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Wife is her present; the connects in this
Self-love thus puih'd to social, to divine,
God loves from Whole to Parts : But hunian soul Must rise from Individual to the Whole. Self-love but serves the virtuous mind to wake, As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake; The centre mov’d, a circle (trait succeeds, Another still, and still another spreads ; Friend, parent, neighbour, first it will embrace; His country next; and next all human race ; Wide and more wide, th' o’erflowings of the mind Take ev'ry creature in, of ev'ry kind ; Earth smiles around, with boundless bounty blest, And heav'n beholds its image in his breast.
Come then, my friend ! my Genius! come along; Oh master of the poet, and the song ! And while the Muse now stoops, or now ascends, To Man's low passions, or their glorious ends, Teach
like thee, in various nature wise, To fall with dignity, with temper rise;
Form’d by thy converse, happily to steer,
DEO OPT. MAX.
FATHER of All' in cr'ry Age,
In ev'ry Clime ador'd,
Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!
Thou Great First Cause, least understood :
Who all my Sense confin'd
And that myself am plind;
Yet gave me, in this dark Estate,
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,
That, more than Heav'n pursue.
What blessings thy free bounty gives,
Let me not cast away;
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 thousand 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 :
To find that better way.
Save me alike from foolish Pride,
Or impious discontent,
Or aught thy Goodness lent,
Tcach me to feel another's Woe,
To hide the Fault I fee; That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.
Mean tho’ I am not wholly fo,
Since quicken’d by thy Breath; o lead me wherefoe'er I go,
Thro' this day's Life or Death