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'Tis by thy secret, strong, attractive force,
As with a chain indiffoluble bound,
Thy system rolls entire : from the far bourne
Of utmost Saturn, wheeling wide his round
Of thirty years; to Mercury, whose disk.
Can scarce be caught by philofophic eye,
Loft in the near effulgence of thy blaze.

Informer of the planetary train !
Without whose quick’ning glance their cumbrous orbs
Were brute unlovely mass, inert and dead,
And not as now the green abodes of life ;

many forms of being wait on thee !
Inhaling spirit; from th' unfertered mind,
By thee fublim’d, down to the daily race,
The mixing myriads of thy setting beam.


The vegetable world is also thine,
Parent of seasons ! who the pomp precede
That waits thy throne, as thro' thy vast domain,
Annual, along the bright ecliptic road,
In world-rejoicing state, it moves sublime.
Mean-time th’expecting nations, circled gay
With all the various tribes of foodful earth,
Implore thy bounty, or send grateful up
A common hymn while, round the beaming ear,
High-feen, the feasons lead, in fprightly dance
Harmonious knit, the rosy-finger'd hours.
The zephyrs floating loose, the timely rains,
Of bloom ethereal the light-footed dews,
And softened into joy the surly storms.
These, insuccessive turn, with lavish hand,
Shower every beauty, every fragrance shower,
Herbs, Aowers, and fruits ; 'till, kindling at thy touch,
From land to land is flush'd the vernal year.

Nor to the furface of enliven'd earth,
Graceful with hills and dales, and leafy woods,
Her liberal tresses, is thy force confin'd:
But, to the bowel'd cavern darting deep,
The mineral kinds confess thy mighty power,
Effulgent, hence the veiny marble fines;
Hence labour draws his tools ; hence burnith'd war

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Gleams on the day; the nobler works of peace Hence bless mankind, and generous commerce binds The round of nations in a golden chain.

The unfruitfal rock itself, impregn'd by thee, In dark retirement forms the lucid stone. The lively Diamond drinks the purest says, Collected light compact ; that, polish'd bright, And all its native luftre let abroad, Dares, as it sparkles on the fair one's breast, With vain ambition emulate her eyes. At thee the Ruby lights its deepning glow, And with a waving radiance inward Aames. From thee the Sapphire, solid ether, takes Its hue cerulean ; and, of evening tinct, The purple-streaming Amethyst is thine. With thy own smile the yellow Topaz burns. Nor deeper verdure dyes the rope of Spring, When first she gives it to the southern gale, Than the green Emerald shows. But, all combin'd, Thick thro' the whitening Opal play thy beams; Or, flying several from its surface, form A trembling variance of revolving hues, As the fite varies in the gazer's hand.

The very dead creation, from thy touch,
Assumes a mimic life. By thee refin'd,
In brighter mazes the relucent stream
Plays o'er the mead. The precipiece abrubt,
Projecting horror on the blackened food,
Softens at thy return. The desart joys
Wildly, tho' all his melancholy bounds.
Rude ruins glitter ; and the briny deep,
Seen from some pointed promontory's top,
Far to the blue horizon’s utmost verge
Restless, reflects a Roating gleam. But this,
And all the much-transported muse can fing,
Are to thy beauty, dignity, and use,
Unequal far; great delegated source
Of light, and life, and grace, and joy below!
TTow shall I then attempt to fing of Him,

IGHT HIMSELF, in uncreated light

Invested deep, dwells awfully retir'd
From mortal eye, or angel's purer ken;
Whose single smile has, from the first of time,
Filld, overflowing, all those lamps of heaven,
That beam for ever thro' the boundless sky;
But, should he hide his face, th' astonish'd sun,
And all th’extinguish'd stars, would loosening reel
Wide from their Spheres, and chaos come again.

The Description of the Storm is finely painted. The affecting Tale of the Lovers is also touched up with exquisite art, and answers 'a two-fold purpose ; for this scene of distress not only heightens the horror of the tempeft, but adds variety to the Description, and prevents the mind from being satiated by an enumeration of particum lars that are of a similar nature.

