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ON A SIMILAR OCCASION.
FOR THE YEAR 1793.
De sacris autem hsec sit una sententia, ut conserventur.
CIC. DE LEG.
But let us all concur in this one sentiment, that things sacred be inviolate.
He lives who lives to God alone,
And all are dead beside;
Whence life can be supplied.
To live to God is to requite
His love as best we may:
His promises our stay.
But life, within a.narrow ring
Of giddy joys comprised,
But rather death disguised.
Can life in them deserve the name,
Who only live to prove
An endless life above?
Who much diseased, yet nothing feel;
Much menaced, nothing dread; Have wounds which only God can heal,
Yet never ask his aid?
Who deem his house a useless place,
Faith, want of common sense; And ardour in the Christian race,
A hypocrite's pretence?
Who trample order; and the day
Which God asserts his own Dishonour with unhallow'd play,
And worship chance alone?
If scorn of God's commands, impressed
On word and deed, imply
With life that cannot die;
Such want it, and that want, uncured
Till man resigns his breath. Speaks him a criminal, assured
Of everlasting death.
Sad period to a pleasant course!
Yet so will God repay
And mercy cast away.
ON A GOLDFINCH,
STARVED TO DEATH IN HIS CAGE.
Time was when I was free as air,
My drink the morning dew;
My strains for ever new.
But gaudy plumage, sprightly strain,
And of a transient date;
Soon pass'd the wiry grate.
Thanks, gentle swain, for all my woes,
And cure of every ill!
Had been your prisoner still.
THE PINEAPPLE AND THE BEE.
The pineapples, in triple row,
Methinks, I said, in thee I find
284 THE PINEAPPLE AND THE BEE.
Sees watches, bracelets, rings, and lockets,
Our dear delights are often such,
HORACE, BOOK II. ODE X.
Receive, dear friend, the truths I teach,
Of adverse fortune's power;
Along the treacherous shore.
He that holds fast the golden mean,
The little and the great,
Imbittering all his state.