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Were wont perform at fell Diana's shrine,
The forts of life: ne nerer to confound He doth constrain his vassals to adore [lore. With utter ruin, and abolish quite Perforce their sacred names, and learn their sacred A power so puissant by bis single might And to the Fairy knight now drawing near,
Did he presume to hope : himself alone With voice terrific and impetuous mien,
From lawless force to free, in bloody fight (All was he wont less dreadful to appear,
He stood; content to bow to Custom's throne, When known and practis'd then at distance seen) So Reason mote not blush his sovran rule to own And kingly stretching forth his sceptre sheen, So well he warded, and so fiercely press'd Him he commandeth, upon threaten'd pain His foe, that weary vex'd he of the fray; Of his displeasure high and vengeance keen, Yet nould he algates 11 lower his haughty crest;
From his rebellious purpose to refrain, [train. But masking in contempt his sore disınay, And all due honours pay to Learning's reverend Disdainfully releas'd the trembling prey, So saying, and forestalling all reply,
As one unworthy of his princely care; His peremptory hand without delay,
Then proudly casting on the warlike Fay 12 As one who little card to justify
A smile of scorn and pity, through the air His princely will, long us'd to boundless sway,
Gan blow his shrilling horn; the blast was heard afar. Upon the Fairy youth with great dismay
Eftsoous astonish'd at th' alarming sound, In every quaking limb convuls'd, he lay'd : The signal of distress and hostile wrong, And proudly stalking o'er the verdant lay', Confus’dly trooping from all quarters round Him to those scientific streams convey'd,
Came pouring o'er the plain a numerous throng With many his young compeers therein to be em- Of every sex and order, old and young ; bay'da
The vassals of great Custom's wide domain, The knight his tender son's distressful stour 3
'Who, to his lore inur'd by usage long, Perceiving, swift to his assistance few :
His every summons heard with pleasure fain, Ne vainly stay'd to deprecate that power,
And felt his every wound with sympathetic pain. Which from submission aye more baughty grew. They, when their bleeding king they did behold, For that proud giant's force he wisely knew, And saw an armed knight him standing near, Not to be meanly dreaded, nor defy'd
Attended by that palmer sage and bold, (ere With rash presumption; and with courage true, Whose venturous search of devious truth while
Rather than step from Virtue's paths aside, Spread through the realms of Learning horrours Oft had he singly scorn'd his all-dismaying pride. Y-seized were at first with terrours great; [drear, And now, disdaining parle, his courser hot
And in their boding hearts began to fear, He fiercely prick'd, and couch'd bis vengeful
Dissension factious, controversial hate,
And innovations strange in Custom's peaceful state. spear; Where with the giant he so rudely smot,
But when they saw the knight his fauchion sheathe, That him perforce constrain’d to wend arrear 4. And climbing to his steed march thence away, Who, much abash'd at such rebuke severe,
With all his hostile train, they 'gan to breathe Yet his accustom'd pride recovering soon,
With freer spirit, and with aspect gay Forth-with his massy sceptre 'gan up-rear;
Soon chas'd the gathering clouds of black affray. For other warlike weapon he had none,
Alse their great monarch, cheered with the view Ne other him behov'd to quell his boldest fone 5. Of myriads, who confess his sovran sway, With that enormous mace the Fairy knight
His ruffled pride began to plume anew; So sore he bet*, that all his armour bray'd',
And on his bugle clear a strain of triumph blew. To pieces well-nigh riven with the might
There at the multitude, that stood around, Of so tempestuous strokes ; but he was stay'd, Sent up at once a universal roar And ever with deliberate valour weigh'd
Of boisterous joy: the sudden-bursting sound, The sudden changes of the doubtful fray;
Like the explosion of a warlike store From cautious prudence oft deriving aid,
Of nitrous grain, th' afflicted welkin 13 tore. When force inequal did him hard assay:
Then turning towards the knight, with scoffings So lightly from his steed he leapt upon the lay. Heart-piercing insults, and revilings sore, [lewd, Then swiftly drawing forth his trenchant & blade,
Loud bursts of laughter vain, and hisses rude, High o'er his head he held his fenceful shield;
As through the throng he pass'd, his parting steps And, warily forecasting to evade
Indignant murmurs mote be heard to threat, Through rage defenceless, mote advantage yield, Mustering their rage; eke baleful Infamy,
With his sharp sword so oft he did him gride 9, Rouz'd from her den of base obscurity That his gold-sandald feet in crimson floods were By those same Maidens Nine, began to sound dy'd.
