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If they, who on thy state attend, Awe-struck, before thy presence bend, 'Tis but the natural effect Of grandeur that ensures respect; But she is something more than Queen, Who is beloved where never seen.




HEAR, Lord, the song of praise and prayer,

In Heaven thy dwelling-place, From infants made the public care,

And taught to seek thy face. Thanks for thy word, and for thy day,

And grant us, we implore,
Never to waste in sinful play

Thy holy sabbaths more.
Thanks that we hear, but O impart

To each desires sincere,
That we may listen with our heart,

And learn as well as hear!

For if vain thoughts the minds engage

of older far than we, What hope, that, at our heedless age,

Our minds should e'er be free?

Much hope, if thou our spirits take

Under thy gracious sway,
Who canst the wisest wiser make,

And babes as wise as they.

Wisdom and bliss thy word bestows,

A sun that ne'er declines,
And be thy mercies shower'd on those,

Who placed us where it shines.


Subjoined to the Yearly Bill of Mortality of the Parish of All-Saints, Northampton, *

Anno Domini 1787.

Pallida Mors æquo pulsat pede pauperum tu.

bernas, Regumque turres.

HOR. Pale Death with equal foot strikes wide the door Of royal halls, and hovels of the poor.

WHILE thirteen moons saw smoothly run

The Nen's bargeladen wave,
All these, life's rambling journey done,

Have found their home, the grave.
Was man (frail always) made more frail

Than in foregoing years ?
Did famine or did plague prevail,

That so much death appears?
No; these were vigorous as their sires,

Nor plague nor famine came;
This annual tribute Death requires,

And never waves his claim,
Like crowded forest-trees we stand,

And some are mark'd to fall;
The axe will smite at God's command,

And soon shall smite us all.

Composed for John Cox, parish clerk of North. ampton.

Green as the bay-tree, ever green,

With its new foliage on,
The gay, the thoughtless, have I seen,

I pass'd—and they were gone.
Read, ye that run, the awful truth,

With which I charge my page;
A worm is in the bud of youth,

And at the root of age.
No present health can health ensure

For yet an hour to come ;
No medicine, though it oft can cure,

Can always balk the tomb..
And O! that humble as my lot,

And scorn'd as is my strain,
These truths, though known, too much forgot,

I may not teach in vain.
So prays your clerk with all his heart,

And, ere he quits the pen,
Begs you for once to take his part,

And answer all Amen!



Quod adest, memento
Componere æquus. Cætera fluminis
Ritu untur.

Improve the present hour, for all beside
Is a mere feather on a torrent's tide.

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COULD I, from Heaven inspired, as sure presage
To whom the rising year shall prove his last,
As I can number in my punctual page,
And item down the victims of the past;
How each would trembling wait the mournful sheet,
On which the press might stamp him next to die;
And, reading here his sentence, how replete
With anxious meaning, Heavenward turn his eye!
Time then would seem more precious than the joys,
In which he sports away the treasure now;
And prayer more seasonable than the noise
Of drunkards, or the music-drawing bow.
Then doubtless many a trifler, on the brink
of this world's hazardous and headlong shore,
Forced to a pause, would feel it good to think,
Told that his setting sun must rise no more.
Ah self-deceived ! Could I prophetic say
Who next is fated, and who next to fall,
The rest might then seem privileged to play;
But, naming none, the Voice now speaks to ALL.

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