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And, undisturbed by conscientious qualms,
Perverts the Prophets, and purloins the Psalms*. 320
Hail Sympathy! thy soft idea brings
A thousand visions of a thousand things,
And shows, dissolved in thine own melting tears,
And art thou not their Prince, harmonious BowLES!
Thou first, great oracle of tender souls ?
Whether in sighing winds tlou seek'st relief,
Or consolation in a yellow leaf; .
Or, still in bells delighting, finds a friend,
* Mr. Grahame has poured forth two volumes of Cant, under the pame of “ Sabbath Walks,” and “ Biblical Pictures."
+ See Bowles's Sonnets, &c.-" Sonnet to Oxford,” and “ Stanzas on hearing the Bells of Ostend.”
Ah! how much juster were thy Muse's hap,
Delightful Bowles! still blessing, and still blest,
All love thy strain, but children like it best.
'Tis thine with gentle Little's moral song, To soothe the mania of the amorous throng!
With thee our nursery damsels shed their tears,
Ere Miss, as yet, completes her infant years :
But in her teens thy whining powers are vain ;
The lofty numbers of a harp like thine : 66 Awake a louder and a loftier strain*,”
Such as none heard before, or will again;
* “ Awake a louder, &c. &c. is the first line in Bowles's Spirit of Discovery ;” a very spirited and pretty dwarf Epic. Among other exquisite lines we have the following:
“ A kiss
Where all discoveries jumbled from the flood, -
By more or less, are sung in every book,
Bowles! in thy memory, let this precept dwell,
But if some new-born whim, or larger bribe
Prompt thy crude brain, and claim thee for a scribe,
That is, the woods of Madeira trembled to a kiss, very much astonished, as well they might be, at such a phenomenon.
* The Episode above alluded to, is the story of “ Robert a Machin,” and “Anna d'Arfet,” a pair of constant lovers, who performed the kiss above-mentioned, that startled the woods of Madeira.
If 'chance some bard, though once by dunces fear'd,
Clothe envy in the garb of honest zeal;
And do from hate what +MALLET did for bire.
* CURLL is one of the Heroes of the Dunciad, and was a bookseller. Lord Fanny is the poetical name of Lord HERVEY, author of “ Lines to the Imitator of Horace.”
+ Lord BOLINGBROKE hired Mallet to traduce Pope after his decease, because the Poet bad retained some copies of a work by Lord
Oh! had'st thou liy'd in that congenial time,
To rave with Dennis, and with Ralph to rhyme *,
Thronged with the rest around his living bead,
Not rais'd thy hoof against the lion dead,
A meet reward had crown'd thy glorious gains,
And linked thee to the Dunciad for thy painst.
Another Epic! who inflicts again
BOLINGBROKE, (the Patriot King) which that splendid, but malignant
“Silence, ye wolves! while Ralph to Cynthia howls,
Dunciad. + See Bowles's late edition of Pope's works, for which he received 300 pounds: thus Mr. B. has experienced, how much easier it is to profit by the reputation of another, than to elevate his own.