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Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe,
That foundst me poor at first, and keep'st me so;
Thou guide, by which the nobler arts excel,
Thou nurse of every virtue, fare thee well ;
Farewell, and O! where'er thy voice be try'd,
On Torno's cliff, or Pambamarca's side,
Whether where equinoctial fervors glow,
Or winter wraps the polar world in snow,
Still let thy voice, prevailing over time,
Redress the rigors of th' inclement clime;
Aid slighted truth, with thy persuasive strain;
Teach erring man to spurn the rage of gain;
Teach him, that states of native strength possest,
Tho' very poor, may still be very blest;
That trade's proud empire hastes to swift decay,
As ocean sweeps the labor'd mole away;
While self-dependent power can time defy,
As rocks resist the billows and the sky.

THE HERMIT.
"TURN, gentle Hermit of the dale,

And guide my lonely way,
To where yon taper cheers the vale

With hospitable ray.
For here forlorn and lost I tread,

With fainting steps and slow;
Where wilds, immeasurable spread,

Seem length’ning as I go.” “ Forbear, my son,” the Hermit cries,

To tempt the dangerous gloom ; For yonder faithless phantom flies

To lure thee to thy doom.
Here, to the houseless child of want,

My door is open still;
And tho' my portion is but scant,

I give it with good will.

Then turn to-night, and freely share

Whate'er my cell bestows;
My rushy couch and frugal fare,

My blessing and repose.
No flocks that range the valley free,

To slaughter I condemn :
Taught by that Power that pities me,

I learn to pity them.
But from the mountain's grassy side,

A guiltless feast I bring ;
A scrip with herbs and fruits supply'd,'

And water from the spring.
Then, pilgrim, turn, thy cares forego;

All earth-born cares are wrong:
Man wants but little here below,

Nor wants that little long.”
Soft as the dew from heaven descends,

His gentle accents fell;
The modest stranger lowly bends

And follows to the cell.
Far in a wilderness obscure

The lonely mansion lay ;
A refuge to the neighb'ring poor,

And strangers led astray !
No stores beneath its humble thatch

Requir'd a master's care ;
The wicket op'ning with a latch,

Receiv'd the harmless pair.
And now, when busy crowds retire

To take their evening rest,
The Hermit trimm'd his little fire,

And cheer'd his pensive guest:
And spread his vegetable store,

And gaily prest, and smil'd;
And, skill'd in legendary lore,
The lingering hours beguil'd.

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Around in sympathetic mirth

Its tricks the kitten tries;
The cricket chirrups in the hearth;

The crackling faggot flies.
But nothing could a charm impart

To soothe a stranger's woe;
For grief was heavy at his heart,

And tears began to flow,
His rising cares the Hermit spy'd,

With answering care opprest: “ And whence, unhappy youth,” he cry'd,

“ The sorrows of thy breast? From better habitations spurn'd,

Reluctant dost thou rove:
Or grieve for friendship unreturn'd,

Or unregarded love?
Alas! the joys that fortune brings,

Are trifling and decay ;
And those who prize the paltry things,

More trifling still than they.
And what is friendship but a name,

A charm that lulls to sleep;
A shade that follows wealth or fame,

And leaves the wretch to weep!
And love is still an emptier sound,

The modern fair-one's jest:
On earth unseen, or only found

To warm the turtle's nest.
For shamë, fond youth, thy sorrows hush,

And spurn the sex,” he said: But while he spoke, a rising blush

His love-lorn guest betray'd.
Surpriz'd he sees new beauties rise,

Swift mantling to the view:
Like colours o'er the morning skies,

As bright, as transient too.

The bashful look, the rising breast,

Alternate spread alarms:
The lovely stranger stands confest

A maid in all her charms.
“ And, ah, forgive a stranger rude,

A wretch, forlorn," she cry'd; " Whose feet unhallow'd thus intrude

Where heaven and you reside. But let a maid thy pity share,

Whom love has taught to stray :
Who seeks for rest, but finds despair

Companion of her way.
My father liv'd beside the Tyne,

A wealthy lord was he;
And all his wealth was mark'd as mine,

He had but only me,
To win me from his tender arms,

Unpumber'd suitors came;
Who prais'd me for imputed charms,

And felt, or feign'd a flame.
Each hour a mercenary crowd

With richest proffers strove;
Among the rest young Edwin bow'd,

But never talk'd of love.
In humble, simplest habit clad,

No wealth or power had he;
Wisdom and worth were all he had,

But these were all to me.
The blossom opening to the day,

The dews of heav'n refin'd,
Could nought of purity display,

To emulate his mind.

The dew, the blossoms of the tree,

With charms inconstant shine; Their charms were his, but woe to me,

Their constancy was mine.

For still I try'd each fickle art,

Importunate and vain;
And while his passion touch'd my heart,

I triumph'd in his pain.
Till quite dejected with my scorn,

He left me to my pride;
And sought a solitude forlorn,

In secret where he dy'd,
But mine the sorrow, mine the fault,

And well my life shall pay;
I'll seek the solitude he sought,

And stretch me where he lay. And there forlorn, despairing, hid,

I'll lay me down and die! 'Twas so for me that Edwin did,

And so for him will I." “ Forbid it, heaven !" the Hermit cry'd,

And clasp'd her to his breast; The wondering fair-one turn'd to chide;

'Twas Edwin's self that prest. “ Turn, Angelina, ever dear;

My charmer, turn to see
Thy own, thy long-lost Edwin here,

Restor'd to love and thee!
Thus let me hold thee to my heart,

And every care resign:
And shall we never, never part,

My life-my all that's mine!
No, never, from this hour to part,

We'll live and love so true,
The sigh that rends thy constant heart

Shall break thy Edwin's too."

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