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· The Sweets of Contentment.
THE SWEETS OF CONTENTMENT.
No glory I covet, no riches I want,
Ambition is nothing to me; The one thing I beg of kind Heaven to grant, • Is a mind independent and free:
With passion unruffled, untainted with pride,
By reason my life let me square : The wants of my nature are cheaply supplied ;
And the rest is but folly and care.
The blessings which Providence freely has lent
I'll justly and gratefully prize, While sweet meditation and cheerful content
Shall make me both healthful and wife.
In the pleasures the great man's poffeßions
Unenvied I'll challenge my part; . For ev'ry fair object my eyes can survey .' Contributes to gladden my heart..
154 The Leopard and the Looking-Glafs. How vainly, through infinite trouble and strife,
The many their labours employ! Since all that is truly delightful in life
Is what all, if they please, may enjoy!
THE LEOPARD AND THE LOOKING-GLASS.
FIERCE from his lair, forth springs the fpeckled
pard, Thirsting for blood, and eager to destroy. The huntsman fies, but to his Hight alone Confides not: at convenient distance fix’d, A polish'd mirror stops, in full career, The furious brute : he there his image views; Spots against spots with rage improving glowi. Another pard his briftly whiskers curls, Grins as he grins, fierce menacing, and wide Distends his op'ning jaws ; himself against Himself oppos'd, and with dread vengeance arm’d. The huntsman, now secure, with fatal aim Directs the pointed spear, by which transfix'd He dies, and with him dies the rival fhade.
A WRINKLED, crabbed man, they picture thee,
WINTER! thou hoary venerable fire,
Now I see the reason plain,
Thou art father of the year.
.... WARM and buoyant, in his oily mail
Wish'd morning's come; and now upon the plains
VIGOUR OF MIND.