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Rise in the grove, before the altar rise, 265
every bead I drop too soft a tear.
While prostrate here in humble grief I lie, Kind, virtuous drops just gathering in my eye; While praying, trembling, in the dust I roll, And dawning grace is opening on my soul ; Come, if thou darest, all charming as thou art! Oppose thyself to Heaven; dispute my heart : Come, with one glance of those deluding eyes Blot out each bright idea of the skies; Take back that grace, those sorrows, and those
tears; Take back my fruitless penitence and prayers; Snatch me, just mounting, from the bless'd abode; Assist the fiends, and tear me from my
God! No, fly me, fly me, far as pole from pole; Rise Alps between us, and whole oceans roll! 290
274 Priests, tapers, 8c. Pope seems to have felt no hesitation in borrowing, where the expression caught his ear. Those lines are word for word from Smith's dreary Phædra and Hippolytus :
Priests, tapers, temples, swam before my sight.
Ah, come not, write not, think not once of me; Nor share
of all I felt for thee. Thy oaths I quit, thy memory resign; Forget, renounce me,
hate whate'er was mine. Fair eyes, and tempting looks, which yet I view! Long loved, adored ideas, all adieu ! 0, grace serene ! O, virtue heavenly fair! Divine oblivion of low-thoughted care! Fresh-blooming hope, gay daughter of the sky! And faith, our early immortality!
300 Enter, each mild, each amicable guest : Receive, and wrap me in eternal rest !
See in her cell sad Eloisa spread, Propp'd on some tomb, a neighbor of the dead. In each low wind methinks a spirit calls, And more than echoes talk along the walls. Here, as I watch'd the dying lamps around, From yonder shrine I heard a hollow sound : • Come, sister, come ! it said, or seem'd to say ; Thy place is here; sad sister, come away: 310 Once, like thyself, I trembled, wept, and pray'd ; Love's victim then, though now a sainted maid : But all is calm in this eternal sleep; Here grief forgets to groan, and love to weep; Ev'n superstition loses every fear;
315 For God, not man, absolves our frailties here.' I
come, I come! prepare your roseate bowers, Celestial palms, and ever-blooming flowers : Thither, where sinners may have rest, I go ; Where flames refined in breasts seraphic glow : Thou, Abelard ! the last sad office pay, And smoothe my passage to the realms of day:
See my lips tremble, and my eye-balls roll; Suck my last breath, and catch my flying soul! Ah, no: in sacred vestments mayst thou stand, The hallow'd taper trembling in thy hand,
326 Present the cross before my lifted
330 See from
cheek the transient roses fly;
335 What dust we dote on, when 'tis man we love.
Then too, when fate shall thy fair frame destroy, That cause of all my guilt and all my joy ; In trance ecstatic may thy pangs be drown'd, Bright clouds descend, and angels watch thee
round; From opening 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 wandering 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
323 See my lips tremble. From Oldham's.' Death of Adonis :'
Kiss, while I watch thy swimming eyeballs roll,
Then sadly say, with mutual pity moved, -