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LIV. < But should your hearts to fame unfeeling be, “ If right I read, you pleasure all require : “ Then hear how best may be obtain'd this fee, " How best enjoy'd this nature's wide desire. “ Toil, and be glad! let Industry inspire “ Into your quicken'd limbs her buoyant breath! “6 Who does not act is dead; abforpt entire * In miry sloth, no pride, no joy he hath : * O leaden-hearted men, to be in love with death!
LV. 46 Ah! what avail the largest gifts of Heaven, “ When drooping health and spirits go amiss ?
How tasteless then whatever can be given? * Health is the vital principle of bliss, " And exercise of health. In proof of this, « Behold the wretch, who slugs his life away, « Soon swallow'd in disease's fad abyss;
" While he whom toil has brac'd, or manly play, * Has light as air each limb, each thought as clear as LVI.
[day. « O, who can speak the vigorous joy of health! “ Unclogg'd the body, unobscur'd the mind : “ The morning risos gay, with pleasing stealth, « The temperate evening falls serene and kind. « In health the wiser brutes true gladness find. 6. See ! how the younglings frisk along the meads, “ As May comes on, and wakes the balmy wind;
“ Rampant with life, their joy all joy exceeds: “ Yet what but high-strung health this dancing plea“ faunce breeds ?
LVII. « But here, instead, is foster'd every ill, " Which or distemper'd minds or bodies know. “ Come then, my kindred spirits ! do not spilt “ Your talents here. This place is but a shew, " Whose charms delude you to the den of woe: 6. Come, follow me, I will direct you right, “ Where pleasure's roses, void of serpents, groav, :
“ Sincere as sweet; come, follow this good knight, " And you will bless the day that brought him to your LVIII.
[light. « Some he will lead to courts, and some to camps; • To senates fome, and public fage debates, • Where, by the folemn gleam of midnight-lamps, “ The world is pois’d, and manag'd mighty ftates; “ To high discovery fome, that new-creates « The face of earth; fome to the thriving mart; “ Some to the rural reign, and softer fates ;
" To the sweet Muses fome, who raife the heart; " All glory shall be yours, all nature, and all art.
LIX. so There are, I fee, who listen to my lay, “ Who wretched figh for virtue, but despair. “ All may be done, (methinks I hear them fay) “ Ev'n death defpis’d by generous actions fair ; “ All, but for those who to thefe bowers repair, “ Their every power diffolv'd in luxury, * To quit of torpid huggishness the lair, “ And from the powerful arms of floth get free. Tis rising from the deadAlas I-It cannot be!
LX. « Would
LX. * Would you then learn to diffipate the band “ Of these huge threatening difficulties dire, “ That in the weak man's way like lions stand, “ His soul appall, and damp his rising fire ? “ Resolve, resolve, and to be men aspire. “ Exert that noblest privilege, alone, “ Here to mankind indulg'd: control desire :
“ Let godlike Reason, from her sovereign throne, “ Speak the commanding word I will--and it is done.
L.XI. “ Heavens! can you then thus waste, in fhameful wise, “ Your few important days of tryal here? “ Heirs of eternity! y.born to rise “ Through endless states of being, ftill more near “ To bliss approaching, and perfection clear, “ Can you renounce a fortune so sublime, “ Such glorious hopes, your backward steps to steer.
« And roll, with vileft brutes, thro' mud and slime? " No! no!-Your heaven-touch'd heart disdains the
[fordid crime!" “ Enough! enough?” they cry'd-frait from the The better sort on wings of transport fly: [crowd, As when amid the lifelefs fummits proud Of Alpine cliffs, where to the gelid sky Snows pil'd on snows in wintery torpor lie, The rays divine of vernal Phæbus play ; Th’awaken'd heaps, in streamlets from on high,
Rouz’d into action, lively leap away, [gay. Glad warbling through the vales, in their new being
Ev'n so we glad forfook these finful bowers,
LXIV. But far the greater part, with rage infiam’d, Dire-mutter'd curses, and blafphem'd high Jove. • Ye fons of hate! (they bitterly exclaim'd) 6. What brought you to this seat of peace and love? “ While with kind nature, here amid the grove, “ We pass’d the harmless fabbath of our time, " What to disturb it could, fell men, emove
• Your barbarous hearts? Is happiness a crime? “ Then do the fiends of hell rule in yon heaven fublime.
LXV. “ Yeimpious wretches,” (quoth the knight in wrath) “ Your happiness behold!”-Then strait a wand He wav'd, an anti-magic power that hath, Truth from illufive falsehood to command. Sudden the landskip finks on every hand; The pure quick streams are marshy puddles found; On baleful heaths the groves all blacken'd stand;
And, o'er the weedy foul abhorred ground, Snakes, adders, toads, each loathsome creature crawis around.
Through the drear caverns stretching many a mile,
[awhile. “ O, heaven! (they cry'd) and do we once more fee “ Yon blessed fun, and this green earth so fair ? “ Are we from noisome damps of pest-louse free? “ And drink our fouls the sweet ethereal air? “ O, thou ! or knight, or god! who holdest there “ That fiend, oh, keep him in eternal chains ! “ But what for us, the children of despair,
“ Brought to the brink of hell, what hope remains ? " Repentance does itself but aggravate our pains."