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And winter always winds his sullen horn,
Weep, and flowers sicken when the summer flies. 5 Thou only, terrible Ocean, hast a power,
A will, a voice ; and in thy wrathful hour,
Thy broad green forehead. If thy waves be driven 10 Backwards and forwards by the shifting wind,
How quickly dost thou thy great strength unbind,
Thou trackless and immeasurable main !
Hath ever fathomed thy profoundest deeps,
Can move the mighty ocean into storm.20 Oh! wonderful thou art, great element :
And fearful in thy spleeny humors bent,
Make music in earth's dark and winding caves, 25 I love to wander on thy pebbled beach,
Marking the sunlight at the evening hour,
LESSON CLXXVII.---THE URSA MAJOR.-HENRY WARE, JUN.
With what a stately and majestic step
Its princely way amongst the stars in slow
I joy to see thee on thy glowing path
The other tribes forsake their midnight track,
But thou dost never close thy burning eye,
Slumber and wake, thy ceaseless march proceeds. 5 The near horizon tempts to rest in vain.
Thou, faithful Sentinel, dost never quit
And bid the North forever know its place. 10 Ages have witnessed thy devoted trust,
Unchanged, unchanging. When the sons of God
The illimitable universe,-thy voice
The glad cry sounded, swelling to His praise
Of splendors that enrich his firmament.
Ages have rolled their course, and Time grown gray;
Of her,-uncounted, unremembered tribes.
Have stooped with age,—the solid continents
Their haughty honors in the face of Heaven, 30 As if immortal,-have been swept away,
Shattered and mouldering, buried and forgot.
And beauty, still are thine,-as clear, as bright, 35 As when the Almighty Former sent thee forth,
Beautiful offspring of his curious skill,
I wonder as I gaze. That stream of light,
Has issued from those dazzling points, through years
That go back far into eternity.
Which now descend upon my lifted eye,
While those winged particles,—whose speed outstrips
And in the extremes of annual change, beheld
So far from earth those mighty orbs revolve ;
Yea, glorious lamps of God! He may have quenched
Your ancient flames, and bid eternal night
This distant planet. Messengers still come
But hides the black, wreck of extinguished realms, 20 Where anarchy and darkness long have reigned.
Yet what is this, which, to the astonished mind,
Seven stars 25 Dwell in that brilliant cluster, and the sight
Embraces all at once ; yet each from each
From the profound of heaven,
down 35 Upon your gaze, thick showers of sparkling fire,
Stars, crowded, thronged, in regions so remote
Earth, Sun, and nearer Constellations ! what 40 Are ye, amid this infinite extent
And multitude of God's most infinite works?
every star from
And these are Suns !-vast, central, living fires,
And flourish in their sınile. Awake my soul, 5 And meditate the wonder! Countless suns
Blaze round thee, leading forth their countless worlds !
Of all-pervading Love. 10
What mind can know,
Thy children, and Thy care,—and none o'erlooked 15 Or Thee! No, not the humblest soul that dwells
Upon the humblest globe, which wheels its course
Amongst the thousand mirrored lamps which Aling 20 Their wasteful splendor from the palace wall.
None, none escape the kindness of Thy care:
thrones 25 Ye mark the rolling provinces that own
Your sway,--what beings fill those bright abodes ?
The stamp of human nature? Or has God
And more celestial minds? Does Innocence
And sowed corruption in those fairy bowers ? 35 Has War trod o'er them with his foot of fire ?
And Slavery forged his chains, and Wrath, and Hate,
And scatter woe where Heaven had planted joy? 40 Or are they yet all Paradise, unfallen
And uncorrupt ;-existence one long joy, -
Upon the heart, or weariness of life,
Glows in the light from God's near throne of Love? 5 Open your lips, ye wonderful and fair!
Speak, speak! the mysteries of those living worlds
May read and understand. The hand of God 10 Has written legibly what man may know,
THE GLORY OF THE MAKER. There it shines,
May know and ask no more. 15
In other days,
shall be extended; it shall roam,
Shall pass from orb to orb, and dwell in each 20 Familiar with its children, learn their laws,
And share their state, and study and adore
Lavished on all its works. 25
An unexhausted universe, and time
Advancing ever to the source of light
LESSON CLXXVIII.—THE FATE OF TYRANNY.-Mason.
Jehovah breaks the avenger's rod.