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“Oheaven!(they cried) and do we once more sce The fear fupreme around their soften'd beds, “ Yon blefied sun and this green carth so fair Some holy man by prayer all op'ning Hearts Artwo from noisome damps of pest-house frce: difpreds. " And drink our fouls the fiveet cthereal air:

Attended by a glad acclaiming train, O thou! or Knight, or God! who holdest there Of those he rccued had from yaping hell, “ That fiend, oh keep him in eternal chajus! Then turn d the Knight, and, to his hall agaia “ But what for us, the children of despair, do

Soft-pacing, fought of Peace the molls cell: Brought to the brink of hell, what bope Yet down his checks the gems of pity fel, " rernains ?

To fec che helpless wretches that remiad, “ Repentance does itself but aggravate our pains." There left thro' delves and dcfarts dirt to relli

The gentle Knight, who saw their rueful case, Ana'd, their books with pale dilmay utis Let fall adown his filver card fomc tcais.

ftain'd, • Certes (quoth he) it is not even in graec

And spreading wide their hands they meck repeat “ T’undo the past, andeke your broken years:

anec feign'd. Nathless, to nobler worlds Repentance rears, But, au ! their freenerl day of grace vas paft: " With humble ho;*, her eve; to lier is giren For (horrible to tell!) a delart will “ A pow'r the truly contrite heart that cheers; Before them ftretch'd, bare,confortless and att " She quells the brand by which the rocks arc W'sth gibbets, troncs, and carcases defil'd.

[Heaven. There oor trin field, nor lively cukure smild; “ She more than merely softens, the rejoices Nor waving fhade was icen, nor fo::ntain fair; " Then patient bear the sufferings you have

But sands abrupt on lands lay loufel pild, carnis,

Thro' which they foundering toild with pa nis! “ And by these sufferings purify the mind ;

care, “ Let wisdom be by pait misconduct learn d ; Whilst Phoebus {mote them fore, and fr'd the " Or pious dic, with penitence resign'd;

cloudlers air. " And to a life more happy and retind, Then, varying to a jovlefs land of bevis, * Doubt not, you shall new creatures yet arise. The ladduo'd country a grey

wattc appear'd; “ Till then, you may expect in ine to find Where nought but putrid streams and noilume “ One who will wipe your forrow from your

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For ever hung on drizzly Auster's beurd; “ One who will soothe your pings, and wing you Or clse the ground by piercing Caurus fear'd. " to the skies.”

Was jagg‘d with frost, or heap'd with glazú

fnow : They fiient heard, and pour'd their thanks in

Thro' there extremes a ccafcicis round they di For you (refum'd the Knight with ferner tone)

strer'd, “Whoe hard dry hearts th' obdurate demon

By cruel Geods still hurried to and fro, " fears,

Gaunt Beggary, ant Scorn, with many kellThat villain's gifts will cost you many a groan:

hounds moc. “ In dolorous manfion long rou must bemoan The first was vitii bufe dunghiil ragg yelid, “His fatal charms, and weup your stains awar: Tainting the gale, in which they fluster i buk; * Till fofr and pure as infant goodnefs grown, Of morbid huc his features, fapk, and fad; is

Ycu feel a perfect change : then, who can fay, His hollow evne tbook forth a fickiy light; " What grace may yet hine forih in heaven's

And o'er his Barik jaw-bone, in pitenus plight " eternal d y?"

His black roughbcard was matied, rank,aadvise This said, his pow'rful wand he war'd anew;

Direful to fec! and hart-appalling fight!

Meantime foul scurf and blo:ches him delik: Instant, a glorious angel-train defcends, The Charities, to wit, of rosv hue;

And logs, where'er he went, fill barked all i

while. Sweet love their looks a gentle radiance leids, And with seraphic fame compation blends. The other as a fell defpightful fient: Ar once, delighted, to their charge they fy: Hell holds pone worfe in bale Fulburr prog: When, lo! a goodly hospital afsendis;

By pride, and wit,and rage, and rancor keenė; In which they bade each lenient aid be nigh, Cf Man alike if good or bad the fee: That could the fick-bed linouthe of that did With nose up-turn'd, he always inside a free company.

