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THE EPITAPH.

Here rests His head upon the lap of Earth A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown; Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth, And Melancholy“marck'd him for her own.

Large was biş bounty, and his soul sincere; Heav'n did a recompence as largely send; He gave to Mis’ry all he had, a tear, He gain'd from Heav'n ('t was all he wish'd) a friend.

No farther seek his merits to disclose,
Or draw his frailties from their dread abode,
(There they alike in trembling hope repose)
The bosom of his Father and his God.

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O EPITAPHIO.

Aqui jaz descançado no regaço
Da fria terra um moço ignoto á Fama;
Victima da tristeza e fado escasso,
Mas genio qual o Ceo deo a quem ama.

De alma sincera, e de bondade extensa, Deo á Miseria quanto tinha -- pranto: Merecia do Ceo tal recompensa, Teve um amigo, e só desejou tanto.

Nem mais virtudes nem fraquezas queiras Arrancar deste sitio tenebroso; . Umas e outras foram passageiras, E cahiram nas mãos de um Deos piedoso.

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THE HERMIT.

A BALLAD.

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Turn

URN, gentle hermit of the dale,

And guide my lonely way,
To where yon taper cheers the vale

With hospitable ray.

& For here forlorn and lost I tread,

With fainting steps, and slow, Where wilds immeasurably spread

Seem lengthening as I go.

« Forbear, my son, » the hermit cries,

« To tempt the dangerous gloom; For yonder faithless phantom flies

To lure thee to thy doom.

« Here to the houseless child of want

My door is open still; And though my portion is but scant,

I give it with good will.

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