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MERRICK,

Thy thoughts with vain impatience roll

O'er scenes of future ill ?
16. Let faith suppress each rising fear,

Each anxious doubt exclude :
Thy Maker's will has plac'd thee here,

A Maker wise and good! 17. He to thy ev'ry trial knows

Its just restraint to give;
Attentive to behold thy woes,

And faithful to relieve.
13. Then why thus heavy, () my soul !

Say why, distrustful still,
Thy thoughts with vain impatience roll

O’er scenes of future ill?
19. Tho' griefs unnumber'il throng thee round,

Still in thy God confide,
Whose finger marks the seas their bound,
And curbs the headlong tide.

SECTION IV.

The youth and the philosopher. 1. A GRECIAN youth of talents rare,

Whom Plato's philosophick care
Had form’d for virtue's nobler view,
By precept and example too,
Would often boast his inatchless skill,
To curb the steel, and guide the wheel;
And as he pass'd the ga ing throng,
With graceful case, and smack'd the thong,
The idiot wonder they express’d,

Was praise and transport to his breast.
2. At length, quite vain, he needs would show

His master what his art coull do;
And bade his slaves the chariot lead
To Academus' sacred shale.
The trembling grove confess'd its fright,
The wood-nymphs started at the sight;
The muses drop the learned lyre,

And to their inmost shades retire.
3. Howe'er, the youth, with forward air;

Bows to the sage, and mounts the car.
The lash resounils, the coursers spring,
The chariot marks the rolling ring;
And gath’ring crowds, with eager eyes,

And shouts, pursue him as he flies. 4. Triumphant to the goal return’d,

With nobler thirst his bosom burn'd;
And now along th' indented plain
The self-same track he marks again,
Pursues with care the nice design,
Nor ever deviates from the line.

Amazement seiz'd the circling crowd;
The youths with emulation glow'd ;
Ev'n bearded sages hail'd the boy ;

And all but Plato gaz'd with joy.
5. For he, deep-judging sage, beheld

With pain the triumphs of the field :
And when the charioteer drew nigh,
And, flush'd with hope, had caught his eye,
“ Alas! unhappy youth,” he cry'd,

“ Expect no praise from me,” (and sigh’d.) 6. “With indignation I survey

Such skill and judgement thrown away :
The time profusely squander'd there,
On vulgar arts beneath thy care,
If well employ'd, at less expense,
Had taught thee honour, virtue, sense;
And rais'u thee from a coachman's fate
To govern men, and guide the state." - WHITEAIA).

SECTION V.
Discourse between Adam and Eve, retiring to rest.
1. Now came still ev’ning on, and twilight gray

Had in her sober liv'ry all things clad.
Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk; all but the wakeful nightingale.
She all night long her am'rous descant sung:
Silence was pleas'd. Now glow'd the firmament
With living sapphires: Hesperus, that led
The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon,
Rising in clouded majesty, at length,
Apparent queen unveil'd her peerless light,

And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.
2. When Adam thus to Eve: “Fair consort, th' hour

Of night, and all things now retir'd to rest,
Mind us of like repose ; since God hath set
Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
Successive; and the timely dew of sleep,
Now falling with soft slumb’rous weight, inclines
Our eye-lids. Other creatures all day long
Rove idle unemploy'd, and less need rest:
Man hath his daily work of body or mind
Appointed, which declares his dignity,
And the regard of Heav'n on all his ways;
While other animals unactive range,

And of their doings God takes no account.
3. To-morrow, ere fresh morning streak the east

With first approach of light, we must be risen,,
And at our pleasant labour; to reform
Yon flow’ry arbours, yonder alleys green,
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
That mock our scant manuring, and require
More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth,

Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums,
That lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth,
Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease.

Meanwhile, as nature wills, night bids us rest."
4. To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty adorn'd:

“My author and disposer, what thou bidst,
Unargu'd I obey ; so God ordains.
With thee conversing I forget all time;
All seasons and their change, all please alike.
Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet,
With charm of earliest birds; pleasant the sun
When first on this delightful land he spreads
His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flow'r,
Glistring with dew; fragrant the fertile earth
After soft show'rs; and sweet the coming on
Of grateful evening mild; then silent night,
With this her solemn bird, and this fair moon,

And these the gems of heav'n, her starry train: 5. But neither breath of morn, when she ascends

With charm of earliest birds; nor rising sun
On this delightful land ; nor herb, fruit, flow'r,
Glist'ring with dew; nor fragrance after show'rs:
Nor grateful evening mild ; nor silent night
With this her solemn bird ; nor walk by moon,
Or glittring star-light-without thee is sweet.
But wherefore all night long shine these? for whom

This glorious sight, when sleep hath shut all eyes ?” 6. To whom our gen’ral ancestor reply'd :

