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He, from whose hands alone all pow'r proceeds,
Ranks its abuse among the foulest deeds,
Considers all injustice with a frown;
But marks the man that treads his fellow down.
Begone-the whip and bell in that hard hand
Are hateful ensigns of usurp'd command.
Not Mexico could purchase kings a claim
To scourge him, weariness his only blame.
Remember Heav'n has an avenging rod :
To smite the poor is treason against God.
Trouble is grudgingly and hardly brook'd,
While life's sublimest joys are overlook’d:
We wander o'er a sunburnt thirsty soil,
Murm’ring and weary of our daily toil,
Forget Renjoy the palm-tree's offer'd shade,
Or taste the fountain in the neighb'ring glade:
Else who would lose, that had the pow'r † improve,
Th’occasion of transmuting fear to love?
O'tis a godlike privilege to save,
And he that scorns it is himself a slave.
Inform his mind; one flash of heav'nly day
Would heal his heart, and melt his chains away.
“ Beauty for ashes” is a gift indeed,
And slaves, by truth enlarg’d, are doubly freed.
Then would he say, submissive at thy feet,
While gratitude and love made service sweet,
My dear deliv'rer out of hopeless night,
Whose bounty bought me but to give me light,
I was a bondman on my native plain,
Sin forg'd, and Ignorance made fast, the chain;
Thy lips have shed instruction as the dew,
Taught me what path to shun, and what pursue;
Farewell my former joys! I sigh no more
For Africa's once lov'd, benighted shore ;
Serving a benefactor I am free;
At my best home, if not exild from thee.
Some men make gain a fountain, whenee proceeds
A stream of lib'ral and heroick deeds;
The swell of pity, not to be confin'd
Within the scanty limits of the mind,
Disdains the bank, and throws the golden sands
A rich deposit, on the bord'ring lands :
These have an ear for his paternal call,
Who makes some rich for the supply of all ;
God's gift with pleasure in his praise employ ;
And Thornton is familiar with the joy.
O could I worship aught beneath the skies, That earth has seen, or fancy can devise, Thine altar, sacred Liberty, should stand, Built by no mercenary yulgar hand, With fragrant turf, and flow'rs as wild and fair As ever dress'd a bank, or scented summer air. Duly, as ever on the mountain's height The peep of Morning shed a dawning light, Again, when Ev’ning, in her sober vest, Drew the gray eurtain of the fading west, My soul should yield thee willing thanks and praise, For the chief blessings of my fairest days : But that were sacrilege-praise is not thine, But his who gave thee, and preserves thee mine: Else I would say, and as I spake bid fly A captive bird into the boundless sky, This triple realm adores thee-thou art come Prom Sparta hither, and art here at home.
We feel thy force still active, at this hour
Enjoy immunity from priestly pow'r,
While Conscience, happier than in ancient years,
Owns no superiour but the God she fears.
Propitious spirit! yet expunge a wrong
Thy rights have suffer'd, and our land, too long.
Teach mercy to ten thousand hearts, that share
The fears and hopes of a commercial care.
Prisons expect the wicked, and were built
To bind the lawless, and to punish guilt ;
But shipwreck, earthquake, battle, fire, and flood,
Are mighty mischiefs, not to be withstood;
And honest Merit stands on slipp’ry ground,
Where covert guile and artifice abound.
Let just Restraint, for publick peace design'd,
Chain up the wolves and tigers of mankind ;
The foe of virtue has no claim to thee,
But let insolvent Innocence go free.
Patron of else the most despis’d of men,
Accept the tribute of a stranger's pen;
Verse, like the laurel; its immortal meed,
Should be the guerdon of a noble deed;
I may alarm thee, but I fear the shame
(Charity chosen as my theme and aim)
I must incur, forgetting Howard's name.
Blest with all wealth can give thee, to resign
Joys doubly sweet to feelings quick as thine,
To quit the bliss thy rural scenes bestow,
To seek a nobler amidst scenes of wo,
To traverse seas, range kingdoms, and bring home,
Not the proud monuments of Greece or Rome,
But knowledge such as only dungeons teach,
And only sympathy like thine could reach ;
Thạt grief, sequester'd from the publick stage,
Might smooth her feathers, and enjoy her cage;
Speaks a divine ambition, and a zeal,
The boldest patriot might be proud to feel.
O that the voice of clamour and debate,
That pleads for peace till it disturbs the state,
Were hush'd in favour of thy gen'rous plea,
The poor thy clients, and Heav'n's smile thy fee!
Philosophy, that does not dream or stray,
Walks arm in arm with Nature all his way;
Compasses earth, dives into it, ascends
Whatever steep Inquiry recommends,
Sees planetary wonders smoothly roll
Round other systems under her control,
Drinks wisdom at the milky stream of light,
T'hat cheers the silent journey of the night,
And brings at his return a bosom charg'd
With rich instruction, and a soul enlarg’d.
The treasur'd sweets of the capacious plan,
That Heav'n spreads wide before the view of man,
All prompt his pleas'd pursuit, and to pursue
Still prompt him, with a pleasure always new;
He too has a connecting pow'r, and draws
Man to the centre of the common cause,
Aiding a dubious and deficient sight
With a new medium and a purer light.
All truth is precious, if not all divine ;
Aud what dilates pow'rs must needs refine.
He reads the skies, and, watching ev'ry change,
Provides the faculties an ampler range;
And wins mankind, as his attempts prevail, A prouder station on the gen'ral scale. But Reason still, unless divinely taught, Whate'er she learns, learns nothing as she ought; The lamp of revelation only shows, What human wisdom cannot but oppose, That man, in nature's richest mantle clad And grac'd with all philosophy can add, Though fair without, and luminous within, Is still the progeny and heir of sin. Thus taught, down falls the plu nage of his pride ; He feels his need of an unerring guide, And knows that falling he shall rise no more, Unless the pow'r that bade him stand restore. This is indeed philosophy ; this known Makes wisdom, worthy of the name, his own; And, without this, whatever he discuss; Whether the space between the stars and us; Whether he measure earth, compute the sea; Weigh sunbeains, carve a fly, or spit a flea; The solemn trifler with his boasted skill Toils much, and is a solemn triffer still: Blind was he born, and his misguided eyes Grown dm in trifling studies, blind he dies. Self-knowledge truly learn’d of course implies The rich possession of a nobler prize; For self to self, and God to man reveald, (l'wo themes to Nature's eye for ever seald) Are taught by rays, that fly with equal pace From the same centre of enlight’ning grace. Here stay thy foot; how eopious, and how clear, Tb'o'erflowing well of Charity springs here!