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When then the Fates that breath they gave shall
claim, And the short marble but preserve a name, A little verse my all that shall remain ; Thy passing courser's slackened speed restrain ; (Thou envied honour of thy poet's days, Of all our youth the ambition and the praise !) Then to my quiet urn awhile draw near, And say, while o'er that place you drop the tear, Love and the fair were of his youth the pride ; He lived, while she was kind ; and when she frown'd, TASSO, GERUS. LIB. CANT. XIV. ST. 32.
“Preser commiato, e sì 'l desio gli sprona,” &c.
DISMISS'D at length, they break through all delay
To tempt the dangers of the doubtful way; And first to Ascalon their steps they bend, Whose walls along the neighbouring sea extend, Nor yet in prospect rose the distant shore; Scarce the hoarse waves from far were heard to roar, When thwart the road a river roll d its flood Tempestuous, and all further course withstood ; The torrent stream his ancient bounds disdains, Swoll'n with new force, and late-descending rains. Irresolute they stand ; when, lo ! appears The wondrous Sage : vigorous he seem'd in years, Awful his mien, low as his feet there flows A vestment unadorn'd, though white as new-fall’n
Against the stream the waves secure he trod,
As on the Rhine, when Boreas' fury reigns,
So moved the seer, but on no harden'd plain ;
“Vast, oh my friends, and difficult the toil
Scarce had he said, before the warriors' eyes
When mountain-high the waves disparted rise ;