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PARADISĘ RE GA I N’D.
By H. T.
In Asiatic climes, where Tigris' wave,
II. 'Tis gone with all its charms; and like a dream, i
Like Babylon itself, is swept away ; . Bestow one tear upon the mournful theme, But let it not thy gentle heart dismay. K3
They lead us to a state of heav'nly blifs,
Through the live colonade, the fruitful hill,
Whose lowing voices all the valley fill.
There, through the spiry grass where glides the brook,
(By yon tall poplar which erects its head Above the verdure of the neighb'ring oak,) And gently murmurs o'er th' adjoining mead;
VI. Philander and Cleora, happy pair,
Taste the cool breezes of the gentle wind; Their breasts from guilt, their looks are free from care,
Sure index of a calm contented mind.
'Tis here in virtuous lore the studious fair
Informs her babes, nor scorns herself to improve, While in his smile she lives, whofe pleasing care Dispenses knowledge from the lips of love.
No discontent their peaceful hours attend;
Recounting o'er the deeds of former days ;
The fountain's brink, or where the arbour's shade Beats back the heat, fair Virtue's voiee they hear,,
More musical by sweet digressions made.
With calm dependence every good they taste, “..
Yet feel their neighbours' wants with kind regret, Nor cheer themselves alone, (a mean repaft!) But deal forth blessings round their happy feat.
The choiceft of his blessings hath designd,
And mean ambition still employ'd in strife,
Pours forth her beauties through the gay parterre ;
Which o'er the fields in borrow'd lustre glow,
Painting the cheek with fresh vermilion-hue ;
To Phæbus shining with meridian light, . .
Each pleasing change with various pleasures bless, Raise cheerful hopes, and anxious fears controal,
And form a Paradise of inward peace.
T'HO' strength of genius, by experience taught, 1 Gives thee to found the depth of human thought, To trace the various workings of the mind, And rule the secret springs that rule mankind; Rare gift! yet, Walpole, wilt thou condescend To listen, if thy unexperienc'd friend in Can aught of use impart, though void of skill, And raise attention by sincere good will : For friendship sometimes want of parts supplies, The heart may furnish what the head denies.