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Η Υ Μ Ν

TO

A D V ERSITY.

DAUGHTER of Jove, relentless

Power, Thou tamer of the human breaft, Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour, The Bad affright, afflict the Best! Bound in thy adamantine chain The Proud are taught to taste of pain, And purple tyrants vainly groan With pangs unfelt before, unpitied and an lone.

When first thy fire to send on earth
Virtue, his darling child, defign'd,
To thee he gave the heavenly Birth,
And bade to form her infant mind.
Stern tugged Nurse! thy rigid lore
What patience many a year she bore :
Wbat sorrow was, thou bad'It her know,
And from her own, The learn’d to melt at

other's woe.

Scar'd at thy frotun terrific, fly
Self-pleafing Folly's idle brood,
Wild Laughter, Noise, and thoughtless Joy,
And leaves us leisure to be good.
Light they disperse, and with them go
The summer friend, the flatt'ring Foe;
By vain prosperity receiv'd,
To her they vow their truth, and are again

believ'd.

Wisdom in fable garb array'd,
Immers'd in rapt'rous thought profound,
And Melancholy filent maid,
With leaden eye that loves the ground,

HYMN TO ADVERSITY.

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Still on thy folemn steps attend
Warm Charity, the gan'ral Friend,
With justice to herself fevere, [tear.
And Pity dropping soft the sadly-pleasing

Oh, gently on thy Suppliant's head,
Dread Goddess ! lay thy chaft'ning land ;
Not in thy Gorgon terrors clad,
Nor circled with the vengeful Band,
(As by the Impious thou art seen)
With thund'ring voice, and threat'ning mien,
With screaming Horror's funeral cry,
Despair, and fell Disease, and ghaftly Po-

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Thy form benign, oh Goddess! wea
Thy milder influence impart,
Thy philofophic Train be there
To foften, not to wound

my

heart.
The generous fpark extinct, revive;
Teach me to love, and to forgive ;
Exact my own defects to scan,
What others are, to feel, and know myself

a Man,

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