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Timely advis'd, the coming evil fhun : Those limbs, in lawn and softest filk array'd,
When with hard toil we seek our ev’ning food,
Berries and acorns from the neighb'ring wood; Let Emma's hapless case be falsely told
And find among the cliffs no other houle, By the raih young, or the ill-natur á old :
But the thin covert of some gather'd boughs; Let ev'ry tongue its various centures choose;
Wilt thou not then reluctant lend thine ere Ablolve with coldness, or with spiglit accuse:
Around the dreary waste; and weeping try Fair Truth at last her radiant beams will raite; And malice vanquish'd heightens virtue's praile. Tho' then, alas! that trial be too late)
To find thy father's hospitable gate, Let then thy favour but indulge my fight;
And feats, where Ease and Plenty brooding fate? O! let my presence make thy travels light;
Those scats, whence long excluded thou mui And potent Venus fh. Il exalt my name
Thatgate, for ever barr'd to thy return: [mourn; Above the rumours of censorious Fame; Nor from that busy demon's restless pow's
Wilt thou not then bewail ill-fated lore,
And hate a banilh'd man condemn'd in woods Will ever Emma other grace implore,
to rove Than that this truth should to the world be known,
EMMA. That 1, of all mankind, have lov'd but thce alone,
Thy rise of fortune did I only wed,
From its decline determin'd to recede? But canst thou wield the sword, and bend the Did I but purpose to embark with thee With aâive force repel the sturdy foc? [bow! On the smooth surface of a summer's fea, When the loud tumult speaks the battle nighi, While gentle Zephyrs play in pro!p'rous gules, And winged deaths in whistling arrows fly; And Fortune's favour fills the swelling fails; Wilt thou, tho' wounded, yet undaunted stay, But would forsake the ship, and make the thore, Perform thy part, and Share the dangerous day! When the winds whistle, and the tempefts roar! Then, as thy strength decays, thy heart will fail, No, Henry, no: one facred oath has ty'd Thy limbs all trembling, and thy checks all pale; Our loves; one destiny our life shall guide; With fruitless forrow, ihou, ir.glorious maid, Nor wild nor deep our common way divide. Wilt weep thy safety by thy love betray'd: When from the cave thou risest with the day, Then to thy friend, by foes o'ercharg'd, deny To beat the woods, and route the bounding pres; Thy little useless aid, and coward Ay: [love The cave with moss and branches I 'll adorn, Then wilt thou curse the chance that made thee And cheerful lit, to wait my lord's return : A banithidman condemn’d in lonelywoodstorove. And, when thou frequent bring'st the smitten deer EMMA.
(For seldom, archers say, thy arrows err), With fatal certainty Thalcitris knew
I'll fetch quick fuel from the neighb'ring wood, To send the arrow from the twanging yew :
And Itrike the sparkling flint, and dress the food;
With humble duty, and officious hafte,
I'llcull the furtheft mead for thy repast :
The choicest herbs I to thy board will bring; Excite the female breast with martial fame?
And draw thy water from the frefheft spring: And thall not love's diviner pow'r inspire
And when, at night, with weary toil oppreft, More hardy virtue, and more generous fire ?
Soft llumbers thou enjoy 'ft, and wholelomc rc; Near thce, mistrust not, constant I 'll abide,
Watchful I'll guard thee, and with midnight And fall, or vanquilli, fighting by thy fide.
pray's Though my inferior sirength may not ailow,
Weary the gods to keep thee in their care ; That I should bear or draw the warrior bow;
And joyous ask, at morn's returning ray, With ready hand I will the shaft supply,
If thou hast health, and I may biefs the day. And joy to see thy victor arrows fly.
My thoughts shall fix, my latest with depend Touch'd in the battle by the hostile rced,
On thec, guide, guardian, kinsman, father, friend: Should'st thou (but Heav'n avert it!) ihould'r By all these facred names be Henry known
To Emma's hcart : and grateful let him own, thou bleed;
That the, of all mankind, could love but him To stop the wounds my finest lawn I'd tear,
alone. Wafh them with tears, and wipe them with my hair:
HENRY. Blest, when my dangers and my toils have shown,
Vainly thou tell'ft me, what the woman's care That I, of ali mankind, could love but thee alone. Shall in the wildness of the wood prepare :
Thou, ere thou goest, unbappiest of thy kind, HENRY
Must leave the habit and the sex behind. Bui cans tl.ou, tender maid, canst thou sustain No longer shall thy comely tresses break Amictive want, or hunger's preiling pain: In flowing ringlets on thy Inowy neck;
Or fit behind thy head, an ample round, Triumphant Constancy has fix'd her feat:
For thee alone these little charms I dress’d;
In comely figure rang'd, my jewels Thone,
Nor folitude, nor gentle peace of mind, The mark of aught high-born, or ever better
dress'd. 'Tis long since Cynthia and her train were there; Yet in this cominerce, under this disguise, Or guardian gods made innocence their care. Let me be grateful ftill in Henry's eyes ; Vagrants and outlaws thall offend thy view ; Lost to the world, let me to him be known : For such must be my friends; a hideous crew My fate I can absolve; if he shall own, By adverse fortune mix'd in social ill,
That, leaving all mankind, I love buthim alone.
