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That Poverty escapes - The wretch who dragg’d Whose Word from nothing call’d this beauteous
His fire relentless to the tomb-Say, rose

whole,
No boiling paflion in his rankled heart? This wide expanded All from pole to pole!
Felt nut his tortur'd breast the venom sting Who shall prescribe the boundary to Thee,
Of keen Impatience ? Flam'd not to his eve Or fix the æra of eternity?
Gold, titles, honour; all the tinsel-show,

Should we, deceiv'd by error's sceptic glass, That on the fullen front of Avarice wakes Admit the thought abfurdthat Nothing was! A gloomy smile, and bids his little thought Thence would this wild, this falfe conclution flow, Receive a gleam of joy? From these secure That Nuthing rais'd this beauteous All below! Lives pot uncutor'd Indigence at ease?

When froin disclosing darknets splendour breaks, And fteals unseen along the vale of life, Affociate atoms move, and matter 1peaks, Calm, peaceful, shelter'd from the stormy blast When non-existence bursts its clofe disguise, That thakes Ambition's plume; that wrecks the How blind are mortals, not to own the skies ! hope,

If one vait void eternal held its place, The quiet of mankind ?-What though to these Whence started time ? or whence expanded space? The means

are scanty :-O'er the roughen's What gave the flumb'ring mass to feel a change, check

Or bid consenting worlds harmonious range? Health sheds her bloom; their sinews knit by toil, Could Nothing link the universal chain? Robust and firm, support th'allotted weight; No, 'tis impoflible, absurd, and vain ! And gradual looled by long revolving years, Here reason its eternal Author finds, Refign their charge, untainted by the seeds The whole who regulates, unites, and binds, Of lurking Death, flow through the form diffus'd Enlivens matter, and produces minds! From meals that Nature naufeates, from the cup Inactive Chaos sleeps in dull repote, Where the wine laughs, and on the mantling cheek Nor knowledge thence, nor free volition, flows ! Kindles a tranfient blush, but works diseale, A nobler source those powers ethereal thow, And shades the temples with untimely snow. By which we think, design, reflect, and know;

These from a cause superior date their rise, § 50. Deity. Boyse.

Abstract in eilence from material ties.” Unde vil majus generatur Ipjo,

An origin immortal, as supreme,

From whose pure day, celestial rays! they came: Nec vizet quidquam fimile aut fecundum. Hor. In whom all pollible perfections shine, FROM earth's low prospects and deceitful aims, Eternal

, felf-existent, and divine ! From wealth's allurements, and ambition's From this great spring of uncreated might! dreams,

This all-resplendent orb of vital light; The lover's raptures, and the hero's views, Whencc all created beings take their rise, All the false joys mistaken man pursues ; Which beautify the earth, or paint the skies ! The schemes of science, the delights of wine, Profusely wide the boundless blessings flow, Or the more pleasing follies of the Nine ! Which heav'n enrich, and gladden worlds below! Rec:!, fond Bard, thy long-enchanted sight, Which are no less, when properly defin'd, Deluded with the visionary light!

Than emanations of th’Eternal Mind!
A nobler theme demands thy sacred song, Hence triumphs truth beyond objection clear
A theme beyond or man's or angel's tongue ! (Let unbelief attend and thrink with fear!)

But oh, alas! unhallow'd and profane, That what for ever was-must surely be
How halt thou dare to raise the heav'nly strain : Beyond commencement, and from period free;
Do thou, who from the altar's living fire Diawn from himielf his native excellence,
lfiah's tuneful lips didft once inspire,

His date eternal, and his space immense !
Come to my aid, celestial Wisdom, come ; And all of whom that man can comprehend,
Froma iny dark mind dispel the doubtful gloom : Is, that he ne'er began, nor e'er shall end.
My passions still, my purer breast inflame, In him from whom existence boundless flows,
To fing that God from whom existence came; Let humble faith its sacred trust repole :
Till heav'n and nature in the concert join, Afsur'd, on his eternity deperd,
And own the Author of their birth divine. “ Eternal Father! and eternal Friend !'
I. ETERNITY.

