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lect; those soft limbs the toil decline “ Nor need my friends the varivus costly feast,

Tsattezlonsbliss,and makes enjoymentplease: Hunger to them th' effects of art supplies; Dzing the copious bowl ere thirit require ; Labour prepares their weary limbs to relt;

Feasg ere hunger to the feast invite: Sweet is their sleep; light, cheerful, strong, Fate tateless joys anticipate desire,

they rise.

(nown Whom luxury supplies with appetite : : Thro' health, thro' joy, throʻ pleasure and reTe ratare loaths, and you employ in vain They tread my paths: and by a soft descent Tazety and art to conquer her disdain. At length to age all gently finking down, •Temarkling nectar cool'd withsummer

snows, In which no hour flew unimprov'd away, day.

Look back with transport on a life well spent, The siaty board with choicest viands spread, in which some gen'rous deed dittinguish'd ev'ry To bere tafeless all! fincere repose

F23 [om thy flow'ry couch and downy bed." And when the destin’d term at lengh's comFor thou art only tir'd with indolence;

Their alhes rest in peace, eternal fame [plete, Bor is thy deep with toil and labour bought

, Sounds wide their praise : triumphant o'er fate, To'ssperfect sleep, that lulls thy languid lense

In sacred song for ever lives their name. Leh oblivious interval of thought;

This, Hercules, is happiness ! obey Tsadiytealsth inactivehoursaway (theday, My voice, and live: let thy celestial birth Tiszatie isng ling'ring space, thatlengthens out Lift and enlarge

thy thoughts: behold the way

That leads to fame, and raises thee from earth, * Free bousteous nature's unexhausted stores Immortal ! Lo, I guide thy steps, Arise, [skies."

Fins the pure fountain of sincere delights: Pursue the glorious path and claim thy native Asek t3 ber, you waste the joyless hours;

Her words breathe fire celestial, and impart Seks borns thy days, and riot rules thy lexibe thou art, indignant Jove (nights. The generous flame: with great intent his heart

New vigour to his soul, that sudden caught zdte from heav'n, th’immortals Bliss

Swells full, and labours with exalted thought. faipatz,

The mist of error from his eyes difpellid, For eser bild from the realms above,

Thro' all her fraudful arts, in clearest light, To dai on earth with man's depenerate Sloth in her native form he now beheld; Farazote! on earth alike disgrac'd; (race. Unveil'd the stood confest before his fight : Reeded by the wife, and by the fool embrac'd False Siren!--All her vaunted charms, that thone

Fesd wretch, that vainly weenest all delight So fresh erewhile and fair, now wither'd, pale, To gratiíy the sense, reservd for thee !

and gone. Yette soit pleafng object to the fight. No more the rosy bloom in sweet disguise (grace Thise own fair action never didit thou see. Malks her diffembled looks ; each borrowd The led with softest sounds thou lieft along, Leaves her wan cheek; pale fickness clouds her

Softwarblingvoices,melting lays, [song Livid and funk,and pallions dins herface. [eyes Needidi tu hear, more sweet than sweetest As when fair Iris has awhile display'd

Charming the foul, thou ne'er didft hear thy Her wat’ry arch with gaudy painture gay, to the revels let the fool repair ; [praise! While yet we gaze the glorious colours fade, To fach go fmooth thy speech, and spread thy And from our wonder gently Ateal away : tempting snare.

Where thone the beauteous phantom, erft fo Fat tapsiness enjoy thy gay allies !

bright, A youth of follies, an old age of cares ; Now low'rs the low-hung cloud, all gloomy to Yereg ret enervate, old yet never wise, (pairs. the sight. Fc waites their vigour, and their mind im- But Virtue more engaging, all the while [rene. Bis die, delicate, in thoughtless ease, (spend; Disclos'd new charms, more lovely, more le

Leering woes for age, their prime they Beaming sweet influence, a milder smile rected, bopeless, in the eyil days, Suftend the terrors of her lofty mien.

a forrow to the verge of life they tend. “ Lead, goddess; I am thine!” transported cried Cat with the present, of the past asham'd, Alcides; “O propitious pow'r, thy way Izzire and are despis d; they die, nor more Teach me! posless my soul ! be thou my guide: znam d.

