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"The tow'ring height and frightful falls,
"The ruin'd heaps and funerals

"Of smoking kingdoms and their kings,
"Tell me a thousand mournful things
"In melancholy silence.....



"That living could not bear to see “An equal, now lies torn and dead, "Here his pale trunk, and there his head; "Great Pompey! while I meditate "With solemn horror thy sad fate,

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Thy carcass scatter'd on the shore

"Without a name, instructs me more "Than my whole library before.

"Lie still, my Plutarch, then, and sleep, "And my good Seneca may keep "Your volumes clos'd for ever too, "I have no further use for you : "For when I feel my virtue fail, "And my ambitious thoughts prevail; "I'll take a turn among the tombs, "And see whereto all glory comes. "There the vile foot of ev'ry slave, "Insults a Charles or a Gustave: "Beggars with awful ashes sport, "And tread the Cæsars in the dirt.”



I AM not concern'd to know
What to-morrow fate will do:
"Tis enough that I can say
I've possess'd myself to-day :
Then if haply midnight death
Seize my flesh, and stop my breath,
Yet to-morrow I shall be

Heir to the best part of me.

Glitt❜ring stones and golden things, Wealth and honours that have wings, Ever flutt'ring to be gone,

I could never call my own:
Riches that the world bestows,
She can take, and I can lose ;
But the treasures that are mine,
Lie afar beyond her line :
When I view my spacious soul,
And survey myself awhole,
And enjoy myself alone,
I'm a kingdom of my own.

I've a mighty part within That the world hath never seen,

Rich as Eden's happy ground,
And with choicer plenty crown'd.
Here, on all the shining boughs,
Knowledge fair and useful grows;
On the same young flow'ry tree,
All the seasons you may see;
Notions in the bloom of light,
Just disclosing to the sight:
Here are thoughts of larger growth,
Rip'ning into solid truth:

Fruits refin'd of noble taste;
Seraphs feed on such repast.
Here, in green and shady grove,
Streams of pleasure mix with love:
There, beneath the smiling skies,
Hills of contemplation rise :
Now, upon some shining top,
Angels light, and call me up:
I rejoice to raise my feet,
Both rejoice when there we meet.

There are endless beauties more Earth hath no resemblance for; Nothing like them round the pole, Nothing can describe the soul; 'Tis a region half unknown, That has treasures of its own,

More remote from public view
Than the bowels of Peru;

Broader 'tis and brighter far
Than the golden Indies are :
Ships that trace the wat❜ry stage
Cannot coast it in an age;

Harts or horses strong and fleet,
Had they wings to help their feet,
Could not run it half way o'er
In ten thousand days and more.

Yet the silly wand'ring mind, Loth to be too much confin'd, Roves and takes her daily tours, Coasting round the narrow shores, Narrow shores of flesh and sense, Picking shells and pebbles thence; Or she sits at Fancy's door, Calling shapes and shadows to her, Foreign visits still receiving, And t' herself a stranger living. Never, never would she buy Indian dust or Tyrian dye, Never trade abroad for more, If she saw her native store, If her inward worth were known, She might ever live alone.







DID sweeter sounds adorn my flowing tongue,
Than ever man pronounc'd or angel sung;
Had I all knowledge, human and divine,
That thought can reach, or science can define;
And had I pow'r to give that knowledge birth,
In all the speeches of the babbling earth;
Did Shadrach's zeal my glowing breast inspire,
To weary tortures, and rejoice in fire;
Or had I faith like that which Israel saw,
When Moses gave them miracles, and law;
Yet, gracious Charity, indulgent guest,
Were not thy pow'r exerted in my breast;
Those speeches would send up unheeded pray'r,
That scorn of life would be but wild despair :
A tymbal's sound were better than my voice,
My faith wereform, my eloquence were noise.

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