Within that mystic circle safety seek,

No time can lefsen, and no force can break; Whence sprung this glorious frame! or whence And, loft in adoration, breathe his praise, The various forms the universe compose? [arose High Rock of ages, ancient Sire of days! From what Almighty Cause, what mystic Springs Saall we derive the origin of things?

II. UNITY. Sing, heav'nly Guide ! whose all-efficient light Thus recogniz'd, the spring of life and thought! Drew dawning planets from the womb of night! Eternal, felf-deriv'd, and unbegot! Since reason, by thy sacred dictates taught, Approach, celestial Muse, th' empyreal throne, Adores a pow'r beyond the reach of thought. And awfully adore th’exalted One !

First Cause of causes ! Sire supreme of birth! In nature pure, in place supremely free, Sole light of heav'n! acknowledg'd life of carth! And happy in essential unity!

Bless'd

Blefs'd in himself, had from his forming hand In whose clear eye the bright angelic train
No crcatures sprung to hail his wide command; Appcar fuffus'd with imperfection's stain !
Bless’d, had the sacred fountain ne'er run o'er, Impervious to the man's or seraph's eye,
A boundless fea of bliss that knows no Thore ! Beyond the ken of each cxaled high;

Nor sense can two prime origins conceive, Him would in vain material semblance feign, Nor reason two eternal Gods bclieve!

Or figur'd thrines the boundless God contain ; Could the wild Manichæan own that guide, Object of faith!-he thuns the view of rente, The good would triumph, and the ill fubfide! Loit in the blaze of lightless excellence ! Again would vanquish'd Arimanius bleed, Most perfcet, most intelligent, most wise, And darkness from prevailing light recede ! In whom the sanctity of pureness lics; In diff'rent individuals we find

In whose adjusting mind the whole is wrought, An evident disparity of mind;

Whofe form is fpirit! and whose effence thought! Hence ductile thought a thousand changes gains, Are truths infcrib'd by Wisdom's brightest ray, And actions vary as the will ordains;

In characters that gild the face of day! But should two Beings, cqually supreme,

Reason confessid (howe'er we may dispute ), Divided pow'r and parted empire claim; Fix'd boundary ! discovers man from brute; How foon would univerfal order cease!

But, dim to us, exerts its fainter ray, How soon would discord harmony difplace ! Deprefs d in matter, and allied to clay! Eternal schemes maintain eternal fight,

In forms fuperior kindles lefs confin'd, Nor yield, supported by eternal might;

Whole dress is rther, and whole fubftance mind; Where each would uncontrould his aim pursue, Yet all from Him, supreme of Caufes, flow, The links diffever, or the chain renew! To him their pow'rs and their existence owe; Marter from motion cross impressions take, From the bright cherub of the nobleft birth, As serv'd each pow'r kis rival's pow'r to break, To the poor reasoning ylow-worm plac'donearth; While neutral Chaos, from his deep recess, From matter then to Ipirit still afcend, Would view the never-ending strife increasc, Thro' spirit ftill refining, higher tend; And bless the contest that secur'd his peacc ! Pursue, on knowledge bent, the pathless road, While new creations would opposing rise, Pierce thro' ipfinitudc in quest of God! And elemental war deform the skies !

Still from tny search, the centre still lhall fly, Around wild uproar and confusion horld, Approaching still--thou never hale come nigh! Eclipse the hcav'ns, and waste the ruin'd world. So its bright orb th' afpiring flame would join, Iwo independent causes to admit,

But the vast distance mocks the fond design. Destrovs religion, and debafes wit;

If he, Almighty! whole decree is fate, The first by such an anarchy undone,

Could, to display his pow'r, fubvert his state; The last acknowledges its fource but one. Bid from his plastic hand a greater rise, As from the main the mountain wills are drawa, , Produce a matter! and retign his skies; That wind irriguous thro' the flow'ry lawn; Impart his incommunicable Hame, So, mindful of their {pring, one course they Thi myftic number of th' Eternal Name; keep,

Then might revolting reason's fieble ray Exploring, till they find their native dcep! Aspire to qucftion God's all-pei fect day! Exalted Pow'r invisible, supreme,

Vain talk ! the clay in the directing hand Thou sov'reign, fole unutterable Name! The reason of its form might to demand, As round thy throne thy flaming seraphs ftand, As man presume to question his dispote, And touch the golden lyre with trembling hand; From whom the pow'r he thus abules flows. Too weak thy pure effulgence to behold, Here point, fair Muse! the worfhip God reWith their rich plumes their dazzled eyes infold; quires, Transported with the ardors of thy praise, The foul inflam'd with chaste and holy fires ! The holy! holy! holy! anthem raite ! Where love celestial warms the happy breast, To thein responsive, let creation fing,

And from fincerity the thought's exprefs'd; Thce, indivisible eternal King!

