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Come, Pity, come, by Fancy's aid,
E'en now my thoughts, relenting maid,

Thy temple's pride design;
Its southern site, its truth complete,
Shall raise a wild enthusiast heat

In all who view the shrine.

But who is he, whom later garlands grace,

Who left awhile o'er Hybla's dews to rove, With trenibling eyes thy dreary steps to trace,

Where thou and furies shar'd the baleful grove ?

Wrapt in thy cloudy veil th' incestuous queen,t

Sigh'd the sad call her son and husband heard, When once alone it broke the silent scene,

And he the wretch of Thebes no more appear'd

There Picture's toil shall well relate,
How Chance, or hard involving Fate,

O'er mortal bliss prevail :
The buskin's Muse shall near her stand,
And, sighing, prompt her tender hand

With each disastrous tale.

O Fear! I know thee by my throbbing heart,

Thy withering power inspir'd each mournful line; Though gentle Pity claim her mingled part,

Yet all the thunders of the scene are thine.

There let me oft, retir'd by day,
In dreams of passion melt away,

Allow'd with thee to dwell :
There waste the mournful lamp of night,
Till, Virgin, thou again delight

To hear a British shell !

ODE TO FEAR.

Thou, to whom the world unknown
With all its shadowy shapes is shown;
Who see'st appallid th' unreal scene,
While Fancy lifts the veil between :

Ah, Fear! ah, frantic Fear!

I see, I see thee near. I know thy hurried step, thy haggard eye! Like thee 1 start, like thee disorder'd fly. For, lo, what monsters in thy train appear! Danger, whose limbs of giant mould What mortal eye can fixt behold ? Who stalks his round, a hideous form, Howling amidst the midnight storm, Or throws him on the ridgy steep Of some loose hanging rock to sleep: And with him thousand phantoms join'd, Who prompt to deeds accursd the mind : And those, the fiends, who, near allied, O’er Nature's wounds and wrecks preside; While Vengeance, in the lurid air, Lifts her red arm, expos'd and bare ; On whom that ravening brood of Fate, Who lap the blood of Sorrow, wait; Who, Fear, this ghastly train can see, And look not madly wild, like thee?

ANTISTROPHE. Thou who such weary lengths hast past, Where wilt thou rest, mad nymph, at last ? Say, wilt thou shroud in haunted cell, Where gloomy Rape and Murder dwell ? Or in some hollow'd seat, 'Gainst which the big waves beat, Hear drowning seamen's cries in tempests brought: Dark power, with shuddering meek submitted

thought,
Be mine, to read the visions old,
Which thy awakening bards have told.

And, lest thou meet my blasted view,
Hold each strange tale devoutly true ;
Ne'er be I found, by thee o'er-aw'd,
In that thrice-hallow'd eve abroad,

When ghosts, as cottage-maids believe,
Their pebbled beds permitted leave,
And goblins haunt from fire, or fen,
Or mine, or flood, the walks of men !

O thou, whose spirit most possest
The sacred seat of Shakspeare's breast!
By all that from thy prophet broke,
In thy divine emotions spoke!
Hither again thy fury deal,
Teach me but once like him to feel :

His cypress wreath my meed decree,
And I, O Fear, will dwell with thee!

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EPODE.

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest, By all their country's wishes blest! When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallow'd mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod, Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.

In earliest Greece, to thee, with partial choice

The grief-full Muse address'd her infant tongue; 'The maids and matrons, on her awful voice,

Silent and pale, in wild amazement hung.

Yet he, the bard * who first invok'd thy name,

Disdain'd in Mara ihon its power to feel : For not alone he nurs'd the poet's flame,

But reach'd from Virtue's hand the patriot's steel.

By Fairy hands their knell is rung,
By forms unseen their dirge is sungi
Their Honor comes, a pilgrim grey,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay,
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell a weeping hermit there!

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Where'er from time thou court'st relief,
ODE, TO A LADY,

The Muse shall still, with social grief,

Her gentlest promise keep :
ON THE DEATH OF COL. CHARLES ROSS, IN THE E'en humble Harting's collag'd vale
ACTION AT FONTENOY.