Her brazen trump of blakening obloquy: His baser parts he maim'd with many a wound; Sharp, secret arrows shot, and aim'd his back to
While Satire, with dark clouds encompast round, But far above his utmost reach were pight to
wound. 1 Mead.
But the brave Fairy knight, no whit dismay'd, 3 Trouble, misfortune, &c.
Held on his peaceful journey o'er the plain ; 4 Move backwards.
5 Foes. 7 Resounded.
di Would not by any means. 1Q Placed.
With curious eye observing, as he stray'd And, leaving toil and poverty behind, [find, Through the wide provinces of Custom's reign, Ran forth by different ways, the blissful boon to What mote afresh admonish him remain
Nor tedious was the seach ; for every where, Fast by his virtuous purpose ; all around
As nigh great Custom's royal towers the knight! So many objects mov'd his just disdain;
Pass'd through th' adjoining hamlets, mote he Him seem'd that nothing serious, nothing sound,
The merry voice of festival Delight [hear In city, village, bower, or castle, mote be found.
Saluting the return of morning bright In village, city, castle, bower, and hall,
With matin-revel“, by the mid-day hours Each sex, each age, each order and degree, Scarce ended; and again with dewy night, To vice and idle sport abandon'd all,
In cover'd theatres, or leafy bowers, Kept one perpetual general jubilee.
Offering her evening vows to Pleasure's joyous Ne suffer'd ought disturb their merry glee :
powers. Ne sense of private loss, ne public woes,
And ever on the way mote he espy Restraint of law, religion's drad decree,
Men, women, children, a promiscuous throng Intestine desolation, foreign foes,
Of rich, poor, wise and simple, low and bigh, Nor Heaven's tempestuous threats, nor Earth's con
By land, by water, passing aye along vulsive throes.
With mummers, antics, music, dance, and song, But chiefly they whom Heaven's disposing band To Pleasure's numerous temples, that beside Had seated high on Fortune's upper stage;
The glistening streams, or tufted groves among, And plac'd within their call the sacred band To every idle foot stood open wide, That waits on Nurture and Instruction sage, And every gay desire with various joys supplied. If haply their wise hests' mote them engage For there each earth with diverse charms to move, To climb through knowledge to more noble praise; The sly enchantress summon'd all her train : And as they mount, enlighten every age
Alluring Venus, queen of vagrant love, With the bright influence of fair Virtue's rays; The boon companion Bacchus, loud and vain, Which from the awful heights of Grandeur brighter And tricking Hermes, god of fraudful gain, blaze.
Who, when blind Fortune throws, directs the die, They, 0 perverse and base ingratitude !
And Phæbus tuning his soft Lydian strain Despising the great ends of Providence,
To wanton motions, and the lover's sigh, For which above their mates they were endued And thought-beguiling show, atid masking revelry. With wealth, authority and eminence,
Unmeet associates these for noble youth, To the low services of brutal sense
Who to true honour meaneth to aspire; Abus'd the means of pleasures more refin'd, And for the works of virtue, faith, and truth, Of knowledge, virtue, and beneficence ;
Would keep bis manly faculties entire. And fettering on her throne th' immortal Mind,
The which avizing well, the cautious sire The guidance of her realm to passions wild resign'd.
