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Impell’d with steps unceasing to pursue Thus to my breast alternate passions rise, Some fleeting good, that mocks me with Pleased with each good that Heaven to the view :

man supplies; That, like the circle bounding earth and Yet oft a sigh prevails, and sorrows fall, skies,

To see the hoard of human bliss so small; Allures from far, yet, as I follow, flies ; And oft I wish, amidst the scene, to find My fortune leads to traverse realms alone, Some spot to real happiness consign'd, And find no spot of all the world my Where my worn soul, each wandering own.

hope at rest ;

May gather bliss, to see my fellows Even now, where Alpine solitudes bless'do

ascend, I sit me down a pensive hour to spend : But where to find that happiest spet And, placed on high, above the storm's below, career,

Who can direct, where all pretend to Look downward where an hundred realms know? appear;

The shuddering tenant of the frigid zone Lakes, forests, cities, plains extending Boldly proclaims that happiest spot his wide,

own; The pomp of kings, the shepherd's Extols the treasures of his stormy seas, humbler pride.

And his long nights of revelry and ease;

The naked negro, panting at the line, When thus creation's charms around Boasts of his golden sands and palmy combine,

wine, Amidst the store, should thankless pride Basks in the glare, or stems the tepid repine ?

wave, Say, should the philosophic mind disdain And thanks his gods for all the good they That good which makes each humbler

gave. bosom vain?

Such is the patriot's boast where'er we Let school-taught pride dissemble all it roam, can,

His first, best country, ever is at home. These little things are great to little man; And yet, perhaps, if countries we com. And wiser he, whose sympathetic mind pare, Exults in all the good of all mankind. And estimate the blessings which they Ye glittering towns, with wealth and share, spendour crown'd;

Though patriots flatter, still shall wisdom Ye fields, where summer spreads profusion find round;

An equal portion dealt to all mankind : Ye lakes, whose vessels catch the busy As different good, by art or nature given, gale ;

To different nations makes their blessings Ye bending swains, that dress the flowery even.

vale; For me your tributary stores combine ; Creation's heir, the world, the world is mine!

CHARACTER OF THE ITALIANS

Far to the right, where Appenine ascends, As some lone miser, visiting his store, Bright as the summer, Italy extends : Bends at his treasure, counts, recounts it Its uplands sloping deck the mountain's o'er :

side, Hoards after hoards his rising raptures Woods over woods in gay theatric pride : fill,

While oft some temple's mouldering tops Yet still he sighs, for hoards are wanting between

With venerable grandeur mark the scene.

still ;

die;

soul;

Could Nature's bounty satisfy the breast, While nought remain'd of all that riches The sons of Italy were surely bless'd.

gave, Whatever fruits in different climes are But towns unmann'd, and lords without a found,

slave : That proudly rise, or humbly court the And late the nation found, with fruitless ground;

skill, Whatever blooms in torrid tracts appear, Its former strength was but plethoric ill. Whose bright succession decks the varied year ;

Yet, still the loss of wealth is here supWhatever sweets salute the northern plied sky

By arts, the splendid wrecks of former With vernal lives, that blossom but to pride ;

From these the feeble heart and longThese here disporting, own the kindred fall'n mind soil,

An easy compensation seem to find. Nor ask luxuriance from the planter's Here may be seen, in bloodless pomp toil ;

array'd, While sea-bora gales their gelid wings The pasteboard triumph and the caval. expand

cade : To winnow fragrance round the smiling By sports like these are all their cares land.

beguiled;

The sports of children satisfy the child : But small the bliss that sense alone Each nobler aim, repress'd by long conbestows,

trol, And sensual bliss is all the nation knows. Now sinks at last, or feebly mans the In florid beauty groves and fields appear, Man seems the only growth that dwindles Whilo low delights, succeeding fast be. here.

hind, Contrasted faults through all his manners In happier meanness occupy the mind : reign ;

As in those domes, where Cesars once Though poor, luxurious; though submissive, vain;

Defaced by time, and tottering in decay, Though grave, yet trifling ; zealous, yet There in the ruin, heedless of the dead, untrue;