" Daughter of God and man, accomplish'd Eve,
These have their course to finish round the earth,
By morrow ev’ning; and from land to land.
In order, though to nations yet unborn,
Minist'ring light prepar’d, they set and rise;
Lest total darkness should by night regain
Her old possession, and extinguish life
In nature and all things; which these soft fires
Not only enlighten, but, with kindly heat
Of various influence, foment and warm,
Temper or nourish; or in part shed down
Their stellar virtue on all kinds that grow
On earth, made hereby apter to receive

Perfection from the sun's more potent ray. 7. These ther, though unbeheld in deep of night, Shine not in vain; nor think, thouoh men were non

ne, That heav'n would want spectators, God want praise ; Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unscen, both when we wake, and when we sleep. All these with ceaseless praise his works behold, Both day and night. How often, from the steep Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive each to others' note, Singing their great Creator? Ort in bands,

Amazement seiz'd the circling crowd ;
The youths with emulation glow'd ;
Ev'n bearded sages hail'd the boy;

And all but Plato gaz'd with joy.
5. For he, deep-judging sage, beheld

With pain the triumphs of the field :
And when the charioteer drew nigh,
And, flush'd with hope, had caught his eye,
“ Alas! unhappy youth,” he cry'd,

“ Expect no praise from me,” (and sigh’d.) 6. “ With indignation I survey

Such skill and judgement thrown away :
The time profusely squander'd there,
On vulgar arts beneath thy care,
If well employ'd, at less expense,
Had taught thee honour, virtue, sense;
And rais'u thee from a coachman's fate
To govern men, and guide the state.” WHITENBA).

SECTION V.
Discourse between Adam and Eve, retiring to rest.
1. Now came still ev’ning on, and twilight gray

Had in her sober liv'ry all things clad.
Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk; all but the wakeful nightingale.
She all night long her am'rous descant sung:
Silence was pleas'd. Now glow'd the firmament
With living sapphires: Hesperus, that led
The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon,
Rising in clouded majesty, at length,
Apparent queen unveil'd her peerless light,

And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.
2. When Adam thus to Eve: “Fair consort, th' hour

Of nicht, and all things now retir'd to rest.
Mind us of like repose ; since God hath set
Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
Successive; and the timely dew of sleep,
Now falling with soft slumb'rous weight, inclines
Our eye-lids. Other creatures all day long
Rove idle unemploy’d, and less need rest:
Man hath his daily work of body or mind
Appointed, which declares his dignity,
And the regard of Heav'n on all his ways;
While other animals unactive range,

And of their doings God takes no account.
3. To-morrow, ere fresh morning streak the east

With first approach of light, we must be risen,,
And at our pleasant labour; to reform
Yon flow’ry arbours, yonder alleys green,
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
That mock our scant manuring, and require
More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth.

Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums,
That lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth,
Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease.

Meanwhile, as nature wills, night bids us rest."
4. To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty adorn'd:

“My author and disposer, what thou bidst,
Unargu'd I obey; so God ordains.
With thee conversing I forget all time;
All seasons and their change, all please alike.
Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet,
With charm of earliest birds; pleasant the sun
When first on this delightful land he spreads
His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flow'r,
Glist’ring with dew ; fragrant the fertile earth
After soft show'rs; and sweet the coming on
Of grateful evening mild ; then silent night,
With this her solemn bird, and this fair moon,

And these the gems of heav'n, her starry train: 5. But neither breath of morn, when she ascends

With charm of earliest birds; nor rising sun
On this delightful land ; nor herb, fruit, flow'r,
Glistring with dew; nor fragrance after show'rs:
Nor grateful evening mild ; nor silent night
With this her solemn bird ; nor walk by moon,
Or glitt'ring star-light,-without thee is sweet.
But wherefore all night long shine these? for whom .

This glorious sight, when sleep hath shut all eyes ?” 6. To whom our gen’ral ancestor reply'd :

“ Daughter of God and man, accomplish'd Eve,
These have their course to finish round the earth,
By morrow ev’ning; and from land to land.
In order, though to nations yet unborn,
Minist’ring light prepar'd, they set and rise;
Lest total darkness should by night regain
Her old possession, and extinguish life
In nature and all things; which these soft fires
Not only enlighten, but, with kindly heat
Of various influence, foment and warm,
Temper or nourish; or in part shed down
Their stellar virtue on all kinds that grow
On earth, made hereby apter to receive

Perfection from the sun's more potent ray.
7. These then, though unbeheld in deep of night,

Shine not in vain; nor think, though men were none,
That heav'n would want spectators, God want praise ;
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake, and wlien we sleep.
All these with ceaseless praise his works behold,
Both day and night. How often, from the steep
Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard
Celestial voices to the midnight air,
Sole, or responsive each to others' note,
Singing their great Creator ? Ort in bands,

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