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CONVERSATION.

Nam neque me tantum venientis sibilus austri,
Nec percussa juvant fluctú tam litora, nec quæ
Saxosas inter decurrunt fumina valles.

VIRG. Ecl. 5. Though Nature weigh our talents, and dispense To every man his modicum of sense,

And Conversation in its better part
| May be esteem'd a gift and not an art,

Yet much depends, as in the tiller's toil,
On culture, and the sowing of the soil.
Words learn’d by rote a parrot may rehearse,
But talking is not always to converse,
Not more distinct from harmony divine
The constant creaking of a country sign.
As alphabets in ivory employ
Hour after hour the yet unletter'd boy,
Sorting and puzzling with a deal of glee
Those seeds of science call’d his A B C,
So language in the mouths of the adult,
Witness its insignificant result,
Too often proves an implement of play,
A toy to sport with, and pass time away.
Collect at evening what the day brought forth,
Compress the sum into its solid worth,
And if it weigh the importance of a fly,
The scales are false, or algebra a lie.
Sacred interpreter of human thought,
How few respect or use thee as they ought !
But all shall give account of every wrong
Who dare dishonour or defile the tongue,
Who prostitute it in the cause of vice,
Or sell their glory at a market-price,
Who vote for hire, or point it with lampoon,
The dear-bought placeman, and the cheap buffoon.

There is a prurience in the speech of some, Wrath stays him, or else God would strike them

dumb : His wise forbearance has their end in view, They fill their measure and receive their due. The heathen law-givers of ancient days, Names almost worthy of a Christian praise, Would drive them forth from the resort of men, And shut up every saytr in his den. Oh come not ye near innocence and truth, Ye worms that eat into the bud of youth ! Infectious as impure, your blighting power Taints in its rudiments the promised flower, Its odour perish'd and its charming hue; Thenceforth 'tis hateful, for it smells of you. Not even the vigorous and headlong rage Of adolescence or a firmer age, Affords a plea allowable or just, For making speech the pamperer of lust; But when the breath of age commits the fault, *Tis nauseous as the vapour of a vault. So wither'd stumps disgrace the sylvan scene, No longer fruitful and no longer green, The sapless wood divested of the bark Grows fungous, and takes fire at every spark.

Oaths terminate, as Paul observes, all strife ; Some men have surely then a peaceful life. Whatever subject occupy discourse, The feats of Vestris or the naval force, Asseveration blustering in your face Makes contradiction such a hopeless case ;

In every tale they tell, or false or true,
Well known, or such as no man ever knew,
They fix attention, heedless of your pain,
With oaths like rivets forced into the brain ;
And even when sober truth prevails throughout,
They swear it, 'till affirmance breeds a doubt.
A Persian, humble servant of the sun,
Who, though devout, yet bigotry had none,
Hearing a lawyer, grave in his address,
With adjurations every word impress,
Supposed the man a bishop, or at least,
God's name so much upon his lips, a priest,
Bow'd at the close with all his graceful airs,
And begg'd an interest in his frequent prayers.

Go quit the rank to which ye stood preferr'd,
Henceforth associate in one common herd ;
Religion, virtue, reason, common sense,
Pronounce your human form a false pretence,-
A mere disguise in which a devil lurks,
Who yet betrays his secret by his works.

Ye powers who rule the tongue, if such there are, And make colloquial happiness your care, Preserve me from the thing I dread and hate,A duel in the form of a debate : The clash of arguments and jar of words, Worse than the mortal brunt of rival swords, Decide no question with their tedious length, For opposition gives opinion strength, Divert the champions prodigal of breath, And put the peaceably-disposed to death. Oh thwart me not, Sir Soph. at every turn, Nor carp at every flaw you may discern ; Though syllogisms hang not on my tongue, I am not surely always in the wrong: 'Tis hard if all is false that I advance, A fool must now and then be right by chance. Not that all freedom of dissent I blame ; No,—there I grant the privilege I claim. A disputable point is no man's ground, Rove where you please, 'tis common all around; Discourse may want an animated No, To brush the surface, and to make it flow; But still remember, if you mean to please, To press your point with modesty and ease. The mark at which my juster aim I take, Is contradiction for its own dear sake : Set your opinion at whatever pitch, Knots and impediments make something hitch; Adopt his own, 'tis equally in vain, Your thread of argument is snapt again ; The wrangler, rather than accord with you, Will judge himself deceived,—and prove it too. Vociferated logic kills me quite,A noisy man is always in the right; I twirl my thumbs, fall back into my chair, Fix on the wainscot a distressful stare, And when I hope his blunders are all out, Reply discreetly-To be sure-no doubt.

