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Andofthevplunge themselves themireamong: / The tide revertive, unattracted leaves
Makes them renew their unmelodious moan; Thro' the blue infinite; and every star, (Right
Pours on the eye, or astrouenic tube, $53. To the Memory of Sir Isaac Newton. Far-stretching snatches from thic dark abyss,
'Thomson. Or such as further in successive skies Inscrilied to the Right Honorable : To fancy shine alone, at his approach Sir Robert Walpole.
Blaz'dł into suns, the living cenire each
O unprofuse magnificence divine !
Effects so various, beautiful, and great,
| The mystic veil transpiercing, inly scann'd In Nature s general symphony to join. (guest? | The rising, moving, wide-establish'd frame.
And what new wonders can you show your He first of men, with awfal wing pursued Who, while on this dimi spot, where mortals toil The Coinet thro' the long elliptic curve, Clouded in dust, from Motion's simple laws As roundiunun'rous worlds he wound his way; Could trace the secret hand of Proviilence Till, to the forehead of our eveving sky Wire-working thro' this universal frame. Return'd, the blazing wonder glares anew,
Hlave ve not listen’d, while he bound the suns And o'er the trembling nations shakes dismay. And planets to their spheres? th' unequal task The heaveus are all his oinn; from the wild Oihuman kind till then. Oft liad they rollid JOf whirling vortices and circling spheres, [rule O'er erring man the year, and oft disgrac'd To their first great simplicity restor'd. The pride of schools, before their course was The schools astonish'd stood ; but found it vain Full in its causes and effects, to him, fknown To combat still with deinonstration strong, All-piercing sage! who sat not own and dream'd| And, unawakeo'd, dream beneath the blaze Romantic scheines, defended by the din . Of truth. Al once their pleasing visions fled, Of specious words, and tyranny of names; With the gay shadows of the morning mix'd, Burbicking his amazing mind attend,
When Newton rose, our philosophic sun. And, with heroic patience, years and years The acrial flow of sound was known to him, Deep scarching saiv at last the systein dawn, From whence it first in wary circles breaks, And shine of all his race on hini alonc.[strong! Till the touch'd organ takes the message in. What were his raptures then : how puro! how Yor could the darting beau, of speed immense And whatthe trivinphsofold Greeceand Rome, Escape his swift pursuit, and measuring eye. By his diminish'd, but the price of boys . Even light itself, which ev'ry thing displays, In some small fray victorious ! when instead Shone undiscover'd, till his brighter inınd Ofshaiter'd parcels of this earth usurpa Untuisied all the shining robe of day; By violence unmanly, and sore deeds
And from the whitening undistinguish'd blaze Of cruelty and blood, Nature herself
Collecting ev'ry ray into his kind,
Of parent-colors. First the-flaning red
Sprung vivid forth; the tawny orange next;
Fol the kind beams of all-refreshing green ;
Then the pure blue, that swells autumnal skies,
Died in the fainted violet away.
Shine out distinct adown the wat'ry bow;
Of beauty, ever-flushing, ever new!
Did ever poet image aught so fair, [brook! That now he wanders thro' those endless world Dreaming in whispering groves by the hoarse He here so well descried, and wond'ring talks Or prophet, to whose rapture heaven descends! And hymns their Author with his glad cornpeers' Even now the setting sun and shifting clouds, | O Britain's boast! whether with angels thoa Seen, Greenwich, from thy lovely heights, declare Sittest in dread discourse, or fellow-blest, How just, how beauteous the refractive law. Who joy to see the honor of their kind;
The noiseless tide of time, all bearing down Or whether, mounted on cherubic wing, To vast cternity's unbounded sea,
Thy swist career is with the whirling orbs, Where the green island of the happy shine, Coinparing things with things, iu rapture lost, He stemmn'd alone: and to the source (involvd And grateful adoration, for that light Decp in primæval gloom) ascending, rais'd So plenteous ray'd into thy nimd below, His lights at equal distances, to guide
From Light himself; o look with pity down Historian, wilderd on his darksome way. On human kind a frail erroneous race!
