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Were built, the fountains open'd, or the sea,
765 With all his roaring multitude of waves. His freedom is the same in ev'ry state ; And no condition of this changeful life, So manifold in cares, whose ev'ry day Brings its own evil with it, makes it less : For he has wings, that neither sickness, pain, Nor penury, can cripple or confine. No nook so narrow, but he spreads them there With ease, and is at large. Th' oppressor holds His body bound; but knows not what a range 775 His spirit takes, unconscious cf a chain; And that to bind him is a vain attempt, Whom God delights in, and in whom He dwells.
Acquaint thyself with God, if thou would'st taste His works. Admitted once to his embrace, 780 Thou shalt perceive that thou wast blind before : Thine eye shall be instructed; and thine heart, Made pure, shall relish with divine delight, Till then unfelt, what hands divine have wrought. Brutes graze the mountain-top, with faces prone, 785 And eyes intent upon the scanty herb It yields them; or, recumbent on its brow, Ruminate heedless of the scene outspread Beneath, beyond, and stretching far away From inland regions to the distant main.
790 Man views it, and admires; but rests content With what he views. The landscape has his praise, But not its author. Unconcern'd who formid The Paradise he sees, he finds it such, And such well pleas'd to find it, asks no more. 795 Not so the mind that has been touch'd from Heav'n, And in the school of sacred wisdom taught To read His wonders, in whose thought the world, Fair as it is, existed ere it was. Nor for its own sake merely, but for his
800 Much more who fashion’d it, he gives it praise ; Praise that from earth resulting, as it ought,
To earth's acknowledg'd sov'reign, finds at once
825 Distinctly scenes invisible to man, And systems, of whose birth no tidings yet Have reach'd this nether world, ye spy a race Favour'd as ours; transgressors from the womb And hasting to a grave, yet doom'd to rise, 830 And to possess a brighter Heaven than yours? As one, who, long detain'd on foreign shores, Pants to roturn, and when he sees afar His country's weather-bleach'd and batter'd rocks, From the green wave omerging, darts an eye 835 Radiant with joy toward the happy land; So I with animated hopes behold, And many an aching wish, your beamy fires, That show like beacons in the blue abyss, Ordain'd to guide th' embodied spirit home 840
From toilsome life to never-ending rest.
So reads he Nature, whom the lamp of truth 845
875 Gods such as guilt makes welcome ; gods that sleep, Or disregard our follies, or that sit Amus'd spectators of this bustling stage. Vol. II.
Thee we reject, unable to abide
885 A voice is heard that mortal ears hear not, Till thou hast touch'd them ; 'tis the voice of song, A loud Hosanna sent from all thy works ; Which he that hears it, with a shout repeats, And adds his rapture to the general praise ! 890 In that blest moment, Nature, throwing wide Her veil opaque, discloses with a smile The author of her beauties, who, retir'd Behind his own creation, works unseen By the impure, and hears his pow'r denied : 895 Thou art the source and centre of all minds, Their only point of rest, eternal Word ! From thee departing, they are lost, and rove At random, without honour, hope, or peace. From thee is all that sooths the life of man, 900 His high endeavour, and his glad success, His strength to suffer, and his will to serve. But O thou bounteous Giver of all good, Thou art of all thy gifts thyself the crown! Give what thou canst, without thee we are poor; 905 And with thee rich, take what thou wilt away.
THE WINTER WALK AT NOON.
ARGUMENT OF THE SIXTH BOOK Bells at a distance--Their effect-A fine noon in winter-A shel
tered walk-Meditation better than books–Our familiarity with the course of Nature makes it appear less wonderful than it is The transformation that effects in a shrubbery, described -A mistake concerning the course of Nature corrected God maintains it by an unremitted act—The amusements fashionable at this hour of the day reproved—Animals happy, a delightful sight-Origin of cruelty to animals—That it is a great crime proved from Scripture-That proof illustrated by a talon A line drawn between the lawful and unlawful destruction of them-Their good and useful properties insisted on-Apology for the encomiums bestowed by the author on animals-Instances of man's extravagant praise of man-The groans of the creation shall have an end-A view taken of the restoration of all things—An invocation and an invitation of Him who shall bring it to pass—The retired man vindicated from the charge of uselessness--Conclusion.
THERE is in souls a sympathy with sounds,