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Gods such as guilt makes welcome; gods that
sleep, Or disregard our follies, or that sit Amus'd spectators of this bustling stage. Thee we reject, unable to abide Thy purity, till pure as thou art pure, Made such by thee, we love thee for that causa For which we shunn'd and hated thee before. Then we are free. Then liberty, like day, Breaks on the soul, and by a flash from heav'n Fires all the faculties with glorious joy. A voice is heard that mortal ears hear not, Till thou hast touch'd them; 'tis the voice of song, A loud Hosanna sent from all thy works ; Which he that hears it, with a shout repeats, And adds his rapture to the general praise ! In that blest moment, Nature, throwing wide Her veil opaque, discloses with a smile The author of her beauties, who, retir'd Behind his own creation, works unseen By the impure, and hears his pow'r denied: Thou art the source and centre of all minds, Their only point of rest, eternal Word ! From thee departing, they are lost, and rove At random, without honour, hope, or peace. From thee is all that sooths the life of man, His high endeavour, and his glad success, His strength to suffer, and his will to serve. But O thou bounteous Giver of all good, Thou art of all thy gifts thyself the crown! Give what thou canst, without thee we are poor And with thee rich, take what thou wilt away.
THE WINTER WALK AT NOON
ARGUMENT OF THE SIXTH BOOK Bells at a distance-Their effect-A fine noon in winter
A sheltered walk-Meditation better than books-OUT familiarity with the course of Nature makes it appear less wonderful than it is-The transformation that Spring effects in a shrubbery, described-A mistake concerning the course of Nature corrected-God main. tains it by an unremitted act-The amusements fashionable at this hour of the day reproved-Animals happy, a delightful sight-Origin of cruelty to animals -That it is a great crime proved from Scripture-That proof illustrated by a tale-A line drawn between the lawful and unlawful destruction of them-Their good and useful properties insisted on-Apologies for tho encomiums bestowed by the author on animals-Instancer of man's extravagant fraise of man-The groans of the creation shall have an end-A view taken of the resto ration of all things-An invocation and an invitation of Him who shall bring it to pass-The retired man vin dicated from the charge of uselessness---Conclusion 12
There is in souls a sympatay with sounds,
friend! A father, whose authority, in show When most severe, ard must'ring all its force.
Was but the graver countenance of love,
wiser suit than asking more. The night was winter in its roughest mood, The morning sharp and clear. But now at noon Upon the southern side of the slant hills, And whers the woods fence off the northern
The season smiles, resigning all its range,
press'd: Pleas'd with his solitude, and flitting light From spray to spray, where'er he rests he
shakes From many a twig the pendent drops of ice, That tinkle in the wither'd leaves below. Stillness, accompanied with sounds so soft, Charms more than silence. Meditation here May think down hours to moments. Here the
heart May give a useful lesson to the head, And Learning wiser grow without his books. Knowledge and Wisdom, far from being one,