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Aftonish'd knew, before him, on her knee,
Nor theirs alone this blissful hour: the joy,
Entranc'd in wonder at th' unfolding scene,
They Aly! he cry'd, they melt in air away,
545 From this blest pair to spring: whom 'equal faith, I And equal fondness, in soft league shall hold From youth to reverend age; the calmer hours Of thy last day to sweeten and adorn; Through life thy comfort, and in death thy crown! 555
DUKE OF MARLBOROU G H *. YOUR Grace has given leave, that these few Poems
should appear in the world under the patronage of your name.
But this leave would have been refused, I. know, had you expected to find your own praises, however just, in any part of the present address. I do not say it, my Lord, in the stile of compliment. Genuine modesty, the companion and the grace of true merit, may be surely distinguished from the affectation of it: as surely as the native glowing of a fine complection: from that artificial colouring, which is used, in vain, to supply what Nature had denied, or has resumed.
Yet, permit me just to hint, my Lord, while I restrain my pen from all enlargement, that if the fairelt public character must be raised upon private virtue, as furely it must, your Grace has laid already the securesti foundation of the former, in the latter. The eyes of man-kind are therefore turned upon you : and, from what you are known to have done, in one way, they reason-ably look for whatever can be expected from a great and good man, in the other.
The Author of these lighter amusements hopes soon to present your Grace with something more folid, more deserving your attention, in the life of the first Duke of Marlborouglı t.
You * This dedication was prefixed by the author to a. small collection of his poems published in 1762. N.
+ A work which has not yet appeared. N.
You will then see, that superior talents for war have been, though they rarely are, accompanied with equal abilities for negotiation : and that the same extensive capacity, which could guide all the tumultuous scenes of the camp, knew how to direct, with equal skill, the calmer but more perplexing operations of the cabinet.
In the mean while, that you may live to adorn the celebrated and difficult title you wear; that you may be, like him, the defender of your country in days of public danger; and in times of peace, what is perhaps Jets frequently found, the friend and patron of those useful and ornamental arts, by which human nature is exalted, and human fociety rendered more happy: this, my Lord, is respectfully the wish of