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Though awfully silent, and shaggy, and rude,
I am charm'd with the peace ye afford, Your shades are a temple where none will intrude,
The abode of my Lover and Lord. I am sick of thy fplendour, O Fountain of day,
And here I am hid from its beams, Here safely contemplate a brighter display
Of the noblest and holiest of themes.
Ye Forests, that yield me my sweetest repose,
Where stillness and solitude reign, To you I securely and boldly disclose
The dear anguish of which I complain. Here, sweetly forgetting and wholly forgot
By the world and its turbulent throng, The birds and the streams lend me many a note
That aids meditation and song.
Love wears me and wastes me away,
Ere yet I perceive it is day.
My sorrows are sadly rehearsed,
And the last is as sweet as the first.
Here I and the beasts of the deserts agree,
Mankind are the wolves that I fear,
But nobody questions it here.
Though little is found in this dreary abode
That appetite wishes to find,
And appetite wholly resign’d.
Ye desolate scenes, to your solitude led,
My life I in praises employ, And scarce know the source of the tears that I shed,
Proceed they from sorrow or joy.
There's nothing I seem to have skill to discern,
I feel out my way in the dark,
Yet hardly distinguish the spark.
Such a riddle is not to be found,
I have nothing, and yet I abound.
Oh Love! who in darkness art pleased to abide,
Though dimly, yet surely I see That these contrarieties only reside
In the soul that is chosen of thee.
Ah send me not back to the race of mankind,
Perversely by folly beguiled, For where, in the crowds I have left, shall I find The spirit and heart of a child.
Here let me, though fix'd in a desert, be free;
A little one whom they despise, Though lost to the world, if in union with Thee,
Shall be holy and happy and wise.
T length, my friend, the far fent letters
come, Charged with thy kindness, to their def
tined home; They come, at length, from Deva's Western fide, Where prone she seeks the falt Vergivian tide. Trust me, my joy is great that thou shouldst be, Though born of foreign race, yet born for me, And that my sprightly friend, now free to roam, Must seek again so soon his wonted home. I well content, where Thames with influent tide My native city laves, meantime reside, Nor zeal nor duty now my steps impel To reedy Cam, and my forbidden cell. Nor aught of pleasure in those fields have I, That to the musing bard all shade deny. 'Tis time that I a pedant's threats disdain,
And fly from wrongs my soul will ne'er sustain. If peaceful days, in letter'd leisure spent Beneath
father's roof, be banishment, Then call me banish'd, I will ne'er refuse A name expressive of the lot I choose. I would that, exiled to the Pontic shore, Rome's hapless bard had suffer'd nothing more. He then had equal'd even Homer's lays, And, Virgil! thou hadst won but second praise : For here I woo the Muse, with no control, And here my books--my life--absorb me whole. Here too I visit, or to smile or weep, The winding theatre's majestic sweep; The grave or gay colloquial scene recruits My spirits, spent in learning's long pursuits ; Whether some senior shrewd, or spendthrift heir, Suitor, or soldier, now unarm’d, be there, Or some coif'd brooder o'er a ten years' cause, Thunder the Norman gibberish of the laws. The lacquey, there, oft dupes the wary fire, And, artful, speeds the enamour'd son's desire. There, virgins oft, unconscious what they prove, What love is know not, yet, unknowing, love. Or, if impassion’d Tragedy wield high The bloody sceptre, give her locks to fly Wild as the winds, and roll her haggard eye, I
gaze, and grieve, still cherishing my grief, At times, e'en bitter tears yield sweet relief: As, when from bliss untasted torn away, Some youth dies, hapless, on his bridal day; Or when the ghost, sent back from shades below, Fills the assassin's heart with vengeful woe;
When Troy, or Argos, the dire scene affords,
embrace Of Jupiter in ancient times, give place ! Give place, ye turban’d fair of Persia's coast ! And ye, not less renown'd, Assyria's boast! Submit, ye nymphs of Greece! ye, once the bloom Of Ilion! and all ye, of haughty Rome, Who swept, of old, her theatres with trains Redundant, and still live in classic strains ! To British damsels beauty's palm is due ; Aliens! to follow them is fame for
you. Oh city, founded by Dardanian hands, Whose towering front the circlingrealmcommands, Too bleft abode! no loveliness we fee