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ÀI ihis call of a sister in misfortune, who had been vigted with a rad fimilitude, of

ill: 112901 griefs with her own, Eloisa breaks out in a teligious transportga sast1:07 I come,

0,91 come! prepare your toseate Gowors; "? F Celestial palms, and ever-blooming Aow'rs; 29 Thither whete Jmmers may have rex I go ! .ca She then callsion Abelard, to pay het the laft Gada

; and to be present with her in the article of death,

02 See my lips trembles and my eyeballs roll

: And then a circumstance of personal fondo ness interveness

Suck my taft breath, and catch the flying foul !
But the instantly

anittantly corrects herfelf, and would have her Abelard attend

d her at thefe latt folemn moments, only as a

ents, only as a devout priest, and not as a fond lover. The image, in which

The represents him coming to administer
extreme unction, is striking and picturesque;

Ah, nomin sacred vestments mayst thou Stand,
The hallow'd taper * treiibling in thy Hard, SATS

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Teach me at once, and learn of me, to die ! She adds, that it will be some consolation to behold him once more, tho'even in the agonies of death,

Ah then! thy once-lov'd Eloisa see! ! It will be then no crime to gaze on me! Which last line I could never read without great emotion; it is at once fo pathetic, and so artfully points back to the whole train and nature of their misfortunes. The circumstances, the wishes may attend the death of Abelard, are poetically imagined, and are also agreeable to the notions of mystic devo

tion. The death of St. Jerome is finely paints. cd by DOMENICHINO, with such attendant particulars.

In trance ecstatic may thy pangs be drown'd †, C'Bright clouds descend, and angels watch thee round, bi From opening skies may streaming glories fine,

And saints embrace thee with a love like mine. cry

May one kind grave unite each hapless name, 3117m. And graft my love immortal on thy fame!

This wilh was fulfilled. The body of AbeJard, who died twenty years before Eloisa, was t. V. 340.


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fent to Eloisa; who interred it in the monastery of the Paraclete, and it was accompanied with a very extraordinary form of Abfolution, from the famous Peter de Clugny s

Ego Petrus Cluniacensis abbas, qui Petrum Abelardum in monachum Cluniacenfem recepi, & corpus ejus furtim delatum Heloillä Abbatisfæ, & monialibus Paracleti concesli, auctoritate omnipotentis Dei, & omnium sanctorum, absolvo éum, pro officio, ab omnibus peccatis suis *.??-- Eloisa herself, says +Vigneul Marville, sollicited for this abfolu. tion, and Peter de Clugny willingly granted it; on what it could be founded, I leave to our learned theologists to determine. In certain ages, opinions have prevailed, for which no solid reason can be given.” When Eloisa died in 1163, she was interred by the fide of her beloved husband: I must not forget to mention, for the sake of those who are fond cf modern miracles, that when she was put into the grave, Abelard stretched outhis arms to receive her, and closely embraced her.

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* Epift. Abæl. & Heloill. p. 238.

+ Melanges, T. i: p.55.



ON THE .370T 102971TITXUS ELOISA, at the conclusion of the evištie to which we aré Hot affilialis juditiously represented as gradually' fetitilng theo #tranks quility of mind, and seemingly reconciled to her fate. She can beat to speak of their being buried together, without violent emotions. Two lovers' are introduced as vifiting their celebrated tombs, and the behaviour of thefs strangers is finely imagined :: 12 flumils to

If ever chance two wand'ring lovers brings, To Paraclete's white walls and filver Springs of ** O'er the pale marble fhall they join their heads; in 6. And drink the falling tears each other, heds 31919b Then sadly say, with mutual pity mov’d,

gees, is to Oh! may we never love as these have tova!

turin ,719 ayon sa The poet adds, Nili farther, what impref:

HAPO fions a view of their sepulchre would make even on a spectator lefs interested than these two lovers, and how it could affe& his mind, even in the midst of the most solemn acts of

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From the full quire when loud Hosannas sisę *
And swell the pomp of dreadful facrifice, 2
Amid that scene, if some relenting eyes
Glance on the fone where our cold relics lie,
Devotion's felfvfall featua thought from heav'ng
One humän tear" fhall drop and be forgiven :

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the poem (hould have ended; for the eight
additional yerles *, concerning fome. , poet,
that haply might arise to sing their misfor,
tune, are languid and flat, and diminish the
pathos of the foregoing sentiments. They
might stand it should seem for the conclusion
of almost any story, were we not informed,
that they were added by the Poet in allusion
to his own case, and the state of his own
miad:. For I am well informed, that what
determined him in the choice of the subject
of this epinle, was the retreat of that lady in-
to a nunnery, whose death he had lately fo
pathetically lamented, in a foregoing Elegy,
and for whom he had conceived a violent
passion. She was first beloved by a noble:
man t, an intimate friend of Pope, and, on
fis deferting her, retired into France; when
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And image charms he must behold no more ;
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He bel can 24int 'em, who can feel'em mofte,
The duke of Buckingham--Sheffield.




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