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pomp and royal state aloof,
Their shining guide its beams withdrew;
And points their path, and points their view, To Bethlehem's rustic cots, to Mary's lowly roof.
There the bright sentinel kept watch,
While other stars arose and set;
For there, within its humble thatch,
power, and heaven and earth were met.
Now, sages, now your search give o'er,
Here spread your spicy gifts, your golden offerings here;
No more the fond complaint renew,
Of human guilt and mortal woe, Of knowledge checked by doubt, and hope with fear:
What angels wished to see, ye view ;
What angels wished to learn, ye know;Peace is proclaimed to man, and heaven begun below.
NOVEMBER, 14, 1778.
COME, clear thy studious looks awhile,
"T is arrant treason now
To wear that moping brow, When I, thy empress, bid thee smile.
What though the fading year
One wreath will not afford
To grace the poet's hair,
Or deck the festal board ;
A thousand pretty ways we 'll find
Bid rich poetic roses blow,
We'll dress his withered cheeks in flowers,
And on his smooth bald head
Fantastic garlands bind :
Garlands, which we will get
From the gay blooms of that immortal year,
Above the turning seasons set, Where young ideas shoot in Fancy's sunny bowers.
A thousand pleasant arts we 'll have
We'll use him as our slave,
And when we please we'll bid him stay,
And clip his wings, and make him stop to view
Our studies, and our follies too;
How sweet our follies are, how high our fancies climb.
We'll little care what others do,
And where they go, and what they say ;
Our bliss, all inward and our own,
Would only tarnished be, by being shown.
The talking restless world shall see,
But none shall know
How much we're so,
Save only Love, and we.
TO MR. BARBAULD,
WITH A MAP OF THE LAND OF MATRIMONY*.
THE sailor worn by toil and wet with storms,
As in the wished-for port secure he rides,
Joyous he tells among his jocund mates
kinder star that led
His favoured vessel though the raging deep.
* The Map published under this title was a jeu-d'esprit of Mrs. Barbauld's.-EDITOR.