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Or dost thou fear lest dire disease Again thy tortur'd frame may seize;

And hast thou therefore stay'd ? 01 rather haste, where thou shalt find A ready hand, a gentle mind,

To comfort and to aid.

And while by sore afflictions try'd,
You bear without the Stoic's pride,

What Stoic never bore ; 01 may I learn like thee to bear, And what shall be my destin'd share,

To suffer, not explore.

NOTES

ON

ODES OF THE SIXTH CLASS.

ODE VI.

Page 15. The author, a native of Scotland, was brought up to the sea-service, in which he appears to have experienced what, in “ The Shipwreck,” he so feelingly describes. When that poem was published his situation was but little better than a common Sai. lor, but the genius it displayed occasioned him to be noticed, and procured him the Pursership of the Royal George. In 1769 he published a Marine Dictionary, which is a very useful performance; and soon afterward embarked on board the Aurora, to settle in the East Indies. He arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in December 1769, and after a short stay, sailed from thence; but neither ship, nor crew, have ever been heard of since.

ODE IX. Page 30. This ingenious writer was son of a clergyman in Herefordshire, and, by his mother, great grandson to the immortal Spenser. He was educated in Corpus-College Oxford, and afterwards had the rectory of Stopham in Sussex, near the seat of the Duke of Richmond, to whom he was chaplain. He is said to have lived some time at Hackney in a distressed condition. He was the writer of various other poems.

ODE X. Page 40. The title of this truely classical composition, has an evident reference to the Author's farewell to the Muse, with which he closes his volume of com. mentaries on Asiatic poetry, &c.

Vale, Camena, blanda cultrix ingenî,
Virtutis altrix, mater eloquentiae,
Linquenda alumno est laurus et chelys tuo.
At, O Dearum dulcium dulcissima,
Seu Suada mavis Pitbo dicier,
A te receptus in tua vivam fide :
Mihi sit, oro, non inutilis loga,

Nec indiserta lingua, nec turpis manus! In what manner Sir William Jones presides at the bar of justice in India need not here be added. 41. Haste! the well-wrought basket bring,

Which two Sister Graces wove. ] Miss Louisa Bingham, and Miss Frances Molesworth her cousin, decked a basket with ribbands and flowers to hold the nuptial presents. 42. DUNCANNOn, heav'nly Muse, and DevONSHIRE

invite.] Lady Henrietta Spencer, second daughter of John Earl Spencer, and wife of the Lord Viscount Duncan. non, eldest son of the Earl of Besborough.

43. LAVINIA's pencil shall disclose

New forms of dignity and grace, &c.] Lady Althorp (now Countess Spencer) has an extraordinary talent for drawing historic subjects, and expressing the passions in the most simple manner.

44. With all thy Mother's grace.] Georgiana Poyntz, Countess (now Countess dowager) Spencer.

ODE XVI.
Page 61. For William's and for Walpole's eye.]
The Duke of Cumberland.
66. When the great Patriot of his race

Late shall assert his native sphere;]
Sir Robert Walpole, first Earl of Oxford.

ODE XVII. Page 68. The instrumentcalled the AEOLIANHARP, appears to have been invented by Kircher, who has given a very accurate description of it in his Musur

After having been neglected above an hundred years, it was again accidentally discovered by Mr. OSWALD.

GIA.

ODE XVIII. Page 70. The Author of this Ode was Rector of Harrietsham, Kent; and chaplain to the houshold of George the Firstat Kensington. 72.

In Roman strains this Strada sweetly sung, ] 66 Fidicinis and Philomelae Certamen."

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