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'To mortals lent, to trace his boundless works
From laws sublimely simple, speak thy fame
In all Philosophy. For lofty sense,
Cieative fancy, and inspection keen
'Thro the dark windings of the human heart, 1555
Is not wild Shakespear thine and Nature's boast ?
Is not each great, each amiable Muse
Of claffic ages in thy Milton met!

A genius universal as his theme ;
Aftonishing as Chaos, as the bloom

Of blowing Eden fair, as Heaven fublime.
Nor shall my verse that elder bård forget,
The gentle Spencer, Fancy's pleasing fon ;
Who like a copious river, pour'd his song

7 O'er all the mazes of enchanted ground: 1565

F Nor thee, his ancient Mafter, laughing sage,

A Chaucer, whose native manners-painting verse, Well-moralized, shines thro' the Gothic cloud or time and language o'er thy genius thrown.

May my song soften, as thy Daughters I, 1970 Britannia, hail for beauty is their own,

he The feeling heart, fimplicity of life, And elegance, and 1 afte: the faultless form, As Sháp'd by the hand of harmony; the cheek,

0. Where the live crimfon, thro’ the native white (S. Soft-shooting, o'er the face diffufes bloom 1576

No And every nameless grace; the parted lip, Like the red rose-bud moist with morning dew,

1 Breathing delight; and, underflowing jet,

Pal Or funny ringlets, or of circling hrown, The neck Night-thạded, and the swelling breast;

The look refiftless, piercing to the soul,
Mnd by the soul inform’d, when dreft in love
She fits high-smiling in the conscious eye.

Inand of bliss ! amid the subject seas, -2585
That thunder found thy rocky coasts, set up,
At once the wonder, terror, and delight,
Of difiant nations; whose remoteft shores
Can soon be shaken by thy naval arms
Not to be thook chyself, 'but all assaults

2590 Baffing, as the hoar cliffs the loud sea-wave.

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Of empire rises, or alternate falls,
Send forth the saying virtues round the land,
In bright patrol : white Peace, and social Love;
The tender-fooking Cbarity, intent

On gentle deeds, and thedding tears thro! (miles;
Undaunted Trust, and Dignity of mind;
Courage compos'd, and keen; found Temperance,
Healthful in heart and look ; clear Chastity,

1600 blushes reddening as the moves along,

Disordered at the deep regard the draws;
Rough Induftry; Astiviy untird,
With copious life inform’d, and all awake:
While in the radiant front, fuperior thines 16ος
That first paternal virtue, Publie Zeal ;
Who throws o'er all an equal wide survey,

And, cver musing on the common wcal, verlin

Still labours' glorious with some great design. 1609 lnud

Low walks the sun, and broadens by degrees,
Juft o'er the verge of day. The thifting clouds
Asembled gay, a richly gorgeous train,
In all their pomp attend his setting throne.
* Air, earth and ocean smile immcnse. And now,
As if his weary chariot sought the bowers

Of Amphitrite, and her to bringeary mphs,
(So Grecian fable sung) he dips his orb;
Now half-immors'd; and now a golden curve
Gives one bright glance, then total disappears.

For ever running an enchanted round, 1620
Pafies the day, deceitful, vain, and void ;
As Aeets the vihon o'er the formful brain,
This moment hurrying wild th' impassioned soul,
The next in nothing loft. Tis fo to him,

The dreamer of this earth, an idle blank :
I love

A sight of horror to the cruel wretch,
Who all day long in fordid pleasure rollid,

Himself an uselefs load, has squander'd vile, et upUpon his scoundrel train, what might have cheerid

A drooping family of modest worth. 1630
But to the generous fill-improving mind,
That gives the hopeless heart to fing for jor,
Diffusing kind benificence around,
Boakless, as now descends the filent dew;

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To him the long review of order'd life
Is inward rapture, only to be felt.

