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And such emollients as his friends could spare,
Friends such as his for modern Jobs prepare.
Bless’d, rather cursed, with hearts that never feel,
Kept snug in caskets of close hammer'd steel,
With mouths made only to grin wide and eat,
And minds that deem derided pain a treat,
With limbs of British oak, and nerves of wire,
And wit that puppet prompters might inspire,
Their sovereign nostrum is a clumsy joke
On pangs enforced with God's severest stroke.
But with a soul, that ever felt the sting
Of sorrow, sorrow is a sacred thing:
Not to molest, or irritate, or raise
A laugh at his expense, is slender.praise;
He that has not usurp'd the name of

man, Does all, and deems too little all, he

can, To'assuage the throbbings of the fester'd part, And stanch the bleedings of a broken heart. 'Tis not, as heads that never ache suppose, Forgery of fancy, and a dream of woes; Man is a harp, whose chords elude the sight, Each yielding harmony disposed aright; The screws reversed (a task which if he please God in a moment executes with ease) Ten thousand thousand strings at once go loose, Lost, till he tune them, all their

power Then neither healthy wilds, nor scenes as fair As ever recompensed the peasant's care, Nor soft declivities with tufted hills, Nor view of waters turning busy mills, Parks in which Art preceptress Nature weds, Nor gardens interspersed with flowery beds, Nor gales that catch the scent of blooming groves, And waft it to the mourner as he roves,

and use.

Can call up life into his faded eye,
That passes all he sees unheeded by:
No wounds like those a wounded spirit feels,
Nocure for such, till God, who makes them, heals;
And thou, sad sufferer under nameless ill,
That yields not to the touch of human skill,
Improve the kind occasion, understand
A Father's frown, and kiss his chastening hand:
To thee the dayspring and the blaze of noon,
The purple evening and resplendent moon,
The stars, that, sprinkled o'er the vault of night,
Seem drops descending in a shower of light,
Shine not, or undesired and hated shine,
Seen through the medium of a cloud like thine:
Yet seek him, in his favour life is found,
All bliss beside a shadow or a sound:
Then Heaven, eclipsed so long, and this dull earth
Shall seem to start into a second birth!
Nature, assuming a more lovely face,
Borrowing a beauty from the works of grace,
Shall be despised and overlook'd no more,
Shall fill thee with delights unfelt before,
Impart to things inanimate a voice,
And bid her mountains and her bills rejoice;
The sound shall run along the winding vales,
And thou enjoy an Eden ere it fails.

Ye groves (the statesman at his desk exclaims
Sick of a thousand disappointed aims),
My patrimonial treasure and my pride,
Beneath your shades your gray possessor hide,
Receive me languishing for that repose
The servant of the public never knows.
Ye saw me once (ah, those regretted days
When boyish innocence was all my praise !)

course

he

my

Hour after hour delightfully allot
To studies then familiar, since forgot,
And cultivate a taste for ancient song,
Catching its ardour as I mused along;
Nor seldom, as propitious Heaven might send,
What once I valued and could boast, a friend,
Were witnesses how cordially I press'd
His undissembling virtue to my breast:
Receive me now not uncorrupt as then,
Nor guiltless of corrupting other men,
But versed in arts, that, while they seem to stay
A falling empire, hasten its decay,
To the fair haven of my native home,
The wreck of what I was, fatigued I come,
For once I can approve the patriot's voice,
And make the

recommends choice:
We meet at last in one sincere desire,
His wish and mine both prompt me to retire.
'Tis done—he steps into the welcome chaise,
Lolls at his ease behind four handsome bays,
That whirl away from business and debate
The disencumber'd Atlas of the state.
Ask not the boy who, when the breeze of moru
First shakes the glittering drops from every thorn,
Unfolds his flock, then under bank or bush
Sinks linking cherry-stones, or plaiting rush,
How fair is Freedom ?-he was always free:
To carve his rustic name upon a tree,
To snare the mole, or with ill fashion'd hook
To draw the’ incautious minnow from the brook,
Are life's prime pleasures in his simple view,
His flock the chief concern he ever knew;
She shines but little in his heedless eyes,
The good we never miss we rarely prize:

But ask the noble drudge in state affairs,
Escaped from office and its constant cares,
What charms he sees in Freedom's smile express’d,
In Freedom lost so long, now repossess’d;
The tongue, whose strains were cogent as com-

inands,
Revered at home and felt in foreign lands,
Shall own itself a stammerer in that cause,
Or plead its silence as its best applause.
He knows indeed, that, whether dress’d or rude,
Wild without art, or artfully subdued,
Nature in every form inspires delight,
But never mark'd her with so just a sight.
Her hedgerow shrubs, a variegated store,
With woodbine and wild roses mantled o'er,
Green balks and furrow'd lands, the stream that

spreads Its cooling vapour o'er the dewy meads, Downs that almost escape

the' inquiring eye, That melt and fade into the distant sky, Beauties he lately slighted as he pass'd, Seem all created since he travel'd last. Master of all the' enjoyments he design'd, No rough annoyance rankling in his mind, What early philosophic hours he keeps, How regular his meals, how sound he sleeps! Not sounder he, that on the mainmast head, While morning kindles with a windy red, Begins a long look out for distant land, Nor quits till evening watch his giddy stand, Then, swift descending with a seaman's haste, Slips to his bammock, and forgets the blast. He chooses company, but not the squire's, Whose wit is rudeness, whose good breeding tires;

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Nor yet the parson's, who would gladly come,
Obsequious when abroad, though proud at home;
Nor can he much affect the neighbouring peer,
Whose toe of emulation treads too near;
But wisely seeks a more convenient friend,
With whom dismissing forms he may unbend !
A man, whom marks of condescending grace
Teach, while they flatter him, his proper place;
Who comes when call’d, and at a word withdraws,
Speaks with reserve, and listens with applause;
Some plain mechanic, who, without pretence
To birth or wit, nor gives nor takes offence;
On whom he rests well pleased his weary powers,
And talks and laughs away his vacant hours.
The tide of life, swift always in its course,
May run in cities with a brisker force,
But no where with a current so serene,
Or half so clear, as in the rural scene.
Yet how fallacious is all earthly bliss,
What obvious truths the wisest heads

may

miss: Some pleasures live a month, and some a year, But short the date of all we gather here; No happiness is felt, except the true, That does not charm the more for being new. This observation, as it chanced, not made, Or if the thought occurr'd, not duly weigh'd, He sighs--for after all by slow degrees The spot he loved has lost the power to please; To cross his ambling pony day by day Seems at the best but dreaming life away; The prospect, such as might enchant despair, He views it not, or sees no beauty there; With aching heart and discontented looks Returns at noon to billiards or to books,

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