Dubius is such a scrupulous good man, Yes, you may catch him tripping if you can. He would not with a peremptory tone Assert the nose upon his face his own; With hesitation admirably slow, He humbly hopes, presumes it may be so. His evidence, if he were calld by law To swear to some enormity he saw, For want of prominence and just relief, Would hang an honest man, and save a thief. Through constant dread of giving truth offence, He ties up all his hearers in suspense,

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Knows what he knows as if he knew it not,
What he remembers seems to have forgot,
His sole opinion, whatsoe'er befal,
Centering at last in having none at all.
Yet though he tease and baulk your listening ear,
He makes one useful point exceeding clear ;
Howe'er ingenious on his darling theme
A sceptic in philosophy may seem,
Reduced to practice, his beloved rule
Would only prove him a consummate fool.
Useless in him alike both brain and speech,
Fate having placed all truth above his reach ;
His ambiguities his total sum,
He might as well be blind and deaf and dumb.

Where men of judgment creep and feel their The positive pronounce without dismay,

[way, Their want of light and intellect supplied By sparks absurdity strikes out of pride : Without the means of knowing right from wrong, They always are decisive, clear, and strong ; Where others toil with philosophic force, Their nimble nonsense takes a shorter course, Flings at your head conviction in the lump, And gains remote conclusions at a jump; Their own defect, invisible to them, Seen in another they at once condemn, And though self-idolized in every case, Hate their own likeness in a brother's face. The cause is plain and not to be denied, The proud are always most provoked by pride; Few competitions but engender spite, And those the most where neither has a right.

The point of honour has been deem’d of use, To teach good manners and to curb abuse; Admit it true, the consequence is clear, Our polish'd manners are a mask we wear, And at the bottom, barbarous still and rude, We are restraind indeed, but not subdued. The very remedy, however sure, Springs from the mischief it intends to cure, And savage in its principle appears, Tried, as it should be, by the fruit it bears. 'Tis hard indeed if nothing will defend Mankind from quarrels but their fatal end, That now and then a hero must decease, That the surviving world may live in peace. Perhaps at last close scrutiny may show The practice dastardly and mean and low, That men engage in it compell’d by force, And fear, not courage, is its proper source, The fear of tyrant custom, and the fear [sneer. Lest fops should censure us, and fools should At least to trample on our Maker's laws, And hazard life for any or no cause, To rush into a fixt eternal state Out of the very flames of rage and hate, Or send another shivering to the bar With all the guilt of such unnatural war, Whatever use may urge, or honour plead, On reason's verdict is a madman's deed. Am I to set my life upon a throw Because a bear is rude and surly? No.A moral, sensible, and well-bred man Will not affront me, and no other can. Were I empower'd to regulate the lists, They should encounter with well-loaded fists; A Trojan combat would be something new, Let Dares beat Entellus black and blue, Then each might show to his admiring friends In honourable bumps his rich amends,

And carry in contusions of his skull
A satisfactory receipt in full.

A story in which native humour reigns
Is often useful, always entertains;
A graver fact enlisted on your side
May furnish illustration, well applied ;
But sedentary weavers of long tales
Give me the fidgets, and my patience fails.
'Tis the most asinine employ on earth,
To hear them tell of parentage and birth,
And echo conversations dull and dry,
Embellish'd with, he said, and so said I.
At every interview their route the same,
The repetition makes attention lame;
We bustle up with unsuccessful speed,
And in the saddest part cry,—Droll indeed!
The path of narrative with care pursue,
Still making probability your clue,
On all the vestiges of truth attend,
And let them guide you to a decent end.
Of all ambitions man may entertain,
The worst that can invade a sickly brain
Is that which angles hourly for surprise,
And baits its hook with prodigies and lies.
Credulous infancy or age as weak
Are fittest auditors for such to seek,
Who to please others will themselves disgrace,
Yet please not, but affront you to your face.
A great retailer of this curious ware,
Having unloaded, and made many stare,
Can this be true ? an arch observer cries,
Yes, rather moved, I saw it with these eyes.
Sir! I believe it on that ground alone;
I could not had I seen it with my own.
A tale should be judicious, clear, succinct,
The language plain, and incidents well link d.
Tell not as new what everybody knows,
And new or old still hasten to a close,
There centering in a focus, round and neat,
Let all your rays of information meet:
What neither yields us profit or delight,
Is like a nurse's lullaby at night;
Guy Earl of Warwick and fair Eleanore,
Or giant-killing Jack would please me more.

