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No sympathies like these his soul employ,
Not so the love-lorn maid,
By too much tenderness betray'd:
Her gentle breast no angry passion fires,
But slighted vows possess, and fainting soft desires. She yet retains her wonted flame
All-but in reason, still the same→
Dim haggard looks, and clouded o'er with care,
Now sadly gay, of sorrows past she sings,
And plots his frolics quaint, and unsuspected wiles.
Laughter was there-but mark that groan,
Drawn from the inmost soul !
"Give the knife, demons, or the poison'd bowl, To finish miseries equal to your own."
Who is this wretch, with horror wild?
Thou, fair Religion, wast design'd,
The God, the Father of us all.
First shown by thee, thus glow'd the gracious scene, Till Superstition, fiend of woc,
Bade doubts to rise, and tears to flow,
And spread deep shades our view and heaven between.
With thunder arming his uplifted hands,
Hope, at the frown aghast, yet lingering, flies,
But ah! too thick they crowd, too close they throng,
Spare farther the descriptive song-
Protract not, curious ears, the mournful tale, But o'er the hapless group low drop Compassion's veil,
ODE TO MELANCHOLY.
BY DR. OGILVIE.
HAIL, queen of thought sublime! propitious power, Who o'er th' unbounded waste art joy'd to roam,
Led by the moon, when, at the midnight hour,
Whether to Hecla's cloud-wrapp'd brow convey'd,
Or seek some distant solitary shore?
Fix'd on some hanging rock's projected brow,
Hear'st thou low murmurs from the distant dome ? Or stray thy feet where pale dejected Woe
Pours her long wail from some lamented tomb ? Hark! yon deep echo strikes the trembling ear!
See, night's dun curtain wraps the darksome pole! O'er heaven's blue arch yon rolling worlds appear, And rouse to solemn thought th' aspiring soul.
O lead my steps, beneath the moon's dim ray,
Or bear me far to yon dark dismał plain,
Where fell-eyed tigers, all-athirst for blood, 'Howl to the desert; while the horrid train
Roams o'er the wild where once great Babel stood !
That queen of nations! whose superior call
Roused the broad East, and bid her arms destroy ! When warm'd to mirth, let judgment mark her fall, And deep reflection dash the lip of joy.
Short is ambition's gay deceitful dream;
Though wreaths of blooming laurel bind her brow, Calm thought dispels the visionary scheme,
And time's cold breath dissolves the withering bough.
Slow as some miner saps th' aspiring tower,
When working secret with destructive aim; Unseen, unheard, thus moves the stealing hour, But works the fall of empire, pomp, and name. Then let thy pencil mark the traits of man;
Full in the draught be keen-eyed Hope portray'd: Let fluttering Cupids crowd the growing plan:
Then give one touch and dash it deep with shade. Beneath the plume that flames with glancing rays, Be Care's deep engine on the soul impress'd; Beneath the helmet's keen refulgent blaze,
Let Grief sit pining in the canker'd breast. Let Love's gay sons, a smiling train, appear,
With beauty pierced-yet heedless of the dart: While closely couched, pale sickening Envy near Whets her fell sting, and points it at the heart. Perch'd like a raven on some blasted yew,
Let Guilt revolve the thought-distracting sin; Scared-while her eyes survey th' ethereal blue, Let Heaven's strong lightning burst the dark within.
Then paint, impending o'er the maddening deep,
That rock, where heart-struck Sappho, vainly brave, Stood firm of soul; then from the dizzy steep
Impetuous sprung, and dash'd the boiling wave.
Here, wrapp'd in studious thought, let Fancy-rove,
To see where Anguish nips the bloom of Love,
What are the ensigns of imperial sway?
What all that Fortune's liberal hand has brought? Teach they the voice to pour a sweeter lay? Or rouse the soul to more exalted thought ?
When bleeds the heart as Genius blooms unknown ? When melts the eye o'er Virtue's mournful bier ? Not Wealth, but Pity, swells the bursting groan,
Not Power, but whispering Nature, prompts the tear. Say, gentle mourner, in yon mouldy vault,
Where the worm fattens on some scepter'd brow, Beneath that roof with sculptured marble fraught,
Why sleeps unmoved the breathless dust below? Sleeps it more sweetly than the simple swain,
Beneath some mossy turf that rests his head ? Where the lone widow tells the night her pain,
And eve, with dewy tears, embalms the dead.
The lily, screen'd from every ruder gale,
Courts not the cultured spot where roses spring: But blows neglected in the peaceful vale,
And scents the zephyr's balmy breathing wing. The busts of grandeur, and the pomp of power,
Can these bid Sorrow's gushing tears subside? Can these avail in that tremendous hour,
When Death's cold hand congeals the purple tide ?