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Or pining LOVE, Mall waste their youth,
Or JEALOUSY; with rankling tooth,

That inly gnaws the secret heart;
And ENVY wan, and faded CARE,
Grim-visag'd, comfortless DESPAIR,

And Sorrow's piercing dart. AMBITION this shall tempt to rile,

Then whirl the wretch from high, To bitter scorn a sacrifice,

And grinning INFAMY. The flings of FALSEHOOD those shall try, And hard UNKINDNEss' alter'd eye,

That mocks the tear it forc'd to flow; And keen REMORSE with blood defil'd, And, moody MADNESS, laughing wild,

Amid leverest woe.
Lo! in the vale of years, beneath,

A grisly troop, are seen,
The painful family of DEATH,

More hideous than their queen : This racks the joints, this fires the veins ; That ev'ry lab’ring finew strains,

Thole in the deeper vitals rage:
LO! POVERTY, to fill the band,
That numbs the soul with icy hand,

And Now-consuming age.
To each his sutl’rings : all are MEN,

Condemn'd alike to groan;
The tender for another's pain,

Th' unseeling for his own. Yet, ah! why should they know their fate ? Since sorrow never comes too late,

And HAPPINESS too swiftly fiies : THOUGHT would deftroy their paradise. No mote:-where IGNORANCE is bliss,

'Tis folly to be wile.

ADAM'S MORNING HYMN. TIIESE are thy glorious works, parent of good!

Almighty! thine this universal frame: Thus wond'rous fair! thyself how wond’rous then? Unspeakable, who sitt'st above these heav'ns, To us invisible, or dimly seen In these thy loweli works; yet these declare Thy goodnets beyond thought, and pow'r divine. Speak ye, who beli can tell, ye fons of ligát, ANGELS! for ye behold him, and with fongs And choral symphonies, day without night, Circle his throne rejoicing; ye in heav'n, On earth, join all ye creatures to extol Him firit, him laft, him midit, and without end. Fairest of liars, laft in the train of night, If better thou belong not to the dawn, Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling morn With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy sphere, While day arifes, that sweet hour of prime. Thou sun, of this great world both eye and foul, Acknowledge him thy greater; found his praise In thy eternal course, both when thou climb'ft, And when high-noon hali gain’d, and when thou

fall'ft. Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun, now fly'st With the fix'd STARS, fix'd in their orb that flies; And ye five other wand'ring fires that move In myfiic dance, not without long, refound His praise, who out of darkness call’d up light; AIR, and ye ELEMENTS, the eldest birth Of nature's womb, that in quaternion run, Perpetual circle, multiform, and mix, And nourish all things; let your ceaseless change Vary to our great maker till new praise. Ye Mists and EXHALATIONS that now rise Trom hill or fireaming lake, dulky or gray, Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold, In honour to the world's great author rise! \bether to deck with clouds th' uncolour'd sks Or het the thirtiy earth with falling ihow’rs,

Rising or falling still advance his praise !
His praise, ye WINDS, that from four quarters blow,
Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye pines,
With ev'ry plant, in fign of worihip wave!
FOUNTAINS, and ye, that warble as ye flow,
Melodious murmurs, warbling, tune his praise !
Join voices, all ye living fouls; ye BIRDS,
That singing up to heav'n's-gate ascend,
Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise !
Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk
The earth, and stately tread or lowly creep;
Witness if I be filent, morn or even,
To hill, or valley, fountain, or fresh fade,
Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise,
Hail, universal Lord! be bount’ous ftill,
To give us only GOOD; and if the night
Have gather’daught of Evil, or concealid,
Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark.

EPILOGUE,
AN honeft erew, dispos’d to be merry,

Came to a tavern by, and call'd for wine :
The draw'r brought it (smiling like a cherry)

And told them it was pleafant, neat, and fine : Taste it, quoth one: he did;-oh, fie! quoth he, This wine was good; now't turns too near the lee.” Another fipp'd, to give the wine its due,

And said unto the rest, “it drank too flat;": The third, faid “it was old;" the fourth, “too new;">

Nay, said the fifth," the sharpness likes me not. Thus, gentlemen, you fee, how in one hour, The wine was new, old, flat, sharp, sweet, and four, These POEMS, to this wine allude we may;

Which fome will think too trivial, fome too grave; You, as our guests, we entertain: and say,

You're kindly welcome to the best we have, Excufe us, then; good wine may be disgrac’d, When ev'ry mouth hath got a diff'rent tafile.

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FINIS.

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