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Meantime a moving scene was open laid ; And with seraphic flame compassion blends. That lazar house, I whilom in my lay
At once, delighted, to their charge they fy: Dcpainted have, its horrors deep display'd, When, lo! a goodly hospital afcends; And gave unnumber'd wretches to the day, In which they bade cach lenient aid be nigh, Who tolfing there in squalid milery lay.
That could the hck-bed smoothe of that lad Soon as of lacred light the unwonted smile
company. Pour'd on these living catacombs its ray,
It was a worthy edifying fight, Through the drcar caveros stretching many a
And gives to human-kind peculiar grace, mile,
[woes a while.
To lee kind hands attending day and night, Thcfick up-rais’d their heads, and dropp'd their
With tender ministry, from place to place. heav'ns! (they cry'd) and do we once Some prop the head; some froin the pallid face more fee
[fair! Wipe off the faint cold dews weak nature sheds; • Yon blefled fun, and this green carth so Some reach the healing draught : the whilst, • Are we from noisome damps of pest-house to chace • free?
The fear supreme around their foften'd beds, * And drink our souls the fivect ethereal air?
Some holy man by prayer all-op’ning Hokver • Othou' or knight, or god! who holdeft dispreads.
there • That ficnd, oh keep him in eternal chains;
Attended by a glad acclaiming train, • But what for us, the children of despair,
Of those he rescu'd had from gaping hell,
Then turn'd the Knight, and, to his hall again • Brought to the brink of hell, what hope • remains ?
Soft-pacing, fought of Peace the mofy cell:
Yet down his cheeks the gems of pity fell; Repentance docs itself but aggravate our pains !
To see the helpless wretches that remain’d, The gentle knight, who saw their rucful cafe, There left through dcives and defarts dire'io Let fall adown his filver beard some tears..
sitain'd. • Certes (quoth he) it is not even in grace Amaz'd, their looks with pale dismay were • T’undo the past, and cke your broken years : | And spreading wide their hands, they mcek re• Nathless, to nobler worlds repentance rears, pentance feignid. • With humble hope, her eye; to her is given
But, ah! their scorned day of grace was post: 'A power the truly contrite heart that cheers;
[valt; • She quells the brand by which the rocks are
For (horrible to tell!) a detart wild
Before them stretch'd, bare, comfortlefi, and riven;
(Heaven. "She more than merely softens, the rejoices
With gibbets, bones, and carcasas defil'd!
There nor trim ficld nor lively culture finil'd; • Then patient bear the sufferings you have Nor waving ihade was seen, nor fountain fair; carn'd,
But fands abrupt on fands lav lootely pild, • And by thise fufferings purify the mind; Through which they founding toil'd with
Let wisdom be by pait misconduct learn'd; painful care, . Or pious dic, with penitence refign'd; Whilst Phoebus (mote them fore, and fir'd the And to a life more happy and refin'd,
cloudleis air. • Doubt not, you thalt new creatures yet arise.
Then, varying to a joyless land of bogs, • Till then, you may expect in me to find
The sadden'd country a grey walte app ar'd; • One who will wipe your forrow from your
Where nought but putrid streams and noisome eyes ;
fogs • One who will soothe your pangs, and wing you • to the skies.'
For cser hung on drizzly Auster's beard;
Or else the ground by piercing Caurus fear'id, They silent heard, and pour'd their thanks in Was jayg'd with frost, or heap'd with glazud tears;
itcer, • For you (resum'd the Knight, with iterner Thro' those extremes a ccafeless round they < Whose hard dry hearts thc obdurate demon By crucl fiends itill hurry'd to and fiu, fears,
[ groan; Gaunt Beggary, and Scorn, with many hell. That villains gifts will cost you many a hounds inoc. ** In dolorous manfion long you must beinoan
The first was with base dunghill rags ucide • His fatal charms, and weep your stains
Tainting the gale in which they flutter'd light away :
Of morbid hue his features, funk and fad; « Till soft and pure as infant goodness grown,
His hollow cync shook forth a sickly light; • You feel a perfect change then, who can
Ando'er his lank-jaw bone, in pittous plight, say,
His black rough beard was mitted, rank, and • What grace may yet shinc forth in Heaven's
This faid, his powerful wand he wav'd anew; Direful to fuc! an heart-appalling right! Instant a glorious angel-train descends,
Meantiine foul scurf and blotches him dehls; The Charities, to wit, of rofy huc;
And dogs, where'er he went, ftill barked all the Sweet love their looks a gentle radiance lends, while.
