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Tbere, listeving every noise, his watchful dog The same our Lord, and laws, and great
Light fiy his slumbers, if perchance a flight pursuit.
Once some of us, like thee, through stormy life,
Then fear not us; but with responsive song,
Of uature sing with us, and nature's God.
Here, frequent, at the visionary hour,
The deepening dale, or inmost sylvan glade :
Alas! for us too soon! Though rais'd abore
Of sadly-pleas'd remembrance, must thou feel
These are the baunts of meditation, these In all her smiles, without forbidding pride. The scenes where ancient bards the inspiring But, O thou best of parents ! wipe thy tears ; breath
Or rather to parental nature pay
Believe the muse : the wintry blast of death la waking whispers, and repeated dreams,
Kills not the buds of virtue: no, they spread, To bint pure thought, and warn the favour'd
Beneath the heavenly beam of brighter suns, soal
Through endless ages, into bigher powers. For future trials fated to prepare ;
Thus up the mount, in airy vision wrapt, To prompt the poet, who devoted gives I stray, regardless wbither; till the sound His muse to better themes; to sooth the pangs
Of a near fall of water every sense Of dying worth, and from the patriot's breast
Wakes from the charm of thought: swift (Backward to mingle in detested war,
shrinking back, But foremost whev engag'd) to turn the death;
I check my steps, and view the broken scene. And numberless such offices of love,
Smooth to the shelving brivk a copious food Daily, and nightly, zealous to perform.
Rolls fair and placid; where collected all Shook sudden from the bosom of the sky,
In one impetuous torrent, down the steep A thousand shapes, or glide athwart the dusk,
It thundering shoots, and shakes the couutry Or stalk majestic op. Deep rous'd I feel
round. A sacred terror, a severe delight,
At first an azure shcet, it rushes broad; Creep thro' my mortal frame; and thus me
Theo whitening by degrees, as prone it falls,
And from the loud resoundiug rocks below
* A young lady, well-known to the author, Poor kindred man! thy fellow.creatures, we who died at the age of eighteen, in the year From the same Parent-Power our beings drew; || 1738.
Dash'd in a cloud of foam, it sends aloft Returning suas and double seasons t pass :
Or to the far borizon wide diffus'd,
A boundless deep immensity of shade.
Redoubled day; yet in their rugged coats
A friendly juice to cool its rage contain. Struck from bis side by savage fowler's guile, Bear ine, Pomona! 10 thy citrop groves; Across his fancy comes ; and then resounds
To where the lemon and the piercing lime, , A louder song of sorrow through the grove.
With the deep orange, glowing through the Beside the dewy border let ine sit,
green, All in the freshness of the bumid air ;
Their lighter glories blend. Lay me reclin'a There in that hollowed rock, grotesque and
Beneath the spreading tamarind, that shakes,
Fann'd by the breeze, its ferer-cooling fruit.
Now, while I taste the sweetness of the shade, Or thrown at gayer ease, on some fair brow,
See, how at ouce the bright effulgent sun, And from the palm to draw its freshening
Which Bacchus pours. Nor, on its slender
Nor, creeping through the woods, tbegelid race
Of berries. Oft in humble stativa dwells.
Unboastful wortb, above fastidious pomp:
[year, !| The poets imag'd in the golden age :And barbarous wealth, that see, each circling | Quick let me strip thee of thy tufty coat,
Spread thy ambrosial stores, and feast with Which blows constantly between the tro.
Jove! pics from the east, or the collateral points, the north-east and south-east: caused by the t In.all climates between the tropics, the pressure of the rarified air on that before it, sun, as he passes and repasses in bis annual according to the diurnal motion of the sun motion, is twice a year vertical, which produces fruan east to west.
From these the prospect varies. Plains im- Array'd in all the beauteous beams of day,
Yet, frugal still, she humbles them ia song +. Lie stretch'd below, interminable meads, Nor envy we the gaudy robes they lent And vast savannabs, where the wandering eye, Proud Montezuma's realm, whose legions cast Unfixt, is in a verdaut ocean lost.
A boundless radiance waving on the sun. Another Flora there, of bolder hues,
While Philomel is ours; while in our shades, And richer sweets beyovd our garden's pride, Through the soft silence of the listening night, Plays o'er the fields, and showers with sudden | The sober-suited songstress trills her lay. hand
But come, my muse, the desert-barrier burst, Exuberant spring: fur oft these valleys shift A wild expanse of lifeless saud and sky: Their green einbroider'd robe to fiery browo, Aud swifter than the toiling caravan, And swift to green again, as scorching suds, Shoot o'er the vale of Sennar; ardent climb Or streaming dews aud torrent ra us, prevail. The Nubian mountains, and the secret bounds
Along these lonely regions, wbere retird, Of jealous Abyssinia boldly pierce. From little scenes of art, great nature dwells Thou art no ruffian, who beneath the mask In awful solitude, and nought is seen
Of social commerce com'st to rob their wealth; But the wild herds that own no master's stall, No holy fury thou, blaspheming Heaven, Prodigious rivers roll their fattning seas: With consecrated steel to stab their peace, On whose luxuriant herbage, half conceald, And through the land, yet red from civil Like a fallen cedar, far diffus'd bis train,
wounds, Cas'd in green scales, the crocodile extends.
