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And had I pow's to give that knowledge birth
Charity, decent, modeft, easy, kind, ..
Each other gift, which God on man bestowsy, Its proper bounds, and due restridion knows ;; To one fix'd purpose dedicates its pow'r ;; And finishing its act, exists no more. Thus, in obedience to what Heav'n decrees, Knowledge shall fail, and prophecy shall cease : But lafting Charity's more ample sway, Nor bound by time, nor subject to decay, In happy triumph shall for ever live, And endless good. diffuse, and endless praise receive. As thro' the artist's interveening glass, Our eye observes the distant planets pass ; A little we discover ; but allow, That more remains unseen, than art can show : So whilst our mind its knowledge would improve (Its feeble eye intent on things above) High as we may, we lift our reason up, By Faith directed, and confirm'd by Hope: Yet are we able only to survey. Dawnings of beams, and promises of day. Heav'n's fuller effluence mocks our dazzled lights Too great its swiftness, and too strong its light. .
But soon the mediate clouds shall be dispellid: The sun shall soon be face to face beheld, In all his robes, with all his glory on, Seated sublime on his meridian throne.
Then constant Faith, and holy Hope shall die; One lost in certainty, and one in joy : Whilst thou, more happy pow'r, fair Charity, Triumphant fister, greatest of the three, Thy office, and thy nature still the same, Lasting thy lamp, and unconsum'd thy flame, Shalt still surviveShalt stand before the host of Heav'n confest, For ever blefling, and for ever bleft.
Engraven on a COLUMN in the Church of HALSTEAD
in Essex. The spire of which, burnt down by lightning, was rebuilt at the expence of Mr. SAMUEL FISKE, 1717..
TIEW not this fpire by measure giv'n
To.buildings rais'd by common hands-;. That fabric rises high as heav'n,
Whose basis on devotion stands.
While yet we draw this vital breath,
We can our Faith and Hope declare :: But Charity beyond our death
Will ever in our works appear.
Bleft be he call'd among good men,
Who to his God this column rais'd :: Though lightning strike the dome again;
The man, who built it, Ihall. be grais?d.
Yet spires and towers in duft fhall lie,
The weak efforts of human pains ;
While deathless Charity remains.
Written in MONTAIGNE'S Esays, given to the Duke of
SHREW SBURY in FRANCE, after the Peace 1713.
ICTATE, O mighty judge, what thou hast seen
Of cities, and of courts, of books and men ; And deign to let thy servant hold the pen.
Through ages thus I may presume to live ;
Thus shall fair Britain with a gracious smile
Nor longer hence the Gallic style preferr'd, . Wisdom in English Idiom ihall be heard ; While Talbot tells the world, where Montaigne err'de
AN EPIST LE,
Defiring the Queen's Picture. Written at Paris,
1714, but left unfinished, by the sudden news of her MAJESTY's Death.
THE train of equipage and pomp of state,
The shining Gde-board, and the burnilh'd plate.
My bright defender, and my dread delight;
That in despite of age, of impious flame,
Thee, gracious Anne, thee present I adore,