O wildest thought of an abandon'd mind!
Name, habit, parents, woman, left behind, Made bold by want, and prostitute for bread :
Ev’n honour dubious, thou preferr'st to go With such must Emma hunt the tedious day,
Wild to the woods with me : said Emma so ?
Or did I dream what Emma never said ?
O guilty error! and O wretched maid !
Whose roving fancy would resolve the same
With him, who next shouldtempı hercasy fame; And pitying love, must feel the hateful wounds and blow with empty words the fusceptible Of jest obscene and vulgar ribaldry,
fame. The ill-bred question, and the lewd reply ;
Now why hould doubtful terms thy mind perplex ?
Confefs thy frailty, and avow thy lex:
No longer loose defire for constant love
Mistake; but say, 'tis man with whom thou long'st
Now, Emma, now the last reflection make,
More fatal Henry's words : they murder
Still blam'd the coldnetsof: benyth own Vaid?
Our outward act is prompted from within; Produce my actions to severelt light,
Which angels might not hear, and virgins tell?
Ånd haft thou, Henry, in my conduct known This potent beauty, this triumphant fair,
A fervant (the may scorn the name of friend):
What the demands, incessant I'll prepare : Vainly thou talk'st of loving me alone : I'll weave her garlands; and I 'll plait her hair: Each man is man; and all our sex is one. My busy diligence shall deck her board False are our words, and fickle is our mind : (For there at least I may approach my lord); Nor in Love's ritual can we ever find
And, when her Henry's fofter hours advise Vows made to last, or promises to bind. His servant's absence, with dejected eyes
Ry nature prompted, and for empire made, Far I'll recede, and fighs forbid to rise. Alike by strength or cunning we invade : Yet, when increasing grief brings low disease; When, arı'd with rage, le march against the foe, And ebbing life, on terms severe as thele, We lift the battle-ax, and draw the bow : Will have its little lamp no longer fed; When, fir'd with paffion, we attack the fair, When Henry's miftress shews him Emma dead; Delusive fighs and brittle vows we bear: Rescue iny poor remains from vile neglea: Our falsehood and our arms have equal use; With virgin honours let my bearse be deck'd, As they our conquest or delight produce. And decent emblem ; and at least persuade
The foolish heart thou gav'ít again receive, This happy nymph, that Emma may be laid The only boon departing love can give. Where thou, dear author of my death, where ike, To be less wretched, be no longer true; With frequent eye my fepulchre may fee. What strives to fly thee why thouldst thou The nymph amidst her joys may haply breathe pursue
One pious figh, reflecting on my death, Forget thy present fame, indulge a new. And the sad fate which the may one day prore Single the loveliest of the am'rous youth; Who hopes from Henry's vows eternal love. Ask for his vow; but hope not for his truth. And thou forsworn, thou cruel, as thou art, The next man(and the next thou shalt believe) If Emma's image ever touch'd thy heart; Will pawn his gods, intending to deceive; Thou sure must give one thought and dropens tear Willkneel, implore, persist,o'ercome, and leave. To her, whom love abandon d to despair; Hence let thy Cupid aim his arrows right; To her, who, dying, on the wounded stone Be wise and false, fhun trouble, seek delight; Bid it in lasting characters be koown, Change thou the first, nor wait thylover's Alight. That, of mankind, the lov'd but thee alone. Why shouldit thou weep? let Nature judge our
Hear, folemn Jove! and, conscious Venus, hea! I saw thee young and fair ; pursu'd the chase And thou, bright maid, believe me,whilft I swear; Of youth and beauty : I another faw
No time, no change, no future flame, fhall more
O powerful virtue! O victorious fair!