To spread the purple tyranny of Ronie. The flood disparts: behold! in plaited mail, Thou, like the harmless bee, may'st freely Behemoth * rears his head. Glanc'd from his
from mead to mead, bright with exalted The darted steel in idle shivers Aies :
From jas'mine grove to grove, may'st wander He fearless walks the plain, or seeks the bills;
gay, Where, as he crops his varied fare, the herds, || Through palmy shades and aromatic woods, In widening circle round, forget their food, That grace the plains, invest the peopled hills, And at the harmless stranger wondering gaze. And up the more than Alpine mountaius wave.
Peaceful beneath primeval trees, that cast There on the breezy sumuit, spreading fair, Their ample shade o'er Niger's yellow stream, For many a league; or on stupendous rocks, And where the Ganges rolls his sacred wave; That from the sun.redoubling valley lift, Or mid the central depth of blackening woods, Cool to the middle air, their laway tops : High rais'd in solemn theatre around, Where palaces, and faves, and villas rise; Leans the huge elephant: wisest of brutes ! And gardens smile around, and cultur'd fields; O truly wise! with gentle might endow'd: Aud fountains gush; and careless berds and Though powerful, not destructive! Here he flocks
Securely stray; a world within itself, Revolving ages sweep the changeful earth, Disdaining all assault; there let me draw And empires rise and fall; regardless he Ethereal soul, there driuk reviving gales, Of what the never-resting race of men Profusely breathiug from the spicy groves, Project : thrice happyl could he 'scape their | And vales of fragrauce; there at distance bear guile,
The roaring floors, and cataracts, that sweep Who mine, from crael avarice, his steps; Froin disemboweld earth the virgin gold; Or with his towery grandeur swell their state, | And o'er the varied landscape, restless, rove, The pride of kings! or else his streugth per- | Fervent with life of every fairer kind: vert,
A land of wonders! which the suo still eyes And bid bim rage amid the mortal fray, With ray direct, as of the lovely realm Astonish'd at the madness of mankind. Enamour'd, and delighting there to dwell.
Wide o'er the winding umbrage of the foods, How chang'd the scene! In blazing height of Like vivid blossoms glowing from afar,
[giovt. Thick swarm the brighter birds. For nature's The sun, oppress'd, is plung'd in thickest hand,
Still horror reigns, a dreary twilight round, That with a sportive vanity bas deck'd
Of struggling vight and day malignant mix'd. The plumy nations, there her gayest hues Profusely pours. But if she bids them shine,
+ In all the regions of the torrid zone the
birds, though more beautiful in their plupage, * The bippopotamus, or river-borse. are observed to be less unclodious than ours.
For to the bot equator crowding fast,
[rage; From cloud to cloud the rending lightnings Till, in the furious elemental war Dissolv'd, the whole precipitated mass Vabroken foods and solid torrents purs. The treasures these, hid from the bounded search
(pomp, Of ancient knowledge: whence with annual Rich king of Avods! d'erflows the swelling Nile. Fruiu his two springs in Gujam's sunuy realm, Pure-swelling out, be through the lucid lake Of fair Dambea rolls bis infaut stream. There, by the Naiads nurs’d, he sports away His playful youth, amid the fragrant isles, That with unfading verdure smile around. Ambitious, thence the manly river breaks ; And gathering many a flood, and copious fed With all the mellow'd treasures of tbe sky, Winds in progressive majesty along: Through spleudid kingdoms now devolves his
maze, Now wanders wild o'er solitary tracts Of life. deserted sand; till glad to quit The joyless desert, down the Nubian rocks From thundering steep to steep, he pours his
uro, And Egypt joys beneath the spreading wave.
