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Is truly man's; 'tis fortune's Time's a god. And her dread diary with horror fills.
She reconnoitres Fancy's airy band;
Our dawning purposes of heart explores, On his important embassy to man.
And steals our embryoes of iniquity. Lorenzo! no: On the long-destin'd hour,
As all-ra pacious usurers conceal From everlasting ages growing ripe,
Their doomsday-book from all-consuming heirs; That memorable hour of wondrous birth,
Thus, with indulgence most severe, she treats When the Dread Sire, on emanation bent,
Us spendthrifts of inestimable time; And big with Nature, rising in his might,
Unnoted, notes each moment misapplied ; Callid forth creation (for then Time was born,) In leaves more durable than leaves of brass By Godhead streaming through a thousand worlds; Writes our whole history: which Death shall read Not on those terms, from the great days of Heaven, in every pale delinquent's private ear; From old Eternity's mysterious orb,
And Judgment publish ; publish to more worlds Was Time cut off, and cast beneath the skies ; Than this; and endless age in groans resound. The skies, which watch him in his new abode, Lorenzo, such that sleeper in thy breast! Measuring his motions by revolving spheres ; Such is her slumber; and her vengeance such That horologe machinery divine.
For slighted counsel ; such thy future peace! Ilours, days, and months, and years, his children play, And think'st thou still thou canst be wise too sma! Like numerous wings around him, as he flies : But why on time so lavish is my song! Or, rather, as unequal plumes, they shape
On this great theme kind Nature keeps a school, His ample pinions, swifi as darted Hame,
To teach her sons herself. Each night we die, To gain his goal, to reach his ancient rest,
Each morn are born anew: each day, a life! And join anew Eternity, his sire ;
And shall we kill each day? If Trifling kills; In his immutability to nest,
Sure Vice must butcher. O what heaps of slain When worlds, that count his circles now, unhing'd Cry out for vengeance on us! Time destroy'd (Fate the loud signal sounding) headlong rush Is suicide, where more than blood is spilt. To timeless night and chaos, whence they rose. Time flies, Death urges, knells call, Heaven invites
Why spur the speedy? Why with levities Hell threatens : All exerts; in effort, all; New-wing thy short, short day's too rapid flight? More than creation labors !-labors more? Know'st thou, or what thou dost, or what is done? And is there in creation what, amidst Man flies from Time, and Time from man ; too soon This tumult universal, wing'd dispatch, In sad divorce this double flight must end; | And ardent energy, supinely yawns? And then, where are we? where, Lorenzo! then Man sleeps ; and man alone ; and man, whose fate, Thy sports ? thy pomps ?-I grant thee, in a state Fate irreversible, entire, extreme, Not unambitious; in the ruffled shroud,
Endless, hair-hung, breeze-shaken, o'er the gulf Thy Parian tomb's triumphant arch beneath. A moment trembles; drops! and man, for whom Has Death his fopperies? Then well may Life All else is in alarm! man, the sole cause Put on her plume, and in her rainbow shine. Of this surrounding storm! and yet he sleeps, Ye well-array'd! ye lilies of our land !
As the storm rock'd to rest.-Throw years away? Ye lilies male! who neither toil, nor spin,
Throw empires, and be blameless. Moments seize, (As sister lilies might) if not so wise
Heaven's on their wing: a moment we may wisi. As Solomon, more sumptuous to the sight! When worlds want wealth to buy. Bid Day stand Ye delicate! who nothing can support,
still, Yourselves most insupportable! for whom
Bid him drive back bis car, and re-import The winter rose musi blow, the Sun put on
The period past, re-give the given hour. A brighter beam in Leo; silky-soft
Lorenzo, more than miracles we want;
Lorenzo_0 for yesterdays to come!
And is his ardor vain, Lorenzo ? No;
That more than miracle the gods indulge; Not made for feeble man! who call aloud
To-day is yesterday return'd; return'd For every bawble drivel'd o'er by sense ;
Full-power'd to cancel, expiate, raise, adorn, For raules, and conceits of every cast,
And reinstate us on the rock of peace. For change of follies, and relays of joy,
Let it not share its predecessor's fate; To drag your patient through the tedious length Nor, like its elder sisters, die a fool. Of a short winter's day-say, sages! say,
Shall it evaporate in fume? fly off Wit's oracles! say, dreamers of gay dreams! Fuliginous, and stain us deeper still? How will you weather an eternal night,
Shall we be poorer for the plenty pour'd! Where such expedients fail ?
