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XXXVIII. But ah! th' Hiftorick Muse has never dared • To pierce those hallow'd bowers: 'tis Fancy's beam • Pour'd on the vision of th' enraptured Bard, • That paints the charms of that delicious theme,

Then hail sweet fancy's ray! and hail the dream " That weans the weary foul from guilt and woe! • Careless what others of my choice may deem,

• I long where Love and Fancy lead to go, • And meditate on heaven ; enough of earth I know.'

XXXIX. • I cannot blame thy choice (the Sage replied) « For soft and smooth are Fancy's flowery ways. ' And yet, even there, if left without a guide, . The young adventurer unsafely plays. • Eyes dazzled long by Fiction's gaudy rays • In modeft Truth no light nor beauty find. • And who, my child, would trust the meteor-blaze,

. That foon must fail, and leave the wanderer blind, * More dark and helpless far, than if it ne'er had shined?

XL. • Fancy enervates, while it fooths the heart, . And, while it dazzles, wounds the mental light: To joy each heightening charm it can impart, ' But wraps the hour of woe in tenfold night. · And often, where no real ills aftright, • Its visionary fiends, án endless train, • Affail with equal or superior might,

And through the thirobbing heart, and dizzy brain, . And shivering nerves, shout itings of more than mortal

pain.

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XLI.
And

yet, alas! the real ills of life
• Claim the full vigour of a mind prepared,
Prepared for patient, leng, 'aborious itrife,

Its guide Experience, and Truth its guard.

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( We fare on earth as other men have fared ?
• Were they successful? Let not us despair.
• Was disappointment oft their fole reward?

Yet shall their tale instruct, if it declare, • How they have born the load ourselves are dooin'd to

o bear.

XLII. « What charms th' Historic Muse adorn, from spoils, • And blood, and tyrants, when the wings her fight, • To hail the patriot Prince, whose pious toils • Sacred to science, liberty, and right, * And peace, through every age divinely bright • Shall shine the boat and wonder of mankind ! • Sees yonder sun from his meridian height.

• A lovelier scene, than Virtue thus in shrined • In power, and man with man for mutual aid combined.

XLIII. • Hail sacred Polity, by Freedom rear'd ! • Hail sacred Freedom, when by Law restrain'd! • Without you what were man? A groveling herd • In darkness, wretchedness, and want enchain'd. • Sublimed by you, the Greek and Roman reign'd • In arts unrivai’d: 0, to latest days, • In Albion may your influence unprofaned

• To godlike worth the generous bofom raife, • And prompt the Sage's lore, and fire the poet's lays.

XLIV. --- But now let other themes our care engage. • For lo, with modeit yet majestic grace, • To curb Imagination's lawless rage,

And from within the cherish'd heart to brace, • Philofophy appears. The glooiny race • By Indolence and moping Fancy bred, • Fear, Discontent, Solicitude give place,

· And hope and Courage brighten in their fead, • While on the kindling foul her vital beams are shed.

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XLV. « Then waken from long lethargy to life * · The seeds of happiness, and powers of thought : • Then jarring appetites forgoe their strife, • A Itrife by ignorance to madness wrought.

Pleasure by lavage man is dearly bought • With fell revenge, luft that defies controul, • With gluttony and death. The mind untaught

Is a dark waste, where fiends and tempefts howl ; • As Phæbus to the world, is Science to the Soul.

XLVI. · Anu Reason now through Number, Time, and Space, . Darts the keen lutter of her serious

eye, And learns from facts compared the laws to trace, · Whose long progression leads to Deity. • Can morta) ftrength presume to foar fo high ! • Can mortal fight, so oft bedim'd with tears, • Such glory bear!—for lo, the shadows fly

- From Nature's face; Confusion disappears, * And order charms the eyes, and harmony the ears.