From that soft syren land of Pleasaunce vain, Hence thoughtless, shameless, reckless, spiritless, With timely haste was minded to retire, Nought worthy of their kind did they essay ;
Or ere? the sweet contagion mote attain [stain. But, or benumb'd with palsied Idleness, His son's unpractis'd heart, yet free from vicious In meerly living loitered life away;
So turning from that beaten road aside, Or, by false taste of pleasure led astray,
Through many a devious path at length he pac’d, For ever wandering in the sensual bowers
As that experienc'd palmer did him guide, Of feverish Debauch, and lustful Play,
Till to a mountain hoare they came at last; Spent on ignoble toils their active powers,
Whose high-rais'd brows with sylvan honours And with untimely blasts diseas'do their vernal
Majestically frown'd upon the plain, Ev'n they to whom kind Nature did accord And over all an awful horrour cast. A frame more delicate, and purer mind,
Seem'd as those villas gay it did disdain, Though the foul brothel and the wine-stajn'd| Which spangled all the vale like Flora's painted train. board
The hill ascended straight, ere-while they came Of beastly Comus loathing they declin'd,
To a tall grove, whose thick-embowering shade, Yet their soft hearts to idle joys resign'd;
Impervious to the Sun's meridian flame, Like painted insects, through the summer air Evin at mid-noon a dubious twilight made; With random fight aye ranging unconfin'd; Like to that sober light, which, disarray'd
And tasting every flower and blossom fair, Of all its gorgeous robe, with blunted beams, Witbouten any choice, withouten any care. Through windows dim with holy acts pourtray'd, For choice them needed none, who only sought
Along some cloister'd abbey faintly gleams, With vain amusements to beguile the day;
Abstracting the rapt thought from vain earthAnd wherefore should they take or care or
musing themes. thought,
Beneath this high o'er-arching canopy Whom Nature prompts, and Fortune calls to Of clustering oaks, a sylvan colonnade, play?
Aye listening to the native melody « Lords of the Earth, be happy as ye may Of birds sweet-echoing through the lonely shade, So learn'd, so taught the leaders of mankind; On to the centre of the grove they stray'd; Th' unreasoning vulgar willingly obey,
Which, in a spacious circle opening round,
· Behests, precepts, commands.
Within its slieltering arms securely laid, “ Peace, Wealth, and Liberty, that nobiest Disclos'd to sudden view a vale profound,
boon, With Nature's artless smiles and tranquil beauties Are blessings only to the wise and good; crown'd.
To weak and vicious minds their worth unknown, There, on the basis of an ancient pile,
And thence abus'd, but serve to furnish food Whose cross-surmounted spire o'erlook'd the
For riot and debauch, and fire the blood wood,
With high-spic'd luxury; whence Strife, Debate, A venerable matron they ere-while
Ambition, Envy, Faction's viperous brood, Discoverd have, beside a murmuring flood Contempt of order, manners profligate, Reclining in right sad and pensive mood. The symptoms of a foul, diseas'd and bloated state. Retir'd within her own abstracted breast,
“E'en Wit and Genius, with their learned train She seem'd o'er various woes by turns to brood; Of Arts and Muses, though from Heaven above
The which her changing cheer by turns exprest, Descended, when their talents they profane Now glowing with disdain, with grief now overkest". To varoish Folly, kindle wanton Love, Her thus immers'd in anxious thought profound
And aid excentric sceptic Pride to rove When-as the knight perceiv'd, he nearer drew;
Beyond celestial Truth's attractive sphere, To weet what bitter bale did her astound,
This moral system's central Sun, aye prove And whence th' occasion of her anguish grew.
To their fond votaries a curse severe, For that right noble matron well he knew; And only make mankind more obstinately err. And many perils huge, and labours sore,
“ And stand my sons herein from censure clear? Had for ber sake endur'd; ber vassal true, Have they consider'd well, and understood,
Train'd in her love, and practis'd evermore The use and import of those blessings dear, Her honour to respect, and reverence her lore. Which the great Lord of Nature hath bestowa
“O dearest drad!” he cried, “ fair island queen! As well to prove, as to reward the good? Mother of heroes! empress of the main!
