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ODE TO PEACE.
I. COME, peace of mind, delightful guest! Return, and make thy downy nest Once more in this sad heart: Nor riches I nor pow'r pursue, Nor hold forbidden joys in view; We therefore need not part. II
Where wilt thou dwell, if not with me,
And pleasure's fatal wiles?
The banquet of thy smiles?
The great, the gay, shall they partake The heav'n, that thou alone canst make?
And wilt thou quit the stream, '' That murmurs through the dewy mead, The grove and the sequester'd shed,
To be a guest with them
For thee I panted, thee I priz'd,
Whate’er I lov’d before ;
Farewell! we meet no more ?
I. WEAK and irresolute is man; The purpose of to-day, Woven with pains into his plan, To-morrow rends away. II. The bow well bent, and smart the spring, Vice seems already slain; But Passion rudely snaps the string, And it revives again. - III. Some foe to his upright intent Finds out his weaker part; Virtue engages his assent, But Pleasure wins his heart. IV. 'Tis here the folly of the wise Through all his art we view; And, while his tongue the charge denies, His conscience owns it true. V. Bound on a voyage of awful length And dangers little known, A stranger to superiour strength, Man vainly trusts his own. VI. But oars alone can ne'er prevail, To reach the distant coast; The breath of heav'n must swell the sail, Or all the toil is lost.
THE MODERN PATRIOT.
REBELLION is my theme all day;
on OBSERVING SOME NAMES OF LITTLE NOTE
THE BIOGRAPHIA BRITANNICA,
OH, fond attempt to give a deathlessldt
OF AN ADJUDGED CASE, NOT TO BE FOUND IN ANY OF THE BOOKS.
I. BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contestarose, The spectacles set them unhappily wrong; The point in dispute was, as all the world knows, To which the said spectacles ought to belong. II. So Tongue was the lawyer, and argu'd the cause With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning; While chief baron Ear sat to balance the laws, So fam'd for his talent in nicely discerning. III. In behalf of the Nose it will quickly appear, And your lordship, he said, will undoubtedly find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear, Which amounts to possession time out of mind. IV. Then holding the spectacles up to the court— Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle, As wide as the ridge of the Nose is; in short, Design'd to sit close to it, just like a saddle. V. Again, would your lordship a moment suppose ('Tis a case that has happen'd, and may be again)