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To exultation. Sing hosanna, sing,
And hallelujah, for the Lord is great
And full of mercy! He has thought of man:
Yea, compass'd round with countless worlds, has
Of we poor worms, that batten in the dews [thought
and perish ere
Sing to the Lord, for he is merciful:
the Nubian lion but to live,
To rage its hour, and perish; but on man
He lavish'd inmortality, and heaven.
The eagle falls from her aërial tower,
And mingles with irrevocable dust:
But man from death springs joyful,
Springs up to life and to eternity.
Oh, that, insensate of the favouring boon,
The great exclusive privilege bestow'd
On us unworthy trifles, men should dare
To treat with slight regard the proffer'd heaven,
And urge the lenient, but All-Just, to swear
In wrath, They shall not enter in my rest!'
Might I address the supplicative strain
To thy high footstool, I would pray that thou
Wouldst pity the deluded wanderers,
And fold them, ere they perish, in thy flock.
Yea, I would bid thee pity them, through Him,
Thy well-beloved, who, upon the cross, ,
Bled a dead sacrifice for human sin,
And paid, with bitter agony, the debt
Of primitive transgression.
Oh! I shrink,
My very soul doth shrink, when I reflect
That the time hastens, when in vengeance clothed,
Thou shalt come down to stamp the seal of fate ,
On erring mortal man. Thy chariot wheels
Then shall rebound to earth's remotest caves,
And stormy Ocean from his bed shall start
At the appalling summons. Oh! how dread,
On the dark eye of miserable man,
Chasing his sins in secrecy and gloom,
Will burst the effulgence of the opening Heaven;
When to the brazen trumpet's deafening roar,
Thou and thy dazzling cohorts shall descend,
Proclaiming the fulfilment of the word !
The dead shall start astonished from their sleep!
The sepulchres shall groan and yield their prey,
The bellowing floods shall disembogue their charge
Of human victims.-From the farthest nook
Of the wide world shall troop their risen souls,
From him whose bones are bleaching in the waste
Of polar solitudes, or him whose corpse,
Whelm'd in the loud Atlantic's vexed tides,
Is washid on some Carribean prominence,
To the lone tenant of some secret cell
In the Pacific's vast
Where never plummet's sound was heard to part
The wilderness of water; they shall come
To greet the solemn advent of the Judge.
Thou first shalt summon the elected saints,
To their apportion'd heaven! and thy Son,
At thy right hand, shall smile with conscious joy
On all his past distresses, when for them
He bore humanity's severest pangs.
Then shalt thou seize the avenging scimitar,
And, with a roar as loud and horrible
As the stern earthquake's monitory voice,
The wicked shall be driven to their abode,
Down the immitigable gulf, to wail
And gnash their teeth in endless agony.
Rear thou aloft thy standard. ---Spirit, rear
Thy flag on high!—Invincible, and throned
In unparticipated might. Behold
Earth's proudest boasts, beneath thy silent sway,
Sweep headlong to destruction; thou the while,
Unmoved and heedless, thou dost hear the rush
Of mighty generations, as they pass
To the broad gulf of ruin, and dost stamp
Thy signet on them, and they rise no more.
Who shall contend with Time-unvanquish'd Time,
conqueror of conquerors, and lord
Of desolation ?-Lo! the shadows fly,
The hours and days, and years and centuries, ,
They fly, they fly, and nations rise and fall;
young are old, the old are in their graves.
Heard'st thou that shout? It rent the vaulted skies ;
It was the voice of people,-mighty crowds,-
Again !-'tis hush'd-Time speaks, and all is hush'd;
In the vast multitude now reigns alone
Unruffled solitude. They all are still;
All-yea, the whole-the incalculable mass,
Still as the ground that clasps their cold remains.
Rear thou aloft thy standard.-Spirit, rear Thy flag on high! and glory in thy strength. But do thou know the season yet shall come, When from its base thine adamantine throne Shall tumble; when thine arm shall cease to strike, Thy voice forget its petrifying power; When saints shall shout, and Time shall be no more. Yea, he doth come-the mighty champion comes, Whose potent spear shall give thee thy death-wound, Shall crush the
conquerors, And desolate stern Desolation's lord.
Lo! where he cometh ! the Messiah comes !
The King ! the Comforter! the Christ !-He comes
To burst the bonds of death, and overturn
The power of Time.-Hark! the trumpet's blast
Rings o'er the heavens! They rise, the myriads rise-
Even from their graves they spring, and burst the chains
Of torpor-He has ransom'd them, * * *
Forgotten generations live again,
Assume the bodily shapes they own'd of old,
Beyond the flood :-the righteous of their times
Embrace and weep, they weep the tears of joy.
The sainted mother wakes, and in her lap
Clasps her dear babe, the partner of her grave,
And heritor with her of heaven,--
Wash'd by the blood of Jesus from the stain
Of native guilt, even in its early bud.
And, hark! those strains, how solemnly serene
They fall, as from the skies—at distance fall
Again more loud —The hallelujahs swell;
The newly-risen catch the joyful sound;
They glow, they burn; and now with one accord
Bursts forth sublime from every mouth the song
Of praise to God on high, and to the Lamb
Who bled for mortals.
Yet there is peace for man:-Yea, there is peace
Even in this noisy, this unsettled scene;
When from the crowd, and from the city far,
Haply he may be set (in his late walk
O'ertaken with deep thought) beneath the boughs
Of honeysuckle, when the sun is goné,
And with fix'd eye, and wistful, he surveys
The solemn shadows of the heavens sail,
And thinks the season yet shall come, when Time
Will waft him to repose, to deep repose,
Far from the unquietness of life—from noise
And tumult far-beyond the flying clouds,
Beyond the stars, and all this passing scene,
Where change shall cease, and Time shall be no more.
This appears to be one of the Author's earliest productions ; written when about the age of fourteen.
PART I. PICTURED in memory's mellowing glass how.sweet Our infant days, our infant joys to greet; To roam in fancy in each cherish'd scene, The village churchyard, and the village green, The woodland walk remote, the greenwood glade, 5 The mossy seat beneath the hawthorn's shade, The white-wash'd cottage, where the woodbine grew, And all the favourite haunts our childhood knew! How sweet, while all the evil shuns the gaze, To view th' unclouded skies of former days! 10
Beloved age of innocence and smiles, When each wing'd hour some new delight beguiles, When the gay heart, to life's sweet day-spring true, Still finds some insect pleasure to pursue. Bless'd Childhood, hail !—Thee simply will I sing, 15 And from myself the artless picture bring; These long-lost scenes to me the past restore, Each humble friend, each pleasure now no more, And every stump familiar to my sight Recalls some fond idea of delight.
20 This shrubby knoll was once my favourite seat ; Here did I love at evening to retreat,