No banith'd man condemn'd in woods to rore
In me behold the potent Edgar's heir, Nor can the wildness of thy willies err Illustrious earl: him terrible in war So wide, to hope that thou mayst live with her. Let Loyre confess ; for she has felt his sword, Love, well thou know'st, no partnership allows : And trembling fled before the British lord. Cupid averfe rcjects divided vows :
Him great in peace and wealth fair Deva knows; Then from thy foolislı heart, vain maid, remove For the amidf his spacious meadows flows; An useless forrow, and an ill-starr'd love ; Inclines her urn upon bis fatten'd lands; And leave me with the fair at large in woods And sees his num'rous herd imprint her fands. to rove.
And thou, my fair, my dove, shalt raise thy EMMA.
thought Are we in life through one great error led ? To greatness next to empire ; shalt be brought Is each man perjur'd, and each nymph betray'd? With solemn pomp to my paternal seat; Of the superior fex art thou the worit:
Where peace and plenty on thy word thall wat. Am I of mine the moft completely curft ? Music and song thall wake the marriage-day: Yet let ine go with thee; and going prove, And, whilst the priests accuse the bride's delay, From what I will endure, how much I love. Myrtles and rotes thall obftruct her way:
Friendship shall fill thy evening feasts adorn ;, They tumbled all their little quivers o'er, And blooming peace ihall ever blets thy morn. To chcore propicious shafts ; a precious fiore, Succccding years their happy race thall run ; That, when their god should take his future darts, And Age unheeded by deligne come on; To trike (however rarely) constant hearts, While yet superior Love shall mock his pow'r ; His happy skill might proper arms employ, And when old Time thall turn the fated hour, All tipp d with plealine, and all wing'd with joy; Which only can our well-ried knot unfold ; And thote, they vow'd, whose lives thould imitate What rests of both, one fepulchre thail bold. These lovers' conitancy, thould share their fate.
Hence then for ever from my Emma's breast The queen of beauty stopp'd lier bridled doves;
Now, Mars, the frid, let Fame exalt her voice;
The years design'd to perfect Britain's state, Will he be ever kind, and juit, and good ? The swift-wing d pow'r shall take her trump And is there then no mistrels in the wood ?
To recollect unwearied Marlbro's toils,
Glorious, and Gaulthrice vanquish'd by his hand:
Hence let the tides of plenty ebb and fiow, With fecoud breath the vocal brass inspire,
And, Emma-like, let me return thy love.
Renown'd for truth, let all thy sons appear;
And constant beauty thall reward their care.
Turn'd to the glorious ruler of the sky;
And thou, the liniling said, great god of days
Yet while with clofe delight and inward pride From every annual course let one great day
Be set aside; and, in the foftest lays
Of thy poetic fons, be solemn praile,
Works, and Author of a late Dissertation on And at my death to bleis thy kindness shown
Oriental Gardening. Enriched with ExplandToher, whoof mankind could love but thee alone.
tory Notes, cbiifly extraditd from ibat elaborate Performance.
ANON. WHILE thus the constant pair alternate said,
Non omnes arbuita juvant humilesque myricac. Joyful above thein and around them play'd Angels and sportive Loves, a numerous crowd; I KNIGHT of the Polar Star ! by Fortune plac'd, Smilingtheyclapp'd theirwings,andlowthey bow'd: To thine the Cynosure * of British taite;
* Cynosure, an affected phrase ; Cynosura is the constellation of Ursa Minor, of the Leller Bear, the next far to lhe Polç. Ds, Newton on the word in Milton,
Whose orb collcets in one refulgent view That Pope beheld them with auspicious smile, The scatter'd glories of Chineie Virtù ;
And own'd that Beauty bless.d their murual will And spreads their lustre in so broad a blaze, Miltaken Bard ! could such a pair design That Kings themselves are dazzled, while they Scenes fit to live in thy immortal line gaze ;
Hadit thou been born in this enlighten'd day, O let the Muse attend thy march sublime, Felt, as we feel, Taste's oriental ray, And, with thy prose, caparison her rhyme ; Thy satire sure had given them both a ftab, Tcach her, like thee, to gild her iplendid fong Call’d Kent a Driveller, and the Nymph a Drak, With feenes of Yven-Ming, and sayings of Li- For what is Nature? Ring her changes round, Tiongt;
Her three flat notes are water, plants, and ground; Like thee to scorn Dame Nature's fimple fence; Prolong the peal, yet spite of all your clatter, Leap each harha of truth and common sense; The tedious chime is ftill ground, plants, and And, proudly rising in her bold career,
