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But happy they! the happiest of their kind! Whom gentler stars unite, and in one fate II10 Their hearts, their fortunes, and their beings blend. ”Tis not the coarser tie of human laws, Unnatural oft, and foreign to the mind, That binds their peace, but harmony itself, Attuning all their pasions into love;

1115 Where friendship full-exerts her softeft power, Perfect esteem enliven'd by desire Ineffable, and fympathy of soul; Thought meeting thought, and will preventing will, With boundless confidence: for nought but love 1120 Can answer love, and render bliss secure. Let him, ungenerous, who, alone intent To bless himself, from fordid parents buys The loathing virgin, in eternal care, Well-merited, consume his nights and days: 1125 Let barbarous nations, whose inhuman love Is wild desire, fierce as the suns they feel; Let eastern tyrants from the light of Heaven Seclude their bosom-flaves, meanly posiels'd Of a meer, lifeless, violated form:

1130 While those whom love cements in holy faith, And equal transport,' Nature live, Disdaining fear. What is the world to them, Its pomp, its pleasure, and its nonsense all! Who in each other clasp whatever fair



High fancy forms, and lavish hearts can wish;
Something than beauty dearer, should they look
Or on the mind, or mind-illumin'd face;.
Truth, goodness, honour, harmony, and love,
The richest bounty of indulgent Heaven. 1140
Mean-time a smiling offspring rises round,
And mingles both their graces. By degrees,
The human blossom blows; and every day,
Soft as it rolls along, shews some new charm,
The father's lustre, and the mother's bloom.

Then infant reason grows apace, and calls
For the kind hand of an affiduous care.
Delightful talk! to rear the tender thought,
To teach the young idea how to shoot,
To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind,

1150 To breathe th' enlivening spirit, and to fix The generous purpose in the glowing breast, Oh speak the joy! ye, whom the sudden tear Surprizes often, while you look around, And nothing strikes your eye but fights of bliss, 1155 All various Nature pressing on the heart: An elegant fufficiency, content, Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, Ease and alternate labour, useful life, Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven. 1160 These are the matchless joys of virtuous love; And thus their moments fly. The Seasons thus, As ceaseless round a jarring world they roll,



Still find them happy; and consenting SPRING
Sheds her own rosy garland on their heads :
Till evening comes at last, serene and mild;
When after the long vernal day of life,
Enamour'd more, as more remembrance fwells
With many a proof of recollected love,
Together down they fink in social sleep;
Together freed, their gentle spirits fly
To scenes where love and bliss immortal reign.


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