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Into the guiltless breast, beneath the shado,
Or thrown at large amid the fragrant hay;
Nor aught besides of prospect, grove, or song,
Dim-grottos, gleaming lakes, and fountains clear.
Here too dwells simple truth ; plain innocenco;
Unsullied beauty; sound unbroken youth,
Patient of labour, with a little pleas'd;
Health ever blooming ; unambitious toil;
Calm contemplation, and poetic ease.-THOMSON.
The pleasure and benefit of an improved and well-directed
OH! blest of Heaven, who not the languid songs
Of luxury, the siren ! not the bribes
Of sordid wealth, nor all the gaudy spoils
Of pageant Honour, can seduce to leave
Those ever blooming sweets, which, from the stor
of nature, fair imagination culls,
To charm th' enliven'd soul! What tho' not alle
Of mortal offspring can attain the height
Of envied life; tho' only few possess
Patrician treasures, or imperial state;
Yet nature's.care, to all her children just,
With richer treasures, and an ampler state,
Endows at large whatever happy man
Will deign to use them.
His:the city's pomp,
The rural honours his.. Whate'er-adorns
The princely dome, the column, and the archita
The breathing marble and the sculptur'd gold
Beyond the proud possessor's narrow claim,
His tupeful breast enjoys. For him, the spring
Distils her dews, and from the silkea gem
Its lucid leaves unfolds : for him, the band
Of autumn tinges every fertile branch
With blooming gold, and blushes like the morts
Each passing hour sheds tribute from her wings:
And still new beauties meet his lonely walk,
And loves unfelt attract him.
Flies o'er the meadow ; nota cloud imbibes
The setting sun's effulgence; not a strain
From all the tenants of the warbling shade
doçends; but whence his bosom ean partako
Fresh pleasure, unreprov'd. Nor thence partakes
Fresh pleasure only; for th' attentive mind,
By this harmonious action on her powers,
Becomes herself harmonious : wont so oft
In outward things to meditate the charm
Of sacred order, soon she seeks at home,
To find a kindred order; to exert
Within herself this elegance of love,
This fair inspir’d delight: her temper'd pow'rg
Refine at length, and every passion wears
A chaster, milder, more attractive mien. 4 But if to ampler prospects, is to gaze
On nature's form, where, negligent of all
These lesser graces, she assumes the port
Of that Eternal Majesty that weigh'd
The world's foundations, if to these the mind
Exalts her daring eye; then mightier far
Will be the change, and nobler. Would the forme
Of servile custom cramp her gen'rous pow'rs?
Would sordid policies, the barb'rous growth
Of ignorance and rapine, bow her down
To tame pursuits, to indolence and fear?
5 Lo! she appeals to nature, to the winds
· And rolling waves, the sun's unwearied course,
The elements and seasons: all declare
For what th’ eternal Maker has ordain'd
The pow’rs of man: we feel within ourselves
His energy divine; he tells the heart,
He meant, he made us to behold and love
What he beholds and loves, the general orb
Of life and being; to be great like Him,
Beneficent and active. Thus the men
Whom nature's works instruct, with God himself
Hold converse; grow familiar, day by day,
With his conceptions; act upon his plan;
And form to his, the relish of their souls.--AKENSIDE.
A T the close of the day, when the hamlet is still,
A And mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove;
When nought but the torrent is heard on the hill,
And nought but the nightingale's song in the group
Tn Bawas by the cave of the mountain afar,
While bin harp rung gymphoniou, a bermit began ::
No more with himsell or with nature at war,
He thought as a sage, tho' he felt as a man.
I "Ah! why, all abandon'd to darkness and wo:
Why, lone Philomela, that languishing fall?
For spring shall return, and a lover bestow,
And sorrow no longer thy bosom inthral.
But, if pity inspire thee, renew the sad lay;
Mourn, sweetest complainier, man calls thee to mourn;
O sooth him whose pleasures like thine pass away:
Full quickly they pass--but they never return. • “Now gliding remote, on the verge of the sky,
The moon half extinguish'd, her crescent displays;
But lately I mark'd, when majestic on high
She shone, and the planets were lost in her blaze.
Roll on, thou fair orb, and with gladness pursue
The path that conducts thee to splendour again :
But man's faded glory what change shall renew!
Ah fool! to exult in a glory so vain!
& **Tis night, and the landscape is lovely no more:
I mourn; but, ye woodlands, I mourn not for you;
For morn is approaching, your charms to restore,
Perfum'd with fresh fragrance, and glitt'ring with don.
