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The guests, withdrawn, had left the treat,
No sooner said, but from the hall
6 face to face, lit., head to head. 10 An allusion to the poem ascribed to 7 How delicious this is!
Homer-" The Battle of the Mice 8 Oh! taste this!
and Frogs.” i malmsey, a strong sweet wine from a place named Malvasia, in Greece.
RESTORATION OF JERUSALEM,
From “ The Messiah,"
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem,' rise !
Edom, or Idumea.
tiquity, the locality of which is unknown,
6 Cynthia, the moon. Mount Cyn
thus, in the island of Delos, was the fabled birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, who were wor
shipped as the Sun and Moon. 7 The Messiah,
The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay,
A LESSON OF THANKFULNESS. HEAVEN from all creatures hides the book of Fate, All but the page prescrib’d, their present state : From brutes, what meno ; from men, what spirits know:: Or who could suffer being here below ? The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, Had he thy reason, would he skip and play ? Pleas'd to the last he crops the flow'ry food, And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood. O blindness to the future! kindly given, That each
may fill the circle mark'd by Heav'n. Hope, humbly, then; with trembling pinions soar; Wait the great teacher, Death; and God adore. What future bliss, he gives not thee to know, But gives that hope to be thy blessing now. Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never is, but always to be blest. The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
Lo, the poor Indian! whose untutor’d mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind;
prescribed, here, laid down for
present direction. ? Supply “is hidden.”
expatiates, ranges at large.
His soul proud science never taught to stray
Go, wiser thou; and in thy scale of sense,
6 solar walk, the wide circle of the
heavens, in which the stars are suns. Solar, from Lat. Sol, the
Sun. ? milky way, the great nebula or
cloud of stars most prominent in our skies, It was, of old, fabled to be the path of the gods over the heavens. In a bright night the blended light of uncounted stars makes it white, or milky.
8 This and the line before allude to
the treatment of the Indians of the West Indies, Mexico, and Peru, by the Spaniards, who en
slaved and worked them to death. Call that imperfection which, &c. 10 Taste, caprice. 11 To absorb, or occupy wholly. 12 balance, the scales of Eternal
Justice. 13 the rod, the Sceptre of Omnipo
JAMES THOMSON. Born, 1700; Died, 1748. James Thomson, born at Ednam, in Roxburghshire, where his father was parish minister, is one of our most delightful poets of Nature. He is, now, best known by his poems “ The Seasons,” but “ The Castle of Indolence” is a charming composition. Several Tragedies were written by him, and also a poem called “ Liberty." He was amiable in disposition, but wanted energy to advance himself in life.
A HYMN ON THE SEASONS.
1 These seasons. 2 refulgent, lit., flashing back, bright. 3 The keen north wind of winter.