The pipe with solemn interposing puff
Makes half a sentence at a time enough;
The dozing sages drop the drowsy strain, [again.
Then pause and puff,--and speak, and pause
Such often like the tube they so admire,
Important triflers ! have more smoke than fire.
Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys,
Unfriendly to society's chief joys,
Thy worst effect is banishing for hours
The sex whose presence civilizes ours.
Thou art indeed the drug a gardener wants
To poison vermin that infest his plants;
But are we so to wit and beauty blind
As to despise the glory of our kind,
And show the softest minds and fairest forms
As little mercy as he grubs and worms?
They dare not wait the riotous abuse
Thy thirst-creating steams at length produce,
When wine has given indecent language birth,
And forced the flood-gates of licentious mirth;
For sea-born Venus her attachment shows
Still to that element from which she rose,
And with a quiet which no fumes disturb,
Sips meek infusions of a milder herb.

The emphatic speaker dearly loves to oppose In contact inconvenient, nose to nose,

As if the gnomon on his neighbour's phiz,

Your hope to please him vain on every plan, Touch'd with a magnet had attracted his.

Himself should work that wonder, if he can.His whisper'd theme, dilated and at large,

Alas ! his efforts double his distress, Proves after all a wind-gun's airy charge, He likes yours little, and his own still less; An extract of his diary,—no more,

Thus always teasing others, always teased, A tasteless journal of the day before.

His only pleasure is to be displeased. He walk'd abroad, o'ertaken in the rain,

I pity bashful men, who feel the pain Call’d on a friend, drank tea, stept home again ; Of fancied scorn and undeserved disdain, Resumed his purpose, had a world of talk

And bear the marks upon a blushing face With one he stumbled on, and lost his walk. Of needless shame and self-imposed disgrace. I interrupt him with a sudden bow,

Our sensibilities are so acute,
Adieu, dear Sir! lest you should lose it now. The fear of being silent makes us mute.
I cannot talk with civet in the room,

We sometimes think we could a speech produce A fine puss-gentleman that's all perfume ;

Much to the purpose, if our tongues were loose, The sight's enough,—no need to smell a beau, But, being tied, it dies upon the lip, Who thrusts his nose into a raree-show?

Faint as a chicken's note that has the pip: His odoriferous attempts to please

Our wasted oil unprofitably burns,
Perhaps might prosper with a swarm of bees, Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns.
But we that make no honey though we sting, Few Frenchmen of this evil have complain'd;
Poets, are sometimes apt to maul the thing. It seems as if we Britons were ordain'd,
'Tis wrong to bring into a mix'd resort,

By way of wholesome curb upon our pride,
What makes some sick and others à-la-mort, To fear each other, fearing none beside.
An argument of cogence, we may say,

The cause perhaps inquiry may descry,
Why such a one should keep himself away. Self-searching with an introverted eye,

A graver coxcomb we may sometimes see Conceal'd within an unsuspected part, Quite as absurd, though not so light as he: The vainest corner of our own vain heart; A shallow brain behind a serious mask,

For ever aiming at the world's esteem, An oracle within an empty cask,

Our self-importance ruins its own scheme;
The solemn fop; significant and budge;

In other eyes our talents rarely shown,
A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge; Become at length so splendid in our own,
He says but little, and that little said

We dare not risk them into public view, Owes all its weight, like loaded dice, to lead. Lest they miscarry of what seems their due. His wit invites you by his looks to come,

True modesty is a discerning grace, But when you knock it never is at home:

And only blushes in the proper place; 'Tis like a parcel sent you by the stage,

But counterfeit is blind, and skulks through fear, Some handsome present, as your hopes presage,

Where 'tis a shame to be ashamed to appear : 'Tis heavy, bulky, and bids fair to prove

Humility the parent of the first, An absent friend's fidelity and love;

The last by Vanity produced and nursed. But when unpack'd your disappointment groans

The circle form’d, we sit in silent state, To find it stuff’d with brickbats, earth, and stones. Like figures drawn upon a dial-plate;

