Зображення сторінки

London ingulphs them all. The shark is there,
And the shark's prey; the spendthrift, and the leech
That sucks him. There the sycophant, and he
Who, with bare-headed and obsequious bows,
Begs a warm office, doom'd to a cold jail,
And groat per diem, if his

The levee swarms, as if, in golden pomp,
Were character'd on ev'ry statesman's door,
These are the charms that fully and eclipse
The charms of nature. 'Tis the cruel gripe
That lean hard-handed poverty inflicts,
The hope of better things, the chance to win,
The wish to shine, the thirst to be amus’d,
That at the sound of Winter's hoary wing,
Unpeople all our counties, of such herds
Of flutt'ring, loit'ring, cringing, begging, loose
And wanton vagrants, as make London, vaft
And boundless as it is, a crowded coop.


Oh thou, resort and mart of all the earth, Chequer'd with all complexions of mankind, And spotted with all crimes ; in whom I see Much that I love, and more that I admire, And all that I abhor ; thou freckled fair, That pleases and yet shocks me, I can laugh And I can weep, can hope, and can despond, Feel wrath and pity, when I think on thee ! Ten righteous would have fav'd a city once, And thou hast many righteous.-Well for thee, That falt preserves thee; more corrupted else, And therefore more obnoxious at this hour, Than Sodom in her day had pow'r to be, For whom God heard his Abr’am plead in vain,

[blocks in formation]


The post comes in.The news-paper is read.-The world

contemplated at a distance.--Address to Winter.-The rural amusements of a winter eyening compared witha the fashionable ones.--Address to evening. A brown study.-Fell of snow in the evening.-The waggoner. --A poor family-piece. The rural thief. Public boufes.The multitude of them censured.--The farmer's daughter, what she was What she is.The fimplicity of country manners almost loft.Causes of the change. - Defertion of the country by the rich. Negleet of magistrates. --- The militia principally in fault. - The new recruit and his transformation. Refletion on bodies corporate. The love of rural objects natural to all, and never to be totally extin. guished.

[merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

HARK ! 'tis thị twanging horn! o'er yonder bridge, That with its wearifome but needful length Bestrides the wintry flood, in which the moon Sees her unwrinkled face reflected bright; He comes, the herald of a noisy world, With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waist, and frozen locks, News from all nations lumb'ring at his back. True to his charge, the close-pack'd load behind, Yet careless what he brings, his one concern Is to conduct it to the destin'd inn,


« НазадПродовжити »