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SMeasM I behold thy welcome form , Familiar to the view ; Transient the joy the ruthless breez « Sweeps off the coroi blue !
And thus the fondest hopes of man , The solace of the past , Fall faint and languid from delay . Or perish by the blast . This morn , high beat the ardent breas t * And ev ' ry thought was joy , At eve , the prospect low e rs around—I feel the change—and sigh N ! . M .
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If we must combat , let us strive to shew ; Who best attains to solace human woe , Of sordid interest reject the claim
And blend our knowledge—taste—one general aim , A bright example to the world around , How Arts prevail , by Wit and Virtue crownM . IGNOTUS .
Translations * SIR , April 18 , 1814 . * The following morceaux of which I have attempted translations may suit your poetical department . The first is copied from a description of Paris , ' * in 1687 , where this couplet is said to be inscribed on a fountain , at the gate of ' * the Convent of Petits Peresy in the Rue St . Augtistin ^
Quas dat aquas , saxo latet hospita Nyhrpha sub imo . Sic tu , cum dederis dona , latere velis . Unseen the nymph , that bid these waters flow , So thou , to fame unknown , thy gifts bestow . * The other lines I could not easily refrain from sending you , as peculiarly seasonable . They are part of a poem by Arnaud , entitled , A la Nation , and
published in 17 b « , at the close of a war , in which France had suffered greatly from the power of England . These injuries the poet resents in glowing language , thus honouring the memory ofiour philosophers at the expei . ee of the national character . Ti ^ res de sang nourris , vos Lockes , vos Newtons , Ne vous ont pas dicte cesbarbares lec ^ onst
He , however , soon assumes the philanthropist , S'ilnous faut des combats , disputonsnous l ' honneur , Des humains consoles d ' assurer le bonheur ; Du sortJide interet rejettons les amorces ; Associons nos gofits , nos lumieres , nos forces , Pour donnejr aux mortels des examples brilians t ) u jwuvojr des vertus , des arti , ct de » talens .
The Death of the . Righteous , Sweet is the scene when virtue dies , When sinks a righteous soul to rest ; How mildly beam the closing eyes t How gently heavesth' expiring breast ! So fades a summer cloud away : So sinks the gale when storms are o ' er , So gently shuts the eye of day j So dies a wave along the shore *
Triumphant smiles the victor brow , FanrTd by some angel ' s purple wing : O Grave ! where is thy vict o ry now ? Invidious death ! where Is thy sting ? A holy quiet reigns around ; A calm , which nothing can destroy ; Nought can disturb that peace profound , Which their unfetter'd souls enjoy .
Farewell ! conflicting joys and fears , Where light and shade , alternate dwell . How bright th' unchanging morn appears ! Farewell ! inconstant world ! Farewell ! Its duty done , as sinks the clay . Light , from its load , the spirit flies ! While Heaven and Earth combine to say , " Sweet is the scene when Virtue dies . ' *
Epigram . On the Duke of York being invc&ted -with the order of Saint Esprit by the King of France , at Carlton House , in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury , —April 21 . 1814 .
See Fortune to one royal palace bring The English primate—the most Chris * tian King ; Louis , the eldest son papal Rome , Charles , late enthron ed in Kent ' s cathedral dome :
His gifted hand performs th * ordaining rite , And make 9 a priest , as Louis makes a knight . Thus prince , and prelate , equal powers may boast , While , freely , each confers the Holy Ghost . IGNOTUS .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 243, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/43/