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Sweet is Cytherea's breath,

But fresher far is Flora's wreath.

Thy voice, like the harp of Arion, may please,
But give us the murmuring hum of the bees.
By Pan, thou art a sylvan fairy,
As light, as elegant, as airy;
With thy tresses loosely flowing,
And thy well-turned ankles showing.
Now we place a leafy vest

O'er thy "gently-budding" breast;
While virgins bring their coronets
Of pearls, and blue-vein'd violets,
Showering flowers as is most meet,
Before thy neatly-sandall'd feet;
And fragrance-breathing zephyrs bless
Thy cheeks with lasting loveliness.

"Tis night!

And SHAKSPEARE, near this river, gazed upon

The lovely moon, that now as softly smiles

Upon the stream, as if Endymion

Was bathing there;-Shakspeare, the kindest, best

Of casuists, who knew humanity,

Nor deem'd the gravest the elect of Heaven !—
See, there's "high-graced" Oberon,

Prince of fairy land,

A moving throne he sits upon,

The sceptre's in his hand.

All-glorious his attire,

With jewels powder'd o'er;
Each with his silver lyre,
The minstrels go before:-
As dazzling in their cars,
As numerous, as stars
That in Cumana's clime

Fall by thousands at a time;
With their winglets as profuse
As the humming-bird's of hues;
The light-encircled queen
Now trips along the green;
As beauteous as the rose,
Which lilies white inclose.


THOUGH I might visit scenes which show

The littleness of pride;

Mountains whose heights, o'ertopped with snow,

Man's venturous foot deride;

Though on the master-works of art

Intensely I might gaze,

"Till words do but express

The fulness of amaze;

in part

Or as o'er ashes of the mighty dead,

With mixed belief and doubtfulness, I tread,Still, England, still my mind will dwell

On thee, and those I love as well!


SLEEP, my sweet child, within thy mother's arms,
And Heaven protect thy future years from harms!
From throng of passions that assail the best :
From friendship violated; love unblest ;
From fashion's honours purchased at the price
Of health, vain honours, oft allied to vice.

Sleep on, sweet Julia, at thy mother's breast;
Thy proper nurse is watching o'er thy rest:
She gazes on thee with an anxious eye,
And meditates thy future destiny.

On earthly things have angels ever smiled?

On one-the mother bending o'er her child.

Rich is the flower's perfume, sweet girl, to thee; Richer in fragrance shall the musk-rose be, When the young world may open to thy view,

And nature's charms, too soon forgot, are new.

Long be thy mother's fair attractions thine;
To talent, sense-to beauty, virtue join ;
To unaffected sprightliness add ease ;-
Coquettes may smile, but these will ever please.

Great Spirit of the universe, protect

This child, and may she ne'er thy works neglect ;
But trace in lowliest weeds thy hand divine,
As true, as in yon glorious orbs that shine.

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