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Andofttheyplunge themselves themircamong: The tide revertive, unattracted leaves But ay the ruthless driver goads them on, A yellow waste of idle sands behind. And ay of barking dogs the bitter throng Then breaking hence, he took his arilene Makes them renew their un melodious moan; Thro' the blue infinite; and every star, [Right Neever tind they rest from their unresting sone. Which the clear concave of a winter's nighi
Pours on the eye, or astrouomic tube, $53. To the Memory'qf Sir Isaac Newton. Far-stretching stratches from thic dark abyss,
'Thomson. Or such as further in successive skies Inscriled to the Right Honorable To fancy shrine alone, at bis approach Sir Robert Walpole.
Blaz'l into suns, the living centre each Silall the great sçul of Nervion quit this earth, Of an harmonious system : all conbin'd. To mingle with his stars; and every Muse, And ruled unerring by that single pow'r Astonishid into silence, shun the weight Which draw's the stone projected to the ground Of honors due to his illustrious name?
O unprofuse magnificence divine ! But what can man? - Even nowthesonsoflight, wisdoin truly perfect ! thus to call. In strains high warbled to seraphic lyre, Fron a few causes
such a scheme of things, Hail his arrival on the coast of bliss.
Effects so various, beautiful, and great, Yet am I not deterr'd though high tle thene, An universe compleic! and, () belov’d And sung to harps of angels; for with you, Of Ileaven, whose well-purg'd penetrative eye, Ethereal flames!' ambitious I aspire
The mystic veil transpiercing, inly scann'd In Nature s general symphony to join. (guest? | The rising, moving, wide-establish'd frame.
And what new wonders can you show your He first of men, with awfal wing pursued Who, while on thisdini spot, where mortals toil The Coinet thro' the long elliptic curve, Clouded in dust, from Motion's simple laws As round iunum'rous worlds he wound his way ; Could trace the secret hand of Providence Till, to the forehead of our evening sky lirle-working thro' this universal frame. Return'd, the blazing wonder glares anew,
Ilave ye not listen’d, while he bound the suns And oʻer the trembliug nations shakes dismay, And pkinets to their spheres? th' unequal task The heaveus are all his own; from the wild Oi human kind till then. Oft liad they rollid Of whirling vortices and circling spheres, [rule O'er erring man the year, and oft disgrac'd To their first great simplicity restord. The pride of schools, before their course was The schools astonish'd stood ; but fouwd it vain Full in its causes and effects, to him, [known To combat still with demonstration strong, All-piercingsage! who sat not clownand Dream'd And, unawaken'd, dream beneath the blaze Romantic scheines, defended by the din Of truth. Al once tlieir pleasing visions Aed, Of specious words, and tyranny of nanes; With the gay shadows of the morning mix'd, Bu bidding his amazing mind attend, When Newton rose, our philosophic sun. And, with heroic patience, years and years The acrial flow of sound was known to him, Deep searching saw at last the system dawn, From whence it first in wary circles breaks, And shine of all his race on him alone.[strong! Till the touch'd organ takes the message in. M'hat were his raptures then: how puro! how Yor could the darting beam, of speed immense And what the triumphsofold Greece and Rome, Escape hiis swift pursuit, and measuring eye. By his diminish’d, but the pride of boys Even light itself, which ev'ry thing displays, In some small fray victorious ! when instead Shone undiscover'd, till his brighter inind Ofshaiter'd parcels of this earth usurp'u Untuisied all the shining robe of day; By violence unmanly, and sore deeds
And from the whitening undistinguish'd blaze Of cruelty and blood, Nature herself Collecting ev'ry ray into his kind, Stood all-subdued by him, and open laid To the charm'ð eye educ'd the gorgeous
train Her ev'ry latent glory to his view.
Of parent-colors. First the-faning red All intellectual ere, our solar round Sprung vivid forth; the tawny orange next; First gazing thro, he, by the blended poiv'r And next delicious yellow, by whose side Of gravitation and projection, saw
Fell the kind beams of all-refreshing green: The whole in sileni harmony revolve. Then the pure blue, that swells autumnal skies, From unassisted vision hid, the moons,
Ethereal play'd ; and ihen, of sadder hue, To cheer remoter planets numerous form'ı!, Emerg'd the deepen'd indigo, as when By him in all their iningled tracts were seen. The heavy-skirted evening droops with frost; He also fix'd our wand'ring queen of night; While the last gleanings of refracted light Whether she wanes into a scanty orb,
Died in the fainted violet away. Dr, waxing broad, with her pale shadowy light, These, when the clouds distil ihe rosy show'r, In a soft deluge overflows the sky.
