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great applause which the new Pope meets with.-One of his Bon mots

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LETTER 29. To his FATHER.-Total want of amusement at Florence, occasioned by the late Emperor's funeral not being public. A procession to avert the ill effects of a late inundation.Intention of going to Venice.-An invasion from the Neapolitans apprehended.—The inhabitants of Tuscany dissatisfied with the government

p. 267 LETTER 30. To Mr. WEST.-The time of his departure from Florence determined.—Alteration in his temper and spirits.—Difference between an Italian Fair and an English one.-A farewell to Florence and its prospects in Latin Hexameters.—Imitation, in the same language, of an Italian Sonnet

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Account of Mr. Gray's return home, and of his second visit to the Grand Chartreuse, where he wrote an Alcaic Ode, which concludes the Section

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SECTION III.

Prefatory narrative.—Mr. Gray's father dies, and the year after he returns to Cambridge, and takes a degree in Civil Law; during that interval he corresponds with Mr. West

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LETTER 1. From Mr. WEST.-His spirits not as yet improved by country air. Has begun to read Tacitus, but does not relish him

p. 280 LETTER 2. To Mr. WEST.-Earnest hopes for his friend's better health, as the warm weather comes on.-Defence of Tacitus, and his character.-Of the new Dunciad.-Sends him a speech from the first scene of his Agrippina

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The Plan, Dramatis Personæ, and all the speeches which Mr.
Gray wrote of that Tragedy inserted

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LETTER 3. From Mr. WEST.-Criticism on his friend's tragic

style.-Latin Hexameters on his own cough

LETTER 4. To Mr. WEST.-Thanks for his verses.

p. 298 -On Joseph

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Andrews.-Defence of old words in Tragedy. p. 300 LETTER 5. From Mr. WEST.-Answer to the former, on the sub

ject of antiquated expressions

p. 305 LETTER 6. To Mr. WEST.-Has laid aside his Tragedy.—Difficulty of translating Tacitus

p. 309 LETTER 7. From Mr. WEST.-With an English Ode on the approach of May LETTER 8.

p. 311 To Mr. WEST.-Criticises his Ode.-Of his own classical studies p. 313 LETTER 9. From Mr. WEST.-Answer to the foregoing p. 315

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ODE I.

ON THE SPRING.

LO! where the rosy-bosom'd Hours,

Fair VENUS' train appear,
Disclose the long-expecting flowers,
And wake the purple year!
The Attic warbler pours her throat,
Responsive to the cuckoo's note,
The untaught harmony of spring:
While whisp'ring pleasure as they fly,
Cool Zephyrs thro' the clear blue sky
Their gather'd fragrance fling.

Where'er the oak's thick branches stretch

A broader browner shade;

Where'er the rude and moss-grown beech O'er-canopies the glade,

VOL. I.

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Beside some water's rushy brink
With me the Muse shall sit, and think
(At ease reclin❜d in rustic state)
How vain the ardour of the Crowd,
How low, how little are the Proud,
How indigent the Great!

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Still is the toiling hand of Care:
The panting herds repose:

Yet hark, how thro' the peopled air
The busy murmur glows!

The insect youth are on the wing,
Eager to taste the honied spring,
And float amid the liquid noon:
Some lightly o'er the current skim,
Some shew their gaily-gilded trim
Quick-glancing to the sun.

To Contemplation's sober eye

Such is the race of Man:

And they that creep, and they that fly,

Shall end where they began.

Alike the Busy and the Gay

But flutter thro' life's little day,

In fortune's varying colours drest:
Brush'd by the hand of rough Mischance,

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