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T AUGHTER of Jove, relentless Pow'r,'
Thou Tamer of the human breast,
The Bad affright, afflict the Best !
And purple Tyrants vainly groan
When first thy fire to send on earth
Virtue, his darling Child, design'd, To thee he gave the heav'nly Birth,
And bad to form her infant mind. Stern rugged Nurse! thy rigid lore, With patience many a year she bore: What sorrow was, thou bad’st her know, And from her own she learn'd to melt at others woe,
Scar'd at thy frown terrific, fly.
Self-pleasing Folly's idle brood,.
And leave us seisure to be good.
By vain Prosperity receiv'd,
Wisdom, in sable garb array'd,
And Melancholy, silent maid,
Oh, gently on thy Suppliant's head,
Not in thy Gorgon terrors clad,
With screaming Horror's funeral cry,
Thy form benign, oh, Goddess, wear,
Thy milder influence impart, Thy philosophic Train be there
To soften, not to wound my heart, The gen'rous spark extinct revive, Teach me to love, and to forgive, Exact my own defects to scan, What others are, to feel, and know myself a Man.