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Each lover with obfervant eye beholds
“ Scoop the cold streams with herbs and roots Her graceful shame, and at her glowing cheeks
content, Rekindles all his fires, but matrons fage,
" Mean sustenance; could I by this but gain Better experienc'd, and instructed well
“ For the dear fair, the prize her heart desires. In midnight myfteries, and fealt-rites old,
" Believe me, charming maid! I'd be a worm, Grasp the capacious bowl; nor cease to draw “ The meanes insect, and the lowest thing The fpumy nectar. Healths of gay import “ The world despises, to enchance thy fame.” Fly merrily about ; now Scanda) lly,
So cheer'd he his fair queen, and she was cheer'd. Infinuating, gilds the fpecions tale
Now with a noble confidence inspir'd, With treacherous praise, and with a double face Her looks a Ture success, now stripp'd of all Ambiguous wantonnels demurely (neers :
Her cumbrous vestments, beauty's vain disguise, Till circling brimmers every veil withdraw, She shines unclouded in her native charms. And dauntless impudence appears unmask'd. Her plaited hair behind her in a brede Others apart, in the cool shade retir'd,
Hung careless, with becoming grace each blush Silurian cyder quaff, by that great bard
Varied her cheeks, chan the gay rising dawn Enobled, who first caught my groveling muse More lovely, when the new-born light lalutes To mount aerial. O! could I but raise
The joyful earth, impurpling half the skies. My feeble voice to his exalted strains,
Her heaving brcait, through the thin covering Or te the height of this great argument,
view'd, The generous liquid in each line thould bound Fix'd each beholder's eye; her taper thighs, Spirituous, nor opprellive cork subdue
And lincaments exact, would mock the lill Its foaming rage; but, to the losty thenie
Of Phidias; nature alone can form Unequal, mufe, decline the pleasing talk.
Such due proportion. To compare with her, Thus they luxurious, on the grassy iwf, Oread, or Dryad, or of Delia's train, Reveld at large; while nought around was heard Fair virgin huntress, for the chase array'd, But mirth confus'd, and undistinguish'd joy, With painted quiver and unerring bow, And laughter far resounding; serious care Were but to leflen her superior mien, Found here no place, to Ganderetta's breast And goddess-like deport. The master's hand, Retiring; there with hopes and fears perplex'd Rare artisan! with proper shades improves Her fluctuating mind. Hence the soft ligh His lively colouring ; so here, to grace Licapes unheeded, fight of all her art;
Her brighter charms, next her upon the plain The trembling blushes on her lovely checks Fusca the brown appears, with greedy eye Alternate ebb and flow; from the full glass Views the rich prize, her tawny front erects She flies abftemious, shuns th' untasted fealt: Audacious, and with her legs unclean, But carcful Hobbinol, whose amorous cye Booted with grim, and with her freckled skin, From her's ne'er wander'd, haunting still the place Offends the crowd. She of the gypsy train Where his dear treasure lay, discover'd soon Had wander'd long, and the sun's scorching rays Her secret woe, and bore a lover's part.
Imbrown'd her visage grim; artful to view Compassion melts his soul, her glowing cheeks The spreading palin, and with vile cant deceive He kiss'd, enamour'd, and her panting heart The love-lick maid, who barters all her store He press’d to his; then with these foothing words, For airy visions and fallacious hope. Tenderly smiling, her faint hopes reviv'd. Gorgonius, if the current fame say true,
Courage, my fair ! the splendid prize is thine. Her comrade once, they many a merry prank Indulgent fortune will not damp our joys, Together play'd, and many a mile had strollid, "Nor blast the glories of this happy day.
For him fit mate. Next Tabitha the tall " Hear me, ye (wains! ye men of Kifisgate! hear: Strode o'er the plain, with huge gigantic pace, * Though great the honours by your hands con And overlook'd the crowd, known far and near ferr'd,
For matchless fpeed; the many a prize had won, * These royal ornaments, though great the force Pride of that neighbouring * mart, for mujiard * Of this puissant arm, as all must own,
fami'd, *** Who law this day the bold Gorgonius fall ; Sharp-biting grain, where amicably join * Yet were I more renown'd for feats of arms, The fifter floods, and with their liquid arms “* And knightly prowess, than that mighty Guy, Greeting embrace. Here Gamaliel lage,
So fam'd in antique fong, Warwick's great earl, of Cameronian brood, with ruling rod
Maintain'd a summer's day, and freed this realm in all the gainful discipline of prayer;
And mally spear, atreft the glorious deed; To close the twinkling eye, t' expand the palms * Nor less his hospitable foul is seen
T'expose the whites, and with the fightless ball " In that capacious cauldron, whose large freight To glare upon the crowd, to raise or link
Might feast a province; yet were I like him, The docile voice, now murmuring fifi and low " The nation's pride, like him I could forego With inward accent calm, and then again
All earthly grandeur, wander through the world
* Tewksbury in the vale of Evefbam, where the And rocky cave, with these my royal hands Avon runs into the Severn.
