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The' eclipse, that intercepts truth's heav'nly beam,
And chills and darkens a wide-wand'ring soul.
The STILL SMALL Voice is wanted. He must speak,
Whose word leaps forth at once to its effect;
Who calls for things that are not, and they come.

Grace makes the slave a freeman. 'Tis a change, That turns to ridicule the turgid speech And stately tone of moralists, who boast, As if, like him of fabulous renown, They had indeed ability to smooth The shag of savage nature, and were each An Orpheus, and omnipotent in song: But transformation of apostate man From fool to wise, from earthly to divine, Is work for Him that made him. He alone, And he by means in philosophic eyes Trivial and worthy of disdain, achieves The wonder; humanizing what is brute In the lost kind, extracting from the lips

asps their venom, overpow'ring strength By weakness, and hostility by love.


Patriots have toil'd, and in their country's cause Bled nobly; and their deeds, as they deserve, Receive proud recompense. We give in charge Their names to the sweet lyre. The' historic muse, Proud of the treasure, marches with it down To latest times; and Sculpture, in her turn, Gives bond in stone and ever-during brass To guard them, and to immortalize her trust : But fairer wreaths are due, though never paid, To those, who, posted at the shrine of Truth, Have fall’n in her defence. A patriot's blood,

Well spent in such a strife, may earn indeed,
And for a time ensure, to his lov'd land
The sweets of liberty and equal laws;
But martyrs struggle for a brighter prize
And win it with more pain. Their blood is shed
In confirmation of the noblest claim,
Our claim to feed upon immortal truth,
To walk with God, to be divinely free,
To soar, and to anticipate the skies.
Yet few remember them. They liv'd unknown,
Till Persecution dragg’d them into fame,
And chas'd them up to Heav'n. Their ashes flew-
No marble tells us whither. With their names
No bard embalms and sanctifies his song:
And history, so warm on meaner themes,
Is cold on this. She execrates indeed
The tyranny, that doom'd them to the fire,
But gives the glorious suff'rers little praise.*

He is the freeman, whom the truth makes free, And all are slaves beside. There's not a chain, That hellish foes, confed’rate for his harm, Can wind around him, but he casts it off, With as much ease as Samson his green withes. He looks abroad into the varied field Of nature, and though poor perhaps, compar'd With those whose mansions glitter in his sight, Calls the delightful scenery all his own. His are the mountains, and the valleys his, And the resplendent rivers. His to' enjoy With a propriety that none can feel, But who, with filial confidence inspir’d, Can lift to Heav'n an unpresumptuous eye, And smiling say—“My Father made them all!"

# See Hume.


Are they not his by a peculiar right,
And by an emphasis of intrest his,
Whose eye they fill with tears of holy joy,
Whose heart with praise, and whose exalted mind
With worthy thoughts of that unwearied love,
That plann'd, and built, and still upholds, a world
So cloth'd with beauty for rebellious man?
Yes-ye may fill your garments, ye that reap
The loaded soil, and ye may waste much good
In senseless riot ; but ye will not find
In feast, or in the chase, in song or dance,
A liberty like his, who, unimpeach'd
Of usurpation, and to no man's wrong,
Appropriates nature as his Father's work,
And has a richer use of yours than

He is indeed a freeman. Free by birth
Of no mean city ; plannid or ere the hills
Were built, the fountains open'd, or the sea
With all his roaring multitude of waves.
His freedom is the same in ev'ry state;
And no condition of this changeful life,
So manifold in cares, whose ev'ry lay
Brings its own evil with it, makes it less :
For he has wings, that neither sickness, pain,
Nor penury, can cripple or confine.
No nook so narrow but he spreads them there
With ease, and is at large. The oppressor holds
His body bound, but knows not what a range
His spirit takes unconscious of a chain;
And that to bind him is a vain attempt,
Whom God delights in, and in whom he dwells.

Acquaint thyself with God, if thou would'st taste His works. Admitted once to his embrace,

Thou shalt perceive that thou wast blind before : Thine

eye shall be instructed ; and thine heart Made pure shall relish, with divine delight Till then unfelt, what hands divine have wrought. Brutes graze the mountain-top, with faces prone, And eyes intent upon the scanty herb It yields them; or, recumbent on its brow, Ruminate heedless of the scene outspread Beneath, beyond, and stretching far away From inland regions to the distant main. Man views it, and admires; but rests content With what he views. The landscape has his praise, But not its author. Unconcern'd who form’d The Paradise he sees, he finds it such, And, such well-pleas’d to find it, asks no more. Not so the mind, that has been touch'd from Heav'n, And in the school of sacred wisdom taught, To read his wonders, in whose thought the World, Fair as it is, existed ere it was. Not for its own sake merely, but for his Much more, who fashion’d it, he gives it praise ; Praise that from Earth resulting, as it ought, To Earth's acknowledg'd sov'reign, finds at once Its only just proprietor in Him. The soul that sees him or receives sublim'd New faculties, or learns at least to' employ More worthily the pow’rs she own'd before, Discerns in all things what, with stupid gaze Of ignorance, till then she overlook’d, A ray of heav'nly light, gilding all forms Terrestrial in the vast and the minute; The unambiguous footsteps of the God, Who gives its lustre to an insect's wing, And wheels his throne upon the rolling worlds.

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Much conversant with Heav'n, she often holds With those fair ministers of light to man, That fill the skies nightly with silent pomp, [they Sweet conference. Inquires what strains were With which Heav'n rang, when ev'ry star, in haste To gratulate the new-created Earth, Sent forth a voice, and all the sons of God Shouted for joy."Tell me, ye shining hosts, “That navigate a sea that knows no storms, “ Beneath a vault unsullied with a cloud, “If from your elevation, whence ye view * Distinctly scenes invisible to man, “ And systems, of whose birth no tidings yet “ Have reach'd this nether world, ye spy a race “Favour'd as ours; transgressors from the womb, “And hasting to a grave yet doom'd to rise, “And to possess a brighter Heav'n than yours? “As one, who, long detain'd on foreign shores, “Pants to return, and when he sees afar “ His country's weather-bleach'd and batter'd rocks “ From the green wave emerging, darts an eye “ Radiant with joy towards the happy land ; “So I with animated hopes behold, “And many an aching wish, your beamy fires, “ That shows like beacons in the blue abyss, “Ordain’d to guide the' embodied spirit home “From toilsome life to never-ending rest. “ Love kindles as I gaze. I feel desires, ". That give assurance of their own success, “And that, infus'd from Heav'n, must thither tend."

So reads her nature, whom the lamp of truth Illuminates. Thy lamp, mysterious Word! Which whoso sees no longer wanders lost,

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