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8. "Thus talking, hand in hand alone they pass'd
On to their blissful bow’r.
—There arriv'd, both stood,
Both turn’d; and under open sky ador'd
The God that made both sky, air, earth and heav'n,
Which they beheld, the moon's resplendent globe,
And starry pole. “Thou also mad'st the night
Maker Omnipotent, and thou the day,
Which we, in our appointed work employ'd.
Have finish'd, happy in our mutual help, -
And mutual love, the crown of all our bliss
Ordain’d by thee; and this delicious place
For us too so. where thy abundance wants -
Partakers, and uncropt falls to the ground. -
But thou hast promis'd from us two a race,
To fill the earth, who shall with us extol
Thy goodness infinite, both when we wake,
And when we seek, as now, thy gift of sleep.” MILTON,
- SECTION WI.
Religion and death.
1. Lo! a form divinely bright
Descends and bursts upon my sight;
A seraph of illustrious birth!
Religion was her name on earth;)
Supremely sweet her radiant face, *
And blooming with celestial gracel
Three shining cherubs form'd her train,
Wav'd their light wings, and reach'd the plain
Faith, with sublime and piercing eye,
And pinions flutt’ring for the sky;
Here Hope, that smiling angel stands,
And golden anchors grace her hands;
There Charity in robes of white,
Fairest and favorite maid of light. =
2. The seraph spoke—“”Tis reason's par
To govern and to guard the heart;
To lull the wayward soul"to rest,
When hopes and fears distract the breast.
Reason may calm this doubtful strife,
And steer § bark through various life:
But when the storms of death are nigh,
And midnight darkness veils the sky,
Shall reason then direct thy sail,
Disperse the clouds, or sink the gale?

Stranger, this skill alone is mine, Skill that transcends his scanty line.” 8. ..." Revere thyself—thou’rt near allied To angels on thy better side. How various e'er their ranks or kinds, Angels are but unbodied minds: When the partition walls decay, Men emerge angels from their clay. Yes, when the frailer body dies, The soul asserts her kindred skies. But minds, though sprung from heav'nly race, Must first be tutor'd for the place: The joys above are understood, And relish’d only by the good. Who shall assume this guardian care, Who shall secure their birth-right there? Souls are my charge—to me 'tis giv'n To train them for their native heav'n.” 4. Know then—who bow the early knee, And give the willing heart to me; Who wisely when temptation waits, Elude her frauds, and spurn her baits; Who dare to own my injur'd cause, Though fools deride my sacred laws, o Or scorn to deviate to the wrong, Though persecution lists her thong; Though all the sons of hell conspire To raise the stake and light the fire; Know that for such superior souls, There lies a bliss beyond the poles: Where spirits shine with purer ray, And bri j to meridian day; Where love, where boundless friendship rules; (No friends that o no love that cools;) Where rising floods of knowledge roll, * . And pour, and pour upon the soul! 5 “But where's the passage to the skies? The road through death's black valley lies. Nay, do not shudder at my tale; Tho' dark the shades, yet safe the vale. . - * This path the best of men have trod: * * And who'd decline the road to God? - ) ------ * * 21 - *

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Oh! 'tis a glorious boon to die! This favour can’t.be priz'd too high.” 6. While thus she spoke, my looks express'd The raptures kindling in my breast; My soul a fix’d attention gave; When the stern monarch of the grave, With haughty strides approach’d:—amaz'd I stood .# trembled as I gaz'd. The seraph calm’d each anxious fear, And kindly wip'd the falling tear, Then hasten’d with expanded wing •To meet the pale, terrific king. But now what milder scenes arise! The tyrant drops his hostile guise; He seems a youth divinely fair, In graceful ringlets waves his hair: His wings their whit’ning plumes display, His burnish’d plumes reflect the day; Light flows his shining azure vest, And all the angel stands confess'd. I view'd the change with sweet surprise; And Oh! I panted for the skies: Thank’d heaven that ever I drew my breath; And triumph’d in the thoughts of death.- coTTON. - ----66essCHAPTER III. IDIDACTIC; PIECES. ASECTION I. The vanity of wealth. 1. No more thus brooding o'er yon heap, With av’rice painful vigils keep; Still unenjoy'd the present store, Still endless o: are breath’d for more. Oh! quit the shadow, catch the prize, Which not all India’s treasure buys! To purchase heav'n has gold the pow'r? Can gold remove the mortal hour? In life can love be bought with gold? Are friendship's pleasures to be sold? No—all that's worth a wish—a thought, Fair virtue gives unbrib'd, unbought. Cease then on trash thy hopes to bind; Let nobler views engage thy mind. . DR. JOHNSON,