But who can number up his labors ? 'who Exalt the spirit of a downward world! His high discov'ries sing? when but a few O'er thy dejected country chief preside, Of the decp studying race can stretch their minds And be her Genius callid! her studies raise, To what he knew : in fancy's lighter thought Correct her manners, and inspire her youth: How shall the Muse then graspthe mighty theme? For, tho'deprav'dand sunk,she broughtthecforth,
What wonder thence that his devotion swellid And glories in thy namie; she points thee out Responsive to his knowledge? for could he, To all her sons, and bids them eye thy star: Whose piercing mental eye diffusive saw While in expectance of the second life, The finish'd university of things,
When time shall be no inore, the sacred dust In all its order, magnitnde and parts,
Sleeps with her kings, and dignifies the scene, Forbcar incessant to adore that Pow'r Who fills, snstains, and actuates the whole ? Say, ye who best can tell, ye happy few,
§ 54. Ilymn on Solitude. Thomsox. Who saw him in the softest lights of life, Hall, mildly-pleasing Solitude, All unwithheld, indulging to his friends Companion of the wise and good : The vast unborrow'd treasures of his mind, But from whose holy piercing eye Oh speak the wondrous man! how mild, how The herd of fools and villains fly. How greatly humble, hówdivinely good; (calm, Oh ! liow I love with thee to walk, How firm establish'd on eternal truth; | And listen to thy whisper'd talk, Fervent in doing well, with ev'ry nerve Which innocence and truth imparts, Still pressing on, forgetful of the past,
And melts the most obdurate hearts ! And panting for perfection : far above
A thousand shapes you wear with ease, Those little cares and visionary joys
And still in ev'ry shape you please.
A lone philosopher you seem;
A shepherd next you haunt the plain,
And warble forth your oaten strain;
Then, calm'd to frindship, you assume
| As, with her Musidora, she But hark! melhinks I hear a warning voice, I(Her Musidora fond of thee) Solemn as when some awful change is come, Amid the long withdrawing vale Sound thro' the world 'Tis done! the mea- Awakes the rivald nightingale. “ sure's full ;
[stones, Thine is the balmy breath of morn, " And I resign my charge."-Ye mould'ring Just as the dew-bent rose is born ; That build the towʻring pyramid, the proud TAnd while meridiau fervors beat Triuinphal arch, the monument eflac'd
Thine is the woodland dumb retreat ; By ruthless ruin, and whate'er supports But chief, when evening scenes decay; . The worshipp'd name of hoar antiquity, | And the faint landscape swims away, Down to the dust what grandeur can ve boast, Thine is the doubtful soft decline, While Newton lifis his column to the skies, And that best hour of musing thinc. Beyond the waste of time? Let no weak drop | Descending angels bless thy train,
Cut off, the joyous youth, and darling child, Plain innocence, in white array'd,
Religion's beams around thee shine,
And cheer thy glooins with light divine :
About thee sports sweet Liberty ;
| Calm as the bless'd above the anchorites dwell And rapı Urania sings to thee.'
Within their peaceful gloomy cell ; Oh, let me pierce thy secret cell
Their minds with heavenly joys are fill'd; And in thy deep recesses dwell.
| The pleasures Light denies, thy shades for ever Perhaps froin Norwood's oak-clad hill, .
yield. When meditation has her fill,
| In caves of night, the oracles of old. I just may cast my careless eyes
Did all their mysteries unfold : l'here London's spiry turrets rise;
Darkness did first Religion grace, Think of its crimes, its cares, its pain,
Gaveterrors to the God, and reverence to the place. Then shield me in the wovds again.
When the Almighty did on Horeb stand,
Thiy shades inclos'd the hallow'r! land, 8. 55. Ilymn to Darkness. YALDEX:
In clouds of night he was array'd, Darkness, thou first grcat parent of us mit And venerable darkness his pavillion made.
