Page images
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small]

IT
It is not from his form, in which we trace
Strength join'd with beauty, dignity with

grace,
That man, the master of this globe, derives
His right of empire over all that lives.
That form indeed, th' associate of a mind
Vaft in its pow'rs, ethereal in its' kind,
That form, the labour of almighty skill,
Fram'd for the service of a free born will,
Asserts precedence, and bespeaks controul,
But borrows all its grandeur from the soul.
Hers is the state, the splendour, and the throne,
An intelle&ual kingdom, all her own.
For her, the mem'ry fills her ample page
With truths pour'd down from ev'ry distant age;
For her amaffes an unbounded store,
The wisdom of great nations, now no more ;
Though laden, not incumber'd with her spoil,
Laborious, yet unconscious of her toil,

When

When copioufly supplied, then moft enlarg’d, "
Still to be fed, and not to be surcharg’d.
For her, the fancy roving unconfin'd,
TheIpferent muse of ev'ry'penfive mind, I '.
Works magic wonders, adds a brighter hue
To nature's scenes, than nature ever knew ;
At her command, winds rise and waters roar,
Again fhe lays them flumb'ring on the shore,
With flow'r and fruit the wilderness supplies,
Or bids the rocks in ruder pomp arise...?
For her, the judgment, umpire in the {trife,
That grace and natute have to wage throughlife,
Quick-fighted arbiter of good and ill, ".
Appointed fage préceptor to the will, ini
Condemns approves, and with a faithful voice
Guides the decisiori of a doubtful choice. 1'.

Why' did the fiat of a God give birth
To
yon

fair fun 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 waves, And owns her pow'r on ev'ry shore he laves ? Why do the seasons' ftill enrich the year, Fruitful and young as in their first career ? Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees, Rock'd in the cradle of the western breeze ;

Summer

« PreviousContinue »