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Soit you leave your cavern'd den,
And wander o'er the works of men;
But when Phosphor brings the dawn,
By her dappled coursers drawn,
Again you to your wild retreat,
And the early huntsman meet,
Where, as you pensive pass along,

You catch the distant shepherd's song,
- Or brush from herbs the pearly dew,
Or the rising primrose view,
Devotion lends her heav'n plum'd wings,

You mount, and nature with you sings. 5 But when the mid-day fervours glow,

To upland airy shades you go, . Where never sun-burnt woodman came, Nor sportsman clas'd the timid game: : And there, beneath an oak reclin'd, With drowsy waterfalls behind, You sink to rest, Till the tuneful bird of night, From the neighbʼring poplar's height, Wake you with her solemn strain,

And teach pleased echo to complain 6 With you roses brighter bloom,

Sweeter ev'ry sweet perfume;
Purer ev'ry fountain flows,
Stronger every wilding grows.
Let those toil for gold who please,
Or for fame renounce their ease.
What is fame? An empty bubble?
Gold? A shining constant trouble.
Let them for their country bleed!
What was Sidney's, Raleigh's meed?
Man's not worth a moment's pain;

Base, ungrateful, fickle, vain. ny Then let me, sequester'd fair,

To your sybil grot repair;
On yon hanging cliff it stands,
Scoop'd by nature's plastic hands,
Bosom'd in the gloomy shade
Of cypress not with age decay'd ;
Where the owl still hooting sits,
Where the bat incessant fits;
There in loftier strains I'll sing
Whence the changing seasons spring

Tell how storms deform the skies,
Whence the waves subside and rise,
Trace the comet's blazing tail,
Weigh the planets in a scale;
Bend, great God, before thy shrine;

The bournless microcosm's thine.
8 Since in each scheme of life I've fail'd,
And disappointment seems entail'd;
Since all on earth I valu'd most,
My guide, my stay, my friend is lost;
o Solitude, now give me rest,
And hush the tempest in my breast.
O gently deign to guide my feet
To your hermit-trodden seat; .
Where I may live at last my own,
Where I at last may die unknown.
I spoke; she turn'd her magic ray;

And thus she said, or seem'd to say;
9 Youth, you're mistaken, if you think to find
, In shades, a med'cine for a troubled mind:

Wan grief will haunt you wheresoe'er you go
Sigh in the breeze, and in the streamlet flow.
There pale inaction pines his life away;
And satiate mourns the quick return of day :
There, naked frenzy laughing wild with pain,
Or bares the blade, or plunges in the main :
There superstition broods o'er all her fears,
And yells of demons in the zephyr hears.
But if a hermit you're resolv'd to dwell,
And bid to social life a last farewell;

'Tis impious.- 10 God never made an independent man; 'Twould jar the concord of his general pian. See every part of that stupendous whole, “ Whose body nature is, and God the soul ;" To one great end the general good, conspire, From matter, brute, to man, to seraph, fire. Should man through nature solitary roam, His will his sovereign, every where his home, What force would guard him from the lion's jaw? What swiftness wing him from the panther's paw? Or, should fate lead him to some safer shore, Where panthers vever prowl, nor lions roar, Where liberal nature all her charms bestows, Suns shine, birds sing, flowers bloom, and water flows,

Fool, dost thou think he'd revel on the store,
Absolve the care of Heav'n, nor ask for more
Though waters flow'd, flow'rs bloom'd, and Phoebus shone,
He'd sigh, he'd murmur, that he was alone.
For know, the Maker on the human breast,

A sense of kindred, country, man impress'd.
11 Though nature's works the ruling mind declare,
And well deserve inquiry's serious care,
The God, (whate'er misanthropy may say,)
Shines, beams in man with most unclouded ray.
What boots it thee to fly from pole to pole?
Hang o'er the sun and with the planets roll?
What boots through space's furthest bourns to roam?
If thou, O man a stranger art at home,
Then know thyself, the human mind survey;

The use, the pleasure, will the toil repay.
· 12 Nor study only, practice what you know;