water g. Demand attention from the gracious car So, when some John his dull invention racks, Of him, whom we and all the world admit To rival Boodie's dinners, or Aimack's ; Patron fupreme of science, taste, and wit. Three uncouth legs of mutton fhock our eyes, Does Envy doubt? Witness, ye chosen train ! Three roasted geefe, three buiter'd apple-pies. Who breathe the sweets of his Saturnian reign ; Come then, prolific art, and with ihee bring Witness
ye Hills, ye ) infans, Scts, Sabbis, The charms that rise from thy exliaustiers spring; Hark to my call, for some of you have cars. To Richmond come, for fee untuior'd Brown Let D d H e, from the remotest North, Destroys those wonders which were once thy cute In fec-law sceptic fcruples hint his worth; Lo, from his mclon-ground the pealanı ilave D**d, who there supinely deigns to lye Has rudely ruth'd, and levell d Merlin's Care ; The fattest Hog of Epicurus' stye ;
Knock d down the waxen Wizard, sciz'd his wand, Tho' drunk with Gallic wine, and Gallic praise, Transform’d to lawn what late was Fairy land; D**d shall bless Old England's halcyon days; And inarr’d, with impious hand, each sweet dufga The mihty Home, bemir'd in prole so lung, Of Stephen Duck and good Queen Caroline. Again ihail falk upon the stilts of song: Hafte, bid yon livelong Terrace re-afcend, While bold Mac-Ofian, wont in Ghosts to deal, Replace each vista, straighten every bend; Bids candid Smollet from his coffin leal; Shut out the Thames; thall that ignobie thing Bids Mallock quit his sweet Eiysian rest, Approach the prefence of great Ocean's King? Sunk in his St. John's philofophis breast, No! ler Barbaric glories || teast his eyes, And, like old Orpheus, make some strong effort August Pagodas round his palare iile, To come from Hell, and warblc iruth at Courri | And finish'd Richmond open to his view,
There was a time, in Ether's peaceful grove, “ A work to wonder at, perhaps a Kow." “ When Kent and Nature vy'd' for Pelham's Nor rest we here, but, at our magic call, " love,"
Monkies shall climb our trees, and lizards cras! * One of the Imperial gardens at Pekin.
+ “Many trees. Thrubs, and Powers," sayeth Li-Tsong, a Chinese author of great antiquity, “ thrive best a low, moist situations; many on hills and mountains; sünie require a rich foil; but others will grow on cky, in fand, or even upon rocks, and in the water: tn fome a funny exposition is necessary; but for others the side is preferable. There are plants which thrive best in exposed situations, but in general shelter is requigte. Th. Ikiiful gardener, to whom itudy and experience have taught these qualities, carefully atiends to them in his operations; knowing that thereon depend the health and growth of bis plants, and consequently the beauty of his plantations." Vide Dill. p. 77.
The reader, I presume, will seadily allow, that he never met with in much recondite truth, as this ancient Chinele here exhibits.
# Vide (if it be extant) a poem under this title, for which (or for the publication of Lord Bolingbroke's phie losophical writings) the person here mentioned received a contiderable pension in the time of Lord B-ie's ad. ministration.
This is the great and fundamental axiom, on which oriental taste is founded. It is therefore exprefed here with the greatest precision, and' in the identical phrase of the great original. The figurative terms, and erea the explanatory simile, are entirely borrowed from Sir William's Differtation. “ Nature (lays the Chinese, or Sir William for him) affords us but jew materials to work with. Plants, ground, and waler, are her only productions; and, though both the forms and ariangements of there may be varied to an incredible degree, yet They have but few friking varieries, the reit being of ihe nature of changes rung upon bells, which, though ia reality different, fill produce the fame uniform kind of ingling; the variation being too minute 10 be easy perceived." so Ar: mult therefore supply tbe fcaniinejs of Nature." &c. &c page 14. And again, “ Our Jarger works are only a repetition of the Imall ones, like ibe honifi Bachelor's feaft, which confifted in nothing but a multiplication of his ovn dinner; ihree legs of mution and iürneps, three roafted grife, and ibrce éutimia apple-pies." Preface, page 7. || So Millon :
“Where the gorgeous ealt with richest hand
Showers on her kings Barbaric pearl and gold." I “In their lofty woods ferpenis and lizards of many beautitul forts crawi upon the ground. Innumerable mankies, cars, and parrois clamber upon the trees.” Page 40. " In their lakes are many ijlands, forne (mall, some large, amonzit which are seen italking along, the elephant, the ihinoceros, the dromedary, oftrich, a the giant babion." l'age 66."
They keep, in their enchanted scenes, a surprising variery of monitras birds, reptiles and animals, which are camed by it, and guarded by enormous dogs of Tibei, and Agricum