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Those matted woods where birds forget to sing,
But silent bats in drowsy clusters cling;
Those pois'nous fields with rank luxuriance

Where the dark scorpion gathers death around;
Where at each step the stranger fears to wake
The rattling terrors of the vengeful snake;
Where crouching tigers wait their hapless

prey, And savage men, more murd'rous still than

they; While oft in whirls the mad tornado flies, Mingling the ravag'd landscape with the skies. Far different these from every former scene, The cooling brook, the grassy-vested green; The breezy covert of the warbling grove, That only shelter'd thefts of harmless lore. Good Heav'n! what sorrows gloom'd that

parting day, That call'd them from their native walks

away; When the poor exiles, every pleasure past, Hung round the bowers, and fondly look'd

their last, And took a long farewell, and wish'd in vain For seats like these beyond the western main ; And shudd'ring still to face the distant deep, Return’d and wept, and still return'd to weep! The good old sire, the first, prepar'd to go To new-found worlds, and wept for others'


But for himself, in conscious virtue brave,
He only wish'd for worlds beyond the grave.
His lovely daughter, lovelier in her tears,
The fond companion of his helpless years,
Silent went next, neglectful of her charms,
And left a lover's for a father's arms.
With louder plaints the mother spoke her

woes, And blest the cot where every pleasure rose ; And kiss'd her thoughtless babes with many a

tear, And clasp'd them close, in sorrow doubly


Whilst her fond husband strove to lend relief
In all the silent manliness of grief.-
O Luxury ! thou curs’d by Heaven's decree,
How ill exchang’d are things like these for

thee !
How do thy potions, with insidious joy,
Diffuse their pleasures only to destroy!
Kingdoms by thee, to sickly greatness grown,
Boast of a florid vigour not their own ;
At every draught large and more large they

grow, A bloated mass of rank unwieldy woe; Till sapp'd their strength, and every part

unsound, Down, down they sink, and spread a ruin

round. Even now the devastation is begun, And half the business of destruction done;

Even now, methinks, as pond'ring here I

stand, I see the rural Virtues leave the land. Down where yon anchoring vessel spreads the

sail, That idly waiting, flaps with every gale, Downward they move, a melancholy band, Pass from the shore, and darken all the strand. Contented Toil, and hospitable Care, And kind connubial Tenderness, are there; And Piety, with wishes plac'd above, And steady Loyalty, and faithful Love. And thou, sweet Poetry, thou loveliest maid, Still first to fly where sensual joys invade; Unfit, in these degenerate times of shame, To catch the heart, or strike for honest fame; Dear charming nymph, neglected and decried, My shame in crowds, my solitary pride; Thou source of all my bliss, and all my woe, That found'st me poor at first, and keep'st

me so; Thou guide by which the nobler arts excel, Thou nurse of every virtue, fare thee well: Farewell; and oh! where'er thy voice be tried, On Torno's cliffs, or Pambamarca's side; Whether where equinoctial fervours glow, Or winter wraps the polar world in snow; Still let thy voice, prevailing over time, Redress the rigours of th' inclement clime; Aid slighted Truth with thy persuasive strain ; Teach erring man to spurn the rage of gain ;

Teach him that states, of native strength

possest, Though very poor, may still be very blest; That trade's proud empire hastes to swift

As ocean sweeps the labour'd mole away;
While self-dependent power can time defy,
As rocks resist the billows and the sky.

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