W'here genuine piety and truth refin'd
III. SPIRITUALITY.

Re-consecrate the temple of the mind;

With grateful flames the living altars glow, O say, celestial Muse! whose purer birth And God defcends to vilit man below! Disdains the low material ties of earth;

IV. OMNIPRESENCE,
By what bright images shall be defin'd
The mystic nature of th' eternal Mind?

Thro' the unmeafurable tracts of space,
Or how shall thought the dazzling height explore, Go, Muse divine ! and present Godhead trace !
Where all that reason can-is to adore ! See where, by placc uncircumscrib'd as time,

Thar God's an immaterial essence pure, He reigns extended, and he thines fublime ! Whom figure can't describe, nor parts iminure; Shouldit thou above the heav'n of hcar'ns arIncapable of pallions, impulse, fear,

cend, In good pre-eminent, in truth fevere:

Couldst thou below the depth of depths de feend, Unmix'd his nature, and sublin'd his pow'rs Could thy fond Right beyond the starry sphere From all the gross allay that tempers ours; The radiant morning's lucid pinions bear!

There

There should his brighter presence shine confeft, His all-enlight'ning Omnipresence own, (known;
There his almighty arm thy courte arrest! Whence first thou fcel'st thy dwindling presence
Couldst thou the thickest veil of night assume, His wide Omniscience, juftly grateful, fing,
Or think to hide thee in the central glooin! Whence thy weak science prunes its callow wing!
Yet there, all patent to his piercing light, Andbless th’Eternal, All-informing Soul,[whole!
Darkness itself would kindle into light: Whose light pervades, whole knowledge fills the
Nor the black manfions of the filent grave,
Nor darker hell, from her perception fave;

Y. IMMUTABILITY.
What pow'r, alas! thy footsteps can convey As the Eternal and Omniscient Mind,
Beyond the reach of omnipresent day?

By laws not limited, nor bounds confind,
in buis wide grasp, and comprehensive ere, Is always independent, always free,
Immediate, worlds on worlds unnumber'd lie: Hence ihines confeis'd Immutability!
Syftems inclos'd in his perception roll,

Change, whether the spontancous child of will, Whole all-informing mind directs the whole: Or birth of force—is imperfection still. Lodg'd in his grasp, their certain ways they know; But he, all-perfect, in himself contains Plac'd in that light from whence can nothing go. Pow'r felf-deriv'd, and from himself he reigns ! On earth his footstool fix'd, in heav'n his feat

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If, alter'd by constraint, we could suppose, Enthron'd he dictates, and his word is fate. That God his fix'd stability should lose; Nor want his shining images below,

How startles reason at a thought so strange! In freams that murmur, or in winds chat blow; What pow'r can force Omnipotence to change! His spirit broods along the boundless food, If from his own divine productive thought, Smiles in the plain, and whispers in the wood; Were the yet stranger alteration wrought; Warms in the genial sun's enliv'ning ray, Could excellence supreme new rays acquire ? Breathes in the air, and beautifies the day! Or strong perfection raise its glories higher ?

Should man his great immenfity deny, Absurd !--his high meridian brightness glows, Mao might as well usurp the vacant iky: Never decreafes, never overflows! For were he limited in date, or view,

Knows no addition, yields to no decay, Thence were his attributes imperfect too ; The blaze of incommunicable day! His knowledge, pow'r, his goodness all confin'd, Below, through different forms does matter And lost th' idea of a ruling Mind !

And life subsift from elemental change; [range, Feeble the trust, and comfortless the sense, Liquids condensing Mapes terrestrial wear, Of a defective partial Providence !

