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These are thy blessings, INDUSTRY ! Tough power!
45 And all the foft fimplicity of life: Raiser of human kind! by Nature cast, Naked, and helpless, out amid the woods : And wilds, to rude inclement elements; With various seeds of art: deep in the mind Implanted, and profusely pour'd around, Materials infinite; but idle all. Still unexerted, in th' unconscious breaft, Slept the lethargic powers; Corruption still, Voracious, swallow'd what the liberal hand Of bounty scatter'd o'er the lavage year: And still the fad barbarian, roving, mix'd With beasts of prey; or for his acorn-meal Fought the fierce tulky boar; a shivering wretch! Aghalt, and comfortless, when the bleak north, 60:With winter charg’d, let the mix'd tempeft fly, : 1 Hail, rain, and snow, and bitter-breathing frost: Then to the shelter of the hut be filed;
And the wild season, fordid, pin'd away.
;** :73 Of Art demanded; shew'd him how to raise: His feeble force by the mechanic powers, To dig the mineral from the vaulted earth, On what to turn the piercing rage of fire, On what the torrent, and the gather'd blast; 80 Gave the tall ancient forest to his axe; Taught him to chip the wood, and hew the stone, Till by degrees the finish’d. fabric rose;
676 Tore from his limbs the blood-polluted fur, Iwan And wrapt them in the woolly, veltment warm, 85 Or bright in glofly filk, and flowing lawn; With wholesome viands fill'd his table, pour d The generous glass around, infpir'd to wake. The life-refining foul of decent wit: Nor stopp'd at barren bare necellity; Bio 2290 But still advancing bolder, led him on To poinp, to pleasure, elegance, and grace; And, breathing high ambition thro' his foul, Lit? Set science, wisdom, glory in his view, And bade him be the Lord of all below. 118d : 95
Then gathering men their natural powers combin'd, And formed a Public to the general good
Submitting, aiming, and conducting all.
Hence every form of cultivated life In order set, protected, and inspir'a,
IIO Into perfection wrought. Uniting ah, Society grew numerous, high, polite, And happy. Nurse of art ! the city reard, In beauteous pride, her tower-incircled head; And, stretching street on street, by thousands drew, 15 From twining woody haunts, or the tough yew To bows strong-ftraining, her aspiring fons.
Then COMMERCE brought into the public walk The busy merchant; the big warehoufe built; Rais'd the strong crane; choak'd up the loaded street With foreign plenty; and thy stream, O THAMES, 121 Large, gentle, deep, majestic, king of floods! Chose for his grand resort. On either hand, Like a long wintry forest, groves of mafts Shot up their spires; the bellowing sheet between 125 Poffel'd the breezy void; the footy hulk Steer'd sluggish on; the splendid barge along Row'd, regular, to harmony; around, The boat, light-skimming, stretch'd its oary wings; While deep the various voice of fervent toil',
130 From bank to bank encreas'd; whence, ribb'd with oak,
To bear the BRITISH THUNDER, black, and bold, The roaring vessel rulh'd into the main.
Then, too, the pillar'd dome, magnific, heav'd Its ample roof; and Luxury within
L35 Pour'd out her glittering stores: the canvas fimooth, With glowing life protuberant, to the view Embodied rose; the statue seem'd to breathe, And soften into flesh, beneath the touch Of forming art, imagination-flush'd.
140 All is the gift of INDUSTRY; whate'er Exalts, embellishes, and renders life Delightful. Penfive Winter, chear'd by him, Sits at the social fire, and happy hears: Th' excluded tempest idly rave along;
Soon as the morning trembles o'er the sky,
Spike after spike their scanty harvest pick.
The lovely young LAVINIA once had friends;
poor, liv'd in a cottage, far retir'd: