« AnteriorContinuar »
Thus often Unbelief, grown sick of life,
the roots of a believer's care,
of mercy from above!
Though various foes against the Truth combine; Pride above all opposes
And is the soul indeed so lost-she cries,
Grant her indebted to what zealots call
Perish the virtue, as it ought, abhorr'd,
Is virtue, then, unless of Christian growth, Mere fallacy, or foolishness, or both ? Ten thousand sages lost in endless woe, For ignorance of what they could not know? That speech betrays at once a bigot's tongue, Charge not a God with such outrageous wrong.
Truly not I–the partial light men have, My creed persuades me, well employ’d, may save; While he that scorns the noonday beain, perverse, Shall find the blessing, unimprov'd, a curse. Let heathen worthies, whose exalted mind Left sensuality and dross behind, Possess for me their undisputed lot, And take unenvied the reward they sought: But still in virtue of a Saviour's plea, Not blind by choice, but destin'd not to see. Their fortitude and wisdom were a flame Celestial, though they knew not whence it came, Deriv'd from the same source of light and grace, That guides the Christian in his swifter race; Their judge was conscience, and her rule their law, That rule, pursued with rev’rence and with awe, Led them, however falt'ring, faint, and slow, From what they knew, to what they wish'd to know. But let not him, that shares a brighter day, Traduce the splendour of a noontide ray, Prefer the twilight of a darker time, And deem his base stupidity no crime : The wretch, who slights the bounty of the skies, And sinks, while favour'd with the means to rise, Shall find them rated at their full amount; The good he scorn'd all carried to account.
Marshalling all his terrors as he came, Thunder, and earthquake, and devouring flame, From Sinai's top Jehovah gave the law Life for obedience, death for ev'ry flaw. When the great Sov’reign would his will express, He gives a perfect rule; what can he less ? And guards it with a sanction as severe As vengeance can inflict, or sinners fear: Else his own glorious rights he would disclaim, And man might safely trifle with his name. He bids him glow with unremitting love To all on earth, and to himself above;
Condemns th’injurious deed, the sland'rous tongue,
Hark! universal nature shook and groan’d,
All joy to the believer! He can speakTrembling yet happy, confident yet meek.
Since the dear hour that brought me to thy foot, And cut up all my follies by the root, I never trusted in an arm but thine, Nor hop’d, but in thy righteousness divine : My pray’rs and alms, imperfect and defild, Were but the feeble efforts of a child ; Howe'er perform’d, it was their brightest part, That they proceeded from a grateful heart: Cleans'd in thine own all purifying blood, Forgive their evil, and accept their good; I cast them at thy feet-my only plea Is what it was, dependence upon thee, While struggling in the vale of tears below, That never
fail'd, nor shall it fail me now. Angelic gratulations rend the skies, Pride falls unpitied, never more to rise, Humility is crown'd, and Faith receives the prize.
'Tantane, tam patiens, nullo certamine tolli
the muse for England ? What appears In England's case, to move the muse to tears. ? From side to side of her delightful isle Is she not cloth’d with a perpetual smile ? Can Nature add a charın, or Art confer A new-found luxury not seen in her ? Where under heav'n is pleasure more pursued, Or where does cold reflection less intrude? Her fields a rich expanse of wavy corn, Pourd out from Plenty's overflowing horn; Ambrosial gardens, in which Art supplies The fervour and the force of Indian skies; Her peaceful shores, where busy Commerce waits To pour his golden tide through all her gates ; Whom fiery suns, that scorch the russet spice Of eastern groves, and oceans floor'd with ice, Forbid in vain to push his daring way To darker climes, or climes of brighter day ; Whom the winds waft where'er the billows roll, From the world's girdle to the frozen pole ; The chariots bounding in her wheel-worn streets, Her vaults below, where ev'ry vintage meets ; Her theatres, her revels, and her sports ; The scenes to which not youth alone resorts, But age, in spite of weakness and of pain, Still haunts, in hope to dream of youth again ;