Whence are these torrents then, these billowy seas What means that stormy brow of troublous teen?
Of Vice, in which, as in his proper flood, Sith' heaven-born Peace, with all her smiling
The fell Leviathan licentious plays, train
And upon shipwreck'd Faith and sinking Virtue Of sciences and arts, adorns thy reign With wealth and knowledge, splendour and “ To you, ye noble, opulent, and great! renown?
With friendly voice I call, and honest zeal; Each port how throng'1! how fruitful every Upon your vital influences wait
How blithe the country! and how gay the town! The health and sickness of the commonweal; While Liberty secures and heightens every boon!" The maladies you cause, yourselves must heal. Awaken'd from her trance of pensive woe
In vain to the unthinking harden'd crowd By these fair flattering words, she rais'd her head;
Will Truth and Reason make their just appeal ; And, bending on the knight ber frowning brow,
In vain will sacred Wisdom cry aloud; "Mock'st thou my sorrows, Fairy son?" she said. And Justice drench in vain her vengeful sword in “ Or is thy judgment by thy heart inisled
blood. To deem that certain, which thy hopes suggest? “With you must reformation first take place : To deem them full of life and lustihead 3,
You are the head, the intellectual mind Whose cheeks in Hebe's vivid tints are drest, Of this vast body politic ; whose base And with Joy's careless mien and diunpled smiles And vulgar limbs, to drudgery consign'd, imprest?
All the rich stores of science have resign'd “ Thy unsuspecting heart how nobly good To you, that by the craftsman's various toil, I know, how sanguine in thy country's cause !
The sea-worn mariner, and sweating hind, And mark'd thy virtue, singly how it stood
In peace and affluence maintain'd, the while Th’assaults of mighty Custom, which o'erawes
You, for yourselves and them, may dress the menThe faint and timorous mind, and oft withdraws
tal soil. From Reason's lore th' ambitious and the vain “ Bethink you then, my children, of the trust By the sweet lure of popular applause,
In you repos'd: ne let your heaven-born mind Against their bitter knowledge, to maintain Consume in pleasure or unactive rust; The lawless throne of Vice, or Folly's childish But nobly rouse you to the task assign'd, reign.
The godlike task to teach and mend mankind : “ How vast his influence ! how wide his sway!
Learn, that ye may instruct: to Virtue lead Thyself ere-while by proof didst understand : Yourselves the way: the herd will crowd behind, And saw'st, as through his realms thou took'st
And gather precepts from each worthy deed : thy way,
Example is a lesson that all men can read.' How Vice and Folly had o'erspread the land. “ But if (to all or most I do not speak) And canst thou then, O Fairy son, demand In vain and sensual habits now grown old, The reason of my woe? or hope to ease
The strong Circean charm you cannot break, The throbbings of my heart with speeches bland, Nor re-assume at will your native mould 4,
And words more apt my sorrows to increase, Yet envy not the state you could not hold; The once-dear names of Wealth, and Liberty and And take compassion on the rising age: Peace?
In them redeem your errours manifold;
3 Strong health, vigour.
And, by due discipline and nurture sage,
Through the world's intricate or rugged ways In Virtue's lore betimes your docile sons engage. Conducted by Religion's sacred rays;
Whose soul-invigorating influence “ You chiefly, who like me in secret mourn
Shall purge their minds from all impure allays The prevalence of Custom lewd and vain;
Of sordid selfishness and brutal sense, And you, who, though, by the rude torrent borne and swell th' ennobled heart with bless'd benevoUnwillingly along, you yield with pain
lence. To his bebests, and act what you disdain, Yet nourish in your hearts the generous love
“ Then also shall this emblematic pile, Of piety and truth, no more restrain
By magic whilom fram'd to sympathize The manly zeal; but all your sinews move
With all the fortunes of this changeful isle, The present to reclaim, the future race improve !