The shelter-seeking peasant builds his And even in penance planning sins anew. All evils here contaminate the mind, And, wondering man could want the That opulence departed leaves behind ; larger pile, For wealth was theirs, not far removed Exults, and owns his cottage with a the date,

smile. When commerce proudly flourish'd

through the state ; At her command the palace learn'd to

CHARACTER OF THE SWISS. rise, Again the long-fall’n column sought the My soul turn from them ;-tum we to skies,

survey The canvas glow'd, beyond e'en Nature Where rougher climes a nobler race diswarm,

play, The pregnant quarry teem'd with human Where the bleak Swiss their stormy man. form:

sion tread, Till, more unsteady than the southern And force a churlish soil for scanty bread; gale,

No product here the barren hills afford Commerce on other shores display'd her But man and steel, the soldier and his

sword :

bore sway,

shed;

sall :

more.

shed;

No vernal blooms their torpid rocks array, Dear is that shed to which his soul con.
But winter lingering chills the lap of forms,
May ;

And dear that hill which lifts him to the No zephyr fondly sues the mountain's

storms; breast,

And as a child, when scaring sounds But meteors glare, and stormy glooms molest, invest.

Clings close and closer to the mother's

breast, Yet still, even here, content can sp.ead So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's a charm,

roar, Redress the clime, and all its rage disarm. But bind him to his native mountains Though poor the peasant's hut, his feasts

though small, He sees his little lot the lot of all ; Sees no contiguous palace rear its lead,

CHARACTER OF THE FRENCH. To shame the meanness of his humble

To kinder skies, where gentler manners No costly lord the sumptuous banquet reign, deal,

I turn; and France displays her bright To make him loth his vegetable meal ; domain. But calm, and bred in ignorance and toil, Gay sprightly land of mirth and social Each wish contracting, fits him to the ease, soil.

Pleased with thyself, whom all the world Cheerful at morn, he wakes from short can please, repose,

How often have i led thy sporting choir, Breathes the keen air, and carols as he With tuneless pipe, beside the murmuring goes ;

Loire, With patient angle trolls the finny deer, Where shading elms along the margin Or drives his venturous ploug ihare to the

grew, steep;

And freshen'à from thc wave the zephyr Or seeks the den where snow-tracks mark

flew;

And haply, though my harsh touch And drags the struggling savage into day. falt'ring still, At night returning, every labour sped, But mock'd all tune, and marr'd the He sits him down the monarch of a dancers' skill, shed;

Yet would the village praise my wondrous Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round

power, surveys

And dance forgetful of the noon-tide His children's looks, that brighten at the hour. blaze ;

Alike all ages. Dames of ancient days While his loved partner, boastful of her Have led their children through the mirth

hoard, Displays her cleanly platter on the board: And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic And, haply too, some pilgrim thither led, lore, With many a tale repays the nightly bed. Has frisk'd beneath the burden of three.

sccre. Thus every good his native wilds im. part,

So blest a life these thoughtless realms Imprints the patriot passion on his heart; display, And ev'n those hills, that round his man- Thus idly busy rolls their world away : sion rise,

Theirs are those arts that mind to mind Enhance the bliss his scanty fund sup- endear, plies :

For honour forms the social temper here

the way,

ful maze ;

Honour, that praise which real merit Have we not seen at pleasure's lordl gains,

call, Or even imaginary worth obtains, The smiling long-frequented' village fall! Here passes current ; paid from hand to Beheld the duteous son, the sire decay'd, hand,

The modest matron, and the blushing It shifts in splendid traffic round the land : maid, From courts to camps, to cottages it Forced from their homes, a melancholy strays,

train, And all are taught an avarice of praise ; To traverse climes beyond the western They please, are pleased, they give to get

main; esteem,

Where wild Oswego spreads her swamps Till, seeming blest, they grow to what around, they seem.

