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Unmov'd, thefe wild tempeftuous feats furvey,
And view ferene this reftlefs rolling fea.
In vain the monsters, which the coast infest,
Spend all their rage to interrupt her reft;
Her charming fong the fyren fings in vain,
She can the tuneful hypocrite difdain;


Fix'd and unchang'd the faithlefs world behold,
Deaf to its threats, and to its favour cold.

Sages remark, we labour not to show

The will is free, but that the man is fo:


For what enlighten'd reafoner can declare

What human will and understanding are?

What fcience from thofe objects can we frame
Of which we little know, befides the name?
The learned, who with anatomic art
Diffect the mind, and thinking fubftance part,
And various powers and faculties affert,


Perhaps by fuch abstraction of the mind

Divide the things, that are in nature join'd.

What masters of the fchools can make it clear


Thofe faculties, which two to them'appear,

Are not refiding in the foul the same,

And not diftin&t, but by a different name?

Thus has the Mufe purfued her hardy theme,

And fung the wonders of this artful frame.


Ere yet one fubterranean arch was made,

One cavern vaulted, or one girder laid;

Ere the high rocks did o'er the fhores arise,
Or fnowy mountains tower'd amidst the skies;
Before the watery troops fil'd off from land,
And lay amidst the rocks entrench'd in sand;



Before the air its bofom did unfold,
Or burnish'd orbs in blue expansion roll'd;
She fung how Nature then in embryo lay,
And did the fecrets of her birth display.

When after, at th' Almighty's high command,
Obedient waves divided from the land;

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And shades and lazy mifts were chac'd away,
While rofy light diffus'd the tender day;
When uproar ceas'd, and wild confufion fled,
And new-born Nature rais'd her beauteous head;
She fung the frame of this terrestrial pile,




The hills, the rocks, the rivers, and the foil;
She view'd the fandy frontiers, which restrain
The noisy infults of th' imprifon'd main ;
Rang'd o'er the wide diffufion of the waves,
The moift coerulean walks, and fearch'd the coral caves.
She then furvey'd the fluid fields of air,
And the crude feeds of meteors fashion'd there;
Then with continued flight she sped her way,
Mounted, and bold pursued the fource of day;
With wonder of celeftial motions fung,
How the pois'd orbs are in the vacant hung,
How the bright fluices of ætherial light,
Now fhut, defend the empire of the night,
And now, drawn up with wife alternate care,
Let floods of glory out, and spread with day the air.
Then with a daring wing she foar'd fublime,


From realm to realm, from orb to orb did climb:
Swift through the fpacious gulph fhe urg'd her way, 605
At length emerg'd in empyrean day;


Where far, oh far, beyond what mortals fee,
In the void diftricts of immenfity,

The mind new fups, new planets, can explore,
And yet beyond can ftill imagine more.

Thus in bold numbers did th' adventurous Muse
To fing the lifelefs parts of Nature chufe;
And then advanc'd to wonders yet behind,
Survey'd and fung the vegetable kind;

Did lofty woods, and humble brakes review,
Along the valley fwept, and o'er the mountain flew.
Then left the Muse the field and waving grove,
And unfatigued with grateful labour strove
To climb th' amazing heights of sense, and fing
The power perceptive, and the inward spring
Which agitates and guides each living thing.

She next effay'd the embryo's rife to trace
From an unfashion'd, rude, unchannel'd mass :
Sung how the spirits waken'd in the brain
Exert their force, and genial toil maintain ;
Erect the beating heart, the channels frame,
Unfold entangled limbs, and kindle vital flame
How the fmall pipes are in meanders laid,
And bounding life is to and fro convey'd ;



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How fpirits,, which for fense and motion ferve,


Unguided find the perforated nerve,

Through every dark recefs pursue their flight,
Unconscious of the road, and void of fight,

Yet, certain of the way, ftill guide their motions right. From thence a nobler flight she did effay,

The mind's extended empire to furvey.

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