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Thus arm'd she 'ad long secur'd her honour
At length a troop of horse came down,
They saw and lik’d: the siege begun :
So have I seen the Tory race
At first to Hanover a plum
Admires the fair, enjoys the sprightly ball, Was sent:—They said-A trivial sum,
Deigns to be pleas'd, and therefore pleases all. But if he went one tittle further,
Hence, though unable now this style to hit,
THE AMERICAN COACHMAN.
Crown'd be the man with lasting praise,
Who first contriv'd the pin These soon, and many more are sent ;
From vicious steeds to loose a chaise,
And save the necks within.
See how they prance, and bound, and skip,
And all control disdain;
Defy the terrours of the whip,
And rend the silken rein;
Awhile we try if art or strength
Are able to prevail; No more of continental measures,
But hopeless, when we find at length No more of wasting British treasures;
That all our efforts fail. Ten millions and a vote of credit.'T is right-he can't be wrong who did it:
With ready foot the spring we press, They 're fairly sous'd o'er head and ears,
Out flies the magic plug, And curd of all their rustic fears.
Then, disengag'd from all distress,
We sit quite safe and snug.
Run off full speed together;
But having no plan ascertain'd, PASSAGE IN OSSIAN VERSIFIED. They run they know not whither.
The deeds of ancient days shall be iny theme; Boys, who love mischief and a course,
Enjoying this disaster,
But mean to drive them faster. See'st thou that rock, from whose heath-cover'd crown,
Each claiming now his native right,
Scoros to obey his brother;
ON SEEING THE
With bellies full of liberty,
But void of oats and hay;
And run no more away.
Let all who view th' instructive scene,
And patronize the plan,
Give thanks to Glo'ster's honest dean,
For, Tucker',--thou 'rt the man.
1 Early in the unfortunate contest between the Affects a proud seclusion from mankind;
mother country and her American colonies, the And greatness, to all social converse dead,
rev. Dr. Tucker, dean of Gloucester, published a Esteems it dignity to be ill-bred :
pamphlet, entitled, An Address and Appeal to the See! Chesterfield alone resists the tide,
landed Interest; in which he proposed and recomAbove all party, and above all pride,
mended to the nation a total separation from the Vouchsafes each night these brilliant scenes to grace, colonies, the rejection of them from being fellow Augments and shares th' amusements of the place; members, and joint partakers in the privileges and
MY LORI), I beg leave to present to your lordship the following ode; for at whose shrine can it be offered The following ode was found in the cabinet of a with more propriety than at your lordship’s, whose best judges, to be the most perfect composition of
late celebrated writer; and is esteemed, by the taste for poetry, as well as for every other part of the kind that is any where to be met with amongst polite literature, is so justly and so universally the productions of the numerous lyric poets of moacknowledged? Your lordship has yourself made
That learned and judicious critic, Dr. Joseph no inconsiderable figure in the lyric; but I will Trap, in his Prælectiones Poeticæ, thus describes not so much flatter you, even in a dedication, as the most excellent composers of lyric poems or to affirm, that you have perfectly succeeded. Iodes : Conceptus omnium ardentissiini; a vulallow, that the very few pieces with which you | videntur; transitiones affectant, quæ nulla arte
garibus cogitatis remotissimi; methodum fugere have favoured the public, are as elegant and beau- fieri videntur, nihilo licet plus artis insit. Sententiful as any in our language : I own, that in every tiarum nexus et copulas negligere amant ; modo one of them there are just conception, lively ima. abrupto et improviso poema incipiunt, et finiunt; gination, correct expression, and clear comection; et furore quodam usitatis legibus et regulis supebut I know your lordship’s goodness will pardon mulis venia vel obtenta prius, aut petita. Which,
riore, ab hoc ad illud devolant, nulla loquendi for. me, when I presume to assert, that all these ex for the benefit of ladies and gentlemen, I thus cellences are utterly repugnant to tlie noble translate : “ Their conceptions are the most daring frenzy and sublime obscurity of the ode; both and most reinote from all vulgar ideas, or common which are sufficiently visible in this, which I have affect transitions, which appear to be void of all
sense; they seem to fly from all method; they here the honour to lay before your lordship, and art, though in them there is a great deal ; they which I take to be a model of perfection: my ob are fond of neglecting all connections; they begin
and end their poem in a manner abrupt, sudden,
and unexpected; and, with a madness superior to advantages of the British empire, because they re all the laws and rules of writing, dash about from fuse to submit to the authority and jurisdiction of one thing to another, without obtaining pardon, or the British legislature; offering at the same time even condescending to ask it.” These rules have to enter into alliance of friendship and treaties of been observed with great diligence, and some succommerce with them, as with any other sovereign cess, by most of the writers of modern odes; but independent state. Not any one of those who are have never been adhered to with that happy exrecorded in the history of this country in the re actness, as in the piece which is now before us. It nowned list of her abiest statesmen, had he lived begins in a manner the most abrupt and unexat this time, could have foreseen with more saga- pected, and ends as abruptly as it begins. It opens city what was likely to happen from that sad busi- with a most sublime speech of a giant, supposed to ness, or with greater wisdom provided a remedy to have run mad from some disappointment in ambiprevent it, than what the dean's propositions con tion or love; and this, in conformity to the stricttained. But, alas! they were not attended to by est laws of criticism, and the example of our most those who only at that time could endeavour to admired writers of odes, is so artificially contrived, carry them into execution ; and, after a long strug that the reader, however sagacious he may be, gle, in which much blood was spilt, enormous trea cannot possibly discorer, before he arrives at the sures wasted, and two British armies compelled to end of the second stanza, whether it is the speech go into captivity, the parent state suffered the dis of the giant or the poet, or any speech at all. grace of being compelled to surrender that, of The transition from the giant's speech, to that which the dean of Gloucester long before, with the beautiful description of the morning, is truly Pinsoundest policy, advised her to make a free-willdaric; the sudden apostrophe to the Sun is peroffering. This pamphlet was the foundation of the fectly sublime; and that to the Moon no less tenpreceding short poem, written about a year after der and pathetic : the descriptions of the four seait, in which the author, with that conciseness as to sons are wonderfully picturesque, and are not, as the matter, and humour in the manner, so peculiar usual, copies drawn from the scenery of Italian to himself, recommends and supports the dean's groves, and the plains of Arcadia, but true origi, plan. E.
