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Then are the fi'ry rubies 49 to be seen,
Would'st thon be vitally with Christ conjoin'd ? And em'ralds bi tinctur'd with the rainbow's Copy his deeds, and imitate his mind 62; green,
No man can worldly happiness ensure; Translucent beryl 51, Alame-ey'd chrysolite, Heav'n's consolation all men may procurers. And sardonix 53, refresher of the sight;
(22.) When passions reign with arbitrary sway, With these th’empurpled amethist combines's, Resistance, not compliance, wins the day64, And opaz5), vein'd with riv'lets, mildly shines, Here av'rice, there ambitious schemes prevail; All first turns into riot, then to care :
Who can quench flames when double winds assail? Whirl'd down th’impetuous torrent, call'd an heir. Boast as we will, our christian glories lie (19.) Religion's harbour, like th' Etrurian In humble suff'ring, not proud apathy65. bay 58,
Submission an eternal crown procures; Secure from storms is land-lock'd ev'ry way. Hear'n's hero conquers most, who most en: Safe, 'midst the wreck of worlds, the vessel rides,
dures.Nor minds the absent rage of winds and tides: Like the four cherubs in Ezekiel's dreams, Whilst from his prow the pilot looking down, (What time the prophet slept by Chebar's stream) Surveys at once God's image and his owni; The Christian, mor'd by energy divine, Heav'n's favour smooths th' expanse, and calm- Walks forward still, in one unvarying lines: ness sleeps
Nor wealth, nor pow'r, attract his wondering On the clear mirror of the silent deep58.
sight; (20) No man at once two Edens can enjoy 9 : He swerves not to the left hand, nor the right. Nor Earth and Heav'n the self-same mind employ. Humbly he eats, and finds the proffer'd scroll Two diffrent ways th' unsocial objects draw: Sweet to the taste, inspiring to the souls. Flesh strives with spirit, nature combats law: So when Saul's weary'd son his fasting broke Reason and revelation live at strife,
With honey dropping from Philistian oak, Though meant for mutual aid, like man and Returning strength and sprightliness arise, wiseco.
Glow on his cheeks, and sparkle in bis eyes . Religion and the world can ne'er agree :
When fortune smiles within doors and without, One eye is sacrific’d, that one may see,
Man's heart, well-pleas'd, may think itself de Canals, for pleasure made, with pleasure stray;
vout: But drain at length the middle stream away. But, when ill days, and nights of pain, succeed, (21.) Life's joy and pomp at distance should Let bim bear well, and he's devout indeedo. appear,
(23.) Those who revenge a deed that injures Possession brings the vulgar dawbing near.
them, Who can rejoice to tread a devious road,
Copy the very sin, which they condemn. Led by false views, and serpentine from God 61? Impiously wand'ring from the christian road,
They snatch God's own prerogative from God ! comes out of the old rock in the mountains of Michael in bitterness of strife consign'd Piriskua, about eighty miles from the town of The final verdict to th' unerring mind72.Moscheda.” Hist. of Gust. Adolph. vol. II, p. From turbulence of anger wisely keep; 342.
The hind who soweth winds, shall whirlwinds 19 Rubies. “ Nazarites, more ruddy than ru
reap73. bies," Lam, c. iv, v. 7.
(24.) The worldling, tempter of himself, pursues 50 Emeralds. “ A rainbow in sight like an Idols of his own making; ideot's views; emerald." Rev. c. iv, v. 3.
51 Berryl. Dan, c. x, v. 6. Rev. xxi, v. 20. 62 Imitat. of Christ, L. I, c. 24. 52 Chrysolite. Ezek. C. xxviii.
63 Ibid. Sardonyx. Rev. c. xxi, v. 20.
64 Ibid. L. I, c. 6. 54 Amethist. Exod. c. xxviii, v. 19. Ibid. c. 65 Ibid. L. II, c. 3. xxxix, v. 12.
66 See Ezek. 0.1. 55 Ezek. C. xxviii, v. 13, and Rev. xxi. v. 20. 67 Ezek. c. i, v. 12. 56 The port of Lerichè, in Tuscany.
