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When Heav'n was nam'd, they loos’d their hold, No more a lover, but a mortal foe, again,
I seek her life (for love'is one below): Then sprung she forth, they follow'd her amain. As often as my dogs with better speed
Not far behind, a knighi of swarthy face, Arrest her flight, is she to death decreed : High on a coal-black steed pursu'd the chace; Then with this fatal sword, on which I dy'd With filashing Aames his ardent eyes were fill'd, I pierce her open back, or tender side, And in his hand a naked sword he held : And tear that hardeu'd heart from out her He cheer'd the dogs to follow her who fled
breast, And row'd revenge on her devoted head. Which, with her entrails, makes my hungry As Theodore was born of noble kind,
hounds a feast. The brutal action rous'd his manly mind; Nor lies she long, but, as the fates ordain, Mov'd with unworthy usage of the maid, Springs up to life, and, fresh to second pain, He, tho' unarmi'd, resolv'd to give her aid. Is sav'd to-day, to-luorrow to be slain. A saplin pine he wrench'd from out the ground, This, verst in death, th' infernal k night reThe readiest weapon that his fury found.
lates, Thus furnish'd for offence, he cross'd the way And then for proof fulfill'd the common fates ; Betwixt the graceless villain and his prey. [afar, Her heart and bowels thro' her back he drew,
The knight came thund'ring on, but, from And fed the hounds that help'd him to pursue. Thus, in imperious tone, forbad the war: Stern lookid the fiend, as frustrate of his will, Cease, Theodore, to proffer vain relief, Not half suflic'd, and greedy yet to kill
. Nor stop the vengeance of so just a grief; And now the soul, expiring through the wound, But give me leave to seise my destin'd prey, Had left the body breathless on the ground, And let eternal justice take the way: When thus the grisly spectre spoke again : I but revenge my fate, disdain'd, betray'd, Behold the fruit of ill-rewardled pain : And suff'ring death for this ungrateful inai.l. As many months as I sustain'd her hale,
He said, at once dismounting from the sleed ; So many years is she condemn'd by fate For now the hell-hounds, with superior speed,' To daily death ; and ev'ry several place, Hal reach'd the dame, and, fast’ning on her side, Conscious of her disdain and my disgrace, The ground with issuing streams of purple dy'd; Must witness her just punishment; and be Stood Theodore surpris'd in deadly fright, A scene of triumph and revenge to me! With chatt'ring teeth, and bristling Irair upright; As in this grove I took the last farewell, Yet arm'd with inborn worth, Whate'er, said he, As on this very spot of earth I fell, . Thou art, who know'st me better than I thee, As Friday saw me die, so she my prey, Or prove thy rightful cause, or be defied : Becomes ev’n here, on this revolving day. The spectre, fiercely staring, thus reply'd. Thus while he spoke the virgin from the Know, Theodore, thy ancestry I claim,
ground And Guido Cavalcanti was my name : Upstarted fresh, already clos'd the wound, One conimon sire our fathers did beget, And, unconcern'd for all she felt before, My name and story some remember yet : I'recipitates her flight along the shore: Thce, then a boy, within my arms I laid, The hell-hounds, as ungorg'd with flesh and When for my sins I lov'd this baughty maid ; Not less ador'd in life, nor serv'd by me, Pursue their prey, and seek their wonted fond : Than proud Honoria now is lov’d by thee. The fiend remounts his courser, mends his pace, What did I not her stubborn heart to gain ? And all the vision vanishid froin the place. But all my vows are answer'd with disdain : Long stood the noble youth oppress'd withawe, She scorn'd my sorrows, and (lespis'd my pain.. And stupid at the wond'rous things he saw, Long time I dragg'd my days in fruitless cue: Surpassing common faith, transgressing naThen, loathing life, and plung'd in deep despair, ture's law: To finish my unhappy life, I fell
He would have been asleep, and wishod to wake, On this sharp sword, and now anı damn'd in hell. But dreams, lie knew, no long impression maker
, Short was her joy, for soon the insulting maid Though strong at first ; if vision, io what end, By heaven's decree in this cold grave was laid : But such as must his future state portend? And as in unrepented sin she dy'dl,
His love the damsel, and himself the fiend. Doom'd to the same bad place is punish'd for her But yet, refccting that it could not be pride:
From heaven, which cannot impiousacts decrce, Because she deem'd I well deserv'd to die, Resolv'd within himself to shun the snarc, And made a inerit of her cruelıy.
