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Night is the time for death;
DEATH OF AN INFANT.1
With ruthless haste he bound
There had been a murmuring sound
EARLY RISING AND PRAYER. 2
To do the like; our bodies but forerun
Unto their God, as flowers do to the sun;
company all day, and in him sleep.
This subject has not often been more gracefully and tenderly handled than in the above lines. The picture here presented matches with that by the same elegant hanıl, in p. 87.
2 The author of these striking lines was a Welsh private gentleman, who lived in the 17th century. It is not often that more meaning is condensed into a few words.
Yet never sleep the sun up;l prayer should
Dawn with the day: there are set awful hours
After sun-rising; far day sullies flowers :
Walk with thy fellow-creatures :4 note the hush
And whisperings amongst them. Not a spring
And oak doth know I Am. Čanst thou not sing?
Serve God before the world ; let him not go
Until thou hast a blessing; then resign
Prevailed? by wrestling ere the sun did shine;
Mornings are mysteries: the first world's youth,
Man's resurrection, and the future's bud,
Is styled their star; the store and hidden food :
The sun up-i. e. when the sun is up.
Prevent- from the Latin præ, before, and venire, to come or go-to go before. This is the primitive signification of the word, and was common in the 17th century and earlier, as is evident from the Liturgy ;-"Prevent us, O Lord, by thy continual grace."
3 Heaven's gate, &c.—It is difficult to conceive of a more beautiful mode of suggesting the charms and benefits of early rising. Many a long poem on the subject is less eloquent than this one line.
4 Fellow creatures-i.e. the trees, flowers, birds, &c., created by the same hand. 5 I Am See Exodus iii, 14.
Go this way—i. e. do as they do-praise God early in the morning.
Heaven--rhymes here, by a most extraordinary licence, with sin. Perhaps the pronunciation of “heaven” was different from ours, in Vaughan's time.
Shroud in, fc.--are wrapt in, or symbolized by; as when we speak of the morning of the world, of the resurrection, &c.
When the world's up,
swain abroad, Keep well thy temper, mix not with each clay; Dispatch necessities ; life hath a load
Which must be carried on, and safely may : Yet keep those cares without thee; let the heart Be God's alone, and choose the better part.
The naked plants renew both leaf and flower;
The driest soil suck in some moistening shower.
Not endless night, yet not eternal day:
The roughest storm a calm may soon allay.
The net that holds no great, takes little fish;
Few all they need, but none have all they wish!
THE IDEA OF A STATE.
IN IMITATION OF ALCÆUS. WHAT constitutes a State ?
Not high-raised battlement or laboured mound, Thick wall, or moated gate;
Not cities proud, with spires and turrets crowned ; Not bays and broad-armed ports,
Where, laughing at the storm, rich navies ride;
"The pithiness of these lines countenances Pope's assertion that poetry is emphatically the language of brevity. They are of the same date as the last.
2 That-that which.
Not starred and spangled courts,
Where low-bred baseness wafts perfume to pride;
With powers as far above dull brutes endued,
As beasts excel cold rocks and brambles rude:
But know their rights; and, knowing, dare maintain;
And crush the tyrant, while they rend the chain.
And sovereign Law, that state's collected will,
Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.
The fiend Dissension like a vapour sinks ;
Sir Wm. Jones.
THE NEW MOON."
'Tis passing sweet to mark
As earth and sky grow dark.
When first the wandering eye
Just planted in the sky.
The hopes of early years;
The passing shower of tears.
| The quiet beauty of these lines well befits their subject, and reminds us of the similar tone of Campbell's “Rainbow," and Montgomery's “ Daisy."
The captive yields him to the dream
Comes out upon the air;
On the soft promise there.
Forsaken and forgiven;
Like that new light in heaven.
EPISTLE TO JOSEPH HILL, ESQ.2
Whence comes it then, that, in the wane of life,
Horatio's servant once, with bow and cringe,
"A type, &c.--The new moon is a type of purification, and restoration."
2 " The epistle to Hill is quite Horatian.”—Quarterly Review. Horace's epistles are characterised by freedom and ease of style, liveliness of tone, and apt delineation of character.