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Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze,
Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees;
Lives through all life extends through all extent;
Spreads undivided, operates unspent
Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part,
As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart;
As full, as perfect, in vile man man that mourns,
As the rapt seraph that adores and burns :
To him no high, no low, no great, no small;
He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.


Cease then, nor Order imperfection name: Our proper bliss depends on what we blame, Know thy own point: This kind, this due degree . Of blindness, weakness Heav'n bestows on thee, Submit.-In this, or any other fphere, Secure to be as blest as thou canst bear: Safe in the hand of one disposing pow'r. Or in the natal, or the inortal hour, All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good : And, spite of pride, in erring reason's fpite, One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right.



Ρ Ι Τ Υ.

AIL, lovely Power! whose bosom heaves a ligh,

Whose tears spontaneous chrystalize the eye,

When rigid Fate denies the power to bless.

Not all the sweets Arabia's gales convey

From Aowery meads can with that ligh compare : Not dew drops glittering in the morning ray,

Seem near so beauteous as that falling tear.

Devoid of fear the fawns around thee play ;

Emblem of peace the dove before thee Alies;
No blood-stain'd traces mark thy blameless way,

Beneath thy feet no hapless insect dies,

Come, lovely nymph! and range the mead with me,

To spring the partridge from the gui!eful foe; From secret snares the struggling bird to free, And stop the hand uprais'd to give the blow.


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And when the air with heat meridian glows,

And Nature droops beneath the conquering gleam, Let us flow wandering where the current flows,

Save finking flies that float along the stream.

Or turn to nobler, greater tasks thy care,

To me thy sympathetic gifts impart ;
Teach me in Friendship’s griefs to bear a thare :

And juftly boast the generous, feeling heart..

Teach me to soothe the helpless orphan's grief,

Wish timely aid the widow's woes assuage, To Misery's moving cries to yield relief,

And be the sure refource of drooping age,

So when the genial spring of life shall fade,

And finking nature owns the dread decay, Some soul congenial then may lend it's aid,

And gild the close of life's eventful day.



APPY they! the happiest of their kind!

Their hearts, their furtunes, and their beings blend. "Tis not the coarser tie of human laws,

Unnatural oft and foreign to the mind,
That binds their peace, but harmony itself,
Attuning all their passions into love ;
Where Friendship 'full exerts her softest power,
Perfect esteem, enlivened by desire
Ineffable, and fympathy of soul ; ;
Thought meeting thought, and will preventing will.
With boundless confidence: for nought but love
Can answer love, and render bliss secure.

-What is the world to them
Its pomp, its pleasure, aud its nonsense all !
Who in each other clasp whatever fair”
High fancy forms, and lavish hearts' can wish;
Something than beauty' dearer, should they look
Or in the mind, or mind-illumin'd face;
Truth, goodness, honour harmony and love,
The richest bounty of indulgent Heav'n?
Mean time a smiling offspring rises round,
And mingles both their gracs. By degrées
The human blossom blows; and every day,
Soft as it rolls along, fhews some new charm,
The father's lustre, and the mother's bloom.
Then infant reason grows apace and calls
For the kind hand of an assiduous care
Delightful talk ! to rear the tender thought,
To teach the young idea how to shoot,
To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind.

To breathe th’ enlivening spirit, and to fix
The generous purpose in the glowing breaft.
Oh speak the joy! ye whom the sudden tear
Surprises often, while you look around,
And nothing ftrikes your eye but fights of bliss,
All various nature pressing on the heart :
An elgant sufficiency, content,
Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,
Ease and alternate labour, useful life,
Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven.
These are the matchless joys of virtuous love ;
And thus their moments fly, The seasons thus,
As ceaseless round a jarring world they roll,
Still find them happy ; and consenting Spring
Sheds her own rosy garland on their heads;
"Till evening comes at laft, serene and mild,
When, after the long vernal day of life,
Enamour'd more, as more remembrance {wells
With many a proof of recollected love,
Together down they fink in social sleep :-
Together freed, their gentle spirits fly
To scenes where love and bliss immortal reign,

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