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From this abyfs of exemplary vice
Refolv'd, as time might aid my thought, to rife;
Bid her exalt her melancholy wing,
And, rais'd from earth, and fav'd from paffion, fing
Of human hope by crofs event destroy'd,
of useless wealth and greatness unenjoy'd,
Of luft and love, with their fantastic train,
Their wishes, fmiles, and looks, deceitful all, and vain.
TEXTS CHIEFLY ALLUDED TO IN BOOK III.
"Or ever the filver cord be loofed, or the golden bowl "be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain,
or the wheel broken at the ciftern." Eccl. xii. 6. "The fun arifeth, and the fun goeth down, and hasteth "to his place where he arose." Ch. i. 5.
"The wind goeth towards the fouth, and turneth about "unto the north. It whirleth about continually;
“and the wind returneth again, according to his cir"cuit." Ver. 6.
"All the rivers run into the fea: yet the fea is not full. "Unto the place from whence the rivers come, thi
"ther they return again.” Ver. 7.
"Then fhall the duft return to the earth, as it was: and "the fpirit fhall return unto GOD who gave it." Ch. xii. 7.
"Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the "fire came down from Heaven, and consumed the
burnt-offering, and the facrifices; and the glory of "the LORD filled the house." z Chron. vii. 1.
By the rivers of Babylon, there we fat down; yea "we wept, when we remembered Sion," &c. Pfalm cxxxvii. 1.
"I faid of laughter, it is mad; and of mirth, what "doth it?" Eccief. ii. 2.
"No man can find out the work that GOD maketh, "from the beginning to the end." Ch. iii. 11. "Whatfoever GCD doeth, it shall be for ever; nothing "can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and GOD "doeth it, that men fhould fear before him." Ver. 14. "Let us hear the conclufion of the whole matter; fear "GOD, and keep his commandments; for this is the “whole duty of man." Ch. xii. 13.
Solomon confiders man through the feveral ftages and conditions of life; and concludes in general, that we are all miserable. He reflects more particularly upon the trouble and uncertainty of Greatnefs and Power; gives fome inftances thereof from Adam down to himfelf; and ftill concludes that all is Vanity. He reasons again upon life, death, and a future being; finds human wisdom too imperfect to refolve his doubts; has recourse to Religion; is informed by an angel, what shall happen to himself, his family, and his kingdom, till the redemption of Ifrael; and, upon the whole, refolves to fubmit his enquiries and anxieties to the will of his Creator.
COME then, my Soul: I call thee by that name,
Thou busy thing, from whence I know I am :
For, knowing what I am, I know thou art;
Hear'st thou fubmiffive, but a lowly birth, Some feparate particles of finer earth,
A plain effect which nature must beget,
As motion orders, and as atoms meet;
From force of instinct, more than choice of will;
peace to judge, to conquer in the war;
Impatient to regain her native skies?
Whate'er thou art, where-e'er ordain'd to go,
As temperance wills, and prudence may perfuade:
And try if life be worth the liver's care.
What through the whole creation has excell❜d:
Say from thefe glorious feeds what harvest flows;
The man dragg'd out to act, and forc'd to be;
Wounded, and flying from unpractis'd day;
To his young fenfe how various forms appear,