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Addressed TO

Dr. DARWIN,

AUTHOR OF THE BOTANIC GARDEN.

Two poets,* (poets, by report,

Not oft so well agree)
Sweet Harmonist of Flora's court!

Conspire to honour Thee.

They best can judge a poet's worth

Who oft themselves have known The pangs

of

a poetic birth By labours of their own,

We, therefore, pleas'd, extol thy song,

Though various yet complete,

Rich in embellishment as strong,

And learn'd as it is sweet.

* Alluding to the poem by Mr. Hayley, which accompanied this.

No envy mingles with our praise,

Though could our hearts repine At any poet's happier lays,

They would, they must, at thine.

But we, in mutual bondage knit

Of friendship's closest tie, Can gaze on even Darwin's wit

With an unjaundiced eye;

And deem the Bard, whoe'er he be,

And howsoever known,

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ON

MRS. MONTAGUE'S

FEATHER-HANGINGS.

The Birds put off their iv'ry hue
To dress a room for Montague.

The Peacock sends his heav'nly dyes,

His rainbows and his starry eyes;

The Pheasant, plumes, which round infold
His mantling neck with downy gold;
The Cock his arch'd tail's azure show;
And, river-blanch'd, the Swan, his snow.

All tribes beside of Indian name,

That glossy shine or vivid flame,
Where rises, and where sets the day,
Whate'er they boast of rich and gay,
Contribute to the gorgeous plan,
Proud to advance it all they can.
This plumage neither dashing show'r,
Nor blasts that shake thc dripping bow'r,

Shall drench again or discompose,' ...?
But, screen'd from ev'ry storm that blows,
It boasts a splendour ever new, ".";}t. 1811!
Safe with protecting Montague.

To the same patroness resort, : Hist... T Secure of favour at her court, 12/4.11 Strong Genius, from whose forge of thought Forms rise, to quick perfection wrought, Which, though new-born, with vigour move, Like Pallas springing arm’d from Jove_H11 Imagination scatt’ring round: 14117012 201) Wild roses over furrow'd ground, boucí Which Labour of his frown beguile, sa bra And teach Philosophy a smile is 328342 Wit flashing on Religion's side, -sn's 5Whose fires to sacred Truth applied, ? d?! The gem, though luminous before, visi Obtrude on human notice more, .. }: Like sun-beams on the golden height: bold Of some tall temple playing bright sa

Well-tutor'd Learning, from his books,
Dismiss'd with grave, not haughty looks,
Their order on his shelves exact :

Not more harmonious or compact

Than that to which he keeps confin'd

The various treasures of his mind

All these to Montague's repair:11) "
Ambitious of a shelter there. ?
There Genius, Learning, Fancy, Wit, :4111
Their ruffled plumage calm refits uti; įt!
(For stormy troubles loudest roarivists
Around their flight who highest soar) . ':;!
And in her eye, and by her aid,lai
Shine safe without a fear to fade.

She thus maintains divided sway. !!!
With yon bright regent of the day;!
The plume and poet both we know :
Their lustre to his influence owe,
And she the works of Phæbus aiding,
Both poet saves and plume from fading.

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