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Take aff take aff these bridal weeds,

XXIX. And crown my careful head with wil- Pale pale, indeed, O lovely lovely youth, low.

Forgive, forgive so foul a slaughter, And lie all night between my breasts,

No youth shall ever lie there after. XXVIII. Pale though thou art, yet best yet best

XXX. beloved,

Return, return, O mournful mournful O could my warmth to life restore

bride, thee !

Return and dry thy useless sorrow : Ye'd lie all night between my breasts, Thy lover heeds nought of thy sighs,

No youth lay ever there before thee. He lies a corpse on the Braes of Yarrow.



JOHN ARMSTRONG, the son of the Sick Soldiers. In 1751, he published parish minister of Castleton, in Roxo Benevolence; and in 1753, Taste, an burghshire, was born in 1709. He Epistle to a Young Critic. In 1758 studied for the medical profession, in appeared his Sketches, or Essays on Edinburgh University, and took his various subjects, by Lancelot Temple, M.D. degree in 1734. Having com- Esq., in which Wilkes is supposed to pleted his education, he started for have had a hand. They consist London, probably fired by the success chiefly of critical strictures upon tasteof his countrymen Thomson and less innovations in the language and Mallet, with whom he soon became manners, &c. In 1760, he was appointed on the most friendly terms. His physician to the Army in Germany ; but intimacy with them, and his introduc- at the conclusion of the Seven Years' tion into literary society, drew him aside War, in 1763, he returned to London on from his proper profession ; and his half-pay, and resumed his medical publication of the Economy of Love, a practice. About 1773, he quarrelled poem of a somewhat licentious tone, with Wilkes, and made the acquaintance destroyed his prospects as a physician. of Fuseli, the celebrated Swiss painter, He afterwards revised the poem, and whose genius he was one of the first to toned down its more objectionable appreciate. features.

While getting out of a carriage, in In 1744, he published The Art of which he returned from a visit in Preserving Health, in four books; and Lincolnshire, he met with an accident in 1746, he received the appointment of which brought on a fever, of which he physician to the Hospital for Lame and I died in September 1779. Though apparently unsuccessful in business, he And where the cynorhodon' with the rose was found to have left £3000 at his For fragrance vies : for in the thirsty soil death.

Most fragant breathe the aromatic tribes. In disposition Armstrong was irrit. There bid thy roofs high on the basking able, and fond of controversy-a bias

steep that brought him into several literary And let them see the winter morn arise,

Ascend, there light thy hospitable fires. squabbles ; yet he had many attached

The summer evening blushing in the west; friends, who appreciated his worth and

While with umbrageous oaks the ridge knew his bitterness to be rather splenetic behind than venomous.

O'erhung, defends you from the blusterAs a poet, he does not rank high, yet ing north, his Art of Preserving Health, at least in And bleak affliction of the peevish east. its subject, takes up unoccupied ground, Oh ! when the growling winds contend, and deals with it in as poetical and

and all pleasing a manner as is consistent with | The sounding forest fluctuates in the the theme. It is evidently suggested by

storm ; his friend Thomson's Seasons, and is To sink in warm repose, and hear the din arranged in four books, headed Air

, Above the luxury of vulgar sleep.

Howl o'er the steady battlements, delights Diet, Exercise, The Passions, from each The murmuring rivulet, and the hoarser of which we have selected favourable

strain specimens. But, though in Thomson's of waters rushing o'er the slippery rocks, manner, the treatment of the subject is Will nightly lull you to ambrosial rest. original, and is characterized by good To please the fancy is no trifling good, taste and judgment, in exhibiting only where health is studied; for whatever such aspects of it as are capable of being presented in poetical language. Rightly The mind with calm delight, promotes the deeming that it is the object of poetry just rather to excite interest in a subject And natural movements of the harmonious

frame. than to teach it in detail, the poet has avoided making his poem a medical Besides, the sportive brook for ever shakes

The trembling air, that floats from hill to manual.


