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Their weekly dole of edifying strains,
And for a time insure, to his lov'd land Attend to their own music? have they faith The sweets of liberty and equal laws; In what with such solemnity of tone
But martyrs struggle for a brighter prize, And gesture they propound to our belief?
And win it with more pain. Their blood is shed Nay-conduct hath the loudest tongue. The voice In confirmation of the noblest claim, Is but an instrument, on which the priest
Our claim to feed upon immorial truth, May play what tune he pleases. In the deed, To walk with God, to be divinely free, The uneqnivocal, authentic deed,
To soar, and to anticipate the skies. We find sound argument, we read the heart." Yet few remember them. They liv'd unknown,
Such reas'nings (if that name must needs belong Till Persecution dragg'd them into fame, T'excuses in which reason has no part)
And chas'd them up 10 Heav'n. Their ashes flew Serve to compose a spirit well-inclin'd
-No marble tells us whither. With their names To live on terms of amity with vice,
No bard embalms and sanctifies his song : And sin without disturbance. Often urg'd, And History, so warm on meaner themes, (As often as libidinous discourse
Is cold on this. She execrates, indeed, Exhausted, he resorts to solemn themes
The tyranny that doom'd them to the fire, of theological and grave import)
But gives the glorious suff'rers little praise. They gain at last his unreserv'd assent;
He is the freeman, whom the truth makes free Till, baruen'd his heart's temper in the forge And all are slaves beside. There's not a chain, Of lust, and on the anvil of despair,
That hellish foes, confed'rate for his harm, He slights strokes of conscience. Nothing moves, Can wind around him, but he casts it off, Or nothing much, his constancy in ill;
With as much ease as Samson his green withes. Vain temp'ring has but foster'd his disease ;
He looks abroad into the varied field 'Tis desp'rate, and he sleeps the sleep of death. of nature, and though poor, perhaps, compar'd Haste now, philosopher, and set him free.
With those whose mansions glitter in his sight, Charm the deaf serpent wisely. Make him hear Calls the delightful scen’ry all his own. Of rectitude and fitness, moral truth
His are the mountains, and the valleys his, How lovely, and the moral sense how sure, And the resplendent rivers. His t' enjoy Consulted and obey'd, to guide his steps
With a propriety that none can feel, Directly to the FIRST AND ONLY FAIR.
But who, with filial confidence inspir'd, Spare not in such a cause. Spend all the pow'rs Can lift to Heaven an unpresumptuous eye, Of rant and rhapsody in virtue's praise :
And smiling say—“My father made them all!" Be most sublimely good, verbosely grand,
Are they not his by a peculiar right, And with poetic trappings grace thy prose,
And by an emphasis of int'rest his, Till it outmantle all the pride of verse.
Whose eye they fill with tears of holy joy, Ah, tinkling cymbal, and high-sounding brass, Whose heart with praise, and whose exalted mind Smitten in vain! such music cannot charm
With worthy thoughts of that unwearied love
Grace makes the slave a freeman. "Tis a change, In feast, or in the chase, in song or dance,
A liberty like his, who, unimpeach'd
Of usurpation, and to no man's wrong, As if, like him of fabulous renown,
Appropriates nature as his Father's work, They had, indeed, ability to smooth
And has a richer use of yours than you. The shag of savage nature, and were each He is indeed a freeman. Free by birth An Orpheus, and omnipotent in song:
Of no mean city; plann'd or ere the hills But transformation of apostate man
Were built, the fountains open'd, or the sea From fool to wise, from earthly to divine,
With all his roaring multitude of waves. Is work for Him that made him. He alone,
His freedom is the same in ev'ry state ; And he by means in philosophic eyes
And no condition of this changeful life, Trivial and worthy of disdain, achieves
So manifold in cares, whose ev'ry day The wonder; humanizing what is brute
Brings its own evil with it, makes it less : In the lost kind, extracting from the lips
For he has wings, that neither sickness, pain, Of asps their venom, overpow'ring strength Nor penury, can cripple or confine. By weakness, and hostility by love.