From thee oh never, never let me stray!”
Se viib the gods, and godlike men I dwell; While ardent thus the youth his vows address’d,

We, tos sapreme delight, th' Almighty Sire With all the goddess kill'd, already glow'd his
Beşeds di pleas'd; whatever works excel, breast.
A « Evine or human I inspire.

The heav'nly maid with strength divine endued Cotaid th trength, and industry with art, His daring soul; there all her pow'rs com

Is una meet conjoin`d with me reside : Firm constancy, undaunted fortitude, (bin'd:
Why dates arm, inftru&t, and mend the heart, Enduring patience, armı'd his mighty mind,

Tze furet policy, the wifeft guide. (bind Unmov'd in toils, in dangers undismay'd,
Vé se true friendship dwells: the deigns to By many a hardy deed and bold emprize,
Truse generous fouls alone, whom I before From fierceft monsters, thro' her powerful aid,
fare join'd.

He freed the earth! thro’her he gain'dthefkies;


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"I'was Virtue plac'dhim in the blestahode; (god. At length 'tis morn, and at the dawn of d Crown'd with eternal youth, among the gods a Along the wide canals the Zephyrs play;

Fresh o'er the gay parterres the breezes creep,

And Inake the neighb'ring wood to bani § 104. The Hermit. Parnell.

Up rise the guests obedient to the call; (flet Far in a wild, unknown to public view,

Au early banquet deck'd the splendid hall; From youth to age a rev'rend Hermit grew;

Rich luícions wine a golden goblet grac'd, The mots his bed, the cave his hunble cell: His food the fruits, his drink the crystal weil: Which the kind master forc'd theguelts to taf

Then, pleas'd and thankful, from the por Remote from man, with God he país'd his days,

they go; Pray'r ali bis business, a!! his pleasure praise.

And, but the landlord, none had cause of wo Á life fo facred, fuch terene repose, Seemd heav'n itself till one luggelion roseHis cup was vavithd; tor in secret guise

The younger guest, purloind the glitt'ri That vice should triumph, virtue vice obey; This spring some doubt of Providence's fway: Glift'ning and balking in the summer ray,

As one who spies a serpent in his way, (pris His hopes no more a certain prospect boast,

Disorder'd itops to thun the danger near, And all the tenour of his soul is loft.

Then walks with faintnels on, and looks wiSo when a smooth expanse receives imprest Calm nature's image on its wat'ry breait,(grow, The thining spoil his wily partner show'd.

So seem'd the tire, when far upon the road (fe: Down bend the banks, the trees depending He stopp'd with tilence, walkd with tremblisAnd skies beneath with answering colours

heart, But if a stone the gentle lea divide, [glow: and much he withid, but durft not ask, to pat Swift ruffling circles curl on ev'ry lide,

Murm’ring he lifts his eyes, and thinks it har And glimm'ring, fragments of a broken fun;

That gen'rous actions meet a base reward. Banks, trees, and skies in thick disorder run.

While thus they pass, the sun his glorythroud To clear this doubt, to know the world by The changing skies hang out their fable cloud: To find if books or swains report it right,[light, A found in air prefag'd approaching rain, (For yet by swains alone the world he knew,

And beasts to covert scud across the plain. Whole feet came wand'ringo'erthe nightly dew) Warnd by the signs, the wand'ring pair retre: He quits his cell; the pilgrim ftaff he bure,

To teek for thelter at a neighb'ring seat : And fix'd the scallop in his bat before ! 'Twas built with turrets on a rifing ground, Then with the sun a riting journey went,

And strong, and large, and unimprov'd around Sedate to think, and watching cach event.

