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1. A spirit pass'd before me: I beheld The face of Immortality unveil'dDeep sleep came down on every eye save minem And there it stood,-all formless—but divine : Along my bones the creeping flesh did quake; And as my damp hair stiffen'd, thus it spake :

2. “.Is man more just than God? Is man more pure Than he who deems even Seraphs insecure? “ Creatures of clay—vain dwellers in the dust! - The moth survives you, and are ye more just?

Things of a day! you wither ere the night, “ Heedless and blind to Wisdom's wasted light !" ODE



“ Expende Annibalem :-quot libras in duce summo “ Invenies ?


“ The Emperor Nepos was acknowledged by the Senate, “ by the Italians, and by the Provincials of Gaul; his moral “ virtues, and military talents, were loudly celebrated ; and “ those who derived any private benefit from his government 6 announced in prophetic strains the restoration of public “ felicity

6 By this shameful abdication, he protracted his life a few “ years, in a very ambiguous state, between an Emperor and " an Exile, till — - "

Gibbon's Decline and Fall, vol. vi. p. 220.




1. "Tis done—but yesterday a King!

And arm'd with Kings to striveAnd now thou art a nameless thing

So abject—yet alive!
Is this the man of thousand thrones,
Who strew'd our Earth with hostile bones,

And can he thus survive?
Since he, miscall'd the Morning Star,
Nor man nor fiend hath fallen so far.


Ill-minded man! why scourge thy kind

Who bow'd so low the knee? By gazing on thyself grown blind,

Thou taught'st the rest to see. With might unquestion'd, -power to save Thine only gift hath been the grave

To those that worshipp'd thee; Nor till thy fall could mortals guess Ambition's less than littleness !


Thanks for that lesson—it will teach

To after-warriors more

Than high Philosophy can preach,

And vainly preach'd before.
That spell upon the minds of men
Breaks never to unite again,

That led them to adore
Those Pagod things of sabre-sway,
With fronts of brass, and feet of clay.

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