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Ieantime a moving fcene was open laid; 'hat lazar house, I whilom in my lay epainted have, its horrors deep difplay'd, nd gave unnumber'd wretches to the day, Who toffing there in fqualid mifery lay. pon as of facred light the unwonted fmile our'd on thefe living catacombs its ray, hrough the drear caverns ftretching many a mile, [woes a while.
fick up-rais'd their heads, and dropp'd their O heav'ns! (they cry’d) and do we once more fee [fair! Yon blessed fun, and this green carth fo Are we from noifome damps of pest-house • free?
And drink our fouls the fweet ethereal air? O thou or knight, or god! who holdeft 'there
That fiend, oh keep him in eternal chains; But what for us, the children of despair, Brought to the brink of hell, what hope
pentance does itself but aggravate our pains! he gentle knight, who faw their rueful cafe, et fall adown his filver beard fome tears. Certes (quoth he) it is not even in grace T'undo the paft, and cke your broken years: Nathlefs, to nobler worlds repentance rears, With humble hope, her eye; to her is given A power the truly contrite heart that cheers; She quells the brand by which the rocks are riven; [Heaven.
e more than merely foftens, fhe rejoices Then patient bear the fufferings you have ' earn'd,
And by thefe fufferings purify the mind;
ae who will foothe your pangs, and wing you 6 to the skies.'
They filent heard, and pour'd their thanks in
For you (refum'd the Knight, with fterner Whofe hard dry hearts the obdurate demon • fears, [groan; That villains gifts will coft you many a In dolorous manfion long you must bemoan His fatal charms, and weep your stains
And with feraphic flame compaffion blends. At once, delighted, to their charge they fly: When, lo! a goodly hofpital afcends;
In which they bade cach lenient aid be nigh, That could the fick-bed smoothe of that fad company.
It was a worthy edifying fight,
And gives to human-kind peculiar grace,
The fear fupreme around their foften'd beds, Some holy man by prayer all-op'ning Haven difpreads.
Attended by a glad acclaiming train,
But, ah! their fcorned day of grace was pate
Whilft Phoebus fmote them fore, and fir'd the cloudlefs air.
Then, varying to a joylefs land of bogs,
For ever hung on drizzly Aufter's beard; Or elfe the ground by piercing Caurus fear'd, Was jagg'd with froft, or heap'd with glazed fnow: [fteer'd, Thro' thefe extremes a ceafelefs round they By cruel fiends ftill hurry'd to and fro, Gaunt Beggary, and Scorn, with many hellhounds moc.
The first was with bafe dunghill rags vend,
Direful to fee! an heart-appalling fight! Meantime foul fcurf and blotches him defile; And dogs, where'er he went, ftill barked all the while. The
In some small fray victorious! when (ni
The other was a fell defpightful fiend :
And taunts he caften forth most bitterly.
Even fo through Brentford town, a town of
$53. To the Memory of Sir Ifaac Newton.
Infcribed to the Right Honourable Sir Robert Which the clear concave of a winter's s
foul of Newton quit this
Yet am I not deterr'd, though high the theme,
And what new wonders can you fhew your
Who, while on this dim fpot, where mortals toil
Have ye not liften'd, while he bound the funs
And what the triumphs of old Greece and Rome,
Pours on the eye, or aftronomic tube,
O unprofufe magnificence divine!
He, firft of men, with awful wing purfi'l The Comet thro' the long elliptic curve, As round innum'rous worlds he wound his Till to the forehead of our ev'ning y Return'd, the blazing wonder glares anew, And o'er the trembling nations shakes difia
The heav'ns are all his own; from the Of whirling vortices, and circling fpheres, ~=" To their first great fimplicity retior'd. The schools aftonish'd stood; but found it t To combat still with demonftration ftrong, And, unawaken'd, dream beneath the bi Of truth. At once their pleafing vifions, With the gay fhadows of the morning mat When Newton rofe, our philofophic fun.
The aerial flow of found was known to him. From whence it firft in wavy circles breaks, Till the touch'd organ takes the melage Nor could the darting beam, of fpeed int Efcape his fwift purfuit, and meafuring eve Even Light itfelf, which ev'ry thing c
one undifcover'd, till his brighter mind twisted all the fhining robe of day; d from the whit'ning undiftinguith'd llecting ev'ry ray into his kind, dr the charm'd eye educ'd the gorgeous train parent-colours. First, the flaming red erung vivid forth; the tawny orange next; and next delicious yellow, by whofe fide all the kind beams of all-refreshing green; en the pure blue, that fivells autumnal kies, hereal play'd; and then, of fadder hue, Energ'd the deepen'd indico, as when
e heavy-kirted ev'ning droops with frost. hile the laft gleamings of refracted light 'd in the fainting violet away, refe, when the clouds diftil the rofy fhow'r, eine out diftinct adown the wat'ry bow; chile o'er our heads the dewy vision bends lightful, melting on the fields beneath. Lyriads of mingling dyes from thefe refult, and myriads ftill remain-Infinite source beauty ever flushing! ever new! Did ever poet image aught fo fair, [brook! reaming in whifp'ring groves by the hoarfe prophet, to whofe rapture heav'n defcends! ven now the fetting fun and fhifting clouds, en, Greenwich, from thy lovely heights, de
ow juft, how beauteous, the refractive law !
n all its order, magnitude, and parts,
Oh fpeak the wond'rous man! how mild, how
How greatly humble, how divinely good!