More wretched for the clemencies of Heaven? O treacherous Conscience! while she seems to sleep! Where shall I find him? Angels! tell me where. On rose and myrtle, lull'd with syren song;
You know him: he is near you: point him out : While she seems, nodding o'er her charge, to drop Shall I see glories beaming from his brow? On headlong appetite the slackend rein,
Or trace his footsteps by the rising flowers ? And give us up to license unrecallid,
| Your golden wings, now hovering o'er him, shed Unmark'd ;-see, from behind her secret stand, | Protection ; now, are waving in applause The sly informer minutes every fault,
To that blest son of furcsight! lord of fate!
That awful independent on to-morrow !
As man's despotic will, perhaps one hour, Whose work is done : who triumphs in the past : (O how omnipotent is time !) decrees; Whose yesterdays look backwards with a smile ; Should not each warning give a strong alarm? Nor, like the Parthian, wound him as they fly; Warning, far less than that of bosom torn That cominon, but opprobrious lot! past hours, From bosom, bleeding o'er the sacred dead! If not by guilt, yet wound us by their Night, Should not each dial strike us as we pass, If folly bounds our prospect by the grave,
Portentous, as the written wall, which struck, All feeling of futurity benumb’d;
O'er midnight bowls, the proud Assyrian pale, All godlike passion for eternals quencht;
Ere-while high-flusht with insolence and wine? All relish of realities expird ;
Like that, the dial speaks; and points to thee, Renounc'd all correspondence with the skies ; Lorenzo! loth to break thy banquet up. Our freedom chain'd ; quite wingless our desire ; “O man, thy kingdom is departing from thee; In sense dark-prison'd all that ought to soar; And, while it lasts, is emptier than my shade." Prone to the centre ; crawling in the dust;
Its silent language such : nor need'st thou call Dismounted every great and glorious aim;
Thy Magi, to decipher what it means. Embruted every faculty divine ;
Know, like the Median, fate is in thy walls : Heari-buried in the rubbish of the world.
Dost ask, How? Whence? Belshazzar-like, amaz'd? The world, that gulf of souls, immortal souls, Man's make incloses the sure seeds of death; Souls elevate, angelic, wing'd with fire
Life feeds the murderer: Ingrate! he thrives To reach the distant skies, and triumph there On her own meal, and then his nurse devours. On thrones, which shall not mourn their masters But here, Lorenzo, the delusion lies : chang'd:
That solar shadow, as it measures life, Though we from Earth ; ethereal, they that fell. It life resembles too : life speeds a way Such veneration due, O man, to man.
From point to point, though seeming to stand still. Who venerate themselves, the world despise. The cunning fugitive is swift by stealth: For what, gay friend ! is this escutcheon'd world, Too subtle is the movement to be seen; Which hangs out Death in one eternal night; Yet soon man's hour is up, and we are gone. A night, that glooms us in the noontide ray, Warnings point out our danger; gnomons, time: And wraps our thought, at banquets, in the shroud ?| As these are useless when the Sun is set; Life's little stage is a small eminence,
So those, but when more glorious reason shines. Inch-high the grave above ; that home of man, Reason should judge in all; in reason's eye, Where dwells the multitude: We gaze around; That sedentary shadow travels hard. We read their monuments; we sigh; and while But such our gravitation to the wrong, We sigh, we sink; and are what we deplor'd ; So prone our hearts to whisper what we wish, Lamenting, or lamented, all our lot!
"Tis later with the wise than he's aware : Is Death at distance? No; he has been on thee, A Wilmington goes slower than the Sun: And giv'n sure earnest of his final blow.
And all mankind mistake their time of day; Those hours that lately smil'd, where are they now? E'en age itself. Fresh hopes are hourly sown Pallid to thought, and ghastly! drown'd, all drown'd In furrow'd brows. To gentle life's descent In that great deep, which nothing disembogues! We shut our eyes, and think it is a plain. And, dying, they bequeath'd thee small renown. We take fair days in winter, for the spring; The rest are on the wing: how fleet their flight! | And turn our blessing into bane. Since oft Already has the fatal train took fire;
Man must compute that age he cannot feel, A moment, and the world's blown up to thee; He scarce believes he's older for his years. The Sun is darkness, and the stars are dust. Thus, at life's latest eve, we keep in store
'Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours; One disappointment sure, to crown the rest ; And ask them, what report they bore to Heaven; The disappointment of a promis d hour. And how they might have borne more welcome 1 On this, or similar, Philander! thou news.