His brother Niger too, and all the floods In which the full-form'd maids of Afric lave Their jetty limbs; and all that from the tract Of woody mountains stretch'd through gor
Rolls a brown deluge; and the native drives
course, Our Aoods are rills. With unabated force, In silent diguity they sweep along, And traverse realms unknown, and blooming
wilds, And fruitful deserts, worlds of solitude, Where tbe sun smiles and seasons teein in vain, Unseen, and unenjoyd. Forsaking these, O'er peopled plains they far diffusive Row, And many a nation feed, and circle safe, lu their soft bosom many a happy isle : The seat of blameless Pan, yet undisturb’d By Christian crimes and Europe's cruel sons. Thus pouring on they proudly seek the deep, Whose vanquish'd tide, recoiling from the
shock, Yields to the liquid weight of half the globe; And Ocean trembles from his greeu domain. But wbat avails this wondrous waste of
wealth ? This gay profusion of luxurious bliss? This pomp of nature? what their balmy meads, Their powerful herbs, and Ceres void of paiu ? By vagrant birds dispers’d, and wafting winds, What their unplanted fruits? what the cool draughts,
(health The ambrosial food, rich gums, anil spicy Their forests yield? Their toiling insects vabat, Their silky pride, and vegetable robes ? Ah! what avail their fatal treasures, hid Deep in the bowels of the pitying earth, Golconda's gems, and sad Potosi's mines; Where dwelt the gentlest children of the sun? What all that Afric's golden rivers roll, Her odorous woods, and shining iv'ry stores? Ill-fated race! the softening arts of peace, Whate'er the humanizing muses teach ; The godlike wisdom of the temper'd breast; Progressive truth, the patient force of thought; Investigation calm, whose silent powers Command the world; the light that leads to
heaven; Kind equal rule, the government of laws, And all protecting freedom, which alone Sustains the name and dignity of man: These are not theirs. The parent sun himself
Fall on Coromandel's cost, or Malabar;
fresh'd, The lavish moisture of the melting year. Wide o'er his isles, the branching Oronoque
* The river that runs through Siam; on whose banks a vast multitude of those insects called fire-flies make a beautiful appearance in the night
tihe river of the Amazous.
Seems o'er this world of slaves to tyran vize; Amid this world of death. Day after day,
Where the rouod ether mixes with the wave,
Yet here, even here, into these black abodes There lost. The very brute creation there Of nonsters, ubappallid, from stooping Rome, This rage partakes, and burns with borrid fire. And guilty Caesar, liberty retird,
Lo! the green serpent from his dark abode, Her Cato following through Numidian wilds: Which even imagination fears to tread, Disdainfui of Campania's gentle plains, At noon, forth-issuing, gathers up his traia And all the green delights Ausonia pours: lu orbs immense, theu darting out anew, When for them she must bend the servile knee, Seeks the refreshing fount: by which diffus'd, And fawning take the splendid robber's boca. He throws bis folds; and while witb threat'o. Nor stop the terrors of these regions here. ing tongue,
Commission'd demoas oft, angels of wrath, And deathful jaws erect, the monster curls Let loose the raging elements. Breath'd hot, His faming crest, all other thirst, appallid, From all the boundless furnace of the sky, Orshivering flies, or check'd at distance stands, | And the wide-glittering waste of burning sand, Nor dares approach. But still inore direful be, A suffocating wind the pilgrim smites The small close-larking minister of fate, With instant death. Patient of thirst and toil, Whose bigh concocted venom thro' the veins Son of the desert! even the camel feels, A rapid lightning darts, arresting swift Shot through his wither'd heart, the fiery blast. The vital current. Forni'd to humble man, Or from the black red etber, bursting broad, This child of vengeful nature! There, sublim'd Sallies the sudden whirlwind. Straight the To fearless lust of blood, the savage race
sands, Roam, licens'd by the shading hour of guilt, Commov'd around, in gathering eddies play; And foul misdeed, when the pure day has shut Nearer and nearer still they darkening come; His sacred eye. The tiger darting fierce Till, with the general all-involving storm Impetuous on the prey his glance bas doom'd: | Swept up, the whole continuous wilds arise; The lively shining leopard, speckled o'er And by their noon-day fount dejected thrown, With many a spot, the beauty of the waste; Or sunk at night in sad disastrous sleep, Aud, scorning all the taming arts of man, Beneath descendiog hills the caravan The keen hyæna fellest of the fell.
Is buried deep. lu Cairo's crowded streets, These, rushing from the inhospitable woods The impatient merchant, wondering, waits in Of Mauritania, or the tufted isles,
vain, That verdant rise ainid the Libyan wild, And Mecca saddeus at the long delay. Innumerous glare around their shaggy king, Butchief at sea, whose every flexile wave Majestic, stalking o'er the printed sand; Obeys the blast, the aeriai tumult swells. And with imperious and repeated roars, In the dread oceao, undulating wide, Demand their fated foud. The fearful Pocks Beneath the radiant line that girts the globe, Crowd near the guardian swain; the nobler The circling Typbou*, whirld from point to herds,
point, W'here, round their lordly bull, in rural ease, Exhausting all the rage of all the sky, Tuey ruminating lie, with horror bear
And dire Ecnepliat reign. Amid the heavcus, The coming rage. The awakened village starts; Falsely serene, deep in a cloudy speck † And to her flattering breast the mother strains Compress'd, the mighty tempest brooding Her thoughtless infant. From the pirate's den, dwells: Or stern Morocco's tyrant fang escap'd, The wretch balf wishes for bis bonds again : * Typhon and Ecnephia, wames of particular While, uproar all, the wilderness resonus, storms or hurricanes, kuowa only between the From Atlas eastward to the frighted lile. tropics.
Unhappy he! who from the first of joys, + Called by sailo:3 tbe ox eye, being in apSuciety, cut vil, left alone
pearance at tirst no bigger.