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Celestial music (such Jeflides' lyre,
Such Miriam's timbrel would in vain require)
Strikes to my thought thro' my admiring ear,
With ecstacy too fine, and pleasure hard to bear :-
And lo! what fees my ravifh'd eye? what feels.
My wond'ring soul ? an opening cloud reveals
An heav'nly form embody'd, and array'd
With robes of light, I heard : the angel faid :
Cease, man of woman born, to hope relief
From daily trouble, and continu'd grief.
Thy hope of joy deliver to the wind :
Supprefs thy passions; and prepare thy mindi
Free and familiar with misfortune grow :
Be us'd to forrow, and inur'd to woe.
By weak'ning toil, and hoary age o'ercome,
See thy decrease; and hasten to thy tomb.
Leave to thy children tumult, ftrife, and war,
Portions of toil, and legacies of care.
Send the fucceffive ills thro' ages down ;
And let each weeping father tell his son,
That deeper struck, and more distinctly griev'dy.
He must augment the forrows he receiv'd.
The child to whose fuccefs thy hope is bound,
Ere thou art scarce interr'd, or he is crown'd;
To luft of arbitrary sway inclin'd
(That cursed poison to the prince's mind!)
Shall from thy dietates and his duty rove,
And lose his great defence, his people's love.
Ill counsell’d, vanquish'd, fugitive, disgrac'd,
Shall mourn the fame of Jacob's strength effac’d.
Shall figh, the king diminish'd, and the crown
With lefsen'd rays descending to his son.
Shall see the wreaths, his grandfire knew to reap
By active toil, and military sweat,
Pining incline their fickly Icaves, and shed
Their falling honours from his giddy head.
By arms, or pray'r unable to assuage
Domestic honour, and inteftine rage,
Shall from the victor and the vanquish'd fear,
From Israel's arrow, and from Judah's spear :
Shall cast his weary'd limbs on Jordan's food,
By brother's arms disturb'd, and stain'd with kindred
Hence lab'ring years shall weep their deftin'd race
Charg'd with ill omens, sully'd with disgrace.
Time by necessity compelld, shall go
Through scenes of war, and epochas of woe.
The empire leffen'd by a parted stream,
Shall lore its course.
Indulge thy tears: the heathen shall blafpheme;
Judah Thall fall, oppress'd by grief and thame;
And men shall from her ruins know her fame.
New Egypts yet, and second bounds remain, A harsher Pharaoh, and a heavier chain. Again obedient to a dire command, Thy captive sons shall leave the promis'd land. Their name more lor, their servitude more vile, Shall on Euphrates' banks renew the grief of Nile,
These pointed spires that wound the ambient sky, Inglorious change! shall in destruction lie Low, levell'd with the dust: their heights unknown, Or measur'd by their ruin. Yonder throne, For lasting glory built, design’d the feat Of kings for ever bleit, for ever great,
Remov'd by the invader's barb'rous hand,
Shall grace his triumph in a foreign land.
The tyrant shall demand yon' facred load
Of gold and vefsels set apart to God,
Then by vile hands to common use debas'd;
Shall send them ftowing round his drunken feast,
With facrilegious taunt, and impious jest.
Twice fourteen ages shall their way complete :
Empires by various turns fhall rise and set;
While thy abandon'd tribes shall only know
A diff'rent master, and a change of woe:
With downcast eyelids, and with looks aghaft,
Shall dread the future, or bewail the past.
Afflicted Ifreal shall fit weeping down,
Fast by the streams, where Babel's waters run;
Their harps upon the neighb'ring willows hung,
Nor joyous hymn encouraging their tongue,
Nor chearful dance their feet; with toil oppress’d,
Their weary'd limbs aspiring but to rest.
In the reflective stream the fighing bride,
Viewing her charms impair'd, abafh'd shall hide
lier pensive head ; and in her languid face
The bridegroom shall foresee his fickly race :
While pond'rous fetters vex their close embrace.
With irksome anguish then your priests shall mourn
Their long.neglected feasts despair'd return,
And fad oblivion of their folemn days.
Thenceforth their voices they fhall only raise,
Louder to weep. By day your frighted Seers
Shall call for fountains to exprels their tears ;
And will their eyes were floods: by night from dreams
Of opening gulphs, black storms, and raging flames,
Starting amaz’d, shall to the people show
Emblems of heav'nly wrath, and mystic types of woe.
The captives, as their tyrant shall require,
That they should breathe the song, and touch the lyrcy,
Shall say : Can Jacob's servile-race rejoice,
Untun'd the music, and disus'd the voice ?
What can we play (they shall discourse) how fing:
In foreign lands, and to a barb'rous king?
We and our fathers from our childhood bred
To watch the cruel victor's eye, to dread
The arbitrary lash, to bend, to griere
(Outcast of mortal race !) can we conceive
Image of ought delightful, soft, or gay
Alas! when we have toil'd the longsome day;
The fullest bliss our hearts aspire to know,
Is but some interval from active woe;
In broken rest, and startling fleep to mourn,
'Till morn, the tyrant, and the scourge return.
Bred up in grief, can pleasure be our theme?
Our endless anguish does not nature claim?
Reason, and forrow are to us the same.
Alas! with wild amazement we require,
If idle folly was not pleasure's fire.:
Madness, we fancy, gaye an ill-tim'd birth
To grinning laughter, and to frantic mirth.
This is the series of perpetual woe,
Which thou alas! and thine are born to know.
Illustrious wretch! repine not, nor reply:
View not, what Heav'n ordains, with reason's eye;
Too bright the object is : the distance is too high.
The man who would resolve the work of fate,
May limit number, and make crooked straight :
Stop the enquiry then ; and curb the sense :
Nor let dust argue with Omnipotence,
'Tis God who must dispose, and man fustain,
Born to endure, forbidden to complain.
Thy sum of life must his decrees fulfil ;
What derogates from his command, is ill;
And that alone is good, which centers in his will.
Yet that thy lab'ring senses may not droop,
Lost to delight, and destitute of hope ;
Remark what I, God's messenger, aver
From him, who neither can deceive, nor err.
The land at length redeem'd, shall cease to mourn;
Shall from her fad captivity return.
Sion shall raise her long-dejected head:
And in her courts the law again be read.
Again the glorious temple fhall arife,
And with new.luftre pierce the neighb'ring skies.
The promis'd seat of empire shall again
Cover the mountain, and command the plain ;
And from thy race diftinguish'd, One shall spring
Greater in act than victor, more than king
In dignity and pow'r, fent down from heav'n,
To fuccour earth. To Him, to Him, 'tis giv'n,
Passion, and care, and anguilh to destroy.
Through Him soft peace, and plenitude of joy
Perpetual o'er the world redeem'd shall Gow,
No more may man enquire, nor angel know.
Now, Solomon, rememb'ring who thou art, Act through thy remnant life the decent part. Go forth : be strong : with patience, and with care Perform, and suffer : to thyself severe,