Shall learn the sad repeated tale,

And bid her shepherds weep.
Written May, 1745.
While, lost to all his former mirth,
Britannia's genius bends to earth,

ODE TO EVENING.
And mourns the fatal day:
While stain'd with blood he strives to tear

IF aught of oaten stop, or pastoral song,
Unseemly from his sea-green hair

May hope, chaste Eve, to soothe thy modest ear, The wreaths of cheerful May:

Like thy own solemn springs,

Thy springs, and dying gales ; The thoughts which musing Pity pays, And fond Remembrance loves to raise, O nymph reserv'd, while now the bright-hair'd Sun Your faithful hours attend :

Sits in yon western tent, whose cloudy skirts, Still Fancy, to herself unkind,

With brede ethereal wove,
Awakes to grief the soften'd mind,

O'erhang his wavy bed :
And points the bleeding friend.

Now air is hush'd, save where the weak-ey'd bat, By rapid Scheld's descending wave

With short shrill shriek flits by on leathern wing, His country's vows shall bless the grave,

Or where the beetle winds
Where'er the youth is laid :

His small but sullen horn,
That sacred spot the village hind
With every sweetest turf shall bind,

As oft he rises 'midst the twilight path,
And Peace protect the shade.

Against the pilgrim borne in heedless hum.

Now teach me, maid compos'd,
O'er him, whose doom thy virtues grieve,

To breathe some soften'd strain,
Aerial forms shall sit at eve,
And bend the pensive head;

Whose numbers, stealing through thy darkening vale, And, fall'n to save his injur'd land,

May not unseemly with its stillness suit,
Imperial Honor's awful hand

As, musing slow, I hail
Shall point his lonely bed!

Thy genial lov'd return!
The warlike dead of every age,

For when thy folding-star arising shows
Who fill the fair recording page,

His paly circlet, at his warning lamp
Shall leave their sainted rest :

The fragrant hours, and elves
And, half-reclining on his spear,

Who slept in buds the day,
Each wondering chief by turns appear
To hail the blooming guest.

And many a nymph who wreathes her brows with

sedge, Old Edward's sons, unknown to yield,

And sheds the freshening dew, and lovelier still,
Shall crowd from Cressy's laureld field,

The pensive pleasures sweet
And gaze with fix'd delight:

Prepare thy shadowy car.
Again for Britain's wrongs they feel,

Then let me rove some wild and heathy scene,
Again they snatch the gleamy steel,
And wish th' avenging fight.

Or find some ruin 'midst its dreary dells,

Whose walls more awful nod
But, lo! where, sunk in deep despair,

By thy religious gleams.
Her garments torn, her bosom bare,

Or if chill blustering winds, or driving rain,
Impatient Freedom lies !

Prevent my willing feet, be mine the hut
Her matted tresses madly spread,

That from the mountain's side
To every sod which wraps the dead,

Views wild and swelling floods,
She turns her joyless eyes.

And hamlets brown, and dim-discover'd spires,
Ne'er shall she leave that lowly ground, And hears their simple bell, and marks o'er all
Till notes of triumph bursting round

Thy dewy fingers draw
Proclaim her reign restor'd :

The gradual dusky veil.
Till William seek the sad retreat,
And, bleeding at her sacred feet,

While Spring shall pour his showers, as oft he wont
Present the sated sword.

And bathe thy breathing tresses, meekest Eve!

While Summer loves to sport
If, weak to soothe so soft an heart,

Beneath thy lingering light:
These pictur'd glories nought impart,
To dry thy constant tear :

While sallow Autumn fills thy lap with leaves,
If yet, in Sorrow's distant eye,

Or Winter, yelling through the troublous air,
Expos'd and pale thou see’st him lie,

Affrights thy shrinking train,
Wild war insulting near :

And rudely rends thy robes :

So long, regardful of thy quiet rule,
Shall Fancy, Friendship, Science, smiling Peace,

Thy gentlest influence own,
And love thy favorite name!

Or dwell in willow'd meads more near,
With those to whom the stork* is dear:
Those whom the rod of Alva bruis'd,
Whose crown a British queen refus'd!
The magic works, thou feel'st the strains,
One holier name alone remains ;
The perfect spell shall then avail,
Hail, nymph, ador'd by Britain, hail !

ODE TO LIBEP TY.

STROPHY

ANTISTROPHE.

Who shall awake the Srutan fife,
And call in solemn sor nds to life,

Beyond the measure vast of thought,
The youths, whose locks divinely spreading,

The works, the wizard Time has wrought! Like vernal hyacirths in sullen hue,

The Gaul, 'tis held of antique story, At once the breath of fear and virtue shedding,

Saw Britain link'd to his now adverse strand,t Applauding F endom lov'd of old to view ? No sea between, nor cliff sublime and hoary, What new Alrers, fancy-blest,

He pass'd with unwet feet through all our land. Shall sing te sword, in myrtles drest,

To the blown Baltic then, they say, At Wisden's shrine a while its flame concealing,

The wild waves found another way, (What place so fit to seal a deed renown'd ?)

here Orcas howls, his wolfish mountains rounding; T:}| she her brightest lightnings round revealing,

Till all the banded west at once 'gan rise, It 'eap'd in glory forth, and dealt her prompted A wide wild storm e'en Nature's self confounding, wound !

Withering her giant sons with strange uncouth O goddess, in that feeling hour,

surprise. When most its sounds would court thy ears, This pillar'd earth so firm and wide, Let not my shell's misguided power

By winds and inward labors torn, E'er draw thy sad, thy mindful tears.

In thunders dread was push'd aside, No, Freedom, no, I will not tell,

And down the shouldering billows borne How Rome, before thy face,

And see, like gems, her laughing train, With heaviest sound, a giant-statue, fell,

The little isles on every side, Push'd by a wild and artloss race,

Mona,f once hid from those who search the main, From off its wide ambitious base,

Where thousand elfin shapes abide,
When Time his northern sons of spoil awoke, And Wight, who checks the westering tide,

And all the blended work of strength and grace For thee consenting Heaven has each bestow'd,
With many a rude repeated stroke,

A fair attendant on her sovereign pride : And many a barbarous yell, to thousand fragments To thee this blest divorce she ow'd, broke.

For thou hast made her vales thy lov'd, thy last abode!

EPODE.

SECOND ENODE.

Then too, 'tis said, an hoary pile,
'Midst the green navel of our isle,

Yet, e'en where'er the least appear'd,
Th’admiring world thy hand rever'd ;
Still, midst the scatter'd states around,
Some remnants of her strength were found;
They saw, by what escap'd the storm,
How wondrous rose her perfect form;
How in the great, the labor'd whole,
Each mighty master pour'd his soul;
For sunny Florence, seat of Art,
Beneath her vines preserv'd a part,
Till they, whom Science lov'd to name,
(0, who could fear it!) quench'd her flame.
And, lo, an humbler relic laid
In jealous Pisa's olive shade!
See small Marino joins the theme,
Though least, not last in thy esteem;
Strike, louder strike th' ennobling strings
To those, whose merchants' sons were kings;
To him, who, deck'd with pearly pride,
In Adria weds his green-hair'd bride :
Hail, port of glory, wealth, and pleasure,
Ne'er let me change this Lydian measure :
Nor e'er her former pride relate
To sad Liguria's bleeding state.
Ah, no! more pleas'd thy haunts I seek,
On wild Helvetia's mountains bleak:
(Where, when the favor'd of thy choice,
The daring archer heard thy voice;
Forth from his eyrie rous'd in dread,
The ravening eagle northward fled.)

* The Dutch, amongst whom there are very severe pen. alties for those who are convicted of killing this bird. They are kept tame in almost all their towns, and par. ticularly at the Hague, of the arms of which they make a part. The common people of Holland are said to entertain a superstitious sentiment, that if the whole species of them should become extinct, they should lose their liberties.

| This tradition is mentioned by several of our old historians. Some naturalists, too, have endeavored to support the probability of the fact, by arguments drawn from the correspondent disposition of the two opposite coasts. I do not remember that any poetical use has been hitherto made it.

1 There is a tradition in the Isle of Man, that a mer. maid, becoming enamoured of a young man of extraordi. nary beauty, took an opportunity of meeting him one day as he walked on the shore, and opened her passion to him, but was received with a coldness, occasioned by his horror and surprise at her appearance. This, how. ever, was so misconstrued by the sea-lady, that, in re. venge for his treatment of her, she punished the whole island, by covering it with a mist, so that all who at. tempted to carry on any commerce with it, either never arrived at it, but wandered up and down the sea, or were on a sudden wrecked upon its cliffs.

Thy shrine in some religious wood,

From the supporting myrtles round O soul-enforcing goddess, stood !

They snatch'd her instruments of sound, There oft the painted native's feet

And, as they oft had heard apart
Were wont thy form celestial meet:

Sweet lessons of her forceful art,
Though now with hopeless toil we trace Each, for madness rul'd the hour,
Time's backward rolls, to find its place; Would prove his own expressive power.
Whether the fiery-tressed Dane,
Or Roman's self, o'erturn'd the fane,

First Fear his hand, its skill to try,
Or in what heaven-left age it fell,

Amid the chords bewilder'd laid, 'T'were hard for modern song to tell.

