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Gods fuch as guilt makes welcome ; gods that leep,
Or disregard our follies, or that fit
Amus'd spectators of this bustling stage.
Thee we reject, unable to abide
Thy purity, till pure as thou art pure;
Made fuch by thee, we love thee for that cause
For which we fhunn'd and hated thee before.
Then we are free. Then liberty, like day,
Breaks on the soul, and by a flash from heav'n
Fires all the faculties with glorious joy,
A voice is heard that mortal ears hear not
Till thou hast touch'd them ; 'tis the voice of long-
A loud hosanna sent from all thy works ;
Which he that hears it with a fhout repeats,
And adds his rapture to the gen'ral praise.
In that blest moment, Nature, throwing wide
Her veil opaque, discloses with a smile
The Author of her beauties, who, retir'd
Behind his own creation, works unseen
By the impure, and hears his pow'r denied.
Thou art the fource and centre of all minds,
Their only point of relt, eternal Word!
From thee departing, they are loft, and rove
At random, without honour, hope, or peace.
From thee is all that foothes the life of man,
His high endeavour, and his glad success,

His strength to suffer, and his will to serve.
But oh thou bounteous Giver of all good..
Thou art of all thy gifts thyself the crown!
Give what thou canst, without thee we are poor;
And with thee rich, take what thou wilt away.

THE TASK.

BOOK VI.

VOL. 11.

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ARGUMENT OF THE SIXTH BOOK.

Bells at a distance.--Their effa.--A fine noon in

winter. -A foeltered walk.-Meditation better than books._Our familiarity with the course of nature makes it appear less wonderful than it is.-The transformation that spring effe&s in a fhrubbery described.A mifiake concerning the course of nature corrected. God maintains it by an unremitted 08.- The amusements fashionable at this hour of the day reproved.Animals happy, a delightful fight --Origin of cruelty to animals. That it is a great crime proved from scripture.---That proof illustrated by a tale.- A line drawn between the lawful and unlawful deftru&ion of them.--Their good and useful properties infifted on.Apology for the encomiums bestowed by the author on animals.--Infances of man's extravagant praise of

-The groans of the creation Mall have an end.A view taken of the restoration of all things.-- An invocution and an invitation of Him who fall bring it to pass. The retired man vindicated from the charge of uselesness.-Conclufion.

man.

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