Involving all, and in a persect whole

Uniting as the prospect wider spreads,

To reason's eye rcsin'd clears up apace.

Ye vainly wise; ye blind presumptuous^ now.

Consounded in the dust, adore that Power

And Wildom ost arraign'd see now the cause

Why unassuming worth in secret liv'd,

And dy'd neglected: why the good man's share

In lise was gall and bitterness os soul:

Why the lone widow and her orphans pin'd

In starving solitude; while luxury,

In palaces, lay straining her low thought,

To sorm unreal wants: why heav'n born truth,

And moderation sair, wore the red marks

Os superstition's scourge: who licens'd pain,

That cruel spoiler, that embosom'd soe,

Imbitter'd all our bliss. Ye good diflrest!

Ye noble sew! who here unbending stand

Beneath lise's pressure, yet bear up awhile,

And what your bounded view, which only saw

A little part, deem'd evil, is no more:

The storms os Winter Time will quickly pass,

And one unbounded Spring encircles all,

[ocr errors]




YE 'Nymphs os Solyma !. begin the fcng:
To heavenly ^henries sublimer strains belong.
The mossy sountains, and the sylvan shades,
The dreams os Pindus and th' Aonian maids,
Delight no more—O thou, my voice inspire,
Who touch'd Isaiah's hallowed lips with fire J .

i V

Rapt into suture times, the bard begun:

A virgin, shall conceive, a. Virgin bear a Son!
From Jesse's root behold a .branch arise, t

Whdse sacred flow's with sragrance sills the skies:
Th' etherial spirit o'<x its leases shall move, ^
And on its top, descends, the mystic Dove.
Ye hcav'ns! srom high the dewy nectar pour, ,
And in sost silence shed the kindly show'r!
The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid, t
From storms a shelter, and srorn heat a shade:
All crimes shall cease and ancient sraud shall sail,
Returning'Justice list alost her scale;
Peace o'er the world her oli"e wand extend,
And white-rob'd innocence srom heav'n descend
Swist fly the years, and rise th' expected n-orn!
Oh spring to light auspicious Babe, be bom!
See Nature haste her earliest wreaths to bring,
With all the incense os the breathing sprng;

See losty Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding sorests on the mountains dance,
See spicy clouds srom lowly Sharon rise,
And Carmel's flow'ry top persumes the skies!
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers;
Prepare the wayl a God, a God appears;
A Godj a God r the vocal hills reply.
The rocks- proclaim th' approaching Deity.
Lo, earth receives him srom the bending skies!
Sink down, ye mouutains> and, ye vallies, rise!
With heads declin'd, ye cedars, homage pay:
Be smooth, ye rocks: ye rapid sloods, give way
The Saviour'comes • by ancient bards soretold;
H*ir him, ye deas! and, all ye blind, behold!
fle from-thick silms ihall purge the visual ray,
And on the sightleso eye-ball pour the day:
'Tis he th' obstructed paths os sound shall char,
And bid new music charm th' unsolding ear:
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch sorego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe.
No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear
From ev'ry sace he wipes off ev'ry tear.
In adamantine chains shall death be bound,
And hell's grim tyrant seel th' eternal wound.
As the good shepherd tends his fleecy care,
Seeks sreshest pasture and the purest air,
Explores the lost, the wan'dring sheep directs
By day o'ersees them, and by night protects.


The tender lambs he raises in his arms,

Feeds srom his hand, and in his bojom warms,

Thus shalt mankind his guardian care engage,

The. promis'd sather os the suture age.

No more shall nation against nation rise,

Nor ardent warriors meet with hatesul eyes,

Nor sields with gleaming steel be cover'd a'er,

The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more;

But useless lances into scythes shall bend,

And the broad saulchion in a plough-share end."

Then palaces shall rise; the joysul son

Shall sinish what his shoit-liv'd sire begun;

Their vines a shadow to their race mail yield,

And the same hand that sow'd shall reap the sield.

The swain in barren deserts, with surprise,

Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise;

And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear

New salls os water murmuring in his car.'

On risted- rocks, the dragon's late abedes,

The green leas trembles, and the bulrush nods;

Waste sandy vallies, once perrlex'd with thorn,

The spiry sir, and shapely box adorn;

To leafless shrubs the flow'ring palm succeed,

And od'rous myrtle to the noisome weed.

The lambs with wolves lhall graze the verdant mead,

And boys in flow'ry bands the ty^er lead;

The st(-er and lion at one crib shall meet,

And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's seet;

The smiling insant in his hand shall take The crested basilisk and speckled snake, Pleas'd the green lustre os their scales survey, And with their soiky tongue shall innocently play. Rise crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise! Exalt thy tow'ry head, and list thy eyes! See a long race thy spacious courts adorn,See suture sons and daughters, yet unborn,. In crouding ranks on every side arise, Demanding lise, impatient sor the fleies! See bar'barous nations at thy gates attend, Walk in the light, and in thy gates attend, Sec thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate king-., And heap'd with products os Sabæan springs. For thee Idume's spicy sorests blow, And seeds os gold in Ophirs mountains glow. See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display. And break upon thee in a flood os day. Ne more the rising sun shall gild the morn, Nor evening Cynthia sill her silver horn; But lost, diflblv'd in thy superior rays, One tide os gfcry, one unbounded blaze, O'erflow thy courts; the light himsels shall shine Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine! The ftas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay, Rocks sall to dust, and • mountains melt away; But six'd his word, his saving pow'r remains: Thy realm sor ever lasts, thy own Messiah reigns!

« 上一頁繼續 »