No nook so narrow but he spreads them there Patriots have toil'd, and in their country's cause With ease, and is at large. Th'oppressor holds Bled nobly; and their deeds, as they deserve, His body bound ; but knows not what a range Receive proud recompense. We give in charge His spirit takes unconscious of a chain ; Their names to the sweet lyre. Th' historic Muse, And that to bind him is a vain attempt, Proud of the treasure, marches with it down Whom God delights in, and in whom he dwells. To latest times; and Sculpture, in her turn,
Acquaint thyself with God, if thou wouldst taste Gives bond in stone and ever-during brass
His works. Admitted once to his embrace, To guard them, and t’immortalize her trust : Thou shalt perceive that thou wast blind before. But fairer wreaths are Jue, though never paid, Thine eye shall be instructed, and thine heart To those, who, posted at the shrine of Truth, Made pure shall relish with divine delight Have fall'n in her defence. A patriot's blood, Till then unselt, what hands divine have wrought. Well spent in such a strife, may earn indeed, Brutes graze the mountain-top, with faces prone,
And eyes intent upon the scanty herb
In vain thy creatures testify of thee,
And with the boon gives talents for its use.
The uninform’d and heedless souls of men.
Then skilful most when most severely judg’d. Not for its own sake merely, but for his
But chance is not; or is not where thou reign'st: Much more, who fashion'd it
, he gives it praise ; Thy providence forbids that fickle pow'r
Yet thus we dote, refusing while we can
Thee we reject, unable to abide
Made such by thee, we love thee for that cause, The unambiguous footsteps of the God,
For which we shunn'd and hated thee before. Who gives its lustre to an insect's wing,
Then we are free. Then liberty, like day, And wheels his throne upon the rolling worlds. Breaks on the soul, and by a flash from Heav'n Much conversant with Heav'n, she often holds Fires all the faculties with glorious joy. With those fair ministers of light to man,
A voice is heard, that mortal ears hear not,
And adds his rapture to the gen'ral praise.
Behind his own creation, works unseen
Thou art the source and centre of all minds,
But I thou bounteous giver of all good,
And with thee rich, take what thou wilt away.
THE WINTER WALK AT NOON.
Argument. And that, infus'd from Heav'n, must thither tend.” Bells at a distance. Their effect. fine noon in
So reads he nature, whom the lamp of truth winter. A sheltered walk. Meditation better Illuminates. Thy lamp, mysterious Word!
than books. Our familiarity with the course of Which whoso sees no longer wanders lost,
nature makes it appear less wonderful than it is With intellects bemaz'd in endless doubt,
The transformation that Spring effects in a shrub But runs the road of wisdom. Thou hast built bery described. A mistake concerning the course With means, that were not till by thee employ'd, of nature corrected. God maintains it by an Worlds, that had never been hadst thou in strength unremitted act. The amusements fashionable at Been less, or less benevolent than strong.
this hour of the day reproved. Animals happy, They are thy witnesses, who speak thy pow'r a delightful sight. Origin of cruelty to animals. And goodness infinite, but speak in ears
That it is a great crime, proved from Scripture. That hear not, or receive not their report.
That proof illustrated by a tale. A line drawn between the lawful and unlawful destruction of And where the woods fence off the northern blast, them. Their good and useful properties insisted The season smiles, resigning all its rage, on. A pology for the encomiums bestowed by the And has the warmth of May. The vault is blue author on animals. Instances of man's extrava. Without a cloud, and white without a speck gant praise of man. The groans of the creation The dazzling splendor of the scene below. shall have an end. A view taken of the restora- Again the harmony comes o'er the vale ; tion of all things. An invocation, and an invita- And through the trees I view th’embattled tow'r, tion of Him who shall bring it to pass. The Whence all the music. I again perceive retired man vindicated from the charge of use. The soothing influence of the wafied strains, lessness. Conclusion.
And settle in soft musings as I tread
The walk, still verdant, under oaks and elms, THERE is in souls a sympathy with sounds, Whose outspread branches over-arch the glade. And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleas'd The roof, though movable through all its length With melting airs or martial, brisk or grave; As the wind sways it, has yet well suffic'd, Some chord in unison with what we hear And, intercepting in their silent fall Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies. The frequent fakes, has kept a path for me. How soft the music of those village bells,
No noise is here, or none that hinders thought. Falling at intervals upon the ear
The red-breast warbles still, but is content In cadence sweet, now dying all away,
With slender notes, and more than half suppress'd: Now pealing loud again, and louder still,
Pleas'd with his solitude, and fitting light Clear and sonorous, as the gale comes on !