Shine out distinct adown the wat'ry bow; Her ev'ry inoxon clear discerning. He l'h'le o'er our hearls the dewy vision bends Adjusted to the mutual main, and taught Delightful, melting on the fields beneath, Why now the mighty mass of water swells Myriads of mingling dyes from these result Resistless, heaving on the broken rocks, And myriadlo still remain- Infinite source And the full river turning; till again Of beauty, ever-flushing, ever new !
Did ever, poet image aught so fair, [brook! That now he wanders thro' those endless world Dreaming in whispering groves by the hoarse He here so well descried, and wond'ring talks Or prophet, to whose rapture heaven descends! And hymns their Author with his glad compeers Even now the setting sun and shifting clouds, O Britain's boast! whether with angels thou Seen, Greenwich, from thy lovely heights, declare Sittest in dread discourse, or fellow-blest, How just, how beauteous the refractive law. Who joy to see the honor of their kind;
The noiseless tide of time, all bearing down Or whether, inounted on cherubic wing, To vast eternity's unbounded sea,
Thy swist career is with the whirling orbs, Where the green island of the happy shine, Coinparing things with things, iv rapture lost, He stemmn'd alone: and to the source (involvd And grateful adoration, for that lighi Deep in primæval gloom) ascending, rais'd So plenteous ray'd into thy mmd below, His lights at equal distances, to guide From Light himself; o look with pity down Historian, wilder'd on his darksome way. On human kind a frail erroneoas race!
But who can number up his labors ? who Exalt the spirit of a downward world! His high discov`rics sing 'when but a few O'er thy dejected country chief preside, Of the decp studying race can stretch their minds and be her Genius call'a! her studies raise, To what he knew : in fancy's lighter thought Correct her mauners, and inspire her youth :: How shall the Muse then graspthe mighty theme? For tho'deprar'dand sunk, she broughttheeforth,
What wonder thence that his devotion swell’d And glories in thy name; she points thee out Responsive to his knowledge! for could he, To all her sons, and bids them eye thy star: Whose piercing, mental eye diffusive saw
While in expectance of the second life, The finish'd university of things,
When time shall be no inore, the sacred dust In all its order, magnitnde and parts, Sleeps with her kings, and dignifies the scene. Forbcar incessant to adore that Pow'r Who fills, sustains, and actuates the whole ? who best can tell, ye happy few,
§ 54. Hymn on Solitude. Thomsox. Who saw him in the softest lights of life, Hail, mildly-pleasing Solitude, All unwithheld, indulging to his friends Companion of the wise and good : The vast unborrow'd treasures of his mind, But from whose holy piercing eye Oh speak the wond'rous man! how mild, how (The herd of fools and villains fly. How greatly humble, howdivinely good; [calm, Oh! how I love with thee 10 walk, How firm establish'd on eternal truth; And listen to thy whisper'd talk, Fervent in doing well, with ev'ry nerve Which innocence and truth inparts, Still pressing on, forgetful of the past, And inelts the most obdurate hearts! And panting for perfection : far above
A thousand shapes you wear with case, Those little cares and visionary joys
And still in ev'ry shape you please.
A lone philosopher you seem;
As, with her Musidora, she
[stones, Thine is the balmy breath of morn,
And cheer thy glooms with light divine :
About About thee sports sweet Liberty ;
Calm as the bless d above the anchorites dwell And rapı Urania sings to thee.
Within their peaceful gloomy cell ; Oh, let me pierce thy secret cell
Their minds with heavenly joys are fill'd ; And in thy deep recessés dwell.
