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What tho' he knows not those fantastic joys,
That still amuse the wanton, still deccive;
A face of pleasure, but a heart of pain:
Their hollow moments undelighted all?
Sure peace is his; a solid life estrang'd
To disappointment, and fallacious hope.
s. Rich in content, in nature's bounty rich,

In herbs and fruits; whatever greens the spring,
When heaven descends in showers; or bends the bough
When summer reddens, and when autumn beams;

Or in the wintry glebe whatever lies

Conceal'd, and fattens with the richest sap:
These are not wanting; nor the milky drove,
Luxuriant, spread o'er all the lowing vale;
Nor bleating mountains; nor the chide of streams,
And hum of bees, inviting sleep sincere
Into the guiltless breast, beneath the shade,
Or thrown at large amid the fragrant hay;

Nor ought besides of prospect, grove, or song,"
Dim grottos, gleaming lakes, and fountains clear.
4. Here too dwells simple truth; plain innocence;
Unsullied beauty: sound unbroken youth,
Patient of labour, with a little pleas'd;
Health ever blooming; unambitious toil;
Calm contemplation, and poetic ease.



The pleasure and benefit of an improved and well-directed


1. OH! blest of Heaven, who not the languid songs Of luxury, the siren ! not the bribes


Of sordid wealth, nor all the gaudy spoils

Of pageant Honour, can seduce to leave

Those ever blooming sweets, which, from the store

Of nature, fair imagination culls,

To charm th' enliven'd soul! What tho' not all
Of mortal offspring can attain the height
Of envy'd life; tho' only few possess
Patrician treasures, or imperial state;
Yet nature's care, to all her children just,
With richer treasures, and an ampler state,
Endows at large whatever happy man
Will deign to us them.

His the city's pomp,
The rural honours his. Whate'er adorns

The princely dome, the column, and the arch,


The breathing marble and the sculptur'd gold,
Beyond the proud possessor's narrow claim,
His tuneful breast enjoys. For him, the spring
Distills her dews, and from the silken gem
Its lucid leaves unfolds: for him, the hand
Of autumn tinges every fertile branch

With blooming gold, and blushes like the morn.
Each passing hour sheds tribute from her wings:
And still new beauties meet his lonely walk,
And loves unfelt attract him.

Not a breeze


Flies o'er the meadow; not a cloud imbibes The setting sun's effulgence; not a strain From all the tenants of the warbling shade Ascends; but whence his bosom can partake Fresh pleasure, unreprov'd. Nor thence partakes Fresh pleasure only; for th' attentive mind, By this harmonious action on her powers, Becomes herself harmonious: wont so oft In outward things to meditate the charm Of sacred order, soon she seeks at home, To find a kindred order; to exert Within herself this elegance of love, This fair inspir'd delight: her temper'd pow'rs Refine at length and every passion wears A chaster, milder, more attractive mien. 4. But if to ampler prospects, if to gaze On natures form, where, negligent of all These lesser graces, she assumes the port Of that Eternal Majesty, that weigh'd The world's foundations, if to these the mind Exalts her daring eye; then mightier far Will be the change and nobler. Would the forins Of servile customs cramp her gen'rous pow'rs? Would sordid policies, the barb'rous growth Of ignorance and rapine, bow her down To tame pursuits, to indolence and fear; 5. Lo! she appeals to nature, to the winds. And rolling waves, the sun's unwearied course, The elements and seasons: all declare For what th' eternal MAKER has ordain'd The powers of man: we feel within ourselves His energy divine; he tells the heart, He meant, he made us to behold and love What he beholds and loves, the general orb

Of life and being: to be great like Him,
Beneficent and active. Thus the men

Whom nature's works instruct, with God himself
Hold converse; grow familiar, day by day,
With his conceptions; act upon his plan;
And form to his, the relish of their souls.

Pathetic Pieccs.


The Hermit.


1. Ar the close of the day, when the hamlet is still, And mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove; When nought but the torrent is heard on the hill, And nought but the nightingale's song in the grove: 'Twas thus by the cave of the mountain afar,

While his harp rung symphonious, a hermit began a No more with himself or with nature at war,

He thought as a sage, tho' he felt as a man.
2. "Ah! why, all abandon'd to darkness and wo;
Why lone Philomela, that languishing fall?
For spring shall return, and a lover bestow,
And sorrow no longer thy bosom inthral.
But, if pity inspire thee, renew the sad lay,

Mourn, sweetest complainer, man calls thee to mourkj
O sooth him whose pleasures like thine pass away':
Full quickly they pass-but they never return.
3. "Now gliding remote, on the verge of the sky,
The moon half extinguish'd her crescent displays :
But lately I mark'd, when majestic on high


She shone, and the planets were lost in her blaze. Roll on, thou fair orb, and with gladness pursue The path that conducts thee to splendour again : But man's faded glory what change shall renew! Ah fool! to exult in a glory so vain!"

