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Her filver locks display the moon,
And showers from either flow.
She's starr'd with pimples o’er ;
And can with thunder roar.
Denies my Lyce shines;
Attack my gentle lines.
And all her bards express,
And I but fatter less.
ON THE DEATH OF
Mr. ROBERT LE V E T,
A Practiser in Phyfic.
YONDEMN'D to Hope's delusive mine,
As on we toil from day to day,
Our social comforts drop away.
See Levet to the grave defcend,
Of every friendless name the friend.
Yet still he fills Affection's eye,
Obscurely wise, and coarsely kind; Nor, letter'd Arrogance, deny
Thy praise to.merit unrefin'd. When fainting nature call’d for aid,
And hovering death prepar'd the blow, His vig'rous remedy display'd
The pow'r of art without the show.
His useful care was ever nigh,
And lonely want retir'd to die.
No petty gain disdain’d by pride,
The toil of every day supply'd.
Nor made a pause, nor left a void;
The single talent well employ’d.
Unfelt, uncounted, glided by;
Tho' now his eightieth year was nigh.
No cold gradations of decay, Death broke at once the vital chain,
And freed his soul the nearest way.
EPITAPH on CLAUDE PHILLIPS,
AN ITINERANT MUSICIAN*
The pangs of guilty pow'r, and hapless love,
E P I T A P H I UM
THOMAM HAN MER, BARONETTUM,
Honorabilis admodum Thomas HANMER,
Baronettus, Wilhelmi Hanmer armigeri è Peregrina Henrici
North Dc Mildenhal in Com. Suffolciæ Baronnetti forore
* These lines are among Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies: they are nevertheless recognized as Johnson's in a memorandum of his hand-writing, and were probably written at her request. Phillips was a travelling fidler up and down Wales, and was greatly celebrated for his performance,
Duas uxores sortitus eft ;
dorariam Alteram Elizabetham Thoniæ Folks de Barton in
Com. Suff. armigeri.
Filiam et hæredem Inter humanitates ftudia feliciter enutritus Omnes liberalium artium disciplinas avidè arripuit, Quas morum suavitate haud leviter ornavit,
Poftquam exceffit et ephebis Continuo inter populares suos fama eminens Et comitatus fui legatus ad Parliamentum miffus Ad ardua regni negotia per annos prope triginta
Solent nihil temerè effutire
Orator gravis et preffus
commendatus Æquè omnium utcunq; inter se alioqui diffidentium
Aures atque animos attraxit
Ad prolocutoris cathedram
Et varus et lubricis et implicatis difficillimum
Cum dignitate fuftinuit. Honores alios, et omnia, quæ sibi in lucrum cederent,
Justi rectique tenax
officiis fatis feciffet, Paulatim fe à publicis confiliis in otium recipiens
Inter literarum amenitates,
PARAPHRASE of the above EPITAPH.
By Dr. JOHNSON*. THOU who survey'st these walls with curious eye, Pause at his tomb where HANMER's ashes lie His.various worth through varied life attend, And learn his virtues while thou mourn'ft his end.
His force of genius burn'd in early youth, With thirst of knowledge, and with love of truth;
* This Paraphrase is inserted in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies. The Latin is there said to be written by Dr. Freind. Of the person whose memory it celebrates, a copious account may be seen in the Appendix to the Supplement to the Biographia Britannica,