Some men employ their health, an ugly trick, Yes, Ma'am, and No, Ma'am, utter'd softly, show In making known how oft they have been sick, Every five minutes how the minutes go; And give us in recitals of disease

Each individual suffering a constraint, A doctor's trouble, but without the fees;

Poetry may, but colours cannot paint,
Relate how many weeks they kept their bed, As if in close committee on the sky,
How an emetic or cathartic sped;

Reports it hot or cold, or wet or dry,
Nothing is slightly touch’d, much less forgot, And finds a changing clime a happy source
Nose, ears, and eyes, seem present on the spot. Of wise reflection and well-timed discourse.
Now the distemper, spite of draught or pill, We next inquire, but softly and by stealth,
Victorious seem'd, and now the doctor's skill; Like conservators of the public health,
And now--alas for unforeseen mishaps !

Of epidemic throats, if such there are,
They put on a damp nightcap and relapse ; [bad; And coughs and rheums, and phthisic and catarrh.
They thought they must have died, they were so That theme exhausted, a wide chasm ensues,
Their peevish hearers almost wish they had. Fill’d up at last with interesting news,

Some fretful tempers wince at every touch, Who danced with whom, and who are like to wed, You always do too little or too much :

And who is hang'd, and who is brought to bed ; You speak with life in hopes to entertain,

But fear to call a more important cause, Your elevated voice goes through the brain ; As if 'twere treason against English laws. You fall at once into a lower key,

The visit paid, with ecstasy we come, That's worse,—the dronepipe of an humble-bee. As from a seven years' transportation, home, The southern sash admits too strong a light, And there resume an unembarrass'd brow, You rise and drop the curtain,-now ’tis night. Recovering what we lost we know not how, He shakes with cold,—you stir the fire and strive The faculties that seem'd reduced to nought, To make a blaze,- that's roasting him alive. Expression and the privilege of thought. Serve him with venison, and he chooses fish; The reeking, roaring hero of the chase, With sole,—that's just the sort he would not wish. I give him over as a desperate case. He takes what he at first profess'd to loathe, Physicians write in hopes to work a cure, And in due time feeds heartily on both ;

Never, if honest ones, when death is sure : Yet still, o'erclouded with a constant frown, And though the fox he follows may be tamed, He does not swallow, but he gulps it down. A mere fox-follower never is reclaim'd.

Some farrier should prescribe his proper course, Is it incredible, or can it seem
Whose only fit companion is his horse,

A dream to any, except those that dream,
Or if deserving of a better doom,

That man should love his Maker, and that fire, The noble beast judge otherwise, his groom. Warming his heart, should at his lips transpire? Yet even the rogue that serves him, though he Know then, and modestly let fall your eyes, To take his honour's orders cap in hand, (stand And veil your daring crest that braves the skies, Prefers his fellow grooms with much good sense, That air of insolence affronts your God, Their skill a truth, his master's a pretence. You need his pardon, and provoke his rod: If neither horse nor groom affect the squire, Now, in a posture that becomes you more Where can at last his jockeyship retire?

Than that heroic strut assumed before, Oh, to the club, the scene of savage joys,

Know, your arrears with every hour accrue The school of coarse good fellowship and noise ; For mercy shown, while wrath is justly due. There, in the sweet society of those

The time is short, and there are souls on earth, Whose friendship from his boyish years he chose, Though future pain may serve for present mirth, Let him improve his talent if he can,

Acquainted with the woes that fear or shame, Till none but beasts acknowledge him a man. By fashion taught, forbade them once to name,

Man's heart had been impenetrably sealid And having felt the pangs you deem a jest, Like theirs that cleave the food or graze the field, Have proved them truths too big to be express'd. Had not his Maker's all-bestowing hand

Go seek on Revelation's hallow'd ground, Given him a soul, and bade him understand. Sure to succeed, the remedy they found : [mock, The reasoning power vouchsafed of course inferr'd Touch'd by that power that you have dared to The power to clothe that reason with his word; That makes seas stable, and dissolves the rock, For all is perfect that God works on earth, Your heart shall yield a life-renewing stream, And He that gives conception adds the birth. That fools, as you have done, shall call a dream. If this be plain, 'tis plainly understood

It happen'd on a solemn eventide, What uses of his boon the giver would.