Which hell for his destruction did prepare ; There, then, we met; both ery'd, and both were And as his better genius should direct, cast,
From an ill cause to draw a gool effect. And this irrevocable sentence pass'd ;
Inspir'd from hearen he homeward took his That she, whom I so long pursu'd in rain,
way, Should suffer from my hands a ling'ring pain! Nor pall'd his new design with long delay: Renew'd to life, that she might daily die,
But of his train a trusis sertant sent I daily doond to follow, she to fly:
To call his friends together at his tent.
They came, and, usual salutations paid, At this the former tale again he told,
Nor needed to be warnd a second tiine,
Ofhim who fell forlove, and this the fatalplace.) Reduc'd to bounds, by timely providence ; And now th' infernal minister advanc'd, This only I require ; invite for me
Seis'd the due victim and with fury lanc'd Honoria, with her father's family,
Her back, and piercing through herinmost heart, Her friends and mine ; the cause I shall display, Drew backward, as before, th' offending part. On Friday next; for that's the appointed day. The reeking entrails next he tore away, Well pleas'd were all his friends, the task was And to his meayte mastitis made a prey. light,
The pale assistants on each other stard, The father, mother, daughter, they invite ; With gaping inouths for issuing words prepard; Hardly the dame was drawn to this repast; The still-born sounds upon the palate hung, But yet resolv'd, because it was the last. And dy'd imperfect on the falt ring tongue. The day was come, the guests invited came, The fright was gen'ral; but the female band And with the rest, th'incxorable daine : (A helpless train) in more confusion stand; A feast prepar'd with riotous expence,
With horror shudd'ring, on a heap they run, Much cost, more care, and most inagnificence, Sick at the sight of hateful justice done; The place ordain'd was in that haunted grove, For conscience rung the alarm, and made the Where the revenging ghost pursu'd his love.
case their own. The tables in a proud pavillion spread, So spread upon a lake, with upvard eve, With flow'rs below, and tissue overhead : A plump of fowl behold their foe on bigh; The rest in rank, Honoria chief in place, They close their treinbling troop, and all attend Was artfully contriv'd to set her face
On whom the sowsing eagle will descend. To front the chicket, and behold the chace. But most the proud Honoria fcar'd the erent, The feast was serv'd, the time so well forecast, And thought to her alone the vision sent. That just when the dessert and fruits were plac'd, Her guilt presents to her distracted mind The fiend's aların began ; the hollow sound Heaven's j'astice, Theodore's revengeful kind,
And the same fate to the same sin assigrid : Air blacken'd, rolld the thunder, groan'd Already sees herself the monster's prey, the ground.
And feels her heart and entrails torn away. Nor long before the loud laments arise 'Twas a mute scene of sorrow, mix'd with fear; Of one distress'd, and mastiffs
’ mingled cries ; Still on the table lay th’ unfinish'd cheer : And first the damecame rushing thre' thewood, The knight and hungry mastifis stood around, And next the famish'd hounds that soughttheir The mangled dame lay breathless on the ground, food,
[in blood. When on a sudden, re-inspir'd with breath, And grip'd her Aanks, and oft essay'd theirjaws) Again she rose, again to suffer death; Last came the felon, on his sable steed, Nor staid the hell-hounds uor the hunter staid, Arm'd with bis naked sword, and urg'd his dogs But follow'd, as before, the flying maid: to speed.
Th’avenger took from earth th'avenging sword, rancry'd, her flight guest unbidden) to the fatal tent,
spur'd: The scene of death, and place design'd for pu- The clouds dispell’d, the sky. resuni'd the fight, nishment.
And nature stood recover'd of her fright. Loud was the noise, aghast was ever guest, But fear, the last of ills, reinain'd behind, The women shriek'd, the men forsook the feast; And horror heavy sat on ev'ry mind. The hounds at nearer distance hoarsely
. bay'd ; Nor Theodore encourag'd more the feast, The hunter close puru'd the visionary maid. But sternly look'd as hatching in his breast She rent the heav'n with loud laments, implor- Somedeep designs; which when Honoria riewd, ring aid.
