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And throbs to reach it. Let the lame sit still.
When Fortune gentle at th' hill's verge extreme,
Array'd in decent garb, but somewhat thin,
Smiling approach'd ; and what occasion , ask'd
Of climbing: She already provident,
Had cater'd well, if stomach could digest
Her viands, and a palate not too nice:
Unfit , she said, for perilous attempt;
That manly limb requir'd, and sinew tongh.
She took , and laid me in a vale remote,
Amid the gloomy scene of fir and yew,
On poppy beds, where Morpheus strew'd the

ground:
Obscurity her curtain round me drew,
And Syren Sloth a dull quietus sung,

Sithence no fairy lights, no quick’ning ray,
No stir of pulse , nor objects to entice
Abroad the spirits : but the cloyster'd heart
Sits squat at home, like pagod in a niche
Obscure, or grandees with nod-watching eye,
And folded arms, in presence of the throne,
Turk, or Indostan. ---Cities, forums, courts,
And prating sanhedrims, and drumming wars,
Affect no more than stories told to bed
Lethargic, which at intervals the sick,
Hears and forgets, and wakes to doze again.
Instead of converse and variety,
The same tritę round, the same stale silent scene :
Such are thy comforts, blessed Solitude !
Bıit Innocence is there, but Peace all kind,
And simple Quiet with her downy couch,
Meads lowing, tune of birds , and lapse of streams,
And saunter with a book, and warbling Muse
In praise of hawthorns--Life's whole business this!
Is it to bask i' th' sun? if so, a snail
"Were happy crawling on a southern wall.

Why sits Content upon a cottage sill
Ateventide , and blesseth the coarse meal
In sooty corner ? why sweet slumber wait
Th' hard pallet? not because from haunt remote
Sequester'd in a dingle's bushy lap;

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'Tis labour makes the peasant's sav'ry fare, And works out his repose : for Ease must ask The leave of Diligence to be enjoy'd.

Oh! listen not to that enchantress Ease
With seeming smile; her palatable cup
By standing grows insipid; and beware
The bottom , for there's poison in the lees.
What health impair’d, and crowds inactive maim'd!
What daily martyrs to her sluggish cause!
Less strict devoir

the Russ and Persian claim
Despotic; and as subjects long inur'd
To servile burthen, grows supine and tame,
So fares it with our Šov'reign and her train.

What tho' with lure fallacious she pretend
From worldly bondage to set free, what gain
Her votaries? What avails from iron chains
Exempt, if rosy fetters bind as fast?

Bestir , and answer your creation's end. Think we that man, with vig'rous pow'r endow'd And room to stretch , was destin'd to sit still? Sluggards are Nature's rebels, slight her laws, Nor live up to the terms on which they hold Their vital lease. Laborious terms and hard : But such the tenure of our earthly state! Riches and fame are Industry's reward ; The nimble runner courses Fortune down. And then he banquets, for she feeds the bold. Think what you owe your country,

what

yourself. If splendor charm not, yet avoid the scorn, That treads on lowly stations. Think of some Assiduous booby mounting o'er your head, And thence with saucy grandeur looking down: Think of (Reflection's stab!) the pitying friend With shouider shrugg’d and sorry. Think that Time Has golden minutes, if discreetly seiz'd: And if some sad example, indolent, To warn and scare be wanting

think of me.

CH A P. X X. Elegy to a young Nobleman leaving the

University. Ene yet, ingenuous Youth, thy steps retire From Cam's smooth margin , and the peaceful

vale, Where Science callid thee to her studious quire,

And met thee musing in her cloisters pale: 0! let thy friend (and may he boast the name)

Breathe from his artless reed one parting lay! A lay like this thy early Virtues claim,

And this let voluntary friendship pay.
Yet know the time arrives, the dangerous time

When all those Virtues, opening now so fair, Transplanted to the world's tempestuous clime, Must learn each Passion's boist'rous breath to

bear. There if Ambition , pestilent and pale ,

Or luxury should taint their vernal glow; If cold Self-interest, with her chilling gale,

