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When in the slipp’ry paths of youth
With heedless steps I ran,
Thine arm unseen convey'd me safe,
And led me up to man.
Thro' hidden dangers, toils, and deaths,
It gently clear'd my way,
And through the pleasing snares of vice,
More to be fear'd than they.
When worn with sickness, oft haft thou
With health renew'd my face, And when in fins and forrows sunk,
Reviv'd my soul with grace.
'Thy bounteous hand with worldly bliss
Has made my cup run o'er, And in a kind and faithful friend
Has doubled all my store.
Ten thousand thousand precious gifts
My daily thanks employ,
Nor is the least a chearful heart,
That tastes those gifts with joy.
Thro' every period of my life
Thy goodness I'll pursue ;
And after death in distant worlds
The glorious theme renew.
When nature fails, and day and night
Divide thy works no more, My ever-grateful heart, O Lord,
Thy mercy shall adore.
Thro' all eternity to thee
A joyful fong I'll raise, For oh! eternity's too short
To utter all thy praise.
THE spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky, ·
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great original proclaim;
Th' unwearied fun, from day to daya
Does his creator's pow'r display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an almighty hand.
Soon as th' ev'ning shades prevail,
takes the wondrous tale,
And nightly to the lift'ning earth
Repeats the story of her birth :
Whilst all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.
What thou, in folemn filence, all
Move round the dark terrestrial ball ?
What thonor real voice nor sound
Amid their radiant orbs be found?
In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
For ever singing, as they shine,
“ The band that made us is divine."
NOME, heav'nly muse, my raptur'd foul inspire,
Touch with one beam of thy celestial fire,
A foul, that rising with sublime delight
Leaves worlds behind in its aerial flight ;
Mounts o'er the kies, unusual heights to foar,
Where Young and Angels only flew before.
I leave unheeded ev'ry mortal care,
and all the scenes of war:
A nobler aim invites my song to rise:
No praise I fing, but his who form’d the skies :
No fcenes, but nature's burning vaults display'd;
No pow'r, but that which wakes the sleeping dead.
My theme how vaft! the sun's extinguish'd rays;
Ten thousand stars in one devouring blaze ;
That doom, the guilty wretch must dread to hear ;
The last loud trump that stops the rolling sphere;
The crowds that burst from earth's diffolving frame;
All heaven descending, and a world on flame.
O Thou, whose hands the bolted thunder form,
Whose wings the whirlwind, and whose breath the storm:
Tremendous God! this wond'ring bosom raise,
And warm each thought that would attempt thy praise.
O! while I mount along th' etherial way,
To softer regions, and unclouded day,
Pass the long tracks where darting lightnings glow,
Or trembling view the boiling deeps below;
Lead thro' the dubious maze, direct the whole,
Lend heav'nly aid to my transported foul,
Teach ev'ry nobler power to guide my tongue,
And touch the heart, while thou inspir'At the song.
'Twas at the hour, when midnight ghosts assume
Some frightful shape, and fweep along the gloom;
When the pale spectre bursts upon the view;
When fancy paints the fading taper blue ;
Wien smiling virtue refts, nor dreads a foe;
And slumber shuts the weeping eyes of woe :
'Twas then, amid the filence of the night,
A graceful seraph stood before my fight,
And blaz'd meridian day-the rocking ground
Flam'd as he mov'd, and totter'd as he frown'd.
As some vaft meteor, whose expanded glare
Shoots a long stream that brightens all the air,
So flam'd his burning eyes :-earth heard and shook,
When from his lips these dreadful accents broke:
“Now is that hour, when at th' Almighty's call,
Surrounding flames shall melt the yielding ball ;
" When worlds must blaze amid the general fire,
• And suns and stars with all their hosts expire.
• The long-delay'd, th' important day is come,
(All nature quake with terror at the doom.)