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Await alike the inevitable hour

The paths of glory lead but to the grave. Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault,

If memory o'er their tomb no trophies raise, Where, through the long-drawn aisle and fretted vault,

The pealing anthem swells the note of praise.

Can storied urn or animated bust

Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath ? Can honor's voice provoke the silent dust,

Or flattery soothe the dull cold ear of death?

Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid

Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire,
Hands that the rod of empire might have sway'd

Or wak’d to ecstasy the living lyre.
But knowledge to their eyes her ample page,

Rich with the spoils of time, did ne'er unroll ;
Chill penury repress'd their noble rage,

And froze the genial current of the soul.

Full

many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear; Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,

And waste its sweetness in the desert air.

Some village Hampden, that, with dauntless breast,

The little tyrant of his fields withstood, Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest,

Some Cromwell, guiltless of his country's blood.

Th' applause of listening senates to command,

The threats of pain and ruin to despise,

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To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land,

And read their history in a nation's eyes, Their lot forbade; nor circumscrib'd alone

Their growing virtues, but their crimes confin'd; Forbade to wade through slaughter to a throne,

And shut the gates of mercy on mankind; The struggling pangs of conscious truth to hide,

To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame, Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride

With incense kindled at the muse's flame.

Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife

Their sober wishes never learnt to stray ; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life

They kept the noiseless tenor of their way. Yet e'en these bones from insult to protect,

Some frail memorial still erected nigh, With uncouth rhymes and shapeless sculpture deck'd,

Implores the passing tribute of a sigh. Their

name, their years, spelt by th’ unletter'd muse, The place of fame and elegy supply; And many a holy text around she strews,

That teach the rustic moralist to die. For who to dumb forgetfulness a prey,

This pleasing anxious being e'er resign'd, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day,

Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind ? On some fond breast the parting soul relies,

Some pious hand the closing eye requires ; Ey'n from the tomb the voice of nature cries,

Ev’n in our ashes live their wonted fires.

For thee, who, mindful of th’ unhonor'd dead,

Dost in these lines their artless tale relate, If chance, by lonely contemplation led,

Some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate,

IIaply some hoary-headed swain may say,

“ Oft have we seen him, at the peep of dawn, Brushing with hasty steps the dews away,

To meet the sun upon the upland lawn.

“ There, at the foot of yonder nodding beech,

That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high, His listless length at noontide would he stretch,

And pore upon the brook that bubbles by. “ Hard by yon wood, now smiling as in scorn,

Muttering his wayward fancies, he would rove, Now drooping woful wan, like one forlorn,

Or craz'd with care, or cross'd in hopeless love.

“ One morn I miss'd him on the custom'd hill,

Along the heath, and near his favorite tree:
Another came; nor yet beside the rill,
Nor

up the lawn, nor at the wood was he; 6 The next with dirges due, in sad array,

Slow through the churchyard path we saw him borneApproach and read (for thou canst read) the lay

”Graved on the stone beneath yon aged thorn.”

The Epitaph.
Here rests his head upon the lap of earth,

A youth to fortune and to fame unknown;
Fair science frown'd not on his humble birth,

And melancholy mark'd him for her own.

Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere,

Heaven did a recompense as largely send; He gave to misery all he had—a tear;

He gain'd from Heaven ('twas all he wish'd) a friend.

No farther seek his merits to disclose,

Or draw his frailties from their dread abode (There they alike in trembling hope repose),

The bosom of his Father and his God.

THE END.

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