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Yet gave me, in this dark Eftate,

To see the Good from Ill; And binding Nature fast in Fate,

Left free the human Will. What Conscience dictates to be done,

Or warns me not to do, This, teach me more than théll to fhnn,

That, mote than heav'n pursue. "What Bleffings thy free Bounty gives,

Let me not cast away;
For God is paid when Man receives ;

T'enjoy is to obey.
Yet not to Earth's contracted Span

Thy Goodness let me bound,
Or think Thee Lord alone of Man,

When thonsand Worlds are round: Let not this' weak, unknowing hand

Presume thy bolts to throw,
And deal damnation round the land,

On each I judge thy Foe.
If I am right, thy 'grace impart,

Still in the right to stay:
If I am wrong, oh teach my heart:

To find that better way.
Save me alike from foolish Pride,

Or impious Discontent,
At aught thy Wisdom has deny'd,

Or aught thy Goodness lent. Teach me to feel another's Woe,

To hide the Fault'I see;
*That Mercy I to others show,

That Mercy show to me.
Mean tho I am, not wholly so,

Since quick’ned by thy breath:
Oh lead me wherefoe'er I

go,
Thro' this day's Life or Death.

This day, be Bread and Peace my Lot

All else beneath the Sun,
Thou know'ft if best bestow'd or not,

And let Thy Will be done.
To Thee, whose Temple is all Space,

Whose Altar, Earth, Sea, Skies !
One Chorus let all Being raise ;

All Nature's Incenfe rise !

The DYING CHRISTIAN

TO HIS SOUL.

An ODE.

V

T.
ITAL spark of heav'nly flame,

Quit, oh quit this mortal frame':
Trembling, hopeing, ling'ring, flying,

Oh the pain, the bliss of dying!
Cease, fond Nature, cease thy strife,
And let me languish into life.

II.

I
Hark! they whisper; Angels fayx
Şifter Spirit, come away.
What is this abforbs me quite ?

Steals my senses, shuts my fight,
Drowns my spirits, draws my breath ?
Tell me, my Soul, can this be Death?

III.
The world recedes, it difappears !
Heaven opens on my eyes ! my ears

With founds seraphic ring :
Lend, lend your wings ! I mount !' I ily
O Grave! where is thy Victory?

O Death! where is thy Sting?

F 1 N I S.

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E P IS TL E I. VER. 21. Thro' worlds unnumbered, &c.] « Hunc cognofcimus folummodo per Proprietatas fuas & AttriOnta, & per fapientiffimas & optimas rerum ftructuras & caufas finales. Newtoñi-Princ. Schol. fub fin. ER. 87. Who fees with equal eye, &c.] Matth. X. 29.

ER.-123. In- Pride, ésc.] Arrobins has paffed the e cenfure on these very follies, which he supposes to e from the cause here affigned - Nihil eft. quod os fallat, nihil quod nobis polliceatur fpes cassas (id iod nobis a quibufdam dicitur viris immoderata sui binione sublatis) animas immortales effe, Deo rerum

principi, gradu proximas dignitatis, genitor illo ac tre prolatas, divinas, fapientes, doctas, neque ulla rporis attrectatione contiguas”. Advertus gentes. ER. 150. Then Nature deviates, &c.] “ While comets ve in very eccentric orbs, in all manner of positions, od Fate could never make all the planets move one 1 the same way in orbs concentric; some inconsidere irregularities excepted, which miay have arisen m the inutual actions of comets and planets upon one ther, and which will be apt to increase, till tliis : em wants a reformation." Sir Ijaac Newton's Optics,

uli. R. 169. But all fubfilis, &c.] See this subject exL in Ep. ii. from ver. Go tó 112, 155, &c. 2. 174. And little less than Angel, &c.] “ Thou haft e him a little lower than the Angels, and halt vied him with glory and honour.Psalm viii. v. 9. . 182. Here with degrees of swiftnejs, &c.] It is a axiom i. the anatomy

of

creatures, that in pr as they are formed for strength, 'their swiftness is ;

or, as they are formed for swiftness, their i is abated.