The other was a fell despightful fiend : In some small fray victorious! when (instead 1
First gazing thro', he by the blended pow'r
From unaslifted vihon hid, the moons Even fo through Brentford town, a town of To cheer remoter planets numerous form'd, An herd of bristly swine is prick'd along; (mud, By him in all their mingled tracts were fecr.
He also fix'd our wand'ring queen of night: The filthy beasts, that never chew the cud, Still grunt and fqueak, and ting their troublous Whether she wanes into a scanty orb, song,
Or, waxing broad, with her pale shadowy light,
(among : And oft they plunge themselves the mire
In a soft deluge overflows the sky, But aye the ruthless driver goads them on,
Her ev'ry motion, clear discerning, He
Adjusted to the mutual Main, and taught
Why now the mighty mats of water twells Ne ever find they rest from their unresting fone.
And the full river turning; till again
The tide revertive, unattracted, leaves $53: To the Memory of Sir Isaac Nerulon.
A yellow waste of idle sands behind.
Then breaking hence, he took his ardent flight
Thro' the blue infinite; and ev'ry star Inscribed to the Right Honourable Sir Robert Which the clear concave of a winter's night Walpole.
Pours on the eye, or astronomic tube,
Far-stretching, snatches from the dark abyss, SHALL the great soul of Newton quit this or such as farther in successive skics
To fancy shine alone, at his approach To mingle with the stars; and ev'ry Musc, Blaz'd into suns, the living centre each Astonish'd into filence, thun the weight Of an harmonious system: all combin’d, Of honours due to his illustrious name? And rul'd unerring by that single pow'r But what can man:--Ev'n now the fons of light, Which draws the stone projected to the ground, In strains high-warbled to seraphic lyre,
O unprofuse magnificence divine ! Hail his arrival on the coast of blifs.
O wildom truly perfect! thus to call Yet am I not deterr’d, though high the theme, From a few causes such a scheme of things, And fing to harps of angels; for with you, Effects fo various, beautiful, and great, Ethereal flames ! ambitious I aspire
An universe complete ! and, o belov'd In Nature's general fymphony to join.
Of Heav'n, whole well-purgid penetrative eye, And what new wonders can you shew your The mystic veil transpiercing, inly scann'd
The rising, moving, wide-establish'd frame! Who, while on this dim spot, where mortals toil He, firit of men, with awful wing pursu'd Clouded in duft, from morion's simple laws, The Coinet thro' the long elliptic curve, Could trace the secret hand of Providence, As round innum'rous worlds he wound his way; Wide-working thro' this universal frame! Till to the forehead of our ev'ning íky
Have ye not listen'd, while he bound the suns Return'd, the blazing wonder glares anew, And planets to their spheres ! th’unequal task And o'er the trembling nations shakes dismay. Of human-kind till then. Oft had they rollid The heav'ns are all his own; from the wild O'er erring man the year, and oft disgrac'd Of whirling vortices, and circling spheres, (rule The pride of schools, before their course was To their first great fimplicity reitor'd. Full in its caufes and effc&ts, to hiin, [known The schools attonish'd stood; but found it vain All.piercing sage! who fat not down and dream'd To combat still with demonstration strong, Romantic (chemes, defended by the din
And, unawaken'd, dreain beneath the blaze Of specious words and tyranny of names; Of truth. At once their pleasing visions fled, But, bidding his amazing mind atttend, With the gay shadows of the morning mix'd, And with heroic patience, years on years When Newton rose, our philofophic lan. Deep-searching, saw at last the lyftein dawn, The acrial flow of sound was known to him, And shine, of all his race, on him alone! From whence it first in wary circles breaks, What were his raptures then! how pure! how Till the touch'd organ takes the message in. ftrong!
