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Milk-white Hind, immortal and unchang’d,

Fed on the lawns, and in the forest rang’d; Without unspotted, innocent within, She fear'd no danger, for the knew no fin. Yethad the oft been chas'd with horns and hounds, And Scythian shafts ; and many winged wounds Aim'd at her heart; was often forced to fly, And doom'd to death tho fated not to die.

Not so her young; for their unequal line
Was hero's make, half human, half divine.
Their earthly mold obnoxious was to fate,
The immortal part assum'd immortal state.
Of these a slaughter'd army lay in blood,
Extended o’er the Caledonian wood,
Their native walk; whose vocal blood arose,
And cry'd for pardon on their perjur'd foes.
Their fate was fruitful, and the fanguine feed,
Endu'd with souls, increas'd the sacred breed.
So captive Ifrael multiply'd in chains,
A numerous exile, and enjoy'd her pains.
With grief and gladness mix’d, the mother view'd
Her martyr'd offspring, and their race renew'd ;
Their corps to perish, but their kind to last,
So much the deathless plant the dying fruit

surpass’d.
Panting and pensive now she rang'd alone,
And wander'd in the kingdoms, once her own.
The common hunt, tho from their

rage

restrain'd By fovereign power

her

company Grin'd as they pass’d, and with a glaring eye Gave gloomy signs of secret enmity. 'Tis true, she bounded by, and trip'd fo light, They had not time to take a steady fight.

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disdain'd;

For truth has such a face and such a mien,
As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.

The bloody bear, an independent beast,
Unlick’d to form, in groans her hate exprest.
Among the timorous kind the quaking hare
Profess'd neutrality, but would not swear.
Next her the buffoon ape as atheists use,
Mimick'd all sects, and had his own to chuse :
Still when the lion look'd his knees he bent,
And paid at church a courtier's compliment,
The bristled baptist boar, impure as he,
But whiten'd with the foam of fanctity,
With fat pollutions fill’d the sacred place,
And mountains levell'd in his furious race :
So first rebellion founded was in grace.
But since the mighty. ravage, which he made
In German forests, had his guilt betray'd,
With broken tusks, and with a borrow'd name,
He shun’d the vengeance, and conceald the

shame; So lurk'd in fects unseen. With greater guile False reynard fed on consecrated spoil : The graceless beast by Athanasius first Was chas'd from Nice, then by Socinus

nurs'd:

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His impious race their blasphemy renew'd,
And nature's king thro nature's optics view'd.
Revers'd they view'd him lessen'd to their eyes
Nor in an infant could a God descry,
New swarming sects to this obliquely tend,
Hence they began, and here they all will end.

What weight of antient witness can prevail,
If private reason hold the public scale ?
But, gracious God, how well dost thou provide
For erring judgments an unerring guide ?
Thy throne is darkness in the abyss of light,
A blaze of glory that forbids the fight.
O teach me to believe thee thus conceald,
And search no farther than thyself reveald;
But her alone for my director take, ,
Whom thou hast promis'd never to forsake !
My thoughtless youth was wing’d with vain desires,
My manhood, long milled by wandering fires,
Follow'd false lights; and, when their glimpse

was gone, My pride struck out new sparkles of her own. Such was I, such by nature still I am ; Be thine the glory, and be mine the shame. Good life be now my task : my doubts are done: What more could fright my faith, than three in one?

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Can I believe eternal God could lie

1 Disguis’d in mortal mold and infancy? That the great Maker of the world could die? And after that trust my imperfect sense, Which calls in question his omnipotence Can I my reason to my faith compel? And shall my fight, and touch, and taste Superior faculties are set aside ; Shall their subfervient

organs

be

my guide? Then let the moon usurp the rule of day, ' And winking tapers Thew the fun his way ; For what

my

senses can themselves perceive; I need no revelation to believe. Can they who fay the host should be descry'd By sense, define a body glorify'd ? Impafsable, and penetrating parts ? Let them declare by what mysterious arts He shot that body thro the opposing might Of bolts and bars impervious to the light, And stood before his train confess’d in open

sight. For since thus wonderously he pass’d, 'tis plain, One single place two bodies did contain. And sure the same omnipotence as well Can make one budy in more places dwell.

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