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Then hail, sweet Fancy's ray! and hail the dream
'I cannot blame thy choice/ the sage replied,
'Fancy enervates, while it soothes, the heart,
'And yet, alas! the real ills of life
Claim the full vigour of a mind prepared,
Prepared for patient, long, laborious strife,
Its guide experience, and truth its guard.
We fare on earth as other men have fared.
Were they successful? Let us not despair.
Was disappointment oft their sole reward?
Yet shall their tale instruct, if it declare [bear.
How they have borne the load ourselves are doon/d to 'What charms th' historic Muse adorn, from spoili,
And blood, and tyrants, when she wings her flight.
To hail the patriot prince, whose pious toils
Sacred to science, liberty, and right,
And peace, through every age divinely bright
Shall shine the boast and wonder of mankind!
Sees yonder Sun, from his meridian height,
A lovelier scene, than virtue thus enshrined
In power, and man with man for mutuai aid combined?
'Hail sacred Polity, by Freedom rear'd!
Hail sacred Freedom, when by law reslrain'd!
Without you what were man? A groveling herd,
In darkness, wretchedness, and want enchain'd.
Sublimed by you, the Greek and Roman reign'd
In arts unrivall'd: O, to latest days
In Albion may your influence unprofaned
To godlike worth the generous bosom raise,
And prompt the sage's lore, and fire the poet's lays!
'But now let other themes our care engage.
For lo, with modest yet majestic grace,
To curb Imagination's lawless rage,
And from within the cherish'd heart to brace
Philosophy appears! The gloomy race
By Indolence and moping Fancy bred,
Fear, Discontent, Solicitude, give place,
And Hope and Courage brighten in their stead,
While on the kindling soul her vital beams are shed
* Then waken from long lethargy to life*
* The influence of the phiiosophic spirit in humanizing the mind, and preparing it tor im< Hernial exertion and uVlirate pleasure;—in exploring, by the help rf gromerry, the system of the unnerst ;—in banishing superstition :—in promoting navigation, agriculture, medicine, and moral ana political scitucs.
With fell revenge, lust that defies control,
With gluttony :nd death. The mind untaught
Is a dark waste, where fiends and tempests howl:
As Phoebus to the world, is science to the soul.
'And reason now through number, time, and space,
Darts the keen lustre of her serious eye,
And learns, from facts compared, the laws to trace,
Whose long progression leads to Deity.
Can mortal strength presume to soar so high!
Can mortal sight, so oft bedim m'd with tears,
Such glory bear!—for lo, the shadows fly
From Nature's face; confusion disappears,
And order charms the eye, and harmony the ears!
* In the deep windings of the grove, no more
Nor bids the noise of drums and trur^pers swell,
* And ev'n where Nature loads the teeming plaia
Her bounty, unimproved is deadly bane:
Stretch their enormous gloom; which to explore
''Twas from Philosophy man learn'd to tame
The soil, by plenty to intemperance fed.
Lo, from the echoing axe, and thunder flame,
Poison and plague and yelling rage are fled!
The waters, bursting from their slimy bed,
Bring health and melody to every vale:
And, from the breezy main, and mountain's head,
Ceres and Flora, to the sunny dale,
To fan their glowing charms, invite the fluttering gale.
'What dire necessities on every hand
Our art, our strength, our fortitude require'.
Of foes intestine what a numerous band
Against this little throb of life conspire!
Yet Science can elude their fatal ire
Awhile, and turn aside Death's leveil'd dart,
Soothe the sharp pang, allay the fever's fire,
And brace the nerves once more, and cheer the heart,
And yet a few soft nights and balmy days impart.
'Nor less to regulate man's moral frame
'What cannot Art and Industry perform.
'' Tis he alone, whose comprehensive mind,
Enraptured by the hermit's strain, the youth
Nor love of novelty alone inspires