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Ambition first sprung from your blest abodes ; The glorious fault of Angels and of Gods : Thence to their images on earth it flows,

15 And in the breasts of Kings and Heroes glows. Most souls, 'tis true, but peep out once an age, Dull fullen pris’ners in the body's cage : Dim lights of life, that burn a length of years Useless, unseen, as lamps in sepulchres ; Like Eastern Kings a lazy state they keep, And, close confin'd to their own palace, sleep.

From these perhaps (ere nature bade her die) Fate snatch'd her early to the pitying sky. As into air the purer spirits flow,

25 And sep’rate from their kindred dregs below; So flew the soul to its congenial place, Nor left one virtue to redeem her Race.

But thou, false guardian of a charge too good, Thou, mean deserter of thy brother's blood! 30 See on these ruby lips the trembling breath, These cheeks now fading at the blast of death; Cold is that breast which warm'd the world before, And those love-darting eyes must roll no more. Thus, if eternal justice rules the ball, 35 Thus shall your wives, and thus your children fall: On all the line a sudden vengeance waits, And frequent herses shall besiege your gates ;

There passengers shall stand, and pointing say,
(While the long fun’rals blacken all the way) 40
Lo! these were they, whose souls the Furies steel'd,
And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield.
Thus unlamented pass the proud away,
The

gaze of fools, and pageant of a day! So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow 45 For others good, or melt at others woe.

What can atone (oh ever-injur'd shade !) Thy fate unpity'd, and thy rites unpaid ? No friend's complaint, no kind domestic tear Pleas'd thy pale ghost, or grac'd thy mournful bier. By foreign hands thy dying eyes were clos’d, 51 By foreign hands thy decent limbs compos’d, By foreign hands thy humble grave adorn’d, By strangers honour'd, and by strangers mourn’d! What tho' no friends in fable weeds appear, 55 Grieve for an hour, perhaps, then mourn a year, And bear about the mockery of woe To midnight dances, and the public show? What tho' no weeping Loves thy alhes grace, Nor polish'd marble emulate thy face? 60 What tho' no sacred earth allow thee room, Nor hallow'd dirge be mutter'd o'er thy tomb ? Yet shall thy grave with rising flow'rs be drest, And the green turf lie lightly on thy breast:

There shall the morn her earliest tears bestow, 65 There the first roses of the

year

shall blow; While Angels with their filver wings o'ershade The ground, now sacred by thy reliques made.

So peaceful rests, without a stone, a name, What once had beauty, titles, wealth, and fame. 70 How lov'd, how honour'd once, avails thee not, To whom related, or by whom begot; A heap of dust alone remains of thee, 'Tis all thou art, and all the proud shall be ! 74

Poets themselves must fall like those they sung, Deaf the prais'd ear, and mute the tuneful tongue. Ev'n he, whose foul now melts in mournful lays, Shall shortly want the gen'rous tear he pays ; Then from his closing eyes thy form shall part, And the last pang shall tear thee from his heart, 80 Life's idle business at one gasp be o'er, The Muse forgot, and thou belov'd no more !

PROLOGUE+

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Mr. ADDISON's Tragedy

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O wake the soul by tender strokes of art,

To raise the genius, and to mend the heart,
To make mankind, in conscious virtue bold,
Live o’er each scene, and be what they behold:
For this the Tragic Muse first trod the stage, 5
Commanding tears to stream thro' ev'ry age;
Tyrants no more their savage nature kept,
And foes to virtue wonder'd how they wept.
Our author shuns by vulgar springs to move
The hero's glory, or the virgin's love;
In pitying love, we but our weakness show,
And wild Ambition well deserves its woe.

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+ This Prologue, and the Epilogue which follows, are the most perfect models of this species of writing, both in the serious and the ludicrous way,

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Here tears shall flow from a more gen'rous cause,
Such tears as Patriots shed for dying Laws:
He bids your breasts with ancient ardour rise, 15
And calls forth Roman drops from British eyes.
Virtue confess'd in human shape he draws,
What Plato thought, and godlike Cato was :
No common object to your fight displays,
But what with pleasure Heav'n itself surveys, 20
A brave man struggling in the storms of fate,
And greatly falling with a falling state.
While Cato gives his little Senate laws,
What bosom beats not in his country's cause?
Who sees him act, but envies ev'ry deed ? 25
Who hears him groan, and does not wish to bleed?
Ev’n when proud Cæsar ʼmidst triumphal cars,
The spoils of nations, and the pomp

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wars, Ignobly vain, and impotently great, Show'd Rome her Cato's figure drawn in state; 30 As her dead Father's rev'rend image past, The

pomp was darken'd, and the day o'ercast; The Triumph ceas’d, tears gush'd from ev'ry eye; The world's great Victor pafs'd unheeded by ; Her last good man dejected Rome ador'd, 35 And honour'd Cæsar's less than Cato's sword.

NOTES. VER. 20. But what with pleasure] This alludes to a famous passage of Seneca, which Mr. Addison afterwards used as a motto to his play, when it was printed.

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