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Whofe mild vibrations footh the parted foul,
New to the dawning of celestial day.

Hence thro' her nourish'd powers, enlarg'd by thee,
She springs aloft, with elevated pride,
Above the tangling mass of low defires,
That bind the fluttering crowd; and, angel-wing'd,
The heights of science and of virtúe gains, 1740
Where all is calm and clear ; with Nature round,
Or in the starry regions, or th' abyfs,
To Reason's and to Fancy's eye display'd':
The First up-tracing, from the dreary void,
The chain of causes and effects to HIM, 1745
The world-producing ESSENCE, who alone
Possesses being; while the Last receives
The whole magnificence of heaven and earth,
And every beauty, delicate or bold,
Obvious or more remote, with livelier fenfe, 1750
Diffufive painted on the rapid mind,

TUTOR'D by thee, hence Poetry exalts Her voice to ages, and informs the page With music, image, fentiment, and thought, Never to die! the treasure of mankind !

1755 Their higheft honour, and their truest joy!



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WITHOUT thee what were unenlightened Man?
A favage roaming thro' the woods and wilds,
In quest of prey; and with th' unfashioned fur
Rough-clad; devoid of every finer art,

And elegance of life. Nor happiness
Domestic, mix'd of tenderness and care,
Nor moral excellence, nor focial bliss,
Nor guardian law were his; nor various skill
To turn the furrow, or to guide the tool 1765
Mechanic; nor the heaven-conducted prow
Of navigation bold, that fearless braves
The burning line or dares the wintry pole ;
Mother severe of infinite delights !
Nothing, fave rapine, indolence, and guile, 1770
And woes on woes, a still-revolving train!
Whofe horrid circle had inade human life
Than non-existence worse ; but, taught by thee,
Ours are the plans of policy, and peace ;
To live like brothers, and conjunctive all 1775
Einbellish life. While thus laborious crowds
Ply the tough oar, PHILOSOPHY directs
The ruling helm ; or like the liberal breath
Of potent Heaven, invisible, the fail
Swells out, and bears th' inferior world along, 1780


Nor to this evanescent speck of earth
Poorly confin'd, the radiant tracts on high
Are her exalted range; intent to gaze
Creation thro'; and, from that full complex
Of never-ending wonders, to conceive 1785
Of the SOLE Being right, who spoke the Word,
And Nature moy'd complete. With inward view,
Thence on th' ideal kingdom swift she turns
eye ;

and instant, at her powerful glance,
Th' obedient phantoms vanish or appear; 1790
Compound, divide, and into order shift,
Each to his rank, from plain perception up
To the fair forms of Fancy's fleeting train :
To reason then, deducing truth from truth;
And notion quite abstract; where first begins 1795
The world of spirits, action all, and life
Unfettered, and unmixt. But here the cloud,
So wills ETERNAL PROVIDENCE, fits deep.
Enough for us to know that this dark state,
In wayward passions loft, and vain pursuits, 1800
This Infancy of Being, cannot prove
The final iffue of the works of God,
By boundless Love and perfect Wisdom formn'd,
And ever rising with the rising mind.


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