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SECTION II.
Nothing form'd in vain.
Let no presuming impious railer tax
Creative wisdom as if aught was form'd
In vain, or not for admirable ends. .
Shall little haughty ignorance pronounce
His works unwise, of which the smallest part
Fxceeds the narrow vision of her mind?
As is, o a full-proportion'd dome,
On swelling columns heav'd, the pride of art!
A critie-fly, whose feeble ray scarce spreads
An inch around, with blind presumption bold,
Should dare to tax the structure of the whole.

. And lives the man, whose universal eye

Has swept at once th’ unbounded scheme of things;
Mark'd their dependence so, and firm accord,
As with unfault’ring accent to conclude,
That this availeth naught? Has any seen
The mighty chain of beings, less’ning down
From infinite persection, to the brink
Of dreary nothing, desolate abyss!
From which astonish’d thought, recoiling, turns?
Till then alone let zealous praise ascend,
And hymns of holy wonder, to that power,
Whose wisdom shines as lovely in our minds,
As on our smiling eyes his servant sun. Thompson
SECTION III. -
On pride.

. .9f all the causes, which conspire to blind

Man’s erring judgment, and misguide the mind,
What the weak head with strongest bias rules,
Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.

W. nature has in worth deny’d,
She gives in large recruits of needful pride!
For, as in bodies, thus in souls, we find
What wants in blood and spirits, swell'd with wind.
Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defence,
And fills up all the mighty void of sense.

2. If once right reason drives that cloud away,

Truth breaks upon us with resistless day.
Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know,
Make use of ev'ry friend—and ev'ry foe.
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or teste not the Pierian spring:

There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. » 3. Fir’d at first sight with what the muse imparts, In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts, While, from the bounded level of our mind, Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind; But more advanc'd, behold, with strange surprise, New distant scenes of endless science rise! * So pleas'd at first the tow’ring Alps we try, Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky; Th’ eternal snows appear already past, And the first clouds and mountains seem the last; But, those attain'd, we tremble to survey The growing labours of the lengthen’d way; Th’ increasing prospect tires our wand'ring eyes; Hills peep o'er #. and Alps on Alps arise. Pope 1 SECTION IV. | Cruelty to brutes censured." 1. I would not enter on my list of friends, Though grac'd with polish'd manners and fine sense, et wanting sensibility,) the man - 4. Who needlessly sets foot upon a..worm. An inadvertent step may crush the snail, That crawls at evening in the public path; But he that has humanity, forewarn’d, Will tread aside, and let the reptile live. 2. The creeping vermin, loathsome to the sight, And charged perhaps with venom, that intrudes A visitor unwelcome into scenes Sacred to neatness and repose, th” alcove, The chamber, or refectory may die. A necessary act incurs no blame. Not so, when held within their proper bounds, And guiltless of offence they range the air, . Or take their pastime in the spacious field. There they are privileg'd. ...And he that hunts Or harms them there, is guilty of a wrong; Disturbs th’ economy of nature's realm, Who, when she form’d, designed them an abode. 3. The sum is this; if man’s convenience, health, Or safety, interfere, his rights and claims, Are paramount, and must extinguish theirs. Else they are all—the meanest things that are, As free to live and to enjoy that life,

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