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FROM THE "CASTLE OF INDOLENCE."

O mortal man, who livest here by toil,
Do not complain of this thy hard estate;
That like an emmet thou must ever moil,
Is a sad sentence of an ancient date;
And, certes, there is for it reason great;
For, though sometimes it makes thee weep and wail,
And curse thy star, and early drudge and late,
Withouten that would come a heavier bale,
Loose life, unruly passions, and diseases pale.

In lowly dale, fast by a river's side,
With woody hill o'er hill encompass'd round,
A most enchanting wizard did abide,
Than whom a fiend more fell is nowhere found.
It was, I ween, a lovely spot of ground;
And there, a season atween June and May,
Half prank'd with spring, with summer half imbrown'd,
A listless climate made, where, sooth to say,
No living wight could work, ne cared e'en for play.

Was naught around but images of rest;
Sleep-soothing groves, and quiet lawns between;
And flowery beds that slumberous influence kest,
From poppies breathed; and beds of pleasant green,
Where never yet was creeping creature seen.
Meantime unnumber'd glittering streamlets play'd,
And hurled everywhere their waters sheen;
That, as they bicker'd through the sunny glade,
Though restless still themselves, a lulling murmur made.

Join'd to the prattle of the purling rills,
Were heard the lowing herds nlong the vale,
And flocks loud bleating from the distant hills,
And vacant shepherds piping in the dale:
And now and then sweet Philomel would wail,
Or stock-doves 'plain amid the forest deep,
That drowsy rustled to the sighing gale;
And still a coil the grasshopper did keep;
Yet all these sounds yblent inclined all to sleep.

Thither continual pilgrims crowded still,
From all the roads of earth that pass thereby;
For, as they chanced to breathe on neighboring hill,
The freshness of this valley smote their eye,
And drew them ever and anon more nigh;
Till clustering round th" enchanter false they hung,
Ymolten with his siren melody;
While o'er th' enfeebling lute his hand he flung,
And to the trembling chords these tempting verses sung •

"Behold 1 yo pilgrims of this earth, behold!
See all but man with unearn'd pleasure gay:
See her bright robes the butterfly unfold,
Broke from her wintry tomb in prime of May 1
What youthful bride can equal her array?

Who can with her for easy pleasure vie?
From mead to mead with gentle wing to stray,
From flower to flower on balmy gales to fly,
Is all she has to do beneath the radiant sky.

"Behold tho merry minstrels of the morn,
The swarming songsters of the careless grove,
Ten thousand throats! that from the flowering thom,
Hymn their good God, and carol sweet of love,
Such grateful kindly raptures them emove:
They neither plough, nor sow, ne, fit for flail,
E'er to the barn the nodding sheaves they drove;
Yet theirs each harvest dancing in the gale,
AVliatever crowns the hill, or smiles along the vale.

"Come, ye who still the cumbrous load of life
Push hard up hill; but as the farthest steep
You trust to gain, and put an end to strife,
Down thunders back the stone with mighty sweep,
And hurls your labors to the valley deep,
For ever vain; come, and, withouten fee,
I in oblivion will your sorrows steep,
Your cares, your toils, will steep you in a sea
Of full delight; oh come, ye weary wights, to me!

"With me you need not rise at early dawn,
To pass the joyous day in various stounds;
Or, touting low, on upstart fortune fawn,
And sell fair honor for some paltry pounds;
Or through the city take your dirty rounds,
To cheat, and dun, and he, and visit pay,
Now flattering base, now giving secret wounds:
Or prowl in courts of law for human prey,
In venal senate thieve, or rob on broad highway.