From spray to spray, where'er he rests he shakes With easy force it opens all the cells
From many a twig the pendent drops of ice,
Stillness, accompanied with sounds so soft,
Charms more than silence. Meditation here Such comprehensive views the spirit takes, May think down hours to moments. Here the hear That in a few short moments I retrace
May give a useful lesson to the head, (As in a map the voyager his course)
And Learning wiser grow without his books. The windings of my way through many years. Knowledge and Wisdom, far from being one, Short as in retrospect the journey seems,
Have oft-limes no connexion. Knowledge dwells It seem'd not always short; the rugged path, In heads replete with thoughts of other men ; And prospect oft so dreary and forlorn,
Wisdom in minds attentive to their own. Mov'd many a sigh at its disheart'ning length. Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass, Yet feeling present evils, while the past
The mere materials with which Wisdom builds, Faintly impress the mind. or not at all,
Till smooth'd, and squar'd, and fitted to its place How readily we wish time spent revok'd,
Does but encumber whom it seems t'enrich.
Holds an unthinking multitude enthrall’d.
Surrender judgment hoodwink d. Some the sty Whose favor, like the clouds of Spring, might low'r, Infatuates, and through labyrinths and wilds And utter now and then an awful voice,
Of error leads them, by a tune entranc'd. But had a blessing in its durkest frown,
While sloth seduces more, too weak to bear Threat'ning at once and nourishing the plant. The insupportable fatigue of thought; We lov'd, but not enough, the gentle hand, And swallowing therefore without pause or choice That rear'd us. At a thoughtless age, allur'd The total grist unsifted, husks and all. By ev'ry gilded folly, we renounc'd
But trees and rivulets, whose rapid course His shelt'ring side, and wilfully farewent
Defies the check of Winter, liaunts of deer, That converse, which we now in vain regret. And sheep-walks populous with bleating lambs, How gladly would the man recall to life
And lanes, in which the primrose ere her time The boy's neglected sire! a mother too,
Peeps through the moss, that clothes the hawthorn rool, That softer friend, perhaps more gladly still, Deceive no student. Wisdom there, and truth, Might he demand them at the gates of death. Not shy, as in the world, and to be won Sorrow has, since they went, subuu'd and tam'd By slow solicitation, seize at once The playful humor; he could now i'ndure, 'The roving thought, and fix it on themselves. (Himself grown sober in the vale of tears,)
What prodigies can pow'r divine perform And feel a parent's presence no restraint.
More grand than it produces year by year,
And all in sight of inattentive man?
And in the constancy of nature's course,
And regular return of genial months, The few that pray at all pray oft amiss,
And renovation of a faded world, And, seeking grace t'improve the prize they hold, See nought to wonder at. Should God again, Would urge a wiser suit than asking more. As once in Gibeon, interrupt the race
The night was Winter in his roughest mood; of the undeviating and punctual sun, The morning sharp and clear. But now at noon How would the world admire! but speaks it less Upon the southern side of the slant hills,
An agency divine, to make him know
His moment when to sink and when to rise,
Some say, that in the origin of things, Age after age, than to arrest his course?
When all creation started into birth, All we behold is miracle ; but, seen
The infant elements receiv'd a law, So duly, all is miracle in vain.
From which they swerve not since. That under force Where now the vital energy, that mov'd,
of that controlling ordinance they move, While Summer was, the pure and subile lymph And need not his immediate hand, who first Tbrongh th' imperceptible meand'ring veins Prescrib'd their course, to regulate it now. or leaf and Now'r? It sleeps; and th' icy touch Thus dream they, and contrive to save a God of unprolific Winter has impress'd
Th' encumbrance of his own concerns, and spare A cold stagnation on the intestine tide.
