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When Jove had hurld him to the Lemnian coast,
So Vulcan sorrow'd for Olympus lost,
And so Oeclides, sinking into night,
From the deep gulf look'd up to distant light.

Wretch that I am, what hopes for me remain,
Who cannot cease to love, yet love in vain ?
Oh could I once, once more behold the fair,
Speak to her, tell her of the pangs I bear;
Perhaps she is not adamant; would show,
Perhaps, some pity at my tale of woe.
Oh inauspicious flame !—'tis mine to prove
A matchless instance of disastrous love.
Ah, spare me, gentle power!—If such thou be,
Let not thy deeds and nature disagree.
Spare me, and I will worship at no shrine
With vow and sacrifice save only thine.
Now I revere thy fires, thy bow, thy darts :
Now own thee sovereign of all human hearts.
Remove ! no-grant me still this raging woe!
Sweet is the wretchedness that lovers know :
But pierce hereafter (should I chance to see
One destined mine) at once both her and me.

Such were the trophies that, in earlier days,
By vanity seduced, I toild to raise ;
Studious, yet indolent, and urged by youth,
That worst of teachers ! from the

ways

of truth; Till Learning taught me in his shady bower To quit Love's servile yoke, and spurn his power. . Then, on a sudden, the fierce flame supprest, A frost continual settled on my breast, Whence Cupid fears his flames extinct to see, And Venus dreads a Diomede in me.

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EPIGRAMS.

ON THE INVENTOR OF GUNS.

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RAISE in old times the sage Prometheus

won,

Who stole ethereal radiance from the sun; But greater he, whose bold invention strove To emulate the fiery bolts of Jove.

[The Poems on the subject of the Gunpowder Treason I have not translated, both because the matter of them is unpleasant, and because they are written with an asperity, which, however it might be warranted in Milton's day, would be extremely unseasonable now.

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TO LEONORA SINGING AT ROME.*

NOTHER Leonora once inspired
Tasso, with fatal love to frenzy fired;

But how much happier, lived he now,

were he, Pierced with whatever pangs for love of thee ! Since could he hear that heavenly voice of thine,

* I have translated only two of the three poetical compliments addressed to Leonora, as they appear to me far fuperior to what I have omitted.

With Adriana's lute of sound divine,
Fiercer than Pentheus' though his eye might roll,
Or idiot apathy benumb his soul,
You still, with medicinal sounds might cheer
His senses wandering in a blind career;
And, sweetly breathing through his wounded breast,
Charm, with foul-foothing song, his thoughts to

rest.

TO THE SAME.

APLES, too credulous, ah! boast no more

! The sweet-voiced Siren buried on thy

Thore, That, when Parthenope deceased, she gave Her sacred duft to a Chalcidic grave, For still she lives, but has exchanged the hoarse Pausilipo for Tiber's placid course, Where, idol of all Rome, she now in chains Of magic song both gods and men detains.

THE COTTAGER AND HIS LANDLORD.

A Fable.

PEASANT to his lord paid yearly court,
Presenting pippins of so rich a fort

That he, displeased to have a part alone, Removed the tree, that all might be his own. The tree, too old to travel, though before

So fruitful, wither'd, and would yield no more.
The 'squire, perceiving all his labour void,
Cursed his own pains, so foolishly employ’d.
And “ Oh,” he cried, “ that I had lived content
With tribute, small indeed, but kindly meant !
My avarice has expensive proved to me,
Has cost me both

my pippins and

my

tree.'

TO CHRISTINA, QUEEN OF SWEDEN,

WITH CROMWELL'S PICTURE.

HRISTINA, maiden of heroic mien !

Star of the North ! of northern stars the

queen!

Behold what wrinkles I have earn'd, and how
The iron casque still chafes my veteran brow,
While following Fate's dark footsteps, I fulfil
The dictates of a hardy people's will.
But soften’d in thy sight my looks appear,
Not to all Queens or Kings alike severe.

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ON THE DEATH OF THE VICE-CHAN

CELLOR, A PHYSICIAN.

EARN, ye nations of the earth,
The condition of your birth,

Now be taught your feeble state !
Know, that all must yield to fate !

If the mournful rover, Death,
Say but once--"Resign your breath!”
Vainly of escape you dream,
You must pass the Stygian stream.
Could the stouteft overcome
Death's assault, and baffle doom,
Hercules had both withstood,
Undiseased by Nessus' blood.
Ne'er had Hector press’d the plain
By a trick of Pallas slain,
Nor the chief to Jove allied
By Achilles' phantom died.
Could enchantments life prolong,
Circe, saved by magic song,
Still had lived, and equal skill
Had preserved Medea still.

Dwelt in herbs and drugs a power
To avert man's destined hour,
Learn'd Machaon should have known
Doubtless to avert his own.

Chiron had survived the smart
Of the hydra-tainted dart,
And Jove's bolt had been, with ease,
Foild by Asclepiades.
Thou too, sage! of whom forlorn
Helicon and Cirrha mourn,
Still hadît fillid thy princely place,
Regent of the gowned race :

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