BEHOLD, Now settling o'er the lurid grove
Unusual darkness broods; and growing gains
The full poffefion of the sky, surcharg'd
With wrathful vapour, from the secret beds,
Where Neep the mineral generations, drawn.
Thence nitre, sulphur, and the fiery spume
Of fat bitumen, steaming on the day,
With various tinctur'd trains of latent flame,
Pollute the sky, and in yon baleful cloud,
A reddening gloom, a magazine of fate,
Ferment; till, by the touch ethereal rous'd,
The dash of clouds, or irritating war
Of fighting winds, while all is calm below,
They furious spring. Aboding filence reigns,
Dread thro' the dun expanse ; save the dull sound
That from the mountain, previous to the itorm,
Rolls o'er the muttering earth, disturbs the flood,
And shakes the forest-leaf without a breath.
Prone, to the lowest vale, the aërial tribes
Descend: the tempeft-loving raven scarce
Dares wing the dubious dulk. In rueful gaze
The cattle stand, and on the scowling heavens
Caft a deploring eye; by man forsook,
Who to the crouded cottage hies him faft,
Or seeks the shelter of the downward cave.


"Tis listening fear, and dumb amazement all:
When to the startled eye the sudden glance
Appears far fouth, eruptive thro' the cloud;
And following flower, in explofion valt,
The thunder raises his tremendous voice.
At first, heard solemn o'er the verge of heaven,
The tempest growls; but as it nearer comes,
And rolls its awful burden on the wind,
The lightnings flash a larger curve, and more
The noile astounds : till over head a Meet
Of livid flame discloses wide ; then shuts,
opens wider ;

shuts and opens till
Expansive, wrapping ether in a blaze.
Follows the loosen'd aggravated roar,
Enlarging, deepening, mingling ; peal on peal
Cruth'd horrible, convulsing heaven and earth.

Down comes a deluge of fonorous hail,
Or prone-descending rain. Wide-rent, the clouds,
Pour a whole flood; and yet, its flame unquench'd,
Th' unconquerable lightning struggles through,
Ragged and fierce, or in red whirling balls,
And fires the mountains with redoubled rage.
Black from the stroke, above, the smould'ring pine
Stands a fad shattered trunk; and, stretch'd below,
A lifeless groupe the blatted cattle lie :
Here the soft flocks, with that fame harmless look
They wore alive, and ruminating ftill
In fancy's eye; and there the frowning bull,
And ox half-rais'd. Struck on the castled clift,
The venerable tower and spiry fane
Resign their aged pride. The gloomy woods
Start at the flash, and from their deep recefs,
Wide-flaming out, their trembling inmates thake.
Amid Carnarvon's mountains rages loud
The repercussive roar : with mighty crush,
Into the flashing deep, from the rude rocks
Of Penmanmaur heap'd hideous to the sky,
Tumble the smitten cliffs ; and Snowden's peak,
Diffolving, instant yields his wintry load.
Far-feen, the heights of heathy Cheviot blaze,
And Thule' bellows thro' her utmost illes.

Guilt hears appall’d, with deeply troubled thought.
And yet not always on the guilty head
Descends the fated flash. Young CELADON
And his Amelia were a matchless pair ;
With equal virtue form’d, and equal grace,
The same, distinguish'd by their sex alone :
Hers the mild luftre of the blooming morn,
And his the radiance of the risen day.

They lov'd : But such their guileless paffion was,
As in the dawn of time inform'd the heart
Of innocence, and undissembling truth.
'Twas friendship heighten'd by the mutual wish,
Th'enchanting hope, and sympathetic glow,
Beam'd from the mutual eye. Devoting all
To love, each was to each a dearer self i
Supremely happy in th’awaken’d

Of giving joy. Alone, amid the shades,
Still in harmonious intercourse they liv'd
The rural day, and talk'd the Aowing heart,
Or figh'd, and look'd unutterable things.

So pass'd their life, a clear united stream,
By care unruffled ; till, in evil hour,
The tempeft caught them on the tender walk,
Heedless how far, and where its mazes stray'd,
While, with each other blest, creative love
Still bade eternal Eden smile around.
Presaging instant fate her bofom heav'd
Unwonted sighs, and stealing oft a look
Of the big gloom on CELADON her eye
Fell tearful, wetting her disorder'd cheek.
In vain assuring love, and confidence
In Heaven, repress'd her fear; it grew, and shook
Her frame near diffolution. He perceiv'd
Th’unequal conflict, and as angels look
On dying saints, his eyes compassion fhed,
With love illumin'd high. “ Fear not, he said,
“ Sweet innocence! thou stranger to offence,
And inward storm! He, who yon skies involves
“ In frowns of darkness, ever smiles on thee
With kind regard: O'er thee the secret shaft
* That wastes at midnight, or th’undreaded hour

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