Whose mind was moral, as the preacher's tongue, 'Their answers form what men experience call; And strong, to wield all science, worth the name; If wisdom's friend, her best ; if not, worst foe. How often we talk'd down the summer's Sun, O reconcile them! Kind Experience cries,
And cool'd our passions by the breezy stream! "There's nothing here, but what as nothing weighs; How often thawd and shorten'd winter's eve, The more our joy, the more we know it vain; By conflict kind, that struck out latent truth, And by success are tutor'd to despair.”
Best found, so sought; to the recluse more coy! Nor is it only thus, but must be so.
Thoughts disentangle passing o'er the lip; Who knows not this, though grey, is still a child. Clean runs the thread; if not, 'tis thrown away, Loose then from Earth the grasp of fond desire, Or kept to tie up nonsense for a song ; Weigh anchor, and some happier clime explore. Song, fashionably fruitless ; such as stains
Art thou so moor'd thou canst not disengage, The fancy, and unhallow'd passion fires; Nor give thy thoughts a ply to future scenes ? Chiming her saints to Cytherea's fane. Since by life's passing breath, blown up from Earth, Know'st thou, Lorenzo! what a friend contains ? Light as the summer's dust, we take in air
As bees mixt nectar draw from fragrant flowers, A moment's giddy flight, and fall again;
So men from friendship, wisdom and delight; Join the dull mass, increase the trodden soil, Twins tied by Nature ; if they part, they die. And sleep, till Earth herself shall be no more ; Hast thou no friend to set thy mind abroach? Since then (as emmets, their small world o'erthrown) Good sense will stagnale. Thoughts shut up want We, sore amaz'd, from out Earth's ruins crawl,
air, And rise to fate extreme of foul or fair,
And spoil, like bales unopend to the Sun. As man's own choice (controller of the skies!) Had thought been all, sweet speech had been denied; Speech, thought's canal! speech, thought’s criterion The wise extract Earth's most Hyblean bliss, too!
Superior wisdom, crown'd with smiling joy. Thought, in the mine, may come forth gold, or dross; But for whom blossoms this Elysian flower? When coin'd in word, we know its real worth. Abroad they find, who cherish it at home. If sterling, store it for thy future use :
Lorenzo! pardon what my love extorts, 'Twill buy thee benefit; perhaps renown.
An honest love, and not afraid to frown. Thought, 100, deliver'd, is the more possest; Though choice of follies fasten on the great, Teaching, we learn; and, giving, we retain
None clings more obstinate than fancy, fond, The births of intellect; when dumb, forgot. That sacred Friendship is their easy prey; Speech ventilates our intellectual fire ;
Caught by the wasture of a golden lure, Speech burnishes our mental magazine;
Or fascination of a high-born smile. Brightens, for ornament; and whets, for use. Their smiles, the great, and the coquet, throw out What numbers, sheath'd in erudition, lie,
For others' hearts, tenacious of their own; Plung'd to the hilts in venerable tomes,
And we no less of ours, when such the bait. And rusted in; who might have borne an edge, Ye fortune's cofferers! Ye powers of wealth! And play'd a sprightly beam, if born to speech; Can gold gain friendship? Impudence of hope ! If born blest heirs of half their mother's tongue! As well mere man an angel might beget. 'Tis thought's exchange, which, like th' alternate Love, and love only, is the loan for love. push
Lorenzo! pride repress; nor hope to find Of waves conflicting, breaks the learned scum, A friend, but what has found a friend in thee. And defecates the student's standing pool.
All like the purchase ; few the price will pay; In contemplation is his proud resource ?
And this makes friends such miracles below. "Tis poor, as proud, by converse unsustain'd.
What if (since daring on so nice a theme) Rude thought runs wild in contemplation's field; I show thee friendship delicate, as dear, Converse, the menage, breaks it to the bit
of tender violations apt to die? Of due restraint; and emulation's spur
Reserve will wound it; and distrust, destroy. Gives graceful energy, by rivals aw'd.
Deliberate in all things with thy friend. 'Tis converse qualifies for solitude ;
But since friends grow not thick on every bough, As exercise, for salutary rest.
Nor every friend unrotten at the core ; By that untutorid, Contemplation raves;
First, on thy friend, deliberate with thyself; And Nature's fool, by Wisdom is undone.