68 Ibid. c. iii, v. 1, 2, 3. 37 “ One way to know God is perfectly to 69 1 Sam. c. xiv, v. 29. know one's self."
Hugo de anima. 10 Imitat, of Christ, L. II, c. 3. Why dost thou wonder, o man, at the 71 “ To return one injury for another is to reheight of the stars, or depth of the sea ? examine venge like man: whereas to revenge like God is father thine own soul, and wonder there.” to love our enemies. It is a great happiness noe
Isidor. to be able to hurt one's neighbour, nor to hare $8 Imitat. of Christ, L. II, c. 1-3.
the power and parts to do miscbief. The inge59 “ It is not only difficult but impossible to nuity of (what we call) men of the world, consists enjoy Heaven here and hereafter ; or, in other in knowing how to injure others, and revenge words, to live in pleasure and dissapation, and at ourselves when injured. Whereas, on the conthe same time attain spiritual happiness. No trary, not to return evil for evil is the true homan hath passed from ovje paradise to another : nour and vital principle of the gospel.” no man hath been the mirror of felicity in both
Leon. worlds, nor shone with equal glory in Earth and 72 Jude, v. 9. Zech. c. ii, v. 2. in Heaven.”
Hieron. 73 Hosea, c. viii, v. 7. Hind is the head-sera 60 Imitat. of Christ, L, I, c. 24.
vant in husbandry matters. Chaucer, Dryden, 61 Ibid. L. I, c. 21.
and in the west of England at present.
Unhappy wretch! wrapt up in thin disguise ! To choose, implies delay ; whilst time devours
(33.) When Heav'n excites thee to a better His foster'd miscreants sting him to the heart
way, Swift through each vein the mystic poisons roll, Catch the soft summons, and the call obey : Fatal alike to body and to souls !
Thus Mary left her solitude and tears, (25.) Perfect would be our nature and our joy When Martha whisper'd, lo! thy Christ apIf man could ev'ry year one vice destroy 76 77 Withdraw thee from the sins that most assail, (34.) The virtues of the world, which most meu And labour where thy virtues least prevail78.
move, (26.) False joys elate, and griefs as false con- Are lay'rs from pride, or graftings on self-lovess: troul
Whatever for itself is not esteem'd, The little pismire with an human soul79 :
Proves a false choice, and is not as it seem'd37. Oh, were be like th’ unreas'ning ant, who strives (35.) The track to Heav'n is intricate and For solid good, and but by instinct lives. Narrow to tread, and difficult to keep: (steep ;
(27.) To wail and not amend a life mispent On either hand sharp precipices lie, Means to confess, but means not to repent : And our steps faulter with the swerving eye; Tongue-penitents, like him who too much owes, That passage clear'd, a level road remains, Ron more in debt, and live but to impose. Through quiet valleys and refreshing plajnses. (28.) Deem not th’ unhappy, vicious; nor de- (36.) Most would buy Heav'n without a price vote
or loss; To sarcasm and contempt the thread-bare coat. They like the paradise, but shun the cross. Oft have we seen rich fields of genuine corn Many participate of Christ's repast; Edg'd round with brambles,and begirt with thorn. Few choose his abstinence, or learn to fast90. The pow'rs of Zeuxis' pencil are the same, Few relish Christianity ; and most [coast $1. Enclos'd in gilded, or in sable frame.
(In private) wish their Lord would leave their (29.) The down that smoothes the great man's Thousands may counterfeit th' apparent part ; anxious bed,
And thousands may be Gergesenes at heart%2. Was gather'd from a quiet poor man's shed : All in Christ's kingdom would the thrones parContent and peace are found in mean estate, And Jacob's dreams on Jacob's pillow wait80.
Few have the faith to suffer for his sake93. So Tekoa's swain, by no vain glories led,
His tasteful bread by many mouths is sought, Nurturd his herds with leaves, and humbly fed81. Few choose to drink his passion's bitter draught94.
(30.) Good turns of friends we scribble on the But injuries engrard on marble stand82. (sand, 85 Imitat. of Christ, L. II, c. 28. See John (31.) With pray’rs thy ev'ning close, thy c. ii, v. 28. morn begin ;
86 -- There is a sort of seeming good, which, if But Heav'n's true sabbath is to rest from sin. a rational mind loves, it sinneth ; inasmuch as (32.) An bermit once cry'd out in private it is an object beneath the consideration of such pray'r,
St. August. de Ver. Relig. "Oh, if I knew that I should persevere !!
