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Adoring thrones in order fell;
The leffer powers at diftance dwell,
And caft their glories down fucceffive at his feet:
"Lift up your heads, Eternal doors," he cries ;
Open, and shoot celestial day
Upon the lower skies.
Heaven's mighty pillars bow'd their head,
As their Creator bid,
And down Jehovah rode from the superior sphere,
The wheels befet with burning gems;
The winds in harness with the flames
Down through his magazines he past
His radiant eyes proclaim'd the God,
He breath'd, and fulphur ran, a fiery stream :
He spoke, and (though with unknown speed he came) Chid the flow tempeft, and the lagging flame.
Sinai receiv'd his glorious flight, With axle red, and glowing wheel,
Did the winged chariot light,
And rifing fimoke obfcur'd the burning hill.
Lo, the gloomy pride out-braves
The ftately pyramids of fire:
The pyramids to heaven afpire,
And mix with stars, but fee their gloomy offspring higher.
So have you feen ungrateful ivy grow
Round the tall oak that fix fcore years has stood,
And proudly shoot a leaf or two
Above its kind fupporters utmost bough,
And glory there to stand the loftieft of the wood.
Forbear, young Muse, forbear;
The flowery things that poets fay,
Are vain and useless here;
Nor fhall the burning hills of old
Not half fo high
Her lightnings fly,
Not half fo loud her thunders roar
Crofs the Sicanian fea, to fright th' Italian fhore.
Quakes at the terrors of the fire,
While all below its verdant feet
Stagger and reel under th' Almighty weight:
Prefs'd with a greater than feign'd Atlas' load
It bow'd, and fhook beneath the burden of a God.
Freth horrors feize the camp; despair,
And dying groans, torment the air,
And fhrieks, and fwoons, and deaths were there : The bellowing thunder, and the lightning's blaze Spread through the host a wild amaze;
Darkness on every foul, and pale was every
Confus'd and difmal were the cries,
Let Mofes fpeak, or Ifrael dies: Mofes the spreading terror feels, No more the Man of God conceals His fhivering and furprize: Yet, with recovering mind, commands Silence, and deep attention, through the Hebrew bands.
Hark! from the centre of the flame,
All arm'd and feather'd with the fame,
A flight of cherubs guard the words along,
"I am the Lord: 'Tis I proclaim
"That glorious and that fearful name,
Thy God and King: 'Twas I, that broke "Thy bondage, and th' Egyptian yoke; "Mine is the right to speak my will,
"And thine the duty to fulfil. F 4
"Adore no God befide Me, to provoke mine eyes : "Nor worship Me in shapes and forms that men devise; "With reverence use my name, nor turn my words to jeft; "Obferve my fabbath well, nor dare prophane my reft; "Honour and due obedience to thy parents give;
"Nor fpill the guiltlefs blood, nor let the guilty live: "Preserve thy body chafte, and flee th' unlawful bed; "Nor fteal thy neighbour's gold, his garment, or his "bread;
"Forbear to blaft his name with falfehood, or deceit; "Nor let thy wifhes loofe upon his large estate."
Remember your CREATOR, &c. Ecclef. xii,
HILDREN, to your Creator, God,
While vanity and youthful blood
The memory of his mighty name,
Be wife, and make his favour fure,
When youth and mirth are known no more,
-No more the bleffings of a feaft
Shall relish on the tongue, The heavy ear forgets the tafte
And pleasure of a song.
Old age, with all her dismal train,
Invades your golden years
With fighs and groans, and raging pain,
And death, that never fpares.
What will ye do when light departs,
How will vou meet God's frowning brow,
While nature's old fupporters bow,
Nor bear their tottering weight?
Shall make a strong defence,
The filver bands of nature burft,
The flesh goes down to mix with dust,
Its vile original.
Laden with guilt, (a heavy load)
Uncleans'd and unforgiven,
To be shut out from heaven.