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It is not from his form, in which we trace
Strength joined with beauty, dignity with grace,
That man, the master of this globe, derives
His right of empire over all that lives.
That form indeed, the associate of a mind"
Vast in its powers, ethereal in its kind,::;;
That form, the labour of almighty skill,
Framed for the service of a free-born will,' ip
Asserts precedence, and bespeaks control,"
But borrows all its grandeur from the soul. L
Hers is the state the splendoar, and the throne;
An intelleetual kingdom, all her own.
For her the memory fills her ample page
With truths poured down from every distant age,
For her amasses an unbounded store,
The wisdom of great nations, now no more;
Though láden, not incumbered, with her spoil;
Laborious, yet unconscious of her toil;
When copiously supplied, then most enlarged;
Still to be fed; and not to be surcharged.
For her the fancy, roving unconfined,
The present muse of every pensive mind,.
Works raagic wonders, adds a brighter hue
To nature's scenes than nature ever knew.

At her command winds rise and waters roar,
Again she Jays them slumbering on the shore;
With flower and fruit the wilderness supplies,
Or bids the rocks in ruder pomp arise.
For her the judgment, umpire in the strife
That grace and nature have to wage through life,
Quick-sighted arbiter of good and ill, .
Appointed sage preceptor to the will,
Condemns, approves, and with a faithful voice
Guides the decision of a doubtful choice.

Why did the fiat of a God give birth .
To yon fair sun and his attendant earth?.
And, when descending he resigns the skies, "
Why takes the gentler moon her turn to rise,
Whom ocean feels through all his countless wavos,
And owuş her power on every shore be layes?,
Why do the seasons still enrich the year,...,
Fruitful and young as in their first career?... i
Spring hangs her infant blossoms, on the trees,.
Rocked in the cradle of the western breeze;.
Summer in haste the thriving charge receives
Beneath the shade of her expanded leaves, ; .;
Till autumu's fiercer heats and plenteous dews
Dye them at last in all their glowing, hues.-
'Twere wild profusion all, and bootless waste,
Power misemployed, munificence.misplaced,
Had not its author dignified the plan,
And crowned it with the majesty of man,
Thus formed, thus placed, intelligent and taughty
Look where he will, the wonders God has wrought

The wildest scorner of his Maker's laws : 137
Finds in a sober moment time to pause; in's
To press the important question on his heart, :?
" Why formed at all, and wherefore as thou art?"
If man be what he seem's, this hour a slave,
The next mere du'st and ashes in the grave;';
Endued with reason only to descry : "2"} ???
His crimes and follies with an aching eye; "...
With passions, just that he may prove, with pain,
The force he spends against their fury vain; 07:
And if, soon after having burnt, by tarns,

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With every lust, with which frail nature burns
His being end where death dissolves the bond,
The tomb take all, and all be blank beyond;
Then he, of all that nature has brought forth,
Stands self-impeached the creature of least worth,
And useless while he lives, and when he dies,
Brings into doubt the wisdom of the skies. "..?

Truths, thiat the learned pursue with eager thought,
Are not important always as dear-bought, :, *
Proving at last;, though told in pompous strains,
A childish waste of philosophic pains ; ting so. I
But truths, on which depends our main concern;
That 'tis our shame and misery not to learn,
Shine by the side of every path we treadmin
With such a lustre, he that runs ntay read.
'Tis true that, if to trifle life away si asi
Down to the sun-set of their latest day,""..
Then perish on futurity's wide shore j
Like fleeting exhalations, found no more, soit

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Were all that Heaven required of human kind, ..
And all the plan their destiny designed,
What none could reverence all might justly blame,
And man would breathe but for his Maker's shame.
But reason heard, and nature well perused, ..
At once the dreaming mivd is disabused .!!
If all we find possessing earth, sea, air, .
Refect his attributes, who placed them there,
Fulfil the purpose, and appear designed
Proofs, of the wisdom of the all-seeing mind,
'Tis plain the creature, whom he chose to invest
With kingship and dominion o'er the rest,''
Received his nobler nature, and was made
Fit for the power, in which he stands arrayed,
That first or last, hereafter if not here,
He too might make his author's wisdom clear, ,
Praise him on earth, or obstinately dumb,
Suffer his justice in a world to come.

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This once believed, 'twere logic misapplied .
To prove a consequence by none denied, 'neno
That we are bound to east the minds of youth
Betimes into the mould of heavenly truth,
That taught of God they may indeed be wise,
Nor ignorantly wandering miss the skies. '

In early days the conscience has in most
A quickness, which in later life is lost: :
Preserved from guilt by salutary fears, ..
Or guilty soon relenting into !!!

Too careless often, as our years proceed, · What friends we sought with, or what books wercail,

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Our parents yet exert a prudent care
To feed'our infant winds with proper faren
And wisely store the nursery by degrees in
With wholesome learning, yet acquired with ease.
Neatly secured from being soiled or torn! ;** .'
Beneath a pane of thin translucent horn, -, !.
A book (to please us at a tender age,
'Tis called a book, though but a single page)
Presents the prayer the Saviour deigned to teach
Which children use, and parsons when they
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Lisping our syllables, we scramble next x .':"
Through moral narrative, or sacred text; ..
And learn with wonder how this world began,
Whomade, who marrd, and who has ransom'dman.'
Points, which unless the scripturemade them plain,..
The wisest heads inight agitate in vain. :?.
O thou, whom, borne on fancy's, cager wing:
Back to the season of life's happy spring, ,
I pleased remember, and while memory yet
Holds fast her office here, can ne'er forget; :
Ingenious dreainer, in whose well-told tale ; ; .
Sweet fiction and sweet truth alike prevail; [style,
Whose humorous vein, strong sense, and simple.
May teach the gayest, make the gravest smile;
Witty, and well employed, and like thy Lord,
Speaking in parables his slighted word.; .?
I name thee not, lest so despised a name is
Should move a sneer at thy deserved fante;
Yet ev'n in transitory life's late day, is
That mingles all my brown with sober gray,

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