As if he smelt fome nauseousíčenr; his eye

Wascold and keer, like bluft from borealinov; It was a worthy edifving fight,

And taunts he calica forth most bitterly.
And gives to human-kind peculiar grace,
To fce kind hands attending day and night,

Such were thetwain that off drove this urgadiir. With render ministry, from place to place. Even fo through Brentford town, a town of ma} Some prop the head; fome from the pallid face Az herd of britily Twine is prick'il along;, Wipe of the faint cold dews weak nature theds; The filthy beasis, that never chew the cud. Sumne reach the healing draught : the whilft, Still grunt and squeak, and fing their tioubts

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And oft they plunge themselves the mire among: The tide revertive, unattracted, leaves
But ay the ruthleis driver goad, them on, A yellow waste of idle lands bcisind.
And ay of barking dog, the bitter throng Then breaking hence, he took his ardent fight

Makes them renew their unmelodious noan ; Chro' the blue infinite ; and ev'ry star,
Ne ever find thev rent from their unresting fune. Which the clear concave of a winter's night

Pours on the eye, or astronomic tube, $ 55. To the Mc 2017 of Sir I Norin.

l'ar-ftretching inatches from the dark abyss, THOMON.

Orluch as farther in luccellire lkies Infiribed to the Right Honourable Sir Robert

To fancy ihine alone, at his approach i upole.

Blaz'd into funs, the living centre cach SHALL the great foul of Newton quit this earth, of an harmonious fyftem : all combin’d,

To mningle with his stars; and every Mule, And ruld unerring by that single pow'r Astonish'd into filence, thun the weight Which draws the Itone projected to the ground. Of honours due to his illustrious name?

O unprofufe magnificence divine ! But what can man :--Lien now the tons of light, wisdom truly perfect! thus to call in strains bigh warbled to seraphic lyrc, From a few caules such a scheme of things, Hail his arrival on the coast of bliss.

Effects fo various, beautiful, and great, Yer am I not deterr'd, though high the theme, An universe complete ! and, o belov'd And fung to harps of angels; for with you, Of Heaven, whole well-purg'd pectrative eye, Ethereal llamus! ambitious 1 alpire

The myftic veil tranfpiircing, isly lcanu'd To Nature's general symphony to join.

The riling, inoving, wide-estiblith'd frame. And what nohy wondersca you thew your guest: He, hirit of inen, with awsul wing pursued Who, while on this dim tpot, where morials toil The Comet thro' the long elliptic curve, Clouded in duit, fiom Motion's simple laws As round innum'rous worlds he wound his way; Could trace thclicret hand of Providence Till, to the forehead of our evening iky Wide-working thro’this universal frame. Return'd, the blazing wonder glares anew,

Have ye noe littcn'd, while he bound the suns And o'er the trembling nations Thakes dismay. And pianets to their spheres ? th'unequal taik Thuhearens are all his own; froin the wild rule Of human kind till tiicn. Oft had they rollid Of whirling vortices and circling spheres, O'er er ing man the year, and oft disgrac'd To their first great fimplicity restor'd. The pride afichools, before their course was known The Schools alionin 'd liood; but found it vain Full its cautes and effects, to him,

To combat ftill with demontiration strong, All-piercing fage! who sat not down and dream'd And, unawaken d, drcam beneath the blaze Romantic Ichemes, defended by the din Of truth. At once their pleasing visions fled, Of specipus words, and tyranny of naines; With the gay shadows of the morning inix'd, But, bidding liis amazing mind atiend, When Newton role, our philofophic fun. And, with heroic patience, ycars and years The aerial flow of found was known to him, Deep-searching, law ai latt the system dawn, From whence it first in wavy circles breaks, And fine, of all his race, on him alone. [strong! Till the touchi'd organ takes the message in. What were his raptures then! how pure! how Nor could the darting beam, of 1ped immense, And what the triumphs of old Greece and Rome, Escape his swift purluit, and measuring eye. By his diminin'd, but the pride of boys Even light itself, which ev'ry thing displays, In tome small fray victorious ! when inficad Shone undiscover'd, till his brighter mind Of thaiter'd parcels of this earth ulurp'd Untwisted all the thining robe of day; By violence unmanly, and fore deeds

And from the whitening undiftinguith'd blaze, Of cruelty and blood, Nature herself

Colleeting cv'ry ray into his kind, Stood all-fubdued by him, and open

laid To the charm'd eye educ'd the gorgeous train Her ev'ry latent glory to his view.

