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Unmanly thought! what seasons can control,
Not but the human fabric from the birth
If with advent'rous oar and ready sail,
[The following couplet, which was intended to have been intro
duced in the poem on the Alliance of Education and Govern
ment, is much too beautiful to be lost. Mason. When love could teach a monarch to be wise, And gospel-light first dawn'd from Bullen's eyes.
STANZAS TO MR. BENTLEY.
Mr. Bentley had made a set of designs for Mr. Gray's Poems,
particularly a head-piece to the Long Story. The original drawings are in the library at Strawberry Hill.
In silent gaze the tuneful choir among,
Half pleas'd, half blushing, let the Muse admire, While Bentley leads her sister-art along,
And bids the pencil answer to the lyre.
See, in their course, each transitory thought
Fix'd by his touch a lasting essence take; Each dream, in fancy's airy colouring wrought
To local symmetry and life awake!
The tardy rhymes that us'd to linger on,
To censure cold, and negligent of fame, In swifter measures animated run,
And catch a lustre from bis genuine flame.
Ah! could they catch his strength, his easy grace,
His quick creation, his unerring line; The energy of Pope they might efface,
And Dryden's harmony submit to mine.
But not to one in this benighted age
Is that diviner inspiration given,
The pomp and prodigality of heaven.
The meaner gems, that singly charm the sight, Together dart their intermingled rays,
And dazzle with a luxury of light.
My lines a secret sympathy • impart;'
* * * * * * * * *
HIS OWN CHARACTER.
WRITTEN IN 1761,
AND FOUND IN ONE OF HIS POCKET BOOKS.
Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune;
and Squire *.
* Squire) At that time Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and afterwards Bishop of St. David's.