Nor could the darting beam, of speed immcnse, And what the triumphs of old Greece and Rome, Escape his fivift pursuit, and measuring eye! By his diminith’d, but the pride of boys Even Light itself, which ev'ry thing displays
Shone undiscover'd, till his brighter mind That reach impatient at immortal life,
Against the prime endearing privilege
Of such extensive, deep, tremendous powers, To the charm'd eye educ'd the gorgeous train Enlarging still, be but a finer breath Of parent-colours. First, the faming red
Of spirits dancing thro' their tubes a while, Sprung vivid forth; the tawny orange next; And then for ever loft in vacant air? Aod next delicious yellow, by whofc lide But hark! methinks I hear a warning voice, Fell the kind beams of all-refreshing green; Solemn as when some awful change is come, Then the pure blue, that fivells autumnal skies, Sound thro' the world'Tis done! the meaEthercal play'd ; and then, of fadder huc,
“ sure's full,
[ftones, Einerg'd the deepen'd indico, as when
" And I refign my charge."Ye mould'ring The heavy-skirted ev’ning droops with frost. That build the tosv'ring pyramid, the proud While the last gleamings of refracted light Triumphal arch, the monument effac'd Dy'd in the fainting violet away,
By ruthless ruin, and whate'er supports These, when the clouds distil the rofy show'r, The worship'd name of hoar Antiquity, Shine out distinct adown the wat'ry bow; Down to the dust! what grandeur can ve boast, While o'er our heads the dewy vision hends Whilc Newton lifts his column to the skies, Delightful, melting on the fields beneath.
Peyond the waste of tiine. Let no weak drog Myriads of mingling dyes from these result, Be thed for him. The virgin in her bloom And inyriads ftill remain-Infinite source
Cut off, the joyous youth, and darling child, Of beauty ever fluthing! ever new!
These are the tombs that claim the tender tear Did ever poet image aught fo fair, . [brook! And elegiac fong. Buc Newton calls Dreaming in whisp’ring groves by the hoarse For other notes of gratulation high, Or prophet, to whose rapture heav'n defcends! That now he wanders thro' chole endless worlds Even now the setting fun and shifting clouds, He here to well defcry'd, and, wond'ring, talks Seen, Greenwich, froin thy lovely heights, de- And hymns their Author with his glad compeers. clare
O Britain's boast! whether with angels thou How just, how beauteous, the refractive law! Sittest in dread discourse, or fellow-blett,
The noiseless tide of time, all bearing down Who joy to fce the honour of cheir kind; To vast eternity's unbounded sea,
Or whether, mounted on cherubic wing, Where the green islands of the happy shine, Thy livift career is with the whirling orbs, He stemm'd alone: and to the source (involv'd Comparing things with things, in rapture loft, Deep in primæval gloom) afcending, rais'd
And grateful adoration, for that light His lights at equal diftances, to guide
So plenteous ray'd into thy mind below, Hiftorian, wilder'd on his darkfome way. From Light himself-Oh look with pity down
But who can number up his labours who On human kind, a frail erroneous race!
Exalt the spirit of a downward world!
What wonder thence that his devotion swellid for, though deprav'd and funk she brought thee Responsive to his knowledge! for could he,
forth, Whose piercing mental eye diffufive faw And glories in thy namc, me points thee out The finish'd university of things,
To ali her sons, and bids them eye thy ftar : In all its order, magnitude, and parts,
While in expectance of the second life, Forbear incessant to adore that Pow'r
When timme Thall be no more, thy facred dust Who fills, fustains, and a&cates the whole ?
Sleeps with her kings, and dignifies the scene. Say, ye who best can tell, ye happy few Who saw him in the foftest lights of life, All unwithheld, indulging to his friends
$ 54. Hymn on Solitude. THOMSON. The vaft unborrow'd creatures of his mind, Oh speak the wond'rous man ! how mild, how HAIL, mildly-plcasing. Solitude, calm!
Companion of the wife and good : How greatly humble, how divinely good ! But from whose hoiy piercing cye. How firm establish'd on eternal truth;
The herd of tools and villains fly. Fervent in doing well, with ev'ry rerve
Oh! how I love with thee to walk,
And listen to thy whisper'd talk,
And mchs the moit obdurate hearts.
