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Thou marchest down o'er Delos' hills confest, With all thy arrows arm’d, in all thy glory drest. Like thee, the hero does his arms employ, The raging Python to destroy, And give the injur'd nations peace and joy.
From fairest years, and Time's more happy stores,
March them again in fair array, And bid them form the happy day, The happy day design'd to wait On William's fame, and Europe's fate. Let the happy day be crown'd With great event, and fair success; - No brighter in the year be found, But that which brings the victor home in peace
Again thy godhead we impore,
Such as have lucky omens shed
As the solemn hours advance, Mingled send into the dance Many fraught with all the treasures, Which thy eastern travel views; Many wing'd with all the pleasures, Man can ask, or Heav'n diffuse : That great Maria all those joys may know, Which, from her cares, upon her subjects flow.
For thy own glory sing our sov’reign's praise, God of verses and of days: Let all thy tuneful sons adorn Their lasting work with William's name; Let chosen Muses yet unborn Take great Maria for their future theme: Eternal structures let them raise, On William's and Maria's praise: Nor want new subject for the song, Nor fear they can exhaust the store, Till Nature's music lies unstrung, Till thou, great God, shalt lose thy double pow'r, And touch thy lyre, and shoot thy beams no more,
THE LADY'S LOOKING-GLASS.1
IN IMITATION OF A GREEK IDYLLIUM.
CELIA and I the other day
1 See Longinus's comparison of the Odyssey to the Setting Sun. Ed. Pearce, 8vo. p. 56.
“Whether Prior had the latter words in view, one cannot say; but it is difficult to conceive how the same image could be more accurately or forcibly transferred from one language to another. That lively and most agreeable writer was very fond of copying from the Grecian school, but always in such a manner as to show the master, where he even meant to imitate, of which this little poem is a beautiful instance: the learned will easily trace in the Looking-Glass of Prior the Poet and his Muse (as it may be inscribed) of Moschus. CAPRICE is the general subject of both poems, and many images of the latter are transplanted into the former.” Note to Eunomus, 1774, vol. iv. p. 108.
The lightning flies; the thunder roars;
LOVE AND FIRIENI) SHIP: A PASTORAL. I. Y. M.R.S. ELIZABETH SINGER."
AMARY I, I, I.S. WHILE from the skies the ruddy sun descends, And rising night the ev'ning shade extends; While pearly dews o'erspread the fruitful field, And closing flowers reviving odors yield; Let us, beneath these spreading trees, recite What from our hearts our Muses may indite. Nor need we, in this close retirement, fear, Lest any swain our am’rous secrets hear.
To ev'ry shepherd I would mine proclaim: Since fair Aminta is my softest theme: A stranger to the loose delights of love, My thoughts the nobler warmth of friendship prove: And, while its pure and sacred sire I sing, Chaste goddess of the groves, thy succour bring. AMARYLLIS.
Propitious God of Love, my breast inspire With all thy charms, with all thy pleasing fire: Propitious God of Love, thy succour bring; Whilst I thy darling, thy Alexis sing; Alexis, as the opening blossoms fair,
1. Afterwards the celebrated Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe. It is said Mr. Prior once made his addresses to this lady.