“ Whatever is not loved on account of its own An angel's voice reply'd, in placid tone,
intrinsic worth, is not properly loved." “What woulds't thou do, if the great truth were
Idem in Soliloq. L. I, c. 13. known ?
87 “ In this life there is no virtue but in loving Do now 83, what thou intendest then to do, that which is truly amiable. To choose this, is And everlasting safety shall ensueS4.".
prudence; to be averted from it by no terrifying
circumstances, is fortitude. To be influenced 74 Isaiah, c, lix, v. 4.
by no sort of temptation, is temperance; and to 75 Mattb. c. x, v. 28.
be affected by no ambitious views, is considering * Imitat. of Christ, L. I, c. 11. L. II, c. 23. the thing with impartial justice as we ought to 77 " Instead of standing still, going backward, do.”
Idem de Ver. Felicitat. L. II. or deviating, always add, always proceed: not 88 Imitat. of Christ, L. II, c. 11, No. 1. to advance, in some sense is to retire. It is bet.
90 Ibid. ter to creep in the right way than fly in the 91 Matth. c. viii, v. 34.
92 Ibid. wrong way."
St. August, in Serm. “It is common for man to ask every blessing 7 Imitat. of Christ, L. I, c. 25.
that God can bestow, but he rarely desires to
possess God himself.” $0 “ And Jacob took the stones of that place
Aug. in Psalm lxxvi. and put them for his pillows.”
93 Imitat. of Christ, L. II, c. 2. No. 1. Gen. c. xxxviii, v. 2. 9 Ibid. See also c. 12. 81 Amos c. vii, v. 14. 82 Kempisii dictum commune. " Beneficia
si quid mali patimur, marmori inscul. pimus."
* " A Christian hath no to morrow; that is to say, a Christian should put off no duty till to Torrow."
Tertull. # Imitat. of Christ, L, I, C. 25.
Yet.health, and strength, and ease we finds CONTENTMENT, INDUSTRY, AND All, all from Thee,
ACQUIESCENSE UNDER THE DI- Supremely gracious Deity,
Composer of the mind !
Tremble, and yonder Alp behold,
Victim of everlasting cold,
for them, (the children of the Lord:) and the The northern side is horrour all;
Supremely gracious Deity,
Why dwells my unoffended eye
Bless me! how doubly sharp it blows, On yon blank desert's trackless waste;
From Zemblan and Tartarian coasts! All dreary earth, or cheerless sky,
In sullen silence fall the snows, Like ocean wild, and bleak, and vast ?
The only lustre nature boasts ; There Lysidor's enamour'd reed
The nitrous pow'r with tenfold force Ne'er taught the plains Eudosia's praise : Half petrifies Earth's barren womb, There herds were rarely known to feed,
Higb-arch'd cascades suspend their force, Or birds to sing, or flocks to graze.
Men freeze alive, and in the tomb. Yet does my soul complacence fiud ;
Yet warmth and happiness we find; All, all from Thee,
All, all from Thee, Supremely gracious Deity,
Supremely gracious Deity, Corrector of the mind !!
Composer of the mind ! The high-arch'd church is lost in sky,
Then, in exchange, a month or more The base 2 with thorns and bry’rs is bound : The Sun with fierce solsticial gleams, The yawning fragments nod from high,
Darting o'er vales his raging pow'r, With close-encircling iry crown'd:
Like ray-collecting mirrors, beams. Heart-thrilling echo multiplies
Torrents and cataracts are dry, Voice after voice, creation new!
Men seek the scanty shades in vain; Beasts, birds obscene, unite their cries :
The solar darts like lightning fly, Graves ope, and spectres freeze the view.
Transpierce the skull, and scorch the brain 5. Yet nought dismays; and thence we find Yet still no restless heats we find; Tis all from 'Thee,
And all from Thee, Supremely gracious Deity,
Supremely gracious Deity, Composer of the mind !
Corrector of the mind ! Earth's womb, half dead to Ceres skill,
For Nature rarely form'd a soil Can scarce the cake of off'ring give;
Where diligence subsistence wants: Five acres' corn can hardly fill
Exert but care, nor spare the toil,
And all beyond, th’ Almighty grants.
