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Fool, dost thou think he'd revel on the store, Absolve the care of Heav'n, nor ask for more? Though waters flow'd, flow'rs bloom'd, and Phoebus shone, He'd sigh, he'd murmur, that he was alone. For know, the Maker on the human breast, A sense of kindred, country, man, impress'd. 11 Though nature's works the ruling mind declare, And well deserve inquiry's serious care, The God, (whate'er misanthropy may say,) Shines, beams in man with most unclouded ray. What boots it thee to fly from pole to pole? Hang o'er the sun, and with the planets roll? What boots through space's furthest bourns to roam? If thou, O man, a stranger art at home. Then know thyself, the human mind survey; The use, the pleasure, will the toil repay. 12 Nor study only, practice what you know; Your life, your knowledge, to mankind you owe. With Plato's olive wreath the bays entwine; Those who in study, should in practice shine. Say, does the learned lord of Hagley's shade, Charm man so much by mossy fountains laid, As when arous'd, he stems corruption's course, And shakes the senate with a Tully's force? When freedom gasp'd beneath a Caesar's feet, Then public virtue might to shades retreat: But where she breathes, the least may useful be, And freedom, Britain, still belongs to thee. 13 Though man's ungrateful, or though fortune frown ; Is the reward of worth a song, or crown? Nor yet unrecompens'd are virtue's pains; Good Allen lives, and bounteous Brunswick reigns. On each condition disappointments wait, Enter the hut, and force the guarded gate. Nor dare repine, though early friendship bleed, From love, the world, and all its cares, he's freed. But know, adversity's the child of God:

Whom Heaven approves of most, must feel her rod.
When smooth old Ocean, and each storm's asleep,
Then ignorance may plough the watery deep;
But when the demons of the tempest rave,
Skill must conduct the vessel through the wave.
14 Sidney, what good man envies not thy blow?
Who would not wish Anytus*-for a fee?
Intrepid virtue triumphs over fate;

* One of the accusers of Socrates.

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The good can never be unfortunate.
And be this maxim graven in thy mind;
The height of virtue is, to serve mankind.
But when old age has silver'd o'er thy head,
When memory fails, and all thy vigour's fled,
Then mayst thou seek the stillness of retreat,
Then hear aloof the human tempest beat;
Then will I greet thee to my woodland cave,
Allay the pangs of age, and smooth thy grave.

CONTENTS.

PART I.

PIECES IN PROSE.

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4. The misfortunes of men mostly chargeable on themselves
5. On disinterested friendship

6. On the immortality of the soul

Sect. 1. The seasons

CHAPTER V.
Descriptive Pieces.

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PART II.

PIECES IN POETRY.

CHAPTER I.

Select Sentences and Paragraphs.

CHAPTER II.

Narrative Pieces.

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8. Adams advice to Eve, to avoid temptation,

9. On procrastination,

10. That philosophy, which stops at secondary causes,

reproved,

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11. Indignant sentiments on national prejudices and hatred;
and on slavery,

Sect. 1. The morning in summer,

2. Rural sounds, as well as rural sights, delightful,
3. The rose,

4. Care of birds for their young,

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5. Liberty and slavery contrasted,

6. Charity. A paraphrase on the 18th chapter of the
First Epistle to the Corinthians,

Sect. 1. The hermit,

CHAPTER IV.
Descriptive Pieces.

7. Picture of a good man,

8. The pleasures of retirement,

9. The pleasure and benefit of an improved and well-
directed imagination,

Sect. 1. Ode to content,

2. The beggar's petition,
3. Unhappy close of life,
4. Elegy to pity,

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5. Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk,
during his solitary abode in the Island of Juan
Fernandez,

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6. Gratitude,

7. A man perishing in the snow; from whence reflec-
tions are raised on the miseries of life,

& A morning hymn,

16. Conscience,

17. On an infant,

CHAPTER V.
Pathetic Pieces.

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CHAPTER VI.
Promiscuous Pieces.

2. The shepherd and the philosopher,
8. The road to happiness open to all men,
4 The goodness of Providence,

5. The Creator's works attest his greatness,
6. Address to the Deity,

7. The pursuit of happiness often ill directed,

8. The fire-side, .

9. Providence vindicated in the present state of man,

10. Selfishness reproved,

11. Human frailty,

12. Ode to peace,.

13. Ode to adversity,

14. The Creation required to praise its Author,

15. The universal prayer,.

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18. The cuckoo,

19. Day. A pastoral in three parts,
20. The order of nature,

21. Confidence in Divine protection
22. Hymn, on a review of the seasons,
23. On solitude,

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