In foaming floods of rapturous eloquence, Excrting all her speed, step after step,
Tainting her ivory neck Long while had heid Deserted, che fam'd Leman lake supplies
The sharp contest, had not propitious Heaven, More plenteous draughts, of more divine import. With partial hands, to such transcendent charms Hail, happy youths ! on whom indulgent Heaven Dispens'd its favour's. For as o'er the green Each grace divine bestows; nor yet denies The careless gypsy, with incautions speed, Carnal beatitudes, sweet privilege
Push'd forward, and her rival fair had reach'd Of saints ele&! Royal prerogative!
With equal pace, and only not o'erpafs’d; Here in domestic cares employ'd, and bound Haply se treads, where late the merry train, To annual fervitude, frail Tabitha,
In waseful luxury, and wanton joy, Her pristine vigour lost, now mourns in vain Lavish had spile the crder's frothy flond, Her sharpen'd visage, and the sickly qualms And mead with custard mix'd. Surpris'd, appallid, That grieve her soul; a prey to love, while grace And in the treacherous puddle struggling long, Slept heedless by! Yet her undaunted mind She flipp'd, she fell, upon her back supine Still meditates the prize, and still she hopes, Ex'ended lay; the laughing multitude Veneath th' unwieldy load, her wonted spced. With noisy scorn approv'd her ju't disgrace. Others of meaner fame the stately muse
As the sleek leveret skims before the pack, Records got; on more lofty flights intent, So fies the nymph, and so the crowd pursue. She spurns the ground, and mounts her native skies. Borne on the wings of wind, the dear one flies,
Room for the master of the ring; ye fwains ! Swift as the various goddess, nor less bright Divide your crowded ranks. See! there on high ; In beauty's prime; when through the yielding air The glittering prize, on the tall standard borne, She darts along, and with refracted rays Waving in air ; before him march in files
Paints the gay clouds; celestial messenger, The rural minstrelly, the rattling drum
Charg'd with the high behe:is of Heaven's great Of folemn sound, and th' animacing horn,
queen! Each huntsman's joy; the tabor and the pipe, Her at the goal with open arms receiv'd Companion dear at feasts, whose cheerful notes Fond Hobbinol; with active leap he leiz'd Give life and motion to th' unwieldy clown. The costly prize, and laid it at her feet. Ev'n age revives, and the pale puking maid Then pausing stood, dumb with excess of joy, Feels ruddy health rekindling on her checks, Expreslive filence! for each tender glance And with new vigout trips it o'er the plain. Betray'd the raptures that his tongue conceal'd. Counting each careful step, he paces o'er
Less mute the crowd, in echoing fhouts, applaud Th'allotted ground, and fixes at the goal
Her speed, her beauty, his obsequious love. His standard, there himself majestic swells.
Up in a little eminence, whose top Stretch'd in a line, the panting rivals wait O'erlook'd the plain, a steep, but short afcent, Th' expected signal, with impatient eyes
Plac'd in a chair of state, with garlands crowa'd, Measure the space between, and in conceit And loaded with the fragrance of the spring, Already grasp the warm contested prize.