The fresh impulse her former fright renewid; The gallants, to protect the lady's right, She thought herself the trembling dame who fled, Their falchions brandish'd at the grislyspright; And him the grisly ghost that spurr'd th'infernal High on his stirrups he provok'd the fight,
steed: Then on the crowd he cast a furious look, The more dismay'd, forwhen the guests with And wither'd all their strength before he spoke : drew Back, on your lives ; let be, said he, my prey, Their courteous host, saluting all the crew, And let my vengeance take the destin'd way : Regardless pass'd' her o'er; nor grac'd wit Vain are your arms, and vainer your defence,
kind'adieu. Against th' eternal doom of Providence : That sting infix'd within her haughty mind, Mine is th' ungrateful maid by heaven design'd, The downfall of her empire she divin'd; Mercy shewouldnotyive, nor mercyshall she find. And her proud heart with secret sowow pin d.
Ilome as they went, the sad discourse renewid With faults confess'd commission'd her to go,
lle knew the sex, and fear'd she might repent, But in the dead they dama'd the living came. Should he delay the moment of consent.
At ev'ry little noise she look'd behind, There yet remain'd to gain her friends (a care Før still the knight was present to her mind : The modesty of wajdens well might spare :) And anxious oft she started on the way, But she with such a zeal the cause embracd, . And thought the horseman-ghost came thun- (As women, where they wille are all in haste) d'ring for his prey.
The father, mother, and the kin beside, Return'd, she took hier bed with little rest, Were overborne by furry of the tide ; But in soft slunibers dreamt the fun’ral feast : With full consent of all she chang'd her state; Awak'd, she turu'd her side, and slept again ; Resistless in her love, as in her hate. The same black vapors mounted in her brain, By her example warn'd, the rest beware ; And the same dreauns return'd with double More easy, less imperious, were the fair; pain.
And that one hunting, which the devil desiga'd Now fore'd to wake, because afraid to sleep, For one fair female, lost him half the kiud. Her blood all ferer’d, with a furious lcap, She sprang from bed, distracted in her mind, And fear'd at ev'ry step, a twitching spright be
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ROSCius deceas d, each high aspiring play's Darkling and desperate, with stag ring pace,
Pushid all his int'rest for the vacant chair. Of death afraid, and conscious of disgrace: The buskind heroes of the mimic stage Fear, pride, remorse, at once her heart assail'd, No longer whine in love, and rant in rage ; Pride put remorse to flight, but fear prevail'dl. The monarch quits his throne, and condescendo Friday, the fatal day, wheu next it came, Humbly to court the favor of his friends; Her soul forethouglii the fiend would change his For piiy's sake tells undeserv'd mishaps, game,
And, their applause to gain, recounts his claps. And her pursue, or Theodore be slain, Thus the victorious chiefs of antient Rome, And two ghusts join their packs to hunt her o'er To win the mob, a suppliant's form assume,
In pompous strain tighto'er th'extinguish'd war, This dreadiul inage so possessid her mind,
And show where honor bled in ev'ry scar. That, desperate any succour else to find, But though båre merit might in Rome appear She ceas'd all farther hope ; and now began The strongest plea for favor, 'tis not here; To inake reflection on th' unhappy man.
We form our judgement in another way; Rich, brave, and young,who pastexpressionlow'd, And they will best succeed, who best can pay: Proof to disdain, and not to be reinov’d: Those, who wouldgain the votes of British tribese Of all the men respected and adınir'd, Must add 10 force of inerit force of bribes. Of all the danes, except herself, desir'd: What can an actor give? in ev'ry age Why not of her preferr'd above the rest, Cash hath been rudely banish'd from the stage ; By hin with knightly deeds, and open love Monarchs themselves, to grief of ev'ry play's profess'd?
[dress'd. Appear as often as their image thcre : So had another been, where he his vows all-) They can't, like candidate for other seat, This quell'd her pride, yet other doubts remain'd, Pour seas of wine, and mountains raise of meat. That, ouce disdaining, she might be disdaind.' Wive! they could bribe you with the world as The fear was just, but greater fear prevail'd,
soon, Fear of her life by hellish hounds assail'd : And of roast beef, they only know the tnde : He took a low'ring leave ; but who can tell But what they have they give ; could Clive do What outward hate might inward love conceal? more,
[four) Her sex's arts she knew ; and why not, then, Thongh for each million he had brought home Might deep, dissembling have a place in men? Shuter keeps open house at Southwark fair, Here hope began to dawn ; resolu’d to try, And hopes the friends of humor will be there; She fix'd on this her utmost remedy :
In Sinithfield, Yates prepares the rival treat Death was behind, but hard it was to die. For those who laughter love instead of meat; "Twas time enough at last on death to call, Foote, at Old House, for even Foote will be The precipice in sight: a shrub was all, (fall
. In self-conceit, an actor, bribes with tea; That kindly stood betwixt to break the fatal) Which Wilkinson at second-hand receives,
One maid she had, belov'd above the rest : And at the New, pours water on the leaves, Secure of her, the secret she confess'd ;
The town divided, each runs sev'ral ways, And now the cheerful light her fears dispell’d, As passion, humor, int'rest, party sways. She with no winding turns the truth conceal'il, Things of no moment, eolor of the hair, But put the woinan off, and stood reveal'd : Shape of a leg, complexion browa or fair,
A dress well chosen, or a patch misplac'd, Twice did those blockheads startle at my name' Conciliate favor, or create distrste.
