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THE SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. MARY

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AN ELEGIAC SONG, SENT IN A LETTER OF CONDOLENCE

TO MR. N. P. MERCHANT, AT AMSTERDAM.

Who died March the 8th, 1701. BENEATH

DENEATH these honours of a tomb, Greatness in humble rujn lies: (How earth confines in narrow room What heroes leave beneath the skies !) Preserve, O venerable pile, Inviolate thy sacred trust; To thy cold arms the British Isle, Weeping, commits her richest dust, Ye gentlest ministers of Fate, Attend the monarch as he lies, And bid the softest slumbers wait With silken cords to bind his eyes. Rest his dear sword beneath his head, Round him his faithful arms shall stand : Fix his bright ensigns on his bed, The guards and honours of our land. Ye sister arts of Paint and Verse, Place Albion sainting by his side, Her groans arising o'er the hearse, And Belgia sinking when he died. High o'er the grave Religion set In solemn gold; pronounce the ground Sacred, to bar unhallow'd feet, And plant her guardian Virtues round. Fair Liberty, in sables drest, Write his lov'd name upon his urn, “ William, the scourge of tyrants past, And awe of princes yet unburn." Sweet Peace his sacred relics keep, With olives blooming round her head, And stretch her wings across the deep, To bless the nations with the shade. Stand on the pile, immortal Fame, Broad stars adorn thy brightest robe, Thy thousand voices sound his name In silver accents round the globe. Flattery shall faint beneath the sound, While hoary Truth in-pires the song; Envy grow pale and bite the grond, And Slander gnaw her forky tongue.

Ilark! She bids all her friends adieu;
Some angel calls her to the spheres;
Our eyes the radiant saint pursue
Through liquid telescopes of tears.
Farewell, bright soul, a short farewell !
Till we shall meet again above
In the sweet groves where pleasures dwell,
And trees of life bear fruits of love :
There glory sits on every face;
There friendship smiles in every eye;
There shall our tongues relate the grace
That led us homeward to the sky.
O'er all the names of Christ our King
Shall our harmonious voices rore;
Our harps shall sound from every string
The wonders of his bleeding Love.
Come, sovereign Lord, dear Saviour, coms,
Remove these separating days,
Send thy bright wheels to fetch us home;
That golden hour, how long it stays !
How long must we lie lingering here,
While saints around us take their fight?
Smiling they quit this dusky sphere,
And mount the hills of heavenly light.
Sweet soul, we leave thee to thy rest,
Enjoy thy Jesus and thy God,
Till we, from bands of clay releas'd,
Spring out, and climb the shining road.
While the dear dust she leaves behind
Sleeps in thy bosom, sacred Tomb!
Soft be her bed, her slumbers kind,
Ind all her dreams of joy to come.

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TO

Natus est in agro Lancastriensi 20° Martii, 1630. EPITAPHIUM

Inter Nov-Anglos theologiæ tyrocinia fecit. VIRI VENERABILIS DOM. N. MATHER,

Pastorali munere diu Dublinii in Hibernia functus,

Tandem (ut semper) Providentiam secutus ducem, CARMINE LAPIDARIO CONSCRIPTUM.

Catui fidelium apud Londinenses prepositus est, M. S.

Quos ductrinâ, precibus, et vitâ beavit : Reverendi adınodum Viri

Ah brevi !

Corpore solutns 26° Julii, 1697. Ætat. 67. NATHANAELIS MATHERI.

Ecclesiis mærorem, theologis exemplar reliquit.
Quod mori potuit hic subtus depositum est.

Probis piisque omnibus
Si quæris, hospes, quantus et qualis fuit,

Infandum sui desiderium:
Fidus enarrabit lapis.

Dum pulvis Christo charus hic dulcè dormit
Nomen à familiâ duxit

Expectans stellam matutmam.
Sanctioribus studiis et evangelio devota,

Et per utramque Angliam celebri,

Americanam sc. atque Europæam.
Et hinc quoque in sancti ministerii spem eductus

Non fallacem :
Et hunc utraque novit Anglia

THE REV. MR. JOHN SHOWER,
Doctum et docentem.

ON THE DEATH OF HIS DAUGHTER,
Corpore fuit prucero, forma placidè verendâ ;
At supra corpus et formam sublimè eminuerunt

MRS. ANNE WARNER.
Indoles, ingenium, atque eruditio:
Supra hæc pietas, et (si fas dicere)

REVEREND AND DEAR SIR,
Supra pietatem modestia,

How great soever was my sense of your loss, yet
Cæteras enim dotes obumbravit.

