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Where'er the oak's thick branches stretch
A broader browner shade,
O’er-canopies the glace a*,
(At ease reclin’d in rustic state) How vain the ardour of the Crowd, How low, how little are the Proud,
How indigent the Great! *
a O'er-canopies the glade.
“Shakesp. Mids. Night's Dream. *The notes referred to by italic letters are Mr.Gray's., Those referred to by Figures between brackets   &c. are chiefly drawn from the Criticisms and Commentaries of Dr. Johnson, Mr. Mason, Mr. Scott, of Amwell, and various anonymous writers. Among them are occasionally interspersed a few remarks by the London Editor ; but these are not thought of importance enough to be distinguished.
 Variation :-How low, how indigent the Proud;
How little are the Great. Thus it stood in Dodsley's Miscellany, wherein it was first published. The author corrected it on ac
Still is the tciling hand of Care;
The panting herds repose :
The busy murmur glows !
And float amid the liquid noon : b
Quick-glancing to the sun. c
count of the point of little and great. It certainly had too much the appearance of a Concetto, though it expressed his meaning better than the present reading.
b And float amid the liquid noon.
Virgil Georg. lib. 4.
c Quick glancing to the sun.
-sporting with quick glance,
To Contemplation's sober eye d
Such is the race of Man:
Shall end where they began.
In Fortune's varying colours drest :
They leave, in dust to rest.
The sportive kind reply:
A solitary fly!
No painted plumage to display :
d To Contemplation's sober eye.
M. Green, in the Grotto.
THE DEATH OF A FAVOURITE CAT,
DROWNED IN A TUB  OF GOLD FISHES.
| TWAS on a lofty vase's side,
The azure flowers, that blow;
Her conscious tail her joy declar'd;
The velvet of her paws,
!  Mr. Walpole, after the death of Mr. Gray, placed the China vase in question (for it was not a tzb) on a pedestal at Strawberry-Hill, with a few lines of the Ode for its inscription.
'Twas on this Vase's lofty side, &c.
Still had she gaz'd; but ʼmidst the tide
The Genii of the stream:
Betray'd a golden gleam.
The hapless Nymph with wonder saw :
With many an ardent wish,
What Cat's averse to fish ?
Presumptuous Maid! with looks intent
Nor knew the gulf between.
 Var.-Two beauteous forms.
First edition in Dodsley's Misc.