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While others, consecrate to higher aims,

Whose hailow'd bosoms glow with purer flame?,

Love in their heart, persuasion in their tongue,

With words of peace shall charm the list'ning throng,

Draw the dread veil that wraps th' eternal throne,

And launch our souls into the bright unknown.

Mrs. Barbauld.

CHAP. XII.

ODE TO CONTENT.

O THOU, the Nymph with placid eye!
O seldom found, yet ever nigh!

Receive my temperate vow:
Not all the storms that shake the pole
Can e'er disturb thy halcyon soul,

And smooth unalter'd brow.

O come, in simplest vest array'd,
With all thy sober cheer display'd

To bless my longing sight;
Thy mien compos'd, thy even pace,
Thy meek regard, thy matron grace,

And Chaste subdu'd delight.

No more by vaiying passions beat,
O gently guide my pilgrim feet

To find thy hermit cell;
Where in some pure and equal skjr,
Beneath thy soft indulgent eye

The modest virtues dwell. •

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Simplicity in Attic vest,
And Innocence with candid breast,
To find thy hermit cell;

'Where in some pure and equal sky
Beneath thy soft indulgent eye
The modest virtues dwell.

Simplicity in Attic vest, x

And Innocence with candid breast,

And clear undaunted eye;
And Hope, who points to distant years,
Fair op'ning thro' this vale of tears

A vista to the sky.

Their Health, thro' whose calm bosom glide
The temperate joys in even tide,

That rarely ebb or flow;
And patience there, thy sister meek,
Presents her mild, unvarying cheek

To meet the offer'd blow.

Her influence taught the Phrygian sage
A tyrant master's wanton rage

With settled smiles to meet;
Inur'd to toil and bitter bread,
He bow'd his meek submitted head,

And kiss'd thy sainted feet.

But thou, oh Nymph retir'd and coy!
In what brown hamlet dost thou joy

To tell thy tender tale?
The lowliest children of the ground,
-Moss-rose and violet blossom round, *

And lily of the vale.

0 say what soft propitious hour

1 best may chuse \p hail thy power,

And court thy gentle sway?
When Autumn, friendly to the Muse,
Shall thy own modest tints diffuse,

And shed thy milder day.
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When Eve, her dewy star beneath,
Thy balmy spirit loves to breathe,

And every storm, is laid;
If such an hour was e'er thy choice,
Oft let me hear thy soothing voice

Low whispering through the shade.

Mrs. Barbauld.

Chap. XIII.

ODE TO FEAR.

THOU, to whom the world unknown
"With all its shadowy shapes is shown,
Who seest appall'd th' unreal scene,
While fancy lifts the veil between:

Ah Fear! ah frantic Fear!

I see, I see thee near.
I know thy hurried step, thy haggard eye!
Like thee I start, like thee disordei'd fly.
For lo, what monsters in thy train appear!
Danger, whose limbs of giant mould
What mortal eye can fix'd behold?
Who stalks his round, an hiedious form,
Howling amidst the midnight storm,
Or throws him on the ridgy steep
Of some loose hanging rock to sleep:
And with him thousand phantoms join'd,
Who prompt to deeds accurs'd the mind:
And those, the fiends, who near allied,
O'er Nature's wound, and wrecks prSside J
While Vengeance, in the lurid air,
Lifts her red arm, expos'd and bare:
On whom that ravening brood of fate,,
Who lap the blood of sorrow, wait:

Who, Fear, this ghastly train can see,
And look not madly wild, like thee?

Thou who such weary lengths hast past,
Where wilt thou rest, mad Nymph, at last? >
Say, wilt thou shroud in haunted cell,
Where gloomy rape and Murder dwell?
Or in some hollow'd seat,
'Gainst which the big waves beat,
Hear drowning seamen's cries in tempest brought!
Dark power, with shuddering meek submitted thought!
Be mine, to read the visions old,
Which thy awakening bards have told,
And, lest thou meet my blasted view,
Hold each strange tale devoutly true;
Ne'er be I found, by thee o'er-aw'd,
In that thrice hallow'd eve abroad,
When ghosts, as cottage maids believe,
Their pebbled beds permitted leave,
And goblins haunt from fire, or fen,
Or mine, or flood, the walks of men!

O thou whose spirit most possest
The sacred seat of Shakspeare's breast;
By all that from thy prophet broke,
In thy divine emotions spoke!
Hither again thy fury deal,
Teach me but once like him to feel;
His cypress wreath my meed decree,
And I, 0 Fear 1 will dwell with tbee.

Collins.

CHAP. XIV.

ODE TO TRUTH.

SAY, will no white-rob'd Son of Light,
Swift darting from his heav'nly height,

Here deign to take his hallow'd stand;
Here wave his amber locks; unfold
His pinions cloth'd with downy gold; ,
Here smiling stretch his tutelary wand?

And you, ye host of Saints, for ye have known
Each dreary path in Life's perplexing maze,

Tho' now ye circle yon eternal throne, With harpings high of inexpressive praise,

Will not your train descend in radiant state, To break with Mercy's beam this gathering cloud of Fate? 'Tia silence all. No Son of Light Darts swiftly from his heav'nly height:

No train of radiant Saints descend. "Mortals, in vain ye hope to find, "If guilt, if fraud has stain'd your mind, "Or saint to hear, or Angel to defend." So Truth proclaims. I hear the sacred sound Burst from the center of her burning throne:

Where aye she sits with star-wreath'd lustre crownM; A bright Sun clasps her adamantine zone.

So Truth proclaims ; her awful voice I hear: With many a solemn pause it slowly meets my ear.

"Attend, ye sons of Men; attend, and say,

Does not enough of my refulgent ray

Break thro' the veil of your mortality?

Say, does not reason in this form descry Unnumber'd, nameless glories, that surpass The Angel's floating pomp, the Seraph's glowing grace?

Shall then your earth-born daughters vie

With me ? Shall she, whose brightest eye
But emulates the Diamond's blaze,

Whose cheek but mocks the peach's bloom,

Whose breath the hyacinth's perfume, Whose melting voice the warbling woodlark's

Shall she be dem'd my rival? Shall a form Of elemental dro&sy of mould'ring clay,

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