Thou art our great original; " When he appear’darni'd in his pow'r and might,
Since from thruniversal womb[sprin cöme. He veil'd the beatific light; Does all thou shall'st below, thy numerous off- When, terrible with majesiy, (thee. Thy woud'rous birth is even to Time unknown, In tempests he gave laws, and clad himself in . Or, like eternity, thoud'st none;
Ere the foundation of the earth was laid, Whilst light did its first being owe
Or brighter firmament was made ; Unto that awful shade it dares to rival now.' Ere matter, time, or place was known, Say, in what distant region dost thou dwell,
| Thou, Monarch Darkness, sway dst these spa"To Reason inaccessible?
cious realmıs alone. From form and duller matter free,
But now the moon, (tho' gay with borrow'd Thousoar stabove the reach of man's philosophy. Inrades the scany lot of Night: (light) Involved in thee, we first receive our breath,
By rebel subjects thou’rt betray'd,
The anarchyofstars depose their monarch,Shade. Thou art a refuge too in death : Great monarch of the grave and womb!
! Yet fading Light its empire inust resign,
Terta Where'eroursouls shallgo,tothecourbodiescome.
And Nature's pow'r submit to thine : is
An universal ruia shall erect thy throne, The silent globe is struck with awful fear, And Fate confirm thy kingdomevermorethyown.
When thy majestic shades appcar :
Thou dost compose the air and sea, (thee. $56. Education. West. And Earth a sabbath keeps, sacred to rest and Written in imitation of the Style and Manner In thy serener shades our ghosts delight,
of Spencer's Fairy Queen. And court the timbrage of the night; Inscribed to Lady Langham, widow of. Sir. Jo. In vaults and gloomy caves they stray,
Langham, Bart. But fly the morning bennis,and sicken at theday. « Unum studium vere liberale est, quod liberum Though solid boclies dare exclude the light, “ facit. Hoc sapientiæ studium est, sublime, Nor will the brightest ray admit;
“ forte, magnanimum: cætera pusilla et puerilia, No substance can thy force repel,
“ sunt. -- Plus scire velle quam sit satis, intem. Thou reign'st in depths below, dost in the centre
“ perantiæ genus est. Quid, quod ista libera.
“ lium artium consectatio molestos, verbosos, dwell. . . .
“ intempestivos, sibi placentes facit, et ideo non The sparkling gems, and ore in mines below, I “ dicentes necessaria, quia supervacua didiceTo thee their beautcous lustre owe;
. : Sen. Ep. 88. Tho' form'd within the tomb of night, lO GOODLY Discipline! from Heaven ysprung. Bright as their fire they shine, with native rays | Parent of Science, queen of Arts refind ! " of light.
To whom the Graces and the Nine belong, When thou dost raise thy venerable head,
Oh! bid those Graces, in fair chorus join'd
With each bright virtue that adorns the mind,
Oh! bid the Muses, thine harınonious train, Beauties, like polish'd jet, with their own dark-Who by thy ard erst
un dark. Who by thy aid erst humaniz'l mankind, ness bright.
Inspire, direct, and noralize the strain fgain.
That doth essay to teach thy treasure how to Thou dost thy smiles impartially bestow,
And thou, whose pious and maternal care,
The substitute of heavenly Providence,
With tend'rest love my orphan life did rear, Tho'Light distinction makes, thou giv'st equality and train me up to manly strength and sense, Theu, Darkness, art the lover's kind retreat, With mildest awe and virtuous influence
And dost the nuptial joys complete; (Directing my impractis'd wayward feet
Thon dost inspire thein with thy shade, To the smooth walks of Truth and Innocence, Giv'st vigor to the youth, and warm'st the Wherellappiness hearifelt, Contentment sweet, yielding inaid. Philosophy divine, aye hold their blest retreat ;
Thou, most belov'd, most honor'd, most rever'd!, Still as the swelling passions 'gan disclose
They by a palmer T sige insiructed wete, while And trace the plan of goodly nurture * o'er, Who froin dcep thought and siidious searchere: I bring thy modest virtues into view,
Had learnt to inend ihe heart and till the huAnd proudly boast that from tlıy precious store, man soil. Which erst enricb'd my hcarı, I drew this sacred For-by celestial Wisdom whilom led lore.