Confess’d from yonder flow extinguish'd clouds,
All ether softening, fober Evening takes

W2 Her wonted station in the middle air ;,

Ang A thousand shadows at her beck. Firft ibis 1640 Ta She sends on earth : then but of deeper dye Unc Steals soft behind ; and then a deeper itill,

The In circle following circle, gathers round,

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der Amufive floats. The kind impartial care Of nature nought disdains: thoughtful to feed Por Her lowest sons, and clothe the coming year,

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lo! Hies, merry-hearted; and by turns relieves 1655 Ret The ruddy milk-maid of her brimming pail; Thi The beauty whom perhaps his witless heart,

An Unknowing what the joy-mixt anguilh means,

Wil Sincerely loves, by that best language thewn Thi Of cordial glances, and obliging deeds. 1660 Thu Onward they pass, o'er many a panting height,

Th And valley funk, and unfrequented; where

An At fall of eve the fairy people throng,

Wi In various game and revelry to pass

Th The summer-night, as village fiories tell. 1665 But far about they wander from the gruve

Th Of him, whom his ungentle fortune urg'd

Thi Against his own sad breaft to lift the hand Of impious violence. The lonely tower 1669 Of Is also fhunn'd; whose mournful chambers hold,

Th So night-ftruck fancy dreams, the yelling ghost. Among the crooked lanes, on every hedge,

То The glow-worm lights his gem; and, chro' the dark, Fro A moving radiance twinkles. Evening yields

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i In mantle dun. A faint erroneous ray,,

Glanc'd from th' imperfect surfaces of things, and Flings half an image on the straining eye;

While wavering woods, and villages, and streams,

And rocks, and mountain-tors, that long retain'd
The Th’ascending glcam, are all one swimming scene,

Uncertain if beneld. Sudden to beav'n
Thence weary vision turns; where, leading soft
The filent hours of love, with purest.ray 1685

Sweet Venus shines; and from her genial rise, , 54 When day-light fickens till it springs afresh,

Unrivalid reigns, the fairest lamp of night. ate.

As thus th' effulgence tremulous I drink,

With cherith'd gaze, the lambent lightnings Thoot
Across the sky; or horizontal dart,

1697 aby In wondrous thapes : by fearful murmuring crouds

Portentous deemid. Am d the radiant orbs,
That more than deck, that animate the sky,
The life-infusing tons of other worlds;

Lo! from the dead immensity of space ces the Returning, with accelerated course,

The rushing comet to the sun descends;
And as he links below the shading earth,

With awful train projected o'er the heavens,

1700 The guilty nations tremble. But, above en Those superstitious horrors, that'enllave

The fond fequacious herd, to mystic faith.
And blind amazement prone, thc enlightened few,
Whose godlike minds philosophy exalts, 1705

The glorious stranger hail. They feel a joy thly Divinely gieaț; they in their powers exult,

That wondrous force of thought, which mounting
This dusky spot, and measures all the sky; [spurns

While, from his far excursion thro' the wilds 1710 Then

Of barren ether, faithful to his time,
They see the blazing wonder rise anew,
In seeming terror clad, but kindly bent
To work the will of all sustaining Love:
From his huge vapoury train perhaps to shake 1715
Reviving moisture on the numerous oros,
Thro’ which his long ellipsis winds ; perhaps i
To lend new fuel to declining luns,



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To light up worlds, and feed the eternal fire.

Wth thce, ferene philosophy, with thee,
And thy bright garland, let' me crown my song!
Effufive fource of evidence, and truth!
A luftre thedding o'er the ennobled mind,
S.ronger than summer noon; and pure as that, 1725
Whoie mild vibrations footh the parted soul,
New to the dawning of celestial day,
Hence thro' her nourith'd powers, enla:ged by thee,
She springs aloft with elevated pride,
Above i he tangling mass of low desires,

That bind the Hurtering crowd ; and, angel-wing'd,
The heights of science and of virtue gains,
Where all is calm and clear; with nature round,
Or in the starry regions, or th' abyss,
To Reason's and to Fancy's eye display'd:
The Firft up-tracing, from the dreary void,
The chain of caufes and effe:ts to Him,
The world producing Effence, who alone
Patrelles being; while the Laf receives
The whole magnificence of heaven and earth, 1740
And every beauty, delicate or bold,
Obvious or more remote, with livelier sense,
Diffufive painted on the rapid mind,

Tutor'd by thee, hence Poetry exalts
Her voice to ages; and informs the page 1745
With mufic, inage, sentiment, and thought,
Never to die! the treasure of mankind !
Their higheft honour, and their truest joy!

Without'thee what were unenlighten'd Man?
A favage roaming thro' the woods and wilds, 1750
In quest of prey; and with the unfashioned furr
Rough clad: devoid of every finer art,
And elegance of life. Nor happiness
Donetiic, mix'd of tenderness and care,
Nor moral excellency, nor focial bliss, 1755
Nor guardian law were his ; nor various skill
To turn the furrow,' of to guide the tool
Mechanic: nor the Heaven-conducted prow
Of navigation bold, that fearless braves
The burning line or dares the wintry pole ; 1760
Mother severe of infinite delights ! *


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