The pleasures Light denies, thy shades for ever Perhaps froin Norwood's oak-clad hill,
yield. When meditation has her fill,
In caves of night, the oracles of old I just may cast my careless eyes
Did all their mysteries unfold : Where London's spiry turreis rise;
Darkness did fórst Religion grace, Think of its crimes, its cares, its pain, Gaveterrors to the God, and reverence to the place. Then shield me in the woods
When the Almighty did on Horeb stand,
Thiy shades inclos'd the hallow'l land, S. 55. Ilymn to Darkness. YALDEX:
In clouds of night he was array'd, Darkness, thou first grcat parent of usit, And venerable darkness his pavillion made. Thou art our great original;
When he appear'darni'd in his pow'r and might, Since from thyuniversal wounb(sprin cöme. He veil'd the beatific light; Does all thou shad'st below, thy numerous off- When, terrible with majesty, (thee. Thy woud'rous birth is even to Time unknown, In tempests he gave laws, and clad himself in Or, like eternity, thoud'st none ;
Ere the foundation of the earth was laid, Whilst l.ighi did its first being owe
Or brighter firmament was made ; Unto that awful shade it dares to rival now. Ere matter, time, or place was known, Say, in what distant region dost thou dwell,
Thou, Monarch Darkness, sway dst these spa
cious realms alone. To Reason inaccessible? From form and duller matier free,
But now the moon, (tho' gay with borrow'd Thousoar stabove the reach of man's philosophy.
Invades the scanty lot of Night: [light)
By rebel subjects thou'rt betray'd, Involv'd in thee, we first receive our breath,
The anarchy ofstärs depose their nonarch,Shade. Thou art a refuge too in death : Great monarch of the grave and womb!
Yet fading Light its empire inust resign, Where'eroursoulsshallgo, tothecourbodiescome.
And Nature's pow'r submit to thine :
An universal ruia shall erect thy throue, The silent globe is struck with awful fear, And Fate confirm thy kingdomevermorethyown.
When thy majestic shades appcar :
$ 56. Education. West. And Earth a sabbath keeps, sacred to rest and Written in imitation of the Style and Manner In thy serener shades our ghosts delight,
of Spencer's Fairy Queen. And court the umbrage of the night; Inscribed to Lady Langham, widow of Sir Jo. In vaults and gloomy caves they stray,
Langham, Bart. But fly the morning bennis,and sicken at theday. “ Unum studium vere liberale est, quod liberum Though solid bodies dare exclude the light,
“ facit. Hoc sapientiæ studium est, sublime, Nor will the brightest ray admit;
“ forte, magnanimum: cætera pusilla et puerilia, No substance can thy force repel,
sunt. -- Plus scire velle quam sit satis, intem, Thou reign’st in depths below, dosi in the centre
perantiæ genus est. Quid, quod ista libera.
“ lium artium consectatio molestos, verbosos, dwell.
“ intempestivos, sibi placentes facit, et ideo non The sparkling gems, and ore in mines below, “ dicentes necessaria, quia supervacua didiceTo thee their beautcous lustre owe;
Sun. Ep. 88. Tho' form'd within the tomb of night, () GOODLY Discipline! from Heaven ysprung Bright as their fire they shine, with native rays Parent of Science, queen of Arts refind! of light.
To whom the Graces and the Nine belong, When thou dost raise thy venerable head,
Oh! bid those Graces, in fair chorus joind And art in genuine night array'd,
With each bright virtue that adorns the mind, Thy negro beauties then delight;
Oh! bid the Muses, thine harinonious train, Beauties, like polish'd jet, with their own dark- Who by thy aid erst humaniz'/ mankind, ness bright.
Inspire, direct, and moralize the strain [gain.
That doth essay to teach thy treasure how to Thou dost thy smiles impartially bestow,
And thou, whose pious and maternal care, And know'st ne diff'reuce here below:
The substitute of heavenly Providence, All things appear the same by thee, Tho'Light distinction makes, thou giv’st equality. And train me up to manly strength and sense,
With tend'rest love my orphan life did rear, Then, Darkness, art the lover's kind retreat, With mildest awe and virtuous influence
And dost the nuptial joys complete; Directing my unpractis'd wayward feet
Thon dost inspire them with thy shade, To the mooth walks of Truth and Innocence, Giv'st vigor to the youth, and warm'st the Where Hlappiness hearifelt, Contentment sweet, yielding maid. Plıilosophy divine, aye hold their blest retreat ;
Thou, most belov'd, most honor’d, most rever'd!, Still as the swelling passions 'gan disclose
Had learnt to mend ihe heart and till the hu. And proudly boast that from thy precious store,
man soil. Which erst enricb'd my heart, I drew this sacred For-by celestial Wisdoin wliilom led lore.
