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Heaven's early care prescribed for every On every leaf bedewed with drops of love age;
Divine, and with the eternal heraldry First, in the soul, and after, in the page. And signature of God Almighty stamped Or, whether more abstractedly we look, From first to last, this ray of sacred light, Or on the writers, or the written book, This lamp, from off the everlasting throne, Whence, but of heaven, could men unskill'd | Mercy brought down, and in the night of
Time In several ages born, in several parts,
Stands, casting on the dark her gracious bow Weave such agreeing truths? or how, or
And evermore beseeching men, with tears why,
And earnest sighs, to read, believe, and live. Should all conspire to cheat us with a lie ? Unask'd their pains, ungrateful their advice, Starving their gain, and martyrdom their price.
Said to have been found in Lord Byron's If on the book itself we cast our view,
The mystery of mysteries.
To hear, to read, to fear, to pray, When what is taught agrees with Nature's To lift the latch, and force the way ; laws.
But better had they ne'er been born,
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
THE BIBLE A LIGHT TO THE the same
What is the world ?-a wildering maze, friend :
Where sin hath track'd ten thousand ways, This only doctrine does our lusts oppose : Her victims to ensare ; Unfed by nature's soil, in which it grows;
All broad, and winding, and aslope, Cross to our interests, curbing sense and sin;
All tempting with perfidious hope, Oppress'd without, and undermined within,
All ending in despair. It thrives through pain; its own tormentors
Millions of pilgrims throng these roads, And with a stubborn patience still aspires. Bearing their baubles or their loads To what can reason such effects assign
Down to eternal night; Transcending nature, but to laws divine;
One only path that never bends, Which in that sacred volume are contain'd; Narrow, and rough, and steep, ascends Sufficient, clear, and for that use ordain'd?
From darkness into light.
Is there no guide to show that path?
The Bible need not stray ;
Himself shall lose the way.
This book, this holy book, on every line
But see the wouders of his power, He triumphs in his dying hour! And while by Satan's rage he fell, He dash'd the rising hopes of Hell.
Thus were the hosts of death subdued,
Who shall fulfil this boundless song!
The speediest of thy winged messengers,
rage; Under bis gloomy power I shall not long Lie vanquish’d; thou hast giv'n me to pos
sess Life in myself for ever; by thee I live, Tho' now to death I yield, and am his doe All that of me can die: yet that debt paid, Thou wilt not leave me in the luathsomne
Man with his whole posterity must die, Die he or Justice must; unless for him Some other able, and as willing, pay The rigid satisfaction, death for death.
His prey, nor suffer my unspotted soul far more than labour-it was death in
Thou must indulgent, most tremendous powers of darkness bound.--Thou at the
Still more tremendous for Thy wondrous Pleas'd out of Heaven shalt look down and
Jove ! smile,
That arms, with awe more awful, thy comWhile by thee rais'd I ruin all my foes ; Death last, and with his carcass glut the
And foul transgression dips in sev’nfold night. grave : Then with the multitude of my redeem'd
How our hearts tremble at thy love immense! Shall enter Heav'n—long absent, and return,
In love immense, inviolably just! Father ! to see thy face, wherein no cloud
Thou, rather than thy justice should be
stain's, Of anger shall remain, but peace assured
Didst stain the cross; and work of wonders And reconcilement; wrath shall be no more Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire.
The greatest, that thy dearest far might bleed;
Bold thought!--shall I dare speak it, or
repress? WONDERS OF REDEMPTION. Should man more execrate, or boast, the
Which roused such vengeance? which such FIRST-BORN of Æther! high in fields of love inflam'd ? light!
O'er guilt (how mountainous) with outView man, to see the glory of your God !
stretched arms, Could angels envy, they had envied here : Stern justice, and soft smiling love embrace, And some did envy: and the rest, though Supporting in full majesty thy throne,gods,
When seem'd its majesty to need support, Yet still gods unredeem'd (there triumphs Or that, or man, inevitably lost : man,
What, but the fathomless of thought divine, Tempted to weigh the dust against the skies) Could labour such expedient from despair, They less would feel, though more adorn my And rescue both? Both rescue! both exalt! theme.
Oh how are both exalted by the deed! They sang creation (for in that they shared :) The wondrous deed! or shall I call it more? How rose in melody, that child of Love! A wonder in Omnipotence itself ! Creation's great superior, man ! is thine !
A mystery no less to gods than men! Thine is redemption; they just gave the key; "T'is thine to raise and eternise the song: Though human, yet divine; for should not this
YOUNG. Raise man o'er man, and kindle seraphs here?
AND what is this? Survey the wondrous Redemption ! 'twas creation more sublime;
cure : Redemption ! 'twas the labour of the skies; And at each step let higher wonder rise !