Your life, your knowledge, to mankind you owe
With Plato's olive wreath the bays entwine;
Tbose who in study, should in practice shine.
Say, does the learned lord of Hagley's shade,
Charm man so much by mossy fountains laid,
As when arous'd, he stems corruption's course,
And shakes the senate with a Tully's force?
When freedom gasp'd beneath a Cæsar's feet,
Then public virtue might to shades retreat:
But where she breathes, the least may useful be,

And freedom, Britain, still belongs to thee.
13 Though man's ungrateful, or though fortune frown,

Is the reward of worth a song, or crown?
· Nor yet unrecompens'd are virtue's pains;
Good Allen lives, and bounteous Brunswick reigos.
On each condition disappointments wait,
Enter the hut, and force the guarded gate.
Nor dare repine, though early friendship bieed,
From love, the world, and all its cares, he's freed.
But know, adversity's the child of God:
Whom Heaven approves of most, must feel her rod.
When smooth old Ocean, and each storm's asleep,
Then ignorance may plough the watery deep;
But when the demons of the tempest rave,

Skill must conduct the vessel through the wave.
14 Sidney, what good men envies not thy blow?
Who would not wish Anytus*-for a foe?
Intrepid virtue triumphs over fate;

* One of uie accusers of Socrates.

The good can never be unfortunate.
And be this maxim graven in thy mind;
The height of virtue is, to serve mankind.'
But when old age has silver'd n'er thy head,
When memory fails, and all thy vigour's fled,
Then mayst thou seek the stillness of retreat,
Then hear aloof the human tempest beat;
Then will I greet thee to my woodland cave,
Allay the pangs of age, and smooth thy grave.-GRAINGER,

CONTENTS.

7

9 Virtue and piety man's highest interest . . . 63

3. The injustice of an uncharit:

4. The misfortunes of men mostly charposhla
5. On disinterested friendship .
& On the immortality of the soul - -

CHAPTER V.

Descriptive Pieces.

Soct. 1. The seasons -

2. The cataract of Niagara, in Canada, North America

3. The grotto of Antiparos

The grotto of Antiparos continued

5. Earthquaku at Catanea

6. Creation - -

7. Charity • -

8. Prosperity is redoubled to a good man

9. On the beauties of the Psalms -

0. Character of Alfred, king of England

11. Character of Queen Elizabeth

12. The slavery of vice

13. The man of integrity

14. Gentleness

CHAPTER VI.

Pathetic Pieces.

Sect. 1. Trial and execution of the Farl of Strafford

2. An eminent instance of true fortitude of mind •

3. The good man's comfort in affliction -

4. The close of life - .

. 96

5. Exalted society, and the renewal of virtuous connectione two

sources of future Felicity .

5. The clemency and amiablo character of the patriarch Joseph .

7. Altamont

CHAPTER VII

Dialogues.

Sect. 1. Democritus and Heraclitus . - ' * . . . 103

2. Dionysius, Pythias, and Damon - -

. . 105

3. Locke and Bayle - - - - - • • • • -107

CHAPTER VIII.

Public Speeches.

1. Cicero against Verres - -

. 112

2. Speech of Adherbal to the Roman Senate, implcring their protec-

tion against Jugurtha -

- 115

3. The Apostle Paul's noble defence before Festus and Agrippa - 116

4. Lord Mansfield's speech in the house of Lords, 1770, on the bill

for preventing the delays of justice, by claiming the privilege of

parliament -

5. An address to young persons

CHAPTER IX.

Promiscuous Pieces.

Sect. 1. Earthquake at Calabria, in the year 1638 -

2. Letter from Pliny to Germinius -

2. Letters from Pliny to Marcellinus, on the death of an amiable

young woman - - - - - - -

4. On discretion

5. On the government of our thoughts

. . . 134

6. On the evils which flow from unrestrained passions

- 136

7. On the proper state of our temper with respect to one another 137

8. Excellence of the Holy Scriptures

.

. 139

9 Reflections occasioned by a review of the blessings, pronounced

by Christ on his disciples, in his sermon on the noun.

140

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