Its owner's temper, tim'rous and severe, The morn was wasted in the pathless grafs, Unkind and griping caus'd a desert there. And long and lonesome was the wild to pats;

As near the miser's

heavy doors they drew, But when the southern sun had warm'd the day, Fierce rising guits with ludden fury blew; A youth came posting o'er a crofling way; The nimble lightning mix'd with show'rsbegan His raiment decent, his complexion fuir, And w'er iheir heads loud rolling thunder rar And soft in graceful ringlets wav'd his hair:

Here long they knock, but knock or call invali Then near approaching, "Father, hail!" hecried: Driv'n by the wind and batter'd by the rain. And“ Hail, my fon!" the rev'rend fire replied: At length tome pity warm'd the matter's breaf Words follow'd words, from question answerl('Twas then his threshold first receiv'd a guest fow'd,

Slow creaking turns the door with jealous care And talk of various kind deceiv'd the road;

And half he welcomes in th' thiv'ring pair; Till each with other pleas'd, and loth to part, One frugal faggot lights the naked walls, (call While in their age they differ, join in heart. And nature's tervour through their limbs r Thus itands an aged elm in ivy bound, Bread of the coarser fort with meagre wine, Thus youthful ivy claips an elm around. (Each hardly granted) serv'd them both to din Now lunk the sun; the closing bour of day And when the tempest first appear'd to ceale, Came onward, mantled o'er with sober gity; A ready warning bid them part in peace. Nature in filence bid the world repose: With ftill remarkthepond'ring Hermit view When near the road a stately palace role. (pass, In one lo rich a lite to poor and rude; There, by the moon, through ranks of trees they .And why should such (within himself he cried Whole verdure crown'd their floping sides of Lock the lost wealth a thousand want beside? It chanc'd the noble master of the dome (grass. But what new marks of wonder soon took pla Stillmadehishousetheu d'ringstranger's horne; In ev'ry lettling feature of his face, Yet still the kindness, from a thirit of praise, When from liis vest the young companion bor Proy'd the vain Hounth or expensive eale. That cup the gen'rous landlord own'd before The pair arrive: the liveried iervants wait; And paid profusely with the precious bowl Their lord receives them at the pompous gate. The itinted kindness of this churliíh soul ! The table groans with costly piles of food, But now the clouds in airy tumult fly; And all is more than hospitably good. (drown, The sun emerging opes an azure 1ky;

Then, led to rest, the day's long toil they A fresher green the imelling leaves display, Deep funk in sleep, and milk, and heaps of down. And, glitt ring as they tremble, cheer the day 5


To bim who gives us all

, I yield a part;

Before the Pilgrims part, the younger crept:
Near the cio'd cradle

, where an infant flept,

The wear courts them from the poor retreat, Surprise in secret chains his words suspends,
And the ad master bolts the wary gate. And in a calm his tettling temper ends.
Wine bence they walk the Pilgrim's bosom But filence here the beauteous angel broke

(The voice of music ravith'd as he spoke): With all the travail of uncertain thought; " Thypray'r,thypraise,thylifeto vice unknown, His partner's acts without their caule appear; In sweet memorial rise before the throne: 'Twas tbere a vice; and item'd a madneis here: These charms success in our bright region find, Detesting that, and patring this, he goes, And force an angel down to calm thy mind; Lott and confounded wită the various thows. For this commission d, I forlook the sky

Noweight'sdimhadesagain involvethe sky; 2 Nay, cease to kneel !--thy fellow-fervant I.
Aguia tbe wani'ers want a place to lie: “Then know the truth of government divine,
Again they learct, and ond a lodging nigh.

And let these scruples be no longer thine.
The foll improv'd round, the mantion neat,

“The Maker juftlyclaims that world he made, And neither poorly low nor idly great,

In this the right of Providence is laid ;
It feer'd to speak its matter's turn of mind, Its facred majesty through all depends
Content, and not for praise but virtue kind.

On uting second nieans to work his ends;
Hither the walkers turn with weary feet,

'Tis thus withdrawn in Itate from human eye,
Then bless the marfion, and the matter greet. The Pow'r exerts his attributes on high;
Their greeting fair, below'd with modeft guife, Your actions uses, nor controuls your will,
The courteous master bears and thus replies : ' And bids the doubting fons of men be ftill.prise,
"Without a vain, without a grudging heart, “What Itrange eventscan strike with more sur-

Thanthosewhichlatelyttruckthywond ringeyes? From him you come, for him accept it here, A frank and sober, more than coftly cheer."