Fair Ganderetta shone; like mother Eve Now all at once rush forward to the goal,
In her gay syivan lodge, delicious bower! And ttep by step, and side by side, they ply Where nature's wanton hand, above the reach Their busy feet, and leave the crowd behind. Of rule, or art, had lavish'd all her store, Quick heaves cach breast, and quick they shoot | To deck the flowery roof; and at her lide. along,
(plain. Imperial Hobbinol, with front sublime, Through the divided air, and hound it o'er the Great as a Roman consal, just return'd To this, to that, capricious fortune deals
From cities sack'd, and 'rovinces laid waste, Short hopes, short fears, and momentary joy. In his paternal wicker fat, enthron’d. The breathless throng with open throats pursue, With eager eyes the crowd about them presu, And broken accents shout imperfect praise. Ambitious to behold the happy pair. Such noise confus'd is hearú, such wild uproar, Each voice, each inftrument, proelaims their joy When on the main the swelling furges rise, With loudest vehemence: fuch noise is hea:d, Dash o'er the rocks, and, hurrying through the Such a tumultuous din, when, at the call flood,
Of Britain's sovereign, the rustic bands Drive on each other's backs, and crowd the strand. O'erspread the fields; the subtle candidates Before the rest till Tabitha was seen,
Dfsembled homage pay, and court the foois Stretching amain, and whirling o'er the field; Whom they despise; each proud majestic clowe Swift as the shooting star that gilds the night looks big, and thours amain, mad with the taste With rapid transient blaze, she runs, she flies; of power supreme, frail empire of a day! Sudden she stops, nor longer can endure
That with the setting fun cxtind is loft. The painful course, but drooping finks away, Nor is thy grandeur, mighty Hobbino! And, like that falling meteor, there fhe lies Of longer dace. Short is, alas! the reign A jelly cold on earth. Fusca, with joy,
Of mortal pride; we play our parts a while, Beheld her wretched plighe ; o'er the pale corse And Arut upon the stage; the scene is chang'd, losulting bounds; hope gave her wings, and auw, And offers us a dungeon for a throne.
Wretched vicillitude! for, after all
“ And fortune's frowns have blasted all my charms; His rinsel dreams of empire and renown,
“ If here no roses grow, no lilies bloom, Fortune, capricious dame, withdraws at once “ Nor rear their heads on this neglected face; The goodly prospect, to his eyes presents
“ If through the world I range a Nighted hade, Her, whom his conscious foul abhorr'd, and fear'd. “ The ghost of what I was, forlorn, unknown; Lo! pushing through the crowd, a meagre form, “ At least know these. See ! this sweet fimpering With hasty itep, and visage incomposid!
“ babe, Wildly she ftar'd ; rage sparkled in her eyes, “ Dear image of thyself; see how it sprunts And poverty fat Shrinking on her cheeks. “ With joy at thy approach ! see, how it gilds Yet through the cloud that hung upon her brows, “ Its soft smooth face, with false paternal smiles! A faded lustre broke, that dimly shone
“ Native deceit, from thee, base man, deriv'd! Shorn of its beams, the ruins of a face,
“ Or view this other elf, in every art Impair'd by time, and shatter'd by misfortunes. “ of smiling fraud, in every treacherous leer, A froward babe hung at her flabby breast, “ The very Hobbinol! ah! cruel man! And ugg'd for life ; but wept, with hideous moan, “ Wicked, ingrate! and could't thou then lo His frustrate hopes, and unavailing pains. Another o'er her bending shoulder peep'd, “ So soon forget that pleasing faral night, Swaddled around with rays of various hue. “ When me, beneath the flowery thorn surpris'd He kens his comrade cwin with envious eye, Thy artful wiles betray'd ? was there a far, As of his share defrauded; then amain
By which thou didst not swear ? was there a He a fo screams, and to his brother's cries In doleful concert joins his loud laments.
“ A plague on earth, thou didst not then invoko O dire effect of lawless love! O sting
" On that devoted head ; if e'er thy heart of pleasure palt! As when a full-freight ship, “ Prov'd haggard to my love, if e'er thy hand Bleft in a rich return of pearls or gold,
“ Declin'd the nuptial bond ! but, oh! too well, Or fragrant spice, or Gilks of costly dye,
“ l'oo well, alas! my throbbing breast perceiv'd Makes to the wish'd-for port with swelling fails, “ The black impending storm; the conscious And all her gaudy trim display'd; o'erjay'd The master smiles; but if from fo. e small creek, “ Veil'd in a sable cloud her modeft face, A lurking corsair the rich quarry spies,
" And boding owls proclaim'd the dire event. With all her fails bears down upon her prey, “ And yet I love thee.-Oh! could't thou behold And pales of thunder from her hollow lides
" That image dwelling in my heart! but why, Check his triumphane course; aghaft he stands " Why waste I here these unavailing tears? Stiffen'd with fear, unable to resist,
“ On this thy minion, on this tawdry thing. And impotent to fly; all his fond hopes
“ On this gay victim, thus with garlands crown'd, Are dath'd at once! nought now, alas! remains " All all my vengeance fall: ye lightnings, blast But the sad choice of flavery or death!
