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In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
For ever singing as they shine,
“ Tho hand that made us is Divine."
An address to the Deity.
1. O THOU! whose balance does the mountains weigh;
Whose will the wild tumultuous seas obey;
Whose breath can turn those wat’ry worlds to flame,
That flame to tempest, and that tempest tame;
Earth's meanest son, all trembling, prostrate falls,
And on the boundless of thy goodness calls. 2. O! give the winds all past offence to sweep,
To scatter wide, or bury in the deep.
Thy pow'r, my weakness, muy I ever see,
And wholly dedicate my soul to thee.
Reign o'er my will; my passions ebb and flow
At thy command, nor human motive know!
If anger boil, let anger be my praise,
And sin the graceful indignation raise.
My love be warm to succour the distress'd,
And lift the burden from the soul oppress'd. 3. O may my understanding ever read
This glorious volume which thy wisdom made!
May sea and land, and earth and heav'n, be join'd,
To bring th' eternal Author to my mind!
When oceans roar, or awful thunders roll,
May thoughts of thy dread vengeance shake my soul!
When earth's in bloom, or planets proudly shine,
Adore, my heart, the Majesty divine ! 4. Grant I may ever at the morning ray,
Open with pray’r the consecrated day;
Tune thy great praise, and bid my soul arise,
And with the mounting sun ascend the skies;
As that advances, let my zeal improve,
And glow with ardour of consummate love;
Nor cease at eve, but with the setting sun
My endless worship shall be still begun.
5. And Oh! permit the gloom of solemn night,
To sacred thought may forcibly invite.
When this worla's shut, and awful planets rise,
Call on our minds, and raise them to the skies;
Compose our souls with a less dazzling sight,
And show all nature in a milder light;
How ev'ry boist'rous thought in calm subsides !
How the smooh'd spirit into goodness glides ! 6. Oh how divine! to tread the milky way,
To the bright palace of the Lord of Day;
His court admire, or for his favour sue,
Or leagues of friendship with his saints renew ;
Pleas', to look down and see the world asleep;
While I long vigils to its Founder keep!
Canst thou not shake the centre ? Oh control,
Subdue by force, the rebel in my soul;
Thou, who canst still the raging of the flood,
Restrain the various tumults of my blood;
Teach me, with equal firmness, to sustain
Alluring pleasure, and assaulting pain. 7. O may I pant for thee in each desire !
And with strong faith forent the holy fire !
Stretch out my soul in hope, and grasp the prize,
Which in eternity's deep bosom lies!
At the great day of recompense behold,
Devoid of fear, the fatal book unfold ! -
Then wafted upward to the blissful seat,
From aye to age my grateful song repeat;
My Light, iny Life, my God, my Saviour see,
And rival angels in the praise of thee! YOUNG,
The pursuit of happiness often ill-directed.
1. The midnight moon serenely smiles
O’er nature's soit repose ;
No low'ring cloud obscures the sky,
Nor rushing tempest blows.
2. Now ev'ry passion sinks to rest,
The throbbing heart lies still;
And varying schemes of life no more
Distract the lab'ring will.
8. In silence hush'd to reason's voice,
Altends each mental pow'r:
Come, dear Emilia, and enjoy
Reflection's fav’rite hour.
4. Come ; while the peaceful scene invites .
Let's search this ample round;
Where shall the lovely fleeting form
Of happiness be found?
5. Does it amidst the frolick mirth
Of gay assemblies dwell;
Or hide beneath the solemn gloom,
That shades the hermit's cell ?
6. How oft the laughing brow of joy,
A sick’ning heart conceals!
And, through the cloister's deep recess -
Invading sorrow steals.
7. In vain, through beauty, fortune, wit,
The fugitive we trace;
It dwells not in the faithless smile,
That brightens Clodia's face. 8. Perhaps the joy to these deny'd,
The heart in friendship finds :
Ah! dear delusion, gay conceit
Of visionary minds!
9. Howe'er our varying notions rove,
Yet all agree in one,
To place its being in some state,
At distance from our own.
10. O blind to each indulgent aim,
Of power supremely wise,
Who fancy happiness in aught
The hand of Heav'n denies ! 11. Vain is alike the joy we seek,
And vain what we possess,
Unless harmonious reason tunes
The passions into peace.
12. To temper'd wishes, just desires,
Is happiness confin'd;
And, deaf to folly's call, attends
The musick of the mind. - CARTER.
· The fire-side.
1. DEAR Chloe, while the busy crowd,
The vain, the wealthy, and the proud,
In folly's maze advance;
Tho'singularity and pride
Be call'd our choice, we'll step aside,
Nor join the giddy dance.
