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What sweet delight a quiet life affords,
Ah! if I were mine own, your dear resorts
* When, of these truths thy happier knowledge lies,
HERRICK. The Country Life.To his Brother.
FRESH fields and woods! the earth's fair face!
minute bless the King
H. VAUGHAN. Indamora. WHOM Heav'n would bless, from pomp it will
DRYDEN. Aurenge-Zebe, Act II.
ALCHEMY, ALCHEMY may be compared to the man who told his sons he had left them gold buried somewhere in his vineyard ; where they by digging found no gold, but by turning up the mould, about the roots of their vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavours to make gold, have brought many useful inventions, and instructive experiments to light.
TO A MOUNTAIN DAISY.
Thy slender stem;
thee now is past my pow'r,
Thou bonnie gem.
Wi' speckl'd breast,
The purpling east.
* Who thinks of self when gazing on the sky?
BYRON, The Island,
Cauld blew the bitter-biting north *
Amid the storm,
Thy tender form.
O clod or stane,
Unseen, alane. There in thy scanty mantle clad The snawie bosom sunward spread, Thou lifts thy unassuming head
In humble guise ; But now the share uptears thy bed
And low thou lies !
WITH little here to do or see
For thou art worthy,
Which love makes for thee !
Thoughts of thy raising ;
* When soothed a while by milder airs,
Thee Winter in the garland wears
Spring cannot shun thee;
And many a fond and idle name
While I am gazing.
A little Cyclops, with one eye,
The freak is over.
In flight to cover.
Sweet Flower! for by that name at last
Sweet silent creature!
ADVERSITY AND PROSPERITY. The principal virtue of Prosperity is Temperance, and of Adversity Fortitude, which in morality is allowed the more heroical virtue. Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, Adversity of the New, which is greater and affords a clearer revelation of God's favour. Yet even in the Old Testament we find David's harp played as many dirges as carols: and the pencil of the Holy Ghost has more fully described the afflictions of Job, than the felicities of Solomon. Prosperity has its fears and distastes; Adversity its hopes and comforts.* In embroidery we find it
* Still where rosy Pleasure leads,
See a kindred Grief pursue;
Approaching Comfort view :
more pleasing to have a lively work upon a solemn ground, than a dark work upon a light ground, whence we may judge of the pleasure of the heart by the pleasure of the eye. Certainly virtue is like some perfumes that are most fragrant when burnt or bruised,* for Prosperity best discovers Vicent but Adversity Virtue. I
Thou tamer of the human breast,
The bad affright, afflict the best !
And purple tyrants vainly groan
pangs unfelt before, unpitied and alone.
Virtue, his darling child, design'd,
And bade to form her infant mind.
What sorrow was, thou bad'st her know,
Self-pleasing Folly's idle brood,
And leave us leisure to be good.
By vain prosperity received
GRAY. Hymn to Adversity.
And blended form, with artful strife,
GRAY. Ode on Vicissitude. * Mr. Bettenham (reader of Gray's Inn) said that virtuous men were like some herbs and spices, that give not out their sweet smell till they be broken or crushed.
Bacon. Apophthegms. + It is the bright day that brings forth the adder.
JULIUS CÆSAR. A noble heart, like the sun, showeth its greatest countenance in its lowest estate.
SIR P. SIDNEY.