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'Twas gold instructed coward hearts
In treach'ry's more pernicious arts.
Who can recount the mischiefs o'er?
Virtue resides on earth no more!
He spoke and sigh’d. In angry mood
Plutus, his god, before him stood.
The Miser, trembling, lock'd his chest;
The vision frown'd, and thus addrest:
Whence is this wild ungrateful rant? Each sordid rascal's daily cant: Did I, base wretch! corrupt mankind? The fault's in thy rapacious mind. Because my blessings are abus'd, Must I be censur'd, curs'd, accus'd? E'en Virtue's self by knaves is made A cloak to carry on the trade; And power (when lodg’d in their possession) Grows tyranny, and rank oppression. Thus, when the villain crams his chest, Gold is the canker of the breast; 'Tis av'rice, insolence, and pride, Add every shocking vice beside: But when to virtuous hands 'tis given, It blesses, like the dews of Heaven: Like Heav'n it hears the orphan's cries, And wipes the tears from widows' eyes.
Their crimes on gold shall Misers lay,
Who pawn'd their sordid souls for pay?
Let bravves, then (when blood is spilt),
Ubpraid the passive soul with guilt,
Thou great reviver of the Attic fire!
Thou noblest patron of the tuneful lyre!
Thine was the power, and thine the gentle art,
To swell the passions, and subdue the heart!
For thee, the fairest breast has heav'd a sigh,
And the tear started from the brightest eye!
Learning and wit alike bave bow'd the knee,
And hermits left their cells to gaze on thee!
On thee shall charm'd remembrance love to rest;
Come every Muse, and strive to praise him best!
For, ah! my lute the tribute cannot pay,
And the big tear has blotted out the lay!
Ye skilful nine, who shall the chaplet weave?
Hail his bright day!--nor mourn his tranquil eve!
Your Garrick hail!-he breathes, he lives again,
Lives in the thought, and breathes in every strain!
Triumphant Fame enrols his acts on high,
And tells the mourner-Garrick cannot die!
A CONTEMPLATION ON NIGHT.
WHETHER amid the gloom of Night I stray,
Or my glad eyes enjoy revolving day,
Still Nature's various face informs my sense
Of an all-wise, all-powerful Providence.
When the gay sun first breaks the shades of Night,
And strikes the distant eastern hills with light,
Colour returns, the plains their livery wear,
And a bright verdure clothes the smiling year;
The blooming flow'rs with opening beauties glow,
And grazing flocks their milky fleeces show;
The barren cliffs with chalky fronts arise,
And a pure azure arches o'er the skies.
But when the gloomy reign of Night returns,
Stript of her fadiug pride, all Nature mourns:
The trees no more their wonted verdure boast,
But weep, in dewy tears, their beauty lost:
No distant landscapes draw our curious eyes,
Wrapt in Night's robe the whole creation lies:
Yet still, even now, while darkness clothes the land,
We view the traces of th’Almighty hand;
Millions of stars in heaven's wide vault appear,
And with new glories hang the boundless sphere:
The silver moon her western couch forsakes,
And o'er the skies her nightly circle makes;
Her solid globe beats back the sunny rays,
And to the world her borrow'd light repays.
Whether those stars, that twinkling lustre send, Are suns, and rolling worlds those sans attend, Man may conjecture, and new schemes declare Yet all his systems but conjectures are; But this we know, that Heav'n's eternal King, Who bid this universe from nothing spring, Can at his word, bid num'rous worlds appear, And rising worlds th' all-powerful word shall hear.
When to the western main the sun descends,
To other lands a rising day he lends:
The spreading dawn another shepherd spies,
The wakeful flocks from their warm folds arise;
Refresh’d, the peasant seeks his early toil,
And bids the plough correct the fallow soil.
While we in sleep's embraces waste the night,
The climes oppos'd enjoy meridian light:
And when those lands the busy sun forsakes,
With us again the rosy morning wakes;
In lazy sleep the night rolls swift away,
And neither clime laments his absent ray:
When the pure soul is from the body flown, No more sball Night's alternate reign be known; The sun no more shall rolling light bestow, But from the Almighty streams of glory flow. Ob! may some nobler thought my soul employ, Than empty, transient, sublunary joy. The stars shall drop, the sun shall lose his flame, But thoo, O God for ever shine the same.
MAY-EVE, OR KATE OF ABERDEEN.
The silver moon's enamour'd beanu
Steals softly through the night;
To wanton with the winding stream,
And kiss reflected light.
To beds of state, go, balmy sleep!
'Tis where you've seldom been;
May's vigil while the shepherds keep
With Kate of Aberdeen,
Upon the green the virgins wait,
In rosy chaplets gay;
Till Morn unbars her golden gate,
Avd gives the promis'd May.
Methinks I hear the maids declare
The promis’d May, when seen,
Not half so fragrant, half so fair
As Kate of Aberdeen.
Strike up the tabor's boldest notes,
We'll rouse the nodding grove;
The nested birds shall raise their throats,
And hail the maid I love.
And see-the matin lark mistakes,
He quits the tufted green;
Fond bird! 'tis not the morning breaks,
'Tis Kate of Aberdeen.