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Exceed their promise in the ripen'd store,
W E E P I N G.
HILE Celia's Tears make forrow bright,
Proud Grief sits swelling in her eyes ;
Thus from the Ocean first did rise :
5 Which else we durst not gaze upon.
These silver drops, like morning dew,
Foretell the fervour of the day :
And blasting lightnings burst away:
The Baby in that sunny Sphere
So like a Phaëton appears,
Thought fit to drown him in her tears :
E, of ROCHESTER, On SIL EN CE.
ILENCE! coeval with Eternity;
Thou wert, ere Nature's self began to be, 'Twas one vast Nothing, all, and all slept fast in thee.
or earth, Ere fruitful Thought conceiv'd creation's birth, Or midwife Word gave aid, and spoke the infant forth.
In one more various animal combin'd,
The tongue mov'd gently first, and speech was
low, ”Tillwrangling Science taught it noise and show, And wicked Wit arose, thy most abusive foe.
But rebel Wit deserts thee oft' in vain;
Lost in the maze of words he turns again, And seeks a surer state, and courts thy gentle reign.
Afflicted Sense thou kindly dost set free,
Oppress’d with argumental tyranny, And routed Reason finds a safe retreat in thee.
With thee in private modest Dulness lies,
And in thy bosom lurks in Thought's disguise; Thou varnisher of Fools, and cheat of all the Wise!
Yet thy indulgence is by both confest
Folly by thee lies sleeping in the breast, And ’tis in thee at last that Wisdom seeks for rest,
Silence the knave's repute, the whore's good
name, The only honour of the wishing dame ; The very want of tongue makes thee a kind of
X. But could'st thou seize some tongues that now
are free, How Church and State should be oblig'd to thee? At Senate, and at Bar, how welcome would'st
XI. Yet speech ev’n there, submissively withdraws,
From rights of subjects, and the poor man's caufe: Then pompous Silence reigns, and stills the
What Fav’rites gain, and what the Nation owes, Fly the forgetful world, and in thy arms repose.
The courtier's learning, policy o'th' gown,
Lord's quibble, critic's jest; all end in thee, All rest in peace at last, and sleep eternally.