Pause, ponder, sist; not eager in the choice, Wisdom, though richer than Peruvian mines, Nor jealous of the chosen ; fixing, fix; And sweeter than the sweet ambrosial hive, Judge before friendship, then confide till death. What is she, but the means of happiness?
Well, for thy friend; but nobler far for thee; That unobtain'd, than folly more a fool;
How gallant danger for Earth's highest prize! A melancholy fool, without her bells.
A friend is worth all hazards we can run. Friendship, the means of wisdom, richly gives Poor is the friendless master of a world: The precious end, which makes our wisdom wise. A world in purchase for a friend is gain." Nature, in zeal for human amity,
So sung he, (angels hear that angels sing! Denies, or damps, an undivided joy.
Angels from friendship gather half their joy,) Joy is an import; joy is an exchange;
So sung Philander, as his friend went round Joy flies monopolists: it calls for two;
In the rich ichor, in the generous blood Rich fruit! Heaven-planted! never pluckt by one. Of Bacchus, purple god of joyous wit, Needful auxiliars are our friends, to give
A brow solute, and ever-laughing eye. To social man true relish of himself.
He drank long health, and virtue, to his friend; Full on ourselves, descending in a line,
His friend, who warm'd him more, who more i Pleasure's bright beam is feeble in delight:
spir'd. Delight intense is taken by rebound;
Friendship's the wine of life ; but friendship new Reverberated pleasures fire the breast.
|(Not such was his) is neither strong, nor pure. Celestial Happiness, whene'er she stoops
O! for the bright complexion, cordial warmth, To visit Earth, one shrine the goddess finds, And elevating spirit, of a friend, And one alone, to make her sweet amends For twenty summers ripening by my side, For absent Heaven—the bosom of a friend ; All feculence of falsehood long thrown down; Where heart meets heart, reciprocally soft, All social virtues rising in his soul; Each other's pillow to repose divine.
As crystal clear; and smiling as they rise! Beware the counterfeit; in passion's flame
Here nectar flows; it sparkles in our sight; Hearts melt, but melt like ice, soon harder froze. Rich to the taste, and genuine from the heart: True love strikes root in reason ; passion's foe: High-flavor'd bliss for gods! on Earth how rare! Virtue alone entenders us for life :
On Earth how lost!– Philander is no more. I wrong her much-entenders us for ever:
Think'st thou the theme intoxicates my song? Of Friendship's fairest fruits, the fruit most fair Am I too warm ? Too warm I cannot be. Is virtue kindling at a rival fire,
I lov'd him much; but now I love him more. And, emulously, rapid in her race.
Like birds, whose beauties languish, half-conceal d, O the soft enmity! endearing strife!
Till, mounted on the wing, their glossy plumes This carries friendship to her noontide point, Expanded shine with azure, green, and gold; And gives the rivet of eternity.
How blessings brighten as they take their flight' From Friendship, which ontlives my former themes, His flight Philander took; his upward flight, Glorious survivor of old Time and Death ;
If ever soul ascended. Had he dropt, From Friendship, thus, that flower of heavenly seed ; (That eagle genius !) O had he let fall
One feather as he flew: I, then, had wrote, With unreluctant grandeur, gives, not yields
How our hearts burnt within us at the scene! Yet what I can, I must; it were profane
Whence this brave bound o'er limits fixt to man? To quench a glory lighted at the skies,
His God sustains him in his final hour! And cast in shadows his illustrious close.
His final hour brings glory to his God! Strange! the theme most affecting, most sublime, Man's glory Heaven vouchsafes to call her own Momentous most to man, should sleep unsung! We gaze, we weep; mixt tears of grief, of joy! And yet it sleeps, by genius unawak'd,
Amazement strikes! devotion bursts to flame! Painim or Christian; to the blush of wit.
Christians adore! and Infidels believe ! Man's highest triumph! man's profoundest fall! 1 As some tall tower, or lofty mountain's brow The death-bed of the just! is yet undrawn
Detains the Sun, illustrious, from its height; By mortal hand! it merits a divine :
While rising vapors, and descending shades, Angels should paint it, angels ever there :
With damps and darkness, drown the spacious vale: There, on a post of honor, and of joy.