Son of Sirach :-"When the cold nurth wind blow. The scurf-grown moss, and tawdry weeds.
eth, and the water congealed into ice, he pourYet still sufficiency we find;
cth the boar frost upon the earth. It abideth All, all from Thee,
upon every gathering together of water, and Supremely gracious Deity,
clotheth the water with a breast-plate. It deCorrector of the mind !
voureth the mountain, and burneth the wilder
ness, and consumeth the grass as fire." c. xlii, December's Boreas issues forth,
v. 19, 21. In sullen gloom and horrour drest,
* A glacière, or ice-mountain. Charg'd with the nitre of the north,
Cuncta gelu, canâque æternùm grandine tecta, Abhorr'd by inan, by bird, and beast.
Atque ævi glaciem cohibent: riget ardua montis All nature's lovely tint embrown'd
Ethenji facies, surgentique obvia Phæbo Sickens benealb the putrid blast:
Duratas nescit ilammis mollire pruinas. Destruction withers up the ground,
Sil. Ital. Like parchment into embers casts,
S“ The Sun parcheth the country, and who
can abide the burning beat thereof? A man blow1“ To be satisfied is the highest pitch of art ing a furnace is in works of heat, but the Sun man can arrive to."
St. Gregor. fiom. burneth the inountains three times more; brealhe 2 Base for basis. See Zechar. c. v, v. 2. ing out fiery vapours, and sending forth brigbt
-inamabile frigus aduret. Virg. beams, it dimmeth the eves.” Much to the same purpose is a passage in the
Ecclus. ch. alii, v, 3, 4
Each earth at length to culture yields,
One Gallic farm bis cares confin'd;
- Formidine nulla;
Stat. Theb. IV. v. 489.
When Dioclesian sought repose,
THE VISION OF DEATH.
Imperfecta tibi elapsa est, ingrataque vita :
Et oeo-opinanti Mors ad caput adstitit, ante Retirement's innocence and health,
Quam satur, at plenus possis discedere rerum. With his own hands the monarch wrought,
LUCRET. And chang'd a throne for Ceres' wealth. Toil sooth'd his cares, his blood refin'd.
Mille modis leti miseros Mors una fatigat. And all from Thee,
Stat. Theb. IX. V. 280. Supremely gracious Deity, Composer of the inind!
ADVERTISEMENT. He 8, who had rul'd the world, exchang'd
As this poem is an imperfect attempt to imitate His sceptre for the peasazt's spade,
Dryden's manner, I have of course admitted Postponing (as thro' groves he rang'd)
more triplets and Alexandrine verses than I inight Court-splenduur to the rural shade.
otherwise have done. Upon the whole, many Child of his hand, th' engrafted thorn
good judges have thought, (and such was the More than the victor-laurel.pleas'd :
private opinion of my much honoured friend Heart's-ease, and meadow-sweet 10, adorn
Elijah Fenton in particular) that Dryden has The brow, from civic garlands eas'd. Fortune, however poor, was kind.
too many Alexandrines and triplets, and Pope
too few. The one by aiming at rariety (for All, all from Thee,
his ear was excellent) was betrayed into a careSupremely gracious Deity,
less diffusion; and the other, by affecting an Corrector of the mind!
over-scrupulous regularity, fell into sameness Thus Charles, with justice styled the Great",
and restraint. For valour, picty aud laws;
We speak this with all due deference to the Resign’d two empires to retreat,
two capital poets of the last and present century: And from a throne to shades withdraws;
and say of them, as the successor of Virgil said of lo vain (to soothe a monarch's pride)
Amphiaraüs and Admetus; His yoke the willing Persian bore:
AMBO BONI, CHARIQUE AMBO.
Dryden, forgive the Muse that apes thy voice
Weak to perform, but fortunate in choice, 9 Heart's-case, viola tricolor; called also by Who but thyself the mind and ear can please our old poets Love in idleness ; pansy (from the With strength and softness, energy and ease; French pensée, or the Italian pensieri); three Various of numbers, new in ev'ry strain; faces under a hood ; herb Trinity ; look up and Diffus’d, yet terse, poctical, tho' plain: kiss me; kiss me at the gate, &c.
Diversify'd ʼmidst unison of chime; 10 Spiræa, named also in ancient English poe- Freer than air, yet manacled with rhyme ? try, mead-sweet, queen of the meads, bridewort, &c.
