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Perhaps the Christian volume is the theme,
How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed; How He, who bore in heaven the second name,
Had not on earth whereon to lay his head : How his first followers and servants sped ;
The precepts sage they wrote to many a land : How he, who lone in Patmos banished,
Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand; And heard great Bab’lon's doom pronounced by
Then, kneeling down, to Heaven's eternal King
The saint, the father, and the husband prays : Hope springs exulting on triumphant wing,
That thus they all shall meet in future days : There ever bask in uncreated rays,
No more to sigh, or shed the bitter tear, Together hymning their Creator's praise,
In such society, yet still more dear; While circling time moves round in an eternal
Compared with this, how poor Religion's pride,
In all the pomp of method, and of art, When men display to congregations wide
Devotion's every grace, except the heart ! The Power, incensed, the pageant will desert,
The pompous strain, the sacerdotal stole; But haply, in some cottage far apart, May hear, well-pleased, the language of the.
soul; And in his Book of Life the inmates poor enrol.
i Pope's Windsor Forest.
Then homeward all take off their several way;
The youngling cottagers retire to rest : The parent pair their secret homage pay,
And proffer up to Heaven the warm requestThat He who stills the raven's clamorous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flowery pride, Would, in the way his wisdom sees the best,
For them and for their little ones provide ; But chiefly in their hearts with grace divine pre
From scenes like these old Scotia’s grandeur
springs, That makes her loved at home, revered abroad : Princes and lords are but the breath of kings,
* An honest man's the noblest work of God :' And certes, in fair virtue's heavenly road,
The cottage leaves the palace far behind : What is a lordling's pomp?- -a cumbrous load,
Disguising oft the wretch of human kind, Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness refined !
O Scotia ! my dear, my native soil !
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent ! Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet
content ! And, O! may Heaven their simple lives prevent
From Luxury's contagion, weak and vile ! Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be rent,
A virtuous populace may rise the while, And stand a wall of fire around their much-loved
O Thou ! who pour’d the patriotic tide
Or nobly die, the second glorious part; (The patriot's God peculiarly Thou art,
His friend, inspirer, guardian, and reward !) O never, never, Scotia's realm desert ;
But still the patriot, and the patriot bard, In bright succession raise, her ornament and guard !
SONNET, Written on the 25th January, 1793, the Birth-day
of the Author, on hearing a Thrush sing, in a
Nlorning Walk. Sing on, sweet thrush, upon the leafless bough;
Sing on, sweet bird, I listen to thy strain :
See aged Winter, 'mid his surly reign,
Sits meek Content, with light, unanxious heart;
Welcomes the rapid moments-bids them part, Nor asks if they bring aught to hope or fear. I thank thee, Author of this opening day! Thou, whose bright sun now gilds yon orient
skies ! Riches denied, thy boon was purer joys, What wealth could never give nor take away ! Yet come, thou child of poverty and care ; The mite high Heaven bestow'd, that mite with
thee I'll share.
A WINTER NIGHT.
Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are,
When biting Boreas, fell and doure,
Far south the lift,
Or whirling drift:
Down headlong hurl.
O' winter war,
Beneath a scar.
What comes o'thee ?
An' close thy ee ?
E'en you on murdering errands toild, Lone from your savage homes exiled, The blood-stain'd roost, and sheep-cote spoild,
My heart forgets, While pitiless the tempest wild
Sore on you beats.
Now Phæbe, in her midnight reign, Dark muffled, view'd the dreary plain ; Still crowding thoughts, a pensive train,
Rose in my soul, When on my ear this plaintive strain,
Slow, solemn, stole
* Blow, blow, ye winds, with heavier gust!
More hard unkindness, unrelenting,
Vengeful malice, unrepenting,
Or mad ambition's gory hand,
Woe, want, and murder o'er a land !
Truth, weeping, tells the mournful tale,
The parasite empoisoning her ear,
With all the servile wretches in the rear, Looks o’er proud property, extended wide ; And eyes the simple rustic hind,
Whose toil upholds the glittering show,