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Dorinda

Fitzpatrick 217

Verses fent to a young Lady with the new edition

of Shakespeare

Carlisle 221

Verfes on Mrs. Crewe

Fox-223

Rhapfody on Tafte

Carlisle 225

Elegy written in the Garden of a Friend

Elegy written in a Country Church Yard

Elegy on Captain Cook

Death of Alico

Mafon 227 Gray 231 Serward 237

Edwards 249

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THE

MINSTREL;

O R, THE

PROGRESS OF GENIUS.

A

THE FIRST BOOK.

I.

H! who can tell how hard it is to climb

The steep where Fame's proud temple fhinesafar!

Ah! who can tell how many a foul fublime
Has felt the influence of malignant ftar,
And wag'd with Fortune an eternal war!
Check'd by the fcoff of Pride, by Envy's frown,
And Poverty's unconquerable bar,

In life's low vale remote has pined alone,
Then dropt into the grave, unpitied and unknown!

II.

And yet, the languor of inglorious days,
Not equally oppreffive is to all.

Him who ne'er liften'd to the voice of praife,

The filence of neglect can ne'er appal.
There are, who, deaf to mad Ambition's call,

Wou'd fhrink to hear th' obftreperous trump of Fame;
Supremely bleft if to their portion fall

Health, competence, and peace. Nor higher aim Had He, whofe fimple tale thefe artless lines proclaim.

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