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IV.

The praise bestow'd was just and wise j

He sprang impetuous forth
Secure of conquest, where the prize

Attends superior worth.
V.
So the best courser on the plain

Ere yet he starts is known,
And does but at the goal obtain

What all had deem'd his own.

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ODE TO PEACE.

I.

Come, peace of mind, delightful gueit! Return and make thy downy nest

Once more in this sad heart: Nor riches I nor pow'r pursue, Nor bold forbidden joys in view j

We therefore need not part.

II.

Where wilt thou dwell, if not with me,

From av'rice and ambition free,

And pleasure's fatal wiles?
For whom, alas! dost thou prepare
The sweets, that J was wont to share,

The banquet of thy smiles?

III.

The great, the gay, shall they partake The Heav'n that thou alone canst make?

And wilt thou quit the stream, That murmurs through the dewy mead, The grove and the sequester'd shed,

To be a guest with them?

IV.

For thee I panted, thee I prii'd,
For thee I gladly sacrificed

Whate'er I lov'd before;
And shall I see thee start away,
And helpless, hopelsss, hear thee say—

Farewell! we meet no more?

HUMAN FRAILTY.

I.

Weak and irresolute is man;

The purpose of to day,
Woven with pains into his plan,

To morrow rends away.

II.

The bow well bent, and smart the spring,

Vice seems already slain;
But Passion rudely snaps the string,

And it revives again.
III.
Some foe to his upright intent

Finds out his weaker part;
Virtue engages his assent,

But Pleasure wins his heart.
IV.
Tis here the folly of the wise

Through all his art we view;
And, while his tongue the charge denies,

His conscience owns it true.

V.
Bound on a voyage of awful length

And dangers little known,
A stranger to superior strength,

Man vainly trusts his own.

VI.

But oars alone can ne'er prevail,

To reach the distant coast; The breath of Heav'n must swell the sail,

Or all the toil is lost.

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