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That health and vigor to the soul impart,
This spacious animated scene survey, From where the rolling orb, that gives the day, His sable sons with nearer course surrounds To either pole, and life's remotest bounds, How rude soe'er the exterior form we find, Howe'er opinion tinge the varied mind, Alike to all, the kind, impartial heaven The sparks of truth and happiness has given: With sense to feel, with memory to retain, They follow pleasure, and they fly from pain; Their judgment mends the plan their fancy draws, The event presages, and explores the cause; The soft returns of gratitude they know, By fraud elude, by force repel the foe; While mutual wishes, mutual woes endear The social smile, the sympathetic tear.
Say, then, through ages by what fate confined To different climes seem different souls assigned ? Here measured laws and philosophic ease Fix, and improve the polished arts of peace; There industry and gain their vigils keep, Command the winds, and tame the unwilling deep: Here force and hardy deeds of blood prevail; There languid pleasure sighs in every gale. Oft o'er the trembling nations from afar Has Scythiao breathed the living cloud of war; And, where the deluge burst, with sweepy sway Their arms, their kings, their gods were rolled away As oft have issued, host impelling host, The blue-eyed myriads from the Baltic coast. The prostrate south to the destroyer yields Her boasted titles, and her golden fields: With grim delight the brood of winter view A brighter day, and heavens of azure hue; 55 Scent the new fragrance of the breathing rose, And quaff the pendent vintage as it grows. Proud of the yoke, and pliant to the rod, Why yet does Asia dread a monarch's nod, While European freedom still withstands
60 The encroaching tide that drowns her lessening
skies and sons of fiercer flame O'erpower the fire that animates our frame;
As lamps, that shed at eve a cheerful ray,
Not but the human fabric from the birth
What wonder if to patient valor trained,
[The following couplet, which was intended to have been introduced in the poem on the Alliance of Education and Government, is much too beautiful to be lost. Mason.] When love could teach a monarch to be wise, And gospel-light first dawned from Bullen's eyes.
HENCE, avaunt, ('tis holy ground,)
Comus, and his midnight-crew,o
And drooming Sloth of nallid hue
Mad Sedition's cry profane,
5 Servitude that hugs her chain, Nor in these consecrated bowers, Let painted Flattery hide her serpent-train in
“Nor Envy base, nor creeping Gain,
From yonder realms of empyrean day
Bursts on my ear the indignant lay: There sit the sainted sage, the bard divine, 15
The few, whom genius gave to shine
Rapt in celestial transport they:
They send of tender sympathy
First the genuine ardor stole.
lime, And nods his hoary head, and listens to the rhyme.