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Of purest white. A secret charm combin'd
Her features, and infus'd enchantment through them;
Almost beyond the stretch of human force.
To cloud his virtue in its ********
She, question'd of her birth, in trembling accents,
His wishing youth stood check'd, his tempting power
"We both are young, both charm'd. The right of war Has put thy beauteous mistress in my power; "With whom I could in the most sacred ties "Live out a happy life: but know that Romans "Their hearts, as well as enemies can conquer. "Then take her to thy soul; and with her take
"Thy liberty and kingdom. In return
(6 I ask but this; when you behold these eyes, "These charms, with transport, be a friend to Rome."
The BLESSINGS of PEACE.
Sweet union of a state! what else, but thou,
-THERE is a power
Unseen, that rules th' illimitable world,
Act with cool Prudence, and with manly temper,
'Tis godlike magnanimity to keep,
When most provok'd, our reason calm and clear,
DESCRIPTION of SHIPS appearing at a DISTANCE, and approaching the SHORE.
GUIOM. As far as I could cast my eyes
Took dreadful shapes, and thus mov'd towards the shore:
Which gather'd all the breath the winds could blow;
MONTEZUMA. What divine monsters, O ye Gods! are these, That float in air, and fly upon the seas?
Came they alive, or dead, upon the shore?
GUIOM. Alas! they liv'd too sure: I heard them roar: All turn'd their sides, and to each other spoke: I saw their words break out in fire and smoke. Sure 'tis their voice that thunders from on high, And these the younger brothers of the sky : Deaf with the noise, I took my hasty flight, No mortal courage can support the fright.
VIRTUE preferable to RANK.
WHAT tho' no gaudy titles grace my
The hire which greatness gives to slaves and sycophants :
DESCRIPTION of an ancient CATHEDRAL.
How rev'rend is the face of this tall pile,
DESCRIPTION of a TRIUMPH.
-HE comes, and with a port so proud, As if he had subdu'd the spacious world: And all Sinope's streets are fill'd with such A glut of people, you would think some God Had conquer'd in their cause, and them thus rank'd, That he might make his entrance on their heads! While from the scaffolds, windows, tops of houses, Are cast such gaudy show'rs of garlands down, That ev'n the crowd appear like conquerors, And the whole city seems like one vast meadow, Set all with flow'rs, as a clear heav'n with stars. Nay, as I've heard, ere he the city enter'd, Your subjects lin'd the way for many furlongs; The very trees bore men: and as our God, When from the portal of the east he dawns, Beholds a thousand birds upon the boughs, To welcome him with all their warbling throats, And prune their feathers in his golden beams; So did your subjects, in their gaudy trim, Upon the pendant branches speak his praise. Mothers, who cover'd all the banks beneath, Did rob the crying infants of the breast, Pointing Ziphares out, to make them smile; And climbing boys stood on their father's shoulders, Answering their shouting sires, with tender cries, To make the concert up of general joy.
A SHEPHERD'S LIFE happier than a KING's.
TH' unbusied shepherd, stretch'd beneath the hawthorn,
VIRTUE its own REWARD.
GREAT minds, like heav'n, are pleas'd with doing good,
No DIFFICULTIES infuperable to the PRUDENT and BRAVE.
THE wise and active conquer difficulties
IN IMITATION OF SPENSER.
АH me! full sorely is my heart forlorn,