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In Pity's dew divine; And from your heart the sighs that steal Shall make your rising bosom feel
The answering swell of mine!
How oft, my Love! with shapings sweet
“T is said, on Summer's evening hour
LINES to a Fruext, in ANSWER To A Mel ANCholy LETTER.
Away, those cloudy looks, that labouring sigh,
Yon setting Sun flashes a mournful gleam
Wild, as the autumnal gust, the hand of Time Flies o'er his mystic lyre : in shadowy dance The alternate groups of Joy and Grief advance Responsive to his varying strains sublime!
Bears on its wing each hour a load of Fate;
Nor shall not Fortune with a vengeful smile
There shiv'ring sad beneath the tempest's frown Round his tired limbs to wrap the purple vest; And mix d with nails and beads, an equal jest! Barter for food, the jewels of his crown.
RELIGIOUS MUSINGS ; A DESULTORY POEM, wRrrrex on the chaist MAs Eve of 1794.
This is the time, when most divine to hear,
Despised Galilaean' For the Great
Lovely was the death Of Hin whose life was love! Holy with power He on the thought-benighted sceptic beam'd Manifest Godhead, melting into day What floating mists of dark Idolatry Broke and misshaped the Omnipresent Sire: And first by Fear uncharmed the droused Soul." Till of its nobler nature it 'gan feel Dim recollections: and thence soared to Hope, Strong to believe whate'er of mystic good The Eternal dooms for his immortal Sons. Froin Hope and firmer Faith to perfect Love Attracted and absorb'd : and centred there God only to behold, and know, and feel, Till by exclusive Consciousness of God All self-annihilated it shall make God its Identity: God all in all! We and our Father one!
And bless'd are they, Who in this fleshly World, the elect of Heaven, Their strong eve darting through the deeds of Men, Adore with stedfast unpresuming gaze Him Nature's Essence, Mind, and Energy! And gazing, trembling, patiently ascend Treading beneath their feet all visible things As steps, that upward to their Father's Throne Lead gradual—else nor glorified nor loved. They nor Contempt embosom nor Revenge: For they dare know of what may seem deform The Supreme Fair sole Operant : in whose sight All things are pure, his strong controlling Love Alike from all educing perfect good. Theirs too celestial courage, inly armed— Dwarfing Earth's giant brood, what time they muse On their great Father, great beyond compare! And marching onwards view high o'er their heads His waving Banners of Omnipotence.
Thus from the Elect, regenerate through faith.
There is one Mind, one omnipresent Mind,
"T is the sublime of man, Our noontide Majesty, to know ourselves
But first offences needs must corne " Even now." tlack Holl laughs horrible—to bear the scoff") Thee to defend. meek Galilean : Thee , And thy mild laws of love unutterable. Mistrust and Enmity have burst the bands of social Peace; and listening Treachery lurks With pious fraud to snare a brother's life; | And childless widows o'er the groaning land wail numberless; and orphans weep for bread; Thee to defend, dear Saviour of Mankind! * Thee, Lamb of God: Thee, blameless Prince of Peace! From all sides rush the thirsty brood of War? : Austria, and that foul Womau of the North, The lustful Murderess of her wedded Lord! And he, connatural Mind' whom in their songs So bards of elder time had haply feign'd) Some Fury fondled in her hate to man, Bidding her serpent hair in mary surge Lick his young face, and at his mouth inbreathe Horrible sympathy! And leagued with these Each petty German princeling, nursed in gore! Soul-harden'd barterers of human blood!
* January a st. -oi, in the debate on the Address to his Majesty, on the speech from the Throne, the Eart of Guildford moved an Amendment to the following effect:-- That the House hoped hi. Majesty would seize the earliest opportunity to concludes peace with France, etc. This motion was opposed by the Duke of Portland, who - coasidered the war to be merely grounded on one principle—the preservation of the Christian Religion.- May 39th, 1794, the Duke of Bedford moved a number of Resolutions, with a view to the Establishment of a Peace with France. He was opposed (among others) by Lord Abingdon in these remarkable words: • The best road to Peace, my Lords, is War I and war carried on in the same manner in which we are taught to worship our Creator, namely, with all our souls, and with all our minds, and with all our hearts, and with all our strength.
Death's prime Slave-merchants! Scorpion-whips of Fate!
Lord of unsleeping Love," From everlasting Thou ! We shall not die. These, even these, in mercy didst thou form, Teachers of Good through Evil, by brief wrong Making Truth lovely, and her future might Magnetic o'er the fix’d untrembling heart.