12 Gen. ch. xii, v. 31. Nehem. ch. ix, v, 7, Judith, ch. v, 7. Acts, ch. vii, v. 2- 11.
Thou mak'st cach quarry which thou seek'st thy Alike in shape ; unlike in strength and size;
And copyists, here and there, some likeness bit;
Thy thoughts and music change with ev'ry No sameness of a prattling stream is thine.
Is those fair vales by Nature form'd to please, Which, with one unison of murmur, flows,
Where Guadalquiver serpentines with ease, Opiate of in-attention and repose;
(The richest tract the Andalusians know, (So Huron-leeches, when their patient lies
Fertile in herbage, grateful to the plow,) In fev'rish restlessness with un-clos'il eyes,
A lovely villa stood ; (suppose it mine ;) Apply with gentle strokes their osier-ral,
Rich without cost, and without labour fine; And tap by tap invite the sleepy god ) No-"I'is thy pow'r, (thine only,) tho' in rhyme, And Art withdrew, unask'd for, and unsought.
Indulgent Nature all her beauties brought, To vary ev'ry pause, and ev'ry chime;
For lo, th’ Iberians by tradition found Infinite déseant 3! sweetly wild and true,
That the whole district once was classic ground; Still shifting, still improving, and still new!
Here Columella first improv'd the plains, In quest of classic plants, and where they grow,
And show'd Ascrean arts to simple swains : We trace thee, like a lev'ret in the snow.
Taught by the Georgic-Muse the lyre he strung, Of all the pow'rs the buman mind can boast,
And sung, what dying Virgil left unsung'. The pow’rs of poetry are latest lost :
Fatigu'd with courts, and votary to truth, The falling of thy tresses at threescore,
Hither I ned, philosopher, and youth : Gare room to make thy laurels show the more 4.
And, leaving Olivarez to sustain 'This prince of poets, who before us went,
Th'encumbring fasces of ambitious Spain,
(As one rash Phaeton usurp'd a day, Lands un-manur'd by us, and mortgag'd o'er and
I chose to wander in the silent wood, o'er!
Or breathe my aspirations to the flood, " About his wreaths the vulgar muses strive,
Studying the humble science to be good. And with a touch their wither'd bays revive 5!”
From the brute beasts humanity I learn'd, They kiss his tomb, and are enthusiasts made;
And in the pansy's life God's providencediscern'd. So Statius slept, inspir'd by Virgil's shade
'Twas now the joyous season of the year: To Spencer muci, to Milton inuch is due;
The Sun had reach'd the Twins in bright career; But in great Dryden we preserve the two.
Nature, awaken'd from six months' repose, What Muse but his can Nature's beauties hit,
Sprung from her verdant couch;-and active rose Or catch that airy fugitive, call'd wit?
Like health refresh'd with wine; she smil'd, arFrom limbs of this great Hercules are fram'd
(glade, Whole groups of pigmies, who are verse-men
With all the charms of sun-shine, stream aod pam'd:
New drest and blooming as a bridal maid. Each has a little soul he calls his own,
Yet all these charms could never lull w rest And each enunciates with a human tone;
A peevish irksomeness which teas'd my breast;
The vernal torrent, murm'ring from afar, 1 Layer,lair, and lay.—The surface of arable Whisper'd no peace to calm this nervous war; or grass-lands. Chaucer; Folkingham, 1610; Dryden. Laire also signifies the place where Sung soporific unisons in vain.
And Philomel, the siren of the plain, beasts sleep in the fields, and where they leave I sulgué my bed, in bopes relief to find : the mark of their bodies on young corn, grass,
But restlessness was mistress of my mind.
My wayward limbs were turn'd, and tuin'd in 2 Voyages du Baron La Hontan.
Yet free from grief was I, and void of pain. "The verses of Robert Waring, (a friend of
In me, as yet, ambition had no part; [heart. Dr. Donne's) on a poet in the beginning of the
Pride had not sourd, nor wealth debas'd my last century, may be applied to Dryden:
I knew not public cares, nor private si rite; Younger with years,
with studies fresher | And love, the blessing, or the curse of life, grown,
Had only hover'd round me like a dream, Still in the bud, still blooming, yet full blown. Play'd on the surface, not disturb'd the stream, 5 Dryden's Prologue to Troilus and Cressida.
Yet still I felt, what young men often feel; tenues ignavo pollice chordas
(Impossible to tell, or to conceal,)
Virgilius nobis post se memcranda reliquit.
Colum. de Hortis, L. X.