'Tis night, and the landscape is lovely no more: I mourn, but ye woodlands, I mourn not for you; For morn is approaching, your charms to restore, Perfum'd with fresh fragrance, and glitt'ring with dew. Nor yet for the ravage of winter 1 mourn;

Kind nature the embryo blossom will save : But when shall spring visit the mouldering urn! O when shall day dawn on the night of the grave !" 5. ""Twas thus by the glare of false science betray'd, That leads to bewilder; and dazzles to blind:

My thoughts wont to roam, from shade onward to shade,
Destruction before me, and sorrow behind.
O pity, great Father of light. then I cri'd,

Thy creature who fain would not wander from thee! Lo, humbled in dust, I relinquish my pride:

From doubt and from darkness thou only canst free." 6." And darkness and doubt are now flying away; No longer I roam in conjecture forlorn: So breaks on the traveller, faint and astray,

The bright and the balmy effulgence of morn.
See truth, love, and mercy, in triumph descending,
And nature all glowing in Eden's first bloom!

On the cold cheek of death smiles and roses are blendi
And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb."


The Beggar's Petition.

1. PITY the sorrows of a poor old man,

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Whose trembling limbs have borne him to your door; Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span ;

Oh! give relief, and heav'n will bless your store.

2. These tatter'd clothes my poverty bespeak,

These hoary locks proclaim my lengthen'd years;
And many a furrow in my grief-worn cheek,
Has been the channel to a flood of tears.

3. Yon house, erected on the rising ground,
With tempting aspect drew me from my road;
For plenty there a residence has found,
And grandeur a magnificent abode.

4. Hard is the fate of the infirm and poor!
Here as I crav'd a morsel of their bread,
A pamper'd menial drove me from the door,
To seek a shelter in an humbler shed.

5. Oh! take me to your hospitable dome;

Keen blows the wind, and piercing is the cold!
Short is my passage to the friendly tomb;
For I am poor, and miserably old.

6. Should I reveal the sources of my grief,

If soft humanity e'er touch'd your breast, Your hands would not withhold the kind relief, And tears of pity would not be represt.

7. Heav'n sends misfortunes; why should we repine? "Tis Heav'n has brought me to the state you see;


And your condition may be soon like mine,
The child of sorrow and of misery.

2. A little farm was my paternal lot;

Then like the lark I sprightly hail'd the morn :
But ah! Oppression forc'd me from my cot,
My cattle died, and blighted was my corn.
9. My daughter, once the comfort of my age,
Lur'd by a villain from her native home,
Is cast abanden'd on the world's wide stage,
And doom'd in scanty poverty to roam.

10. My tender wife, sweet soother of my care!
Struck with sad anguish at the stern decree,
Fell, lingering fell, a victim to despair;

And left the world to wretchedness and me.

11. Pity the sorrows of a poor old man,

Whose trembling limbs have borne him to your door;
Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span ;
Oh! give relief, and heav'n will bless your store.
Unhappy close of life.

1. How shocking must thy summons be, O Death!
To him that is at ease in his possessions!
Who counting on long years of pleasure here,
Is quite unfurnish'd for the world to come!
In that dread moment, how the frantic soul
Raves round the walls of her elay tenement ;
Runs to each avenue, and shrieks for help ;
But shrieks in vain! How wishfully she looks
On all she's leaving, now no longer hers!
2. A little longer; yet a little longer;

O might she stay to wash away her stains;
And fit her for her passage! Mournful sight!
Her very eyes weep blood; and ev'ry groan
She heaves is big with horror. But the foe,
Like a staunch murd'rer, steady to his purpose
Pursues her close, thro' ev'ry lane of life;
Nor misses once the track; but presses on,
Till forc'd at last to the tremendous verge,
At once she sinks to everlasting ruin.

Elegy to Pity.


1. HAIL, lovely pow'r! whose bosom heaves the sigh, When fancy paints the scene of deep distress;

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