In the primeval age a dateless while
From Avarice thus, from Luxury and War
tonscious of their high dignities from God,
Brook not wealth's rivalry! and they who long
Emarnour'd with the charins of order hate
The unseemly disproportion: and whoe'er
t Turn with mill sorrow from the victor's car
| And the low puppetry of thrones, to muse
on that blest triumph, when the patriot Sage
Call'd the red lightnings from the o'er-rushing cloud, And dash'd the beauteous Terrors on the earth
Smiling majestic. Such a phalanx ne'er
. Measured firm paces to the calming sound
of Spartan flute! These on the fated day,
When, stung to rage by Pity, eloquent men
O ye numberless, Whom foul Oppression's ruffian gluttony Drives from life's plenteous feast! O thou poor wretch, Who nursed in darkness and made wild by want, Roames for prey, yea thy unnatural hand Dost lift to deeds of blood! O pale-eyed form, The victim of seduction, doom'd to know Polluted nights and days of blasphemy; Who in loathed orgies with lewd wassailers Must Baily laugh, while thy remember d home Gnaws like a viper at thy secret heart! 0 aged Women! ye who weekly catch The morsel toss'd by law-forced Charity, And die so slowly, that none call it murder! O loathly Suppliants' ye, that unreceived Totter heart-broken from the closing gates Of the full Lazar-house : or, gazing, stand Sick with despair: O ye to Glory's field Forced or ensnared, who, as ye gasp in death, Bleed with new wounds beneath the Vulture's beak! O thou poor Widow, who in dreams dost view Thy Husband's mangled corse, and from short doze Start'st with a shriek; or in thy half-thatch'd cot Waked by the wintry night-storm, wet and cold, Cow rst o'er thy screaming baby! Rest awhile
* Behemoth, in Hebrew, signifies wild beasts in general. Some
believe it is the elephant, some the hippopotamus ; some affirm it is the wild bull. Poetically, it designates any large quadruped.
Children of Wretchedness! More groans must rise,
0 return' Pure Faith' meek Piety.' The abhorr'd Form whose scarlet robe was stiff with earthly pomp, who drank iniquity in cups of gold, Whose names were many and all blasphemous, Hath met the horrible judgment! Whence that cry? The mighty army of foul Spirits shriek'd Disherited of earth! For she hath fallen On whose black front was written Mystery; She that reel'd heavily, whose wine was blood; She that work'd whoredom with the Demon Power, And from the dark embrace all evil things Brought forth and nurtured: mitred Atheism : And patient Folly who on bended knee Gives back the steel that stabb'd him; and pale Fear Hunted by ghastlier shapings than surround Moon-blasted Madness when he wells at midnight! Return pure Faith; return meek Piety: The kingdoms of the world are yours: each heart, Self-govern'd, the vast family of Love Raised from the common earth by common toil Enjoy the equal produce. Such delights As float to earth, permitted visitants! When in some hour of solemn jubilee The massy gates of Paradise are thrown Wide open, and forth come in fragments wild Sweet echoes of unearthly melodies, And odours snatch d from beds of Amaranth, And they, that from the crystal river of life Spring up on freshen'd wing, ambrosial gales! The favour'd good man in his lonely walk Perceives them, and his silent spirit drinks Strange bliss which he shall recognize in heaven. And such delights, such strange beatitude Seize on my young anticipating heart When that blest future rushes on my view! For in his own and in his Father's might The Saviour comes! While as the Thousand Years Lead up their mystic dance, the Desert shouts!
With conscious zeal had urged Love's wondrous plan,
O Years! the blest pre-eminence of Saints!
Believe thou, O my soul, Life is a vision shadowy of Truth; And vice, and anguish, and the wormy grave, Shapes of a dream! The veiling clouds retire, And lo! the Throne of the redeeming God Forth flashing unimaginable day, Wraps in one blaze earth, heaven, and deepest hell.
Contemplant Spirits! we that hover o'er
Old Ocean claps his hands! The mighty Dead Rise to new life, whoe'er from earliest time
* Alluding to the French Revolution.
THE DESTINY OF NATIONS. a vision.
Auspicious Reverence! Hush all meaner song,
such symphony requires best instrument. Seine, then, my soul! from Freedom's trophied dome, The harp which hangeth high between the Shields Of Brutus and Leonidas! With that Strong music, that soliciting spell, force back Earth's free and stirring spirit that lies entranced.
For what is Freedom, but the unfetter'd use Of all the powers which God for use had given But chietly this, him First, him Last to View Through meaner powers and secondary things Effulgent, as through clouds that veil his blaze. For all that meets the bodily sense I deem Symbolical, one mighty alphabet For infant minds; and we in this low world Placed with our backs to bright Reality, That we may learn with young unwounded ken The substance from its shadow. Infinite Love, whose latence is the plenitude of All, Thou with retracted Beams, and Self-eclipse Weiling, revealest thine eternal Sun.
