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And boast returning Leaves, and blooming Woods?
That each successive Night from opening Heav'n
The Food of Angels should to Man be giv’n;
Is this more strange, than that with common Bread
Our fainting Bodies every Day are fed;
Than that each Grain and Seed confum'd in Earth,
Raises it's Store, and multiplies it's Birth;
And from the handful, which the Tiller fows,
The labour'd Fields rejoice, and future Harvest flows?

Then from whate’er We can to Sense produce
Common and plain, or wondrous and abstruse,
From Nature's constant or Eccentric Laws,
The thoughtful Soul this gen'ral Inf'rence draws,
That an Effect must presuppose a Cause.
And while She does her upward Flight sustain,
Touching each Link of the continu'd Chain,
At length she is oblig'd, and forc'd to see
A First, a Source, a Life, a Deity; .
What has for ever been, and must for ever be.

This great Existence thus by Reason found, Bleft by all Pow'r, with all Perfection crown'd: How can we bind or limit His Decree,

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Limitibus noftri audemus comprendere sensas ?
Ergone congestis volvuntur cuncta sub undis
Ultra explorati confinia disfita mundi?
An Deus, è tenebris nostrum qui sustulit orbem,
Hos fluctus aliam jussit secernere terram;
Venturis olim scindenda laboribus arva,
Et nondum natis condendas gentibus urbes ?
Ante revolventis quàm cursus lubricus ævi
Exactis ftadiis ter mille peregerit orbes;
Fortè ruent nostri imperium doctrinaque Mundi,
Occiduasque artes fascesque ferentur ad oras.

Quà feror ingenti perculsus imagine? quæ Lux Tanta ferit sensus ? quò facro rapta furore Quò te, anima, attollis? quid inagnum albescere cerno Æquora per longè subjecta? En! Insula, sedes Imperii; gens dives opum, intractabilis arınis; Justitia, & blando Clementia mollior ore Hic fedes posuere fuas; hæc maxima amatæ Plenius OMNIPOTENS indulsit munera terræ. Ad Zephyros etiam ulteriùs magnam Insula famam Occidua effundit; classes victricibus armis Instructas, nondum exploratas mittit ad oras, Et terras, quas nos fluctus coelumque putamus.

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By what our Ear has heard, or Eye may see?
Say then: Is all in Heaps of Water loft,
Beyond the Islands, and the Mid-land Coast?
Or has that God, who gave our World it's Birth,
Sever'd those Waters by some other Earth,
Countries by future Plow-shares to be torn,
And Cities rais'd by Nations yet unborn?
E'er the progressive Course of restless Age
Performs Three thousand times it's Annual Stage;
May not our Pow'r and Learning be supprest;
And Arts and Empire learn to travel West?

Where, by the Strength of this Idea charm’d,
Lightend with Glory, and with Rapture warm’d;
Ascends my Soul? what sees She White and Great
Amidst subjected Seas? An ISLE, the Seat
Of Pow'r and Plenty; Her Imperial Throne,
For Justice and for Mercy fought and known;
Virtues Sublime, great Attributes of Heav'n,
From thence to this distinguish'd Nation giv'n;
Yet farther. Weft the Western Isle extends
Her happy Fame: her Armed Fleets She sends
To Climates folded yet from human Eye;
And Lands, which We imagine Wave and Sky..

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Inter utrofque polos audit resonantia facta,
Imperiumque regit, nullum quod terminat æquor;
Intrepidas ducit naves, & carbasa pandit
Intra alios fecura Indos Orbemque fecundum.

ALBION ante omnes (illo fe nomine quondam
Jactabit) belloque diù famaque vigebit;
Magna diù, fatis dilecta Menarchia franget
Invidiæ dentes, & iniquas temporis iras :
Extensos felix venerandaque ftabit in annos,
Incertasque vices rerum immutata videbit.
Cedent cuncta tamen communi subruta fato;
Ipfa augusta, ingens, morti, licet ultima, cedet.

Jamque oculos humili nimiuni in tellure morantes Cærulei Cæli magna in convexa levemus : En! quale aulei fluitantis more patescit, Nunc matutino pictum variumque rubore; Luce super media Aavo velamine fulgens, Nigro indutum horrore per alta filentia noctis. Unde umbra & lumen certo discrimine furgunt Alternis ? unde hos varios trahit Æthra colores? Quid dux illa animi Ratio plus reddere possit, Quam Solem rutilo diffundere lumina Cælo,

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From Pole to Pole She hears her Acts resound,
And rules an Empire by no Ocean bound;
Knows her Ships anchor'd, and her Sails unfurld
In other INDIES, and a fecond World.

Long shall BRITANNIA (That must be her Name) Be first in Conquest, and preside in Fame: Long shall her favor’d Monarchy engage The Teeth of Envy, and the Force of Age: Rever'd and Happy She shall long remain, Of human Things least changeable, leaft vain. Yet All must with the gen'ral Doom comply; And this Great Glorious Pow'r, tho'laft, must dye.

Now let us leave this Earth, and lift our Eye To the large Convex of yon Azure Sky: Behold it like an ample Curtain spread, Now streak'd and glowing with the Morning Red; Anon at Noon in flaming Yellow bright, And chusing Sable for the peaceful Night Ask Reason now, whence Light and Shade were giv'n, And whence this great Variety of Heav'n: Reason our Guide, what can She more reply, Than that the Sun illuminates the Sky;

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