Nor yet for the ravage of winter I mourn;
Kind nature the embryo blossom will save: ** But when shall spring visit the mouldering urn!
O when shall day dawn on the night of the grave!
UTwas thus by the glare of false science betray'd,
That leads, to bewilder, and dazzles, to blind;
My thoughts wont to roam, from shade onward to shade,
Destruction before me, and sorrow behind.
O pity, great Father of light, then I cried,
Thy creature who fain would not wander from thee! ! Lo, humbled in dust, I relinquish my pride: ;
From doubt and from darkness thou only canst fror
O “And darkness and doubt, are now flying away;
No longer I roam in conjecture forlorn :
So breaks on the traveller, faint and astray,
The bright and the balmy effulgence of morn.
See truth, love, and mercy, in triumph descending,
And nature all glowing in Eden's first bloom! On the cold cheek of death smiles and roses are blending, And beauty immortal, awakes from the tomb."
The beggar's petition.
DITY the sorrows of a poor old man,
1 Whose trembling limbs have borne him to your door
Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span;
Oh! give relief, and Heaven will bless your store. & These tatter'd clothes my poverty bespeak;
These hoary locks, proclaim my lengthen'd yean;
And many a furrow in my grief-worn cheek,
Has been the channel to a flood of tears.
Yon house, erected on the rising ground,
With tempting aspect drew me from my road,
Bor plenty there a residence has found,
And grandeur a magnificent abode.
4 Hard is the fate of the infirm and poor!
Here, as I crav'd a morsel of their bread,
A pamper'd menial drove me from the door,
To seek a shelter in an humbler shed. 6 Oh! take me to your hospitable dome;
Keen blows the wind, and piercing is the cold I
Short is my passage to the friendly tomb;
For I am poor, and miserably old.
& Should I reveal the sources of my grief,
If soft humanity e'er touch'd your breast,
Your hands would not withhold the kind relief;
And tears of pity, would not be represt.
7 Heav'n sends misfortunes ; why should we repine ?
a 'Tis Heav'n has brought me to the state you see ;
* And your condition may be soon like mine,
The child of sorrow and of misery. 8 A little farm was my paternal lot;
Then, like the lark, I sprightly hail'd the moms
But ah! Oppression forc'd me from my cot,
My cattle died, and blighted was my corne
My daughter, once the comfort of my age,
Lur'd by a villain from her native home,
Is cast abandon'd on the world's wide stage,
And doom'd in scanty poverty to roam,
90 My tender wife, sweet soother of my care !
Struck with sad anguish at the sterą decreo,
Fell, ling'ring fell, a victim to despair;
And left the world to wretchedness and wants
11 Pity the sorrows of a poor old man,
Whose trembling limbs have borne him to your door Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span: Oh! give relief, and Heav'n will bless your store.'
Unhappy close of life. As
ITOW shocking must thy summons be, 0 Death !
Il To him that is at ease in his possessions!
Who, counting on long years of pleasure here,
Is quite unfurnish'd for the world to come!
In that dread moment, how the frantic soul
Raves round the walls of her clay tenement;
Runs to each avenue, and shrieks for help;
But shrieks in vain ! How wishfully she looks
On all she's leaving, now no longer hers ! 2 A little longer; yet a little longer;
O might she stay to wash away her stains ;
And fit her for her passage! Mournful sight!
Her very eyes weep blood ; and ev'ry groan
She heaves is big with horror. But the foe,
Like a staunch murd'rer, steady to his purpose,
Pursues her close, thro' ev'ry lane of life;
Nor misses once the track ; but presses on,
Till, forc'd at last to the tremendous verge,
At once she sinks to everlasting ruin.-R. BLAIR.
· Elegy to pily. ITAIL, lovely pow'r! whose bosom heaves the sigh, 11 When fancy paints the scene of deep distress; Whose tears, spontaneous, crystallize the eye,
When rigid fate, denies the pow'r to bless. 2 Not all the sweets Arabia's gales convey
From flow'ry meads, can with that sigh compare ; Not dew-drops glitt'ring in the morning ray,
Seem near so beauteous as that falling tear. 3 Devoid of fear, the fawns around thee play;
Emblem of peace, the dove before thee flies; . No blood-stain'd traces, mark thy blameless way;
Beneath thy feet, no hapless insect dies. 4 Come, lovely nymph, and range the mead with me,
To spring the partridge from the guileful foe: From secret snares the struggling bird to free; And stop the hand uprais d' to give the blow.