But some there are who deem themselves most free when they within this gross and visible sphere Chain down the winged thought, scoffing ascent, Proud in their meanness: and themselves they cheat with noisy emptiness of learned phrase, Their subtle fluids, impacts, essences, Self-working tools, uncaused effects, and all Those blind Omniscients, those Almighty Slaves, Untenanting creation of its God.
But properties are God: the naked mass (If mass there be, fantastic Guess or Ghost) Acts only by its inactivity. Here we pause humbly. Others boldlier think That as one body seems the aggregate of Atoms numberless, each organized ; So, by a strange and dim similitude, Infinite myriads of self-conscious minds Are one all-conscious Spirit, which informs With absolute ubiquity of thought (His one eternal self-affirming Act') All his involved Monads, that yet seem with various province and apt agency Each to pursue its own self-centering end. Some nurse the infant diamond in the mine; Some roll the genial juices through the oak ; Some drive the mutinous clouds to clash in air, And rushing on the storm with whirlwind speed, Yoke the red lightning to their volleying car. Thus these pursue their never-varying course, No eddy in their stream. Others, more wild, Will, complex interests weaving human fates, Duteous or proud, alike obedient all, Evolve the process of eternal good.
And what if some rebellious, o'er dark realms Arrogate power? yet these train up to God, And on the rude eye, unconfirm'd for day, Flash meteor-lights better than total gloom. As ere from Lieule-Oaive's vapoury head The Laplander beholds the far-off Sun Dart his slant beam on unobeying snows, While yet the stern and solitary Night Brooks no alternate sway, the Boreal Morn With mimic lustre substitutes its gleam, Guiding his course or by Niemi lake Or Balda-Zhiok," or the mossy stone Of Solfar-kapper,” while the snowy blast Drifts arrowy by, or eddies round his sledge, Making the poor babe at its mother's back 3 Scream in its scanty cradle: he the while Wins gentle solace as with upward eye He marks the streamy banners of the North, Thinking himself those happy spirits shall join Who there in floating robes of rosy light Dance sportively. For Fancy is the Power That first unsensualizes the dark mind, Giving it new delights; and bids it swell With wild activity; and peopling air, By obscure fears of Beings invisible, Emancipates it from the grosser thrall Of the present impulse, teaching Self-control, Till Superstition with unconscious hand Seat Reason on her throne. Wherefore not vain, Nor yet without permitted power impress'd, I deem'd those legends terrible, with which The polar ancient thrills his uncouth throng; Whether of pitying Spirits that make their moan O'er slaughter'd infants, or that Giant Bird Wuokho, of whose rushing wings the noise Is Tempest, when the unutterable shape 4 Speeds from the mother of Death, and utters once That shriek, which never Murderer heard and lived. Or if the Greenland Wizard in strange trance Pierces the untravell'd realms of Ocean's bed (Where live the innocent, as far from cares As from the storms and overwhelming waves Dark tumbling on the surface of the deep), Over the abysm, even to that uttermost cave By mis-shaped prodigies beleaguer'd, such As Earth ne'er bred, nor Air, nor the upper Sea.
There dwells the Fury Form, whose unheard name With eager eye, pale check, suspended breath,
• Balda Zhiok; i. e. mons altitudinis, the highest mountain in Lapland. • sofar kapper; capitium Solfar, hic locus omnium quotguot veterum Lapponum superstitio sacrificiis religiosoque cultui dedicavit, celebratissimus erat, in parte sinus australis situs semimilliaris spatio a mari distans. Ipse locus, quem curiositatis gratia aliquando me invisisse memini, duabus prealtis lapidibus, sibi invicem oppositis, quorum alter musco circuludatus eral, constabat, —Lirwics De Lapponibus. * The Lapland women carry their infants at their back in a piece of excavated wood, which serves them for a cradle. Opposite to the infant's mouth there is a hole for it to breath through.-Mirandum prorsus est et vix credibile nisi cui widisset contigit. Lappone, hyeme iter facientes per vastas montes, perque horrida et invia tesqua, eo presertim tempore quo omnia perpetuis nivibus obtecta sunt et nives ventis agitantur et in gyros aguntur, vian ad destinata loca absolue errore invenire posse, lactantem autem infantem si quem habeat, ipsa mater in dorso bajulat, in excavato ligno (Gierd'k ipsi vocant) quod pro cunis utuntur : in hoc infans pannis et pellibus convolutus colligatus jacet.-Lo exics De Lapponibus. * Jaibme Aibmo.