And still in ev'ry thape you pleaf.
Now quick from hill to vale you fiy,
In thy serener Shades our ghosts delight, And now you sweep the vaulted sky.
And court the umbrage of the night; A shepherd next you haunt the plain,
In vaults and gloomy caves they ftray, And warble forth your baten strain,
But fly the morning beams, and ficken 2 A loter now, with all the grace
day. Of that sweet paffion in your face :
Though solid bodies dare exclude the ligbi, Then, calm’d to friendship, you assume
Nor will the brightest ray admit; The gentlc-looking Hartford's bloom,
No substance can thy force repel, (d. As, with her Musidora, she
Thou reign'ft in depths below, dott in the e (Her Musidora fond of thee)
The sparkling gems, and ore in mines belo, Amid the long withdrawing vale,
To thee their beauteous luftre owe; Awakes the rival'd nightingale.
Tho' form’d within the womb of night, Thine is the baliny breath of morn,
Bright as their fire they shine, with native to: Just as the dew-bent role is born ;
of light. And while meridian fervors bcat, Thine is the woodland dumb retreat;
When thou dost raise thy venerable head, But chief, when ev'ning scenes decay,
And art in genuine night array'd, And the faint landscape swims away,
Thy negro beauties then delight; Thine is the doubtful loft decline,
Beauties, like polith'd jet, with their owa dada And that best hour of musing thine.
ness bright. Descending angels bless thy train,
Thou dost thy finiles impartially bestow, The virtues of the sage and lwain;
And know'st no diff'rence here below: Plain innocence, in white array'd,
All things appear the same by thee, Before thce lifts her fearless head :
Though light distinction makes, thoug Religion's beams around the fine,
equality. And cheer thy glooms with light divine: About thcc fports siveet Liberty;
Thou, Darkness, art the lover's kind retrea, i
And doft the nuptial joys completc; And wrapt Urania fings to thee.
Thou dost inspire them with thy thade, Oh, let me pierce thy secret cell!
Giv'st vigour to the youth, and warm't = 1 And in thy deep recesses dwell. Perhaps from Norwood's oak-clad hill,
yielding maid. When meditation has her fill,
Calm as the bless'd above, the Anch'rites do I just may cast my careless eyes
Within their peaceful gloomy cell; Where London's spiry turrets rise;
Their minds with heav'nly joys are sipa: Think of its crimnes, its cares, its pain,
The pleasures Light deny, thy thades for 6Then thield me in the woods again.
Did all their mysteries unfold: $ 55. Hyniu to Darkness. YALDEN.
Darkness did first religion grace, (plz. DARKNESS, thou first great parent of us all, Gave terrors to the God, and rev"rence to še Thou art our great originals
When the Almighty did on Horeb ftand, Since from thy univertál womb
Thy Thades inclos'd the hallowd land; Docs all thou shad'st below, thy numerous off In clouds of light he was array'd, spring coine.
And venerable darkness his pavilion made. Thy wondrous birth is evin to Time unknown, When he appear'd arm'd in his power and migt, Or, like Eternity, thou’dst none;
He veil'd the beatific light;
When terrible with majesty,
Or brighter firmament was made;
Ere matter, time, or place was known, Thou soar'ít above the reach of man's philosophy. Thou, Monarch Darkness, sway'dft theke
cious realıns alone. Involv'd in thee, we first reccive our breath,
Thou art our refuge too in death: But now the moon(tho'gay with borrow'd lives
Invades thy scanty lot of Night:
The anarchy of stars depose their monarch, Sbiak The filent globe is struck with awful fear Yet fading light its empire must resign, When thy majestic shades appear:
And Nature's pow'r submit to thine:
An universal ruin thall erect thy throne, And Earth a Sabbath keeps, sacred to rest and And Fate confirm thy kingdom ever more thy
Till this great cruth by all be understood, $ 56. Education. West.
“ That all the pious duties which we owe
“Our parents, friends, our country, and our Written in imitation of the Style and Manner of “ The feeds of ev'ry virtue here below, [Gud, Spenfer's Fairy Queen.
“ From discipline alone and early culture grow.” Inscribed to Lady Langham, widoce of Sir yo.