Yet, taught by thefe, confess tho Almighty just; He spoke, and bid the welcome table spread,

And, where you can't unriddle, learn to trust. Then talk d of virtue till the time of hed;

“The great vain man,whofar'd on coitlyfood,

Whose life was too luxurious to be good; When the grave household round his hall repair, who made his iv'ry stands with gobiets thine, Wandbea beland close the hours with pray'r

. Andforc dhisgueststo morningdraughtsof wine; Was ftrong for toil; the dappled morn arose At length the world renew'd by calm repose, Has with the cup, the gracelets cultorn loft

, And still be welcomes, but with less of colt.


Ne'er mov'd in pity to the wand'ring poor, had wornich'd his neck: the landlord's littlepride, with him I left the cup; to teach his mind Hotter grew black, and gafpd, and That Heaven can bless, if mortals will be kind. How lookid our Hiermit when the fact was done? And feels compassion touch his grateful soul. And breathe blaeire,could more'allault hisheart. With heaping coals of fire upon its head; He fies; but, trembling fails to fly with speed. And loose from dross, the silver runs below.

Confus cand truck with silence at the deed, in the kind warmth the metal learns to glow, His tteps the youth pursues: the country lay “ Long had our pious friend in virtue trod, A river cross'd the path; the passage o'er

: But nowthechildhalf-wean'dhis heart from God;

(Child of his age) for him he liv'd in pain,

And measur'd back his steps to earth again. here armsprinksunopen bridge fupplied, Iglide. To what excesses had his dotage run ! the wavesbeneaththe bending branches But God, to save the father,

took the fon. Phraging ke falls; and riling lifts his head ;. preces the careles guide and thruft himin

: And 'twas my ministry to deal the blow.

poor fond parent, humbled in the dust,
Wild iparklingrage inflames the father's eyes;
furns and finks among the dead. Now owns in tears the punilhment was just.

“But how had all his fortunes felt a wrack, He burts the bands of fear, and madly cries,

! , This night his treafurd'heaps he meant to steal, His gosbrul face grew more serenely sweet; the frange partner fem dno longer man. And what a fund of Charity would fail!

Thus Heaven instructs thy mind: this trial o'er, ; | Depart

in peace, refign, and fin no more." fair rounds of radiant points inveft his hair; On founding pinionsherethe youth withdrew;

The fage ftood wond'ring as the seraph flew. And wing whole colours glitter'd on the day, Thus look d Elisha, when, to mount on high, Wide at his back their gradual plumes display. His

master took the chariot of the sky: The form ethereal bursts upon his fight,

The fiery pomp ascending left the view; And moves in all the majelty of light. The prophet gaz'd, and with d to follow too.

Tho'loud at first the Pilgrim's passion grew, The bending Hermit here a pray'r begun : Sudden de gaz'd and wist not what to do; Lord! ar in heaven, on carth iby will be done.


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Then, gladly turning, fought his ancient place, Then grieve the moments thou haft idly spert And país d a life of piety and peace.

The rest will yield thee comfort and conten

Be these good rules thy ftudy and delight,

Practife by day, and ponder them by night $ 105. The Golden Verses of Pythagoras.

Thus all thythoughts to virtue's height fall Fitzgerald.

And truth shall stand unveil'd before thy eye First, the Supreme doth highest rev'rence of beings the whole system thou shalt fee; claim;

Rang'd as they are in beauteous harmony, Use with religious awe his sacred name : Whilst all depend from one fuperior cause, Assur'd he views thy ways, let nought controul And Nature works obedient to her laws. The oath thou once haft bound upon thy foul. Hence, as thou labour'st with judicious care

Next to the heroes bear a grateful mind, To run the course allotted to thy share,
Whose glorious cares and toils have blest man. Wisdom refulgent with a heavenly ray
Let just respect and decent rites be paid (kind. Shall clear thy prospect, and direct thy way..
To the immortal manes of the dead.