Still, as my sons in fame and virtue rise,
Grow with their growth, and to th' applaudins “ Eftsoons by your joint efforts shall be quell’d
skies Yon baughty giant, who so proudly sways Its radiant cross uplift; the while, to grace A sceptre by repute alone upheld;
The multiplying niches, fresh supplies Who, where he cannot dictate, straight obeys. Of worthies shall succeed, with equal pace Accustom'd to conform his flattering phrase Aye following their sires in Virtue's glorious race." To numbers and high-plac'd authority,
Fir'd with th' idea of her future fame, Your party he will join, your maxims praise,
She rose majestic from her lowly stead; And, drawing after all his menial fry,
While from her vivid eyes a sparkling flame, Soon teach the general voice your act to ratify.
Out-beaming, with unwonted light o'erspread “ Ne for the achievement of this great emprize
That monumental pile; and as her head The want of means or counsel may ye dread: To every front she turn'd, discover'd round From my twin-daughters' fruitful wombs shall rise The venerable forms of heroes dead; A race of letter'd sages, deeply read
Who, for their various merit erst renown'd, In Learning's various writ: by whom y-led In this bright fane of glory shrines of honour Through each well-cultur'd plot, each beauteous
On these that royal dame her ravish'd eyes Where antique Wisdom whilom wont to tread, Would often feast; and, ever as she spied
With mingled glee and profit may ye rove, Forth from the ground the lengthening structure And call each virtuous plant, each tree of know
rise ledge prove.
With new-plac'd statues deck'd on every side, “ Yourselves with virtue thus and knowledge
Her parent-breast would swell with generous
And now with her in that sequester'd plain, Of what, in ancient days, of good or great
The Knight awhile constraining to abide, Historians, bards, philosophers, have taught;
She to the Fairy youth with pleasure fain Join'd with whatever else of modern date
Those sulptur'd chiefs did show, and their great Maturer judgment, search more accurate,
lives explain. Discover'd have of Nature, Man, and God, May by new laws reform the time-worn state
Of cell-bred discipline, and smoothe the road That leads through Learning's vale to Wisdom's bright abode.
FATHER FRANCIS'S PRAYER. “ By you invited to her secret bowers, Then shall Pædía reascend her throne
WRITTEN IN LORD WESTMORLAND'S HERMITAGE. With vivid laurels girt and fragrant flowers; Ne
gay attire, ne marble hall, While from their forked mount descending down Ne arched roof, ne pictur'd wall; Yon supereilious pedant train shall own
Ne cook of Fraunce, ne dainty board Her empire paramount, ere-long by her
Bestow'd with pyes of Perigord ; Y-taught a lesson in their schools unknown,
Ne power, ne such like idle fancies, • To Learning's richest treasures to prefer
Sweet Agnes, grant to Father Francis : The knowledge of the world, and man's great busi
Let me ne more myself deceive; ness there."
Ne more regret the toys I leave:
The world I quit, the proud, the vain, « On this prime science, as the final end Of all her discipline and nurturing care,
Corruption's and Ambition's train;
But not the good, perdie, nor fair, Her eye Pædía fixing aye shall bend
'Gainst them I make ne vow, ne prayer; Her every thought and effort to prepare
But such aye welcome to my cell, Her tender pupils for the various war,
And oft, not always, with me dwell; Which Vice and Folly shall upon them wage,
Then cast, sweet saint, a circlé round,
And bless from fool.j this holy ground;
From wanton old, and homely youth ;
The gravely dull, and pertly gay, “ Then shall my youthful sons, to Wisdom led Oh banish these; and, by my fay, By fair example and ingenuous praise,
Right well I ween that in this age, With willing feet the paths of duty tread; Mine house shall prove an hermitage.