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Is not the wretch (still trembling for his store)
Suppose them gratified-their full delight
O that the soul of action were but ours, And the vast energy of vocal powers ! That we might make a grateful offering, fit For these kind judges that in candour sit.
Before such judges, we confess, with dread, These new dominions we presume to tread; Yet if you smile, we'll boldly do our best, And leave your favours to supply the rest.
TO "THE MUSE OF OSSIAN.'
glaring! Dauntless, he cried ;It is but nobly daring!
Can we peruse a pathos more than Attic,
her) 'Tis nervous! noble! 'tis true northern ardour!
Methinks I hear the Grecian bards exclaiming (The Grecian bards no longer worth the naming), In song, the northern tribes so far surpass us, One of their Highland hills they'll call Parnassus; And from the sacred mount decrees should follow, That Ossian was himself—the true Apollo.'
Spite of this flash-this high poetic fury, He trembles for the verdict of his jury : As from his text he ne'er presumed to wander, But gives the native Ossian to your candour, To an impartial judgment we submit him, Condemn-or rather (if you can) acquit him.
TO RULE A WIFE.'
SPOKEN AT EDINBURGH.
'Tis an odd portrait that the poet drew; A strange irregular he sets in view ! ’Mongst us—thank Heaven—the cliaracter's un
known (Bards have creative faculties we own), And this appears a picture from his brain, Till we reflect-the lady lived in Spain.
Should we the portrait with the sex compare, 'Twould add new honours to the northern fair;
Their merit's by the foil conspicuous made, And they seem brighter from contrasting shade.
Rude were the rules our fathers form’d of old, Nor should such antiquated maxims hold. Shall subject man assert superior sway, And dare to bid the angel sex obey? Or if permitted to partake the throne, Despotic, call the reins of power his own? Forbid it, all that 's gracious—that's polite! (The Fair to liberty have equal right) Nor
urge the tenet, though from Fletcher's school, That
every husband has a right to rule. A matrimonial medium may be hit, Where neither governs, but where both submit.
The nuptial torch with decent brightness burns, Where male and female condescend by turns; Change then the phrase, the horrid text amend, And let the word obey-be condescend!
SPOKEN BY MR. DIGGES, ON OPENING THE EDINBURGH THEATRE
To rectify some errors that of late
1 The Boxes.
2 The Pit.
Suppose some Corydon—some country swain,
So the fair fields of Fancy we'll explore,
Now to attack you in a martial strain !
Tweed. Yet, as young soldiers may be damp'd by fear (Though universal patronage be here), Let me bespeak, before the curtain rise, Some kind impressions for our new supplies.
SPOKEN AT EDINBURGH,
ON MRS. BELLAMY'S FIRST APPEARANCE THERE.
In early days, when Error sway'd mankind,
Merit from sanction must deduce her date,
From sanction is the English stage become
If from that stage an actress, fill'd with fears,
Your plaudit must remove the stranger's fear; The sons of genius are the least severe. Some favour from the fair she's sure to find; So sweet a circle cannot but be kind. Then to your candid patronage she'll trust, And hopes you gracious—as we know you just.
• THE MERCHANT OF VENICE,'
AT THE TIME A BILL HAD PASSED FOR NATURALIZING THE
'Twixt the sons of the stage, without pensions
or places, And the vagabond Jews, are some similar cases ; Since time out of mind, or they're wrong'd much by slander,
[wander: Both lawless, alike, have been sentenced to Then, faith, 'tis full time we appeal to the nation, To be join’d in this bill for na-tu-ra-li-za-ti-on ; Lard, that word's so uncouth!-'tis so irksome to speak it!
[take it. But 'tis Hebrew, I believe, and that's taste, as I