I did not think myself fit to otier any lines of comQuoties in rebus divinis peragendis fort: your own meditations can furnish you with Divinitas affatæ mentis specimina many a delightful truth in the midst of so heavy a Præstantiora edidit,

sorrow; for the covenant of grace hias brightness Toties hominem sedulus occuluit

enough in it to gild the most gloomy providence; Ut solus conspiceretur Deus:

and to that sweet covenant your soul is no stranger. Voluit totus latere, nec potuit;

My own thoughts were much impressed with the Hen quantum tamen sui nos latet! tidings of your daughter's death; and though I Et majorem laudis partem sepulchrale marmor made many a reflection on the vanity of mankind Invita obruit silentio.

in its best estate, yet I must acknowledge that my Gratiam Jesu Christi salutiferam

temper Jeads me most to the pleasant scenes of Quarn abundè hausit ipse, aliis propinavit, Heaven, and that future world of blessedness. Puram ab humanâ fæce.

When I recollect the memory of my friends that Veritatis evangelicæ decus ingens, are dead, I frequently rove into the world of spirits, Et ingens propugnaculum.

and search them out there. Thus I endeavoured to Concionator gravis aspectu, gestu, voce; trace Mirs. Warner; and these thoughts crowding Cui nec aderat pompa oratoria,

fast upon me, I set them down for my own enterNec deerat;

tainment. The verse breaks off abruptly, because Flosculos rhetorices supervacaneos fecit I had no design to write a finished elegy ; and beRerum dicendarum Majestas, et Deus præsens : sides, when I was fallen upon the dark side of Hinc arma militiæ suæ non infelicia, douth, I had no mind to tarry there. If the lines Minc toties fiatus Satanas.

I have written be so happy as to entertain you Et hinc victoriæ

a little, and divert your grief, the time spent Ab inferorum portis toties reportatæ. in composing them shall not be reckoned among Solers ille ferreis impiorum animis infigere my lost hours, and the review will be more pleasAltum et salutare vulnus :

ing to, Vulneratas idem tractare leniter solers,

sir, Et medelam adhibere magis salutarem.

your affectionate humble servant, Ex defæcato cordis fonte

I. W.
Divinis eloquiis affatim scatebant labia,

December 22, 1707.
Etiam in familiari contubernio :
Spirabat ipse undique coelestes suavitates,
Quasi oleo lætitiæ semper recèns delibutus,

AN ELEGIAC THOUGHT ON MRS. ANNE
Et semper supra socios;
Gratumque dilectissimi sui Jesú odorem

WARNER,
Quaquaversùs et latè diffudit.

WHO DIED OF THE SMALL-POX, DECEMBER 18, 1707,
Dolores tolerans supra fidem,

AT ONE OF THE CLOCK IN THE MORNING; A FEW
Ærumnæque heu quam assiduæ !
Invicto animo, victrice patientiâ
Varias curarum moles pertulit
Et in stadio et in metâ vite:

Awake, my Muse, range the wide world of souls,
Quam ubi propinquam vidit

And seek Vernera fled. With upward aim Plerophoriâ fidei quasi curru alato vectus Direct thy wing; for she was born from Heaven, Properè et exultim attigit.

Fulfill'd her visit, and return’d on high,

DAYS AFTER THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF HER FIRST
CHILD.

The midnight watch of angels, that patrole Nor set with meaner gems. But vain ambition, The British sky, have notic'd her ascent

And emulation vain, and fond conceit, Near the meridian star; pursue the track

And pride for ever banish'd flies the place, To the bright confines of immortal Day

Curst pride, the dress of Hell. Tell me, Urania, And Paradise, her home. Say, my Urania, How her joys heighten, and her golden hours (For nothing 'scapes thy search, nor canst thou miss Circle in love. Ostamp upon my soul So fair a spirit) say, beneath what shade

Some blissful image of the fair deceas'd, Of amaranth, or cheerful ever-green,

To call my passions and my eyes aside She sits, recounting to her kindred minds,

From the dear breathless clay; distressing sight! Angelic or humane, ber mortal toil

I look and mourn and gaze with greedy view
And travels through this howling wilderness; Of melancholy fondness: tears bedewing
By what divine protection she escap'd

That form so late desir'd, so late belov'd,
Those deadly snares when youth and Satan leagu'd Now loathsome and unlovely. Base Disease,
In combination to assail her virtue

That leagu'd with Nature's sharpest pains, and spoil'd (Snares set to murder souls); but Heaven secur'd So sweet a structure! The impoisoning taint The favourite nymph, and taught her victory. O'erspreads the building wrought with skill divine,

And ruins the rich temple to the dust!
Or does she seek, or has she found her babe
Amongst the infant-nation of the blest,

Was this the countenance, where the world adAnd clasp'd it to her soul, to satiate there

Features of Wit and Virtue? this the face (mird The young maternal passion, and absolve

Where Love triumph’d? and Beauty on these cheeks, The unfulfill'd embrace? Thrice happy child!