The great Artificer of all that moves But let the months go round, a few short months, The stress of a continual act, the pain And all shall be restor'd. These naked shoots, of unremitted vigilance and care, Barren as lances, among which the wind
As too laborious and severe a task. Makes wintry music, sighing as it goes,
So man, the moth, is not afraid, it seems, Shall put their graceful foliage on again,
To span omnipotence, and measure might And more aspiring, and with ampler spread, That knows no measure, by the scanty rule Shall boast new charms, and more than they have lost. And standard of his own, that is to-day, Then each, in its peculiar honors clad,
And is not ere to-morrow's sun go down. Shall publish even to the distant eye
But how should matter occupy a charge, Its family and tribe. Laburnum, rich
Dull as it is, and satisfy a law
So vast in its demands, unless impellid
The Lord of all, himself through all diffus'd,
Nature is but a name for an effect,
By which the mighty process is maintain'd;
Slow-circling ages are as transient days; Studious of ornament, yet unresolv'd
Whose work is without labor; whose design Which hue she most approv’d, she chose them all; No flaw deforms, no difficulty thwarts; Copious of flow'rs the woodbine, pale and wan, And whose beneficence no charge exhausts. But well compensating her sickly looks
Him blind antiquity profan'd, noi serred, With never-cloying odors, early and late ; With self-taught rites, and under various names, Hypericum, all bloom, so thick a swarm
Female and male, Pomona, Pales, Pan, Of Aow'rs, like flies clothing her slender rods, And Flora, and Vertumnus; peopling Earth 'That scarce a leaf appears; mezereon, too, With tutelary goddesses and gods, Though leafless, well attir'd, and thick beset That were not; and commending as they would With blushing wreaths, investing ev'ry spray ;
To each some province, garden, field, or grove. Alibaea with the purple eye; the broom
But all are under one. One spirit--His, Yellow and bright, as bullion unalloy'd,
Who wore the platted thorns with bleeding brows, Her blossoms; and luxuriant above all
Rules universal nature. Not a flow'r The jasmine, throwing wide her elegant sweets, But shows some touch, in freckle, streak, or stain, The deep dark green of whose unvarnish'd leaf of his unrivald pencil. He inspires Makes more conspicuous, and illumines more Their balmy odors, and imparts their hues, The bright profusion of her scatter'd stars.- And bathes their eyes with nectar, and includes, These have been, and these shall be in their day; In grains as countless as the sea-side sands, And all this uniform uncolor'd scene
The forms with which he sprinkles all the Earth. Shall be dismantled of its fleecy load,
Happy who walks with him! whom what he finds And flush into variety again.
Of flavor or of scent in fruit or flow'r, From dearth to plenty, and from death to life, Or what he views of beautiful or grand Is Nature's progress when she lectures man In nature, from the broad majestic oak In heav'nly truth; evincing as she makes
To the green blade that twinkles in the sun, The grand transition, that there lives and works Prompts with remembrance of a present God, A soul in all things, and that soul is God.
His presence, who made all so fair, perceiv'd The beauties of the wilderness are his,
Makes all still fairer. As with him no scene That makes so gay the solitary place,
Is dreary, so with him all seasons please. Where no eye sees them. And the fairer forms, Though winter had been none, had man been true, That cultivation glories in, are his.
And Earth be punish'd for its tenants' sake, He sets the bright procession on its way,
Yet not in vengeance; as this smiling sky, And marshals all the order of the year;
So soon succeeding such an angry night, He marks the bounds, which Winter may not pass, And these dissolving snows, and ihis clear stream And blunts his pointed fury; in its case,
Recov'ring fast its liquid music, prove Russet and rude, folds up the tender germ,
Who then, that has a mind well-strung and tund Uninjur’d, with inimitable art;
To contemplation, and within his reach
His host of wooden warriors to and fro
Marching and countermarching, with an eye
As fix'd as marble, with a forehead ridg'd Their efforts, yet resolv'd with one consent,
To ecstacy, too big to be suppress'd-
These, and a thousand images of bliss,
Where cruel man defeats not her design,
Impart to the benevolent, who wish Across a velvet level, feel a joy
All that are capable of pleasure pleas'd, Akin to rapture, when the bauble finds
A far superior happiness to theirs, Its destin'd goal, of difficult access.
