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POE M S,

Chiefly of the LYRIC Kind,

In THREE BOOK S.

SACRED

I. TO DEVOTION and PIETY.

II. TO VIRTUE, HONOUR, and FRIENDSHIP. III. To the MEMORY of the Dead.

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By I. WATTS, D. D.

-Si non Uraniê Lyram

"Cœleftem cohibet, nec Polyhymnia
"Humanum refugit tendere Barbiton.”

HOR. Od. I. initat.

Αθάνατον μὲν πρῶτα Θεόν, νόμῳ ὡς διάκειτα,
Τίμα, (καὶ σέβκ αὐτὸν) ἔπειθ' Ηρωας αγαίας,
Τάς τε Καταχθονίας.

PYTHAG, Aur. Cap.

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RECOMMENDATORY VERSES.

On Reading Mr. WATTS's Poems, facred to Piety and Devotion.

REGARD the man who in feraphic lays,

And flowing numbers, fings his Maker's praise : He needs invoke no fabled Mufe's art,

The heavenly fong comes genuine from his heart,
From that pure heart, which God has deign'd t'inspire
With holy raptures, and a facred fire..

Thrice happy man! whofe foul, and guiltlefs breast,
Are well prepar'd to lodge th' Almighty guest!
'Tis He that lends thy towering thoughts their wing,
And tunes thy lyre, when thou attempt'ft to fing:
He to thy foul lets-in celeftial day,

Ev'n whilft imprifon'd in this mortal clay.
By death's grim afpect thou art not alarm'd,
He, for thy fake, has death itfelf difarm'd ;
Nor fhall the grave o'er thee a victory boast;
Her triumph in thy rifing fhall be loft,
When thou shalt join th' angelic choirs above,
In never-ending fongs of praife and love.

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