XLVII. In the deep windings of the grove, no more • The hag unfeen, and grilly phantom dwell; « Nor in the fall of mountain-stream, or roar

Of winds, is heard the angry spirits yell ; • No wizard mutters the tremendous fpell

Nor finks convulsive in prophetic swoon ; • Nor bids the noise of drums and trumpets swell,

• To ease of fancied pangs the labouring moon, • Or chase the shades that blots the blazing orb of noon.

* The influence of the Philosophic Spirit,-in humanizing the mind, and preparing it for intellectual exertion and delicate pleasure ;-in exploring, by the help of geometry, the system, of the universe ;-in ba. nising superitition ;-in promoting navigation, agriculture, medicine, and moral and political science from Stanza xlv, to Stanza LV,

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XLVIII. Many a long-lingering year, in lonely ille, • Stun'd with th'eternal turbulence of waves, I Lo, with dim eyes, that never learn’d to smile, • Anıl trembling hands, the familh'd native craves · Of Heaven his wretched fare : shivering in caves, • Or scorch'd on rocks, he pines from day to day ; • But Science gives the word ; and lo, he braves

• The furge and tempelt, lighted by her ray, " And to a happier land wafts merrily away.

XLIX. • And even where Nature loads the teeming plain • With the full pomp of vegetable store, • Her bounty, unimproved, is deadly bane : • Dark woods and rankling wilds, from shore to shore, • Stretch their enormous gloom; which to explore • Even Fancy trembles, in her sprightlieft mood ; · For there, each eyeball gleams with luft of gore, • Nestles each murderous and each monitrous brood, Plague lurks in every shade, and steams from every flood.

L. 'Twas from Philofophy man learn’d to tame • The foil by plenty to intemperance fed. • Lo, from the echoing ax, and thundering Rame, • Poison and plague and yielding rage are fled. • The waters, bursting from their dimy bed,

Bring health and melody to every vale: And, from the breezy main, and mountain's head, · Ceres and Flora, to the sunny dale, • To fan their glowing charms, invite the Auttering gale.

LI. • What dire necesities on every hand · Our art, our ftrength, our fortitude require.?

Of foes intestine what a numerous band • Against this little throb of life conspire ! 6 Yet Science can elude their fatal ire • A while, and turn aside Death's level'd dart, • Sooth zhe sharp pang, allay the fever's fire,

" And brace the nerves once more, and cheer the heart, ' And yet a few foft nights and balmy days impart.

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LII. · Nor less to regulate man's moral frame + Science exerts her all-composing fway. • Flutters thy breast with fear, or pants for fame, • Or pines to indolence and Spleen a prey, Or Avarice, a fiend more fierce than they? • Flee to the shade of Academus' grove ; • Where cares moleft not, discord melts away

• In harmony, and the pure passions prove (Love. • How sweet the words of truth breathed from the lips of

LIII. • What cannot Art and Industry perform, • When Science plans the progress of their toil!

They smile at penury, direale, and ttorm ; • And oceans from their mighty mounds recoil. • When tyrants scourge, or demagogues embroil • A land, or when the rabble's headlong rage

Order transforms to anarchy and spoil, • Deep-versed in man the philosophic Sage ! Prepares with lenient hand their phrenzy to afswage.

LIV. « 'Tis he alone, whose comprehensive mind, • From situation, temper, soil, and clime

Explored, a nation's various power can bind . And various orders, in one Form sublime • Of polity, that, midst the wrecks of time, • Secure shall lift its head on high, nor fear • Th' affault of foreign or domestic crime,

• While public faith, and public love sincere, • And Industry and Law maintain their fway severe.'

LV.
Enraptured by the Hermit's ftrain, the Youth
Proceeds the path of Science to explore.
And now, expanding to the beams of Truth,
New energies, and charms unknown before,
His mind discloses : Fancy now no more
Wantons on fickle pinion through the skies ;
But, fix'd in aini, and conscious of her power,

Sublime from cause to cause exults to rise,
Creation's blended stores arranging as the fies.

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