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TO A FRIEND'S INVITATION.
read of the “ Desmonds”-a tale of romance,*
And blush for the profligate " Ninons” of France.f
With the laurels encircling a Wellington's car ;
* The once celebrated Countess of Desmond, who lived in four reigns, and died, it is recorded, at the age of one hundred and thirty. † Ninon D'Enclos.
The late George the Fourth supposed to be the best-bred man in Europe ; and to posess—" cet heureux don de plaire, quis mieux que la virtu ; sait
regners sur les cours."
LINES IN REPLY TO A FRIEND'S INVITATION.
The ebon-wing'd tyrant proclaims with a frown,
ADDRESSED TO A YOUTHFUL RELATION,
WESTALL'S PICTURE OF QUEEN JUDITH RELATING TO ALFRED
THE DEEDS OF HIS SAXON ANCESTORS.
“ At potiores
“ By fairy hands their knell is rung,
The height now gain’d of Youth's exulting morn,
From College-lore, and all restraint now free,
Launch’d, dear on Life's tempestuous sea ;
Let the gay comrade join the steady friend,
And firm discretion, with good humour blend;
Avoid the councils that will ever bring,
The bitter anguish of a serpent's sting.
TO A YOUTHFUL RELATION.
If dull retirement can possess no charms,
Or you prefer the nobler din of arms;
Secur'd their welcome in fierce Odin's hall;
Our greatest Monarch then in early prime,
(As some gay vision all his bosom fires ;)
He calms each horror of intestine war,
Hails thro’ the storm, Britannia’s rising star ;
(Bulwark of virtue, as of guilt the awe ;) And proves the source whence noblest actions spring, In that great character-a Patriot King.-And say to whom his once lov'd Albion yields, « On stormy oceans, or in fighting fields ?” From the proud battles, gallant Marlbro' won, (Inferior only to Hamilcar's son :)
* Trial by Jury.