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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,
Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire ;
O Scotia ! my dear, my native soil !
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is
How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed; Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet
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.
The day is ended. Ere I sink to sleep,
My weary spirit seeks repose in thine !
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;
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.
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.
Even from the shrimp to the leviathan
Unspeakable, inscrutable, eternal,
Lord over all ;
I asked the air if that were he; but lo!
He is the well of life, for he doth give
To all that live
Both breath and being; he is the Creator
Both of the water,
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.”
I asked the heavens, sun, moon, and stars ; but And now, my God, by thine illumining grace, they
Thy glorious face
(So far forth as it may discovered be) The God thou seekest.” I asked what eye or ear
Methinks I see ;
And though invisible and infinite,
To human sight
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 !
Give us love, hope, and faith, in thee to trust, Which with a mighty and strong voice replied,
Thou, God, most just !
Remit all our offenses, we entreat, “I am not he, O man ! for know that I
Most good ! most great !
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.”