Then all around compassionately view, Honour thy parents, and thy next of kind; The wretched ends which vain mankind purl, And virtuous men wherever thou canst find, Toss'd to and fro by each impeteous guft, In the same bond of love let them be join'd. The rage of passion, or the fire of lus,

Useful and steady let thy life proceed, No certain stay, no safe retreat they know, Mild ev'ry word, good-natur'd ev'ry deed; But blindly wander through a maze of woc Oh, never with the man thou lov'st contend! Meanwhile congenial vileness works within, But bear a thousand frailties from thy friend. And custom quite fubdues the soul to fin. Rafhly infam'd, vain fpleen, and flight surmise, Save us from this distress, Almighty Lord, To real feuds, and endless discords rise. Our minds illumine, and thy aid afford!

O'er luft, o'er anger, keep the stricteft rein, But O! secure from all thy life is led, Subdue thy noth, thy appetite restrain. Whose feet the happy paths of virtue treads With no vile action venture to comply, Thou stand'ft united to the race divine, Not tho' unseen by ev'ry mortal eye. And the perfection of the skies is thine. Above all witnesses thy conscience fear, Imperial reason, free from all controul, And more than all mankind thyself revere. Maintains her just dominion in thy soul:

One way let all thy words and actions tend, Till purg'd at length from every sinful itain; Reason their constant guide, and truth their end. When friendly death shall break the cumbro And ever mindful of thy mortal state,

chain, How quick, how various are the turns of fate; Loosd from the body thou shalt take thy dig! How here, how there, the tides of fortune roll: And range immortal in the fields of light. How soon impending death concludes the whole, Compose thy mind, and free from anxious strife § 106. On Cheerfulness. Fitzgerald. Endure thy portion of the ills of life: FAIR as the dawning light! auspicious gue! Tho'still the good man stands securefrom harms, source of all comfort to the human breast; Nor can misfortune wound, whom virtue arms. Depriv'd of thee, in fad despair we moan,

Discourse in common converse, thou wilt find And tedious roll the heavy moments on.
Some to improve, and some to taint the mind; Though beauteous objects all around us rise,
Grateful to that a due observance pay: To charm the fancy and delight the eyes ;
Beware, left this entice thy thoughts astray; Though art's fair works and nature's gifts coi
And bold untruths which thou artforc'd to hear, fpire
Receive discreetly with a patient ear. To please each sense, and satiate each defire,

Woulft thou be justly rank'd among the wise, 'Tis joyless all-atill thy enliv’ning ray
Think ere thou dost, ere thou resolv'it advise. Scatters the melancholy gloom away.
Still let thy aims with sage experience squire, Then opens to the soul a heavenly scene,
And plan thy conduct with lagacious care; Gladneis and peace, all sprightly, all lerene.
So thalt thou all thy course with pleasure run, Where doft thou reign, fay, in what bi
Nor with an action of thy life undone.

Among the various ends of thy defires, To choose thy mansion, and to fix thy seat ?
'Tis no inferior place thy health requires. Thy sacred prefence how thall we explore ?
Firmly for this from all excels refrain, Can av'rice gain thee with her golden store ?
Thy cups be mod'raate, and thy diet plain: Can vain ambition with her boasted charms
Nor yet unelegant thy board supply, Tempt thee within her wide-extended arm.
But íhun the nauseous pomp of luxury: No, with Content alone canst thou abide,
Let spleen, by cheerful converse be withstood, Thy fitter, ever smiling by thy fide.
And honest Libours purify the blood.

When boon companions void of ev'ry car Each night, ere needfullumber seals thy eyes, Crown the full bowl,and therich banquetshar Home to thy foul let these reflections risé : And give a loose to pleasure-art thou ther How has this day my duty teen exprefs d ? Or when th' affembled great and fair advan What have I done, omitted, or transgress'd? |To celebrate the mask, the play, the dance,

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Whilf beauty spreads its sweeteit charms 108. A Thougbt upon Death. Fitzgerald, around,

'Tis vain, my soul, 'tis impious all, Aad airs ecitatic fwell their tuneful sound,

The human lot to mourn, At tbou within the pompous circle found ?

That life so soon mult fleet away,
Does not thy influence more fedately shine ?