213. The leadlong lioness] The manner of to unting their prey in the deserts of Africa is t) r_first going out in the night-time they set i er, and ihen liten to the noise made by ile

n their fight, pursuing them by the ear, and not by lie" noftril. It is probable the story of the Jackal's nuuting for the lion, was occafioned by an observation of his defect of scent in that terrible animal.

Ver. 265. Just as abfurd, &c.] See the prosecution and application of this in Ep. iv.

VER. 266. The great directing Mind, &c.] « Venera" mur autem et colimus ob dominium. Deus enim fine * dominio, providentia, et caufis finalibus, nihil aliud so eft quam Fatum & Natura.” Newtoni Princip. Schol.

gener. fub finem.

E P I S T L E II. VER. 45.-Vanity, or Dress,] Shakespeare touches upon this latter advantage with great force and humour. The Flatterer says to Timon in distress, “ I cannot cover the “ monstrous bulk of their ingratitude with any size of " words.The other replies, “ Let it go naked, men may

fee't the better," VER. 133. As Man, perhaps, &c.] “ Antipater Sidoos nius Poeta omnibus annis uno die natali tantum cor

ripiebatur febre, et co consumptus eft, fatis longa 6 senecta.” Plin. N. H. l. vii. Antipater

, lived in the times of Crassus, and was much admired by Cicero for the quickness of his parts.

VER. 204. The God within the Mind.] A Platonic phrase for Conscience.

VER. 286. And cach vacuity of sense by Pride :] A famous Casuist, Father Francis Garasle, has drawn a very charitable conclusion, in his Somme Theologique, from this principle. “ Selon la justice tout travail honnete “ doit étre recompense de louange ou de satisfaction.

Quand les bons esprits font un ouvrage excellent, ils “ font justement recompensez par les suffrages du Public. Quard un pauvre esprit travaille beaucoup, pour faire

ouvrage, il n'est pas juste, ni raisonable, qu'il attende des louanges publiques, car elles ne lui “ font pas duës. Mais afin que fes travaux ne demeu

fans recompense, Dieu lui donne une satis• fa&tion personelle, que personne ne lui peut envier “ fans un injustice plus que barbare; tout ainsi que

Dieu

un mauvais

rent pas

1, qui est juste, donne de la satisfaction aux GreElles de leur chant. Autrement la blame public, t à leur mecontentement, seroit suffisant pour les aire au-desespoir.”

EPIST LE 22. One all-extending, all-preserving fouAccordthe language of Sir Isaac Newton, is thus, '" Deus ipræfens est, non per virtutem folam, sed etiam per tantiam : nam virtus fine fubftantia fubfiftere non It.” Newt. Princ. fchol. gen. fub fin. • 45. See all things for my use!] On the contrary e man hath said, The Lord hath made all things for

Prov. xvi. 4. - 68. Then favour'd man, &c.] Several of the An-and many

of the Orientals fince, esteemed those ere ftruck by lightning as facred persons, and the lar, favourites of Heaven.

156. All vocal beings, &c.] This is finely ex

by the following sublime.passage of the pialmiti: Ce the Lord, all his angete; praise him, all ye . Praise ye him, fun and moon; praise him, e stars of light. Let them praise the name of Lord, for he commanded, and they were created. e the Lord, from the earth, ye dragons, and all s; fire and hail, fnow and vapour, stormy wind ing his word: Mountains and all hills, fruitful and all cedars : Beasts and all Cattle, creeping 's and flying fowl : Kings of the earth, and all le; Princes, and all judges of the earth. Let praise the name of the Lord; for his name alone ellent, his.glory is above the earth and heaven.” xlviii. 177. Learn of the little Nautilus] Oppian Hab. i. describes this fish in the following manner:

swim on the surface of the sea, on the back of shells, which exactly resemble the hulk of a ship; aise two feet like maits, and extend a membrane en, which ferves us a sail; the other two feet employ as oars at the fide. They are usually feen Mediterranean."

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