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'Tis therefore sober and good men are sad For England's glory, seeing it was pale And sickly, while her champions wear their hearts So loose to private duty, that no brain, Healthful and undisturbed by fáctious fumes, Can dream them trusty to the general weal." Such were not they of old, whose tempered blades Dispersed the shackles of usurped control, And hewed them link from link: then Albion's sons Were sons indeed; they felt a filial heart Beat high within them at a mother's wrongs; And, shining each in his domestic sphere, Shone brighter still, once called to public view. 'sis, therefore many, whose sequestered lot Forbids their interference, looking on, .. Anticipate perforce some dire event; And, seeing the old castle of the state, That promised once more firmness, so assailed That all its tempest-beaten turrets shake, Stand motionless expectants of its fall. ; All has its date below; the fatal hour Was registered in heaven ere time began. We turn to dust, and all our mightiest works . Die too: the deep foundations that we lay, Time ploughs them up, and not a trace remains.“ We build with what we deem eternal rock: A distant age asks where the fabric stood; : And in the dust, sifted and searched in vain, The undiscoverable secret sleeps.

But there is yet a liberty, unsung
By poets, and by senators unpraised,
Which monarchs capnot grant, nor all the powers
Of earth and heli confederate take away:
A liberty, which persecution, fraud, :
Oppression, prisons, have no power to bind; :
Which whoso tastes can be enslaved no more.
'Tis liberty of heart derived from heaven,
Bought with his blood, who gave it to mankind,
And sealed with the same token. It is held
By charter, and that charter sanctioned sure
By the unimpeachable and awful oath '
And promise of a God. His other gifts
All bear the royal stamp, that speaks them his,
And are augast; but this transcends them all.
His other works, the visible display
Of all-creating energy and migbt, :
Are grand, no doubt, and worthy of the word:
That, finding an interminable space
Unoccupied, las filled the void so well,
And made so sparkling what was dark before..."
But these are not his glory. - Man, 'tis true, ..
Smit with the beauty of so fair a scene,
Might well suppose the artificer divine
Meant it eternal, had he not himself
Pronounced it transient, glorious as it is, i .
And still designing a more glorious far, o !
Doomed it as insufficient for his praise.
These therefore are occasional, and pass;
Formed for the confutation of the fool, - .

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Whose lying heart disputes against a God;
That office served, they must be swept away.
Not so the labours of his love: they shine
In other heavens than these that we behold, ..
And fadé not. There is paradise that fears
No forfeiture, and of its fruits he sends
Large prelibation oft to saints below.
Of these the first in order, and the pledge
And confident assurance of the rest,
Is liberty. A fight into his arms.
Ere yet mortality's fine threads give way, ..
A clear escape from tyrannizing lust, in
And full immunity from penal woe. '. .

Chains are the portion of revolted man, .. Stripes and a dungeon; and his body serves , The triple purpose. Ini that sickly, foul, ::.. Opprobrious residence he finds them all. . Propepse his heart to idols, he is held ... . In silly dotage on created things,..., ..... Careless of their Creator. And that low...od · And sordid gravitation of his powers,

To a vile clod sa draws him, with such force
Resistless from the centre he should seek,..
That he at last forgets it. All his hopes.....,
Tend downwards his ambition is to sink, 11!
To reach a depth profounder still, and still
Profounder, in the fathomless abyssz: 120 million
Of folly, plunging in.purşuit of death.. .;
But ere he gain the comfortless repose.
He seeks, and acquiescence of his souk;!...
In heaven-renouncing exile, he endures ' ..
What does he not? from lusts opposed in vain,"
And self-reproaching conscience. He foresees
The fatal issue to his health, fame, peace, , ;
Fortune, and dignity; the loss of all,
That can ennoble man, and niake frail life,
Short as it is, supporiable. Still worse,
Far worse than all the plagues, with which his sins
Infect his happiest moments, he forebodes:
Ages of hopeless misery. Future death,
And death still future. Not an hasty stroke,
Like that which sends him to the dusty grave;
But unrepealable enduring death; 18
Scripture is still a trumpet to his fears: :
What none can prove a forgery may be true; ; *
What none but bad men wish exploded must.
That scruple checks him., Riot is not loud,
Nor drunk enough to drown it. In the midst
Of laughter his compunctions are sincere;.,
And he abhors the jest by which he shines.
Remorse begets reform. His master-lust ).
Falls first before bis resolute rebuke, "
And seems dethroned and yanquished. Peace ensues,
But spurious and short-lived; the puny child!
Of self-congratulating pride, begot
On fancied innocence. Again he falls, ?! "
And lights again; but finds his best essay
A presage ominous, portending still
Its own dishonour by a worse relapse.
Till Nature, unavailing nature, foiled

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So oft, and wearied in the vain attempt,
Scoffs at her own performance. Reason now..
Takes part with appetite, and pleads the cause
Perversely, which of late she so condemned;
With shallow shifts and old devices, worn ?.'.
And tattered in the service' of debauch,
Covering his shame from his offended sight.

“Hath God indeed given appetites to man, “And stored the earth so plentéously with means “ To gratify the hunger of his wish; . “ And doth he reprobate and will he damn “ The use of his own bounty? making first . “So frail a kind, and then enacting laws “So strict, that less than perfect must despair? “Falsehood! which whoso but suspects of truth: “Dishonours God, and makes a slave of man. “Do they themselves, who undertake for hire The teacher's office, and dispense at large , “ Their weekly dole of edifying strains, “ Attend to their own mucic? have they faith: “In what with such solemnity of tone “And gesture they propound to our belief? “Nay-conduct hath the loudest tongue. The voice “ Is but an instrument, on which the priest . “ May play what túne lie pleases. In the deed; “The unequivocal authentic deed, .. "We find sound argument, we read the heart."

Such reasonings (if that name must need belong
To excuses in which reason has no part) -
Serve to compose a spirit well inclined water

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