"No cocks, with me, to rustic labor call,
From village on to village sounding clear:
To tardy swain no shrill-voiced matrons squall;
No dogs, no babes, no wives, to stun your ear;
No hammers thump; no horrid blacksmith fear;
No noisy tradesman your sweet slumbers start,
With sounds that are a misery to hear:
But all is calm, as would delight the heart
Of Sybarite of old, all nature, and all art

"What, what is virtue, but repose of mind,
A pure ethereal calm, that knows no storm;
Above the reach of wild ambition's wind,
Above the passions that this world deform,
And torture man, a proud malignant worm 1
But here, instead, soft gales of passion play,
And gently stir the heart, thereby to form
A quicker sense of joy; as breezes stray
Vcross th' enliven'd skies, and make them still more gay.

"The best of men have ever loved repose; They hate to mingle in the filthy fray;

Where die soul sours, and gradual rancor grows,
Imbiuer'd more from peevish day to day.
E en those whom Fame has lent her fairest ray,
The most reno wn'd of worthy wights of yore,
From a base world at last have stolen away:
So Scipio, to the soft Cumiean shore
Retiring, tasted joy he never knew before.

u Oh, grievous folly! to heap up estate,
Losing the days you see beneath the sun;
When, sudden, comes blind unrelenting fate.
And gives th' untasted portion you have won.
With ruthless toil, and many a wretch undone,
To those who mock you gone to Pluto's reign,
There with sad ghosts to pine, and shadows dun:
But sure it is of vanities most vain,
To toil for what you here untoiling may obtain."

ISAAC WATrS. 1674—1748.

Isaac Watts, whose reputation as a prose writer and as a poet is as wide as the world of letters, was born at Southampton on the 17th of July, 1674. At the age of but four years he began to study the Latin language; but »s he was a u dissenter" from the "established" church, he could not look forward to an education in either of the great universities, and therefore, at the ago of sixteen, he was placed under the care of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, who had charge of an academy in London. At the age of twenty he returned to his father's house, and spent two years in studying for the ministry. At the close of this period he accepted the invitation of Sir John Hartopp to reside with him as tutor to his son, and remained with him five years, devoting most of his time to a critical knowledge of the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures, and entering, during the last year, upon the duties of his profession.

In 1698 he was chosen as an assistant to Dr. Chauncey, pastor of an Independent church in Southampton, and on his death, 1702, was elected to succeed him. Soon afier entering upon his office he was attacked by a dangerous illness, from which he but very slowly recovered. In 1712 he was again seized with a fever so violent and of so long continuance, that it left him in a feeble state for the rest of his life. In this state he found in Sir Thomas Abney a fricnil such as is not often to be met with. This gentleman received him into his own house, where he remained an inmate of die family for thirty»ii years, that is, to the end of his life, where he was treated the whole time with all the kindness that friendship could prompt, and all the attention that respect could dictate.1 Here he devoted all the time that his health would allow to the composition of his various works, and to his official lunctions, and when increasing weakness compelled him to relinquish both, his congro

1 w A coalition like this—a state in which the notions of patronage and dependence were overpowered by the percepuon of reciprocal benefits, deserve* a particular memorial."— Dr. JoA*TM*. Accordingly Use great biographer has given In hta life of Watts a long extract from Dr. Gibbons'* touching acconot of Watu's residence in this family, and then adds: "If this quotation has appeared long, let It be 0in*ldered that It comprises an account of slx-nnd-Uilrty years and those the years of Dr. Walls."

gation would not accept Vis resignation, but, while tliey elected another pastor, continued to him the salary he had been accustomed to receive. On the 25th of November, 1748, without a pain or a struggle, this great and good man breathed his last.1

In his literary character, Dr. Watts may be considered as a poet, a philosopher, and a theologian. As a poet, if he takes not the very first rank in the imaginative, the creative, or the sublime, he has attained what the greatest might well envy,—a universality of fame. He is emphatically the classic poet of the religious world, wherever the English language is known. His version of the Psalms, his three books of Hymns, and his "Divine Songs for Children," have been more read and committed to memory, have exerted more holy influences, and made more lasting impressions for good upon the human heart, and have called forth more fervent aspirations for the joys and the happiness of heaven, than the productions of any other poet—perhaps it would not be too strong to say than All Other poets, (die sacred bards of course excepted,) living or dead.

