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is oft-times proof of wisdom, when the fault Is obstinate, and cure beyond our reach.

Domestic happiness, thou only bliss Of Paradise that has surviv'd the fall! Though few now taste thee unimpair'd and pures Or, tasting, long enjoy thee; too infirm, Or too incautious, to preserve thy sweets Unmix'd with drops of bitter, which neglect Or temper sheds into thy crystal cup. Thou art the nurse of virtue-in thine arms She smiles, appearing, as in truth she is, Heav'n-born, and destin'd to the skies again. Thou art not known where pleasure is ador’d, That reeling goddess with the zoneless waist And wand'ring eyes, still leaning on the arm Of novelty, her fickle frail support ; For thou art meek and constant, hating change, And finding, in the calm of truth-tried love, oys that her stormy raptures never yield. orsaking thee, what shipwreck have we made Of honour, dignity, and fair renown! till prostitution elbows us alde in all our crowded streets; and fenates seem Conven’d for purpofes of empire less Chan to release th' adultrefs from her bond.

VOL. 11

Th' adultress! what a theme for angry verse!
What provocation to th' indignant heart
That feels for injur'd love! but I disdain
The nauseous talk to paint her as she is,
Cruel, abandon’d, glorying in her shame.
No:- let her pass, and, chariotted along
In guilty splendor, shake the public ways;
The frequency of crimes has walh'd them white !
And verse of mine shall never brand the wretch,
Whom matrons now, of character unsmirch'd,
And chaste themselves, are not asham’d to own.
Virtue and vice had bound'ries in old time,
Not to be pass’d: and she, that had renounc'd
Her sex's honour, wàs renounc'd herself
By all that priz'd it; not for prud'ry's fake,
But dignity's, resentful of the wrong.
*T'was hard, perhaps, on here and there a waif,
Desirous to return, and not receiv'd;
But was an wholesome rigour in the main,
And taught th’ unblemish'd to preserve with care
That purity, whose loss was loss of all.
Men, too, were nice in honour in thofe days,
And judg’d offenders well. And he that sharp'd,
And pocketed a prize by fraud obtain'd,
Was mark'd and shunn'd as odious. He that fold
His country, or was flack when the requir'd

His ev'ry nerve in action and at stretch, Paid, with the blood that he had basely spar'd, The price of his default. But nowm-yes, now We are become so candid and so fair, So lib'ral in construction, and fo rich In Christian charity, (a good-natur'd age !) That they are safe, finners of either sex, Tranfgrefs what laws they may. Well dress’d, well bred, Well equipag’d, is ticket good enough To pass us readily through ev'ry door, Hypocrisy, deteft her as we may, (And no man's hatred ever wrong'd her yet) May claim this merit still that the admits The worth of what she mimics with such care, And thus gives virtue indirect applause ; But she has burnt her mask, not needed here, Where vice has such allowance, that her fifts And specions semblances have lost their use.

I was a stricken deer, that left the herd
Long since; with many an arrow deep infix'd,
My panting fide was charg'd, when I withdrew
To seek a tranquil death in distant shades.
There was I found by one who had himself
Been hurt by th' archers. In his fide he bore,
And in his hands and feet, the cruel scars.

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With gentle force foliciting the darts,
He drew them forth, and heald, and bade me live,
Since then, with few associates, in remote
And silent woods I wander, far from those
My former partners of the peopled scene ;
With few associates, and not wishing more.
Here much I ruminate, as much I may,
With other views of men and manners now
Than once, and others of a life to come.
I see that all are wand'rers, gone astray
Each in his own delusions; they are lost
In chace of fancied happiness, still woo'd
And never won. Dream after dream ensues;
And still they dream that they shall still succeed,
And still are disappointed. Rings the world
With the vain stir. I sum


half mankind, And add two-thirds of the remaining half, And find the total of their hopes and fears Dreams, empty dreams. The million flit as gay As if created only like the fly, That spreads his motley wings in th' eye of noon, To sport their season, and be seen no more. The rest are fober dreamers, grave and wise, And pregnant with discov’ries new and rare. Some write a narrative of wars, and feats Of heroes little known; and call the rant

An history: defcribe the man, of whom His own coevals took but little note; And paint his person, chara&er, and views, As they had known hin from his mother's womb. They disentangle from the puzzled skein, In which obscurity has wrapp'd them up, The threads of politic and threwd design, That ran through all his purposes, and charge His mind with meanings that he never had, Or, having, kept conceald. Some drill and bore The solid earth, and from the strata there Extract a register, by which we learn, That he who made it, and reveal'd its date To Mofes, was mistaken in its age. Some, more acute, and more industrious still, Contrive creation; travel nature up To the sharp peak of her sublimest height, And tell us whence the stars; why some are fix'd, And planetary fome; what gave them frst Rotation, from what fountain flow'd their light. Great contest follows, and much learned duft Involves the combatants; each claiming truth, And truth disclaiming both. And thus they spend The little wick of life's poor shallow lamps In playing tricks with nature, giving laws To diftant worlds, and triding in their own.

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