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Ingenious Art, with her expressive face,
Steps forth to fashion and refine the race;
Not only fills necessity's demand,
But overcharges her capacious hand:

Capricious taste itself can crave no more
Than she supplies from her abounding store :
She strikes out all that luxury can ask,
And gains new vigour at her endless task.
Her's is the spacious arch, the shapely spire, 105
The painter's pencil, and the poet's lyre ;
From her the canvass borrows light and shade,
And verse, more lasting, hues that never fade.
She guides the finger o'er the dancing keys,
Gives difficulty all the grace of ease,

110 And pours a torrent of sweet notes around, Fast as the thirsting ear can drink the sound.

These are the gifts of Art, and Art thrives most Where Commerce has enrich'd the busy coast. He catches all improvements in his flight, 115 Spreads foreign wonders in his country's sight. Imports what others have invented well, And stirs his own to match them, or excel. 'Tis thus reciprocating, each with each, Alternately the nations learn and teach;

120 While Providence enjoins to ev'ry soul A union with the vast terraqueous whole.

Heav'n speed the canvass, gallantly unfurl'd
To furnish and accommodate a world,
To give the pole the produce of the sun,

And knit th' unsocial climates into one.--
Soft airs and gentle heavings of the wave
Impel the fleet, whose orrand is to save,
To succour wasted regions, and replace
The smile of Opulence in Sorrow's face.- 130
Let nothing adverse, nothing unforeseen,
Impede the bark, that ploughs the deep serene.
Charg'd with a freight, transcending in its worth
The gems of India, Nature's rarest birth,


That flies, like Gabriel on his Lord's commands, 135
A herald of God's love to pagan lands.
But ah! what wish can prosper, or what pray’r,
For merchants rich in cargoes of despair,
Who drive a loathsome traffick, gauge, and span,
And buy the muscles and the bones of man ?

The tender ties of father, husband, friend,
All bonds of nature in that moment end ;
And each endures, while yet he draws his breath,
A stroke as fatal as the scythe of death.
The sable warriour, frantick with regret

145 Of her he loves, and never can forget, Loses in tears the far-receding shore, But not the thought, that they must meet no more ; Depriv'd of her and freedom at a blow, What has he left, that he can yet forego ?

150 Yes, to deep sadness sullenly resign’d, He feels his body's bondage in his mind; Puts off his gen'rous nature ; and, to suit His manners with his fate, puts on the brute. O most degrading of all ills, that wait

155 On man, a mourner in his best estate ! All other sorrows Virtue may endure, And find submission more than half a cure Grief is itself a med'cine, and bestow'd T' improve the fortitude that bears the load, 160 To teach the wand'rer, as his woes increase, The path of Wisdom, all whose paths are peace; But slav'ry Virtue dreads it as her grave : Patience itself is meanness in a slave ; Or if the will and sov'reignty of God

165 Bid suffer it awhile, and kiss the rod, Wait for the dawning of a brighter day, And snap

the chain the moment when you may. Nature imprints upon whate'er we see, That has a heart and life in it, Be free:

170 The beasts are charter'd-neither age nor force Can quell the love of freedom in a horse :


He breaks the cord, that held him at the rack;
And conscious of an unencumber'd back,
Snwls up the morning air, forgets the rein ; 175
Loose fly his forelock and his ample mane ;
Responsive to the distant neigh he neighs ;
Nor stops till, overleaping all delays,
He finds the pasture where his fellows graze.

Canst thou, and honour'd with a Christian name,
Buy what is woman born, and feel no shame ;
Trade in the blood of innocence, and plead
Expedience as a warrant for the deed ?
So may the wolf, whom famine has made bold
To quit the forest and invade the fold:

185 So

may the ruffian, who with ghostly glide,
Dagger in hand, steals close to your bedside ;
Not he, but his emergence, forc'd the door,
He found it inconvenient to be poor.
Has God then giv'n its sweetness to the cane,

Unless his laws be trampled on—in vain ?
Built a brave world, which cannot yet subsist,
Unless his right to rule it be dismiss'd ?
Impudent blasphemy ! So Folly pleads,
And Av'rice being judge, with ease succeeds. 195

But grant the plea, and let it stand for just,
That man makes man his prey, because he must ;
Still there is room for pity to abate
And sooth the sorrows of so sad a state.
A Briton knows, or if he knows it not,

The scripture plac'd within his reach, he ought,
That souls have no discriminating hue,
Alike important in their Maker's view;
That none are free from blemish since the fall,
And Love divine has paid one price for all. 205
The wretch that works and weeps without relief,
Has one that notices his silent grief.
He, from whose hands alone all pow'r proceeds,
Ranks its abuse among the foulest deeds,





Considers all injustice with a frown;

210 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. 215 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 sun-burnt thirsty soil,

220 Muriu’ring and weary of our daily toil, Forget t' enjoy the palm-tree's offer'd shade, Or taste the fountain in the neighbouring glade : Else who would lose that had the pow'r to improve : The 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 heavenly day Would heal his heart, and melt his chains away. “ Beauty for ashes” is a gift indeed,

230 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, 235 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

240 For Africa's once lov’d, benighted shore ; Serving a benefactor I am free ; At my best home, if not exil'd from thee. Some men make gain a fountain, whence proceeds A stream of lib’ral and heroick deeds;

245 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 vulgar 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 curtain of the fading west,
My soul should yield thee willing thanks and praise,
For the chief blessings of my fairest days: 265
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 270
From 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.

275 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

280 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



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