« AnteriorContinuar »
And fhelter from the blaft, in vain we hope
Nor yet will every foil with equal ftores
And gentleft beauty. Hence when lightning fires
С НА Р. XXVI.
THE PLEASURES ARISING
BLEST of heav'n, whom not the languid fongs
Of fordid wealth, nor all the gaudy spoils
Of pageant honour, can feduce to leave
Thofe ever-blooming fweets, which from the ftore
To charm th' enliven'd foul! What tho' not all
The rural honours his.
His the city's pomp,
The princely dome, the column and the arch,
The fetting fun's effulgence, not a ftrain
Within herself this elegance of love,
This fair-infpir'd delight: her temper'd pow'rs
But if to ampler prospects, if to gaze
On nature's form, where negligent of all
Will be the change, and nobler. Would the forms
Of fervile custom cramp her gen'rous pow'rs?
Would fordid policies, the barb'rous growth
Lo! fhe appeals to nature, to the winds
For what th' eternal Maker has ordain'd
The pow'rs of man: we feel within ourselves
energy divine: he tells the heart,
What he beholds and loves, the general orb
Of life and being; to be great like him,
Whom nature's works can charm, with Goo himself
CHA P. I.
ON ANGE R.
QUESTION. WHETHER Anger ought to be suppressed entirely, or only to be confined within the
bounds of moderation ?
THOSE who maintain that refentment is blameable only in the excefs, fupport their opinion with fuch arguments as these.
SINCE Anger is natural and useful to man, entirely to banish it from our breaft, would be an equally foolish and vain attempt: for as it is difficult, and next to impoffible, to oppofe nature with fuccefs; fo it were imprudent, if we had it in our power, to cast away the weapons with which fhe has furnished us for our defence. The best armour against injuftice is a proper degree of fpirit, to repel the wrongs that are done, or defigned against us: but if we divest ourfelves of all refentment, we shall perhaps prove too irrefolute