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To form in thee a fair harmonious being ;
Alas! obedient to great Nature's law,
At night with diamond-lustre spangles heaven. The lowly children of the genial earth, The verdant turf, the painted family Of flowers; whom Winter's icy hand had nipp'd, Quick, at the call of Zephyr's gentle voice, Raise their fair heads above the waving grass; Whilft MAN,--the lordly sovereign of the world, Whose soul aspires to great and glorious deeds, If once life's fleeting spring and vigorous youth Are pass’d, decays; nor does the general law Of Nature raise him to th' æthereal realms, Nor the cold prison of the tomb unbar. Yet, that repose is never broke by cares: There grief, disease, and anger, and revenge, Pain with her scourge, and av'rice ever-craving, Discord, that madly wields her blood-stain'd sword, And hunger prompting ill, and want in rags, And hatred, or that deadly foe to virtue The green-eyed envy, or deceit, whose face Wears the insidious mask,--dare not intrude: But night with friendly gloom enwraps the scene, And placid Sleep waves slow his dulky wings.
Let Patience then assist thee, to sustain The lot, which Nature and all-conquering Fate Impose. The globe, and all that it contains, Will sink in Chaos' wide-devouring gulf: Even he, whose fiery front illumes the earth, Fate's heavy hand will feel, like hapless man: Old age will bow him down; his hoary steeds Vol. I. Hh
Will drag laboriously his fluggish car,
Thus does rafh Error, wearing Truth's fair garb,
Survey th' expanse of earth, the starry sky, The flowery fields, and ocean's waves immense: Nature for Thee unlocks the earth's gay treasures, For Thee suspends the twinkling lamps on high, Leads on the crystal stream in mazy course, And paints the vernal mead with purple flowers.
When light primeval chas'd the murky shades, And the unwearied sun began his course; When fruitful earth, and circumambient air, The ocean, and the ever-flowing ftreams Receiv'd their first inhabitants, and bliss Devoid of reason crown'd their favour'd birth; Th’ Almighty Power survey'd his fair creation With looks that spoke ineffable delight. To crown his works, he breath'd the plastic word, And bade the soul exist.-Thou at his bidding Stood'st forth, and lo! these gracious sounds were
heard. " Fair offspring, image of th' eternal Mind! " Seek earthly habication; in a frame “ Lovely refide, thyself a lovelier guest. " Remember well thine origin; that thou, “ From heaven departing, shalt to heaven return : « O’er thee no power can vaunting Death exert, • E'en tho' loud threats he mutter, or distain “ His way with carnage; or with griefly front “ And pointed dart appal a trembling world.” He said and, to confirm his high behest, Loud thunders rolld, and tremor seiz'd the earth, нь 2
Hence, soon as Death's chill grasp hath loos’d the
bands Of mortal life, th’ æthereal mind to heaven Spreads its fair wing, and seeks its native realms; There, veil'd in light, ic joins th' angelic choirs; Reviews those hallow'd seats, which neither storms Sadden, nor thunder's bellowing din alarms, Nor winter's snow, nor the wide-wasting fire Of Sirius can approach; nor blustering winds, Nor clouds' dark shade deform the face of day, But Love instead,—whose darts no venom know,Lights his pure lamp; whilft Concord his compeer, Pleasure, and Innocence, and placid Joy, Fill up
the train; than which a groupe more fair Nor stands confess’d to Poets as they dream, Nor danc'd the jocund round in Eden's bowers,
But, if th' infection of unhallow'd Vice Should reach the soul, and with destructive taint Her pinions stain, and ruffle her fair plumage; No blest return to an immortal home Awaits her; down the headlong steep of darkness, Th'infernal whirlwind drives, where many an age Exild and indigent, to grief a prey, Self-doom'd lhe roams, a melancholy ghoft
Heir of immortal climes ! of highest heayen, The genial progeny! whose inward eye - Discerns the bounds that sever right from wrong; Canst thou, with tame servility, become