Of parent-colours. First, the flaming red All intellectual eye, our solar round

Sprung vivid forth; the tawny orange next; First gazing thro', hc, by the blended pow'r And next delicious yellow, by whole fide Of gravitation and projection, faw

Fell the kind beams of all-refrething green; The whole in silent harmony revolve.

Then the pure blue, that livells autumnal ikies, Fron vnallifted vision hid, the moons,

Ethercal play'd ; and then, of fadder hue, To cheer remoter planets numerous formid, Emerg'd the deepen d indico, as when By him in all their mingled cra&ts were seen. The heavy-skirted evening droops with frost; He also fix'd our wand'ring queen of night: While the last gleamings of refracted light Whether the wanes into a scanty orb,

Died in the fainting violet away: Or, waxing broac, with her palc lhadowy light, Thcfc, when the clouds diftil the rosy show'r, In a soft deluge overlious the sky.

Shine out distinct adown the wat'ry bow ; Her ev'ry motion clear discerning. He

While o'er our heads the dewy vision bends Adjusted to the mutual main, and taught Delightful, melting on the ficids bencath. Why now the mighty mats of water lwells Myriads of mingling dyes from these result, Renítless, heaving on the broken rocks, And myriads still remain-Infinite source And the full river turning; till again

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Did ever poet image aught fo fair,

That now he wanders thro' those endless worlds Dieaming in whispering groves by the hoarse brook! | He here fo well defcried, and wond'ring talks, Or prophct, to whose rapture heaven descends! And hymns their Author with his glad compecrs. Even now the setting fun and thifting clouds, o Britain's boast! whether with angels thou Seen, Greenwich, from thy lovely heights, declare Siiteft in dread discourse, or fellow-blest, How just, how beauteous the refracuve law. Who joy to see the honour of ihcir kind;

The noiseless ride of time, all bearing down Or whether, mounted on cherubic wing, To vaft eternity's unbounded fea,

Thy fuift carcer is with the whirling orbs, Where the green islands of the happy shine, Comparing things with things, in rapture loft, He stemm'd alone: and to the fource (involvid and grateful adoration, for that light Deep in primæral gloon) ascending, rais’d So plenttous ray'd into thy mind below, His lights at equal dittances, to guide

From Light himself: Oh look with pity down Hifiorian, wilder'd on his darksome way. On human kind, a frail erroneous race !

But who can number up his labours u ho Exalt the spirit of a downward world! Hlis nigh discov'ries fing? when but a few D'er thy dejected country chicf preside, Of the deep-ftudying race can stretch their minds and be her Genius callid! her fiudics raise, To what he know: in fancy's lighier tliought Correct her manners, and infpire her youth : H'w hall the Mulet en grasp the mighty theme? For, tho' deprav'd and funk, the brought the forth,

What wonder thence that his devotion livellid And glories in thy name; the points thee out Responsive to his knowledge: for could he, To all her fons, and bids them eye thy ftar : Whofi piercing mental eye diffutive law While in expectance of the second lite, The finish'd univerfity of things,

When time shall be no more, the facred duft In all its order, magnitude and parts,

Sleeps with her kings, and dignifies the scene. Forbear incelant to adore chat Puw'r Who fills, luftains, and actuates the whole ? Say, ye who best can tell, ye happy few,

$ 56. Hymn on Solitude. THOMSOX. Who law him in the foftest lights of life, HA AII., mildly-pleasing Solitude, All unwithheld, indulging to his friends

Companion of the wife and good;
The vast unborrow'd treatures of his mind, But from whole holy picrcing cye
Ob 1peak the wondrous man! how mild, how calın, The herd of fools and villains tíy.
llow greatly humble, how divincly guod;

Oh! how I love with thee to walk,
How tirm eltablida'd on eternal truth;

And listen to thy whisper'd talk, Fervent in doing well, with ev'ry nerve

Which innocence and truth imparts, Still preiling on, forgetful of the past,

And melts the most obdurate hearts ! * And panting for perfection : far above

A thousand shapes you wear with ease, Those little cares ar. i visionary jy's

And fill in ev'ry shape you please.
That so perplex the fond impatien'd heart Now wrapt in some mysterious dream,
Of cver-cheated, ever-trusting man!