Thro' all the apartments of th' immortal mind, And thus, I ween, thus shall I best repay He view'd the secret stores, and mark dihe sicd** The valu'd gifts thy careful love bestow'd, (To judgement, wit, and memory, assign'd; If imitating thee well as I'may ,
And now sensation and reflection join'd I labor to diffuse ih' importani good,
To all the images her darksome grotte, Till this great truth by all be understood Whero variously disjointed or combin'd, “ That all the pious duties which we owe As reason, fancy, or opinion, wrought, thouylat. « Our parents, friends, our country, and our Theirvariousmasksthey play'd, and led berpensive • The seeds of ev'ry virtue here below, [God, Als it Ibro' the fields of Science bad he stros'd " From discipline alone and early culture grow." With cager search, and sent his piercing eve CANTO I.
Thro'cach learn'dschool, each philosophicshade,
Where Truth and Virtue erst were deem'd to lie, THE ARGUMENT.
If haply the fair vagrants he inole 11 py,
Or hear the music of their charıning lore; He his young son conveys, - But all unable there to satisfy - Is staid by Custom, with him fights, His curious soul, he turn'd bin to explore
And his vain pride disdays. : The sacred writ of Faith, to learn, believe, adore. A GENTLE kuight there was whose noble decds |Thence foe profess'd of Falsehood and Deceit, O'er Fairyland by Faine were blazon'd round; Those sly artiñcers of 'Tyranny, For warlike enterprize and sage areeds
ye holding up before uncertain feet Among the chicf alike was he renown'i, His faithful light to knowlalge, Liberty, Whence with the marks of highest honors Mankind he led to civil policy, By Gloriana, in domestic peace, [Crown'd And mild Rcligion's charitable law, That port to which the wise are ever bound, That franı'd by Mercy and Benignity He anchor'd was, and chang'd the tossing se:s The persecuting sword forbids to draw, Of bustling busy life for calım sequester'd case. And free-created souls with penal terrors awe. There in domestic virtue rich and great, Ne with the glorious gifts elate and vain As erst in public, 'inid his wide domain Lock'd he his wisdom up in churlish pride, Long in primeval patriarchal state,
But stooping from his height would even deiga The lord, the judge, the father of the plain The fecble steps of infancy to guide : He dwelt ; and with him in the golden chain Eternal glory him therefore betide ; Of welded faith ylink'd a matron sage
Let ev'ry gen'rous pouih his praise proclaim, Aye dwelt, sweet partner of his joy and pain! Whowand'ring thro'the world's rude forest sride, Sweet charmer of his youth, friend of liis age, By him hath been ytaught his course to frame Skill'd to improve his bliss, his sorrows to assuage! ToVirtue'ssweetabodiesandheavenaspiring Fame! From this fair union, not of sordid gain, For this the Fairy knight with anxious thought But merit similar and mutual love,
And fond paternal care his counsel pray'd, True source of lineal virtue, sprung a train And him of genllest courtesy besonght Of youths and virgins, like the beanieous grovė His guidance to vouchafe and friendly aid, Which round the temple of Olyiupic Jove 'The while his sender ofispring he convey'd Begirt with youthful bloom the parent tree, Thro' devious paths to that secure retreat The sacred olive, whence old Elis wove Where sage Pædia with each tuncful maid Her verdant crowns of peaceful victory, On a wide mount had fix'd her rural seat, The guerdons | ofbold strength and swift activity. 'Mid Auw'rygardens plac'd, untrod by vulgarfeet. So round their noble parents goodly rose And now forth-pacing with his blooming heir, These gen'rous sciops; they with watchful care, And that same virtuous palıner them to guide,
* Nurture, education. + Pædia is a Greek word, signifying education. Areeds, counsels,
S Parent crec the sacred clire.] This tree grew in the Altis, or sacred grove of Olympic Jupiter, at Olympia, having, as the Eleans pretended, been originally planted there by Hercules. It was esteenused aacred; and from that were taken the Olympic crowns,
Palmer, pilgrim. The person here signifiedis Mr. Locke, characterized by his works. ** Sted, place, station. tf Als,also, further.
