The lizard and the lazy lurking bat

Inhabit now, perhaps, the painted room Where the sage matron and her maidens sat,

Sweet singing at the silver-working loom. The traveller's bewilder'd on a waste;

And the rude winds incessant seem to roar, Where, in his groves with arching arbours graced,

Young lovers often sigh'd in days of yore. His aqueducts that led the limpid tide

To pure canals, a crystal cool supply! In the deep dust their barren beauties hide: [dry!

Time's thirst, unquenchable, has drain’d them Though his rich hours in revelry were spent

With Comus, and the laughter-loving crew; And the sweet brow of beauty, still unbent,

Brighten'd his fleecy moments as they flew : Fleet are the fleecy moments! fly they must;

Not to be stay’d by masque or midnight roar! Nor shall a pulse, among that mouldering dust,

Beat wanton at the smiles of beauty more! Can the deep statesman, skill'd in great design,

Protract but for a day precarious breath? Or the tuned follower of the sacred Nine

Sooth, with his melody, insatiate Death? No:-though the palace bar her golden gate,

Or monarchs plant ten thousand guards around; Unerring and unseen, the shaft of fate

Strikes the devoted victim to the ground ! What then avails Ambition's wide stretch'd wing,

The schoolman's page,or pride of beauty's bloom! The crape-clad hermit, and the rich-robed king,

Leveld, lie mix'd promiscuous in the tomb.


The Macedonian monarch, wise and good,

Bade, when the morning's rosy reign began, Courtiers should call, as round his couch they

stood, Philip! remember, thou’rt no more than man: • Though glory spread thy name from pole to pole;

Though thou art merciful and brave and just; Philip, reflect, thou’rt posting to the goal,

Where mortals mix in undistinguish'd dust! So Saladin, for arts and arms renown'd

(Egypt and Syria's wide domains subdued), Returning with imperial triumphs crown'd,

Sigh'd when the perishable pomp he view'd. And as he rode, high in his regal car,

In all the purple pride of conquest dress’d; Conspicuous o'er the trophies gain'd in war,

Placed, pendent on a spear, his burial vest: While thus the herald cried This

This Saladin, to whom the nations bow'd, May, in the space of one revolving hour,

Boast of no other spoil but yonder shroud! Search where Ambition raged, with rigour steeld;

Where Slaughter, like the rapid lightning, ran; And say, while Memory weeps the blood-stain'd

field, Where lies the chief, and where the common

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Vain then are pyramids, and motto'd stones,

And monumental trophies raised on high! ForTime confounds them with the crumbling bones

That, mix'd in hasty graves, unnoticed lie.

Rests not beneath the turf the peasant's head,

Soft as the lord's beneath the labour'd tomb? Or sleeps one colder, in his close clay bed,

Than the’otherin the wide vault's dreary womb? Hither let Luxury lead her loose-robed train;

Here flutter Pride, on purple-painted wings; And from the moral prospect learn,-how vain

The wish that sighs for sublunary things!


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When Chloe with a blush complied
To be the fond Nicander's bride,
His wild imagination ran
On raptures never known by man.
How high the tides of fancy swell,
Expression must despair to tell.
A painter call'dNicander cries,

Descending from the radiant skies,
Draw me a bright, a beauteous boy,
The herald of connubial joy!
Draw him with all peculiar care,
Make him beyond Adonis fair;
Give to his cheeks a roseate hue,
Let him have eyes of heavenly blue,
Lips softening in nectarious dew;
A lustre o'er his charms display,
More glorious than the beams of day.
Expect, sir, if you can succeed,
A premium for a prince indeed.'

His talents straight the painter tried,
And, ere the nuptial-knot was tied,

A picture in the noblest taste
Before the fond Nicander placed.

The lover thus arraign'd his skill;-
Your execution's monstrous ill!
A different form my fancy made;
You’re quite a bungler at the trade.
Where is the robe's luxuriant flow?
Where is the cheek's celestial glow ?
Where are the looks so fond and free?
'Tis not a Hymen, sir, for me!'

The painter bow'd-with this reply ;• My colours an't, your honour, dry; When time has mellow'd every tint, 'Twill please you-or the deuce is in't: I'll watch the happy change, and then Attend you with my piece again.'

In a few months the painter came
With a performance—(still the same:)

Take it away (the husband cry'd),
I have repeated cause to chide:
Sir, you should all excesses shun;
This is a picture overdone!
There's too much ardour in that eye,
The tincture on the cheeks too high!
The robes have a lascivious play,
The attitude's too loosely gay.
Friend, on the whole, this piece, for
Is too luxuriant_far too free.'

The painter thus—The faults you find
Are form’d in your capricious mind;
To passion a devoted slave,
The first directions, sir, you gave;
Possession has repell’d the flame,
Nor left a sentiment the same.


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My picture is design'd to prove
The changes of precarious love.

• On the next staircase raised on high,
Regard it with a curious eye;
As to the first steps you proceed,
'Tis an accomplish'd piece indeed!
But as you mount some paces higher,
Is there a grace that don't expire ??

So various is the human mind,
Such are the frailties of mankind,
What at a distance charm'd our eyes,
After attainment-droops--and dies.



Pallida mors æquo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas,
Regumque turres.


TENANTS of liberty on Britain's plain,

With flocks enrich'd, a vast unnumber'd store! 'Tis gone, the mighty George's golden reign;

Your Pan, your great defender is no more! The nymphs that in the sacred groves preside,

Where Albion's conquering oaks eternal spring, In the brown shades their secret sorrows hide,

And, silent, mourn the venerable king. Hark! how the winds, oft bounteous to his will,

That bore his conquering fleets to Gallia's shore, After a pause, pathetically still,

Burst in loud peals, and through the forests roar.

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