“ That face accurs'd, the source of all my woe! So far'd it with the hapless Hobbinol,
“ Arm, arm, ye furies! arm; all hell break loose ! in the full blaze of his triumphane joy
" While thus I lead you to my just revenge, Surpris'd by her, whose dreadful face alone « And thus"-Up starts th' astonish'd Hobbinol Could take his stedfast foul In vain he turns, To save his better half. “ Fly, fly," he cries, And shifts his place averse; she haunts him ftill, " Fly, my dear life, the fiend's malicious rage. And glares upon him, with her haggard eyes, Borne on the wings of fear, away she bounds, That fiercely Ipoke her wrongs. Words swellid And in the neighbouring village pants forlorn. with fighs
So the cours'd hare to the close covert flies, At length burlt forth, and thus the storms enrag'd. Still trenibling, though secure. Poor Hobbinol " Know'lt thou not me? false man! not to More grievous ills attend: around him press “ know me
A multitude, with huge Herculian clubs, “ Argues thyself unknowing of thyself,
Terrific band! the royal mandate these 4 Puff'd up with pride, and bloated with success. Insulting show : arrested, and amaz'd, • Is injur': Mopsa then so soon forgot?
Half dead he sands; no friends dare interpose, * Thou knew'l me once, ah! woe is me! thou But bow dejected to th' imperial scroll: u didst.
Such is the force of law While conscious shame * But if laborious days and sleepless nights, Sits heavy on his brow, they view the wretch * If hunger, cold, contempt, and penury,
To Rhadamanth's august tribunal dragg'd. © Joseparable guests, have thus disguis'd
Good Rhadamanth! to every wanton clown " Thy once-belov'd, thy handmaid dear; if thine Severe, indulgent to himself alone.
" urget :
• Involac inque oculos et provolat, atque capaces
“ Expandens per inane sinus, caligine densa, The several acis of parliament in favour of Fal “ Horribilique supervolitans cælum obruit umbra.
“ Nec minor intereà oblittit : Sublimis ut illa, conry are an evident proof of that high esteem
“ Hæc humilis fic terga volans premit et latus aur ancestors had conceived for this noble diversion. Our neighbours, France, Germany, Italy, and all
“ Neve gradum referat tetro, et vestigia vertas, the rest of Europe, have seemed to vie with one another, who fhould pay the greatest honours to “ Seu caprea aut cervus sese tulit obvius illis, the courageous falcon. Princes and states were
“ Roftro atque ungue minax vetat, et cum com. her protectors; and nien of the greatest genius,
“ Alternat socias, artemque remuperat arte. and most accomplished in all sorts of literature, with pleasure carried the hawk on their fifts. But “ Nec mora, nec requies: furiis exterrita tantis the princes of Asia, Turks, Tartars, Persians, In " Donec in insidias cæcâ convalle locatas dians, &c. have greatly out-done us Europeans in “ Precipitet rabidis ferą mox laniands Molotlis." the splendor and maguificence of their field-pa I am very much obliged to those gentlemen who rades, both as huntsmen and falconers. For though have read with favour my poem upon bunting : the description of flying at the stag and other wild their goodness has encouraged me to make this beasts with eagles, may be thought a little in short supplement to the Chase, and in this poem to credible, yet permit me to assure the reader that give them some account of all the more polite cait is no fiction, but a real fad. All the ancient tertainments of the field. books of falconry give us an account of it, and the relations of travellers confirm it. But what I think puts it out of all dispute, is the description
THE ARGUMENT. the famous Monsieur de Thou has given us in Introduction, ver. 1. Description of Aying at the his Latin poem, “ De Re Accipitrariâ," lately re
stag with eagles, after the manner of the Asiatic printed at Venice in 1935, with an Italian transla
princes, 7. Description of hern-hawking, too. tion and notes.
