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ON A SIMILAR OCCASION,
FOR THE YEAR 1792.
Felix, qui potuit rerum cognocere causas,
Happy the mortal, who has traced effects
THANKLESS for favours from on high,
Man thinks he fades too soon ; Though 'tis his privilege to die,
Would he improve the boon.
But he, not wise enough to scan
His best concerns aright,
To ages, if he might :
To ages in a world of pain,
To ages, where he goes
And hopeless of repose.
Strange fondness of the human heart,
Enamoured of its harm!
And still has power to charm.
Whence has the world her magic power
Why deem we death a foe? Recoil from weary life's best hour,
And covet longer woe?
The cause is Conscience---Conscience oft
Her tale of guilt renews :
And dread of death ensues.
Then anxious to be longer spared
Man mourns his feeting breath :
With the approach of death.
That prompts the wish to stay :
And must despair to pay.
Pay !---follow Christ, and all is paid;
His death your peace insures ;
And calm descend to your's.
ON A SIMILAR OCCASION,
FOR THE YEAR 1793.
De sacris autem hæc sit una sententia, ut conserventur.
Cic. de Leg. But let us all concur in this one sentiment, that things sacred
HE lives who lives to God alone,
And all are dead beside;
Whence life can be supplied.
To live to God is to requite
His love as best we may:
His promises our stay.
But life, within a narrow ring
Of giddy joys comprised,
But rather death disguised.
Can life in them deserve the name,
Who only live to prove
An endless life above?
Who, much diseased, yet nothing feel;
Much menaced, nothing dread; Have wounds, which only God can heal,
Yet never ask his aid?
Who deem his house a useless place,
Faith, want of common sense; And ardour in the Christian race,
A hypocrite's pretence ?
Who trample order, and the day
Which God asserts his own Dishonour, with unhallowed play,
And worship chance alone ?
If scorn of God's commands, impressed
On word and deed, imply
With life that cannot die;
Such want it, and that want uncured
Till man resigns his breath, Speaks him a criminal, assured
Of everlasting death."
Sad period to a pleasant course!
Yet so will God repay
And mercy cast away.
THE TOMB OF MR. HAMILTON.
Cons life's silent clock, thy bounding vein;
THE FOUR AGES.
A BRIEF FRAGMENT OF AN EXTENSIVE PRO
“I COULD be well content, allowed the use
Thus, while grey evening lulled the wind, and called
“ Couldst thou in truth? and art thou taught at length 66 This wisdom, and but for this ? from all the past ? * Is not the pardon of thy long arrear, 66 Time wasted, violated laws, abuse
Of talents, judgements, mercies, better far “ Than opportunity vouchsafed to err “With less excuse, and haply, worse effect?"
I heard and acquiesced : then to and fro
Knows he his origin? can he ascend
It is an evil incident to man,
THE QUEEN'S VISIT TO LONDON,
THE NIGHT OF THE 17TH MARCH, 1789.
WHEN, long sequestered from his throne,
George took his seat again,
Entitled here to reign.
Then, Loyalty, with all his lamps,
New-trimmed, a gallant show!
Set London in a glow.