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Inscribed above the portal, from afar
Conspicuous as the brightness of a star.
Legible only by the light they give,
Stand the soul-quickening words— Believe And Live.
Too many, shocked at what should charm them most,
Despise the plain direction and are lost.
Heaven on such terms ! they cry with proud disdain,
Incredible, impossible, and vain!—
Rebel because 'tis easy to obey,
And scorn for its own sake the gracious way.
These are the sober, in whose cooler brains
Some thought of immortality remains;
The rest too busy or too gay, to wait
On the sad theme, their everlasting state,
Sport for a day, and perish in a night,
The foam upon the waters not so light.
Who judged the Pharisee? What odious cause
The self-applauding bird, the peacock see,—
Not so the pheasant on his charms presumes,
His dwelling a recess in some rude rock,
Book, beads, and maple dish i his meagre slock,
Turn eastward now, and fancy shall apply
Which is the saintlier worthy of the two?
The truth is, (if the truth may suit your ear, And prejudice have left a passage clear,) Pride has attained its most luxuriant growth, And poisoned every virtue in them both. Pride may be pampered while the flesh grows lean, Humility may clothe an English .Dean; That grace was Cowper's,—his confessed by ailThough placed in golden Durham's second stall. Not all the plenty of a Bishop's board, His palace, and his lackeys, and, my Lord! More nourish pride, that condescending vice, Than abstinence, and beggary, and lice. It thrives in misery, and abundant grows In misery fools upon themselves impose.
But why before us Protestants produce An Indian mystic or a French recluse? Their sin is plain, but what have we to fear,
1 For who would rob a hermit ol liis weeds,
His few books, or his beads, 01 maple dish ?—Comus.
Translations From Vincent
1. The G'jw-Worm .
2. The Jackdaw
3. The Cricket
4. The Parrot
Love, in bringing a Soul!
renunciation and Absolute .
Truth and Divine Love rejected I
The Acquiescence of Pure Love
Glory to God alone
The Necessity of Self-Abasement Love increased by Suffering . Scenes favourable to Meditation Translations From Vincent Bourne The Thracian .
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