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COUVTR2-LIFE.
HAPPY the man, whom bounteous gods allow
With his own hands paternal grounds to plough!
Like the first golden mortals, happy he,
Froin bus’ness and the cares of money

free!
No human storms break off at land his sleep,
No loud alarms of nature on the deep:
From all the cheats of law he lives secure,
Nor does th' affronts of palaces endure.
Sometimes the beauteous marriageable vine
He to the lusty bridegroom elm does join :
Sometimes he lops the barren trees around,
And grafts new life into the frunful wound:
Sometimes he fear; his flock; and sometimes he
Stores

up the golden treasures of the bee.
He sees the lowing herds walk o'er the plain,
While neighb'ring hills low back to them again.
And when the season, rich as well as gay,
All her autumnal bounty does display,
How is he pleas'd, th' increasing use to fee
Of his well-trusted labours bend the tree !
Of which large ftores, on the glad sacred days,
He gives to friends, and to the gods repays.
With how much joy does he, beneath some shade,
By aged trees' rev'rend embraces made,
His careless head on the fresh

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His head uncharg'd with fear, or with design!-Cowley,

GOD made the country: and man made the town.
What wonder, then, that health and virtue, gifts
That can alone make sweet the bitter draught
That life holds out to all, should most abound,
And least be threatened, in the fields and groves?
Possess ye, therefore, ye who, borne about
In chariots and sedans, know po fatigue
But that of idleness, and taste no scenes
But such as art contrives-possess ye

fill
Your element: there only can ye shine :
There only minds like yours can do no harm,
Our groves were planted 10 console at noon
The pensive wand'rer in their shades. At eve,
The ridon-beam sliding softly in between
The sleeping leaves, is all the light they wish;
Birds warb'ling all the music. We can spare

green recline,

Country. Misión.--Curtempt.

63 The fplendor of your lamps : they but eclipse Our fofter firellite. Your songs confound Our more harmonious nores. The thrush departs Scar'd, and th' offended nightingale is mute. There is a public mischief in your mirtb: It plagues your country. Folly such as your's, Grac'd with a sword, and worthier of a fan, Has made, what enemies could ne'er have done, Our arch of empire, stedfalt but for you, A mutilated structure, soon to fall. --Cowper.

COUNTRY - MAIDEN. How happy is the harmlefs country-maid, Who, rich by nature, scorns fuperfluous aid ! Whose modest clothes no wanton eyes invite But, like her soul, preserve the native white : Whose little store her well-taught mind does please ; Not pinch'd with want, nor cloy'd with wanton eafe : Who, free from storms, which on the great ones fall, Makes but few wishes, and enjoys them all. No care, but love, can discompose her breast, Love, of all cares, the sweeteit and the best !-Roscommon.

CONTEMPT. CONTEMPT of others is the truest fymptom of a base and bad heart. While it suggests itself to the mean and the vile, and tickles their little fancy on every occalion, it never enters the great and good mind, but on the strongest motives: nor is it then a welcome guest; affording only an uneasy sensation, and bringing always with it a mixture of concera and compasion.--Fielding,

CONTEMPT is a kind of gangrene, which, if it seizes one part of a character, corrupts all the rest by degrees.-Johnson.

THERE is not in human nature a more odious disposition than a proneness to contempt, which is a mixture of pride and ill nature. Nor is there any which more certainly denotes a bad mind; for in a good and benign temper there can be no room for this sensation. That which constitutes an object of contempt to the malevolent, becomes the object of other pallions to a worthy and good-natured man; for in such a person, wickedness and vice must raise hatred and abhorrence; and weakness and folly will be sure to excite compasion ; fe that he will find no object of his contempt in all the actions of men.---'ilding:

THE bafell and meanest of all human beings, are generally the most forward to despise others. So that the nioit contemptible are generally the most contemptuous.-Idem.

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CONGRESS of 1774. (A vision.)
HIGH on the foremost feat, in living light,
Majestic Randolph caught the hero's fight:
Fair on his head the civic crown was plac’d,
And the first dignity his sceptre grac'd.
He opes the cause, and points in prospect fır,
Thro all the toils that wait th’impending war
But, hapless fage, thy reign must fuon be o’er,
To lend thy luttre, and to thine no more.
So the bright morning star, from thades of ev'n,
Leads up the dawn, and lights the front of heav'ng
Poists to the waking world the sun's broad way,
Theo veils his own, and shines above the day.
And see great Washington behind thee rise,
Thy following fun, to gild our morning skies;
O'er shadowy climes to pour the enliv’ning flame,
The char us of freedom, and the fire of fame.
Th’ascending chief adorn’d his fplendid seat,
Like Randol, h, enlign'd with a crown of state ;
10 here the green patriot bay beheld, with pride,
The hero's taurel springing by its fide.
His swoid hung useless og his graceful thigh,
On Britain still he cast a filial eye ;
But fou'reign fortitude his visage bore,
To meet their legions on th’invaded shore.