As on a throne, beneath her radiant eyes That saw the light and turn'd its eyes aside

Was seated to advantage; mild, serene, From our dim regions to th' Eternal Sun,

Reflecting rosy light? So sits the Sun And led the parents way to glory! There

(Fair eye of Heaven!) upon a crimson cloud Thou art for ever hers, wrth powers enlarg'd

Near the horizon, and with gentle ray For love reciprocal and sweet converse.

Smiles lovely round the sky, till rising fogs,

Portending night, with foul and heavy wing Behold her ancestors (a pious race)

Involve the golden star, and sink him down Rang'd in fair order, at her sight rejoice,

Opprest with darkness.And sing her welcome. She along their seats Gliding salutes them all with honours due, Such as are paid in Heaven: and last she finds A mansion fashiou'd of distinguish'd light, But vacant: “ This (with sure presage she cries) Awaits my father; when will he arrive? How long, alas, how long!” (Then calls her mate) THE DEATH OF AN AGED AND HONOURED Die, thou dear partner of my mortal cares,

RELATIVE, MRS. M. W. Die, and partake my bliss; we are for ever one.”

JULY 13, 1693. Ah me! where roves my fancy! What kind

dreams Crowd with sweet violence on my waking mind!

I know the kindred-mind. 'Tis she, 'tis she; Perhaps illusions all! Inform me, Muse,

Among the heavenly forms I see Chooses she rather to retire apart,

The kindred-mind from fleshly bondage free; To recollect her dissipated powers,

O how unlike the thing was lately seen

Groaning and pan on the bed,
And call her thoughts her own? so lately freed
From Earth's vain scenes, gay visits, gratulations,

With ghastly air and languish'd head,

Life on this side, there the dead, From Hymen's hurrying and tumultuous joys,

While the delaying flesh lay shivering between ! And fears and pangs, fierce pangs that wrought her death.

Long did the earthy house restrain Tell me on what sublimer theme she dwells

In toilsome slavery that ethereal guest; In contemplation, with unerring clue

Prison'd her round in walls of pain, Infinite truth pursuing. (When, my soul,

And twisted cramps and aches with her chain;
O when shall thy release from cumbrous flesh Till by the weight of numerous days opprest,
Pass the great seal of Heaven ? What happy hour T'he earthy house began to reel,
Shall give thy thoughts a loose to soar and race The pillars trembled, and the building fell;
The intellectual world ? Divine delight !

The captive soul became her own again:
Vernera's lov'd employ!) Perhaps she sings Tir'd with the sorrows and the cares,
To some new golden harp th' alınighty deeds, A tedious train of fourscore years,
The names, the honours of her Saviour-God,

The prisoner smil'd to be releas’d,
His cross, his grave, his victory, and his crown: She felt her fetters loose, and mounted to her rest.
Oh could I imitate th' exalted notes,
And mortal ears could bear them !-

Gaze on, my soul, and let a perfect view

Paint her idea all anew; Or lies she now before th' eternal throne

Rase out those melancholy shapes of woe Prostrate in humble form, with deep devotion That hang around the memory, and becloud it so. (erw belm'd, and self-abasement at the sight Come Fancy, come, with essences refin'd, Of the uncover'd Godhead face to face?

With youthful green, and spotless white; Seraphic crowns pay homage at his feet,

Deep be the tincture, and the colours bright And hers amongst them, not of dimmer ore, T'express the beauties of a naked mind.

ON

Provide no glooms to form a shade;

ed after more of art in the following composition, All things above of varied light are made,

to supply the defect of nature, and to feign a sorNor can the heavenly piece require a mortal aid. row; but the uncommon condescension of his But if the features too divine

friendship to me, the inward esteem I pay his meBeyond the power of Pancy shine, (shrine, mory, and the vast and tender sense I have of the Conceal th' inimitable strokes behind a graceful loss, make all the methods of art needless, whilst

natural grief supplies more than all. Describe the saint from head to feet,

I had resolved indeed to lament in sighs and Make all the lines in just proportion meet; But let her posture be

silence, and frequently checked the too forward Filling a chair of high degree;

Muse: but the importunity was not to be resisted ; Observe how near it stands to the Almighty seat.