And duft to dust return.
Cag such tumnltuous joys as these be thine?
Surely poore mild, more contant in their course, Alas! from death the terrors fly,
Toy pleafüres issue from a nobler source; When once 'tis understood;
From swett discretion ruling in the breast, 'Tis Nature's call, 'tis God's decree,
From palcons temper'd, and from lults represt;

And is, and must be good.
From thoughts unconscious of a guilty smart, Wearied his limbs with honelt toil,
And the cala transpo.ts of an honest heart. And void of cares his breast,
Toz 2:1. O ever faithful

, ever kind! See how the lab'ring hind links down Two' lite, toru' death, attends the virtuous

Each night to wholesome rest. mind;

No nauseous fumes perplex his sleep,
Ofangry rate, wards from us ev'ry blow, No guilty starts surprise;

ev'ry ill, and softens ev'ry woe. The vitions that his fancy forms, Wizatever good our mortal state desires,

All free and cheerful rise.
What aduon finds, or innocence inspires;
From mature : bounteous hand whatever flows,

So thou, nor led by lufts astray,
Winter cu-Maker's providence bestows,

Nor gail'd with anxious itrite, B. thee mankind enjoys; by thee repays

With virtuous industry fulfil A griefał tribute of perpetual praise.

The plain intent of life.

País calmly thy appointed day, 109. Oz Indairy. Fitzgerald.

And refully employ, QUELT of ait virtues! for whate'er we c:11

And then thou 'art sure whate'er succeed
Galike and great, 'tis thou obtain't it all.

Is rest, and peace, and joy.
No tak v arénous for thy ftrong eilay,
Ard art and nature own thy potent sway.
kord betiec to each fuperior aim,

§ 109.

The Fire-Side, Cotton. We pression arduur thro' the paths of fame,

DEAR Chloe, while the busy crowd, Un to the Sacred top, and leave behind

The vain, the wealthy, and the proud, Tu tagumous crowd, the herd of human kind; In Folly's maze advance; bene undon round us pours her heavenly ray, Tho' fingularity and pride 42. Gli experience guides our steady way.

Be call'd our choice, we 'll step aside, Lions care, co furious lults controul

Nor join the giddy dance. The irer habituai vievur of the foul.

From the gay world we 'll oft retire Each part

, each fatica gracefully we fill, And seed and none our fortune to our will.

Tovur own family and fire,

Where love our hours employs;
The bero, down thro' ev'ry age renown'd,
Womapa.prie and glorious titles crown'd, No intermeddling stranger near,

No noisy neighbour enters here,
Byte to gain'd his honourable spoils,

To spoil our heart-tedt joys.
And maszatytame atchiev'd by mighty toils.
Te kam, wijA learning Audious he pursues,

If solid happiness we prize,

Within our breast this jewel lies; soborn Sciences subdues; Tron's wide fields expatiates unconfin'd, The world has nothing to below;

And they are fools who roam: haberior ever bis capacious mind.

From our own felves our joys must flow, Tze poca mechanic and the lab'ring Twain:

And that dear but, our home. Ha peace and sweet content to theleit brings, When with impatient wing the left

of rest was Noah's dove bereft, More precious prizes than the weaith of kings. Wat wheiming round us deatb's fad terrors

That safe retreat, the ark;

Giving her vain excursion o'er, Tammipeak to peace and comfort to the low. The disappointed bird once more Tita i se recollecting thoughts present

Explor'd the sacred bark. Andhan'düfe in virtuous Labour (pent; Tho' fools fpurn Hymen's gentle powors, li tistou me have pass'd thro' every stage,

We, who improve his golden hours, All our debt of service to the age;

By sweet experience know, Flaut we're made our duty our delight,

That marriage, rightly understood, Nor bid our paster's talent from our light,

Gives to the tender and the good All's well, Vis all by our own heart approv'd, A parzdile below. free hence we pass, by God and man belov'd;

Our babes shall richest comforts bring; bentul we pais, to Heaven's high will relign'd, If tutor’d right, they 'll prove a spring And lave a blelied memory behind,

Whence pleasures ever rise :



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