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Swift fly the years, and rise the expected
morn! Oh spring to light, auspicious Babe, be
born! See Nature hastes her earliest wreaths
to bring, With all the incense of the breathing
spring : See lofty Lebanon his head advance, See nodding forests on the mountains
dance: See spicy clouds from lowly Saron
rise, And Carmel's flowery top perfumes the
skies! Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert
cheers; Prepare the way! a God, a God ap
pears : A God, a God! the vocal hills reply, The rocks proclaim the approaching
Deity. Lo, earth receives him from the bend
ing skies! Sink down, ye mountains, and, ye val
leys, rise; With heads declined, ye cedars, homage
pay; Be smooth, ye rocks; ye rapid floods,
give way; The Saviour comes! by ancient bards
foretold ! Hear him, ye deaf, and all ye blind, be
hold! He from thick films shall purge the
And Hell's grim tyrant feel the eternal
wound. As the good shepherd tends his fleecy
care, Seeks freshest pasture and the purest
air, Explores the lost, the wandering sheep
directs, By day o'ersees them, and by night pro
tects, The tender lambs he raises in his
arms, Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom
warms; Thus shall mankind his guardian care
engage, The promised Father of the future age. No more shall nation against nation
rise, Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful
eyes, Nor fields with gleaming steel be cov
ered o'er, The brazen trumpets kindle rage no
more; But useless lances into scythes shall
bend, And the broad falchion in a plough
share end. Then palaces shall rise; the joyful son Shall finish what his short-lived sire
begun; Their vines a shadow to their race shall
yield, And the same hand that sow'd, shall
reap the field. The swain, in barren deserts with sur
prise See lilies spring, and sudden verdure
rise; And start, amidst the thirsty wilds, to
hear New falls of water murmuring in his
And on the sightless eyeball pour the
day: 'Tis he the obstructed paths of sound
shall clear, And bid new music charm the unfolding
ear : The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch
forego, And leap exulting like the bounding
roe. No sigh, no murmur the wide world
shall hear, From every face he wipes off every
tear. In adamantine chains shall Death be
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes, The green reed trembles, and the bul.
rush nods. Waste sandy valleys, once perplex’d
with thorn, The spiry fir and shapely box adorn; To leafless shrubs the flowering palms
And odorous myrtle to the noisome The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke weed.
decay, The lambs with wolves shall graze the Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt verdant mead,
away; And boys in flowery bands the tiger | But fix'd his word, his saving power lead;
remains; The steer and lion at one crib shall | Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own ME$meet,
SIAH reigns! And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's
feet. The smiling infant in his hand shall
THE PRESENT CONDITION OF take
[From The Essay on Man, Book I.] survey,
HEAV'N from all creatures hides the And with their forky tongue shall inno- book of Fate, cently play.
All but the page prescrib’d, their present Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, state; rise !
From brutes what men, from men what Exalt thy towery head, and lift thy spirits know, eyes!
Or who could suffer being here below? See, a long race thy spacious courts The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, adorn;
Had he thy reason, would he skip and See future sons, and daughters yet un
Pleas'd to the last, he crops the flow'ry In crowding ranks on every side arise, food, Demanding life, impatient for the skies! And licks the hand just rais'd to shed See barbarous nations at thy gates at- his blood. tend,
O blindness to the future! kindly giv'n, Walk in thy light, and in thy temple That each may fill the circle marked by bend;
Heav'n; See thy bright altars throng’d with pros- Who sees with equal eye, as God of all, trate kings,
A hero perish, or a sparrow fall; And heap'd with products of Sabean Atoms or systems into ruin hurld, springs,
And now a bubble burst, and now a For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,
world. And seeds of gold in Ophir’s mountains Hope humbly, then, with trembling glow.
pinions soar; See heaven its sparkling portals wide Wait the great teacher, Death; and God display,
adore. And break upon thee in a flood of What future bliss, he gives not thee to day.
know, No more the rising sun shall gild the But gives that Hope to be thy blessing
morn, Nor evening Cynthia fill her silver Hope springs eternal in the human horn;
breast; But lost, dissolved in thy superior rays, Man never is, but always TO BE blest : One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze The soul, uneasy and confined from O’erflow thy courts; the Light himself home, shall shine
Rests and expatiates in a life to come. Reveald, and God's eternal day be Lo, the poor Indian ! whose untutor'd thine!
ON THE ORDER OF NATURE.
[From The Essay on Man, Book I.] SEE through this air, this ocean, and this
earth, All matter quick, and bursting into birth. Above, how high progressive life may
Sees God in clouds, and hears him in
the wind; His soul proud Science never taught to
stray Far as the solar walk, or milky way; Yet simple Nature to his hope has
giv'n, Behind the cloud-topp'd hill, a humbler
heav'n; Some safer world in depth of woods em
brac'd, Some happier island in the wat'ry
waste, Where slaves once more their native land
behold, No fiends torment, nor Christians thirst
for gold. TO BE, contents his natural desire, He asks no angel's wing, no seraph's
fire : But thinks, admitted to that equal sky, His faithful dog shall bear him com
pany. Go, wiser thou! and in thy scale of Weigh thy opinion against Providence; Call imperfection what thou fanciest
such, Say, here he gives too little, there too
much : Destroy all creatures for thy sport or
gust, Yet cry, if Man's unhappy, God's un
just; If man alone engross not Heav'n's high
care, Alone made perfect here, immortal
there: Snatch from his hand the balance and
the rod, Re-judge his justice, be the God of God. in Pride, in reasoning Pride, our error
Around, how wide! how deep extend
below! Vast chain of Being! which from God
began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, what no eye can
see, No glass can reach; from Infinite to thee, From thee to Nothing. On superior
pow'rs Were we to press, inferior might on ours; Or in the full creation leave a void, Where one step broken the great scale's
destroy’d; From Nature's chain whatever link you
strike, Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain
alike. And, if each system in gradation roll Alike essential to th' amazing whole, The least confusion but in one, not all That system only, but the whole must fall. Let earth unbalanc'd from her orbit fly, Planets and suns run lawless through the
sky; Let ruling angels from their spheres be
hurla, Being on being wreck'd, and world on
world, Heav'n's whole foundations to the centre
nod, And nature tremble to the throne of God: All this dread order break— from whom?
