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And censur'd oft as useless. Stillest streams
Oft water fairest meadows, and the bird
That flutters least is longest on the wing.
Ask him, indeed, what trophies he has rais’d,
Or what achievements of immortal fame
He purposes, and he shall answer-None.
His warfare is within. There, unfatigu’d,
His fervent spirit labours. There he fights
And there obtains fresh triumphs o'er himself,
And never-with’ring wreaths, compar'd with

The laurels that a Cæsar reaps are weeds.
Perhaps the self-approving, haughty world,
That as she sweeps him with her whistling silks
Scarce deigns to notice him, or if she see.
Deems him a cypher in the works of God,
Receives advantage from his noiseless hours,
Of which she little dreams. Perhaps she owes
Her sunshine and her rain, her blooming spring
And plenteous harvest, to the pray’r he makes,
When, Isaac like, the solitary saint
Walks forth to meditate at eventide,
And think on her who thinks not for herself.
Forgive him, then, thou bustler in concerns
Of little worth, an idler in the best,
If, author of no mischief and some good,
He seeks his proper happiness by means
That may advance, but cannot hinder, thine.
Nor, though he tread the secret path of life,
Engage no notice, and enjoy much ease,
Account him an encumbrance on the state,
Receiving benefits, and rend'ring none.

His sphere, though humble, if that humble

sphere Shines with his fair example; and though small His influence, if that influence all be spent In soothing sorrow, and in quenching strife, In aiding helpless indigence in works From which at least a grateful few derive Some taste of comfort in a world of wo; Then let the supercilious great confess He serves his country, recompenses well The state beneath the shadow of whose vine He sits secure, and the scale of life Holds no ignoble, though a slighted, place. The man, whose virtues are more felt than

seen, Must drop indeed the hope of public praise : But he may boast, what few that win it can, That if his country stand not by his skill, At least his follies have not wrought her fall. Polite Refinement offers him in vain Her golden tube, through which a sensual

World Draws gross impurity, and likes it well, The neat conveyance, hiding all the offence. Not that he peevishly rejects a mode, Because that World adopts it. If it bear The stamp and clear impression of good sense, And be not costly more than of true worth He puts it on, and for decorum sake Can wear it e'en as gracefully as she. She judges of refinement by the eye; He, by the test of conscience, and a heart


Not soon deceiv'd; aware, that what is base
No polish can make sterling; and that vice,
Though well perfum'd and elegantly dress'd,
Like an unburied carcass trick'd with flow'rs,
Is but a garnish'd nuisance, fitter far
For cleanly riddance than for fair attire,
So life glides smoothly and by stealth-away,
More golden than that age of fabled gold
Renown'd in ancient song; not vex'd with care
Or stain'd with guilt, beneficent, approv'd
Of God and man, and peaceful in its end.
So glide my life away! and so at last
My share of duties decently fulfillid,
May some disease, not tardy to perform
Its destin'd office, yet with gentle stroke,
Dismiss me weary to a safe retreat,
Beneath the turf that I have often trod.
It shall not grieve me then, that once, when

To dress a Sofa with the ilow'rs of verse,
I play'd awhile, obedient to the fair,
With that light Task; but soon, to please her

more, Whom flowers alone I knew would little please, Let fall th' unfinish'd wreath, and rov'd for fruit; Rov'd far, and gather'd much ; some harsh, 'tis

true, Pick'd from the thorns and briars of reproof, But wholesome, well digested; grateful some To palates that can taste immortal truth; Insipid else, and sure to be despised. But all is in His hand whose praise I seek.

In vain the poet sings, and the World hears,
If he regard not, though divine the theme.
'Tis not in artful measures, in the chime
And idle tinkling of a minstrel's lyre,
To charm His ear whose eye is on the heart,
Whose frown can disappoint the proudest strain,
Whose approbation-prosper even mine.




Showing how he went further than he intended,

and came safe home again.

John GILPIN was a citizen

Of credit and renown,
A trainband captain eke was he

Of famous London town.

John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear,

Though wedded we have been
These twice ten tedious years, yet we

No holy-day have seen.
To-morrow is our wedding-day,

And we will then repair
Unto the bell at Edmonton,
All in a chaise and pair.

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