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Where all is calm and clear; with Nature round 1735 Or in the starry Regions, or th'Abyss,

To Reason's, and to Fancy's Eye display'd:
The First up-tracing, from the dreary Void,
The Chain of Causes and Effects to Him,

The World-producing Essence, who alone 1740 Possesses Being; while the Last receives

The whole Magnificence of Heaven and Earth,
And every Beauty, delicate or bold,
Obvious or more remote, with livelier Sense,
Diffusive painted on the rapid Mind.

Tutor'd by thee, hence Poetry exalts
Her Voice to Ages; and informs the Page
With Music, Image, Sentiment, and Thought,
Never to die! the Treasure of Mankind,
Their highest Honour, and their truest Joy!

Without thee what were unenlighten'd Man?
A Savage roaming thro' the Woods and Wilds,
In quest of Prey: and with th’unfashion'd Furr
Rough-clad; devoid of every finer Art,

And Elegance of Life. Nor Happiness 1755 Domestic, mix'd of Tenderness and Care,

Nor moral Excellence, or social Bliss,
Nor guardian Law were his; nor various Skill
To turn the Furrow, or to guide the Tool

Mechanic; nor the Heaven-conducted Prow 1760 Of Navigation bold, that fearless braves

The burning Line or dares the wintry Pole,
Mother severe of infinite Delights!
Nothing, save Rapine, Indolence, and Guile,

And Woes on Woes, a still-revolving Train! 1765 Whose horrid Circle had made human Life

Than Non-existence worse: but, taught by Thee

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Ours are the Arts of Policy, and Peace,

To live like Brothers, and, conjunctive, all
1120 Embellish Life. While thus laborious Crowds

Ply the tough Oar, Philosophy directs,
Star-led, the Helm; or like the liberal Breath
Of urgent Heaven, invisible, the Sails
Swells out, and bears th’inferior World along.

Nor, to this evanescent Speck of Earth
Poorly confin'd, those radiant Tracts on high
Are her exalted Range; intent, to gaze
Creation thro', and, from that round Complex

Of never-ceasing Wonders, to conceive
1130 Of the Sole Being right, who spoke the Word,

And Nature circled. With inflected View,
Thence, on th’Ideal Kingdom, swift, she turns
Her Eye; and instant, at her virtual Glance,

Th'obedient Phantoms vanish, and appear, 1135 Compound, divide, and into Order shift,

Each to his Rank, from plain Perception up
To Notion quite abstract; where first begins
The World of Spirits, Action all, and Life

Immediate, and unmix'd - but here the Cloud, 1140 So wills Eternal Providence, sits deep.

Enough for Us we know, that this dark State,
In wayward Passions lost, and vain Pursuits,
This Infancy of Being! cannot prove

The final Issue of the Works of God,
1145 By Love, and Wisdom, inexpressive, form’d,

And ever rising with the rising Mind.

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Ours are the Plans of Policy, and Peace;
To live like Brothers, and conjunctive all

Embelish Life. While thus laborious Crouds 1770 Ply the tough Oar, Philosophy directs

The ruling Helm; or like the liberal Breath
Of potent Heaven, invisible, the Sail
Swells out, and bears th’inferior World along.

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Nor to this evanescent Speck of Earth 1775 Poorly confin'd, the radiant Tracts on high

Are her exalted Range; intent to gaze
Creation thro'; and, from that full Complex
Of never-ending Wonders, to conceive

Of the Sole Being right, who spoke the Word,
1780 And Nature mov'd compleat. With inward View,

Thence on th'ideal Kingdom swift she turns
Her Eye; and instant, at her powerful Glance,
Th’obedient Phantoms vanish or appear;

Compound, divide, and into Order shift,
1785 Each to his Rank, from plain Perception up

To the fair Forms of Fancy's fleeting Train,
And Notion quite abstract; where first begins
The World of Spirits, Action all, and Life

Unfetter'd, and unmix'd. But here the Cloud, 1790 So wills Eternal Providence, sits deep.

Enough for us we know that this dark State.
In wayward Passions lost, and vain Pursuits,
This Infancy of Being, cannot prove

The final Issue of the Works of God,
1795 By boundless Love and perfect Wisdom formid,

And ever rising with the rising Mind.

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AUTUMN.

Inscribed to the Right Honourable

Arthur Onslow, Esq;

Speaker of the House of Commons.

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