Thro' all the apartments of th' immortal mind, And thus, I ween, thus shall I best repay He view'd the secret stores, and mark dihe sted** The valu'd gifts thy careful love bestow'd, To judgement, wit, and inemory, assi<n'd; If imitating thee well as I may
And now sensation and reflection join'd I labor to diffuse th' important good,
To fill the images her darksome grotte, Till this great truth by all be understood Where variously disjointed or combin'd, “That all the pious duties which we owe As reason, fancy, or opinion, wrought, thought “ Our parents, friends, our country, and our Theirvariousmasksthey play'd, and led berpensive • The seeds of ev'ry virtue here below, [God; Als tibro' the fields of Science lrad he straç'd "From discipline alone and early culture grow." With eager search, and sent his piercing eye CANTO I.
Thro'cach learn'd school, eachphilosophie shade,
If haply the fair vagrants he inote 11 spy,
But all unable there to satisfy
The sacred writ of Faith, to learn, believe, adore.
peace, [Crown'd And mild Religion's charitable law, That port to which the wise are ever bound, That franı'd by Mercy and Benignity He anchor'd was, and chang'd the tossing seis The perseculing swori forbids to draw, Of bustling busy life for calın sequester'd case. And free-created souls with penal terrois awe. There in domestic virtue rich and great, Ne with the glorious gifts elate and vain As erst in public, 'ınid his wide domain Lock'd he his wisdom up in churlish pride, Long in primeval patriarchal state,
But stooping from his height would cren deiga The lord, the judge, the father of the plain The fecble sieps of infancy to guide : He dwelt; and with him in the golden chain Eternal glory him therefore betide ; Of wedded faith ylink'd a matrou saye Let ev'ry gen'rous pouth his praise proclaim, Aye dwelt, sweet partner of his joy and pain! W'howand'ring thro'the world's rude forest wide, Swect charmer of his youth, friend of his age, By him hath been yraught his course to frame Skill'd to improve his bliss, his sorrows to assuage! To Virtue'ssweetaboviesand heavenaspiring Fame! From this fair union, not of sordid gain, For this the Fairy knight with anxious thought But merit similar and mutual love,
And fond paternal care his counsel pray'd, True source of lineal virtue, sprung a train And him of gewilesi courtesy besonght Of youths and virgins, like the beaniequs grove His guidance to vouchafe and friendly aid, Which round the temple of Olyiupic Jove The while his tender offspring he convey'd Begirt with youthful bloom the parent trees, Thro' devious paths to that sccure retreat The sacred olive, whence old Elis wove Where sage Pædia with each tuncful maid Her verdant crowns of peaceful victory, On a wide mount had fix'd her rural sent, Theguerdons || ofbold strength and swifi activity. Midflow'rygardens plac'd, untrod by vulgar feet. So round their noble parents goodly rose And now forth-pacing with his blooming heir, These gen'rons sciops; they with watchful care, / And that same virtuous palıner them to guide, * Nurture, education. + Paedia is a Greek word, signifying education. Areeds, counsels,
& Parent tree the sacred clire.] This tree grew in the Altis, or sacred grove of Olympic Jupiter, at Olympia, having, as the Eleans pretended, been originally planted there by Hercules. It was esteemed sacred ; and from that were taken the Olympic crowns, 1 Guerdons, rewards.
Palmer, pilgrim. The person here signifiedis Mr. Locke, characterized by his works. ** Sted, place, station. #f Als,also, further. | Mote, might,
With tenfold usury
Arm'd all to point, and on a courser fair Was erst upthrown, if so it mote attain,
Like that poetic mountain, to be hight 1 His little train before he slow did ride, The rrobıle seat of Learning's goodly train ; Him eke behind a gentle 'squire ensues,
Thereto, the more to captivate the sight With his young lord aye marching sirle by side, It like a garden fair most curiously was dighr** Ilis counselior and guard in goodly thews*; In figur'd plots with leafy walls enclos'dl. Who well had been brought up and nurs'd by By measure and by rule it was outlay'd, ev'ry Muse.