And back recoil'd, he knew not why,
Yet still, if truth those beams infuse,

E'en at the sound himself had made.
Which guide at once, and charm the Muse,
Beyond yon braided clouds that lie,

Next Anger rush'd, his eyes on fire,
Paving the light embroider'd sky:

In lightnings own'd his secret stings, Amidst the bright pavilion'd plains,

In one rude clash he struck the lyre, The beauteous model still remains.

And swept with hurried hand the strings,
There happier than in islands blest,

With woful measures wan Despair-
Or bowers by Spring or Hebe drest,
The chiefs who fill our Albion's story,

Low sullen sounds his grief beguild,
In warlike weeds, retir'd in glory,

A solemn, strange, and mingled air, Hear their consorted Druids sing

'Twas sad by fits, by starts 'twas wild. Their triumphs to th' immortal string.

But thou, O Hope, with eyes so fair, How may the poet now unfold,

What was thy delighted measure? What never tongue or numbers told ?

Still it whisper'd promis'd pleasure, How learn delighted, and amaz'd,

And bade the lovely scenes at distance hail! What hands unknown that fabric rais'd ?

Still would her touch the strain prolong, E'en now, before his favor'd eyes,

And from the rocks, the woods, the vale, In Gothic pride it seems to rise!

She call'd on Echo still through all the song; Yet Grecia's graceful orders join,

And where her sweetest theme she chose, Majestic, through the mix'd design;

A soft responsive voice was heard at every close, The secret builder knew to choose,

And Hope enchanted smil'd, and wav'd her golden Each sphere-found gem of richest hues :

hair. Whate'er Heaven's purer mould contains,

And longer had she sung—but, with a frown, When nearer suns emblaze its veins;

Revenge impatient rose, There on the walls the patriot's sight

He threw his blood-stain'd sword in thunder down. May ever hang with fresh delight,

And, with a withering look, And, 'grav'd with some prophetic rage,

The war-denouncing trumpet took, Read Albion's fame through every age.

And blew a blast so loud and dread, Ye forms divine, ye laureate band,

Were ne'er prophetic sound so full of woe. That near her inmost altar stand!

And ever and anon he beat
Now soothe her, to her blissful train

The doubling drum with furious heat;
Blithe Concord's social form to gain :
Concord, whose myrtle wand can steep

And though sometimes, each dreary pause between, E'en Anger's blood-shot eyes in sleep:

Dejected Pity at his side Before whose breathing bosom's balm,

Her soul-subduing voice applied;

Yet still he kept his wild unalter'd mien, Rage drops his steel, and storms grow calm ;. While each strain'd ball of sight seem'd bursting Her let our sires and matrons hoar

from his head. Welcome to Britain's ravag'd shore, Our youths, enamour'd of the fair,

Thy numbers, Jealousy, to nought were fix'd, Play with the tangles of her hair,

Sad proof of thy distressful state, Till, in one loud applauding sound,

Of differing themes the veering song was mix’d, The nations shout to her around,

And now it courted Love, now raving callid on

Hate. “O, how supremely art thou blest, Thou, lady, thou shalt rule the West!" With eyes up-rais'd, as one inspir'd,

Pale Melancholy sat retir'd,

And from her wild sequester'd seat,

In notes by distance made more sweet,
THE PASSIONS.

Pour'd through the mellow horn her pensive soul:

And dashing soft from rocks around,

Bubbling runnels join'd the sound ; Wien Music, heavenly maid, was young, Through glades and glooms the mingled measurestole While yet in early Greece she sung,

Or o'er some haunted streams with fond delay, The Passions oft, to hear her shell,

Round an holy calm diffusing, Throng'd around her magic cell,

Love of

peace,

and lonely musing, Exulling, trembling, raging, fainting,

In hollow murmurs died away. Possest beyond the Muse's painting ;

But, o, how alter'd was its sprightlier tone! By turns they felt the glowing mind

When Cheerfulness, a nymph of healthiest hue, Disturb’d, delighted, rais'd, refin'd;

Her bow across her shoulder Aung, Till once, 'tis said, when all were fir'd,

Her buskins gemm'd with morning dew, Fill'd with fury, rapt, inspir'd,

Blew an inspiring air, that dale and thicket rung.

AN ODE FOR MUSIC.

The red-breast oft at evening hours

Shall kindly lend his liule aid,
With hoary moss, and gather'd flowers,

To deck the ground where thou art laid.