A lone philosopher you feem;
And you, ye hopeless gloomy-minded tribe, Now quick from hill to vale you fly,
You, who, unconicous of those nobler flights And now you sweep the vaulted sky.
That reach inpatient at immortal life,

A shepherd next you haunt the plain,
Againit the prime endearing privilege

And warble forth your oaten strain ; Of being dare contend, tay, can a luul

A lover now, with all the grace Of fuch extensive, deep, tremendous pow'rs, Of that liveet pallion in your face : Enlarging till, be but a finer breath

Then, calm’d to friendship, you allume
Of spirits dancing thro' their tubes ailiile, The gentlc-looking Hartford's bloom,
And then for ever loft in vacant air

As, wjih her Musidora, she
But hark! methinks I hear a warning voice, Her Musidora fond of thee)
Solenn as when tome awful change is conne, Amid the long withdrawing vale
Sound thro' the world-' 'Tis done! the mca- ! Awakes the rival'd nightingale.
“ sure's full;

[ttones, Toine is th:c balny breath of morn, And I resign my charge."-Ye mould'ring Just as the dew-bent rose is born; That build the tow'ring pyramid, the proud

And while meridian fervors beat, Triumphal arch, the monument eilac'd

Thine is the woodland dumb retreat ; By ruthiefs ruin, and whate er supports But cbicf, when crening scenes decay, The worshipp'd name of hoar antiquiry,

And the faint landscape fivims away, Down to the dust! what grandeur can ye bcast, Thine is the doubtful fost decline, While Newton lifts his column to the skics, And that beit hour of muling thinc. Beyond the waste of time? Let no weak drop Defcending angels bless thy train, Fe'thed for him. The virgin in her bloom The virtues of the fage and swain; Cut off, the jovous youth, and darling child, Plain innocence, in white array'd, These are the tombs that claim the tender tiar Before chce lifts her fuarlefs bead: And elegiac fony. But Newton calls

Religion's beams around thee thine, For coher noirs of gratulation high,

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About thee sports sweet Liberty ;

Calm as the bler'd above the anchoritos dwell And rape Urania sings to thee.

Within their peaceful gloomy cell; Oh, let me pierce thy fecret cell,

Their minds with heavenly joys are filld; And in thy deep recelles dwell.

The pleasures Light denics, thy shades for cver Perhaps from Norwood's oak-clad hill,

yield. When meditation has her will,

In caves of night, the oracles of old I just may cast my careless eyes

Did all their mysterios unfold : Where London's spiry turrets rise ;

Darkness did firft Religion yrace, Think of its crines, its cares, iis pain,

Gave terrorstothe God, and reverence to the place, Then thield me in the woods again.

When the Almighty did on Horeb fand,
Hymn to Darkness. YALDEN.

Thy shades inclos'd the hallow'd land,

In clouds of night he was array'd,
DARKNESS, thou first great parent of us all, And venerable darkness his pavilion inade.

Thou art our great original;
Since from thy univertal womb [come.

When he appear'd arm'd in his pow'r and might, Does all thou shad'st below, thy numerous offspring

He veil'd the beatific light;

When, terrible with majesty,
Thy wondrous birth is even to Time unknowil, In tempests he gave laws, and clad himself in thee,
Or, like eternity, thou 'dít none;

Ere the foundation of the carth was laid,
Whilst Light did its first being owe
Unto that awful thade it dares to rival now.

