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1 Var.–For here deserted, &c. N.B. The variations here given are in Goldsmith's · Poems for Young Ladies' (the 1770 edition). The principal and final variations of the poem will be found, as we have already said, in the version given in our edition of the Vicar of Wakefield" (chap. viii.).—ED. ? Var.the sage replies.
3 Var.-lonely gloom.
“Then turn to-night, and freely share
Whate'er my cell bestows;
My blessing and repose.
“No flocks that range the valley free
To slaughter I condemn;
I learn to pity them :
“ But from the mountain's grassy side
A guiltless feast I bring ; A scrip with herbs and fruits supplied,
And water from the spring.
Then, pilgrim," turn; thy cares forego ;
All earth-born 2 cares are wrong : • Man wants but little here below,
Nor wants that little long.'”
Soft as the dew from heaven descends,
His gentle accents fell :
And follows to the cell.
1 Var.—Then, trav’ller, &c.
3 Goldsmith has been accused of plagiarizing Young in this couplet; but in the earliest editions he points the two lines with quotation marks (which we restore); though really Goldsmith's lines are a better rendering rather than a quotation of Young's— Man wants but little; nor that little long.
(Night Thoughts,' iv. l. 118.)-ED.
But nothing mirthful could assuage
The pensive stranger's woe; For grief had seized his early age,
And tears would often flow.
· Var.-The later version has “ lonely” for “modest." 2 Var.—th’ unshelt red poor. 3 Var.—But the door op'ning, &c. 4 Var.-pleasant fire.
5 Var.-While round, &c.
His rising cares the hermit spied,
With answ'ring care oppress'd: “ And whence, unhappy youth,” he cried,
“ The sorrows of thy breast ?
“ From better habitations spurn’d,
Reluctant dost thou rove?
Or unregarded love?
“ Alas! the joys that fortune brings,
Are trifling, and decay ;
More trifling still than they.
“ And what is friendship but a name,
A charm that lulls to sleep;
But leaves the wretch to weep?
“ And love is still an emptier sound,
The modern fair one's jest; On earth unseen, or only found
To warm the turtle's nest.
XXI. “For shame, fond youth, thy sorrows hush,
And spurn the sex," he said ; But while he spoke, a rising blush
The bashful 3 guest betray'd.
1 Var.–Say, what is friendship ? But a name. 2 Var.–And what is love ? An empty sound. 3 Var.—The love-lorn, &c.
He sees unnumber'd beauties ' rise,
Expanding to the view; Like clouds that deck the morning skies,
As bright, as transient too.
Her looks, her lips, her panting breast,
Alternate spread alarms:
A maid in all her charms.
And,“ Ah! forgive a stranger rude
A wretch forlorn,” 2 she cried ; “ Whose feet unhallow'd thus intrude Where heaven and
“Forgive, and let thy pious care
A heart's distress allay :
Companion of the way.
“My father liv'd of high degree,
Remote beside the Tyne ; And as he had but only me,
Whate'er he had 3 was mine.
" To win me from his tender arms,
Unnumber'd suitors came, Their chief pretence my flatter'd charms,
My wealth perhaps their aim.
1 Var.-new beauty rise.
2 Var.-A thing forlorn,&c. 3 Var.-His opulence was mine.