long lines of sorrow flowed in upon me ere I was Paint the new graces of her eyes;

aware, whilst I took many a solitary walk in the Fresh in her looks let sprightly youth arise,

garden adjoining to his seat at Newington; nor

could I free myself from the crowd of melancholy And joys unknown below the skies.

ideas. Your ladyship will find throughout the Virtue, that lives conceal'd below, And to the breast confin'd,

poem, that the fair and unfinished building which

he had just raised for himself, gave almost all the Sits here triumphant on the brow, And breaks with radiant glories through

turns of mourning to my thoughts; for I pursue no

other topics of elegy than what my passion and my The features of the mind.

senses lead me to. Express her passion still the same, But more divinely sweet;

The poem roves, as my eyes and grief did, from Love has an everlasting flame,

one part of the fabric to the other. It rises from the And makes the work complete.

foundation, salutes the walls, the doors, and the

windows, drops a tear upon the roof, and climbs the The painter-Muse with glancing eye

turret, that pleasant retreat, where I promised myObserv'd a manly spirit nigh ',

self many sweet hours of his conversation: there That Death had long disjoin'd:

my song wanders amongst the delightful subjects “ In the fair tablet they shall stand

divine and moral, which used to entertain our United by a happier band :"

[mind. happy leisure; and thence descending to the fields She said, and fix'd her sight, and drew the manly and the shady walks, where I so often enjoyed his Recount the years, my song, (a mournful round!) pleasing discourse, my sorrows diffuse themselves Since he was seen on Earth no more:

there without a linnit. I had quite forgotten all He fought in lower seas and drown'd;

scheme and method of writing, till I correct myBut victory and peace are found

self, and rise to the turret again to lament that deOn the superior shore.

solate seat. Now if the critics laugh at the folly of There now his tuneful breath in sacred songs the Muse for taking too much notice of the golden Employs the European and the Eastern tongues. ball, let them consider that the meanest thing that Let th' awful truncheon and the fute,

belonged to so valuable a person still gave soine The pencil and the well known lute,

fresh and doleful reflections: and I transcribe na. Powerful numbers, charming wit,

ture without rule, and represent friendship in a And every art and science meet, [his feet. mourning dress, abandoned to deepest sorrow, and And bring their laurels to his hand, or lay them at with a negligence becoming woe unfeigned. 'Tis done. What beams of glory fall

Had I designed a complete elegy, madam, on (Rich varnish of immortal art)

your dearest brother, and intended it for public To gild the bright original !

view, I should have followed the usual forms of 'Tis done. The Muse has now perform'd her part. poetry, so far at least as to spend some pages in Bring down the piece, Urania, from above,

the character and praises of the deceased, and And let my honour and my love

thence have taken occasion to call mankind to Dress it with chains of gold to hang upon my heart. complain aloud of the universal and unspeakable

loss: but I wrote merely for myself, as a friend of the dead, and to ease my full soul by breathing out my own complaints; I knew his character and

virtues so well, that there was no need to mention A FUNERAL POEM

them while I talked only with myself; for the ON THE DEATH OF THOMAS GUNSTON, ESQ. image of them was ever present with me, which Presented to the Right Hon. the Lady Abney, Lady kept the pain at the heart intense and lively, and

my tears flowing with my verse. Mayoress of London.

July 1701. Perhaps your ladyship will expect some divine MADAM,

thoughts and sacred meditations, mingled with a Had I been a common mourner at the funeral of St.bject so solemn as this is. Had I formed a de the dear gentleman deceased, I should have labour- sign of offering it to your hands, I had composed a

more Christian poem ; but it was grief purely na

tural for a death so surprising that drew all the 1 My grandfather, Mr. Thomas Watts, had such strokes of it, and therefore my reflections are acquaintance with the mathematics, painting, mu- chiefly of a moral strain. Such as it is, your sic, and poesy, &e. as gave him considerable esteem ladyship requires a copy of it; but let it not touch among his contemporaries. He was commander of your soul tou tenderly, nor renew your own mourna ship of war, 1656, and by blowing up of the ship ing3. Receive it, madam, as an offering of love in the Dutch war he was drowned in his youth. and tears at the tomb of a departed friend, and let

1. WATTS.

name

it abide with you as a witness of that affectionate | See the dull wheels roll on the sable load; respect and honour that I bore him; all which, as But no dear son to tread the mournful road, your ladyship's most rightful due, both by merit And fondly drop his kind young sorrows there, and by succession, is now huinbly offered, by, The father's urn bedewing with a filial tear.

