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Rouse all your courage at your utmost need ;
Now summon every virtue-stand, and plead.
What ! silent? Is your boasting heard no more?
That self-renouncing wisdom, learn'd before,
Had shed immortal glories on your brow,
That all your virtues cannot purchase now.

All joy to the believer! He can speak
Trembling, yet happy ; confident, yet meek.

Since the dear hour that brought me to thy foot, And cut up all my follies by the root, I never trusted in an arm but thine, Nor hop'd, but in thy righteousness divine : My prayers and alms, imperfect and defild, Were but the feeble efforts of a child ; Howe'er perform’d, it was their brightest part, That they proceeded from a grateful heart : Cleans'd in thine own all-purifying blood, Forgive their evil, and accept their good. I cast them at thy feet-my only plea

Is what it was dependence upon thee : While struggling in the vale of tears below, That never fail'd, nor shall it fail me now.

Angelic gratulations rend the skies : Pride falls unpitied, never more to rise ; Humility is crown'd ; and faith receives the prize. J EXPOSTULATION.

Tantane, tam patiens, nullo certamine tolli
Dona sines ?


W HY weeps the muse for England ? What appears In England's case to move the muse to tears ? From side to side of her delightful isle Is she not cloth'd with a perpetual smile? Can nature add a charm, or art confer A new-found luxury, not seen in her ? Where under heaven, is pleasure more pursued ? Or where does cold reflection less intrude ? Her fields a rich expanse of wavy corn, Pour'd out from plenty's overflowing horn ; Ambrosial gardens, in which art supplies The fervour and the force of Indian skies; Her peaceful shores, where busy commerce waits To pour his golden tide through all her gates ; Whom fiery suns, that scorch the russet spice Of eastern groves, and oceans foor'd with ice, Forbid, in vain, to push his daring way To darker climes, or climes of brighter day ; Whom the winds waft where'er the billows roll, From the world's girdle to the frozen pole ;

The chariots, bounding on her wheel-worn streets;
Her vaults below, where every vintage meets ;
Her theatres, her revels, and her sports ;
The scenes to which not youth alone resorts,
But age, in spite of weakness and of pain,
Still haunts, in hope to dream of youth again ;
All speak her happy, let the muse look round
From east to west, no sorrow can be found ;
Or only what, in cottages confin'd,
Sighs unregarded to the passing wind.
Then wherefore weep for England ? What appears
in England's case to move the muse to tears?

The prophet wept for Israel ; wish'd his eyes
Were fountains fed with infinite supplies :
For Israel dealt in robbery and wrong ;
There were the scorner's and the slanderer's tongue;
Oaths, us’d as playthings or convenient tools,
As interest bias'd knaves, or fashion fools ;
Adultery, neighing at his neighbour's door ;
Oppression, labouring hard to grind the poor ;
The partial balance, and deceitful weight;
The treacherous smile, a mask for secret hate ;
Hypocrisy, formality in prayer,
And the dull service of the lip, were there.
Her women, insolent and self-caress’d,
By vanity's unwearied finger dress’d,
Forgot the blush that virgin fears impart
To modest cheeks, and borrow'd one from art;
Were just such trifles, without worth or use,
As silly pride and idleness produce i
TOL. !.

Curl'd, scented, furbelow'd, and founc'd around,
With feet too delicate to touch the ground,

They stretch'd the neck, and roll'd the wanton eye;
And sigh’d for every fool that flutter'd by.

He saw his people slaves to every lust, Lewd, avaricious, arrogant, unjust; He heard the wheels of an avenging God Groan heavily along the distant road; Saw Babylon set wide her two-leav'd brass To let the military deluge pass ! Jerusalem.a prey, her glory soil'd, Her princes captive, and her treasure spoil'd; Wept till all Israel heard his bitter cry; Stamp'd with his foot ; and smote upon his thigh: But wept, and stamp'd, and smote his thigh in vain Pleasure is deaf when told of future pain, And sounds prophetic are too rough to suit Ears long accustom'd to the pleasing luteThey scorn'd his inspiration and his theme : Pronounc'd him frantic, and his fears a dream ; With self-indulgence wing'd the fleeting hours, Till the foe found them, and down fell the towers.

Long time Assyria bound them in her chain ;
Till penitence had purg'd the public stain,
And Cyrus, with relenting pity mov'd,
Return'd them happy to the land they lov’d:
There, proof against prosperity, awhile
They stood the test of her ensnaring smile ;

And had the grace, in scenes of peace, to show
The virtue they had learn’d in scenes of woe.
But man is frail, and can but ill sustain
A long immunity from grief and pain ;
And, after all the joys that plenty leads,
With tip-toe step vice silently succeeds.

When he that rul'd them with a shepherd's rod, In form a man, in dignity a God, Came, not expected in that humble guise, To sift and search them with unerring eyes, He found, conceal'd beneath a fair outside, The filth of rottenness and worm of pride ; Their piety a system of deceit, Scripture employ'd to sanctify the cheat ; The pharisee the dupe of his own art, Self-idoliz'd, and yet a knave at heart !

When nations are to perish in their sins; 'Tis in the church the leprosy begins. The priest, whose office is, with zeal sincere, To watch the fountain and preserve it clear, Carelessly nods and sleeps upon the brink, While others poison what the flock must drink; Or, waking at the call of lust alone, Infuses lies and errors of his own. His unsuspecting sheep believe it pure; And, tainted by the very means of cure, Catch from each other a contagious spot, The foul forerunner of a general rot.

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