The comfort of a reasonable joy. Nor deems he wiser him, who gives his noon
Man scarce bad ris'n, obedient to his call, To Miss, the mercer's plague, from shop to shop Who form'd him from the dust, his future grave, Wand'ring and litt'ring with unfolded silks
When he was crown'd as never king was since. The polish'd counter, and approving none, God set the diadem upon his head, Or promising with smiles to call again.
And angel choirs attended. Wond'ring stood Nor him, who by his vanity seduc'd,
The new-made monarch, while before him pass'd, And sooth'd into a dream that he discerns
All happy, and all perfect in their kind, The diff'rence of a Guido from a daub,
The creatures, summon'd from their various haunts, Frequents the crowded auction : station'd there To see their sov'reign, and confess his sway. As duly as the Langford of the show,
Vast was his empire, absolute his pow'r, With glass at eye, and catalogue in hand,
Or bounded only by a law, whose force And tongue accomplish'd in the fulsome cant 'Twas his sublimest privilege to feel And pedantry, that coxcombs learn with ease; And own, the law of universal love. Oft as the price-deciding hammer falls,
He rul'd with meekness, they obey'd with joy ; He notes it in his book, then raps his box,
No cruel purpose lurk'd within his heart, Swears 'tis a bargain, rails at his hard fate,
And no distrust of his intent in theirs. That he has let it pass—but never bids.
So Eden was a scene of harmless sport, Here unmolested, through whatever sign Where kindness on his part, who rul'd the whole, The Sun proceeds, I wander. Neither mist, Begat a tranquil confidence in all, Nor freezing sky nor sultry, checking me,
And fear as yet was not, nor cause for fear. Nor stranger intermeddling with my joy.
But sin marr'd all; and the revolt of man, Evin in the spring and play-time of the year, That source of evils not exhausted yet, That calls th' unwonted villager abroad
Was punish'd with revolt of his from him. With all her liule ones, a sportive train,
Garden of God, how terrible the change To gather kingcups in the yellow mcad,
Thy groves and lawns then witness'd! Ev'ry heart, And prink their hair with daisies, or to pick Each animal, of ev'ry name, conceiv'd A cheap but wholesome salad from the brook. A jealousy and an instinctive fear, These shades are all my own. The tim'rous hare, And, conscious of some danger, either filed Grown so familiar with her frequent guest, Precipitate the loth'd abode of man, Scarce shuns me; and the stockdove unalarm'd Or growl'd defiance in such angry sort, Sits cooing in the pine-tree, nor suspends
As taught him too to tremble in his turn. His long love-ditty for my near approach.
Thus harmony and family accord Drawn from his refuge in some lonely elm,
Were driv'n from Paradise ; and in that hour
The seeds of cruelty, that since have swellid
Were sown in human nature's fruitful soil.
Regardless of their plaints. To make him sport,
And just in his account, why bird and beast And anger insignificantly fierce.
Should suffer torture, and the streams be dyed The heart is hard in nature, and unfit
With blood of their inhabitants impal'd. For human fellowship, as being void
Earth groans beneath the burden of a war Of sympathy, and therefore dead alike
Wag'd with defenceless innocence, while he, To love and friendship boil that is not pleas'd Not satisfied to prey on all around, With sight of animals enjoynig life,
Adds tenfold bitterness of death by pangs Nor feels their happiness augment his own.
Needless, and first torments ere he devours. The bounding fawn, that darts across the glade Now happiest they, that occupy the scenes When none pursues, through mere delight of heart, The most remote from his abhorr'd resort, And spirits buoyant with excess of glee;
Whom once, as delegate of God on Earth, 7'he horse as wanion, and almost as fleet,
They fear'd, and as his perfect image lov'd. That skims the spacious meadow at full speed, The wilderness is theirs, with all its caves. Then slops, and snorts, and, throwing high his heels, Its hollow glens, its thickeis, and its plains, Starts to the voluntary race again ;
Unvisited by man. There they are free, The very kine. that gambol at high noon,
And howl and roar as like them, uncontrollid; The wral herd receiving first from one,
Nor ask his leave to slumber or to play. That leads the dance, a summons to be gay, Woe to the tyrant, if he dare intrude mhough wild their strange vagaries, and uncouth Within the confines of their wild domain :