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THEODOSIUS AND CONSTANTIA,
BEFORE AND AFTER
HER TAKING THE VEI L.
TWO VOLUMES IN ONE.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
IN THREE PARTS.
GEORGE COLMAN, Esq.
With happier fancy, passions more refin'd;
And all the finer movements of the mind.-
Of those who exquisitely feel or know?
all the avenues of woe.,
Implore cold apathy to steel the heart?
And with those powers of genius would you part?
That weakness wrote in Petrarch's gentle strain! When once he own'd, at love's unfavouring shrine,
" A thousand pleasures were not worth one pain. The dreams of fancy soothe the pensive heart;
For fancy's urn can new delight dispense:
For genius brightens all the springs of sense.
Far, far above the groveling crowd to rise! -
Assert it's birthright and affect the skies.
O right divine, the pride of power to scorn;
On fortune's little vanity look down! With nobler gifts, to fairer honours born,
Than fear, or folly fancies in a crown! As far each boon that nature's hand bestows
The worthless glare of fortune's train exceeds, As yon fair orb, whose beam eternal glows,
Outshines the transient meteor that it feeds. To nature, COLMAN, let thy incense rise,
For, much indebted, much hast thou to pay; For taste refin'd, for wit correctly wise,
And keen discernment's soul-pervading ray. To catch the manners from the various face,
To paint the nice diversities of mind, The living lines of character to trace,
She gave thee powers, and she the task assign’d. Seize, seize the pen ! the sacred hour departs !
Nor, led by kindness, longer lend thine ear :