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Epitaph on an Infant.--COLERIDGE.

Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade,

Death came with friendly care, To heav'n the opening bud convey'd,

And bade it blossom there.

Ante scelus gemmæ quam decussisset honorem,

Aut possent curæ surripuisse decus, Lenitèr ad coelum facili mors transtulit ictu, Inque suo jussit sese aperire solo.

H. H.

Epigram by Dr. DoDDRIDGE,

on his Motto,

Dum vivimus, vivamus.

Live while you live, the Epicure would say,
And snatch the pleasures of the present day;
Live while you live, the sacred Preacher cries,
And give to God each moment as it flies.
Lord ! in my view let both united be! –
I live in pleasure when I live to Thee!

Dr. Johnson has called this one of the best epigrains in the English language.

Dum vivimus, vivamus.

Carpe voluptates, et dum licet, arripe luxus

Quot ferat hora fugax; sic Epicurus ait. Carpe diem, magnâ testatur voce Sacerdos,

Et totum corpus cede animamque Deo, Sit tua jussa sequi, Deus o! mihi summa voluptas, Tùm laudem monito lætus utrique dabo.

H. H.

Two of the rejected Stanzas of Gray's Elegy in a

Country Churchyard.

And thou! who mindful of the unhonour'd dead,

Dost in these lines their artless tale relate, By night and lonely contemplation led,

To wander in the gloomy walks of fate ;

Hark! how the sacred calm that breathes around

Bids every fierce tumultuous passion cease, In still small accents whispering from the ground

A grateful earnest of eternal peace.

See Mason's Life of Gray.

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