When howling winds, and beating rain,

In tempests shake thy sylvan cell;
Or 'midst the chase on every plain,

The tender thought on thee shall dwell.

The hunter's call to Faun and Dryad known;
The oak-crown'd sisters, and their chaste-ey'd

queen,
Satyrs and sylvan boys were seen,

Peeping from forth their alleys green;
Brown Exercise rejoic'd to hear,

And Sport leapt up, and seiz'd his beochen spear.
Last came Joy's ecstatic trial,
He, with viny crown advancing,

First to the lively pipe his hand addrest,
But soon he saw the brisk-awakening viol,
Whose sweet entrancing voice he lov'd the best.

They would have thought, who heard the strain,
They saw in Tempé's vale her native maids,

Amidst the festal-sounding shades,
To some unwearied minstrel dancing,

While, as his flying fingers kiss'd the strings,
Love fram'd with Mirth a gay fantastic round,
Loose were her tresses seen, her zone unbound,

And he, amidst his frolic play,
As if he would the charming air repay,
Shook thousand odors from his dewy wings.

Each lonely scene shall thee restore,

For thee the tear be duly shed;
Belov'd, till life can charm no more ;

And mourn'd, till Pity's self be dead.

AN ODE

ON

THE POPULAR SUPERSTITIONS OF THE

HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND;

CONSIDERED AS

INSCRIBED TO MR. JOHN HOME.

O Music, sphere-descended maid,

THE SUBJECT OF POETRY.
Friend of pleasure, wisdom's aid,
Why, goddess, why to us denied,
Lay'st thou thy ancient lyre aside ?

HOME, thou return'st from Thames, whose Naiads As in that lov'd Athenian bower,

long You learn'd an all-commanding power,

Have seen thee lingering with a fond delay, Thy mimic soul, O nymph endear'd,

Mid those soft friends, whose hearts some future day Can well recall what then it heard.

Shall melt, perhaps, to hear thy tragic song.* Where is thy native simple heart,

Go, not unmindful of that cordial youthf Devote to virtue, fancy, art?

Whom, long endear'd, thou leav'st by Lavant's side; Arise, as in that elder time,

Together let us wish him lasting truth Warm, energic, chaste, sublime !

And joy untainted with his destin'd bride. Thy wonders, in that godlike age,

Go! nor regardless, while these numbers boast Fill thy recording sister's page

My short-liv'd bliss, forget my social name; "Tis said, and I believe the tale,

But think, far off, how, on the Southern coast, Thy humblest reed could more prevail,

I met thy friendship with an equal flame! Had more of strength, diviner rage,

Fresh to that soil thou turn’st, where every vale Than all which charms this laggard age, Shall prompt the poet, and his song demand : E'en all at once together found

To thee thy copious subjects ne'er shall fail ; Cæcilia's mingled world of sound

Thou need'st but take thy pencil 10 thy hand, O, bid our vain endeavors cease,

And paint what all believe, who own thy genial land. Revive the just designs of Greece, Return in all thy simple state !

There must thou wake perforce thy Doric quill; Confirm the tales her sons relate!

'Tis Fancy's land to which thou sett'st thy feet;

Where still, 'tis said, the fairy people meet, Beneath each birken shade, on mead or hill. There each trim lass, that skims the milky store

To the swart tribes, their creamy bowls allots ; DIRGE IN CYMBELINE,

By night they sip it round the cottage-door,

While airy minstrels warble jocund notes. SUNG BY GUIDERUS and ArviragUS OVER FIDELE, There, every herd, by sad experience, knows

How, wing'd with fate, their elf-shot arrows fly. SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD.

When the sick ewe her summer food foregoes, To fair Fidele's grassy tomb

Or, stretch'd on earth, the heart-smit heifers lie. Soft maids and village hinds shall bring Such airy beings awe th’untutor'd swain : Each opening sweet, of earliest bloom,

Nor thou, though learn'd, his homelier thoughts And rifle all the breathing Spring.

neglect;

Let thy sweet Muse the rural faith sustain; No wailing ghost shall dare appear

These are the themes of simple, sure effect, To vex with shrieks this quiet grove, That add new conquests to her boundless reign, But shepherd lads assemble here,

And fill with double force her heart-commanding And melting virgins own their love.

strain.

No wither'd witch shall here be seen,

No goblins lead their nightly crew; The female fays shall haunt the green,

And dress thy grave with pearly dew.

* How truly did Collins predict Home's tragic powers!

† A gentleman of the name of Barrow, who introduced Home to Collins.

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