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AUTHOR OF THE BOTANIC GARDEN.
Two poets,* (poets, by report,
Not oft so well agree)
Conspire to honour Thee.
They best can judge a poet's worth
Who oft themselves have known The pangs
a poetic birth By labours of their own,
We, therefore, pleas'd, extol thy song,
Though various yet complete,
Rich in embellishment as strong,
And learn'd as it is sweet.
* Alluding to the poem by Mr. Hayley, which accompanied this.
No envy mingles with our praise,
Though could our hearts repine At any poet's happier lays,
They would, they must, at thine.
But we, in mutual bondage knit
Of friendship's closest tie, Can gaze on even Darwin's wit
With an unjaundiced eye;
And deem the Bard, whoe'er he be,
And howsoever known,
The Birds put off their iv'ry hue
The Peacock sends his heav'nly dyes,
His rainbows and his starry eyes;
The Pheasant, plumes, which round infold
All tribes beside of Indian name,
That glossy shine or vivid flame,
Shall drench again or discompose,' ...?
To the same patroness resort, : Hist... T Secure of favour at her court, 12/4.11 Strong Genius, from whose forge of thought Forms rise, to quick perfection wrought, Which, though new-born, with vigour move, Like Pallas springing arm’d from Jove_H11 Imagination scatt’ring round: 14117012 201) Wild roses over furrow'd ground, boucí Which Labour of his frown beguile, sa bra And teach Philosophy a smile is 328342 Wit flashing on Religion's side, -sn's 5Whose fires to sacred Truth applied, ? d?! The gem, though luminous before, visi Obtrude on human notice more, .. }: Like sun-beams on the golden height: bold Of some tall temple playing bright sa
Well-tutor'd Learning, from his books,
Not more harmonious or compact
Than that to which he keeps confin'd
The various treasures of his mind
All these to Montague's repair:11) "
She thus maintains divided sway. !!!