nals, taken on the spot in old England, and formed
of ideas entirely new. And the address to Liberty, | Parent of life! refulgent lamp of day! which concludes this admirable ode, is far superior Without whose genial animating ray to any thing of that kind with which we are so fre- Men, beasts, the teeming earth, and rolling seas, quently entertained by our most admired poets; Courts, camps, and mighty cities, in a trice as it is more expressive of the true sense and spirit Must share one common fate, intensely freeze, of an Englishman.
And all become one solid mass of ice; Just and lively pictures are the very essence of Ambition would be froze, and Faction numb, an ode, as well as of an auction-room, whether Speeches congeald, and orators be dumb. there are any proper places to hang them in or not; and such there are in the narrow compass of Say, what new worlds and systems you survey! this little piece, of every thing that is great and In circling round your planetary way; beautiful in nature; of the morning rising from the What beings Saturn's orb inhabit, tell, ocean; of the Sun, the Moon, and the planetary Where cold in everlasting triumph reigns; system ; of a giant and a hermit; of woods, rocks, Or what their frames, who unconsum'd can dwell and mountains, and the seasons of the revolving In Mercury's red-hot and molten plains; year: and in all these, the images are so entirely Say! for most ardently I wish to know, new, the transitions so sudden and unexpected, so What bodies can endure eternal fire or snow ! void of all apparent art, yet not without much of that which is quite invisible; the thoughts are so And thou, sweet Moon! canst tell a softer tale; sublime, so distant from all vulgar ideas or com To thee the maid, thy likeness, fair and pale, mon sense, that the judicious reader will scarcely in pensive contemplation oft applies, find in it a single deviation from the severest laws When parted from her lov'd and loving swain, of just criticism; and if he can peruse this incom- And looks on you with tear-besprinkled eyes, parable work without an enthusiastic admiration, And sighs and looks, and looks and sighs again; he ought to conclude, that whatever delight heSay, for thou know'st what constant hearts endure; may receive from poetry of other kinds, he is one And by thy frequent changes teach the cure. of those unfortunate geniuses who have no taste for that most sublime species of it, the ode.
Thy gentle beams the lonely hermit sees
Where undisturb'd perpetual silence reigns,
Unless the owl is heard, or distant bell,
Or the wind whistling o'er the furzy plains. I'll combat Nature, interrupt her course,
How bless'd to dwell in this sequester'd spot: And baffle all her stated laws by force;
Forgetting parliaments; by them forgot! Tear from its bed the deeply-rooted pine,
And hurl it up the craggy mountain's side; Now lovely Spring her velvet mantle spreads, Divert the tempest from its destin'd line,
And paints with green and gold the flow'ry meads; And stem the torrent of th' impetuous tide; Fruit-trees in vast white periwigs are seen, Teach the dull ox to dance, the ass to play,
Resembling much some antiquated beau, And even obstinate Americans t'obey.
Which north-east winds, that blow so long and keen,
Powder full oft with gentle flakes of snow; “ Like some dread Herald, tigers I'll compel Soft nightingales their tuneful vigils hold, In the same field with stags in peace to dwell : And sweetly sing and shake-and shake with cold. The rampant lion now erect sball stand,
Now couchant at my feet shall lie depress'd; Summer succeeds; in ev’nings soft and warm And if he dares but question my command, Thrice-happy lovers saunter arm in arm;
With one strong blow I'll halve him to a crest." | The gay and fair now quit the dusty town,
O'er turnpike-roads incessant chaises sweep, Reverberates from all the echoing rocks around. And, whirling, bear their lovely ladings down,
To brace their nerves beneath the briny deep; Now Morning, rob'd in saffron-colour'd gown, There with success each swain his nymph assails, Her head with pink and pea-green ribbands As birds, they say, are caught-can we but salt dress'd,
Then Autumn, more serene, if not so bright,
Regales at once our palate and our sight;
With joy the ruddy orchards we behold,
Which the glad farmer counts as ready coin:
But disappointment oft his hopes attendsEnamour'd with her newly-dawning charms, In tythes and mildews the rich prospect ends.
Old Ocean views her with desiring eyes, And longs once more to clasp her in his arms, Last, Winter comes; decrepid, old, and dull; Repenting he had suffer'd her to rise ;
Yet has his comforts too--bis barns are full;
The social converse, circulating glass,
And cheerful fire, are his: to him belong
The serious game at whist, and merry song;
Nor wants he beauties-see the sun-beams glow Religious, moral, generous, and humane
Fond of, and overbearing in dispute,
A Christian, and a scholar-but a brute.
Which o'er Hispania's or Italia's plains
ON A LATE EXECRADLE Successive heat and cold, and drought and rains; Her's scorning, like her sons, to be control'd, ATTEMPT ON HIS MAJESTY'S LIFE, Breathe heat in winter oft, and oft in summer cold.
IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL.
No fears of dark futurity molest.