Should blast th'unfolding blossomsere they blow; If mimic hues, by Art, or Fashion spread,

Their genuine , simple colouring should supply; 0! with them may these laureate honours fade;

And with them (if it can) my friendship die. -And do not blame, if, tho’thyself inspire,

Cautious I strike the panegyric string; The Muse full oft

pursties

a meteor fire, And vainly vent'rous , soars on waxen wing, Too actively awake at Friendship's voice,

The poet's bosom pours the fervent strain,
Till sad reflection blames the hasty choice,

And oft invokes Oblivion's aid in vain.
Go then, my friend, nor let thy candid breast

Condemn me, if I check the plausive string;
Go to the wayward world; compleat the rest;

Be, what the purest Muse would wish to sing, Be styll Thyself: that open path of Truth,

Still scorn,

Which led thee here, let Manhood firm parsue; Retain the sweet simplicity of Youth, And all thy virtue dictates , dare to do.

with conscious pride, the mask of Arti On Vice's front let fearful Caution lour, And teach the diffident, discreeter

part Of knaves that plot, and fools that fawn for power. So, round thy brow when age's honours spread, When death's cold hand unstrings thy Mason's

lyre, When the green turf lies lightly on his head,

Thy worth shall some superior bard inspire : He to the amplest bounds of Time's domain,

On Rapture's plume shall give thy Name to fly; For trust, with rev'rence trust this Sabine strain : a The Muse forbids the virtuous Man to die. »

MASON.

CH A P. X X I.

On the Miseries of human Life. Ar little think the gay licentious proud, Whom pleasure, power, and affluence surround; They, who their thoughtless hours in giddy mirth, And wanton, often cruel, riot waste; Ah little think they, while they dance along x How many feel, this very moment,

death And all the sad variety of pain: How many sink in the devouring flood, Or more devouring flame: how many bleed, By shameful variance betwixt Man and Man: How many pine in want, and dungeon glooms; Shut from the common air, and common use Of their own limbs : how

many

drink the cup
Of baleful grief, or eat the bitter bread
Of misery : sore pierc'd by wintry winds,
How many

shrink into the sordid hut Of cheerless poverty:

how many

shake With all the fiercer tortures of the mind, Unbounded passion, madness, guilt, remorse ;

Whence, tumbling headlong from the height of life,
They furnish matter for the tragic muse:
Even in the vale, where wisdom loves to dwell,
With friendship, peace, and contemplation join'd,
How many , rack'd with honest passions, droop
In deep retir'd distress : how many stand
Around the death-bed of their dearest friends,
And point the parting anguish!~Thought fond man
Of these, and all the thousand nameless ills,
That one incessant struggle render life
One scene of toil, of suffering, and of fate,
Vice in his high career would stand appallid,
And heedless rambling Impulse learn to think :
The conscious heart of Charity would warm
And her wide wish Benevolence dilate;
The social'tear would rise, the social sigh;
And into clear perfection, gradual bliss
Refining still, the social passions work. THOMSON.

снА Р. X XII. Reflections on a future State. ?T1s done!--dread Winter spreads his latest

glooms,
And reigns tremendous o'er the conquer'l year.
How dead the vegetable kingdom lies !
How dumb the tuneful! Horror wide extends
His desolate domain. Behold,

!
See here thy pictur'd life ; pass some few years :
Thy flyw'ring Spring, thy Summer's ardent strength,
Thy sober Autumn fading into age,
And pale concluding Winter comes at last,
And shuts the scene. Ah! whither now are fled
Those dreams of greatness ? those unsolid hopes
Of happiness ? those longings after fame?
Those restless cares? Those busy bustling days?
Those gay-spent festive nights ? those veering

thoughts Lost between good and ill, that shar'd thy life? All now are vanish'd! Virtue sole survives,

fond man

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