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With each bright Virtue that adorns the mind!
O bid the Muses, thine harmonious train,
Who by thy aid erst humaniz'd mankind,
Inspire, direct, and moralize the strain,
That doth essay to teach thy treasures how to gain !
And Thou, whose pious and maternal care,
The fubftitute of heavenly Providence,
With tenderest love my orphan life did rear,
And train me up to manly strength and sense;
With mildest awe, and virtuous influence,
Directing my unprallis'd wayward feet
To the smooth walks of Truth and Innocence ;
Where Happiness heart-felt, Contentment sweet,
Philosophy divine aye hold their blest retreat.
Thou, most belov'd, most honour'd, most rever'd!
Accept this verse, to thy large merit due !
And blame me not, if by each tye endear'd,
Of nature, gratitude, and friendship true,
The whiles this moral thesis I pursue,
And trace the plan of goodly a Nurture o'er,
I bring thy modes virtues into view;
And proudly boast that from thy precious store, Which erst enrich'd my heart, I drew this sacred lore.
And thus, I ween, thus shall I best repay
The valued gifts, thy careful love bestow'd ;
If imitating Thee, well as I may,
I labour to diffuse th' important good
?Till this great truth by all be understood;
That all the pious duties which we owe,
« Our parents, friends, our country and our God;
“ The seeds of every virtue here below, “ From Discipline alone, and early Culture grow.
ARGUMENT. The Knight, as to b PÆDA's house
Is flaid by Custom; with him fights,
And his vain pride dismays.
Gentle Knight there was, whose noble deeds
O'er Fairy Land by Fame were blazon'd round: For warlike enterprize, and sage careeds Emong the chief alike was he renown'd;
b Pædîa is a Greek word, signifying Education. Areeds, counsels.
Whence with the marks of highest honours crown'd
By GLORIANA, in domestick peace,
That port, to which the wife are ever bound,
He anchord was, and chang'd the toffing seas
Of bustling busy life, for calm sequester'd ease.
There in domestick virtue rich and great
As erst in publick, 'mid his wide domain,
Long in primæval patriarchal state,
The lord, the judge, the father of the plain,
He dwelt; and with him, in the golden chain
Of wedded faith y.link'd, a matron sage
Aye dwelt; sweet partner of his joy and pain,
Sweet charmer of his youth, friend of his age,
Skill'd to improve his bliss, his forrows to assuage.
From this fair union, not of sordid gain,
But merit fimilar and mutual love,
True source of lineal virtue, sprung a train
Of youths and virgins ; like the beauteous grove,
Which round the temple of Olympick Jove,
Begirt with youthful bloom the parent tree,
The sacred olive ; whence old Elis wove
d Parent true, the sacred olive.] This tree grew in the Altis, or facred grove of Olympick Jupiter at Olympia, having, as the Eleans pretended, been originally planted. there by Hercules. It was esteemed sacred, and from that were taken the Olympick crowns. See Pausanias. Eliac. and the Differtation on the Olympick Games.
Her verdant crowns of peaceful victory,
The e guerdons of bold strength, and swift activity.
So round their noble parents goodly rose
These generous scyons; they with watchful care
Still, as the swelling pallions 'gan disclose
The buds of future virtues, did prepare
With prudent culture the young shoots to rear:
And aye in this endearing pious toil
They by a f Palmer sage instructed were,
Who from deep thought and studious search erewhile Had learnt to mend the heart, and till the human soil.
For by cæleftial Wisdom whilom led
Through all th' apartments of th’immortal mind,
He view'd the secret stores, and mark'd the & fted
To judgment, wit, and memory aflignd;
And how sensation and reflection join'd
To fill with images her darksome grotte,
Where variously disjointed or combin'd,
As reason, fancy, or opinion wrought,
Their various maksthey play'd,and fed her pensive thought.
° Guerdons, rewards. Palmer, pilgrim
The person here fignified is Mr. Locke, characteriz'd by his works. & Sted, place, ftation.
h Alse through the fields of Science had he stray'd
With eager search, and sent his piercing eye
Through each learn'd school, each philofophick shade,
Where Truth and Virtue erst were deem'd to lie;
If haply the fair vagrants he i mote fpy,
Or hear the musick of their charming lore:
But all unable there to satisfy
His curious soul, he turn'd him to explore
The sacred writ of Faith; to learn, believe, adore.
Thence foe profess'd of Falshood and Deceit,
Those fly artificers of tyranny,
k Aye holding up before uncertain feet
His faithful light, to Knowledge, Liberty,
Mankind he led, to Civil Policy,
And mild Religion's charitable law;
That fram'd by Mercy and Benignity
The persecuting sword forbids to draw,
And free-created souls with penal terrours awe.
.: Ne with these glorious gifts elate and vain
Lock'd he his wisdom up in churlish pride;
But, stooping from his height, would even deign
The feeble steps of Infancy to guide.
5 Alfe, also, further.