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Ah no! the mighty names are heard no more:
Pride's thought sublime, and Beauty's kindling bloom, Serve but to sport one flying moinent o’er,
And swell, with poinpous verse, the scutcheon'd tomb. For me-may Passion ne'er my soul invade,
Nor be the whims of towering Frenzy given ; Let Wealth ne'er court me from the peaceful shade,
Where Contemplation wings the soul to Heaven ! O guard me safe from Joy's enticing snare!
With each extreme that Pleasure tries to hide, The poison'd breath of slow-consuming Care,
The noise of Folly, and the dreams of Pride. But oft, when midnight's sadly solemn knell
Sounds long and distant from the sky-topp'd tower, Calin let me sit in Prosper's lonely cell,*
Or walk with Milton through the dark obscure. Thus, when the transient dream of life is fled,
May some sad friend recall the former years, Then stretch'd in silence o'er my dusty bed,
Pour the warm gush of sympathetic tears !
BY MR. CAWTHORN,
WELL—though our passions riot, fret, and rave, Wild and capricious as the wind and wave,
* See Shakspeare's Tempest.
One common folly, say whate'er we can,
native of the Thames and Tweed.
it is that dares to claim
Eat as she eats, no matter which or what,
Time was, a wealthy Englishman would join
almost the area of his hall : But now, as art improves and air refines, The demon Taste attends him when he dines : Serves on his board an elegant regale, Where three stew'd mushrooms flank a larded quail ; Where infant turkeys, half a month resign'd To the soft breathings of a southern wind, And, smother'd in a rich ragout of snails, Outstink a lenten supper at Versailles. Is there a saint that would not laugh to see The good man piddling with his fricasee? Forced by the luxury of Taste to drain A flask of poison, which he calls champagne ! While he, poor idiot, though he dare not speak, Pines all the while for porter, and ox-cheek.
Sure 'tis enough to starve for pomp and show,
Is there a floweret whose vermilion hue
Hence all our stucco'd walls, Mosaic floors, Palladian windows, and Venetian doors; Our Gothic fronts, whose Attic wings unfold Fluted pilasters tipp'd with leaves of gold ; Our massy ceilings, graced with gay festoons, The weeping marbles of our damp saloons, Lawns fringed with citrons, amaranthine bowers, Expiring myrtles, and unopening flowers. Hence the good Scotsman bids th' anana blow. In rocks of crystal, or in Alps of snow; On Orcus' steep extends his wide arcade, And kills his scanty sunshine in a shade.
One might expect a sanctity of style August and manly in an holy pile, And think an architect extremely odd To build a play-house for the church of God; Yet half our churches, such the mode that reigns, Are Roman theatres, or Grecian fanes ; Where broad arch'd windows to the eye convey The keen diffusion of too strong a day; Where, in the luxury of wanton pride, Corinthian columns languish side by side, Closed by an altar exquisitely fine, Loose and lascivious as a Cyprian shrine.
Of late, 'tis true, quite sick of Rome and Greece, We fetch our models from the wise Chinese : European artists are too cool and chaste, For Mandarin only is the inan of taste ; Whose bolder genius, fondly wild to see His grove a forest, and his pond a sean Breaks out-and, whimsically great, designs Without the shackles or of rules or lines. Form'd on his plans, our farins and seats begin To match the boasted villas of Pekin. On every hill a spire-crown'd temple swells, Hung round with serpents, and a fringe of bells: Junks and balloons along our waters sail, With each a gilded cock-boat at its tail ; Our choice exotics to the breeze exhale Within th’ enclosure of a zig-zag rail; In Tartar huts our cows and horses lie, Our hogs are fatted in an Indian stye; On every shelf a Joss divinely stares, Nymphs laid on chintzes sprawl upon our chairs; While o’er our cabinets Confucius nods, Midst porcelain elephants, and China gods.
Peace to all such—but you whose chaster fires True greatness kindles, and true sense inspires, Or ere you lay a stone, or plant a shade, Bend the proud arch, or roll the broad cascade, Ere all your wealth in mean profusion waste, Examine nature with the eye of Taste ; Mark where she spreads the lawn, or pours the rill, Falls in the vale, or breaks upon the hill, Plan as she plans, and where her genius calls, There sink your grottos, and there raise your walls.