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Where never sun-burnt woodman came,
Nor sportsman chas'd the timid game:
And there, beneath an oak reclin'd,
With drowsy waterfalls behind,
You sink to rest.
Till the tuneful bird of night,
From the neighb'ring poplar's height,
Wake you with her solemn strain,
And teach pleas'd echo to complain.
6. With you roses brighter bloom,
Sweeter every sweet perfume;
Purer every fountain flows,
Stronger every wilding grows.
Let those toil for gold who please,
Or, for fame renounce their ease
What is fame? An empty bubble;
Gold? a shining, constant trouble
Let them for their country bleed!
What was Sidney's, Raleigh's meed?
Man's not worth a moment's pain;
Base, ungrateful, fickle, vain.
7. Then let me, sequester'd fair,
To your sybil grot repair;
On yon hanging cliff it stands,
Scoop'd by nature's plastic hands,
Bosom'd in the gloomy shade
Of cyprus not with age decay'd;
Where the owl still hooting sits,
Where the bat incessant flits;
There in loftier strains I'll sing
Whence the changing seasons spring;
Tell how storms deform the skies,
Whence the waves subside and rise,
Trace the comet's blazing tail,
Weigh the planets in a scale;
Bend, great God, before thy shrine;
The bournless microcosm's thine.
8. Since in each scheme of life I've fail'd,
And disappointment seems entail'd;
Since all on earth I valued most,
My guide, my stay, my friend is lost;
O Solitude, now give me rest,
And hush the tempest in my breast.
O gently deign to guide my feet
To your hermit-trodden seat;
Where I may live at last my own,
Where I at last may die unknown.
9. I spoke: she turn❜d her magic ray:
And thus she said, or seem'd to say;
Youth, your mistaken, if you think to find
In shades, a med'cine for a troubled mind;
Wan grief will haunt you wheresoe'er you go,
Sigh in the breeze, and in the streamlet flow.
There, pale inaction pines his life away;
And satiate mourns the quick return of day:
There, naked frenzy laughing wild with pain,
Or bares the blade, or plunges in the main:
There, superstition broods o'er all her fears,
And yells of demons in the zephyr hears.
10. But if a hermit you're resolv'd to dwell,
And bid to social life a last farewell;
God never made an independent man; "Twould jar the concord of his gen'ral plan. See every part of that stupendous whole, "Whose body nature is, and God the soul;" To one great end the general good conspire, From matter, brute, to man, to seraph, fire. 11. Should man through nature solitary roam, His will his sovereign, every where his home, What force would guard him from the lion's jaw? What swiftness wing him from the panther's paw? Or should fate lead him to some safer shore, Where panthers never prowl, nor lions roar, Where liberal nature all her charms bestows, Suns shine, birds sing, flowers bloom, and water flows, Fool, dost thou think he'd revel on the store, Absolve the care of Heaven, nor ask for more? Tho' waters flow'd, flow'rs bloom'd, and Phoebus shone, He'd sigh, he'd murmur, that he was alone.
For know, the Maker on the human breast,
A sense of kindred, country, man, impress'd.
12. Though nature's works the ruling mind declare,
And well deserve inquiry's serious care,
The God (whate'er misanthropy may say,)
Shines, beams in man with most unclouded ray.
What boots it thee to fly from pole to pole?
Hang o'er the sun, and with the planets roll?
What boots through space's furthest bourns to roam?
If thou, O man, a stranger art at home.
Then know thyself, the human mind survey;
The use, the pleasure, will the toil repay.
13. Nor study only, practise what you know;
Your life, your knowledge, to mankind you owe.
With Plato's olive wreath the bays entwine;
Those who in study, should in practice shine.
Say, does the learned lord of Hagley's shade,
Charm man so much by mossy fountains laid,
As when arous'd he stems corruption's course,
And shakes the senate with a Tully's force?
When freedom gasp'd beneath a Cesar's feet,
Then public virtue might to shades retreat.
But where she breathes, the least may useful be,
And freedom, Britain, still belongs to thee.
14. Though man's ungrateful, or though fortune frown;
Is the reward of worth, a song, or crown?.
Nor yet unrecompens'd are virtue's pains;
Good Auen lives, and bounteous Brunswick reigns.
On each condition disappointments wait,
Enter the hut, and force the guarded gate.
Nor dare repine though early friendship bleed:
From love, the world, and all its cares, he's freed.
But know, adversity's the child of God;
Whom Heaven approves of most, must feel her rod
5. When smooth old Ocean, and each storm's asleep
Then ignorance may plough the wat❜ry deep:
But when the demons of the tempest rave,
Skill must conduct the vessel through the wave.
Sidney, what good man envies not thy blow?
Who would not wish Anytus* for a foe?
Intrepid virtue triumphs over fate:
The good can never be unfortunate;
And be this maxim graven in thy mind;
The height of virtue is, to serve mankind.
16. But when old age has silver'd o'er thy head
When memory fails, and all thy vigour's fled,
Then mayst thou seek the stillness of retreat,
Then hear aloof the human tempest beat;
Then will I greet thee to my woodland cave,
Allay the pangs of age, and smooth thy grave. GRAINGER
* One of the accusers of Socrates.
Sect. 1. No rank or possessions can make the guilty mind happy,
2. Change of external condition often adverse to virtue,
3. Haman; or the misery of pride,
4. Lady Jane Gray,
5. Ortogrul; or the vanity of riches,
6. The hill of science,
7. The journey of a day; a picture of human life,
4. Motives to the practice of gentleness,
5. A suspicious temper the source of misery to its possessor,
6. Comforts of religion,
7. Diffidence of our abilities, a mark of wisdom,
8. On the importance of order in the distribution of our time, 71
9. The dignity of virtue amidst corrupt examples,
0. The mortifications of vice greater than those of virtue,
12. Rank and riches afford no ground for envy,
13. Patience under provocations our interest as well as duty,
14. Moderation in our wishes recommended,
15. Omniscience and omnipresence of the Deity, the source of
consolation to good men,
Fact. 1. Happiness is founded in rectitude of conduct,
2. Virtue man's highest interest,
4. The misfortunes of men mostly chargeable on themselves, 92
5. On disinterested friendship,
2. The cataract of Niagara, in Canada, in North America,
8. Prosperity is redoubled to a good man,
9. On the beauties of the Psalms,
10. Character of Alfred, king of England,
11. Character of Queen Elizabeth,
12. On the slavery of vice,
13. The man of integrity,
Sect. 1. Trial and execution of the Earl of Strafford,
2. An eminent instance of true fortitude of mind,
3. The good man's comfort in affliction,
5. Exalted society, and the renewal of virtuous connexions,
two sources of future felicity,
6. The clemency and amiable character of the patriarch Joseph, 129
Sect. 1. Democritus and Heraclitus,
2. Dionysius, Pythias, and Damon,
3. Locke and Bayle,
Sect. 1. Cicero against Verres,
2. Speech of Adherbal to the Roman Senate, imploring their
protection against Jugurtha,
3. The Apostle Paul's noble defence before Festus and Agrippa, 154
4. Lord Mansfield's speech in the House of Lords, 1770, on
the bill for preventing the delays of justice, by claiming
the privilege of parliament,
5. An address to young persons,
Sect. 1. Earthquake at Calabria, in the year 1638,
3. Letter from Pliny to Marcellinus on the death of an amia-
6. On the evils which flow from unrestrained passions,
7. On the proper state of our temper with respect to one
9. Reflections occasioned by a review of the blessings, pro-
nounced by Christ on his disciples, in his sermon on the
13. The influence of devotion on the happiness of life,