From vale to mountain, with incessant THE ART OF PRESERVING

change HEALTH.

Of purest element, refreshing still (WHERE TO BUILD.]

Your airy seat, and uninfected gods.

Chiefly for this I praise the man who builds Meantime, the moist malignity to shun

High on the breezy ridge, whose lofty sides Of burthen'd skies ; mark where the dry The ethereal deep with endless billows champaign

chafes. Swells into cheerful hills; where mar- His purer mansion nor contagious years joram

Shall reach, nor deadly putrid airs annoy. And thyme, the love of bees, perfume the


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But may no fogs, from lake or fenny plain, And kindles into life the ponderous Involve my hill! And wheresoe'er you spheres. build ;

Cheered by thy kind invigorating warmth, Whether on sun-burnt Epsom, or the We court thy beams, great majesty of day! plains

If not the soul, the regent of this world, Washed by the silent Lee; in Chelsea low. First-born of heaven, and only less than Or high Blackheath with wintry winds God!

assailed, Dry be your house : but airy more than


What does not fade? The tower that long Else every breath of ruder wind will strike

had stood Your tender body through with rapid | The crush of thunder and the warring pains;

winds, Fierce coughs will teaze you, hoarseness Shook by the slow but sure destroyer bind your voice,

Time, Or moist gravedo load your aching brows. Now hangs in doubtful ruins o'er its base. These to defy, and all the fates that dwell | And Ainty pyramids, and walls of brass, In cloistered air tainted with steaming life, Descend: the Babylonian spires are sunk; Let lofty ceilings grace your ample rooms; Achaia, Rome, and Egypt moulder down. And still at azure noontide may your Time shakes the stable tyranny of thrones, dome

And tottering empires, crush by their own At every window drink the liquid sky.

weight. Need we the sunny situation here, This huge rotundity we tread grows old ; And theatres open to the south, commend? And all those worlds that roll around the Here, where the morning's misty breath infests

The sun himself shall die ; and ancient More than the torrid noon? how sickly Night grow,

Again involve the desolate abyss : How pale the plants in those ill-fated vales | Till the great FATHER through the lifeThat, circled round with the gigantic heap less gloom Of mountains, never felt, not ever hope Extend His arm to light another world, To feel, the genial vigour of the sun ! And bid new planets roll by other laws. While on the neighbouring hill the rose For through the regions of unbounded inflames

space, The verdant spring; in virgin beauty blows Whereunconfined Omnipotence has room, The tender lily, languishingly sweet ; BEING, in various systems, fluctuates still O'er every hedge the wanton woodbine Between creation and abhorred decay : roves,

It ever did, perhaps, and ever will. And autumn ripens in the summer's ray. New worlds are still emerging from the Nor less the warmer living tribes demand deep; The fostering sun: whose energy divine The old descending, in their turns to rise. Dwells not in mortal fire; whose generous heat

[THE CHASE.] Glows through the mass of grosser Toil, and be strong. By toil the flaccid




Grow firm, and gain a more compacted Not less delightful, the prolific stream tone;

Affords. The crystal rivulet, that o'er The greener juices are by toil subdued, A stony channel rolls its rapid maze, Mellowed, and subtilised ; the vapid old Swarms with the silver fry. Such, through Expelled, and all the rancour of the blood. the bounds Come, my companions, ye who feel the Of pastoral Stafford, runs the brawling charms

Trent ; Of Nature and the year; come, let us stray Such Eden, sprung from Cumbrian mounWhere chance or fancy leads our roving tains ; such walk :

The Esk, o'erhung with woods; and such Come, while the soft voluptuous breezes fan

the stream, The fleecy heavens, enwrap the limbs On whose Arcadian banks I first drew in balm,

air, And shed a charming languor o'er the soul. Liddel ; till now except in Doric lays Nor when bright Winter sows with prickly Tuned to her murmurs by her love-sick frost

swains, The vigorous ether, in unmanly warmth Unknown in song : though not a purer Indulge at home ; nor even when Eurus'

stream, blasts

Through meads more flowery, more roThis way and that convolve the labouring

mantic groves, woods.

