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The Dying Christian to his Soul.

O DE*

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ITAL spark of heav'nly flame !

Quit, oh quit this mortal frame:
Trembling, hoping, ling'ring, flying ;

Oh the pain, the bliss of dying !
Cease, fond Nature, cease thy strife,
And let me languish into life.

II.

Hark! they whisper ; Angels say,
Sister Spirit, come away.
What is this absorbs me quite ?
Steals

my

fenfes, shuts my sight, Drowns my spirits, draws my

breath? Tell me, my Soul, can this be Death ?

NO TE S.

* This ode was written in imitation of the famous sonnet of Hadrian to his departing soul; but as much fuperior to his original, in sense and sublimity, as the Chriftian Religion is to the Pagan.

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III.

The world recedes ; it disappears !
Heav'n opens on my eyes ! my ears

With sounds feraphic ring :
Lend, lend your wings ! I mount ! I fly!
O Grave! where is thy Victory?

O Death! where is thy Sțing?

Moral Essays

IN

FOUR EPIST LES

TO

Several Persons.

Est brevitate opus, ut currat fententia, neu se
Impediat verbis lassis onerantibus aures :
Et sermone opus est modo tristi, fæpe jocoso,
Defendente vicem modo Rhetoris atque Poetæ,
Interdum urbani, parcentis viribus, atque
Extenuantis eas consulco.

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THAT it is not sufficient for this knowledge to consider

Man in the Abstract: Books will not serve the purpose; nor yet our own Experience fingły, Ver. 1. Ge neral maxims, unless they be formed upon both, will be but notional, Ver. 10. Some Peculiarity in every man, characteristic to bimself, yet varying from himself, Ver. 15. Difficulties arising from our own Passions, Fancies, Faculties, &c. Ver. 31. The shortness of Life, to observe in, and the uncertainty of the Principles of action in men, to observe by, Ver. 37, &c. Our own Principle of action often hid from ourselves, Ver. 41. Some fere characters plain, but in general confounded, dissembled, or inconsistent, Ver. 51. The same man utterly different in different places and seaSons, Ver. 71. Unimaginable weaknesses in the greateft, Ver. 77, &c. Nothing conftant and certain but

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