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From op’ning skies may streaming glories shine, And Saints embrace thee with a love like mine.
May one kind grave unite each hapless name, And graft my love immortal on thy fame! Then, ages hence, when all my woes are o’er, 345 When this rebellious heart shall beat no more; If ever chance two wand’ring lovers brings To Paraclete's white walls and silver springs, O’er the pale marble shall they join their heads, And drink the falling tears each other sheds ; 350 Then sadly say, with mutual pity mov’d, “ Oh may we never love as these have lov'd !” From the full choir when loud Hosannas rise, And swell the pomp of dreadful facrifice, Amid that scene if some relenting eye 355 Glance on the stone where our cold relicks lie, Devotion's self shall steal a thought from heav'n, One human tear shall drop, and be forgiv'n. And sure if fate some future bard Thall join In fad fimilitude of griefs to mine, 360
VER. 343. May one kind grave, etc.) Abelard and Eloïsa were interred in the fame grave, or in monuments adjoining, in the Monastery of the Paraclete: he died in the year 1 142, The in 1163. P.
Condemn'd whole years in absence to deplore, And image charms he must behold no more; Such if there be, who loves so long, so well; Let him our sad, our tender story tell z 364 The well-fung woes will sooth my pensive ghost , He best can paint 'em who shall feel 'em most.
T HE following Translations were selected from
T many others done by the Author in his Youth ; for the most part indeed but a sort of Exercises, while he was improving himself in the Languages, and carried by his early Bent to Poetry to perform them rather in Verse than Prose. Mr. Dryden's Fables came out about that time, which occasioned the Translations from Chaucer. They were first separately printed in Miscellanies by 1. Tonson and B. Lintot, and afterwards collected in the Quarto Edition of 1717. The Imitations of English Authors, which are added at the end, were done as early, some of them at fourteen or fifteen years old; but having also got into Miscellanies, we have put them here together to complete this Juvenile Volume. P.