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Unite; Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks,
Parthians; and they who dwelt on Tiber's banks,
Names fam'd of old : or who of later age,
Chinese and Russian, Mexican and Turk,
Tenant the wild terrene; and they who pitch
Their tents on Niger's banks; or where the Sun
Pours on Golconda's spires his early light,
Drink Ganges' sacred stream. At once shall rise,
Whom distant ages to each others' sight
Had long denied : before the throne shall kneel
Some great progenitor, while at his side
Stand his descendants through a thousand lines,
Whate'er their nation, and whate'er their rank,
Heroes and patriarchs, slaves and sceptred kings,
With equal eye the God of all shall see,
And judge with equal love. What though the great
With costly pomp and aromatic sweets
Embalm'd his poor remains; or through the dome
A thousand tapers shed their gloomy light,
While solemn organs to his parting soul
Chanted slow orisons ? Say, by what mark
Dost thou discern him from that lowly swain
Whose mouldering bones beneath the thorn-bound

Long lay neglected ? All at once shall rise,
But not to equal glory; for, alas !
With howlings dire, and execrations loud,
Some wail their fatal birth. First among these
Behold the mighty murd'rers of mankind :
They who in sport whole kingdoms slew; or they
Who to the tott'ring pinnacle of power
Waded through seas of blood! How will they curse
The madness of ambition! How lament
Their dear-bought laurels ; when the widow'd wife

And childless mother at the judgment seat
Plead trumpet-tongu'd against them !-Here are
Who sunk an aged father to the grave; [they
Or, with unkindness hard, and cold disdain,
Slighted a brother's suff'rings.-Here are they
Whom fraud and skilful treachery long secur'd;
Who from the infant virgin tore her dow'r,
And ate the orphan's bread; who spent their stores
In selfish luxury; or o'er their gold
Prostrate and pale ador'd the useless heap.
Here too who stain'd the chaste connubial bed !-
Who mix'd the pois'nous bowl ;-or broke the ties
Of hospitable friendship;--and the wretch
Whose listless soul, sick with the cares of life,
Unsummon’d to the presence of his God
Rush'd in with insult rude. How would they joy
Once more to visit Earth, and, though oppress'd
With all that pain and famine can inflict,
Pant up the hill of life? Vain wish! the Judge
Pronounces doom eternal on their heads,
Perpetual punishment! Seek not to know
What punishment! for that th’ Almighty will
Has hid from mortal eyes : and shall vain man
With curious search refin'd presume to pry
Into thy secrets, Father? No! let him
With humble patience all thy works adore,
And walk in all thy paths; so shall his meed
Be great in Heav'n, so haply shall he 'scape
Th’immortal worm and never ceasing fire.

But who are they, who bound in tenfold chains
Stand horribly aghast ? This is that crew
Who strove to pull Jehovah from his throne,
And in the place of Heaven's eternal King
Set up the phantom Chance. For them in vain

Alternate seasons cheer'd the rolling year ;
In vain the Sun, or herb, tree, fruit, and flow'r
Shed genial influence mild ; and the pale Moon
Repair'd her waning orb.-Next these is plac'd
The vile blasphemer; he, whose impious wit
Profan'd the sacred mysteries of faith,
And 'gainst th' impenetrable walls of Heav'n
Planted his feeble battery. By these stands
The Arch Apostate: he with many a wile
Exhorts them still to foul revolt. Alas!
No hope have they from black despair, no ray
Shines through the gloom to cheer their sinking
In agonies of grief

they curse the hour [souls: When first they left Religion's onward way.

These on the left are rang'd; but on the right A chosen band appears, who fought beneath The banner of Jehovah, and defied Satan's united legions. Some, unmov'd At the grim tyrant's frown, o'er barb'rous climes Diffus'd the Gospel's light: some long immurid (Sad servitude!) in chains and dungeons pin’d; Or, rack'd with all the agonies of pain, Breath'd out their faithful lives. Thrice happy they Whom Heav'n elected to that glorious strife! Here are they plac'd, whose kind munificence Made heaven-born Science raise her drooping head; And on the labours of a future race Entail'd their just reward. Thou amongst these, Good Seaton! whose well-judg'd benevolence Fost’ring fair Genius, bade the poet's hand Bring annual off'rings to his Maker's shrine, Shalt find the generous care was not in vain.-Here is that fav'rite band, whom mercy mild, God's best-lov'd attribute, adorn'd; whose gate

Stood ever open to the stranger's call;
Who fed the hungry; to the thirsty lip
Reach'd out the friendly cup; whose care benign
From the rude blast secur'd the pilgrim's side;
Who heard the widow's tender tale, and shook
The galling shackle from the pris'ner's feet;
Who each endearing tie, each office knew
Of meek-eyed, heaven-descended Charity.
O Charity, thou nymph divinely fair!
Sweeter than those whom ancient poets bound
In amity's indissoluble chain,
The Graces! how shall I essay to paint
Thy charms, celestial maid! and in rude verse
Blazon those deeds thyself did'st ne'er reveal ?
For thee nor rankling Envy can infect,
Nor rage transport, nor high o'erweening Pride
Puff up with vain conceit: ne'er didst thou smile
To see the sinner as á verdant tree
Spread his luxuriant branches o'er the stream;
While, like some blasted trunk, the righteous fall
Prostrate, forlorn. When prophecies shall fail,
When tongues shall cease, when knowledge is no

And this great day is come, thou by the throne
Shalt sit triumphant. Thither, lovely maid !
Bear me, O bear me on thy soaring wing,
And through the adamantine gates of Heav'n
Conduct my steps, safe from the fiery gulf
And dark abyss, where Sin and Satan reign!

But can the Muse, her numbers all too weak, Tell how that restless element of fire Shall wage with seas and earth intestine war, And deluge all creation? Whether (so Some think) the comet, as through fields of air

Lawless he wanders, shall rush headlong on
Thwarting th'ecliptic, where th' unconscious Earth
Rolls in her wonted course; whether the Sun
With force centripetal into his orb
Attract her, long reluctant; or the caves,
Those dread volcanos, where engend'ring lie
Sulphureous minerals, from the dark abyss
Pour streams of liquid fire; while from above,
As erst on Sodom, Heaven's avenging hand
Rains fierce combustion.-Where are now the
Of art, the toil of ages ?-Where are now (works
Th’imperial cities, sepulchres and domes,
Trophies and pillars ? Where is Egypt's boast,
Those lofty pyramids, which high in air
Reard their aspiring heads, to distant times
Of Memphian's pride a living monument ?-
Tell me where Athens rais'd her tow'rs? where

Open'd her hundred portals !—Tell me where
Stood sea-girt Albion ? where imperial Rome,
Propt by seven hills, sat like a scepträd queen,
And aw'd the tributary world to peace ?
Show me the rampart which o'er many a hill,
Through many a valley, stretch'd its wide extent,
Rais'd by that mighty monarch to repel
The roving Tartar, when with insult rude
'Gainst Pekin's tow'rs he bent th' unerring bow.
But what is mimic art? E'en Nature's work,
Seas, meadows, pastures, the meand'ring streams,
And everlasting hills, shall be no more.
No more shall Teneriffe, cloud-piercing height!
O’erhang th’ Atlantic surge; nor that fam'd cliff,
Through which the Persian steer'd with many a


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