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Or Moses bade eternal warfare wage

And certes, in fair Virtue's heavenly road, With Amalek's ungracious progeny,

The cottage leaves the palace far behind : Or how the royal bard did groaning lie

What is a lordling's pomp?-a cumbrous load,
Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging ire; Disguising oft the wretch of human kind,
Or Job's pathetic plaint, and wailing cry; Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness refined !

Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire ;
Or other holy seers that tune the sacred lyre.

O Scotia ! my dear, my native soil !

For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is
Perhaps the Christian volume is the theme -- sent,

How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed; Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
How He, who bore in heaven the second name,

Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet
Had not on earth whereon to lay his head :

content ! How his first followers and servants sped ; And, 0, may Heaven their simple lives prevent

The precepts sage they wrote to many a land ; From luxury's contagion, weak and vile! How he, who lone in Patmos banished,

Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be rent, Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand,

A virtuous populace may rise the while, And heard great Bab'lon's doom pronounced by And stand a wall of fire around their much-loved Heaven's command.

isle.

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for aye.

ANONYMOUS.

The day is ended. Ere I sink to sleep,

My weary spirit seeks repose in thine !
THE LOVE OF GOD.

Father, forgive my trespasses, and keep

This little life of mine ! All things that are on earth shall wholly pass

away, Except the love of God, which shall live and last With loving kindness curtain thou my bed,

And cool in rest my burning pilgrim feet; Thy pardon be the pillow for

my The forms of men shall be as they had never been;

head :

So shall my rest be sweet. The blasted groves shall lose their fresh and tender green ;

At peace with all the world, dear Lord, and thee, The birds of the thicket shall end their pleasant

No fears my soul's unwavering faith can shake ! song,

All's well, whichever side the grave for me And the nightingale shall cease to chant the even

The morning light may break.
ing long
Thekine of the pasture shall feel the dart thătkills,
And all the fair white flocks shall perish from the

hills.
The goat and antlered stag, the wolf and the fox,

DEAR Friend ! whose presence in the house, The wild boar of the wood, and the chamois of

Whose gracious word benign, the rocks,

Could once, at Cana's wedding feast, And the strong and fearless bear, in the trodden

Change water into wine; dust shall lie ; And the dolphin of the sea, and the mighty

Come, visit us ! and when dull work whale, shall die.

Grows weary, line on line, And realms shall be dissolved, and empires be

Revive our souls, and let us see no more,

Life's water turned to wine. And they shall bow to death, who ruled from shore to shore ;

Gay mirth shall deepen into joy, And the great globe itself, so the holy writings tell, Earth's hopes grow half divine, With the rolling firmament, where the starry When Jesus visits us, to make armies dwell,

Life's water glow as wine.

CANA.

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Even from the shrimp to the leviathan

Inquiry ran;
But in those deserts which no line can sound,
The God I sought for was not to be found.

Unspeakable, inscrutable, eternal,

Lord over all ;
The only terrible, strong, just, and true,
Who hath no end, and no beginning knew.

I asked the air if that were he; but lo!

He is the well of life, for he doth give
It told me
No.”

To all that live
I from the towering eagle to the wren

Both breath and being; he is the Creator
Demanded then

Both of the water,
If any feathered fowl.'mongst them were such ; Earth, air, and fire. Of all things that subsist
But they all, much

He hath the list, Offended with my question, in full choir,

Of all the heavenly host, or what earth claims, Answered, “To find thy God thou must look He keeps the scroll, and calls them by their higher.”

names.

I asked the heavens, sun, moon, and stars ; but And now, my God, by thine illumining grace, they

Thy glorious face
Said, “We obey

(So far forth as it may discovered be) The God thou seekest.” I asked what eye or ear

Methinks I see ;
Could see or hear,

And though invisible and infinite,
What in the world I might descry or know

To human sight
Above, below;

Thou, in thy mercy, justice, truth, appearest, With an unanimous voice, all these things said, In which, to our weak sense, thou comest nearest. “ We are not God, but we by him were made."

0, make us apt to seek and quick to find, I asked the world's great universal mass

Thou, God, most kind !
If that God was;

Give us love, hope, and faith, in thee to trust, Which with a mighty and strong voice replied,

Thou, God, most just !
As stupefied,

Remit all our offenses, we entreat, “I am not he, O man ! for know that I

Most good ! most great !
By him on high

Grant that our willing, though unworthy quest Was fashioned first of nothing ; thus instated

May, through thy grace, admit us ’mongst the And swayed by him by whom I was created.”

blest.

THOMAS HEYWOOD.

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