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* (Goldsmith has been charged with here appropriating to himself, without acknowledgment, a line of Young
Soft as the dew from heaven descends,
His gentle accents fell:
And follows to the cell.
Far in a wilderness obscure
The lonely mansion lay,*
And strangers led astray.
No stores beneath its humble thatch
Requir'd a master's care;
Receiv'd the harmless pair.
And now, when busy crowds retire
To take their evening rest,
And cheer'd his pensive guest;
And spread his vegetable store,
And gayly press'd, and smil'd;
“Man wants but little, nor that little long:” but in the original copy the passage was given in the usual manner of quota. tions; and this has now been restored accordingly.]
["Far shelter'd in a glade obscure
The modest mansion lay."--First edit.]
To revels or to rest.? --- Ibid )
And, skill'd in legendary lore,
The ling’ring hours beguild.
Its tricks the kitten tries,
The crackling faggot flies.
But nothing could a charm impart
To soothe the stranger's woe; For grief was heavy at his heart,
And tears began to flow.*
His rising cares the Hermit spied,
With answ'ring care opprest: 6 And whence, unhappy youth,” he cried,
- The sorrows of thy breast?
* From better habitations spurn'd,
Reluctant dost thou rove?
Or unregarded love?
« Alas! the joys that fortune brings
Are trifling, and decay
(“But nothing inirihlul could assuage
The pensive stranger's woe;
And tears would often fow."-First odit. 1
And those who prize the trifling things,
More trifling still than they.
« And what is friendship but a name;
A charm that lulls to sleep;
But leaves the wretch to weep?
* And love is still an emptier sound,
The modern fair one's jest: On earth unseen, or only found
To warm the turtle's nest.
« For shame, fond youth, thy sorrows hush,
And spurn the sex," he said ; But while he spoke, a rising blush
His love-lorn guest betray'd.*
"Surpris'd he sees new beauties rise,
Swift mantling to the view;
As bright, as transient too.t
“The bashful look, the rising breast,t
Alternate spread alarms:
(“The bashful guest betray'd.”--First edit.} + (“He sees unnumber'd beauties rise,
Expanding to the view;
As bright, as transient 100."--Ibid.) : [" Her looks, her lips, her panting breast," &c.-Ibid.) VOT. JV.
The lovely stranger stands confest,
A maid in all her charms.
4 And, ah! forgive a stranger rude,
A wretch forlorn," she cried; 4 Whose feet unhallow'd thus intrude
Where Heaven and you reside.
“But let a maid thy pity share,
Whom love has taught to stray: Who seeks for rest, but finds despair
Companion of her way.*
“My father liv'd beside the Tyne,
A wealthy lord was he; And all his wealth was mark'd as mine;
He had but only me.
“ To win me from his tender arms,
Unnumber'd suitors came;
*** Forgive, and let thy pious care
À heart's distress allay:
Companion of the way,
"My father liv'd, of high degree,
Remote beside the Tyne; And as he had but only me,
Whate'er he had was inine.
" To win me from his tender arms,
Unnumber'd suitors cane:
My wealth perhaps their aim."-First edit.)