Earth mounts in fire, and fire dillolves in air ; Boldly might then his arm injustice brave, While we, enquiring phantoms of a day, Or innocence in vain his mercy crave;

Inconstant as the shadows we survey! Dejected virtue lift its hopeleis eye ;

With them, along time's rapid current pass, And heavy forrow vent the heartless figh! And haste to mingle with the parent inass; An absent God no abler to defend,

But Thou, Eternal Lord of life divine !
Protect, or punish, than an absent friend; In youth immortal fhalt for ever shine!
Distant alike our wants or griefs to know, No change shall darken thy exalted names

To ease the anguilh, or prevent the blow! From everlasting ages ftill the same!
If he, fupreme Director, were not ncar,

If God, like inan, his purpose could renew, Vain wereour hope, and empty were our fear; His laws could vary, or his plans undo; Vapunith'd vice would o'er the world prevail, Desponding Faith would droop its cheerless wing, And unrewarded virtue toil-to fail!

Religion dcaden to a lifeless thing! The moral world a fecond chaos lie,

Where could we, rational, repose our trust, And nature ficken to the thoughtful cye! But in a Pow'r immutable as just?

Even the weak embryo, ere to life it breaks, How judge of revelation's force divine, From his high pow'r its llender texture takes; If truth unerring gave not the design? Whilc in his book the various parts inroll'd, Where, as in nature's fair according plan, Increasing, own eternal Wisdom's mould. All smiles benevolent and good to man. Nor views he only the material whole,

Plac'd in this narrow clouded spot below, But pierces thought, and penetrates the soul ! We darkly see around, and darkly know ! Ere from the lips the vocal accents part, Religion lends the falutary beam, Or the faint purpose dawns within the heart, That guides our reason thro’ the dubious gleam; His steady eye the mental birth perceives, Till sounds the hour, when he who rules the skics Ere yet to us the new idea lives!

Shall bid the curtain of Omniscience rise! Knows what we say, cre yet the words proceed, Shall diffipate the mists that veil our sight, And, ere we form th' intention, marks the deed! And shew his creatures-all bis ways are right!

But Conscience, fair vicegerent-light within, Then, when astonith'd nature feels its fate, Afferts its Author, and restores the scene ! And fetter'd time ihall know his latest date ; Points out the beauty of the govern'd plan, When carth thall in the mighty blaze expire, " And vindicates the ways of God to man." Heav'n melt with heat, and worlds dissolve in fire!

Then, facred Mufe, by the vast prospect fir’d, The universal system shrink away, Frumhear'a defçended, as by Heav'a inspir'd; And ocasing orbs canfels th' almighty sway!

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Immortal He, amidst the wreck secure, Then at our intermediate globe repose,
Shall fit exalted, permanently pure !

And view yon lunar satellite that glows !
As in the Sacred Bush, shall shine the same, Or cast along the azure vault thy eye,
And from the ruin raise a fairer frame ! When golden day enlightens all the sky;

Around, behold carth’s variegated scene,
VI. OMNIPOTENCE.

The mingling prospects, and the flow'ry green ;

The mountain brow, the long-extended wood, Far hence, ye visionary charming maids, Or the rude rock that threatens o'er the flood ! Ye fancied nymphs that haunt the Grecian ihades! And say, are these the wild effects of chance ? Your birth who from conceiving fiction drew, Oh, strange effect of reas'ning ignorance ! Yourselves producing phantoms as untrue; Nor pow'r alone confess'd in grandeur lies, But come, superior Muse! divinely bright, The glittering planet, or the painted skies! Daughter of heav'n, whole offspring still is light; Equal, the elephant's or emmet's dress Oh condescend, celestial sacred guest !

The wisdom of Omnipotence confess; To purge my sight, and animate my breast, Equal, the cumbrous whale's enormous mass, While I presume Omnipotence to trace, With the small insect in the crowded graís; And fing that Pow'r who peopled boundless space! The mite that gambols in its acid sea, Thou present wert, when forth th' Almighty In shape a porpus, though a speck to thee ! rode,

Ev’n the blue down the purple plum surrounds, While Chaos trembled at the voice of God![drew, A living world, thy failing light confounds, Thou faw'st, when o'er th' immense his line he To him a peopled habitation ihows, When Nothing from his Word existence knew! Where millions taste the bounty God bestows ! His Word, that wak'd to life the vast profound, Great Lord of life, whose all-controuling might While conscious light was kindled at the sound ! Thro’ wide creation beams divinely bright, Creation fair surpris'd th' angelic eyes,

Nor only does thy pow'r in forming shine, And fov'reign Wisdom saw that all was wise! But to annihilate, dread King! is thine.

