson MAN of SORROW,

by MC Greville.

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