And you, ye hopeless gloomy-minded tribe,
That reach impatient at immortal life,
But hark! methinks I hear a warning voice,
That now he wanders thro' thofe endless worlds
O Britain's boast! whether with angels thou
And glories in thy name, the points thee out
$54. Hymn on Solitude. THOMSON.
Companion of the wife and good:
Oh how I love with thee to walk,
A thousand shapes you wear with eafe,
Now quick from hill to vale you fly,
In thy serener shades our ghosts delight, And now you sweep the vaulted sky.
And court the umbrage of the night; A shepherd next you haunt the plain,
In vaults and gloomy caves they stray, And warble forth your oaten Itrain,
But fly the morning beams, and ficken at the A lover now, with all the grace
day. Of that fiveet passion in your face :
Though solid bodics dare exclude the light, Then, calm’d to friendship, you assume
Nor will the brightest ray admit; The gentle-looking Hartford's bloom,
No substance can thy force repel, [dwell. As, with her Musidora, she
Thou reign'ft in depths below, doft in the centre (Her Musidora fond of thee) Amid the long withdrawing vale,
The sparkling gems, and ore in mines below,
To thee their beauteous luftre owe;
Tho'form'd within the womb of night,
Bright as their fire they shine, with native rays Just as the dew-bent rose is born;
of light. And while meridian fervors bcat, Thine is the woodland dumb rctrcat;
When thou dost raise thy venerable head, But chief, when cv'ning scenes decay,
And art in genuine night array'd, And the faint landscape swims away,
Thy negro beauties then delight; Thine is the doubtful foft decline,
Beauties, like polith'd jet, with their own darkAnd that best hour of musing thine.
nefs bright. Descending angels bless thy train,
Thou dost thy (miles impartially bestow, The virtues of the fage and lwain;
And know'st no diff'rence here below: Plain innocence, in white array'd,
All things appear the same by thee, Before thee lifts her fearless head :
Though light distinction makes, chou giv'it Religion's beams around thee fhine,
equality. And cheer thy glooms with light divine : About the sports fiveet Liberty ;
Thou, Darkness, art the lover's kind retreat,
And doft the nuptial joys complete; And wrapt Urania sings to thee.
Thou dost inspire them with thy shade, Oh, let me pierce thy secret cell! And in thy deep recesses dwell.
Giv'st vigour to the youth, and warm'st the Perhaps from Norwood's oak-clad hill,
yielding maid. When meditation has her fill,
Calm as the bless'd above, the Anch'rites dwell cast my careless eyes
Within their peaceful gloomy cell; Where London's spiry turrets rise;
Their minds with heav'nly joys are fill'd; Think of its crimnes, its cares, its pain, The pleasures Light deny, thy thades for ever Then Thield me in the woods again.
Did all their mysteries unfold: $ 55. Hynin to Darkness. YALDEN.
Darkness did first religion grace, [place. DARKNESS, thou first great parent of us all, Gave terrors to the God, and rev'rence to the Thou art our great original z
When the Almighty did on Horeb ftand,
Thy shades inclos'd the hallow'd land; Docs all thou shad'It below, thy numerous off- In clouds of light he was array'd, spring come.
And venerable darkness his pavilion made.
He veil'd the beatific light;
When terrible with majesty,
Or brighter firmament was made;
Ere matter, time, or place was known, Thou foar'ít above the reach of man's philosophy. Thou, Monarch Darkness, fway’dst these spa
cious realms alone. Involu'd in thee, we first receive our breath, Thou art our refuge too in death :
But now the moon(tho'gay with borrow'd light) Great Monarch of the grave and womb,
Invades thy scanty lot of Night: Where'er our louls shall go, to thec our bodies
By rebel subjects thou'rt betray'd,
The anarchy of stars depose their monarch,Shade.
And Nature's pow'r submit to thine:
An universal ruin thall erect thy throne, And Earth a Sabbath keeps, sacred to rest and And Fate confirm thy kingdom ever more thy thee.
I just may
§ 56. Education. WEST.
Infcribed to Lady Langham, widow of Sir Jo.
Unum ftudium vere liberale eft, quod liberum
temperantiæ genus eft. Quid, quod ifta libe«ralium artium confectatio moleftos, verbofos, * intempeftivos, fibi placentes facit, et ideo non "dicentes neceffaria, quia fupervacua didiceSEN. Ep. 88.
O GOODLY discipline! from Heav'n yfprung,
And thou, whofe pious and maternal care,
Thou, most belov'd, most honour'd, most re
Accept this Verfe, to thy large merit due !
And proudly boaft that from thy precious
Which erft enrich'd my heart, I drew this facred
And thus, I ween, thus fhall I beft repay
I labour to diffufe th'important good,
Till this great truth by all be understood, "That ail the pious duties which we owe "Our parents, friends, our country, and our "The feeds of ev'ry virtue here below, [God, "From difcipline alone and early culture grow."
The Knight, as to Pedia's house
Is faid by Cuftom, with him fights,
GENTLE knight there was, whose noble
O'er Fairyland by Fame were blazon'd round;
Aye dwelt, fweet partner of his joy and pain!
Theyby a palmerfage inftructed were, [while
For, by celestial Wisdom whilom led,
Pædia is a Greek word, fignifying Education.
Parent tree, the jacred olive.] This tree grew in the Altis, or facred grove of Olympic Jupiter, at Olyın. pia, having, as the Eleans pretended, been originally planted there by Hercules. It was esteemed facred and from that were taken the Olympic crowns.
**Palmer, pilgrim.-The perfon here fignified is Mr. Locke, characterized by his Works.
+Sted, place, ftation.