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THE DEATH OF A FAVOURITE CAT,
DROWNED IN A TUB OF GOLD FISHES. 
"TWAS on a lofty vase's side, Where China's gayest art had dy'd
The azure flowers, that blow;
The pensive Selima, reclin'd,
Her conscious tail her joy declar'd;
The velvet of her
 Mr. Walpole, after the death of Mr. Gray, placed the China vase in question on a pedestal at Strawberry-Hill, with the first four lines of the Ode for its inscription.
Twas on this Vase's lofty side, &c.
Still had she gaz'd; but 'midst the tide
Their scaly armour's Tyrian hue
The hapless Nymph with wonder saw:
She stretch'd, in vain, to reach the prize.
Presumptuous Maid! with looks intent
Nor knew the gulf between.
 Var.-Two beauteous forms.
First edition in Dodsley's Misc.
Eight times emerging from the flood
Some speedy aid to send.
From hence, ye Beauties, undeceiv'd, Know, one false step is ne'er retriev'd,
And be with caution bold.
Not all that tempts your wand'ring eyes
DISTANT PROSPECT OF ETON COLLEGE.
̔́Ανθρωπος' ἱκανὴ πρόφασις εἰς τὸ δυςτυχείν.
[This was the first English production of Mr. Gray that appeared in print, and was published in folio, by Dodsley, in 1747. About the same time, at Mr. Walpole's request, Mr. Gray sat for his picture to Echart; in which, on a paper which he held in his hand, Mr. Walpole wrote the title of this Ode; and to intimate his own high and just opinion of it, as a first production, he added this line of Lucan by way of motto: Nec licuit populis parvum te, Nile, videre. Pharsalia, lib. x. l. 296.]
YE distant spires, ye antique towers,
That crown the wat❜ry glade,
Where grateful Science still adores
(a) King Henry the Sixth, founder of the College,
Ah, happy hills! ah, pleasing shade!
Where once my careless childhood stray'd, A stranger yet to pain!
I feel the gales that from ye blow
As waving fresh their gladsome wing,
Say, Father THAMES, for thou hast seen
The paths of pleasure trace;
The captive linnet which enthral?
(f) And, redolent of joy and youth.
And bees their honey redolent of spring.
Dryden's Fable on the Pythag. System.