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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
yet, alas! the real ills of life
Its guide Experience, and Truth its guard.
( We fare on earth as other men have fared ?
Yet shall their tale instruct, if it declare, • How they have born the load ourselves are dooin'd to
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.
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,
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.
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.'
Sublime from cause to cause exults to rise,