Soon after He that was our surety died, The mind despatch'd upon her busy toil,

Two bosom friends, each pensively inclined, Should range where Providence has bless'd the The scene of all those sorrows left behind, Visiting every flower with labour meet, [soil ; Sought their own village, busied as they went And gathering all her treasures sweet by sweet, In musings worthy of the great event : She should imbue the tongue with what she sips, They spake of him they loved, of him whose life, And shed the balmy blessing on the lips,

Though blameless, had incurr'd perpetual strife, That good diffused may more abundant grow, Whose deeds had left, in spite of hostile arts, And speech may praise the power that bids it flow. A deep memorial graven on their hearts. Will the sweet warbler of the livelong night The recollection, like a vein of ore, That fills the listening lover with delight,

The farther traced enrich'd them still the more: Forget his harmony, with rapture heard,

They thought him, and they justly thought him, one To learn the twittering of a meaner bird ?

Sent to do more than he appears to have done, Or make the parrot's mimicry his choice,

To exalt a people, and to place them high That odious libel on a human voice?

Above all else, and wonder'd he should die. No,-Nature, unsophisticate by man,

Ere yet they brought their journey to an end, Starts not aside from her Creator's plan;

A stranger join’d them, courteous as a friend, The melody that was at first design'd

And ask'd them with a kind engaging air To cheer the rude forefathers of mankind,

What their affliction was, and begg'd a share, Is note for note deliver'd in our ears,

Inform’d, he gather'd up the broken thread, In the last scene of her six thousand years : And truth and wisdom gracing all he said, Yet Fashion, leader of a chattering train,

Explain`d, illustrated, and search'd so well Whom man for his own hurt permits to reign, The tender theme on which they chose to dwell, Who shifts and changes all things but his shape, That reaching home, the night, they said, is near, And would degrade her votary to an ape,

We must not now be parted, sojourn here.The fruitful parent of abuse and wrong

The new acquaintance soon became a guest, Holds a usurp'd dominion o'er his tongue ; And made so welcome at their simple feast, There sits and prompts him with his own disgrace, He bless’d the bread, but vanish'd at the word, Prescribes the theme, the tone, and the grimace, And left them both exclaiming, 'Twas the Lord ! And when accomplish'd in her wayward school, Did not our hearts feel all he deign’d to say, Calls gentleman whom she has made a fool. Did they not burn within us by the way? "Tis an unalterable fix'd decree,

Now theirs was converse such as it behoves That none could frame or ratify but she,

Man to maintain, and such as God approves : That heaven and hell, and righteousness and sin, Their views indeed were indistinct and dim, Snares in his path, and foes that lurk within, But yet successful, being aim'd at him. God and his attributes, (a field of day

Christ and his character their only scope, Where 'tis an angel's happiness to stray)

Their object and their subject and their hope, Fruits of his love, and wonders of his might, They felt what it became them much to feel, Be never named in ears esteem'd polite :

And, wanting him to loose the sacred seal, That he who dares, when she forbids, be grave, Found him as prompt as their desire was true, Shall stand proscribed a madman or a knave, To spread the newborn glories in their view. A close designer not to be believed,

Well,—what are ages and the lapse of time Or, if excused that charge, at least deceived. Match'd against truths as lasting as sublime ! Oh folly worthy of the nurse's lap,

Can length of years on God himself exact, Give it the breast, or stop its mouth with pap ! Or make that fiction which was once a fact?

No,-marble and recording brass decay,
And like the graver's memory pass away ;
The works of man inherit, as is just,
Their author's frailty, and return to dust;
But truth divine for ever stands secure,
Its head as guarded as its base is sure ;
Fix'd in the rolling flood of endless years
The pillar of the eternal plan appears,
The raving storm and dashing wave defies,
Built by that Architect who built the skies.
Hearts may be found that harbour at this hour
That love of Christ in all its quickening power,
And lips unstain’d by folly or by strife,
Whose wisdom, drawn from the deep well of life,
Tastes of its healthful origin, and flows
A Jordan for the ablution of our woes.
Oh days of heaven and nights of equal praise,
Serene and peaceful as those heavenly days,
When souls drawn upward in communion sweet,
Enjoy the stillness of some close retreat,
Discourse as if released and safe at home,
Of dangers past and wonders yet to come,
And spread the sacred treasures of the breast
Upon the lap of covenanted rest.

