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Yonder azure vault on high,
Yonder blue, low, liquid sky,
Earth on its firm basis placed,
And with circling waves embraced,
All-creating Power confess,
All their mighty Maker bless.
Thou shakest all nature with thy nod,
Sea, earth, and air, confess thee God!
Yet does thy powerful hand sustain
Both air and heaven, both firm and main.

Scarce can our daring thoughts arise
To thy pavilion in the skies;
Nor can Plato's self declare

The bliss, the joy, the rapture there.
Barren above thou dost not reign,
But circled with a glorious train,
The sons of God, the sons of light,

Ever joying in thy sight

(For thee their silver harps are strung);

Ever beauteous, ever young.

Angelic forms their voices raise,

And through heaven's arch resound thy praise.

The feather'd fowls that skim the air,
And bathe in liquid ether there;
The lark, precentor of the choir,
Leading them higher still and higher,
Listen and learn; the' angelic notes
Repeating in their warbling throats,
And ere to soft repose they go,
Teach them to their lords below:
On the green turf, their mossy nest,
The evening anthem swells their breast.

Thus, like thy golden chain from high,
Thy praise unites the earth and sky.

Source of light! thou bidst the sun
On his burning axle run;

The stars like dust around him fly,
And strew the area of the sky.
He drives so swift his race above,
Mortals can't perceive him move:
So smooth his course, oblique or straight,
Olympus shakes not with his weight.
And as the queen of solemn night
Fills at his vase the orb of light,
Imparted lustre: thus we see
The solar virtue shines by thee.

Eiresione we'll no more, Imaginary power, adore; Since oil, and wool, and cheerful wine, And life-sustaining bread are thine.

Thy herbage, O great Pan, sustains The flocks that graze our Attic plains: The olive, with fresh verdure crown'd, Rises pregnant from the ground; At thy command it shoots and springs, And a thousand blessings brings. Minerva, only is thy mind, Wisdom, and bounty to mankind. The fragrant thyme, the blooming rose, Herb and flower, and shrub that grows On Thessalian Tempe's plain, Or where the rich Sabeans reign,

That treat the taste, or smell, or sight,
For food, for medicine, or delight;
Planted by thy parent care,
Spring, and smile, and flourish there.

O ye nurses of soft dreams, Reedy brooks, and winding streams, Or murmuring o'er the pebbles sheen, Or sliding through the meadows green, Or where through matted sedge you creep, Traveling to your parent deep: Sound his praise by whom ye rose,

That sea which neither ebbs nor flows.

0 immortal woods and groves, ye Which the' enamour'd student loves; Beneath whose venerable shade, For thought and friendly converse made, Famed Hecadem, old hero, lies, Whose shrine is shaded from the skies, And through the gloom of silent night Projects from far its trembling light. You, whose roots descend as low, As high in air branches grow: your Your leafy arms to heaven extend, Bend your heads, in homage bend: Cedars and pines, that wave above, And the oak beloved of Jove.

Omen, monster, prodigy,
Or nothing are, or Jove from thee!
Whether various nature play,
Or reinversed thy will obey,

And to rebel man declare
Famine, plague, or wasteful war.
Laugh, ye profane, who dare despise
The threatening vengeance of the skies,
Whilst the pious, on his guard,
Undismay'd is still prepared:
Life or death, his mind's at rest,
Since what thou send'st must needs be best.
No evil can from thee proceed :
"Tis only suffer'd, not decreed;
Darkness is not from the sun,
Nor mount the shades till he is gone:
Then does night obscene arise
From Erebus, and fill the skies;
Fantastic forms the air invade,
Daughters of nothing and of shade.

Can we forget thy guardian care, Slow to punish, prone to spare! Thou break'st the haughty Persian's pride That dared old Ocean's power deride; Their shipwrecks strew'd the' Euboean wave, At Marathon they found a grave. 0 ye bless'd Greeks who there expired, For Greece with pious ardour fired, What shrines or altars shall we raise To secure your endless praise? Or need we monuments supply, To rescue what can never die!

And yet a greater hero far
(Unless great Socrates could err),
Shall rise to bless some future day,
And teach to live, and teach to pray.

Come, unknown Instructor, come!
Our leaping hearts shall make thee room:
Thou with Jove our vow shalt share,
Of Jove and Thee We are the care.

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O Father, King whose heavenly face
Shines serene all thy race;
We thy magnificence adore,
And thy well known and implore;
Nor vainly for thy help we call;
Nor can we want, for thou art all!


C. Whittingham, College House, Chiswick.

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