Undampt by doubt, undarken'd by despair, Dare I presume, then? but Philander bids; Philander, thus, augustly rears his head, And glory tempts, and inclination calls
At that black hour, which general horror sheds Yet am I struck; as struck the soul, beneath On the low level of th' inglorious throng: Aërial groves' impenetrable gloom;
Sweet Peace, and heavenly Hope, and humble Joy, Or, in some mighty ruin's solemn shade;
Divinely beam on his exalted soul ; Or, gazing by pale lamps on high-born dust, Destruction gild, and crown him for the skies, In vaults ; thin courts of poor unflatter'd kings; With incommunicable lustre bright. Or, at the midnight altar's hallow'd flame. Is it religion to proceed ? I pauseAnd enter, aw'd, the temple of my theme. Is it his death-bed ? No: it is his shrine :
Night THE THIRD.
TO HER GRACE THE DUCHESS OF PORTLAND.
Ignoscenda quidem, scirent si ignoscere manes. Receive the blessing, and adore the chance,
Virg. That threw in this Bethesda your disease;
From dreams, where thought in fancy's maze runs If unrestor'd by this, despair your cure.
mad, For, here, resistless demonstration dwells;
To reason, that heaven-lighted lamp in man, A death-bed 's a detector of the heart.
Once more I wake; and at the destin'd hour,
Punctual as lovers to the moment sworn,
1 0! lost to virtue, lost to manly thought,
Who think it solitude to be alone. Heaven waiis not the last moment; owns her friends Communion sweet! communion large and high! On this side death, and points them out to men;
Our reason, guardian angel, and our God! A lecture, silent, but of sovereign power!
Then nearest these, when others most remote; To vice, confusion ; and to virtue, peace.
And all, ere long, shall be remote, but these. Whatever farce the boastful hero plays,
How dreadful, then, to meet them all alone, Virtue alone has majesty in death!
A stranger! unacknowledg'd! unapprov'd! And greater still, the more the tyrant frowns.
Now woo them; wed them; bind them to thy breast; Philander! he severely frown'd on thee.
To win thy wish, creation has no more. * No warning given! Unceremonious Fate! Or if we wish a fourth, it is a friendA sudden rush from life's meridian joy!
But friends, how mortal! dangerous the desire! A wrench from all we love! from all we are ! Take Phæbus to yourselves, ye basking bards A restless bed of pain! a plunge opaque
Inebriate at fair Fortune's fountain-head; Beyond conjecture! feeble Nature's dread!
And reeling through the wilderness of joy; Strong Reason's shudder at the dark unknown! Where Sense runs savage, broke from Reason's chain! A sun extinguisht! a just-opening grave!
And sings false peace, till smother'd by the pall. And oh! the last, last,-what? (can words express? My fortune is unlike; unlike my song; Thought reach it?) the last-silence of a friend !"
ch it the last-silence of a friend !". Unlike the deity my song invokes: Where are those horrors, that amazement, where I to Day's soft-ey'd sister pay my court, This hideous group of ills, which singly shock, |(Endymion's rival!) and her aid implore; Demand from man?-I thought him man till now. Now first implor'd in succor to the Muse. Through Nature's wreck, through vanquisht Thou, who didst lately borrow Cynthia's form,* agonies,
(gloom.) | And modestly forego thine own! O thou, (Like the stars struggling through this midnight Who didst thyself, at midnight hours, inspire ! What gleams of joy! what more than human peace! Say, why not Cynthia patroness of song? Where, the frail mortal ? the poor abject worm
As thou her crescent, she thy character No, not in death, the mortal to be found.
Assumes ; still more a goddess by the change.
Are there demurring wits, who dare dispute
* At the Duke of Norfolk's masquerade.
This revolution in the world inspir'd ?
And if in death still lovely, lovelier there, Ye train Pierian ! to the lunar sphere,
Far lovelier! pity swells the tide of love. In silent hour, address your ardent call
And will not the severe excuse a sigh? For aid immortal; less her brother's right. Scorn the proud man that is asham'd to weep; She, with the spheres harmonious, nightly leads Our tears indulg'd indeed deserve our share. The mazy dance, and hears their matchless strain, Ye that e'er lost an angel! pity me. A strain for gods, denied to mortal ear.
Soon as the lustre languishid in her eye, Transmit it heard, thou silver queen of Heaven! Dawning a dimmer day on human sight; What title, or what name, endears the most!
And on her cheek, the residence of Spring, Cynthia! Cyllené! Phoebe! or dost hear
Pale omen sat; and scatter'd fears around With higher gust, fair Portland of the skies? On all that saw, (and who would cease to gaze, Is that the soli enchantment calls thee down, That once had seen?) with haste, parental haste, More powerful than of old Circean charm?
