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OF THE FOLLOWING DISTICH ON THE DUKE OF MODENA'S RUNNING AWAY FROM THE COMET IN 1742 OR 1743.
SE al venir vostro i principi sen' vanno
IF at your coming princes disappear,
OF THE FOLLOWING LINES OF M. BENSERADE
A SON LIT.
THEATRE des ris, et des pleurs,
IN bed we laugh, in bed we cry,
EPITAPH FOR MR. HOGARTH.
THE hand of him here torpid lies,
That drew th' essential form of grace;
OF THE FOLLOWING LINES, WRITTEN UNDER A PRINT
REPRESENTING PERSONS SKATING.
SUR un mince cristal l'hiver conduit leurs pas,
Le précipice est sous la glace:
Telle est de nos plaisirs la légère surface: Glissez, mortels; n'appuyez pas.
O'ER ice the rapid skater flies,
With sport above, and death below;
IMPROMPTU TRANSLATION OF THE SAME.
O'ER crackling ice, o'er gulfs profound,
TO MRS. THRALE,
ON HER COMPLETING HER THIRTY-FIFTH YEAR.
OFT in danger, yet alive,
Ladies, stock and tend your hive,
OF AN AIR IN THE CLEMENZA DI TITO OF
OF A SPEECH OF AQUILEIO, IN THE ADRIANO OF
BEGINNING TU CHE IN CORTE INVECCHIASTI S."
GROWN old in courts, thou surely art not one
And then lament his fall, with seeming friendship:
• The character of Cali, in Irene, is a masterly sketch of the old and practised dissembler of a despotic court.-ED.
Open to all, true only to thyself,
Thou know'st those arts, which blast with envious praise,
OF THE MODERN VERSIFICATIONS OF ANCIENT LEGENDARY TALES. AN IMPROMPTU.
THE tender infant, meek and mild,
The nurse took up the squealing child,
FRIENDSHIP, peculiar boon of heaven,
While love, unknown among the blest,
This ode originally appeared in the Gentleman's Magazine for 1743. See Boswell's Life of Johnson, under that year. It was afterwards printed in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, in 1766, with several variations, which are pointed out, below.-J. B.
"Parent of rage and hot desires.-Mrs. W. * Inflames alike with equal fires.
With bright, but oft destructive, gleam,
Thy gentle flows of guiltless joys
And hugs a flatt'rer for a friend.
Directress of the brave and just",
O! guide us through life's darksome way!
On selfish bosoms only prey.
Nor shall thine ardours cease to glow",
ON SEEING A BUST OF MRS. MONTAGUE.
HAD this fair figure, which this frame displays,
Her statue would have breath'd an added grace,
"This is Minerva, cast in virtue's mould."
y In vain for thee the monarch sighs.
z This stanza is omitted in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies, and instead of it, we have the following, which may be suspected, from internal evidence, not to have been Johnson's:
When virtues, kindred virtues meet,
a O! shall thy flames then cease to glow.