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Not from the naked Heart alone of Man
(Though claiming high distinction upon earth
As the sole spring and fountain-head of tears,
His own peculiar utterance for distress
Or gladness)-No," the philosophic Priest
Continued, "'t is not in the vital seat
Of feeling to produce them, without aid
From the pure soul, the soul sublime and pure;
With her two faculties of eye and ear

The one by which a creature, whom his sins
Have rendered prone, can upward look to heaven;
The other that empowers him to perceive
The voice of Deity, on height and plain,

Whispering those truths in stillness, which the WORD,
To the four quarters of the winds, proclaims.
Not without such assistance could the use
Of these benign observances prevail :

Thus are they born, thus fostered, thus maintained,
And by the care prospective of our wise
Forefathers, who, to guard against the shocks
The fluctuation and the decay of things,
Embodied and established these high truths
In solemn institutions :-men convinced
That life is love and immortality,

The being one, and one the element,
There lies the channel, and original bed,
From the beginning, hollowed out and scooped
For Man's affections-else betrayed and lost,
And swallowed up 'mid deserts infinite!
This is the genuine course, the aim, and end
Of prescient reason; all conclusions else
Are abject, vain, presumptuous, and perverse.

The faith partaking of those holy times,
Life, I
repeat, is energy of love

Divine or human; exercised in pain,
In strife, and tribulation; and ordained,
If so approved and sanctified, to pass,
Through shades and silent rest, to endless joy."

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THE EXCURSION.

BOOK SIXTH.

THE CHURCH-YARD AMONG THE

MOUNTAINS.

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THE CHURCH-YARD AMONG THE

MOUNTAINS.

ARGUMENT.

Poet's Address to the State and Church of England.-The Pastor not inferior to the ancient Worthies of the Church.-He begins his Narratives with an instance of unrequited Love.-Anguish of mind subdued, and how.-The lonely Miner.-An instance of perseveranceWhich leads by contrast to an example of abused talents, irresolution, and weakness.-Solitary, applying this covertly to his own case, asks for an instance of some Stranger, whose dispositions may have led him to end his days here.-Pastor, in answer, gives an account of the harmonizing influence of Solitude upon two men of opposite principles, who had encountered agitations in public life.-The rule by which Peace may be obtained expressed, and where.-Solitary hints at an overpowering Fatality.-Answer of the Pastor.-What subjects he will exclude from his Narrative.-Conversation upon this.---Instance of an unamiable character, a Female, and why given.-Contrasted with this, a meek sufferer, from unguarded and betrayed love.-Instance of heavier guilt, and its consequences to the Offender.With this instance of a Marriage Contract broken is contrasted one of a Widower, evidencing his faithful affection towards his deceased wife by his care of their female Children.

HAIL to the crown by Freedom shaped-to gird
An English Sovereign's brow! and to the throne
Whereon he sits! Whose deep foundations lie
In veneration and the people's love;
Whose steps are equity, whose seat is law.

-Hail to the State of England! And conjoin
With this a salutation as devout,

Made to the spiritual fabric of her Church; 17*

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