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TO THE MEMORY
'TH E S A M E L A DY.
А MONODY. A. D. 1747.
“ Ipse.cavâ solans ægrum testudine amorem, " Te dulcis conjux, te folo in littore secum, .“. Te veniente die, te. decedente canebat."
AT-length escap'd from every
And pour forth all my stores of grief;
Can on th' ennobled mind bestow, "Exceeds the vulgar joys that move Our grofs desires, inelegant and low.
Ye high o’ershadowing hills,
Oft have you my Lucy feen!
you now behold her more :
Oft would the Dryads of these woods rejoice
To hear her heavenly voice;
The sweetest songsters of the fpring:
The nightingale was mute,
And every shepherd's flute
And thou, melodious Philomel,
Again thy plaintive story tell; For death has stopt that tuneful tongue, Whose music could alone your warbling notes excel.
IV. In Nor by yon
O'er all the well-known ground,
Where oft we us'd to walk,
Where oft in tender talk
No more my mournful eye
Can aught of her efpy,
Your bright inhabitant is lost.
To your fequefter'd dales
And flower-embroider'd vales
The filent paths of wisdom trod,
But those, the gentlest and the best,
By your delighted mother's fide,
Who now your infant steps shall guide? Ah! where is now the hand whose tender care To every virtue would have form’d your youth, And strew'd with flowers the thorny ways of truth?
Olofs beyond repair!
And drooping o'er thy Lucy's grave,
Now she, alas! is gone,
From these fond arms, that vainly strove
With hapless ineffectual love
Could not your favcuring power, Aonian maids,
You open'd all your facred store,
Your ancient bards sublimely thought,
Nor then on * Mincio's bank
Beset with ofiers dank,
Nor where, through hanging woods,
Ill does it now beseem,
That, of your guardian care bereft,
When light fantastic toys
Are all her sex’s joys,
And all that in her latter days
* The Mintio runs by Mantua, the birth-place of Virgil.
+ The Clitumnus is a river of Umbria, the residence of Propertius.
I The Anio runs through Tibur or Tivoli, where Horace had a villa.
# The Meles is a river of Ionia, from whence Homer, fupposed to be born on its banks, is called Melisigenes.
§ The Ilissus is a river at Athens.