Of flying at the river, 179. Partridge-hawking,
232. Daring the lark with an hobby just ment* Hoc ftudio Hæmonii circumsonat aula tyranni, tioned, 235. Shooting flying, 241. Setting, 245, * Tercentum illi equites, quoties venabula poscit, Angling, 261. Conclusion, 271. “ Tot pedites adsunt : longo nemus omne remugit “ Latrantum occursu, venatorumque repullis Once more, Great Prince, permit an humble bard " Vocibus; heic gemini, neque enim satis esse Prostrate to pay his homage at your feet; “ ferendo
Then, like the morning lark from the low ground " Unus tanto oneri poffit, cedente petauro Towering aloft, sublime to soar, and fing; “ Circum aquilam gestant, aliam totidem inde sing the heart-cheering pleasure of the fields, “ ministri
The choice delight of heroes and of kings. " Impositam fubeunt : quarum minor illa vulucri In carlier times, monarchs of eastern race “ Ore canum voces fingit, nemora avia complens In their full blaze of pride, as story tells, “ Terrore ingenti : latebris cum excita repente Train'd up th' imperial eagle, sacred bird: “Infelix fera prorumpit : ruit altera demum Hooded, with jingling bells, she perch'd on high ; " Sublimis compar magno stridore per auras; Not as when erf on golden wings the led
The Roman legions o'er the conquer'd globe, With hideous cries, then peals his forehead broad, Mankind her quarry; but a docile flave,
Or at her eyes his fatal malice aime. Tam'd to the lure, and careful to attend
The other, like the bolt of angry heaven, Her master's voice. Behold the man renown'd, Darts down at once, and fixes on his back Abbas the Great (whom all his fawning flaves Her griping talons, ploughing with her beak Deem'd king of kings; vain fools! They sure His pamper'd chine: the blood, and (weat distillid forgot
From many a dripping furrow, stains the foil. Greater Leonidas, and those fatal (traits (heaps Who pities not this fury-haunted wretch 80 Blood-ftain'd, where Naughter'd Perfians fell on Embarrafs'd thus, on every side distress’d? A dreadful carnage :) See his numerous hort Death will relieve him : for the gray-hounds fierce, Spread wide the plains, and in their front upborne Seizing their prey, foon drag him to the ground i Each on her perch, that bends beneath her weight, Groaning he falls; with eyes that swim in ttars 'Two lifter eagles, fately ponderous birds !
He looks on man, chief author of his woe, The air's a defert, and the feather'd race
And weeps, and dies. The grandees press around Fly to the neighbouring coverts dark retreats. To dip their sabres in his boiling blood; The royal pair on wing, this whirls around Unseemly joy! 'Tis barbarous to insult In circles wide, or like the swallow skims
A fallen woe. The dogs, and birds of prey The rufset plain, and mimics as the flies
Insatiate, on his reeking bowels feast,
90 (By many a fleepless night instructed well) But the stern falconer claims the lion's share. The hound's loud openings, or the spaniel's quest. Such are the sports of kings, and better far What cannot wakeful induftry subdue ! 30 Than royal robbery, and the bloody jaws Mean while that mountson high, and seems to view Of all devouring war. Each animal, A black ascending cloud; when pierc'd the gloom By natural inftin& caught, spares his own kind : Of vapours Jank condens'd, the sun's bright beams Buc man, the tyrant man, revels at large, Pain got her sight: she with expanded fails Free-booter unreftrain'd, destroys at will Works through th' etherial fluid; then perhaps The whole crcation, men and beasts his prey, Sees through a break of clouds this self-pois'd These for his pleasure, for his glory thole, ort
Next will I fing the valiant falcon's fame
Conceit, already plumes the dying bird.
Piercing th' opponent clouds : the falcon swift Pois'd on extended wings, with sharper ken Follows at speed, mounts as he mounts, for hope Attentive marks whate'er is done below.
Gives vigour to her wings. Another foon Thus some wise general from a sisiny ground Strains after to support the bold attack, Observe th' embattled foe, where serried ranks Perhaps a third: As in some winding creek, Forbid access, or where their order loose
On proud Iberia's shore, the corfairs lly Invices th' attack, and pointe the way to fate. Lurk waiting to surprise a British fail, Ail now is tumult, each heart swells with jny, Full freighted from Hetruria's friendly ports, 'l he falconers flout, and the wide concave rings, Or rich Byzantium; after he r:ney Icud, Tremble the forests round, the joyeus cries 60 Dashing the spumy waves with equal oars, Float through the vales; and rocks, and woods, And spreading all their throuss; the makes the and hills
main Return the varied sounds. Forth barfts the fag, Inviting every gale, nor yet forgets Nor trusts the mazes of his deep receis :
To clear her dick, and tell th' insulting foe, Fear hid him close, frange inconlftent guide! in peals of thunder, Britons cannot fear. Now hurries him aghaft, with bufy feet
So flies the hern pursu'd, but fighting flies. Far o'er the spacious plain; he pants to reach Warm grows the conflia, every nerve's employ'd; The mountain's brew, or with unsteady step Now through the yielding element they foar 13a To climb the craggy clill: the gray hounds ftrain Alpiring high, then link at once, and rove Behind to pinch his haunch, who scarce evades In trachiels mazes through the troubled sky, Their garing jaws. One engle wheeling flies ro No reft, no peace. The falcon hovering ilies In airy labyrin'he, or with easier wirg
Bulanc'd in air, and confidently bold Skines by his Gide, and dun, his patient car
Hugo'er lim like a cloud, then aims her blow