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LIBER TERTIUS.

ERGO age, Pars Nostri melior, Vis vivida, vitæ Fons, Anima! hoc Ego Te, quæcunq; es, nomine dignor:

Conscius Ipse Met per Te, Te pectore toto»
Percipio, viresque tuas & munera nosco.
Sed latet, unde Tui ducas primordia; de Te
Tot Vates diverse canit, diversa Sacerdos.

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An Genus obscurum & stirpis vulgare fateris

Principium, lectæ forsan melioribus orta

Particulis terræ, quæ fe certo ordine miseent

Mirifico rerum motu faustoque Atomorum

Concursu implicitæ: hinc fato statuente juberis

Corporis ire comes, quem Vitæ cunque colorem

Sortitur; trepidas, audes, ducisque dolores .

Gaudiaque, incerto ut sanguis fe concitat æstu:

Utque calor magis ardescit, vel frigora torpent,

Læta viges viridante æyo, languente senescis:

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Thou busie Thing, from whence I know I am:
For knowing that I am, I know Thou art;
Since That must needs exist, which can impart.
But how Thou cam'st to be, or whence Thy Spring:
For various of Thee Priests and Poets sing.

Hear'st Thou submissive, but a lowly Birth?
Some sep'rate Particles of finer Earth,
A plain Effect, which Nature must beget,
As Motion orders, and as Atoms meet;
Companion of the Body's Good or 111;
From Force of Instinct more than Choice of Will;
Conscious of Fear or Valor, Joy or Pain,
As the wild Courses of the Blood ordain;
Who as Degrees of Heat and Cold prevail,
In Youth dost flourish, and with Age shalt fail;

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Dum tandem, Socium extreme vel morte secuta,
Laberis in sumum tenuesque recedis in auras.

An spiras majora, altaque ab origine stirpem
Deduci mavis, audisque libentius ignis
Scintilla ætherii; divinæ Particula auræ,
Juncta luta vili, nimis arcto sœdere juncta,
Communi heu fato præscriptum ad temporis orbem
Per varias comitata vices variosque dolores:
Ut doceas Hominem opprobriis vel laude moveri*,
Ut Bona vel Mala percipere; & pallore fateri
Irarum rabiem, aut flammas sentire pudoris;
Ut normam vitæ instituas, ducasque fideli
Consilio; & rerum varius ceu postulat usus,
Reddas cautum agilemque, & viribus ingeniove
Nobilites, aptum paci, bellique potentem.
Dum priscum in cinerem se Pars terrena resolvit,
Carceris & rumpens cedentia claustra caduci
It Captiva, hærens paulum & cunctata jacentes
Relliquias super, immitis jam faucibus Orci
Inclusas; mox penna agili, indignata teneri,
Evolat, ætheriamque arcem & sua vindicat astra.

Quicquid eris,quoquo tendis (nequeenim omnia cæco

Till mingled with thy Partner's latest Breath
Thou fly'ft, dissolv'd in Air, and lost in Death.

Or if Thy great Existence would aspire
To Causes more sublime; of Heav'nly Fire
Wer't Thou a Spark struck off? a seprate Ray,
Ordain'd to mingle with Terrestrial Clay; >
With it condemns for certain Years to dwell,
To grieve it's Frailties, and its Pains to feel;
To teach it Good and 111, Disgrace or Fame;
Pale it with Rage, or redden it with Shame:
To guide it's Actions with informing Care,
In Peace to Judge, to Conquer in the War;
Render it Agile, Witty, Valiant, Sage,
As fits the various Course of human Age;
'Till as the Earthly Part decays and falls,
The Captive breaks Her Prison s mould ring Walls,
Hovers a-while upon the fad Remains,
Which now the Pile, or Sepulchre contains;
And thence with Liberty unbounded flies,
Impatient to regain Her native Skies.

Whate'er Thou art, where e'er ordain'd to go

(Points Scire Homini fas est) age parvula pectoris hospes,

Pectoris infanos motus fedantis, ut alta

Sit Tibi pax; (quoniam inde enascitur improba turba,

Quæ vitam exagitat, quæ Te distorquet & angit)

Fac age, quodcunque aggrederis, sac arbitra certum

Monstret iter Ratio, & fido moderamine ducat.

Pacati Affectus erroris nube remota

Ardua, pulcra petant: Et Vitam disce ferendo,

An curis hominum & tanto fit digna labore.

Quæ variis vitæ in gradibus variisque Animantum Naturis præstant, conjuncta tenere videmus In fe Hominem: pecudum fenfus, almumque vigorem Plantarum, ætheriæque animæ cœlestia dona. Inspice quos pariunt generofa hæc semina fructus, Et rebus lætis oppone incommoda vitæ. 'En ut Homo, frustra fato cogente reluctans, Protrahitur miser in lucem; auxiliique alieni Indigus, in genubus maternis nudulus hæret! Utque levis statuit Muliercula, tollitur Infans "^, Ejiciturve foras; genitrici languet iniquæ Neglectus, morbofve trahit de lacte foventis. Mollis adhuc fragilisque oculus fugk acria lucis Tela, diemque novum; infuetam male fustinet auram

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