I flew, I snatch'd her from the rigid North, Come; but from heavenly banquets with thee bring Her native bed, on which bleak Boreas blew, The soul of song, and whisper in my ear
And bore her nearer to the Sun; the Sun The theft divine; or in propitious dreams
(As if the Sun could envy) check'd his beam, (For dreams are thine) transfuse it through the breast Denied his wonted succor; nor with more Of thy first votary.—But not thy last ;
Regret beheld her drooping, than the bells If, like thy namesake, thou art ever kind.
or lilies ; fairest lilies, not so fair! And kind thou wilt be ; kind on such a theme; Queen lilies! and ye painted populace! A theme so like thee, a quite lar theme,
Who dwell in fields, and lead ambrosial lives! Soft, modest, melancholy, female, fair!
In mom and evening dew, your beauties batbe, A theme that rose all-pale, and told my soul And drink the Sun; which gives your cheeks to "Twas night ; on her fond hopes perpetual night;
glow, A night which struck a damp, & deadlier damp, And out-blush (mine excepted) every fair ; Than that which smote me from Philander's tomb. You gladlier grew, ambitious of her hand, Narcissa follows, ere his tomb is clos'd.
Which ofien cropt your odors, incense meet Woes cluster; rare are solitary woes;
To thought so pure! Ye lovely fugitives! They love a train, they tread each other's heel ; Coëval race with man! for man you smile! Her death invades his mournful right, and claims Why not smile at him too ? You share indeed The grief that started from my lids for him : His sudden pass; but not his constant pain. Seizes the faithless, alienated tear,
So man is made ; nought ministers delight, Or shares it, ere it falls. So frequent death, But what his glowing passions can engage; Sorrow he more than causes, he confounds; And glowing passions, bent on aught below, For human sighs his rival strokes contend,
Must, soon or late, with anguish turn the scale; And make distress, distraction. Oh Philander! And anguish, after rapture, how severe! What was thy fate? A double fate 10 me;
Rapture ? Bold man! who tempt'st the wrath Portent, and pain! a menace, and a blow!
divine, Like the black raven hovering o'er my peace, By plucking fruit denied to mortal taste, Not less a bird of omen, than of prey.
While here, presuming on the rights of Heaven. It callid Narcissa long before her hour;
For transport dost thou call on every hour, It call'd her tender soul, by break of bliss,
Lorenzo ? At thy friend's expense, be wise; From the first blossom, from the buds of joy ; Lean not on Earth ; 'twill pierce thee to the heart; Those few our noxious fate unblasted leaves
A broken reed, at best; but oft, a spear; In this inclement clime of human life.
On its sharp point peace bleeds, and hope expires. Sweet harmonist! and beautiful as sweet!
Turn, hopeless thought! turn from her:- Thought And young as beautiful! and soft as young!
repellid And gay as soft! and innocent as gay!
Resenting rallies, and wakes every woe. And happy (if aught happy here) as good!
Snatch'd ere thy prime! and in thy bridal hour! For fortune fond had built her nest on high. And when kind fortune, with thy lorer, smil'd! Like birds quite exquisite of note and plume, And when high-flavor'd thy fresh-opening jous! Transfixt by fale (who loves a lofty mark.)
And when blind man pronounc'd thy bliss complete: Ilow from the summit of the grove she fell, And on a foreign shore; where strangers wep?! And left it unharmonious! all iis charms
Strangers to thee; and more surprising still, Extinguisht in the wonders of her song!
Strangers to kindness, wept: their eyes let fall Her song still vibrates in my ravishd ear,
Inhuman tears! strange tears! that trickled down Still melting there, and with voluptuous pain From marble hearts! obdurate tenderness! (O to forget her!) thrilling through my heart! A tenderness that call'd them more severe;
Song, beauty, youth, love, virtue, joy; this group (In spite of Nature's soft persuasion, steeld! of bright ideas, flowers of Paradise,
While Nature melted, Superstition ravd; As yet unforfeit! in one blaze we bind,
That mourn'd the dead; and this denied a grave. Kneel and present it to the skies; as all
Their sighs incens d; sighs foreign to the will: We guess of Heaven: and these were all her own, Their will the tiger suck'd, outrag'd the storm. And she was mine; and I was-was-most For, oh! the curst ungodliness of zeal' blest
While sinful flesh relented, spirit nuret
In blind Infallibility's embrace,
What could I do? What succor! What resource!