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. REASON, ; . THE USE OF IT IN DIVINE MATTERS, . SOME blind themselves, 'cause possibly they may :

Be led by others a right way; They build on sands, which if unmov’d they find, i

'T is but because there was no wind.. . Less hard 't is, not to err ourselves, than know

. If our forefathers err'd or no.. When we trust men concerning God, we then.

Trust not God concerning men.

Visions and inspirations some expect

Their course here to direct;
Like senseless chemists their own wealth destroy,

Imaginary gold t'enjoy:
So stars appear to drop to us from sky,

And gild the passage as they fly; But when they fall, and meet th' opposing ground, : What but a sordid slime is found ?

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Sometimes their fancies they 'bove reason set,

And fast, that they may dream of meat; Sometimes ill spirits their sickly souls delude, .

And bastard forms obtrude :. ... So Endor's wretched sorceress, although

She Saul through his disguise did know, Yet, when the devil comes up disguis’d, she criene

“ Behold! the Gods arise."

In vain, alas! these outward hopes are try’d;

Reason within 's our only guide ; Reason, which (God be prais’d!) still walks, for all

Its old original fall :
And, since itself the boundless Godhead join'd ;

With a reasonable mind,
It plainly shows that mysteries divine

May with our reason join.

The holy book, like the eighth sphere, does shine

With thousand lights of truth divine :
So numberless the stars, that to the eye

It makes but all one galaxy.
Yet Reason must assist too; for, in seas

So vast and dangerous as these,
Our course by stars above we cannot know,

Without the compass too below.

Though Reason cannot through Faith's mysteries see,

It sees that there and such they be; Leads to heaven's door, and there does humbly keep,

And there through chinks and key-holes peep: Though it, like Moses, by a sad command,

Must not come into th' Holy Land, Yet thither it infallibly does guide,

And from afar 't is all descry'd.

ON THE DEATH OF MR. CRASHAW. POET and Saint ! to thee alone are given The two most sacred names of Earth and Heaven ; The hard and rarest union which can be, Next that of Godhead with humanity. Long did the Muses' banish'd slaves abide, And built vain pyramids to mortal pride ; Like Moses thou (though spells and charms with

stand) Hast brought them nobly home back to their holy

land. Ah wretched we, poets of earth! but thou Wert living the same poet which thou ’rt now; Whilst angels sing to thee their airs divine, And joy in an applause so great as thine. Equal society with them to hold, Thou need’st not make new songs, but say the old; And they (kind spirits !) shall all rejoice, to see How little less than they exalted man may be. Still the old Heathen gods in Numbers dwell; The heavenliest thing on earth still keeps up hell ! Nor have we yet quite purg'd the Christian land; Still idols here, like calves at Bethel, stand. And, though Pan's death long since all oracles broke, Yet still in rhyme the fiend Apollo spoke: Nay, with the worst of heathen dotage, we (Vain men!) the monster Woman deify:

Find stars, and tie our fates there in a face,
And paradise in them, by whom we lost it, place,
What different faults corrupt our Muses thus ?
Wanton ás girls, as old wives fabulous !

Thy spotless Muse, like Mary, did contain
The boundless Godhead; she did well disdain
That her eternal verse employ'd should be
On a less subject than eternity;
And for a sacred mistress scorn'd to take,
But her whom God himself scorn'd not his spouse
- to make.
It (in a kind) her miracle did do;
A fruitful mother was, and virgin too.
* How well (blest swan!) did Fate contrive thy

death, And made thee render up thy tuneful breath In thy great mistress' arms, thou most divine And richest offering of Loretto's shrine ! Where, like some holy sacrifice t'expire, A fever burns thee, and Love lights the fire. Angels (they say) brought the fam'd chapel there, And bore the sacred load in triumph through the air: 'T is surer much they brought thee there, and they, And thou, their charge, went singing all the way. • Pardon, my mother-church! if I consent"

That angels led him when from thee he went; · For ev'n in error sure no danger is, When join’d with so much piety as his.

* Mr. Crashaw died of a fever at Loretto, being newly chosen canon of that church.

Ah, mighty God! with shame I speak’t, and grief,
Ah, that our greatest faults were in belief!
And our weak reason were ev'n weaker yet,
Rather than thus our wills too strong for it!
His faith, perhaps, in some nice tenets, might
Be wrong; his life, I'm sure, was in the right;
And I myself a Catholick' will be,. ?
So far at least, great Saint! to pray to thee.
Hail, bard triumphant! and some care bestow
On us, the poets militant below!
Oppos’d by our old enemy, adverse Chance,
Attack'd by Envy and by Ignorance;
Enchain’d by Beauty, tortur'd by Desires,':',
Expos'd by Tyrant-Love to savage beasts and fires:
Thou from low earth in nobler flames didst rise,
And, like Elijah, mount alive the skies. ;.
Elisha-like (but with a wish much less, . .
More fit thy greatness and my littleness)
Lo! here I beg (I, whom thou once didst prove
So humble to esteem, so good to love)
Not that thy spirit might on me double be,
I ask but half thy mighty spirit for me:
And, when my Muse soars with so strong a wing,
’T will learn of things divine, and first of thee, to


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