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What falls so sweet on summer flow'rs
What bids despair her arrows hide?
Yet not that Pity form’d to give
Not Pity that, with haughty smile,
ON A TEAR.
Oh! that the chemists magic art
The little brilliant, ere it fell,
Sweet drop of pure
and pearly light! In thee the rays of virtue shine ; More calmly clear, more mildly bright, Than any gem that gilds the mine.
Benign, restorer of the soul !
The sage's and the poet's theme,
every age; Thou charm'st in Fancy's idle dream, In Reason's philosophic page.
That very law * which moulds a tear, And bids it trickle from its scource, That law preserves the earth a sphere, And guides the planets in their course,
* The law of gravitation.
I love the man, whose giant soul
Spurns at opinions tyrant sway,
He turns from Folly's glittering way,
War's bloody fiends, with wrathful ire,
Bid o'er the fields their legions fly,
Can scan their souls with Reason's eye, Is to Britannia's Bard a bosom friend.
Stern Winter triumphs in the sky,
Sad Nature's woeful face deforms,
When sweep around the raging storms, And with undaunted soul can laugh and sing.
He dreads no thunders of the night,
When roaming o'er the pathless waste,
When toiling on the mountain'd wave;
Whilst Envy speeds with hellish haste,
He nor vile Wealth’s bewitching glare,
Nor titles high that Pride bestows,
To shake his bosom's calm repose,
When, felt in flames of sore disease,
Death's dagger'd throngs invade his heart He still unconquer'd meets the shock; Firm as a mountain, still at ease,
He smiles unmov'd, por feels the dart, But stands a champion bold on Heav'ns eternal