As a philosopher, he has the rare merit of always being practically useful, especially in the education of youth. His « Logic, or Right use of Reason," was for a long time a text-book in the English Universities; and of his «Improvement of the Mind," no happier eulogium can be given than that by Dr. Johnson:' "Few books," says the sage, "have been perused by me with greater pleasure than this; and whoever has the care of instructing others may be charged with deficiency if this book is not recommended."

As a theologian, the compositions of Watts are very numerous, and " every page," says Dr. Drake, « displays his unaffected piety, the purity of his principles, the mildness of his disposition, and the great goodness of his heart The style of all his works is perspicuous, correct, and frequently elegant; and happily for mankind, his labors have been translated and dispersed with s zeal that, does honor to human nature; for there are probably few persons who have studied the writings of Dr. Watts without a wish for improvement; without an effort to become wiser or better members of society."

A SUMMER EVENING.

How fine has the day been, how bright was the sun,
How lovely and joyful the course that he run,
Though he rose in a mist when bis race be begun,

And there follow'd some droppings of rain!
But now the fair traveller's come to the west,
His rays are all gold, and his beauties are best;
He paints the sky gay as he sinks to his rest,

And foretells a bright rising again.

1 When he was almost worn oat by his infirmities, he observed, In a conversation with a friend, that "he remembered an aired minister used to say that the most learned and knowing: Christian*, when they come to die, have only the same plain promises of the Gospel for their support as the tomnion and unlearned.'* "So," aald Watts, "I find 1L It is the plain promises of the Gospel that are my support; and I bless God Uicy are plain promises, and do not require much labor and palmto tinders?and them, for I can do nothing now hut look Into my Bible for some promise to support sr, and live upon that."

* "He ts one of the few poets," says Dr. Johnson, "with whom youth and Ignorance may bsafely pleased; and happy will be that reader whose mind is dinpoBed, by his verses or his prose, W co-^y his benevolence to man and his reverence to God." Read—his Life in Drake's Easays— yohneon's Life—Memoir, by Southey— Memoirs, by Thomas Gibson.

Just sucli is the Christian; his course ho begins,
Like the sun in a mist, when he mourns for his sins,
Anil tnelts into tears; then he breaks out and shines,

Ami travels his heavenly way:
But when he comes nearer to finish his race,
Like a fine setting sun, he looks richer in grace,
Ami gives a sure hope at the end of his days

Of rising in brighter array.

THE ROSE.

How fair is the rose! what a beautiful flower,

The glory of April and May!
But the leaves are beginning to fade in an hour,

And they wither and die in a day.

Yet the rose has one powerful virtue to boast,

Above all the flowers of the field; When its leaves are all dead, and its fine colors lost,

Still how sweet a perfume it will yield!

So frail is the youth and the beauty of men,
Though they bloom and look gay like the rose j

But all our fond cares to preserve them is vain,
Time kills them as Cist as he goes.

Then I'll not be proud of my youth nor my beauty,

Since both of them wither and fade;
But gain a good name by well doing my duty;

This will scent like a rose when I'm dead.

FEW IIAPrY MATCHES.

Say, mighty Love, and teach my song
To whom thy sweetest joys belong;

And who the happy pairs
Whose yielding hearts, and joining hands,
Find blessings twisted with their bands,

To soften all their cares.

Not the wild herd of nymphs and swains
That thoughtless fly into thy chains,

As custom leads the way:
If there be bliss without design,
Ivies and oaks may grow and twine,

And be as blest as they.

Not sordid souls of earthy mould,
Who drawn by kindred charms of gold

To dull embraces move:
So two rich mountains of Peru
May rush to wealthy marriage too,

And make a world of love.

Not the mad tribe that hell inspires
With wanton flames; those raging fires
The purer bliss destroy:

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