Sage Franklin next arose, in awful mein ;
And smild, unruff’d, o'er th' approaching scene.
High, on his locks of age, a wreath was brac'd,
Palm of all arts, that e'er a mortal grac'd ;
Beneath him lies the fceptre, kings have borne,
And crowns and laurels from their temples torn.
Nah, Rutledge, Jefferson, in council great,
And Jay and Laurens op'd the rolls of fate,
The Livingtons, fair Freedom's gen'rous band,
The Lees, the Houstons, fathers of the land,
O'er climes aad kingdoms turn'd their ardent eyes,
B..de all the oppress’d to speedy vengeance rise ;

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Congress of 1774.-Gare.
All pow'rs of state, in their extended plan,
Rise from consent to shield the rights of man.
Bold Wolcott urg'd the all-important cause ;
With steady hand the solemn scene he draws;
Undaunted firmness with his wisdom join'd,
Nor kings nor worlds could warp his Itedfast mind.

Now, graceful rising from his purple throne,
In radiant robes, immortal Hofmer shone ;
Myrtles and bays his learned temples bound,
The statesman's wreath, the poet's garland crown'd:
Morals and laws expand his liberal soul,
Beam from his eyes, and in his accents roll.
But lo! an unseen hand the curtain drew,
And snatch'd the patriot from the hero's view;
Wrapp'd in the shroud of death, he sees descend
The guide of nations and the muses’ friend.
Columbus dropp'd a tear.

The angel's eye
Trac'd the freed spirit mounting thro' the sky.

Adams, enrag'd, a broken charter bore,
And lawless acts of ministerial pow'r;
Some injur'd right in each loose leaf appears,
A king in terrors, and a land in tears ;
From all the guileful plots the veil he drew,
With

eye

retortive look'd creation through ;
Op’d the wide range of nature's boundless plan,
Trac'd all the steps of liberty and nan;
Crowds rose to vengeance, while his accents rung,
And Independence thunder'd from his tongue.--Barlow.

CARE.
What, in this life, which foon must end,
Can all our vain deligns intend?
From shore to shore why should we run,
When none his tiresome self can ihun ?
For baneful care will still prevail,
And overtake us under fail:
Twill dodge the great man's train behind,
Out-run the doe, out-fly the wind.
If then-thy foul rejoice to-day
Drive far to-morrow's care3 a way.
In calm content let all be drown'd;
No perfect good is to be found -Otway.

CENSORIOUSNESS.

that the 100-cenforious world would learn This wholesome rule, and with each other bear! Bui man, as if = fue to his own species, Takes pleasure to report his neighbour's faults, Judging with rigor every small offence, And prides himself in scandal. Few there are Who, injur’d, take the part of the tranfgreffor, And plead his pardon, ere he deigns to aik it.-E. Haywood.

CONVERSATION. THE conversation of most men is disagreeable, not so much for want of wit and learning, as of good breeding and discretion.

If you refolve to please, never speak to gratify any particular vanity or passion of your own, but always with a delign either to divert or inform the company. A man who only aims at one of these, is always eafy in his discourse. He is never out of humour at being interrupted, because he confiders that those who hear him, are the best judges whether what he was saying eculd either divert or inform them.

A modest person seldom fails to gain the good will of those he converses with ; because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.

We should talk extremely little of ourselves. Indeed what can we say ? It would be as imprudent to discover our faults, as ridiculous to count over our fancied virtues. Our private and domeflic affairs are no less improper to be introduced in conversation. What does it concern the company, how many horses you keep in your liables? Or whether your fervant is most knave or fool?

A man may equally affront the company he is in, by engrolling all the talk, or observing a contemptuous filence. Before

you tell a story, it may be generally not amiss to draw.a fort character, and give the company a true idea of the principal persons concerned in it; the beauty of most things confilling not so much in their being said or done, as in their being said or done by such a particular person, or on such a particular occasion.

Notwithstanding all the advantages of youth, few young people plcase in conversation. The reason is, that want of experience makes them positive, and what they say is rather with a design to please themselyes than any one else.

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