Or brighter firmament was made;

Ere matter, time, or place was known, Say, in what diftant region doft thou dwell, Thou, Monarch Darkncss, sway'dit chefe fpacious To Reason inacceffible?

rcalms alonc. From form and duller matter free, Thou foar 'st above the reach of man's philosophy.

But now the moon (tho gay with borrow'd light)

Torades thy scansy lot of Night: Involv'd in thec, we first receive our breath, By rebel subjects thou 're beti ay'd, Thou art our refuge too in death :

The anarchy of stars depote their monarch, Shade, Great Monarch of the grave and womb !

Yet fading Light its empire must resign, Where'er our souls thall go, to thee our bodics come.

And Nature's pow'r submit to thine : The silent globe is struck with awful fear,

An universal ruin thall creet ihy throne, When thy majestic shades appear :

And Fate confirm thy kingdom ever norç thy oiva, Thou soft compose the air and sca, And Earth a fabbath keeps, sacred to rest and thce.

& S. Education. WEST. In thy serener Shades our ghoits delight,

And court the umbrage of the night; Pritten in imitation of the Style and Manncr of In vaults and gloomy caves they ftray,

Spenfer's Fariyern.
But fly the morning beams, and ficken at the day. Infcribed to Lady Langbam, widow of Sir Jo.
Though folid bodies dare exclude the light,

Langban, Burt,
Nor will the brightest ray admit;
No substance can thy force repel,

** puerilia funt.---Plus fure velle quam it fatis, in:cmperantide Thou reign'st in depths below, dost in the centre

gends eft. Cuid, quod ifta liberalium artine confectatio molti dwell.

* tos, verbofus, intempeftivos, fibi placute facit, et idcu un

" dicentua necellaria, quia fupervacua didicarunt." The sparkling gems, and ore in mincs below,

To thee their beauteous luftre owe;

Tho' form’d within the tomb of night, O GOODLY Discipline! from Heavenysprung, Bright as their fire they faine, with native rays To whom the Graces and the Nine belong,

Parent of Science, queen of Arts refin'd! of light.

Oh! bid those Gracts, in fair chorus joind When thou dost raise thy venerable head, With each bright virtve that adorns the mind, And art in genuine night array'd,

Oh! bid the Muses, thine harmonious train, Thy negro beauties then delight;

Who by thy aid crfi humaniz'd mankind, Beauties, like polish'd jet, with their own dark. Inspire, dire&t, and moralize the strain ncf bright.

That doth ellay to teach thy trcafures how to gain, Thou dost thy smiles impartially bestow,

And thou, whose pious and maternal carc, And know'ft no diff'rence here below :

The substitute of heavenly Providence, All things appear the fame by thee, With tend'rest lore my orphan life did rear, Tho' Light distinction makes, thou giv'st equality. And train me up to manly strength and fenfes Thou, Darkness, art the lover's kind retrcat, With mildcit awe ard virtuous influence

And dost the nuptial sys complete; Directing my unpractis'd wayıvard feet

Thou doft inspire thein with thy shade, To the Imooth walks of Truth and Innocence, Giv'it vigour to the youth, and warm'it the yield. Where Happiness heartfelt, Conteyment fivcet,

Philofophy divine, aye bold their bleft retreat ;

Thou,

"Unum ftudium pre liberale eft, quod liberum facit. Hoc fapientiae

* ftudium eft, fublime, fute, inagnaninuni: caetera pufika et

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The Knight, as ta Paedia's + house

He his young fon conveys,

Thou, most belov'd, most honour'd, most rever'd! Still as the firelling passions 'gan disclose
Accept this Verse, to thy large merit due ! The buds of future virtues, did prepare
And blame me not, if, by each tie endear'd With prudent culture the young shoots to rear,
Of nature, gratitude, and friendship true, And aye in this endearing pious toil
The whiles this moral thesis I pursue,

They by a palmer q tage instrucied were, (while And trace the plan of goodly nurture * o'er, Who from deep thought and studious search ere. I bring thy modest virtues into view,

Had learnt to mend the heart and till the human And proudly boast that from thy precious store, foil. Which erst enrich'd my heart, I drew this cred

For by celestial Wisdom whilom led lore.

