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XYJ.ARK where its simple front yon mansion
rears, The nursery of men for future years! Here callow chiefs and embryo statesmen lie, And unfledg'd poets short excursions try: While Mersey's gentle current, -which too long By Fame neglected , and unknown to Song, Between his rushy banks , ( no poetrs theme ) Had crept inglorious , like a vulgar stream, Reflects th' ascending seats with conscious pride j And dares to emulate a classic tide. Soft music breathes along each op'ning shade, And sooths the dashing of his rough cascade. With mystic lines his sands are figur'd o'er, And circles trac'd upon the letter'(I shore. Beneath his willows rove th' inquiring youth r And court the fair majectic form of Truth. Here nature opens all her secret springs , And heav'n-born science plumes her eagle-wings :Too long had bigot Rage with malice swetl'd , Crush'd her strong pinions, and her flight withheld; Too long to check her ardent progress strove: So writhes the serpent round the bird of Jove , Hangs on her flight, restrains her tow'ring wing,. Twists its dark folds, and points its venom'd sting. Yet still ( if aught aright the muse divine) Her rising pride shall mock the vain design; On sounding pinions yet aloft shall soar, And thro' the azure deep unravell'd paths explore. Where Science smiles, the muses join the train; And gentlest arts and purest manners reign.
Ye generous youth, who love the studied shade!. How rich a field is to your hopes display'd! Knowledge to you unlocks the classic page; And virtue blossoms for a better age.
Oh golden days! oh bright unvalued hours! What bliss (did ye but know that bliss) were
yours? With richest stores your glowing bosoms fraught, Perception quick, and luxury of thought; The high designs that heave the lab'ring soul, Panting for fame, impatient of controul: And fund enthusiastic thought that feeds On pictur'd tales of vast heroic deeds: And quick affections , kindling into Name At virtue's , or their country's honour'd name: And spirits light, to every joy in tune; And Friendship , ardent as a summer's noon; And generous scorn of vice's venal tribe; And proud disdain of interest's sordid bribe; And conscious honour's quick instinctive sense; And smiles unforc'd and easy confidence, And vivid fancy; and clear simple truth; And all the mental bloom of vernal youth.
How bright the scene to fancy's eye appears, Thro' the long perspective of distant years; When this , this little group their country calls From academic shade and learned halls , To fix her laws , her spirit to sustain , And light up glory thro' her wide domain J Their various tastes in different arts display'd , Like temper'd harmony of light and shade , With friendly union in one mass shall blend , And this adorn the state , and that defend", These the sequester'd shade shall cheaply please , "With learned labour and inglorious ease: Wliile those, impell'd by some resistless fores , O'er seas and rocks shall urge th.eir vent'rous
course 5 Rich fruits matur'd by glowing suns behold r And china's groves of vegetable gold; From every land the various harvest spoil 9 And bear the tribute to their native soil: But tell each land (while every toil they share , Firm to sustain , and resolute to dare ,) Alan is the nobler growth our realms supply r
And Sou/s are ripen'd in our northern sky.
Some pensive creep along the shelly shore , Unfold the silky texture of a flower, With sharpen'd eyes inspect an hornet's stingy And all the wonders of an insect's wing. Some trace with curioas search the hidden cause Of Nature's changes , and her various laws: Untwist her beauteous web , disrobe her charms, And hunt her to her elemental forms: Or prove what hidden powers in herbs are found To quench disease , and cool the burning wound; With cordial drops the fainting head sustain , Call back the flitting soul, and still the throbs of pain.
The patriot passion that shall strongly feel, Ardent and glowing with undaunted zeal 5 With lips of fire shall plead his country's cause , And vindicate the majesty of laws. This, cloth'd with Britain's thunder,"Spread alarms. Thro' the wide earth, and shake the pole with arms. That, to the sounding lyre, his deeds rehearse, Enshrine his name in some immortal verse: To long posterity his praise consign, And pay a life of hardships by a' line. While others, consecrate to higher aims , Whose hallow'd bosoms glow with purer Hamas r Love in their heart, persuasion in their tongue, With words of peace shall charm the list'ning,
throng, Draw the dread veil that wraps th' eternal throne, And launch our souls into the bright unknown.
Thou , the Nymph with placid eye! 0 seldom found, yet ever nigh!
Receive my temperate vow;
Can e'er disturb thy halcyon soul,
O come , in simplest vest array'd ,
To bless my longing sight;
And chaste subdu'd delight.
No more by varying passions beat,
To find thy hermit cell;
The modest virtues dwell.
Simplicity in Attic vest,
And Innocence with candid breast,
And clear undaunted eye \
A vista to the sky.
There health , thro' whose calm bosom glide
That rarely ebb or flow;
To meet the offer'd blow.
Her influence taught the Phrygian sage
"With settled smiles to meet; \
Inur'd to toil and bitter bread,
And kiss'd thy sainted feet.
But thou , oh Nymph retir'd and coy I
To tell thy tender tale ¥
And lily of the vale.
0 say what soft propitious hour
1 best may chuse to hail thy power
And court thy gentle sway? "When Autumn , friendly to the muse , Shall thy own modest tints diffuse ,
And shed thy milder day.
When Eve , her dewy star beneath,,
And every storm is laid;
Low whispering through the shade.
G H A P. XIII.
Ode to Fear.
JL Hou , to whom the World unknown W^th all its shadowy shapes is shown; Who seest appall'd th' unreal scene , While Fancy lifts the veil between:
Ah Fear ! ah frantic Fear!
I see, I see thee near.