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AST by the banks of Cam was Colin bred :

(Ye Nymphs, for ever guard that sacred

stream ;) To Wimpole's woody shade his way he sped:

(Flourish those woods, the Muses endless theme.) As whilom Colin ancient books had read,

Lays Greek and Roman wou'd he oft rehearse, And much he lov'd, and much by heart he said,

What father Spenser sung in British verse. Who reads that bard, delires like him to write, Still fearful of success, still tempted by delight.

Soon as Aurora had unbarr'd the morn,

And light discover'd nature's chearful face ;
The founding clarion, and the sprightly horn

Call'd the blythe huntsman to the diftant chace, Eftsoons they issue forth a goodly band ; [air,

The deep-mouth'd hounds with thunder rend the The fiery courfers strike the rising fand :

Far thro' the thicket flies the frighted. deer

Harley the honour of the day supports ; His presence glads the wood; his orders guide the sports.

On a fair palfrey well equipe did fit

An Amazonian-dame; a scarlet vest
For active horsemanship adaptly fit

Inclos'd her dainty limbs; a plumed crest
Wav'd o'er her head ; obedient by her Gide

Her friends and servants rode; with artful hand Full well knew she the steed to turn and guide ;

The willing steed receiv'd her soft command: Courage and sweetness in her face were seated; On her all eyes were bent, and all good wishes waited

This seeing, Colin thus his Muse bespake.

For alltydes was the Muse to Colin nigh,
Ah me too nigh! or, Clio, I mistake ;

Or that bright form that pleaseth so mine eye
Is Jove's fair daughter Pallas, gracious queen

Of lib'ral arts ; with wonder and delight
In Homer's verse we read her; well I ween,

That em'lous of his Grecian master's flight, Dan Spenser makes the fav’rite goddess knowns When in her graceful look fair Britomart is shown.

At noon as Colin to the castle came,

Ope'd were the gates, and right prepar’d the feast.
Appears.at table rich yclad a dame,

The lord's delight, the wonder of the guest. With pearl and jewels was the sumptuous deckt,

As well became her dignity and place ;

But the beholders mought her gems neglect,

To fix their eyes on her more lovely face,
Serene with glory, and with softness bright :
O beauty sent from heav'n, to cheer the mortal fight!

Lib'ral Munificence behind her stood;

And decent state obey'd her high command ; And Charity diffuse of native good

At once portrayes her mind, and guides her hand, As to each guest fome fruits she deign'd to lift,

And filence with obliging parley broke : How gracious seem'd to each th' imparted gift ;

But how more gracious what the giver spoke ? Such ease, such freedom did her deed attend, That ev'ry guest rejoic'd, exalted to a friend.

Quoth Colin: Clio, if my feeble sense

Can well ditinguish yon illustrious dame;
Who nobly doth such gentle gifts dispense ; -

In Latian numbers Juno is her name, Great goddess, who with peace and plenty crown'dg.

To all that under sky breathe vital air Diffurech bliss, and through the world around

Pours wealthy ease, and scatters joyous cheer ;
Certes of her in semblant guise I read ;
Where Spenser decks his lays with Gloriana's deed.

As Colin mus'd at ev'ning near the wood;

A nymph undress’d, beseemeth, by him past,
Down to her feet her filken garment flow'd:

A ribbon bound and shap'd her fender waist :

A veil dependent from her comely head,

And beauteous plenty of ambrofal hair,
O'er her fair breast and lovely thoulders spread,

Behind fell loose, and wanton'd with the air. The smiling Zephyrs call'd their am'rous brothers; They kiss’d the waving lawn, and wafted it to others.

Daises and violets rose, where'er The trod,
As Flora kind her roots and buds had sorted :
And led by Hymen, wedlock's mystic god;

Ten thousand Loves around the nymph difported.
Quoth Colin ; now I ken the goddess bright,

Whom poets fing: All human hearts enthrall'd Obey her pow'r; her kindness the delight

Of gods and men; great Venus she is call’d, When Mantuan Virgil doth her charms rehearse; Belphebe is her name, in gentle Edmond's verse.

X. Heard this the Muse, and with a smile reply'd,

Which shew'd soft anger mixt with friendly love,
Twin Gisters still were ignorance and pride ;

Can we know right, ’ill error we remove?
But, Colin, well I wilt, will never learn :

Who flights his guide shall deviate from his way: Me to bave ask'd what thou cou'dlt not discern,

To thee pertain'd; to me the thing to say. What heav'nly will from human eye conceals. How can the bard aread, unless the muse reveals ?

Nor Pallas thou, nor Bricomart has seen;

When soon at morn the flying deer was chas'd :

Nor Jove's great wife, nor Spenser's fairy queen

At noontyde dealt the honours of the feait : Nor Venus, nor Belphebe didst thou spy,

The evening's glory, and the grove's delight. Henceforth, if ask'd, instructed right, reply,

That all the day to knowing mortals light Bright Ca'ndish-Holles. Harley stood confest, As various hour advis'd, in various habit dreft.


DISH-HOLLES HARLEY, in the Library of St. John's College, CAMBRIDGE, November 9th, Anno 1719.

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INCE Anna visted the muses-feat,

(Around her tomb let weeping angels wait)
Hail thou, the brightest of thy fex, and best,
Most gracious neighbour * and most welcome guest.
Not Harley's self to Cam and Isis dear,
In virtues and in arts great Oxford's heir,
Not He such present honours shall receive,
As to his Confort we aspire to give.

Writings of men our thought to-day neglects To pay due homage to the softer-fex: Plato and Tully we forbear to read, And their great foll'wers whom this house has bred, To study leffons from thy morals giv'n, And shining characters, imprels'd by Heaven.

• The seat of this noble family is at Wimploe in Cambridgefuire,

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