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But they are ever playing, 5
And twinkling in the light, And, if a breeze be straying, That breeze she will invite; And stands on tiptoe, conscious she is fair, And calls a look of love into her face, 10
And spreads her arms, as if the general air
And stands amidst you now an armed creature,
Hi. So did she daunt the Earth, and God defy! And, wheresoe'er she spread her sovereignty, Pollution tainted all that was most pure. 32 —Have we not known—and live we not to tell— That Justice seemed to hear her final knell?
Faith buried deeper in her own deep breast 35 Her stores, and sighed to find them insecure! And hope was maddened by the drops that fell From shades, her chosen place of short-lived
rest. Shame followed shame, and woe supplanted
woe— Is this the only change that time can show ? 40 How long shall vengeance sleep? Ye patient
Heavens, how long? .—Infirm ejaculation! from the tongue Of Nations wanting virtue to be strong Up to the measure of accorded might, And daring not to feel the majesty of right! 45
Weak Spirits are there—who would ask,
Among the lurking powers 50
Of herbs and lowly flowers, Or seek, from saints above miraculous aid— That Man may be accomplished for a task Which his own nature hath enjoined;—and
why? H, when that interference hath relieved him, 55
He must sink down to languish
Till the caves roar,—and, imbecility
Again engendering anguish, The same weak wish returns, that had before
deceived him. 60
v. But Thou, supreme Disposer! may'st not speed
The course of things, and change the creed
Whether, as bards have told in ancient song,
And by the power, of wrong.
ON A CELEBRATED EVENT IN ANCIENT HISTORY.
A Roman Master stands on Grecian ground,
that voice Haunts, with sad echoes, musing Fancy's ear: 10 Ah! that a Conqueror's words should be so
dear: Ah! that a boon could shed such rapturous
joys! A gift of that which is not to be given By all the blended powers of Earth and
UPON THE SAME EVENT.
When, far and wide, swift as the beams of morn
The tidings passed of servitude repealed,
Field, The rough ./Etolians smiled with bitter scorn. "' Tis known," cried they, "that he, who
would adorn 5
His envied temples with the Isthmian crown,
TO THOMAS CLAEKSON, ON THE FINAL PASSING OF
Clakkson! it was an obstinate hill to climb:
calm, A great man's happiness; thy zeal shall find Kepose at length, firm friend of human kind!
March, 1807. rv.
A PROPHECY. FEBRUARY, 1807.
High deeds, O Germans, are to come from you! Thus in your books the record shall be found, "A watchword was pronounced, a potent
She of the Danube and the Northern Sea,
—Woe to them all! but heaviest woe and shame
COMPOSED BY THE SIDE OF GRASMERE LAKE. 1807.
Clouds, lingering yet, extend in solid bars Through the grey west; and lo! these waters,
steeled By breezeless air to smoothest polish, yield A vivid repetition of the stars; Jove, Venus, and the ruddy crest of Mars 5 Amid his fellows beauteously revealed At happy distance from earth's groaning field, Where ruthless mortals wage incessant wars. Is it a mirror ?—or the nether Sphere Opening to view the abyss in which she feeds 10 Her own calm fires ?—But list! a voice is near