Him, fole almighty, nature's book displays, Shouldīt thou withdraw thy still-supporting Distinct the page, and legible the rays !

hand, Let the wild sceptic his attention throw

How languid nature would astonish'd stand! To the broad horizon, or earth below;

Tly frown the ancient realm

of night restore, He finds thy soft impression touch his brcast, And raise a blank - where lyftems (inil'd before! He feels the God, and owns him unconfest; See in corruption, all-surprising state, Should the stray pilgrim, tir'd of sands and skies, How struggling life eludes the stroke of fate; In Lubia's waste behold a palace rise,

Shock'd at the scene, tho' sense averts its eye, Would he believe the charm from atoms wrought: Nor stops the wondrous process to descry; Go, atheist, hence, and mend thy juster thought! Yet julier thought the mystic change pursucs,

What hand, Almighty Architect! but thine, And with delight Almighty Wisdom views ! Could give the model of this vast design? The brute, the vegetable world surveys, What hand but thine adjust th' amazing whole? Sees life sublifting ev'n from life's decays! And bid consenting systems beauteous roll! Mark there, self-taught, the penfive reptile come, What hand but thine fupply the folar light? Spin his thin throud, and living build his tomb ! Ever bestowing, yet for ever bright!

With conscious care his former pleasures leave, What hand but thine the Itarry train array, And dress him for the bus'ness of the grave ! Or give the moon to shed her borrow'd ray? Thence, pass’d the Mort-liv'd change, renew'd What hand but thine the azure convex spread ? he fprings, What hand but thine compose the occan's bed? | Admires the skies, and tries his filken wings! To the vast main the fandy barrier throw, With airy fligit the insect roves abroad, And with the feeble curb restrain the foe! And scorns the meaner earth he lately trod! What hand but thing the wint’ry flood assuage, Thee, potent, let deliver'd Israel praise, Or stop the tempest in its wildest rage!

And to thy name their grateful homage raise ! Thee infinite! what finite can explore ? Thee,

potent God ! let Egypt's land declare, Imagination finks beneath thy pow'r ;

That felt thy justice, awfully fevere ! Thee could the ablest of thy creatures know, How did thy frown benight the shadow'd land ! Loft were thy Unity, for he were Thou ! Nature, rcvers’d, how own thy high command ! Yet present to all sense thy pow'r remains, When jarring elements their use forgot, Reveal'd in nature, nature's Author reigns ! And the sun felt thy overcasting blut! In vain would crror from conviction fly, When earth produc'd the peftilential brood, Thou ev'ry where art present to the eye! And the foul Atream was crimson'd into blood ! The sense how stupid, and the right how blind, How deep the horrors of that awful night, That fails this universal truth to find !

How strong the terror, and how wild the fright! Go! all the fightless realms of space survey, When o'er the land thy sword vindi&tive pass'd, Returning trace the Planetary Way!

And men and infants breath'd at once their last, The sun, that in his central glory shines, How did thy arm thy favour'd tribes convey ! While ev'ry planet round his orb inclines; Thy light conducting point the patent way! 7

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scene ;

Obedient ocean to their march divide

Breathes her wide influence on the world below,
The wai'ry wall diftinct on either side ; And bids the tides alternate ebb and flow.
While thro' the deep the long procession led, View how in course the constant seasons rise,
And saw the wonders of the oozy bed! Deform the earth, or beautify the skies :
Nörlong they march’d, till, black'ning in the rear, First, Spring advancing, with her flow'ry train ;
The vengeful tyrant and his host appear! Next, Summer's hand, that spreads the sylvan
Plunge down the steep, the waves thy nod obey,
And whelm the threain’ing storm beneath the sea! Then, Autumn,with her yellow harvests crown'd;

Nor yet thy pow'r thy chosen train forsook, And trembling Winter close the annual round.
When thro' Arabia's fands their way they took; The vegetable tribes observant trace,
By dav thy cloud was present to the fight,

From the tall cedar to the creeping grass :
Thy fiery pillar led the march by night; The chain of animated beings fcale,
Thy hand amidit the waste their table spread, From the small reptile to th' enormous whale;
With feather'd viands, and with heav'nly bread : From the strong eagle stooping thro' the skies,
When the dry wilderness no streams supplied,

To the low infect that escapes thy cyes!
Guih'd from the yielding rock the vital tide! And see, if see thou canst, in ev'ry frame,
What limits can Omnipotence confine ?

