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The lambs with wolves lhall graze the verdant mead
And boys in flow'ry bands the tiger lead;
The steer and lion at one crib fhall meet,
And harmlefs ferpents lick the pilgrim's feet;
The fmiling infant in, his hand lhall take
The crested basilisk and fpeckled fnake,
Pleas'd, the green lustre of the fcales furvey,
And with their forky tongue fhall innocently play.
Rife, crown'd with light, imperial Salem ! rife!
Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes!
See, a long race thy fpacious courts adorn;
See future seas, and daughters yet unborn,
In crowding ranks on ev'ry side arife,
Demanding life, impatient for the Ikies!
See barb'rous nations at thy gates attends
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings.
And heap'd with products of Sabaen fprings!
For thee Idume's fpicy forests blow,
And feeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See heav'n its fparkling portals wide difplay,
And break upon thee in a flood of day.
No more the rising Sun fhall gild the morn,
Not ev'ning Cynthia sill her silver horn;
But lost, diffolvM in thy fuperior rays,
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze
O'erflow thy courts: the Light himfelf fliall mine
Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine 1
The feas shall waste, the skies in fmoke decay,
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;
But six'd his word, his faving pow'r remains;
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own Messiah reigns 1
TO THE MEMORY OF AN UNFORTUNATE LADY.
HAT beck'ning ghost, along the moon-light fhade,
Invites my step, and points to yonder glade?
'Tis Ihe!—-But why that bleeding bofom gor'd?
Why dimly gleams the visionary fword?
Oh, ever beauteous, ever friendly, tell,
Is it in heav'n a crime to love too well?
To bear too tender, or too sirm a heart,
To act a Lover's or a Roman's part?
Js there no bright reversion in the sky
For thofe who greatly think, or bravely die?
Why bade ye elfe, ye pow'rs! her foul afpire'
From these perhaps (ere Nature bade her die)
So flew the foul to its congenial place,
Nor left one virtue to redeem her race.
But thou, falfe guardian of a charge too good, Thou mean deferter of thy brothers blood! See on thefe ruby lips the trembling breath, Thefe cheeks, now fading at the blast of death; Cold is that breast which warm'd the world before, And thofe love-darting eyes must roll no more. Thus, if eternal Justice rules the ball, Thus mall your wives, and thus your children fall: On all the line a fudden vengeance waits, And frequent hearfes fhall besiege your gates: There passengers shall stand, and pointing, fay, (While the long fun'rals blacken all the way,) Lo! thefe were they whofe fouls the Furies steel'd, And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield. Thus unlamented pafs the proud away; The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day! So periih all whofe breast ne'er learn'd to glow For others' good, or melt at others' woe.
What can atone, (oh, ever-injur'd made !) Thy fate unpitied, and thy rights unpaid? No fiiend's complaint, no kind domestic tear, Pleas'd thy pale ghost, or grac'd thy mournful bier: By foreign hands thy dying eyes were clos'd, By foreign hands thy decent limbs compos'd, By foreign hands thy humble grave adorn'd, By strangers honour'd, and by strangers mourn'd! What though no friends in fable weeds appear, Grieve for an hour, perhaps, then mourn a year, And bear about the mockery of woe To midnight dances, and the public lhow?
What though no weeping loves thy allies grace,
So peaceful rests, without a stons, a name,
Poets themfelves must fall, like thofe they fung, Deaf the prais'd ear, and mute the tuneful tongue. Ev'n he, whofe foul now melts in mournful lays, Shall shortly want the gen'rous tear he pays j Then from his closing eyes thy form shall part, And the last pang shall tear thee from his heart j Life's idle husinefs at one gafp he o'er, The mufe forgot, and thou helov'd no more!
ODE ON SOLlTUDE, f
Uappy the man whofe wifh and care
A few paternal acres hound; Content to hreathe his native air, Jn his own ground.
+ Written hy our author at ahout twelve years
Whofe herds with milk, whofe sields with hread,
Whofe flocks fupply him with attire; Whofe trees in fummer vield him Æiade,
In winter fire, Biefb'd, who can uncpncern'dly sind
Hours, d ,ys, and yeari flide foft away;
Sound fleep hy night j study and cafe
Thus let me live, unfeen, unknown,
Thus unbmented let me die j
THE DYlNG CHRlSTlAN
TO HIS SOUL.
VlTAL fpark of heavenly flame!
Quit, oh quit, this mortal frame!
Tremhlmg, hoping, ling'ring, flying,
Oh, the pain, the hlifs, of dying! Oafe. fond nature, ce.ife thy strife. And let me langoifh into life!
Hark! they whifper; angels fay,
Sistei Spirit, come away!
What is this ahforhs me qu'te?
Steals ni) fenfes, shuts my tight, Browns my fpirits, draws my hreath? Tell me, my Soul, can this he death.?