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And oft thy voice in dreadful thunder speaks ;:,
And oft at dawn, deep noon, or falling eve, ,
By brooks and groves, in hollow-whispering gales.
Thy bounty shines in autumn unconfin'd,
And spreads a common feast for all that lives.
In winter, awful Thou ! with clouds and storms
Around Thee thrown, tempest o’er tempest rolld,
Majestic darkness! On the whirlwind's wing,
Riding sublime, Thou bid'st the world adore,
And humblest nature with thy northern blast.
Mysterious round! what skill, what force divine,
Deep felt, in these appear! a simple train,
Yet so delightful mix'd, with such kind art,
Such beauty and beneficence combin'd;
Shade, unperceiv'd, so softening into shade ;
And all so forming an harmonious whole,
That, as they still succeed, they ravish still.
But wondering oft, with brute unconscious gaze,
Man marks not thee, marks not the mighty hand,
That, ever-busy, wheels the silent spheres ;
Works in the secret deep; shoots steaming, thence,
The fair profusion that o'erspreads the Spring:
Flings from the sun direct the flaming day;
Feeds every creature; hurls the tempest forth; .
And, as on earth this grateful change revolves,
With transport touches all the springs of life.
Nature, attend ! join, every living soul, Beneath the spacious temple of the sky, In adoration join ; and ardent raise One general song! To Him, ye vocal gales, Breathe soft, whose spirit in your freshness breathes :' Oh, talk of Him in solitary glooms, Where, o'er the rock, the scarcely-waving pine Fills the brown shade with a religious awe! And ye, whose bolder note is heard afar, Who shake th' astonish'd world, lift high to heav'n Th’impetuous song, and say from whom you rage : His praise, ye brooks, attune, ye trembling rills ; And let me catch it, as I muse along. Ye headlong torrents, rapid and profound ; Ye softer floods, that lead the humid maze Along the vale; and thou, majestic main, A secret world of wonders in thyself! Sound his stupendous praise ; whose greater voice Or bids you roar, or bids your roarings fall,
Soft roll your incense, herbs, and fruits, and flowers, In mingled clouds to him ; whose sun exalts, Whose breath perfumes you, and whose pencil paints. Ye forests bend, ye harvests wave, to Him: Breathe your still song into the reaper's heart, As home he goes beneath the joyous moon.
Ye that keep watch in heaven, as earth asleep Unconscious lies, effuse your mildest beains, Ye constellations, while your angels strike,. . Amid the spangled sky, the silver lyre. . . Great source of day! best image here below : Of thy Creator, ever pouring wide, .. . From world to world, the vital oceán round, On Nature write with every beam His praise. The thunder rolls: be hush'd the prostrate world; While cloud to cloud returns the solemni hymin.. Bleat out afresh, ye hills: ye mossy rocks, Retain the sound : the broad responsive low, Ye valleys, raise; for the Great Shepherd reigns; And his unsuffering kingdom yet will come. Ye woodlands all, awake: a boundless song Burst from the groves! and when the restless day, '. Expiring, lays the warbling world asleep, Sweetest of birds, sweet Philomela ! charm .. . The listening shades, and teach the night His praise. , Ye chief, for whom the whole creation smiles, At once the head, the heart, and tongue of all, Crown the great hymn! in swarming cities vast, Assembled men, to the deep organ join The long-resounding voice, oft breaking clear, At solemn pauses, through the swelling base;
And, as each mingling flame increases each,
In one united ardour rise to heaven. ;
Or if you rather choose the rural shade,
And find a fane in every sacred grove ;
There let the shepherd's flute, the virgin's lay,
The prompting seraph, and the poet's lyre,
Still sing the God of Seasons, as they roll!
For me, when I forget the darling theme,
Whether the blossom blows, the summer ray
Russets the plain, inspiring Autumn gleams,
Or Winter rises in the blackening east ;
Be my tongue mute, may fancy paint no more,
And, dead to joy, forget my heart to beat !
Should fate command me to the farthest verge
Of the green earth, to distant barbarous climes,
Rivers unknown to song; where first the sun..
Gilds Indian mountains, or his setting beam
Flames on th' Atlantic islęs ; 'tis nought to me:
Since God is ever present, ever felt,
In the void waste as in the city full;
And where He vital breathes there must be joy.
When even at last the solemn hour shall come,
And wing my mystic flight to future worlds,
I cheerful will obey; there, with new powers,
Will rising wonders sing : I cannot go
Where universal love smiles not around, . .
Sustaining all yon orbs and all their suns ; .
From seeming evil still educing good,
And better thence again, and better still,
In infinite progression. But I lose
Myself in him, in light ineffable :
Come then, expressive silence, muse His praise ! .
MEMORIAL LINES ON THE HISTORY OF
When Julius Cæsar first to Britain came,
He scarcely introduced the Roman name ;
Caractacus to stupid Claudius gave
An answer worthy of a man so brave;
Boadicea well aveng'd her woes,
By slaughtering great numbers of her foes ;
Agricola, a chief well known to fame,
Entended far the Roman pow'r and name;
The Roman soldiers quitted Britain's strand,
In order to defend their native land.
The Scots and Picts, at their departure, bold,
Were now no longer by their pow'r controll’d;