Q had he left us one behind, to play madam,

Wanton about the painted hall, and say, your ladyship's most hearty “ This was my father's,” with impatient joy

In my fond arms I'd clasp the smiling boy,
and obedient servant,

And call him my young friend : but awful Fate
Design'd the mighty stroke as lasting as 'twas

great.
And must this building then, this costly frame,

Stand here for strangers ? Must some unknown TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF MY MUCH HONOURED FRIEND, THOMAS GUNSTON, ESQ.

Possess these rooms, the labours of niy friend?

Why were these walls rais'd for this hapless end? Who died Nov. 11, 1700, when he had just finished why these apartments all adorn'd so gay? his Seat at Newington.

Why his rich fancy lavish'd thus away)

Muse, view the paintings, how the hovering light Of blasted hopes, and of short withering joys,

Plays o'er the colours in a wanton fight, Sing, heavenly Muse. Try thine ethereal voice

And mingled shades wrought in by soft degrees, In funeral numbers, and a doleful song;

Give a sweet foil to all the charming piece ; Gunston the just, the generous, and the young,

But night, eternal night, hangs black around Gunston, the friend, is dead. O empty name

The dismal chambers of the hollow ground, Of earthly bliss ! 'tis all an airy dream,

And solid shades unmingled round his bed All a vain thought! Our soaring fancies rise

Stand hideous: earthy fogs embrace his head, On treacherous wings! and hopes that touch the And noisome vapours glide along his face skies

Rising perpetual. Muse, forsake the place, Drag but a longer ruin through the downward air,

Flee the raw damps of the unwholesome clay, And plunge the falling joy still deeper in despair.

Look to his airy spacious hall, and say,

“ How has he chang'd it for a lonesome cave, How did our souls stand flatter'd and prepar'd

Confin'd and crowded in a narrow grave!"
To shout him welcome to the seat he rear'd !
There the dear man should see his hopes complete, And every door groans doleful as it turns ;

Th’ unhappy house looks desolate, and mourns,
Smiling, and tasting every lauful sweet
That peace and plenty brings, while numerous years The pillars languish; and each lofty wall,
Circling delightful play'd around the spheres : Stately in grief, laments the master's fall
Revolving Suns should still renew his strength, In drops of briny dew. The fabric bears
And draw the uncommon thread to an unusual His faint resemblance, and renews my tears:
length:

Solid and square it rises from below: But hasty Fate thrusts her dread shears between,

A noble air without a gaudy show Cuts the young life off, and shuts up the scene. Reigns through the model, and adorns the whole, Thus airy Pleasure dances in our eyes,

Manly and plain. Such was the builder's soul. And spreads false images in fair disguise,

O how I love to view the stately frame, T'allure our souls, till just within our arms That dear memorial of the best-lov'd name! The vision dies, and all the painted charms Then could I wish for some prodigious cave Flee quick away from the pursuing sight,

Vast as bis seat, and silent as his grave, Till they are lost in shades, and mingle with the Where the tall shades stretch to the hideous roof, night.

Forbid the day, and guard the sun-bearns off; Muse, stretch thy wings, and thy sad journey bend Thither, my willing feet, should ye be drawn To the fair fabric that thy dying friend

At the gray twilight, and the early dawn; Built nameless : 'twill suggest a thousand things There sweetly sad should my soft minutes roll, Mournful and soft as my Urania sings.

Numbering the sorrows of my drooping soul. How did he lay the deep foundations strong,

But these are airy thoughts! substantial grief

Grows by those objects that should yield relief; Marking the bounds, and rear the walls along

Fond of my woes, I heave my eyes around, Solid and lasting! There a numerous train

My grief from every prospect courts a wound; Of happy Gunstons might in pleasure reign, While nations perish, and long ages run,

Views the green gardens, views the smiling skies,

Still my heart sinks, and still my cares arise; Nations unborn, and ages unbegun:

My wandering feet round the fair mansion rove, Not Time itself should waste the blest estate,

And there to soothe my sorrows I indulge my love, Nor the tenth race rebuild the ancient seat. How fond our fancies are! The founder dies Oft have I laid the awful Calvin by, Childless ; his sisters weep, and close his eyes, And the sweet Cowley, with impatient eye And wait upon his hearse with never-ceasing cries. To see those walls, pay the sad visit there, Lofty and slow it moves to meet the tomb, And drop the tribute of an hourly tear: While weighty sorrow nods on every plume;

Still I behold some melancholy scene, A thousand groans his dear remains convey With many a pensive thought, and many a sigh To his cold lodging in a bed of clay,

between. His country's sacred tears well-watering all the Two days ago we took the evening air, way.

I, and my grief, and my Urania there;

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