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THE

MESSIAH.

BY POPE.
ГЕ

To heavenly themes sublimes Irains belong
The mosly fountains, and the fylvan Thades,
The dreams of Pindus and th' Aonian maids,
Delight no moremo thou, my voice inspire,
Who touch'd Isaiah's hallowed lips with fire!

Rapt into future times, the bard begun: A virgiq shall conceive, a Virgin bear a Son! From Jeffe's foot behold a branch arife, Whose sacred flow'r with fragrance fills the skies: Thetherial spirit o'er its leaves thall move, And on its top, descends, the mystic Dove. , Ye hcay'ns! from high the dewy nectar pour, A And in soft filence shed the kindly thow'r! The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid, From storm's a shelter, and from heat a lade : All crimes Thall cease and ancient fraud fhall fail, Returning Justice lift aloft her scale ; Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend, And white-rob'd innocence from heav'n descend Swift fly the years, and rise th' expected n:orn !Oh spring to light auspicious Babe, be born! See Nature haste her earliest wreaths to bring, With all the incenfe of the brcathing spring;

Séc lofty Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding forests' on the mountains dance,
See spicy clouds from lowly Sharon rise,
And Carmel's flow'ry top perfumes the skies !
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers ;
Prepare the way! a. Godga God appears ;
A God; a God! the vocal hills reply.
The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity.
Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies !
Sink down, ye mouutains, and, ye vallies, rise!
With heads declin’d, ye cedars, homage pay :
Be smooth, ye rocks: yé rapid floods, give way
The Saviour comes ! by ancient bards foretold;
Hear him, yé deaf! and, all ye blind, behold!
He from thick films Thall purge the visual say,
And on the fightless eye-ball pour the day :
"Tis he th' obstructed paths of sound shall clear,
And bid new music charm th’ unfolding car:
The dumb shall fing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe.
No figh, no murmur, the wide world fall hear
From ev'ry face he wipes off ev'ry tear..
In adamantinc chains shall death be bound,
And hell's grim tyrant feel th' eternal wound.
As the good shepherd tends his feecy care,
Seeks freshest pasture and the purest air,
Explores the lost, the wan'dring sheep directs
By day o'ersees thein, and by night protects.

The tender lambs he raises in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bo{om warms,
Thus Thall mankind his guardian care engage,
The promis'd father of the future age.
No more Thall nation against nation rise,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more ;
But useless lances into fcythes fhall bend,
And the broad faulchion in a plough-share end.
Then palaces shall rise; the joyful son
Shall finish what his short-liv'd fire-begun ;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yielu,
And the same hand that sow'd shall reap the field.
The swain in barren deserts, with surprise,
Sees lilies spring, and sudden verduré rife;
And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murmuring in his ear. “
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green leaf trembles, and the bulruih nods ;
Waste sandy vallies, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir, and shapely box adorn;
To leafleis shrubs the flow'ring palm fucceed,
And od'rous myrtle to the noifome' weed.
The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead,
And boys in How'ry bands the tyger lead ;
The ftrer and lion at one crib shall mect;
And harmless ferpents lick the pilgrim's feet ;

The smiling infánt in his hand shall take The crested basilisk and speckled snake, Pleas’d the green luftre of their scales. survey, And with their forky tongue shall innocently play. Rise crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise! Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes ! See a long race thy spacious courts adorn,. See future sons and daughters, yet unborn,, In crouding ranks on every fide arise, Demanding life, impatient for the skies ! See barbarous nations at thy gates attend, Walk in the light, and in thy gates attend, See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings, And heap'd with products of Sabæan springs. For thee Idume's spicy forests blow, And seeds of gold in Ophirs mountains glow. See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display. And break upon thee in a flood of day. No more the rising sun shall gild the morn, Nor evening Cynthia fill her silver horn ; But loft, diffolv'd in thy superior rays, One tide of glory, one unbounded blaze, O'erflow thy courts ; the light himself shall shine Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine ! The Reas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay, Rocks fall to duft, and mountains melt away ; But fix'd his word, his faving pow'r remains : Thy realon for ever lafts, thy own Messiah reigns !

ON

HAPPINESS.

BY THE SAME.

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H happiness ! our being's end and aim !

Good,pleasure, ease content! whate'er thy name : That something ftill which prompts the eternal figh, For which we bear to live, or dare to die : Which still so near us, yet beyond us lies; O’erlook'd, seen double, by the fool and wife ; Plant of celestial seed! if dropt below Say in what mortal foil thou deign'it to grow ? Fair op’ning to some court's propitious shinė, Or dcep with diamonds in the flaming niine? Twind with the wreaths Parnasfiam laurels yield. Or reap'd in iron harvefts of the field? Where grows where grows it not ? if vain our toil We ought to blame the culture, not the soil, Fix'd to no spot is happiness sincere, Tis no where to be found, or ev'ry where ; 'Tis never to be bought, but always free, And fled from monarchs, St. John, dwells with thee.

Ask of the learn'd the way; the learn’d are blind : This bids to serve, and that to fhun, mankind. Some place the bliss in action, some in ease, Those call it pleasure, and contentment, these;

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