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Swift-darting from his heav'nly height,
Here, smiling, stretch his tutelary wand?
And you, ye host of faints, for ye have known Each dreary path in life's perplexing maze,
Tho' now ye circle yon eternal throne With harpings high of inexpreflive praise,
Will not your train descend in radiant state, To break with mercy's beam this gath’ring cloud
of fate? 'Tis filence all: No son of light Darts swiftly from his height :
No train of radiant faints descend. “ Mortals, in vain ye hope to find, “ If guilt, if fraud has stain’d your mind,
". Or faint to hear, or angel to defend.” SO TRUTH proclaims. I hear the sacred sound Burst from the center of her burning throne: Where aye she fits with star-wreath'd lustre
crown’d, A bright sun clasps her adamantine zone. SO TRUTH proclaims: her awful voice I hear: With many a solemn pause it slowly meets my ear: “ Attend, ye fons of men ; attend, and say, ** Does not enough of my refulgent ray
“ Break thro' the veil of your mortality?
“ Say! does not reason in this form descry “ Unnumber'd, nameless glories, that surpass “ The angel's floating pomp, the seraph's glowing
grace ? “ Shall then your earth-born daughters vie “ With me? Shall the, whose brightest eye
« But emulates the di’mond's blaze, “ Whose cheeks but mock the peach's bloom, “ Whofe breath the hyacinth's perfume, “ Whose melting voice the warbling wood
“ lark's lays; “ Shall she be deem'd my rival? Shall a form • Of elemental dross, of mould’ring clay,
“ Vie with these charms empyreal ?" the poor “ Shall
prove her contest vain. Life's little day “ Shall pass, and she is gone: while I appear ~ Fluth'd with the bloom of youth, through heav'n's
66 eternal year. “ Know, mortals, know, ere first ye sprung, “ Ere first these orbs in ether hung,
" I shone amid the heav'nly throng; “ These
beheld creation's day, “ This voice, began the choral lay, “ And taught archangels, their triumphant song.
“ Pleas'. I survey'd bright nature’s gradual birth, “ Saw infant light with kindling lutire spread,
“ Soft vernal fragrance clothe the flow'ring earth, “ And ocean heave on its extended bed ;
“ Saw the tall pine aspiring pierce the sky, “ The tawny lion ftalk, the rapid eagle fly. “ Last, man arose, erect in youthful grace, “ Heav’n’s hallow'd image Itamp'd upon his face,
“ And, as he rose, the high behest was giv'n,” • That I alone, of all the host of heav'n, • Should reign protectress of the godlike youth: “ Thus the Almighty spake: he fpake, and call’d
THE MAIDEN'S PETITION. Too plain, dear youth, these tell-tale eyes,
My heart your own declare; But for heav'n's fake let it suffice You reign triumphant there.
power to try,
Nor further urge your fway;
For fear I should obey.
Would you a maid undo,
And that her love for you?
You from her fondness claim,
A life of spotless fame ? Resolve not then to do an ill,
Because perhaps you may;
To save me, than betray.
Defend, and not pursue,
To ftrive with love and you.
UNFADING BEAUTY. HE that loves a rofy cheek,
Or coral lip admires,
Fuel to maintain his fires;
Gentle thoughts and calm defires,
Kindle never-dying fires : Where these are not, I despise Lovely cheeks, or lips, or eyes.
WINTER. 'TIS done! dread winter spreads his latest
glooms, And reigns tremendous o'er the conquer'd year. How dead the vegetable kingdom lies ! How dumb the tuneful! Horror wide extends His defolate domain. Behold, fond man! See here thy pictur'd life; pass fome few years, Thy flow'ring SPRING, thy SUMMER'S ardent
strength, Thy fober AUTUMN fading into age, And pale concluding WINTER comes at laft, And shuts the scene. Ah! whither now are fled Those dreams of GREATNESS ? those unfolid hopes Of HAPPINESS ? those longings after Fame? Those restless cares? those busy bustling days? Those gay-fpent, festive nights ? those veering
thoughts, Loft between good and ill, that shar'd thy life? All now are vanish'd! VIRTUE sole survives, Immortal never-failing friend of man, His guide to HAPPINESS on high. And fee! 'Tis come, the glorious morn! the second birth Of heav'n and earth! awak’ning nature hears The new-creating word, and starts to life, In ev'ry heighten’d form, from pain and death For ever free. The great eternal scheme, Involving all, and in a perfeet WHOLE Uniting, as the prospect wider spreads, To realon's eye refin'd clears up apace. Ye vainly wise ! ye blind presumptuous! now, Confounded in the dust, adore that pow'r, And wisdom, oft arraign'd: see now the cause, Why unassuming worth in fecret liv’d, And dy'd, neglected : why the good man's share In life was gall and bitterness of soul : Why the lone widow and her orphans pin'd In starving folitude; while Luxury,
In palaces, lay ftraining her low thought,
HEALTH AND FREEDOM.
FAIR morn ascends : soft zephyr's wing
O’er hill and vale renews the spring :
Here are thy walks, O sacred HEALTH!