Eternal Wisdom shine confess'd the same :
What obitacles oppose thy arm divine ? As proper organs to the least assign'd,
Siace ftones and waves their settled laws forego, As proper means to propagate the kind,
Since seas can harden, and since rocks can fow! As just the structure, and as wise tne plan,
On Sinai's top, the Muse with ardent wing

As in this lord of all--debating man!
The triumphs of Omnipotence would sing! Hence, rea'sning creature, thy distinction find,
When o'er its airy brow thy cloud display'd Nor longer to the ways of Heav'n be blind.
Insolv'd the nations in its awful shade; Wisdom in outward beauty strikes the mind,
When thrunk the earth from thy approaching But outward beauty points a charm behind.
And the rock trembled to its rooted bale ; [face, What gives the earth, the ambient air, or seas,
Yet where thy majesty divine appear’d,

The plain, the river, or the wood to please ? Where hone thy glory, and thy voice was heard; Oh say, in whom does beauty's self reside, Evin in the blaze of that tremendous day, The Beautifier, or the beautified ? Idolatry its impious rites could pay! (vade, There dwells the Godhead in the bright disguise, Ob shame to thought!-thy sacred throne in- Beyond the ken of all created eyes; Aad brave the bolt that linger'd round its head! His works our love and our attention steal;

His works (surprising thought!) the Maker veil; VII. WISDOM.

Too weak our sight to pierce the radiant cloud,

Where Wisdom Thines, in all her charms avow'd. Orhou, who, when th'?.Imighty form'd this All, O gracious God, omnipotent and wise, Upheld the scale, and weigh'd each balanc'd ball; Unerring Lord, and Ruler of the skies! And as his hand completed each design, All-condescending, to my feeble heart Number'd the work, and fix'd the seal divine; One beam of thy celestial light impart; O Wisdom infinite ! creation's foul,

I feek not fordid wealth, or glitt'ring pow'r ;
Whose rays diffuse new lustre o'er the whole, Ogrant me Wisdom--and I ask no more!
What tongue shall make thy charms celeftial
known?

VIII. PROVIDENCĘ.
What hand, fair Goddess ! paint thee but thy own?
What tho' in nature's universal store

As from some level country's shelter'd ground,
Appear the wonders of almighty pow'r; With towns replete, with green enclosures bound,
Pow's, unattended, terror would inspire, Where the eye kept within the verdant maze
Awd muft we gaze, and comfortless admire. But gets a transient vista as it strays;
But when fair wisdom joins in the delign, The pilgriın to some rising fummit tends,
The beauty of the whole result 's divine ! Whence opens all the scene as he ascends :

Hence life acknowledges its glorious cause, So providence the friendly heights supplies,
And matter owns its great disposer's laws; Where all the charms of Deity surprise;
Hence in a thousand different models wrought, Here Goodness, Power, and Wisdom all unite,
Now fix'd to quiet, now allied to thought ; And dazzling glories whelm the ravish'd fight!
Hence flow the forms and properties of things, Almighty Cause! 'tis thy preferving care,
Hence rises harmony, and order springs; That keeps thy works for ever fresh and fair;
Elfe, had the mass a Thapeless chaos lay, The fun, from thy superior radiance bright,
Not ever felt the dawn of Wisdom's day! Eternal sheds his delegated light ;

See, how associate round their central run Lends to his fifter orb inferior day,
Their faithful rings the circling planets run; And paints the filver moon's alternate ray :
Sull equi-diftant, never yet too near,

Thy hand the waste of eating Time renews: Exactly tracing their appointed sphere. Thou fhedd'st the tepid morning's balmy dews : Mark how the moon our flying orb pursues, When raging winds the blacken'd deep deform, While from the sun her monthly light renews; Thy spirit rides commiffon'd in the storm;

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