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By the Same.
Lonsdale! thou ever honor'd name,
Say, why!, my noble Friend!
Say, why my joys suspend !
Here spreads the lawn high-crown'd with wood,
In many a crystal maze.
The herds promiscuous graze.
Or if the stiller shade you love,
O'er innocence and ease ;
The lighter trifles please.
And should the shaft of treacherous spleen
Unheeded may it fly!
A mean prosaic lye.
Here with the pheasant and the hare,
Have statesmen pass'd a day :
Their slow-returning prey.
O! blind to all the joys of life,
Destroying or destroy'd.
On blessings unenjoy'd.
But come, my friend, the sun invites,
Distasted and aggriev'd :
Too wise to be deceiv'd.
Or dost thou fear lest dire disease Again thy tortur'd frame may seize;
And hast thou therefore stay'd ? 01 rather haste, where thou shalt find A ready hand, a gentle mind,
To comfort and to aid.
And while by sore afflictions try'd,
What Stoic never bore; 01 may I learn like thee to bear, And what shall be my destin'd share,
To suffer, not explore.
Page 15. The author, a native of Scotland, was brought up to the sea-service, in which he appears to have experienced what, in “ The Shipwreck," he so feelingly describes. When that poem was published his situation was but little better than a common Sai. lor, but the genius it displayed occasioned him to be noticed, and procured him the Pursership of the Royal George. In 1769 he published a Marine Dictionary, which is a very useful performance; and soon afterward embarked on board the Aurora, to settle in the East Indies. He arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in December 1769, and after a short stay, sailed from thence; but neither ship, nor crew, have ever been heard of since.
ODE IX. Page 30. This ingenious writer was son of a clergyman in Herefordshire, and, by his mother, great grandson to the immortal Spenser. He was educated