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Fool, dost thou think he'd revel on the store, Absolve the care of Heav'n, nor ask for more? Though waters flow'd, flow'rs bloom'd, and Phoebus shone, He'd sigh, he'd murmur, that he was alone. For know, the Maker on the human breast, A sense of kindred, country, man, impress'd. 11 Though nature's works the ruling mind declare, And well deserve inquiry's serious care, The God, (whate'er misanthropy may say,) Shines, beams in man with most unclouded ray. What boots it thee to fly from pole to pole? Hang o'er the sun, and with the planets roll? What boots through space's furthest bourns to roam? If thou, O man, a stranger art at home. Then know thyself, the human mind survey; The use, the pleasure, will the toil repay. 12 Nor study only, practice what you know; Your life, your knowledge, to mankind you owe. With Plato's olive wreath the bays entwine; Those who in study, should in practice shine. Say, does the learned lord of Hagley's shade, Charm man so much by mossy fountains laid, As when arous'd, he stems corruption's course, And shakes the senate with a Tully's force? When freedom gasp'd beneath a Caesar's feet, Then public virtue might to shades retreat: But where she breathes, the least may useful be, And freedom, Britain, still belongs to thee. 13 Though man's ungrateful, or though fortune frown ; Is the reward of worth a song, or crown? Nor yet unrecompens'd are virtue's pains; Good Allen lives, and bounteous Brunswick reigns. On each condition disappointments wait, Enter the hut, and force the guarded gate. Nor dare repine, though early friendship bleed, From love, the world, and all its cares, he's freed. But know, adversity's the child of God:
Whom Heaven approves of most, must feel her rod.
* One of the accusers of Socrates.
The good can never be unfortunate.
PIECES IN PROSE.
Select Sentences and Paragraphs.
4. The misfortunes of men mostly chargeable on themselves
6. On the immortality of the soul
Sect. 1. The seasons
PIECES IN POETRY.
Select Sentences and Paragraphs.
5. A paraphrase on the latter part of the 6th chapter
10. That philosophy, which stops at secondary causes,
11. Indignant sentiments on national prejudices and hatred;
Sect. 1. The morning in summer,
2. Rural sounds, as well as rural sights, delightful,
4. Care of birds for their young,
5. Liberty and slavery contrasted,
6. Charity. A paraphrase on the 18th chapter of the
Sect. 1. The hermit,
7. Picture of a good man,
8. The pleasures of retirement,
9. The pleasure and benefit of an improved and well-
Sect. 1. Ode to content,
2. The beggar's petition,
5. Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk,
7. A man perishing in the snow; from whence reflec-
& A morning hymn,
17. On an infant,
2. The shepherd and the philosopher,
5. The Creator's works attest his greatness,
7. The pursuit of happiness often ill directed,
8. The fire-side, .
9. Providence vindicated in the present state of man,
10. Selfishness reproved,
11. Human frailty,
12. Ode to peace,.
13. Ode to adversity,
14. The Creation required to praise its Author,
15. The universal prayer,.
18. The cuckoo,
19. Day. A pastoral in three parts,
21. Confidence in Divine protection
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