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Each becomes other. Water ftopp'd gives birák
To grafs and plants, and thickens in the earth:
I)iffus'd, it rifes in a higher fphere;
T)ilates its drops, and foftens into air:
Thofe finer parts of air again afpire,
IMove into warmth, and brighten into fire. -
“That fire ofice more by thicker air o'ercome,
And downward forc'd, in earth's capacious womb
Alters its particles; is fire no more ;
T3ut lies refplendent duft, and fhining ore:
Or, running through the mighty mother's veins,
Changes its fhape ; puts off its old remains;
With watry parts its lefTen'd force divides;

Flows into waves, and rifes into tides..

Difparted ftreams fhall from their channels fiy, And deep furcharg'd by fandy mountains lie, «Obfcurely fepulcher'd. By eating rain, And furious wind, down to the diftant plain

` The hill, that hides his head above the fkies,

Shall fall: the plain by flow degrees fhall rife
Higher tham erft had ftood the fummit hill:
Fcr time muft nature's great behefts fulfil.

Thus, by a length of years, and change of fate.
All things are light and heavy, fmall or great:
“Thus Jordan's waves fhall fatüre clouds appear;
And Egypt's Pyramids refine to air.
“Thus later age fhall afk for Pifon's flood:
And travellers enquire, where Babel ftood.

Now where we fee thefe changes often fall, Sedate we pafs them by as natural:


Where to our eye more rarely they appear,
The pompous name of prodigy they bear:
Let a&tive thought thefe clofe mæanders trace ;
Let human wit their dubious boundaries place.
Are all things miracle ; or nothing fuch ?
And prove we not too little, or too much ? i
For that a branch cut off, a wither'd rod
Should at a word pronounc'd revive and buds,

' Is this more ftrange, than that the mountain's brow,

Stripp'd by December's froft, and white with fnow,
Should pufh in fpring, ten thoufand thoufand buds,
And boaft returning leaves, and blooming woods ?
That each fucceffive night from opening heaven
{The food of angels fhould to man be given }
Is this more ftrange, than that with common bread
Our fainting bodies every day are fed ?
Than that each grain and fied confum'd. in earth,
Raifes its ftore, and multiplies its birth ;
And from the handful which the tiller fows,
The labour'd fields rejoice, and future harveft flows?
Then, from whate'er we can to fenfe produce
Common and plain, or wonderous and abftrufe,
From nature's conftant or eccentric laws,
The thoughtful foul this general influence draws, ?
That an effeét muft prefuppofe a caufe.
And while fhe does her upward fiight fuftain,
Touching each link of the continued chain,
At length fhe is oblig'd and forc'd, to fee

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VVhat has for ever been, and muft for ever be. This

This great exiftence thus by reafon found, 33ieft by all power, with all perfeétion crown'd; 3-How can we bind or limit his decree, By what our ear has heard, or eyes may fee ? Say then: is all in heaps of water loft, IBeyond the iflands, and the mid-land coaft? 0r has that God who gave the world its birth, Sever'd thofe waters by fome other earth, Countries by future plow-fhares to be torn, And cities rais'd by nations yet unborn ! Ere the progreffive courfe of reftlefs age Performs three thoufand times its annual ftage, May not our power and learning be fuppreft, And arts and empire learn to travel weft ? Where, by the ftrength of this Idea charm'd, Lighten'd with glory, and with rapture warm'd, Afcends my foul? what fees fhe white and great Amidft fubje&ted feas ? An ifle, the feat «Of power and plenty ; her imperial throne, For juftice and for mercy fought and known ; Virtues fublime, great attributes of Heaven, Prom thence to this diftinguifh'd nation given: Yet farther weft the weftern ifle extgnds Her happier fame; her armed fleet fhe fends ' To climates folded yet from human eye ; And lands, which we imagine wave and fky. From pole to pole fhe hears her a&ts refound, And rules an empire by mo ocean bound ; Χnows her fhips anchor'd, and her fails unfurl'd, £n other Indies, and a fecond world. Long Long fhall Britannia (that muft be her name) Be firft in conqueft, and prefide in fame : Long fhall her favour'd monarchy engage The teeth of envy, and the force of age: Rever'd and happy fhe fhall long remain, Of human things leaft changeable, leaft vain. Yet all muft with the general doom comply ; And this great glorious power, tho' laft, muft die. Now let us leave this earth, and lift our eye To the large convex of yon azure fky: Behold it like an ample curtain fpread, Now ftreak'd and glowing with the morning red: Anon at noon in flaming yellow bright, And chufing fable for the peaceful niglit. Afk reafon now, whence light and fhade were given, And whence this great variety of Heaven : Reafon, our guide, what can fhe more reply, Than that the fun illuminates the fky; Than that night rifes from his abfent ray, And his returning luftre kindles day ? But we expe&t the morning red in vain : 'Tis hid in vapours, or obfcur'd by rain. The noon-tide yellow we in vain require : 'Tis black in ftorm, or red in light'ning fire. Pitchy and dark the night fometimes appears, Friend to our woe, and parent of our fears: Our joy and wonder fometimes fhe excites, With ftars unnumber'd, and eternal lights. Semd forth, ye wife, fend forth your labouring thought: Let it return with empty notions fraught, Vol. II. C. Of

Of airy columns every moment broke, -
Of circling whirlpools, and of fpheres of fmoke :
Yet this folution but once more afFords -
New change of terms ; and fcaffelding of words:
In other garb my queftion I receive.
And take the doubt the vcry fame I gave.

Lo! as a giant ftrong the lufty fun
Multiply'd rounds in one great round does run ;
Twofold his courfe, yet conftant his career,
Changing the day, and finifhing the year.
Again when his defcending crb retires,
And earth perceives the abfence of his fires;
The moon affords us her alternate ray,
And with kind beams diftributes fainter day,
Yet keeps the flages of her monthly race,
Various her beams, and changeable her face.
Each planet fhining in its proper fphere,
T)oes with juft fpeed his radiant voyage fteer:
Each fees his lamp with different luftre crown'd : -
Fach knows his courfe with different periods bound;.
And in his pafiage through the liquid fpace,
Nor haftens, nor retards his neighbour's race.
Now fhines thefe planets with fubftantial rays ?
Does innate luftre gild their meafur'd days ?
. Or do they (as your fchemes, I think, have fhewn)
Dart furtive beams, and glory not their own,
Aii fervants, eo that fource oflight the fun ?

Again I fee ten thoufand thoufand ftars, Nor caft in lines, in circles, nor in fquares :

- Poor.

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