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Those restless cares? those busy bustling days? 750 Those gay-spent, festive nights? those veering thoughts,
Lost between good and ill, that shar'd thy life?
And see! 755 'Tis come, the glorious morn! the second birth
Of heaven, and earth! Awakening nature hears
For ever free. The great eternal scheme, 760 Involving all, and in a perfect whole
Uniting, as the prospect wider spreads,
Confounded in the dust, adore that Power,
Why unassuming Worth in secret liv'd,
Why the lone widow, and her orphans pin'd, 770 In starving solitude; while Luxury,
In palaces, lay prompting his low thought,
Of Superstition's scourge: why licens'd Pain, 775 That cruel spoiler, that embosom'd foe,
Imbitter'd all our bliss. Ye good distrest!
And what you reckon evil is no more;
And one unbounded Spring encircle all.
Those restless Cares? those busy bustling Days?
All now are vanish'd! Virtue sole survives,
The new-creating Word, and starts to Life,
For ever free. The great eternal Scheme,
To Reason's Eye refin'd clears up apace.
Confounded in the Dust, adore that Power,
To form unreal Wants: why Heaven-born Truth, 1060 And Moderation fair, wore the red Marks
Of Superstition's Scourge: why licens'd Pain,
Ye noble Few! who here unbending stand 1065 Beneath Life's Pressure, yet a little While,
And what your bounded View, which only saw
The text is that of 1730. B ed. 1744. The text of 1746 is the
same as that of B. The MS. notes are earlier than B.
THESE, as they change, Almighty Father! these, Are but the varied God. The rolling Year Is full of thee. Forth in the pleasing Spring Thy Beauty walks, thy Tenderness and Love. 5 Wide-flush the fields; the softening air is balm; Echo the mountains round; the forests live; And every sense, and every heart is joy. Then comes thy Glory in the Summer-months,
With light, and heat, severe. Prone, then thy sun 10 Shoots full perfection thro' the swelling year.
And oft thy voice in awful thunder speaks ;
A yellow-floating pomp, thy Bounty shines
Profuse o'er nature, falls the lucid shower
B 6 the Forest smiles; 9 and Heat refulgent. Then thy Sun 11 awful ] dreadful 14-18 thus contracted:
Thy Bounty shines in Autumn unconfin'd,
Into the stores of steril Winter pours.
In Winter dreadful Thou! with clouds and storms 20 Around Thee thrown, tempest o'er tempest rollid,
Horrible blackness! On the whirlwind's wing,
Mysterious round! what skill, what force divine, 25 Deep-felt, in these appear! A simple train,
Yet so harmonious mix'd, so fitly join'd,
And all so forming such a perfect whole,
But wandering oft, with brute unconscious gaze,
Works in the secret deep; shoots, steaming, thence 35 The fair profusion that o'erspreads the Spring:
Flings from the sun direct the flaming Day;
Nature, attend; join every living soul,
Breathe soft; whose spirit teaches you to breathe. 45 Oh talk of Him in solitary glooms!
Where, o'er the rock, the scarcely-waving pine
19 dreadful ] awful
21 Horrible blackness!] Majestic Darkness! 22 be low, ] adore, 26, 27 Yet so delightful mix'd, with such kind Art, || Such Beauty and Beneficence combin'd; 29 such a perfect ] an harmonious 32 not Thee, 43 One general Song! To Him, ye vocal Gales,
44 Spirit in your Freshness breathes :
Fills the brown void with a religious awe.
Who shake th'astonish'd world, lift high to heaven 50 Th’impetuous song, and say from whom you rage.
His praise, ye brooks, attune, ye trembling rills;
Ye softer floods, that lead the humid maze 55 Along the vale; and thoui, majestic main,
A secret world of wonders in thyself,
Roll up your incense, herbs, and fruits, and flowers, 60 In mingled clouds to Him; whose sun elates,
Whose hand perfumes you, and whose pencil paints.
Homeward, rejoycing with the joyous moon.
Unconscious lies, effuse your mildest beams,
While cloud to cloud returns the dreadful hymn. 75 Bleat out afresh, ye hills; ye mossy rocks,
Retain the sound: the broad responsive low,
59 Roll up]
B 47 void ] Shade 57 tremendous stupendous
Soft-roll 60 elates,) exalts, 61 hand ] Breath 64 As home he goes beneath the joyous Moon. 70 darting) pouring
74 dreadful ] solemn MS 62 bend; ] bow; T