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Evening and Night.

Wide o'er the thistly lawn, as swells the breeze, A whitening shower of vegetable down Amusive floats. The kind impartial care Of Nature nought disdains ; thoughtful to feed 1660. Her lowest sons, and clothe the coming year, From field to field, the feathered, seeds she wings. His folded flock secure, the shepherd home Hies, merry-hearted ; and by turns relieves The ruddy milk-maid of her brimming pail : 1665 The beauty whom perhaps his witless heart, Unknowing what the joy-mixt anguish means, | Sincerely loves, by that best language shewn Of cordial glances, and obliging deeds. Onward they pass, o'er many a panting height, 1670 And valley sunk, and unfrequented; where At fall of eve the fairy people throng, In various game, and revelry, to pass The summer-night, as village stories tell. But far about they wander from the grave 1675 Of him, whom his ungentle fortune urged Against his own sad breast to lift the hand Of impious violence. The lonely tower Is also shunned ; whose mournful chambers hold, So night-struck Fancy dreams, the yelling ghost. 1680 Among the crooked lanes, on every hedge, The glow worm lights his gem ; and through the dark A moving radiance twinkles. Evening yields The world to Night: not in her winter robe Of massy Stygian woof, but loose arrayed 1685 In mantle dun. A faint erroneous ray, Glanced from the imperfect surfaces of things, Flings half an image on the straining eye ;

Radiant Orbs of Night.

VWhile wavering woods, and villages, and streams,
And rocks, and mountain-tops, that long-retained 1690
The ascending gleam, are all one swimming scene,
Uncertain, if beheld. Sudden to heaven
Thence weary vision turns ; where, leading soft
The silent hours of love, with purest ray
Sweet Venus shines ; and from her genial rise, 1695
When day-light sickens till it springs afresh,
Unrivalled reigns, the fairest lamp of night.
As thus the effulgence tremulous I drink,
With cherished gaze, the lambent lightnings shoot
Across the sky; or horizontal dart 1700
In wondrous shapes; by searful murmuring crowds

Portentous deemed. Amid the radiant orbs,

That more than deck, that animate the sky,
The life-infusing suns of other worlds ;
Lo from the dread immensity of space 1705
Returning with accelerated course,
The rushing comet to the sun descends ;
And as he sinks below the shading earth,
With awful train projected o'er the heavens,
The guilty nations tremble. But, above 1710
Those superstitious horrors that enslave
The fond sequacious herd, to mystic faith
And blind amazement prone, the enlightened few,

Whose god-like minds philosophy exalts,

The glorious stranger hail. They feel a joy 1715 Divinely great ; they in their powers exult,

That wondrous force of thought, which, mounting, spurns

This dusky spot, and measures all the sky ;

While, from his far excursion through the wilds

Of barren ether, faithful to his time, 1720 Philosophy.

They see the blazing wonder rise anew,
In seeming terror clad, but kindly bent
To work the will of all-sustaining Love:
From his huge vapoury train perhaps to shake
Reviving moisture on the numerous orbs, 1725
Through which his long ellipsis winds; perhaps
To lend new fuel to declining suns,
To light up worlds, and feed the eternal fire.
With thee, serene Philosophy, with thee,
And thy bright garland, let me crown my song ! 1730
Effusive source of evidence, and truth !
A lustre shedding o'er the ennobled mind,
Stronger than summer-noon ; and pure as that, -
Whose mild vibrations sooth the parted soul,
New to the dawning of celestial day. 1735
Hence thro’ her nourished powers, enlarged by thee,
She springs aloft, with elevated pride,
Above the tangling mass of low desires,
That bind the fluttering crowd; and, angel-winged,
The heights of science and of virtue gains, 1740
. Where all is calm and clear ; with Nature round, -
Or in the starry regions, or the abyss,
To Reason's and to Fancy's eye displayed :
The First up-tracing, from the dreary void,
The chain of causes and effects to HIM, 1745
The world-producing Essence, who alone
Possesses being ; while the Last receives
The whole magnificence of heaven and earth,
And every beauty, delicate or bold,
Obvious or more remote, with livelier sense, 1750
Diffusive painted on the rapid mind.
Tutored by thee, hence Poetry exalts
Her voice to apes; and informs the page .


With music, image, sentiment, and thought,
Never to die : the treasure of mankind
Their highest honour, and their truest joy
Without thee what were unenlightened Man
A savage roaming thro’ the woods and wilds,
In quest of prey; and with th' unfashioned fur
Rough-clad ; devoid of every finer art,
And elegance of life. Nor happiness
Domestic, mixed of tenderness and care,
Nor moral excellence, nor social bliss,
Nor guardian law were his ; nor various skill
To turn the furrow, or to guide the tool
Mechanic ; nor the heaven-conducted prow
Of navigation bold, that fearless braves
The burning line, or dares the wintry pole ;
Mother severe of infinite delights
Nothing, save rapine, indolence, and guile,
And woes on woes, a still-revolving train
Whose horrid circle had made human life
Than non-existence worse : but, taught by thee,
Ours are the plans of policy, and peace ;
To live like brothers, and conjunctive all
Embellish life. While thus laborious crowds
Ply the tough oar, PHILosophy directs
The ruling helm ; or like the liberal breath
Of potent Heaven, invisible, the sail
Swells out, and bears the inferior world along.
Nor to this evanescent speck of earth
Poorly confined, the radiant tracts on high
Are her exalted range ; intent to gaze -
Creation through ; and from that full complex
Of never ending wonders, to conceive -







Of the Sole Being right, who “ spoke the word.” s

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Moral Philosophy.

And Nature moved complete. With inward view
Thence on the ideal kingdom swift she turns
. Her eye; and instant, at her powerful glance,
The obedient phantoms vanish or appear; 1790
Compound, divide, and into order shift,
Each to his rank, from plain perception up
To the fair forms of Fancy's fleeting train :
To reason then, deducing truth from truth;
And notion quite abstract; where first begins 1795
The world of spirits, action all, and life
Unsettered, and unmixt. But here the cloud,
So wills ETERNAL PRov1DENcE, sits deep.
Enough for us to know, that this dark state,
In wayward passions lost, and vain pursuits, }{o}0
This infancy of Being, cannot prove
The final issue of the works of God,
By boundless Love and perfect Wisdom formed,
And ever rising with the rising mind

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