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With him was sometimes join'd in silent walk (Profoundly silent, for they never spoke) One shyer still, who quite detested talk : Oft, stung by spleen, at once away he broke To groves of pine, and broad o'ershadowing oak; There, inly thrill'd, he wander'd all alone, And on himself his pensive fury wroke, Ne ever utter'd word, save when first shone The glittering star of eve Thank heaven! the

day is done.' Here lurch'd a wretch who had not crept abroad For forty years, ne face of mortal seen; In chamber brooding like a loathly toad: And sure his linen was not very clean. Thro' secret loop-holes, that had practis'd been Near to his bed, his dinner vile he took ; Unkempt, and rough, of squalid face and mien,

Our castle's shame! whence, from his filthy nook, We drove the villain out for fitter lair to look.

One day there chanc'd into these halls to rove
A joyous youth, who took you at first sight;
Him the wild wave of pleasure hither drove,
Before the sprightly tempest tossing light:
Certes, he was a most engaging wight,
Of social glee, and wit humane tho' keen,
Turning the night to day and day to night:

For him the merry bells had rung, I ween,
If in this nook of quiet bells had ever been.

But not e'en pleasure to excess is good :
What most elates then sinks the soul as low :
When spring-tide joy pours in with copious flood,
The higher still th' exulting billows flow,
The farther back again they flagging go,
And leave us groveling on the dreary shore:
Taught by this son of joy, we found it so;

Who, whilst he staid, kept in a gay uproar
Our madden'd castle all, the abode of sleep no more.

As when in prime of June a burnish'd fly
Sprung from the meads, o'er which he sweeps along,
Cheer'd by the breathing bloom and vital sky,
Tunes up amid these airy halls his song,
Soothing at first the gay reposing throng:
And oft he sips their bowl; or nearly drown'd,
He, thence recovering, drives their beds among,

And scares their tender sleep, with tromp profound; Then out again he flies, to wing his mazy round.

Another guest there was, of sense refin'd,
Who felt each worth, for every worth he had;
Serene yet warm, humane yet firm his mind,
As little touch'd as any man's with bad :
Him through their inmost walks the Muses lad,
To him the sacred love of nature lent,
And sometimes would he make our valley glad;

Whenas we found he would not here be pent, To him the better sort this friendly message sent:

Come, dwell with us! true son of virtue, come! ! But if, alas! we cannot thee persuade,

To ly content beneath our peaceful dome, Ne ever more to quit our quiet glade; • Yet when at last thy toils but ill apaid • Shall dead thy fire, and damp its heavenly spark, • Thou wilt be glad to seek the rural shade, * There to indulge the muse, and nature mark: We then a lodge for thee will rear in Hagley Park.'

Here whilom ligg'd th' Esopus of the age;
But call'd by tame, in soul y pricked deep,
A noble pride restor'd him to the stage,
And rous'd him like a giant from his sleep.
Even from his slumbers we advantage reap :
With double force th' enliven'd scene he wakes,
Yet quits not nature's bounds. He knows to keep

Each due decorum: now the heart he shakes, And now with well-urg'd sense the enlighten'd judg

ment takes.

A bard here dwelt, more fat than bard beseems;
Who, void of envy, guile, and lust of gain,
On virtue still, and nature's pleasing themes,
Pour'd forth his unpremeditated strain :
The world forsaking with a calm disdain,
Here laugh'd he careless in his easy seat:
Here quaff's encircled with the joyous train,

Oft moralizing sage: his ditty sweet
He loathed much to write, ne cared to repeat.

Full oft hy holy feet our ground was trod,
Of clerks good plenty here you mote espy.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God,
Was one I chiefly mark'd among the fry;
He had a roguish twinkle in his eye,
And shone all glittering with ungodly dew,
If a tight damsel chanc'd to trippen by ;

Which when observ'd, he shrunk into his mew, And strait would recollect his piety anew.

Nor be forgot a tribe, who minded nought
(Old inmates of the place) but state affairs :
They look'd, perdie, as if they deeply thought ;
And on their brow sat every nation's cares :
The world by them is parcel'd out in shares,
When in the Hall of Smoke they congress hold,
And the sage berry sun-burnt Mocha bears

Has clear'd their inward eye: then smoke-enrollid, Their oracles break forth mysterious as of old.

Here languid beauty kept her pale-fac'd court: Beries of dainty dames, of high degree, From every quarter hither made resort; Where, from gross mortal care and business free, They lay, pour'd out in ease and luxury. Or should they a vain shew of work assume, Alas! and well-a-day! what can it be? To knot, to twist, to range the vernal bloom : But far is cast the distaff, spinning-wheel, and loom.,

Their only labour was to kill the time:
And labour dire it is, and weary woe.
They sit, they loll, turn o'er some idle rhyme:
Then rising sudden, to the glass they go,
Or saunter forth, with tottering step and slow ;
This soon too rude an exercise they find;
Strait on the couch their limbs again they throw,

Where hours on hours they sighing lie reclin'd, And court the vapoury god soft breathing in the wind.

Now must I mark the villany we found, But ah! too late, as shall eftsoons be shewn. A place here was, deep, dreary, under ground; Where still our inmates, when unpleasing grown, Diseas'd and loathsome, privily were thrown. Far from the light of heaven, they languish'd there, Unpity'd uttering many a bitter groan; For of those wretches taken was no care: Fierce fiends, and hags of hell, there only nurses were.

Alas! the change! from scenes of joy and rest, To this dark den, where sickness toss'd alway. Here Lethargy, with deadly sleep opprest, Stretch'd on his back, a mighty lubbard, lay, Heaving his sides, and snored night and day; To stir him from his trance it was not eath, And his half-open'd eyne ne shut straightway:

He led, I wot, the softest way to death, And taught withouten pain and strite to yield the

breath.

Of limbs enormous, but withal unsound,
Soft-swoln and pale, here lay the Hydropsy:
Unwieldy man; with belly monstrous round,
For ever fed with watery supply;
For still he drank, and yet he still was dry.
And moping here did Hypochondria sit,
Mother of spleen, in robes of various dye,

Who vexed was full oft with ugly fit;
And some her frantic deem'd, and some her deem'd

a wit.

A lady proud she was, of ancient blood,
Yet oft her fear her pride made crouchen low:
She felt, or fancy'd in her fluttering mood,
All the diseases which the spittles know,
And sought all physic which the shops bestow,
And still new leaches and new drugs would try,
Her humour ever wavering to and fro:

For sometimes she would laugh, and sometimes cry, Then sudden waxed wroth;and all she knew not why.

Fast by her side a listless maiden pin'd, With aching head, and squeamish heart-burnings; Pale, bloated, cold, she seem'd to hate mankind, Yet lov'd in secret all forbidden things. And here the Tertian shakes his chilling wings, The sleepless Gout here counts the crowing cocks, A wolf now gnaws him, now serpent stings; Whilst Apoplexy cramm'd Intemp'rance knocks Down to the ground at once, as butcher felleth ox.

HYMN ON SOLITUDE.
HAIL, mildly pleasing Solitude,

Companion of the wise and good ;
But from whose holy piercing eye,
The herd of fools, and villains fly.

Oh! how I love with thee to walk,
And listen to thy whisper'd talk,
Which innocence and truth imparts,
And melts the most obdurate hearts,

A thousand shapes you wear with ease,
And still in every shape you please,
Now wrapt in some mysterious dream,
A lone philosopher you seem;
Now quick from hill to vale you fly,
And now you sweep the vaulted sky.
A shepherd next you haunt the plain,
And warble forth your oaten strain.

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