Pardon for infinite offence! and pardon Bound every heart! and every bosom Through means which speak its value infinite!
burn! A pardon bought with blood, with blood O what a scale of miracles is here? DIVINE!
Its lowest round high planted on the skies With blood divine of Him I made my foe! Its tow'ring summit lost beyond the thought Persisted to provoke! though woo'd and Of man or angel! Oh that I could climb aw'd;
The wonderful ascent, with equal praise! Bless'd and chastis'd, a flagrant rebel still! Praise ! flow for ever, (“ if astonishment A rebel 'midst the thunders of his throne ! Will give thee leave") my praise for ever Nor I alone ! a rebel universe !
flow; My species up in arms !-Not one exempt! Praise ardent, cordial, constant, to high Yet for the foulest of the foul he dies,
heaven Most joy'd for the redeem'd from deepest
More fragrant than Arabia sacrificed,
And all her spicy mountains in a flame. guilt ! As if our race were held of highest rank,And Godhead dearer as more kind to man!
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
With all the incense of the breathing spring: Rapt into future times, the bard begun : See lufty Lebanon his head advance, A virgin shall conceive, a virgin bear a Son! See nodding forests on the mountains dance : From Jesse's root behold a branch arise, See spicy clouds from lowly Sharon rise, Whose sacred flower with fragrance fills the And Carmel's flowery top perfume the skies :
skies ! The ethereal spirit o'er its leaves shall move, Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers; And on its top descends the mystic Dove. Prepare the way! A God, a God appears! Ye heavens! from high the dewy nectar A God, a God! the vocal hills reply; pour,
The rocks proclaim the approaching Deity. And in soft silence shed the kindly shower! Lo, earth receives him from the bending The sick and weak the healing plant shall skies! aid,
Sink down, ye mountains; and ye valleys, From storm a shelter, and from heat a shade. All crimes shall cease, and ancient frauds With heads declined, ye cedars, homage pay, shall fail;
Be smooth, ye rocks; ye rapid floods, give Returning Justice lift aloft her scale;
The Saviour comes! by ancient bards fore- , To leafless shrubs the flowery palms succeed, told;
And odorvus myrtle to the noisome weed. Hear him, ye deaf; and all ye blind, behold! The lambs with wolves shall graze the verHe from thick films shall purge the visual
dant mead, ray,
And boys in flowery bands the tiger lead. And on the sightless eye-ball pour the day: The steer and lion at one crib shall meet, 'Tis He the obstructed paths of sound shall And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's clear,
feet. And bid new music charm the unfolding ear: The smiling infant in his hand shall take The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch The crested basilisk and speckled snake, forego,
Pleased, the green lustre of the scales survey, And leap exulting, like the bounding roe. And with their forky tongue shall innocently No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall play.
hear; From every face He wipes off every tear. Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem In adamantine chains shall death be bound, rise ! And hell's grim tyrant feel the eternal wound. Exalt thy towery head, and lift thy eyes ! As the good shepherd tends his fleecy care, See a long race thy spacious courts adoro ; Seeks freshest pasture, and the purest air; See future sons, and daughters yet unborn, Explores the lost, the wandering sheep di- In crowding ranks on every side arise, rects,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies! By day o'ersees them, and by night protects;
See barbarous nations at thy gates attend, The tender lambs he raises in his arms, Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend: Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate
kings, Thus shall mankind bis guardian care engage,
And hea p'd with products of Sabean springs : The promised father of the future age.
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow, No more shall nation against' nation rise, And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow. Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful See heaven its sparkling portals wide display, eyes,
And break upon them in a floud of day! Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd No more the rising sun shall gild the morn, o'er,
Nor evening Cynthia fill her silver horn; The brazen trumpets kindle råge no more ;
But lost, dissolved in thy superior rays, But useless lances into scythes shall bend, One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze And the broad falchion in a plough-share O’erflow thy courts : the Light himself shall end.
shine Then palaces shall rise; the joyful son Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine! Shall finish what his short-lived sire begun; The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke Their vines a shadow to their race shall decay, yield,
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away! And the same hand that sow'd, shall reap
But fix'd his word, his saving power remains; the field.
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own Messiah The swain in barren deserts with surprise reigns ! Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise; And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear New falls of water murm'ring in his ear. PREDICTED ADVENT OF THE On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
MESSIAH. The green reed trembles, and the bulrush
SOTHEBY nods. Waste sandy valleys, once perplex'd with Rejoice! Rejoice! (the son of Jess' exthorn,
claim'd,) The spiry fir and shapely box adorn : 'Tis present. Lo! the luminous vision clear!