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" While the mild rose, more safely growing,
Low in its unaspiring vale,
Exchanges sweets with every gale.
“ Wish not for Beauty's darling features,
Moulded by Nature's partial pow'r, For fairest forms 'mong human creatures
Shine but the pageants of an hour.
“ I saw the pride of all the meadow,
At noon, a gay narcissus, blow Upon a river's bank, whose shadove
Bloom'd in the silver waves below;
“ By noontide's heat its youth was wasted,
The waters, as they pass'd, complain'd; At eve, its glories all were blasted,
And not one former tint remain'd..
“ Nor let vain Wit's deceitful glory
Lead you from Wisdom's path astray; What genius lives renown'd in story,
To happiness who found the way?
“In yonder mead behold that vapour,
Whose vivid beams illusive play, Far off it seems a friendly taper,
To guide the traveller on his way;
But should some hapless wretch, pursuing,
Tread where the treach'rous meteors glow, He'd find, too late, his rashness rueing,
That fatal quicksands lurk below.
“ In life such bubbles nought admiring,
Gilt with false light, and fill’d with air, Do you, from pageant crowds retiring,
To Peace in Virtue's cot repair.
« Tbere seek the never-wasted treasure
Which mutual love and friendship give, Domestic comfort, spotless pleasure,
And blest and blessing you will live.
“ If Heav'n with children crowns your dwelling,
As mine its bounty does with you, In fondness fatherly excelling,
Th’example you have felt, pursue."
He paus'd — for tenderly caressing
The darling of his wounded heart, Looks had means only of expressing
Thoughts, language never could impart.
Now Night, her mournful mantle spreading,
Had rob'd in black th' horizon round, And, dank dews from her tresses shedding,
With genial moisture bath'd the ground;
When back to city follies flying,
'Midst custom's slaves he liv'd resign'd, His face, array'd in sıniles, denying
The true complexion of his mind.
For seriously around surveying
Each character, in youth and age,
That play'd upon this human stage.
(Peaceful himself and undesigning)
He loath'd the scenes of guile and strife, And felt each secret wish inclining
To leave this fretful farce of life,
Yet to whate'er above was fated,
Obediently he bow'd his soul,
He thought Heaven only should control.
Wuex Music, heavenly maid! was young,
Exulting, trembling, raging, fainting,
First, Fear his hand, its skill to try,
Amid the chords bewilder'd laid;
F'en at the sound himself had made.
Next, AnGER rush'd, his eyes on fire,
In lightnings own’d his secret stings;
And swept with hurried hand the strings.
With woeful measures wan DESPAIR
Low sullen sounds bis grief beguild;
'Twas sad by fits — by starts 'twas wild.
But thou, O Hope! with eyes so fair,
What was thy delighted measure?
Still it whisper'd promis'd pleasure,
And from the rocks, the woods, the vale,
And where her sweetest theme she chose,
A soft responsive voice was heard at every close; And Hope, enchanted, smil'd, and wav'd her golden
And longer had she sung- but, with a frown,
Revenge impatient rose. He threw his blood-stain'd sword in thunder down;
And with a withering look,
The war-denouncing trumpet took,
And ever and anon he beat
The doubling drum with furious heat: And though sometimes, each dreary pause between,
Dejected Pity, at his side,
Her soul-subduing voice apply'd, Yet still he kept his wild unalter'd mien; While each strain'd ball of sight - seem'd bursting
from his head.