And Niagara stuns with thund'ring sound? But while this softer art therr bliss sup

Even now, perhaps, as there some pil. plies,

grim strays It gives their follies also room to rise : For praise too dearly loved, or warmly Through tangled forests, and through

dangerous ways ; sought,

Where beasts with man divided empire Enfeebles all internal strength of thought ;

claim, And the weak soul, within itself unblest,

And the brown Indian marks with mur. Leans for all pleasure on another's breast.

d'rous aim ; Hence ostentation here, with tawdry art, There, while above the giddy tempest Pants for the vulgar praise which fools

flies, impart;

And all around distressful yells arise, Here vanity assumes her pert grimace,

The pensive exile, bending with his woe, And trims her robe of frieze with copper To stop too fearful, and too faint to go, lace ;

Casts a long look where England's Here beggar pride defrauds her daily

glories shine, cheer,

And bids his bosom sympathise with To boast one splendid banquet once a

mine. year The mind still turns where shifting fashion draws,

Vain, very vain, my weary search to Nor weighs the solid worth of self. find applause.

That bliss which only centres in the

mind;

Why have I stray'd, from pleasure and CONCLUSION OF THE

repose, TRAVELLER.

To seek a good each government bestows!

In every government, though terrors reign, HAVE we not seen, round Britain's Though tyrant kings, or tyrant laws re. peopled shore,

strain, Her useful sons exchanged for useless ore! How smali of all that human hearts en. Seen all her triumphs but destruction dure, haste,

That part which laws or kings can cause Like Aaring tapers brightning as they or cure ! waste;

Still to ourselves in every place consign'd, Seen opulence, her grandeur to maintain, Our own felicity we make or find. Lead stern depopulation in her train, With secret course, which no loud storm: And over fields where scatter'd hamlets annoy, rose,

Glides the smooth current of domestic In barren solitary pomp repose ?

joy.

our own.

The lifted axe, the agonising wheel, “But from the mountain's grassy side Luke's iron crown, and Damien's bed of A guiltless feast I bring ; steel,

A scrip with herbs and fruits supplied, To men remote from power but rarely And water from the spring.

known, Leave reason, faith, and conscience, all “Then, pilgrim, turn, thy cares forego,

All earth-born cares are wrong ; Man wants but little here below,

Nor wants that little long.' THE WRETCH, CONDEMNED

WITH LIFE TO PART. Soft as the dew from heaven descends, The wretch, condemn’d with life to part, The modest stranger lowly bends,

His gentle accents fell ;
Still, still on hope relies;

And follows to the cell.
And every pang that ronds the heart,
Bids expectation rise.

Far in a wilderness obscure
Hope, like the glimm'ring taper's light,

The lonely mansion lay;
Adorns and cheers the way;

A refuge to the neighbouring poor,
And still, as darker grows the night,

And strangers led astray.
Emits a brighter ray.

No stores beneath its humble thatch

Required a master's care ;

The wicket, opening with a latch,
EDWIN AND ANGELINA.

Received the harmless pair.
"Turn, gentle hermit of the dale,
And guide my lonely way

And now, when busy crowds retire
To where yon taper cheers the vale

To take their evening rest,
With hospitable ray.

The hermit trimm'd his little fire,

And cheer'd his pensive guest : “For here forlorn and lost I tread,

With fainting steps and slow; And spread his vegetable store,
Where wilds, unmeasurably spread,

And gaily press'd, and smiled ;
Seem lengthening as I go."

And, skill'd in legendary lore,

The lingering hours beguiled. “Forbear, my son,” the hermit cries, “To tempt the dangerous gloom;

Around, in sympathetic mirth,

Its tricks the kitten tries;
For yonder faithless phantom flies
To lure thee to thy doom.

The cricket chirrups in the hearth,

The crackling faggot flies. “Here to the houseless child of want My door is open still;

But nothing could a charm impart

To soothe the stranger's woe ; And though my portion is but scant,

For grief was heavy at his heart, I give it with good will.

And tears began to flow. “Then turn to-night, and freely share His rising cares the hermit spied, Whate'er my cell bestows;

With answering care opprest: My rushy couch and frugal fare,

“And whence, unhappy youth,” he cried My blessing, and repose.

“ The sorrows of thy breast ? *No flocks that range the valley free “From better habitations spurn'd, To slaughter I condemn;

Reluctant dost thou rove? Taught by that Power that pities me, Or grieve for friendship unreturn'd, I learn to pity them.

Or unregarded love ?

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