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Each becomes other. Water ftopp'd gives birák
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
Thus, by a length of years, and change of fate.
Now where we fee thefe changes often fall, Sedate we pafs them by as natural:
Where to our eye more rarely they appear,
' Is this more ftrange, than that the mountain's brow,
Stripp'd by December's froft, and white with fnow,
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, -
Lo! as a giant ftrong the lufty fun
Again I fee ten thoufand thoufand ftars, Nor caft in lines, in circles, nor in fquares :