« PreviousContinue »
And so he did, and won it too,
For he got first to town;
Nor stopp'd till where he had got up
Now let us sing, long live the king,
And, when he next doth ride abroad,
AN AFFLICTED PROTESTANT LADY IN FRANCE.
purpose in these lays
The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
But he, who knew what human hearts would prove,
EPISTLE TO A LADY IN FRANCE. 221 In pity to the souls his grace design'd
To rescue from the ruins of mankind,
Call'd for a cloud to darken all their years,
O salutary streams, that murmur there!
Ah, be not sad, although thy lot be cast
REV. W. CAWTHORNE UNWIN.
UNWIN, I should but ill repay
The kindness of a friend,
Whose worth deserves as warm a lay,
As ever friendship penn❜d,
Thy name omitted in a page,
That would reclaim a vicious age.
A union form'd, as mine with thee,
May be as fervent in degree,
And faithful in its sort,
And may as rich in comfort prove,
The bud inserted in the rind,
Adorns, though differing in its kind,
With flower as sweet, or fruit as fair,
Not rich, I render what I may,
Lest this should prove the last.
The poet's lyre, to fix his fame,
THE history of the following production is briefly this: A lady, fond of blank verse, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and gave him the SOFA for a subject. He obeyed; and, having much leisure, connected another subject with it; and pursuing the train of thought to which his situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth at length, instead of the trifle which he at first intended, a serious affair-a Volume.
In the poem on the subject of Education, he would be very sorry to stand suspected of having aimed his censure at any particular school. His objections are such, as naturally apply themselves to schools in general. If there were not, as for the most part there is, wilful neglect in those who manage them, and an omission even of such discipline as they are susceptible of, the objects are yet too numerous for minute attention; and the aching hearts of ten thousand parents, mourning under the bitterest of all disappointments, attest the truth of the allegation. His quarrel, therefore, is with the mischief at large, and not with any particular instance of it.
Historical deduction of seats, from the stool to the Sofa.-A schoolboy's ramble.-A walk in the country.-The scene described. Rural sounds as well as sights delightful.-Another walk. Mistake concerning the charms of solitude corrected.Colonnades commended.-Alcove, and the view from it.-The wilderness.-The grove.-The thresher.-The necessity and the benefits of exercise.-The works of nature superior to, and in some instances inimitable by, art.-The wearisomeness of what is commonly called a life of pleasure.-Change of scene sometimes expedient.-A common described, and the character of crazy Kate introduced.-Gipsies.-The blessings of civilized life. That state most favourable to virtue.-The South Sea islanders compassionated, but chiefly Omai.-His present state of mind supposed. Civilized life friendly to virtue, but not great cities.-Great cities, and London in particular, allowed their due praises, but censured.-Fête champêtre.-The book concludes with a reflection on the fatal effects of dissipation and effeminacy upon our public measures.
I SING the Sofa. I, who lately sang
Truth, Hope, and Charity, and touch'd with awe
Time was, when clothing sumptuous or for use,
See Poems, pages 48, 79, 98.