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To prey, upon each other; stubborn; fierce,
High-minded, foaming out their own disgrace.ch
Thy prophets speak of such; and, noting down
The features of the last degenerate times, is
Exhibit every lineament.of these. ::.. :'.
Come then, and, added to thy many crowns,
Receive yet one, as radiant as the rest, ..
Due to thy last and most effectual work, . '
Thy word fulfilled, the conquest of a world!
He is the happy man, whose life ev'n now
Shows somewhat of that happier life to come; , .,
Who, doomed to an obscure but tranquil state,
Is pleased with it, and, were he free to choose,
Would make his fate his choice; wbom peace, the
Of virtue, and whom virtue, fruit of faith, [fruit .
Prepare for happiness ; bespeak him one
Content indeed to sojourn while he must
Below the skies, but having there his home.
The world o’erlooks him in her busy search :
Of objects, more illustrious in her viewi n ,
And, occupied as earnestly as she, .
Though more sublimely, he o’erlooks the world..
She scorns his pleasures, for she knows them not;
He seeks nog her's, for he has proved them vain.
He cannot skim the ground like, summer birds **
Pursuing gilded Aies; and such be deems'. In?
Her honourş, her emoluments, her joys."
Therefore in contemplation is his bliss, ...
Whose power is such, that whom she lifts from earth
She makes familiar with a heaven unseen,
And shows him glories yet to be revealed.. Not slothful he, though seeming unemployed, ; And censured oft as useless. Stillest streams Oft water fairest meadows, and the bird, That flutters least, is longest on the wing. Ask him, indeed, what trophies he has raised, Or what achievements of immortal fame He purposes, and he shall answer - None. His warfare is within. There unfatigued His fervent spirit labours. There he fights, And there obtains fresh triumphs o*er himself, And never withering wreaths; compared withwhich The laurels that a Cæsar reaps are weeds. Perhaps the self-approving haughty world, That as she sweeps him with her whistling silks Scarce deigns to notice him, or, if she see, Deems him a cipher in the works of God, Receives advantage from his noiseless hours, ., Of which she little dreams. Perhaps she owes' Her sunshine and her rain, her blooming spring And plenteous harvest, to the prayer he makes, When, Isaac like, the solitary saint Walks forth to meditate at even-tide, And think on her, who thinks not for herself. Forgive him then, thou bustler in concerns Of little worth, an idler in the best, If, author of no mischief and some good, ". He seek his proper happiness by means, i That may advance, but cannot hinder, thine. Non, though he tread the secret path of life,
Engage no notice, and enjoy much ease,
Account him an incumbrance on the state,
Receiving benefits, and rendering none. ?
His sphere though humble, if that humble sphere
Shine with his fair example, and though smalt i
His influence if that influence all be spent 1.
In soothing sorrow and in quenching strife, ..
In aiding helpless indigence, in works,...,
From which at least a graveful few derive to
Sone taste of comfort in a world of woe, '
Then let the supercilious great confess' s
He serves his country, recompenses well ,..s
The state, beneath the shadow of whose vine i
He sits secure, and in the scale of life in
Holds no ignoble, though a slighted, place.
The man, whose virtues are more felt than seen,
Must drop indeed the hope of public praise;'.
But he may boast what few that win it can,'?
That if his country stand not by his skills istori'
At least his follies have not wrought bet fall ? '
Polite refinement offers bim in vain
Her golden tube, through which a sensual world
Drating gross impunity, and likes it well, att.
The neat conteyance hiding all the offender ist
Not that he peevishly rejects a mode : "* !
Because that world adopts it. If it behr!5', 10
The stamp and clear impression of good sense, in;" :
And be nor costly more than of true worthy
He puts it on, and for decorum sake' ;.
Can wear it e'en as gracefully as ske:" biinit
She judges of refinement by the eye, .;....
He by the test of conscience, and a heart ...,
Not soon deceived; aware that what is base, in
No polish can make sterling; and that vice,
Though well perfumed and elegantly dressed, .
Like an unburied carcase tricked with flowers, I
Is but a garnished nuisance, fitter far seni
For cleanly riddance than for fair attire..ii
So life glides smoothly and by stealth away, uie
More golden than that age of fabled gold
Renowned in ancient song: not vexed with care ;
Or stained with guilt, beneficent, approyed .",
Of Godiand man, and peaceful in its end...
So glide my life away! and so at last .
* My share of duties decently fulfilled,
May some disease, not tardy to perform
Its destined office, yet with gentle stroke, ...
Dismiss me weary to a safe retreat, ini :
Beneath the turf, that I have often trod. 34
It shall not grieve me then, that once, when-called
To dress a Sofa with the flowers of yersey ...,
I played awhile, obedient to the fair, ;,.
With that light task; but soon, to please her more,
Whom flowers alone I knew would little please,
Let fall the unfinished wreath, and roved for fruit;
Roved far,and gathered much : some harsh, 'tis true,
Picked from the thoras and briars of reproof,
But wholesome, well-digested; grateful somer.
To'palates, that can taste immortal truth;..
Insipid else, and sure to be despised.;dis h i
But all is in His hand, whose praise I seek.
In vain the poet sings, aħid the world hears,
If he regard not, though divine the theme...
'Tis not in artful measures, in the chime
And idle tinkling of a minstrel's lyre,
To charm his ear, whose eye is on the heart;
Whose frown can disappoint the proudest strain,
Whose approbationsprosper even mine.