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How shall I then attempt to sing of Him ! Who, Light Himself, in uncreated light Invested deep, dwells awfully retir'd From mortal eye, or angel's purer ken ; Whose single smile has, from the first of time, Fill’d, overflowing, all those lamps of Heaven, That beam for ever through the boundless sky : But, should he hide his face, the astonish'd sun, And all th' extinguish'd stars would loosening reel Wide from their spheres, and Chaos come again.
And yet was every faltering tongue of Man, Almighty Father ! silent in thy praise, Thy works themselves would raise a general voice ; Even in the depth of solitary woods, By human foot untrod, proclaim thy power, And to the choir celestial Thee resound, The eternal cause, support, and end of all !
The Wisdom of God.
LET no presuming impious railer tax
And lives the man whose universal eye
THE sun has lost his rage : his downward orb Shoots nothing now but animating warmth, And vital lustre : that, with various ray, Lights up the clouds, those beauteous robes of heaven, Incessant roll'd into romantic shapes, The dream of waking fancy ! Broad below, Cover'd with ripening fruits, and swelling fast Into the perfect year, the pregnant earth, And all her tribes rejoice. Now the soft hour Of walking comes : for him who lonely loves To seek the distant hills, and there converse With Nature ; there harmonize his heart, And in pathetic song to breathe around The harmony to others. Social friends, Attun'd to happy unison of soul ;
To whose exalting eye a fairer world,
WITH thee, serene Philosophy, with thee, And thy bright garland, let me crown my song! Effusive source of evidence, and truth ! A lustre shedding o'er the ennobled mind, Stronger than summer noon ; and pure as that, Whose mild vibrations sooth the parted soul, New to the dawning of celestial day. Hence through her nourish'd powers, enlarg’d by thee, She springs aloft, with elevated pride, Above the tangling mass of low desires, That bind the fluttering crowd ; and, angel-wing’d, The heights of science and of virtue gains, Where all is calm and clear : with Nature round,
the starry regions, or the abyss, To Reason's and to Fancy's eye display'd : The First up-tracing, from the dreary void,
The chain of causes and effects to Him,
Tutor’d by thee, hence Poetry exalts
Without thee, what were unenlightened Man ?
prey ; and with the unfashioned fur
, Philosophy directs
Nor to this evanescent speck of earth, Poorly confin’d, the radiant tracts on high Are her exalted range ; intent to gaze Creation through ; and from that full complex Of never-ending wonders, to conceive Of the Sole Being right, who spoke the word, And Nature mov'd complete. , With inward view, Thence on the ideal kingdom swift she turns Her eye ; and instant, at her powerful glance, The obedient phantoms vanish or appear ; Compound, divide, and into order shift, Each to his rank, from plain perception up To the fair forms of fancy's fleeting train : To reason, then, deducing truth from truth .; And notion quite abstract ; where first begins The world of spirits, action all, and life Unfetter'd, and unmix'd. But here the cloud, So wills Eternal Providence, sits deep, Enough for us to know that this dark state, In wayward passions lost, and vain pursuits, This infancy of being, cannot prove The final issue of the works of God, By boundless Love and perfect Wisdom form'd, And ever rising with the rising mind.
O KNEW he but his happiness, of men The happiest he ; who, far from public rage, Deep in the vale, with a choice few retir’d, Drinks the pure pleasures of the Rural Life.