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“ The fragrant breezes of the new-mown hay ;
“ The lark's shrill matin at returning day;
“ The spangled gossamer that decks the lawn, “Th’inspiring echo of the hunter's horn; “The lofty oaks, that shade yon mountain ridge ; “ The murm’ring streamlet, and romantic bridge. “ A long farewell! each blessing I resign, “At Fashion's call, with essenc'd beaux to shine; “ In foreign Courts, some midnight revel keep; “Or like Macbeth, awake from broken sleep. “Quit all the duties, Providence design’d,
“ By time and habit, o'er my bosom 'twin'd; “ For hollow smiles, that veil an anxious breast, “ Or scenes by folly and delusion drest; “ Where rigid power, and wily priestcraft join'd,
“ Depress the feelings, and unnerve the mind.
“Who now will greet the balmy breath of spring, “Or the poor robin scatter'd fragments bring ? “Who now the bean-field's zephyr will inhale, “Or hear delighted the autumnal gale;
- Who o'er the common's thymy path will roam,
"- 'Till Eve's bright star recalls the wand'rer home?
YOUTH AND AGE.
“Each grey domestic, who will now befriend ?
“ I pity the man, whose patriotism is not excited on the plains of Marathon ; “and whose piety does not burn with a brighter flame at Iona.”
What visit Avignon, and Petrarch forget !*
* The Author being obliged, with great regret, to quit Avignon, that he might arrive at Paris on a particular day.
LINES WRITTEN AT AVIGNON.
Once indeed how delightful the theme to rehearse,
On their steady attachment by moonlight to dream,
Blest Age! by a thousand reflections endear’d,
years seem'd as moments, thro’ her mystic spell.
And each season a fresh generation supplies.*
* In the well-known, and beautiful lines,
“ Like leaves on trees, the race of man is found.”
Still, still, there remain future objects of joy,
And each tie is dissoly'd of ambition or love,
While Lauras unknown in succession will rise,
And their charms future Petrarchs extol to the skies ;
Thoʻsickness and sorrow, like demons may lower,
On the unstable dreams of our fast-fading hour;
Only grant, that unmov'd by misfortune or pain,