And foul rejection gave me up to shame. From galleries loud peals of laughter roll, To law and lawyers then I bade adieu, And thunder Shruter's praises - he's so droll, And plans of far more lib'ral note pursue. Emlox'd, the ladies must have something smart, Who will may be a judge--my kindling breast Palmer! Oh! Palmer tops the janty part. Burns for thatchair which Roscius once possess'd. Seated in pit, the dwarf, with aching eyes, Here give your votes, your int'rest here exert, Looks up, and vows that Barry's out of size ; Ind let success for once attend desert." Whilst ió six feet the vig'rous stripling grown, With sleek appearance, and with ambling pace, Declares that Garrick is another Coan. And, type of vacant head, with vacant face,
When place of judgement is by whim supplied, The Proteus Llill put in his modest plea, And our opinions have their rise in pride; " Let favor speak for others, worth for me."When, in discoursing on each mimic elf, For who, like hiin, hisiarions powers could call We praise and censure with an eve to self; Into so many shapes, and shine in all? All must meet friends, and Ackman bids as fair Who could so nobly grace the motley list, In such a court, as Garrick, for the chair. Actor, inspector, doctor, bolanist?
At length agreed, all squabbles to decide, Knows any one so well-sure no one knows,By some one judge the cause was to be tried; At once to play, prescribe, compound, composed But this their squabbles did afreshı renew,
Who can- --But Woodward came,-Hill slipp'd Who should be judge in such a trial :- Who?
For Johnson sone, but Johnson, it was feard, Melting, like ghosts, before the rising day. Would be too grave; and Sterne ton gay appearid: 1. *With that low cunning, which in fools sup Others for Francklin voted ; but 'twas known, And amply too, the place of being wise, (plies, He sicken’d at all triumphs but his own :
Which Säture, kind, indulgent parent, gave For Colman many, but the peevish tongue To qualify the blockhead for a knare; Of prident Age found out that he was young: With that smooth falsehood, whose appearance For Murphy some few pilf'ring wits declard, charins, Whilst Folly clapp'd her hands, and Il'isdom and reason of each wholesome doubt disarms, star'd.
(womb, Which to the lowest depths of guile descends, To mischief train'd, e'en from his mother's By vilest means pursues the vilest ends, Grown ok in fraud,tho' yet in manhood's bloom, Wears friendship's mask for purposes of spite, Adopring arts, by which gay villains rise, Fawns in the day, and butchers in the night ; And reach the heights which honest men despise; With that malignant envy, which turns pale, Mute at the bar, and in the senatc loud, And sickens, even if a friend prevail, Dull’mongst the Jullest, proudest of the proud; Which merit and success pursues with hate, A pert, prim prater of the northern race, And danns the worth it cannot iinitate; Guilt in his heart, and fainine in his face, With the cold caution of a coward's spleen, Stood forth and thrice heward hislily hand. Which fears not guilt but always seeks a screen; And thrice he twirld his eye --- thrice strok'd his Which keeps this inaxiin ever in ber vierband
(aim. What's basely done, should be done safely too; " At Friendship’s call(thus oft with trait'raus With that dull, rooterl, callous impudence, Men void of faith 'usurp faith's sacred name) Which dead w shame, and ev'ry nicer sense, “ At Friendship's call I come, by Murphy sent, Veer blush'd, unless, in spreading lice's snares, Who thus by ine develops his intent.
