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'Twas gold instructed coward hearts
Whence is this wild ungrateful rant? Each sordid rascal's daily cant: Did I, base wretch! corrupt mankind? The fault's in thy rapacious mind. Because my blessings are abus'd, Must I be censur'd, curs'd, accus'd? Een Virtue's self by knaves is made A cloak to carry on the trade; And power (when lodg'd in their possession) Grows tyranny, and rank oppression. Thus, when the villain crams his chest, Gold is the canker of the breast; 'Tis av'rice, insolence, and pride, Add every shocking vice beside: But when to virtuous hands 'tis given, It blesses, like the dews of Heaven: Like Heav'n it hears the orphan's cries, And wipes the tears from widows' eyes.
Their crimes on gold shall Misers lay,
JANU ARY 20, 1779.
Thou great reviver of the Attic fire!
A CONTEMPLATION ON NIGHT. BY GA. Y.
Whether amid the gloom of Night I stray, Or my glad eyes enjoy revolving day, Still Nature's various face informs my sense Of an all-wise, all-powerful Providence, When the gay sun first breaks the shades of Night, And strikes the distant eastern hills with light, Colour returns, the plains their livery wear, And a bright verdure clothes the smiling year; The blooming flow'rs with opening beauties glow, And grazing flocks their milky fleeces show; The barren cliffs with chalky fronts arise, And a pure azure arches o'er the skies. But when the gloomy reign of Night returns, Stript of her fading pride, all Nature mourns: The trees no more their wonted verdure boast, But weep, in dewy tears, their beauty lost: No distant landscapes draw our curious eyes, Wrapt in Night's robe the whole creation lies: Yet still, even now, while darkness clothes the land, We view the traces of th' Almighty hand; Millions of stars in heaven's wide vault appear, And with new glories hang the boundless sphere: The silver moon her western couch forsakes, And o'er the skies her nightly circle makes; Her solid globe beats back the sunny rays, And to the world her borrow'd light repays.
Whether those stars, that twinkling lustre send, Are suns, and rolling worlds those suns attend, Man may conjecture, and new schemes declare— Yet all his systems but conjectures are; But this we know, that Heav'n's eternal King, Who bid this universe from nothing spring, Can at his word, bid num'rous worlds appear, And rising worlds th'all-powerful word shall hear.
When to the western main the sun descends,
When the pure soul is from the body flown, No more shall Night's alternate reign be known; The sun no more shall rolling light bestow, But from the Almighty streams of glory flow. Oh! may some nobler thought my soul employ, Than empty, transient, sublunary joy. The stars shall drop, the sun shall lose his flame, But thou, O God' for ever shine the same.
MAY-EVE, OR KATE OF ABERDEEN.
BY cunning hia M.
The silver moon's enamour'd bean
Upon the green the virgins wait,
Strike up the tabor's boldest notes,