2. From the gay world, we'll oft retire
To our own family and fire,
Where love our hours employs;
No noisy neighbour enters here,
No intermeddling stranger near,
To spoil our heart-felt joys.
3. If solid happiness we prize,
Within our breast this jewel lies;
And they are fools who roam :
The world has nothing to bestow;
From our own selves our joys must flow,
And that dear hut, our home.
4. Of rest was Noah's dove bereft,
When with impatient wing she left
That safe retreat, the ark;
Giving her vain excursion o'er,
The disappointed bird once more
Explor'd the sacred bark.
5. Tho' fools spurn Hymen's gentle pow'rs,
We, who improve his golden hours,
By sweet experience know,
That marriage rightly understood,
Gives to the tender and the good
A paradise below.
6. Our babes shall richest comfort bring;
If tutor'd right, they'll prove a spring
Whence pleasures ever rise :
We'll form their minds, with studious care,
To all that's manly, good, and fair,
And train them for the skies.
7. While they our wisest hours engage,
They'll joy our youth, support our age,
And crown our hoary hairs :
They'll grow in virtue ev'ry day,
And thus our fondest loves repay,
And recompense our cares.
8. No borrow'd joys! they're all our own,
While to the world we live unknown,
Or by the world forgot:
Monarchs! we envy not your state ;
We look with pity on the great,
And bless our humbler lot.
9. Our portion is not large, indeed !
But then how little do we need !
For nature's calls are few :
In this the art of living lies,
To want no more than may suffice,
And make that little do.
10. We'll therefore relish, with content,
Whate'er kind Providence has sent,
Nor aim beyond our pow'r;
For if our stock be very small,
'Tis prudence to enjoy it all,
Nor lose the present hour.
11. To be resign’d, when ills betide,
Patient when favours are denied,
. And pleas'l with favours giv'n:
Dear Chloe, this is wisdom's part;
This is that incense of the heart,
Whose fragrance smells to heav'n.
12. We'll ask no long protracted treat,
Since winter-life is seldom sweet;
But when our feast is o'er,
Grateful from table we'll arise,
Nor grudge our sons, with envious eyes,
The relicks of our store.
13. Thus, hand in hand, thro’ life we'll go;
Its checker'd paths of joy and wo,
With cautious steps, we'll tread;
Quit its vain scenes without a tear,
Without a trouble or a fear,
And mingle with the dead.
14. While conscience, like a faithful friend,
Shall thro’the gloomy vale attend,
And cheer our dying breath;
Shall, when all other comforts cease,
Like a kind angei whisper peace,
And smooth the bed of death. -COTTON.
SECTION IX. Providence vindicated in the present state of man. 1. HEAV’n from all creatures hides the book of fate, • All but the page prescrib'd, their present state ;
From brutes what men, from men what spirits know;
Or who could suffer being here below?
The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day,
Had he thy reason, would he skip and play?
Pleas'd to the last, he crops the flow'ry food,
And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood.
Oh blindness to the future! kindly giv'n,
That each may till the circle mark'd by Heav'n;
Who sees with equal eye, as God of all,
A hero perish, or a sparrow fall;
Atoms or systems into ruin hurl'd,
And now a bubble burst, and now a world.
8. Hope humbly then ; with trembling pinions soar;
Wait the great teacher Death; and God adore.
What future bliss he gives not thee to know,
But gives that hope to be thy blessing now.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always TO BE blest.
The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
Lo, the poor Indiani! whose untutor'd mind
Sees God in clouds, or lears him in the wind;
His soul proud science never taught to stray
Far as the Solar Valk or Milky Way;
Yet simple nature to his hope has givin,
Behind the cloud-topt hill, a humbler heav'n ;
Some safer world in depth of woods embrac'd.
Some happier island in the wat’ry waste,
nere slaves once more their native land behold.
No fiends torment, no Christians thirst for gold.
. TO BE, contents his natural desire ;
He asks no angel's wing, no seraph's fire :
But thinks, adinitted to that equal sky,
His faithful doy shall bear him company.
Go, wiser thou ? and in thy scale of sense,
Weigh thy opinion against Providence;
Call imperfection what thou fanciest such;
Say here he gives too little, there too much.6. In pride, in reas'ning pride, our errour lies;
All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies.
Pride still is aimning at the blest abodes;
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell,
Aspiring to be angels, men rebel :
And who but wishes to invert the laws
Of ORDER, sins against th' ETERNAL CAUSE. POPI.
. Has God, thou fool! work'd solely for thy good,
Thy joy, tny pastime, thy attire, thy food?
who for thy table feeds the wanton fawn,
For him as kindly spreads the flow’ry lawn, .
Is it for thee the lark ascends and sings?
Joy tunes his voice, jcy elevates his wings.