Thro' all the apartments of th' immortal mind, And thus, I ween, thus shall I best repay He view'dihe secret stores, and mark'd the ited** The valu'd gifts thy careful love bestow'd, To judgment, wit, and memory, allign'd; If imitating thee well as I may

And now fonsation and refcction join'd I labour to diffuse th’important good,

To till with images her dark some grotte, Till this great truth by all be understood Where variously disjointed or combind, “ That all the pious duties which we owe As reafoo, fancy, or opinion, wrought, (thought. “ Our parents, friends, our country, and our God, Their variousmaiks they play'd,andted herpenire “ The seeds of ev'ry virtue here below, Als it tiro' the fields of Science had he stray'd “ From discipline alone and early culture grow." With eager search, and sent his piercing eve

Thro'cah learn'd school, each philosophic fhade,
CANTO I.

Where Truth and Virtue crít ivere dceni'd to he,
If haply the fair vagrants he moto 1 1 1py,
Or hear the music of their charming lore;

Bui all unable there to fatisfy
Is fad by Cutim, with him fights,

His curious foul, he turn'd him to explore
And his vain pride dildays.

The lacred writ of Faith, to learn, believe, adore.
A GENTLE knight there was whose noble deeds Thence fue profess'd of Falsehood and Deccit,
O’er Fairy land by Fame were blazon'd round; Thoe sy artificers of Tyranny,
For warlike enterprize and fage areeds

Aye bolding up before uncertain feet
Among the chief alike was he renown'd, His faithful light to knowledge, Liberty,
Whence with the marks of highest honoursçrown'd Mankind he led to civil policy,
By Gloriana, in domeftic peace,

And mild Reliyion's charitable law,
That port to which the wile are ever bound, That fram'd by Mercy and Benignity
He anchor'd was, and chang'd the toiling leis The perfecuting sword foroids to draiv,
Of bustling busy life for calin fequefter'd calc. And free-crcated souls with penal terrours awe.
There in domestic virtue rich and great, Nc with the glorious gifts elate and vain
As erst in public, 'mid his wide domain Lock'd he his wisdom up in churlith pride,
Long in primeval patriarchal state,

But stooping from his height would eren deign The lord, the judge, the father of the plain The feebie teps of infancy to gende: He dwelt ; and with him in the golden chain Eternal glory him therefore betide; Of wedded faith ylink'd a matron fage Let ev'ry gen'rous youth his praise proclaim, Aye dwelt, sweet partner of his joy and pain ! Who wand'ring thro' the world's rude forest wide, Sweet charmer of his youth, friend of his age, By him hath been ytanght his course to frame Skill d to improve his bliss, his sorrows to all'uage ! ToVirtue's sweet abodes and heaven aspiring Fame! From this fair union, not of sordid gain, For this the Fairy knight with anxious thought But merit similar and mutual love,

And fond paternal care his counsel pray'd, True source of lineal virtue, sprung a train And him of gentlest courtesy besought Of youths and virgins, like the beauteous grove His guidance to vouchlife and friendly aid, Which round the temple of Olympic Jove The while his tender offspring he convey'd Begiit with youthful bloom the parent tree , Thro' devious paths to that secure retreat The sacred olive, whence old Elis wove

Where fage Pædia with each tuneful maid Her verdant crowns of peaceful victory, On a vi le mount had fix'd her rural seat, The guerdons | of bold strength and switi activity. Mid tow'ry gardens plac d, untrod by vulgar feet. So round their noble parents gondly rose And now forth-pacing with his blooming heir, These gen'rous scions; they with watchful care, And that same virtuous palmer them to guide,

Nurture, education. ţ Pælia is a Greek word, signifying education. | Areeds, counsels. s Purent-free, ibe fucrid olive.] This tree grew in the Allis, or sacred grove of Olympic Jupiter, at Olyapia, having, as the Eleans pretended, been originally planted there by Hercules. It was citeemed sacredi and from at were taken the Olympic crowns.

I Guerdons, rewards.
I Palmer, pilgrim. The person here fignified is Mr. Locke, characterized by his works.
** Seed, place, station. ++ Als, also, farther. * Mote, might.

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