1 Mote, might.
Arm'd all to point, and on a courser fair Was erst upthrown, if so it mote attain,
|Like that poetic mountain, to be hight His little train before he slow did ride,
The noble seat of Learning's goodly train ; Him eke behind a gentle 'squire ensues, Thereto, the more to captivate the sight With his young lord aye marching side by side, It like a garden fair most curiously was dighr**. Ilis counsellor and guard in goodly thews*, In figurd plots with leafy walls enclos'd. Who well had been brought up and nursd by By measure and by rule it was outlay'd, ev'ry Muse.
With symmetry só regular dispos'd Thus as their pleasing journey they pursu'd,
I That plot to plót still answer'd shade to shade; With cheerful argument beguiling pain,
Each correspondent twain alike array'd Ere long descending from a hill they view'd With like embellishments of plants and flow'rs, Beneath their eves outstretchd a spacious plain,
s plaiu. JOf statues, vases, spouting founts, that play'd That fruitful show'd and apt for ev'ry grain, Thro'shells of Tritons their ascending show'rs, For pastures, vines, and flow.rs, while Nature fair And labyrinths involv'd and trelice-wovci Sweet smiling all around with count'nance faiut
Ungently shorne, and with prepost'rous skill
|To various beasts and birds of sundry quill
Transforin'd, and human shapesofmonstroussize, But now it was ruin all and wild decay; Untillid the garden and the fallow lay, [grown,
Huge as that giant race who hill on hill [prize tt The sheep-shorne down with barren brakes to'er-hi
+ Digh-heaping, sought with impious vain em. The whiles the merry peasants sport and play
Despiteofihund'ring Jove to scalethesteepyskios. All as the public evil were unknown,
Als other wonders of the sportive shears Or ev'ry public care from ev'ry breast was flown.
Fair Nature misadorning there were found
Globes, spiral columns, pyramids, and piers, Astonish'd at a scene at once so fair
With sprouting arns and budding statues And so deform’d, with wonder and delight
| Anul horizontal dials on the ground crown'd; At man's neglect and Nature's bounty rare, In living box hy cunning artists tracd, In studious thought awhile the Fairy knight
And gallies trini on no long voyage bound, Brot on that goodly lond 6 his eager fighi,
| But by their roots there ever anchor'd fast, [blast. Then forward rush'd impatient to descry Allts were their bellying sails outspread to ev'ry What towys and castles therein were ei: spighilli O'erall appear'd the mountain's forked brows For towns bim scein'd and castles he did spyleye. With terrasses on terrasses upthrown,
Is to th' horizou round he stretch'd his roaming and all along arrang'd in order'd rows
winter's cold, Aye cast upon the tide its falling hud,
Amid this verdant grove with solemn state,
| Theoce round their brows the Delphic bay they List'ning to sweet Castalia's sounding stream, twind, Whichthro'thieplainsor Cirrhamurm'ring flows; And matching with high names thcirapish pride, But this to that conpar'd mote justly seemn O'er ev'ry learned school aye claim'd they to Nefitting haunt forgods, leworthy man's cstecm. preside. For this, nor founded deep nor spredden wide, In antic garbs (for modern they disdain'd) Nor high uprais'd above the level plain, By Greek and Roman artists whilom $$ made, Ry toiling art thro' tedious years applied, of various woofs and variously, distain'd . From various parts compild with studious pain,' With tints of ev'ry hue were they array'd ; • Thews, manners. + Fain, earnest, eager. Brakes, briers. $ Lond land. 1 Empight, placed. ' q Hight, called, named.
** Dight, drest. #1 Emprize, enterprise, attempt. # All, used frequently by the old English poets for although.