She blunder'd on some virtue unawares; But lest, transfus'd, the spirit should be lost, With all these blessings, which we seldom find That spirit which in storins of Rhet'ric tost, Lavish'd by Nature on one happy mind, Bounces about, and flies like bottled bier, A volley figure, or the Fribble tribe, In his own words his own intentions bear. Which heart can scarceconceive, or pen describe, “ Thanks to my friends-But to vilc fortunes Caine siinp'ring on; to ascertain whose sex born,
Twelvesavage impaneli'dmatrons would perplex: No robes of fur these shoulders must adorn. Normale, nor female; neither, and vet boih; Vain your applause, no aid from thence I draw; Of neuter gender, tho' of Irish growth ; Vain all my wit, for what is wit in law? A six-foot suckling, mincing in its gait; Twice (curs'd remembrance!) twice I strove to Iffected, peevish, prim, and delicale ; gain
Fearful it seem'd, tho' of athletic inake, Admittance 'mongst the law-instructed train, Lest brutal breezes should too roughly shake Who, in the Temple and Gray's Inn, prepare Its tender form, and savage motion spread, For clients' wretched feet the legal snare : O'er its pale checks the horrid manly red. Dead to those arts, which polish and refine, Much did it talk, in its own pretty phrase, Deaf to all worth, because that worth was mine, Of genius and of taste, of play'rs and plays;
Much This severe character was intended for Mr. Fitzpatrick, a person who had rendered himself ré markable by his activity in the playhouse riots of 1703, relative to the taking half prices. He was the hero of Garrick's Fribbleriad.
Hluch 100 of writings, whieh itself had wrote, Antl, whilst brave thirst of fame his bosom warms Of special incrit, who of liule noie;
Make England great in leiters as in arms ? For Fuce, in a strange humor, had decreer There may—there hath ---and Shakspeare's Muse That what it wrote', none but itself should sead; aspires Much too it chatter'd of dramatic laws, Beyond the rcach of Greece: with native fires Mi-judging critics, and misplac'd applause ; Mounting aloft, he wings his daring Night, Then, with a self complacent jutting air, While Sophocles below stands trembling at his li smilil, it smirk'ah, it wriggled to the chair; height. And, with an awkwarii briskness upe its owii, Why shouid we then abroad for judges roam, looking around, and perking on the throne, When abler judges we may find at hoine? Triumphaut seem'l, when that strange savage Happy in tragic and in comic pow'rs, dame,
Ilave we noi Shakspeare? - Is not Jonson ours? Known but to few, or only known by name, For them, your nat'ral judges, Britons, vote; Plain Common Sense appear'd, by Nature there They'll julge like Britons, who like Britons Appointed, with plain cruth), to guard the chair. wrote.
(sway, The pageant saw, and blasted with her town, He said, and conquer'd — Sense resum'd her To its first state of nothing inelted down. And disappointed pedants stalk'd away.
Nor shall the aluse (tour even there the pride Shakspeare and Jonson, with deserv'd applause, Of this vain nothing shall be mortified) Joint judges were ordain'd to try the cause. Norshall the Muse(should tate ordainherrhyines, Mean time the stranger ev'ry voice employd, l'ond, pleasing thought ! 'to live in afier-lines) To ask or tell his naine Who is it? - Lloyd. With such a trifler's name her pages blot; Thus, when the aged friends of Jobstood mute, known be the character, the thing forgot ; And timely prudent, gave up the dispute, Letit, to disappoint each future aim,
Elihu, with the decent warmth of youth, Live without sex, and die without a name! Boldly stood forth the advocate of truth;
Cold-blooded critics, by enervate sires Confuted falsehood, and disabled pride, Scarce hamwer'd out, when nature's feeble fires Whilst bailed age stood snarling at his side, Glimmer'd their last; whose sluggish blood, half. The day of trial's fix'd, nor any fear froze, [glows Lest day of trial should be
When, from amidst the throng, il youth stood With deceni inodesty perform'd her part,
“But morethan just to other countries grown, As Mansfield wise, and as old Foster* just.
And look'd thro' nature at a single view; Spreads all abroad, as gen'ral as the day; A loose he gave to inis ambounded soul; Foe to restraint, from place to place she flies, And tauglit new lands to rise, new seas 10 roll; And may hereafter e'en in Holland rise. Call’d into being scenes unknown befora, May not (to give a pleasing fancy scope And, passing nature's bounds, was something And cheer a patriot heart with patriot hope) May not some great extensive Genius raise Next Jonson sat, in antient learning train'de The name of Britain 'bore Athenian praise ; His rigid judgement fancy's fights resirainas, Sir Michael Foster, one of the Judges of the King's Bench.