for thee? Vile worm!—Oh madness! pride! im.
piety! What if the foot, ordain'd the dust to
tread, Or hand to toil, aspir'd to be the head? What if the head, the eye, or ear, repin'd To serve mere engines to the ruling
mind? Just as absurd for any part to claim To be another, in this gen’ral frame :
All quit their sphere, and rush into the
skies, Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes, Men would be Angels, Angels would be
Gods. Aspiring to be Gods, if Angels fell, Aspiring to be Angels, Men rebel: And who but wishes to revert the laws Of úrder sins against th Eternal Cause.
Just as absurd to mourn the task or
THE ORIGIN OF SUPERSTITION pains,
AND TYRANNY. The great directing Mind of All ordains,
[From The Essay on Man, Book III.] All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Who first taught souls enslav'd and Whose body Nature is, and God the realms undone, Soul:
Th’ enormous faith of many made for That chang'd through all, and yet in all one;
That proud exception to all Nature's Great in the earth, as in th' ethereal laws, frame,
T'invert the world, and counterwork its Warms in the sun, refreshes in the cause? breeze,
Force first made conquest, and that conGlows in the stars, and blossoms in the quest, law; trees,
Till Superstition taught the tyrant awe, Lives through all life, extends through Then shared the tyranny, then lent it aid, all extent,
And Gods of conqu’rors, slaves of subSpreads undivided, operates unspent; jects made. Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal She, 'midst the lightning's blaze, and part,
thunder's sound, As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart; When rock'd the mountains, and when As full, as perfect, in vile man that groan'd the ground, mourns,
She taught the weak to bend, the proud As the rapt seraph that adores and burns;
To pow'rs unseen, and mightier far than To him no high, no low, no great, no they : small;
She, from the rending earth and burstHe fills, he bounds, connects, and equals ing skies, all.
Saw Gods descend, and fiends infernal Cease, then, nor Order Imperfection name:
Here fixed the dreadful, there the blest Our proper bliss depends on what we abodes; blame.
Fear made her Devils, and weak Hope Know thy 'own point: This kind, this her Gods; due degree
Gods partial, changeful, passionate, unOf blindness, weakness, Heav'n bestows just, on thee.
Whose attributes were Rage, Revenge, Submit. — In this, or any other sphere, or Lust; Secure to be as blest as thou canst Such as the souls of cowards might conbear:
ceive, Safe in the hand of one disposing Pow'r, And, formed like tyrants, tyrants would Or in the natal, or the mortal hour.
believe. All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee; Zeal, then, not Charity, became the All Chance, Direction which thou canst guide; not see;
And Hell was built on spite, and Heav'n All Discurd, Harmony not understood; on pride. All partial Evil, universal Good:
Then sacred seem'd th' ethereal vault no And, spite of Pride, in erring Reason's more; spite,
Altars grew marble then, and reek'a One truth is clear, WHATEVER IS, IS RIGHT.
Then first the flamen tasted living food;
with gore :
Next his grim idol, smear'd with human To serve, not suffer, strengthen, not blood;
invade: With Heav'n's own thunders shook the More pow'rful each as needful to the world below,
rest, And play'd the God an engine on his foe. And, in proportion as it blesses, blest: So drives Self-love, through just and Draw to one point, and to one centre through unjust,
bring To one Man's pow'r, ambition, lucre, Beast, Man, or Angel, Servant, Lord, or lust:
King. The same Self-love, in all, becomes the For Forms of Government let fools
contest; Of what restrains him, Government and Whate'er is best administer'd is best: Laws;
For Modes of Faith let graceless zealots For what one likes, if others like as well, fight, What serves one will, when many wills His can't be wrong whose life is in the rebel?
right; How shall he keep, what sleeping or In Faith and Hope the world will disawake
agree, A weaker may surprise, a stronger take? But all Mankind's concern is Charity : His safety must his liberty restrain: All must be false that thwart this one All join to guard what each desires to
great end, gain.
And all of God, that bless mankind or Forced into virtue thus by self-defence, mend. Even kings learn’d justice and benevo- Man, like the gen'rous vine, supported, lence;
lives; Self-love forsook the path it first pursu'd, The strength he gains is from the embrace And found the private in the public
he gives. good.
On their own axis as the planets run, 'Twas then the studious head or Yet make at once their circle round the gen'rous mind,
sun; Follow'r of God, or friend of human- So two consistent motions act the soul, kind,
And one regards itself, and one the Poet or Patriot, rose but to restore
whole. The faith and moral Nature gave before; Thus God and Nature link'd the Relum'd her ancient light, not kindled gen’ral frame, new;
And bade Self-love and Social be the If not God's image, yet his shadow drew; Taught pow'r's due use to people and to
kings, Taught nor to slack nor strain its tender strings,
ON VIRTUE. The less or greater set so justly true,
[From The Essay on Man, Book IV.) That touching one must strike the other too;
Know thou this truth, enough for man Till jarring int'rests of themselves create to know, Th’according music of a well-mix'd “ Virtue alone is Happiness below" ? state.
The only point where human bliss stands Such is the world's great harmony, that still, springs
And tastes the good without the fall to ill; From order, union, full consent of things : Where only Merit constant pay receives, Where small and great, where weak and Is blest in what it takes, and what it mighty, made