What, always dreaming over heavenly things,
Like angel-heads in stone with pigeon-wings?
Canting and whining out all day the word,
And half the night? fanatic and absurd !
Mine be the friend less frequent in his prayers,
Who makes no bustle with his soul's affairs,
Whose wit can brighten up a wintry day,
And chase the splenetic dull hours away,
Content on earth in earthly things to shine,
Who waits for heaven ere he becomes divine,
Leaves saints to enjoy those altitudes they teach,
And plucks the fruit placed more within his reach.

Well spoken, advocate of sin and shame, Known by thy bleating, Ignorance thy name. Is sparkling wit the world's exclusive right, The fix'd fee-simple of the vain and light? Can hopes of heaven, bright prospects of an hour That comes to waft us out of sorrow's power, Obscure or quench a faculty that finds Its happiest soil in the serenest minds? Religion curbs indeed its wanton play, And brings the trifler under rigorous sway, But gives it usefulness unknown before, And purifying, makes it shine the more. A Christian's wit is inoffensive light, A beam that aids but never grieves the sight, Vigorous in age as in the flush of youth, "Tis always active on the side of truth ; Temperance and peace insure its healthful state, And make it brightest at its latest date. Oh I have seen (nor hope perhaps in vain, Ere life go down, to see such sights again) A veteran warrior in the Christian field, Who never saw the sword he could not wield; Grave without dulness, learned without pride, Exact, yet not precise, though meek, keen-eyed; A man that would have foild at their own play A dozen would-be's of the modern day; Who when occasion justified its use, Had wit as bright as ready to produce, Could fetch from records of an earlier age, Or from philosophy's enlighten’d page, His rich materials, and regale your ear With strains it was a privilege to hear; Yet above all his luxury supreme, And his chief glory, was the gospel theme;

There he was copious as old Greece or Rome,
His happy eloquence seem'd there at home,
Ambitious not to shine or to excel,
But to treat justly what he loved so well.

It moves me more perhaps than folly ought,
When some green heads as void of wit as thought,
Suppose themselves monopolists of sense,
And wiser men's ability pretence.
Though time will wear us, and we must grow old,
Such men are not forgot as soon as cold,
Their fragrant memory will outlast their tomb,
Embalm’d for ever in its own perfume.
And to say truth, though in its early prime,
And when unstain'd with any grosser crime,
Youth has a sprightliness and fire to boast,
That in the valley of decline are lost,
And Virtue with peculiar charms appears
Crown'd with the garland of life’s blooming years;
Yet age, by long experience well inform’d,
Well read, well temper’d, with religion warm’d,
That fire abated which impels rash youth,
Proud of his speed, to overshoot the truth,
As time improves the grape's authentic juice,
Mellows and makes the speech more fit for use,
And claims a reverence in its shortening day,
That 'tis an honour and a joy to pay.
The fruits of age, less fair, are yet more sound
Than those a brighter season pours around,
And like the stores autumnal suns mature,
Through wintry rigours unimpair'd endure.

What is fanatic frenzy, scorn’d so much,
And dreaded more than a contagious touch ?
I grant it dangerous, and approve your fear;
The fire is catching if you draw too near ;
But sage observers oft mistake the flame,
And give true piety that odious name.
To tremble (as the creature of an hour
Ought at the view of an Almighty power)
Before His presence, at whose awful throne
All tremble in all worlds, except our own ;
To supplicate his mercy, love his ways,
And prize them above pleasure, wealth, or praise,
Though common sense allow'd a casting voice,
And free from bias, must approve the choice,
Convicts a man fanatic in the extreme,
And wild as madness in the world's esteem.
But that disease, when soberly defined,
Is the false fire of an o'erheated mind;
It views the truth with a distorted eye,
And either warps or lays it useless by :
'Tis narrow, selfish, arrogant, and draws
Its sordid nourishment from man's applause,
And while at heart sin unrelinquish'd lies,
Presumes itself chief favourite of the skies.
'Tis such a light as putrefaction breeds
In fly-blown flesh, whereon the maggot feeds,
Shines in the dark, but usher'd into day,
The stench remains, the lustre dies away.

True bliss, if man may reach it, is composed
Of hearts, in union mutually disclosed ;
And, farewell else all hope of

pure delight,
Those hearts should be reclaim’d, renew'd, upright.
Bad men, profaning friendship’s hallow'd name,
Form, in its stead, a covenant of shame,
A dark confederacy against the laws
Of virtue, and religion's glorious cause :
They build each other up with dreadful skill,
As bastions set point blank against God's will,
Enlarge and fortify the dread redoubt,
Deeply resolved to shut a Saviour out,-

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