Rolls toward the western main. Hail, My liberal walks, save when the skies in sacred flood ! rain

May still thy hospitable swains be bless'd Or fogs relent, no season should confine, In rural innocence ; thy mountains still Or to the cloistered gallery or arcade. Teem with the fleecy race; thy tuneful Go, climb the mountain; from the ethereal woods source

For ever flourish; and thy vales look gay Imbibe the recent gale. The cheerful morn With painted meadows, and the golden Beams o'er the hills ; go, mount the ex- grain ! ulting steed.

Oft, with thy blooming sons, when life was Already, see, the deep-mouthed beagles new, catch

Sportive and petulant, and charmed with The tainted mazes ; and, on eager sport toys, Intent with emulous impatience try In thy transparent eddies have I laved : Each doubtful trace. Or, if a nobler prey Oft traced with patient steps thy fairy Delight you more, go chase the desperate banks, deer;

With the well-imitated fly to hook And through its deepest solitudes awake The eager trout, and with the slender The vocal forest with the jovial horn.


And yielding rod solicit to the shore [ANGLING.]

The struggling panting prey ; while verBut if the breathless chase o'er hill and nal clouds dale

And tepid gales obscured the ruffled pool, Exceed your strength ; a sport of less And from the deeps called forth the fatigue,

wanton swarms.


Who plans the enchanted garden, who

directs Formed on the Samian' school, or those The vista best, and best conducts the of Ind,

stream; There are who think these pastimes scarce

Whose groves the fastest thicken and humane.

ascend ; Yet in my mind (and not relentless I)

Whom first the welcome spring salutes; His life is pure that wears no fouler stains,

who show's But if through genuine tenderness of heart, The earliest bloom, the sweetest, proudest Or secret want of relish for the game,

charms You shun the glories of the chase, nor care

Of Flora ; who best gives Pomona's juice, To haunt the peopled stream ; the garden To match the sprightly genius of chamyields

pagne. A soft amusement, a humane delight.

Thrice happy days ! in rural business past: To raise the insipid nature of the ground; Blest winter nights ! when as the genial fire Or tame its savage genius to the grace

Cheers the wide hall, his cordial family Of careless sweet rusticity, that seems With soft domestic arts the hours beguile, The amiable result of happy chance,

And pleasing talk that starts no timorous Is to create ; and gives a god-like joy,

fame, Which every year improves. Nor thou With witless wantonness to hunt it down: disdain

Or through the fairy-land of tale or song To check the lawless riot of the trees,

Delighted wander, in fictitious fates To plant the grove, or turn the barren Engaged, and all that strikes humanity : mould.

Till lost in fable, they the stealing hour O happy he! whom, when his years decline

Of timely rest forget. Sometimes, at eve (His fortune and his fame by worthy His neighbours lift the latch, and bless

unbid Attained, and equal to his moderate mind; | His festal roof; while, o'er the light repast, His life approved by all the wise and good, And sprightly cups, they mix in social joy; Even envied by the vain), the peaceful And, through the maze of conversation, groves

trace Of Epicurus, from this stormy world, Whate'er amuses or improves the mind. Receive to rest ; of all ungrateful cares Sometimes at eve (for I delight to taste Absolved, and sacred from the selfish | The native zest and flavour of the fruit, crowd.

Where sense grows wild and takes of no Happiest of men ! if the same soil invites

manure) A chosen few, companions of his youth, The decent, honest, cheerful husbandman Once fellow rakes perhaps, now rural Should drown his labours in my friendly friends ;

bowl ; With whom in easy commerce to pursue And at my table find himself at home. Nature's free charms, and vie for sylvan fame :

(THE POWER OF MUSIC.] A fair ambition ; void of strife or guile, There is a charm, a power, that sways the Or jealousy, or pain to be outdone.

breast; * Pythagorean.

Bids every passion revel or be still ;



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