With symmetry so regular dispos'd Thus as their pleasing journey they pursu'd,
That plot to plot still answer'd shade to shade With cheerful'argument beguiling pain,
Each correspondent twain alike array'd Ere long descending from an hill they view'd
With like embellishments of plants and flow'rs, Beneath their eyes outstretch'd a spacious plain, of statues, vases, spouting founts
, that play'd That fruitful stiow'd and apt for ev'ry grain,
Thro’ shells of Tritons their ascending show'ts, For pastures, rines, and flow'rs, while Nature fair And labyrinths involv’d and trelice-worca Sweet smiling all around with count'nance faint
bow'rs. Seemd to deinand the tiller's art and care
There likewise mote be seen on ev'ry side Her wildness to correct, her lavish waste repair. The yew obedient to the planter's will, Right gon! I ween and bounteous was the soil, Unyently shorne, and with prepost rous skill
And shapely box of all their branching pride Ave wont in happy season to repay
To various beasts and birds of sundry quill thc peasant's
's toil, But now it was ruin all and wild decay;
Transformn'd, and human shapesofmonstroussize, Untill'd the garden and the fallow lay, Čgrown, Huge as that giant race who hill on hill [prize tt The sheep-shorne down with barren brakes toer-ligh-heaping, sought with impions vain emThe while the merry peasants sport and play Despitcofihund'ring Jove to scalethe steepyskiss. All as the public evil were wukrown,
Als other wonders of the sportive shears Or ev'ry public care from ev'ry breast was flown. Fair Nature misadorning there were found Astonish'd at a scene at once so fair
Globes, spiral columns, pyramids, and piers, And so deform’d, with wonder and delight
With sprouting, arns and budding statues
Azu horizontal dials on the ground (crown'd, At man's neglect and Nature's bounty rare,
In living box by cunning ariists trac'd, In studious thought awhile the Fairy knight And gallies trini on no long voyage bound, Bent on that goodly land & his eager fighi, But by their roots there ever anchor'd fast, [blast. Then forvard rush'd impatient to descry What towns and castles therein were espighiil; O'er all appeard the mountain's forked brows
All I were their bellying sails outspread to ev'ry For towns bim seem'd and castles he did spy[eye. With terrasses on terrasses upthrown, Is to th’horizou round he stretch'd his roaming And all along arrang'd in order'd rows Nor long way had they travellid ere they came And vistos broad the velvet slopes adown To a wide stream that with tumultuous roar The ever verdant trees of Daphne shone ; Anongst rude rocksits winding course did frame, Blit aliens to the clime, and brought of old Black'd was the wave and sordid, cover'd o'er From Latian plains and Grecian Helicon, With angry foam, and stain'd with infants' gore: They shrunk and languish'd in a foreign mould, Thereto, along thunlovely margin stood By changeful summers starv'd, and pinchid by A birchen grove that waving from the shore
winter's cold. Aye cast upon the ride its falling hud, Amid this verdant grove with solemn state, And with its bitterjuice empoison dall the flood. On goklen thrones of antic form reelin'd, Right in the centre of the vale empight In mimic majesty Nine Virgins sat, Not distant far a forked mountain rose, În features various as unlike in mind : In outward form presenting to the sight Als boasted they themselves of heavenly kind, That fain'd Parnassian hill on whose fair brows And to the sweet Parnassian Nymphs allied; The Nine Aonian Sisters wont repose, Theoce round their brows the Delphic bay they List'ning to sweet Castalia's sounding stream, twin'd, Whichthro' theplains of Cirrhamurm'ring flows; And matching with high names their apish pride, But this to that conspar'd mote justly seem O'er ev'ry learned school
claim'd they.to Nefitting haunt forgods, ueworthy man's esteem.
preside. For this, nor founded deep nor spredden wide, In antic garbs (for modern they disdain'd) Nor high uprais'd above the level plain, By Greek and Roman artists whilom $$ made, By toiling art ihro' tedious years applied, Of various woofs and variously, distain'd From various parts compild with studious pain,' With tints of ev'ry hue were they array'd ; Thews, manners. + Fain, earnest, eager.
Ś Lond land. || Empight, placed. I Hight, called, named.
Dight, drest. # Emprize, enterprise, attempt. # All, used frequently by the old English poets for although. $5 Whilom, formerly,