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Exceed their promise in the ripen'd store,
HILE Celia's Tears make forrow bright, Proud Grief fits fwelling in her The Sun, next those the faireft light,
Thus from the Ocean first did rife: And thus thro' Mifts we see the Sun, Which else we durft not gaze upon.
These filver drops, like morning dew,
So from one Cloud foft fhow'rs we view,
The Baby in that funny Sphere
So like a Phaëton appears,
That Heav'n, the threaten'd World to spare, 15
Elfe might th' ambitious Nymph aspire,
E. of ROCHESTER,
ILENCE! coeval with Eternity;
'Twas one vaft Nothing, all, and all slept fast in
II. Thine was the fway, ere heav'n was form'd, or earth,
Ere fruitful Thought conceiv'd creation's birth, Or midwife Word gave aid, and spoke the infant forth.
Then various elements, against thee join'd,
And fram'd the clam'rous race of busy Humankind.
The tongue mov'd gently first, and speech was low,
"Till wrangling Science taught it noise and show, And wicked Wit arose, thy most abusive foe.
But rebel Wit deferts thee oft' in vain;
Loft in the maze of words he turns again, And seeks a furer ftate, and courts thy gentle reign,
Afflicted Senfe thou kindly doft fet free,
And routed Reason finds a safe retreat in thee.
With thee in private modest Dulness lies, And in thy bofom lurks in Thought's disguise; Thou varnisher of Fools, and cheat of all the Wife!
Yet thy indulgence is by both confest ;
And 'tis in thee at last that Wisdom seeks for rest
Silence the knave's repute, the whore's good
The only honour of the wishing dame The very want of makes thee a kind of
But could't thou feize fome tongues that now are free,
How Church and State should be oblig'd to thee? At Senate, and at Bar, how welcome would'st thou be?
Yet speech ev'n there, fubmiffively withdraws, From rights of fubjects, and the poor man's caufe: Then pompous Silence reigns, and ftills the noify Laws.
Paft fervices of friends, good deeds of foes, What Fav'rites gain, and what the Nation owes, Fly the forgetful world, and in thy arms repose.
The country wit, religion of the town, The courtier's learning, policy o' th' gown, Are beft by thee exprefs'd; and shine in thee alone.
The parfon's cant, the lawyer's sophistry, Lord's quibble, critic's jeft; all end in thee, All reft in peace at laft, and fleep eternally.