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Alone in Nature's wealth array'd,
He ask'd, and had the lovely Maid.

To Cattraeth’s vale in glittring row
Twice two hundred Warriors go;
Every Warrior's manly neck
Chains of regal honour deck,
Wreath'd in many a golden link:
From the golden cup they drink
Nectar, that the bees produce, 1
Or the grape's extatic juice.
Flush'd with mirth, and hope they burn:
But none from Cattraeth's vale return,
Save Aëron brave, and Conan strong,
(Bursting thro’ the bloody throng)
And I, the meanest of them all,
That live to weep, and sing their fall.

SONNET*

ON THE

DEATH OF MR. RICHARD WEST.

IN vain to me the smiling Mornings shine,

And reddning Phæbus lifts his golden fire:

The birds in vain their amorous descant join; Or chearful fields resume their green

attire: These ears, alas! for other notes repine,

A different object do these eyes require:

My lonely anguish melts no heart but mine; And in my breast the imperfect joys expire. Yet Morning smiles the busy race to chear,

And new-born pleasure brings to happier men; The fields to all their wonted tribute bear:

To warm their little loves the birds complain: I fruitless mourn to him, that cannot hear,

And weep the more, because I weep in vain.

* Now first published. See Memoirs, Sect. 8.

EPITAPH I.

ON

* MRS. CLARKE.

Lo! where this silent Marble weeps,
A Friend, a Wife, a Mother sleeps:
A Heart, within whose sacred cell
The peaceful Virtues lov’d to dwell.
Affection warm, and faith sincere,
And soft humanity were there.
In agony, in death resign’d,
She felt the Wound she left behind.
Her infant Image, here below,
Sits smiling on a Father's woe:

* This Lady, the Wife of Dr. Clarke, Physician at Epsom, died April 27, 1757; and is buried in the Church of Beckenham, Kent.

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Whom what awaits, while yet he strays
Along the lonely vale of days?
A Pang, to secret sorrow dear;
A Sigh; an unavailing Tear;
'Till Time shall ev'ry grief remove,
With Life, with Memory, and with Love

EPITAPH II.

ON

SIR WILLIAM WILLIAMS.

HERE, foremost in the dangerous paths of fame, Young Williams fought for England's fair renown; His mind each muse, each grace adorn’d his frame, Nor Envy dar'd to view him with a frown.

At Aix his voluntary sword he drew,
There first in blood his infant honor seal'd;
From fortune, pleasure, science, love he flew,
And scorn'd repose when Britain took the field.

This Epitaph (hitherto unpublished) was written at the request of Mr. Frederick Montagu, who intended to have inscribed it on a Monument at Bellisle, at the siege of which this accomplished youth was killed, 1761; but from some difficulty attending the erection of it, this design was not executed.

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