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• Inspetuous of this life: let thy command
• Direct my course, and bring me safe to land.

• If, while this weary'd flesh draws fleeting breath,
• Nat satisfy'd with life, afraid of deatht,
• It haply be thy will that I should know
• Glimpse of delight, or pause from anxious woe;
• From now, from instant now, great Sire! dispel
• The clouds that press my soul ; from now reveal
• A gracious beam of light; from now inspire
• My tongue to fing, my hand to touch the lyre ;
• My open'd thought to joyous prospects raise,

And for thy mercy let me sing thy praise :
• Or, if thy will ordains I still shall wait
• Some new hereafter, and a future state,
• Permit me strength my weight of woe to bears
• And raise my mind superior to my care.
• Let me, howe'er unable to explain
« The secret labyrinths of thy ways to man,
• With humble zeal confess thy awful pow'r ;
• Still weeping hope, and wond'ring still adore :
• So in my conqueft be thy might declar'd,
• And for thy justice be thy name rever'd.'

My pray'r scarce ended, a stupendous gloom
Darkens the air; loud thunder fhakes the dome;
To the beginning miracle fucceed
An awful silence and religious dread.
Sudden breaks forth a more than common days
The sacred wood, which on the altar lays
Untouch'd, unlighted glows
Ambrosial odour, such as never flows
From Arab's gum or the Sabæan rose,
Does round the air evolving scents diffuse:
The holy ground is wet with hear'nly dews.
Celestial musick (such Jessides' lyre,
Such Miriam's timbrel, would in vain require)



Strikes to my thought thro’ my admiring ear,
With extasy too fine, and pleasure hard to bear:
And, lo! what sees my ravilh'd eye! what feels
My wond'ring soul! an op'ning cloud reveals
An heav'nly form embody'd, and array'd
With robes of light, I heard. The angel said:

• Cease, Man, of woman born, to hope relief,
• From daily trouble and continu'd grief.
· Thy hope of joy deliver to the wind;

Suppress thy passions, and prepare thy mind.
« Free and familiar with misfortune grow ;
• Be us'd to sorrow, 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, strife, and war,
• Portions of toil, and legacies of care :
• Send the successive ills thro? ages down,

And let each weeping father tell his son,
• That, deeper ftruck, and more distinctly griev'd,
• He must augment the sorrows he receiv'd.

• The child, to whose success thy hope is bound,
- Ere thou art scarce interr’d, or he is crown'd,
* To luft of arbitrary fway inclin'd,
. (That cursed poison to the prince's mind!)
* Shall from thy dictates and his duty rove,

And lose his great defence, his people's love;
• Ill-counsellid, 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 lessen'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 leaves, and shed
• Their falling honours from his giddy head;

By arms or pray'r unable to assuage
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• Shall from the victor and the vanquish'd fear, • From Israel's arrow, and from Judah's fpear ; • Shall cast his weary'd limbs on Jordan's flood, By brothers arms disturb'd, and stain'd with kindred blood. • Hence lab'ring years shall weep their destin'd race,

Charg'd with ill omens, fully'd with difgrace. • Time, by neceflity compellid, shall go « Thro’ scenes of war, and epochas of woe : • The empire, leffen'd in a parted ftream, « Shall lose it's course

Indulge thy tears: the heathen shall blaspheme; • Judah shall fall, opprefs'd by grief and shame, • And men shall from her ruins know her fame.

• New Egypts yet, and second bonds remain; - A harsher Pharaoh, and a heavier chain. · Again, obedient to a dire command, · Thy captive fons Thall leave the Promis'd Land; • Their name more low, their servitude more vile, • Shall on Euphrates' bank renew the grief of Nile.

• These pointed spires that wound the ambient sky,

(Inglorious change !) shall in destruction lie * Low, levell'd with the duft; their heights unknown, · Or measur'd by their ruin. Yonder throne, • For lasting glory built, design'd the feat • Of kings for ever bless’d, for ever great, • Remov'd by the invader's ba rb'rous hand, • Shall grace his triumph in a foreign land. • The tyrant thall demand yon facred load • Of gold and vessels set apart to God;

Then, by vile hands to common use debas’d,

Shall send them flowing round his drunken feast, "With facrilegious taunt, and impious jeft.

· Twice fourteen ages shall their way compleat; Empires by various turns shall rise and set : • While thy abandon'd tribes shall only know • A diff'rent master, and a change of woe ;

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• With downcast eye-lids, and with looks aghaft, Shall dread the future, or bewail the past..

• Aflicted Ifrael 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 reft. • In the reflective stream the sighing bride,

Viewing her charms impair'd, abalh'd shall hide Her 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 solemn days : • Thenceforth their voices they shall only raise, • Louder to weep. By day, your frighted seers • Shall call for fountains to express their tears, . And wish their eyes were floods : by night, from dreams • Of opening gulphs, black storms, and raging fames, • Starting amaz’d, shall to the people shew • Emblems of heav'nly wrath, and mystick types of woe.

• The captives, as their tyrant shall require • That they should breathe the song, and touch the lyre, • Shall say,

“ Can Jacob's servile race rejoice, “ Untun'd the mufick, and disus'd the voice ? " What can we play ?” they shall discourse ; “ how sing “ 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 grieve, (Out-caft of mortal race !) can we conceive

Image of aught delightful, soft, or gay? " Alas! when we have toil'd the longsome day,

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“ The fullest bliss our hearts aspire to know,
“ Is but some interval from a&ive woe ;
“ In broken rest and startling sleep 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 ?
“ Madnefs, we fancy, gave an ill-tim'd birth
“ To grinning Laughter and to frantick Mirth.

« This is the feries of perpetual woe,
" Which thou, alas ! and thine, are born to know.
• Illustrious wretch! repine vot, 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 thy enquiry, then, and curb thy sense, · Nor let duft argue with Omnipotence. « 'Tis God who must dispose ; and man sustain, · 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 centres in his will.

• Yet that thy lab’ring senses may not droop,
• Loft to delight, and deftitute 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 mouro;
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 fall arise,

And with new luftre pierce the neighb'ring skies,


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