The Knight, as to Pedia's ** house “ Unum ftudium vere liberale eft, quod liberum
He his young fon conveys, ' facit. Hoc fapientiæ fudium eft, fublime,
Iftaid by Custom, with him fights,
And his vain pride disdays. “ Forte, magnanimum : cætera pufilla et pue“ rilia funt.—Plus fcire velle quam fit faiis in
GENTLE knight there was, whose noble
deeds " temperantiæ genus eft. Quid, quod ifta libe“ ralium artium confettatio molestos, verbofos,
O'er Fairyland by Fame were blazon'd round; "intempeftivos, fibi placentes facit, et ideo non
For warlike enterprize and fage areeds i
Among the chief alike was he renown'd; “ dicentes neceffaria, quia superuncua didice Whence with the marks of highest honours “ runi."
Sen. Ep. 88. By Gloriana, in domestic peace, [crown'd
That port to which the wife are ever bound, O GOODLY discipline! from Heav'n ysprung, Heanchor'd was, and chang'd the towing feas Parent of Science, Queen of Arts refind ! To whom the Graces and the Nine belong,
Of bustling busy life for calm fequeiter'd eale. O! bid those Graces, in fair chorus join'd
There, in domestic virtue rich and great, With each-bright Virtue that adorns the mind, As erst in public, ʼmid his wide domain O! bid the Muses, thine harmonious train, Long in primeval patriarchal state Who, by thy aid, erst humaniz'd mankind, The lord, the judge, the father of the plain, Inspire, direct, and moralize the strain
He dwelt; and with him in the golden chain That doth essay to teach thy treasures how to gain !
Of wedded faith ylink'd a matron lage
Aye dwelt, livect partner of his joy and pain ! And thou, whose pious and inaternal carc, Sweet charmer of his youth, friend of his age, The substitute of heav'nly Providence, Skill'd to improve his bliss, his forrows to assuage. With tend'rest love my orphan life did rear, And train me upto manly strength and sense,
From this fair union, not of fordid gain With mildest awe and virtuous influence
But merit fimilar and mutual love,
True source of lineal virtue, sprung a train Directing my unpractis'd wayward feet To the smooth walks of Truth and Innocence,
Of youths and virgins, like the beautcous grove Where Happiness heartfelt, Contentment sweet,
Which round the temple of Olympic Jove Philosophy divine, aye hold their bleit retreat!
Begirt with youthful bloom the parent tree il,
The sacred olive, whence old Elis wove Thou, most belov'd, most honour'd, most re Her verdant crowns of peaceful vi&tory, ver'd!
Theguerdons şof bold strength and swift activity. Accept this Verse, to thy large merit due !
So round their noble parents goodly rose And blame me not if by each tie endear'd
These gen'rous fcions ; they with watchful care Of nature, gratitude, and friendship true,
Still as the swelling pallions 'gan disclose The whiles this mortal thesis I pursue,
The buds of future virtues, did prepare And trace the plan of goodly nurture t o'er, With prudent culture the young shoots to rear; I bring thy modest virtues into view,
And aye in this endearing pious coil And proudly boast that from thy precious
Theyby a palmer***fage inftructed were, [while store,
Who from deep thought and studious searchére. Which erst enrich'd my heart, I drew this sacred Had learnt to mend the heart and will the human lore.
soil. And thus, I ween, thus shall I best repay For, by celestial Wisdom whilom led, The valu'd gifts thy careful love bestow'd, Thro' all the apartments of th'immortal mind, If imitating thee well as I may,
He view'd the recret stores,and mark'd the strat I labour to diffuse th’important good,
To judgment, wit, and memory atlign'd, + Nurture, education. • Pædia is a Greek word, fignifying Education. Arecds, counsels,
| Parent tree, the jacred olive.] This tree grew in the Aliis, or sacred grove of Olympic Jupiter, at Olyin. pia, having, as the Eleans pretended, been originally planted there by Hercules. "It was esteemed faired, and from that were taken the Olympic crowns.
Guerdons, rewards. ** Palmer, pilgrin.---The person here signified is Mr. Locke, characterized by 'is Works. + Sted, place, ftation.