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sent kind are not unnecessary: English poetry / Orion added noise to dumb despair, berins to grow capricious, fantastical, and af- | And rent with hurricanes the driving air; " fectedly luxuriant; and therefore (as Augustus | And last Absinthion' his dire influence sbed said of Haterius) sufflaminari paululùm debet. Full on the heart, and fuller on the head.
Oft have we sought (and fruitless oft) to gain
A short parenthesis 'twixt pain and pain;
But, sick’ning at the cheerfulness of light,
The soul has languish'd for th' approach of night: AN EMBLEMATICAL ELEGY,
Again, immerst in shades, we stem to say, Pains and diseases ; stripes and labour too!! () day-spring 9! gleam thy promise of a day lo. « What more could Edom and proud Ashur do?" On this side death th' unhappy sure are curst, Scourge after scourge, and blows succeeding
Who sigh for change, and think the present blows?
worst : Lord, has thy hand no mercy, and our woes
Who weep unpity'd, groan without relief; No intermission? Gracious Being, please
" There is no end nor measure of their grief !” To calın our fears, and give the body ease! The happy have waste twelve-months to bestow; The poor man, and the slave of ev'ry kind, [find:
But those can spare all time, who live in woe! 'Midst pains and toils may gleams of comfort
Whose liveliest hours are misery and thrall; But who can bear the sickness of the mind)
Whose food is wormwood, and whose drink is The pow'r of Melancholy mounts the throne,
gall". And makes the realms of wisdom half her own 2: Banish their grief, or ease their irksome load: Not David's lyre, with David's voice conjoin'd, Ephraim, at length, was favour'd by his God it. Can drive th' oppressive phantom from the ! Ah, what is man, that demi-god on Earth ? mind us
Proud of his knowledge, glorying in his birth; No more the Sun delights, nor lawns, nor trees;
Profane corrector of th’ Alinighty's laws, The vernal blossoms, or the suminer's breeze,
Full of th' effect, forgetful of the cause ! No longer Echo makes the dalt's rejoice
Why boast of reason, and yet reason ill ? With sportive sounds, and pictures of a roice 4: | Why talk of choice, yet follow erring will? Th' aerial chcir, which sung so soft and clear, | Why vaunt our liberty, and prove the slave Now gratcs harsh music to the froward ear:
Of all ambition wants, or follies crave? The gently murm'ring rills offend from far,
This is the lot of him, suruam'd the wise, And emulate the clangour of a war:
Who lives mistaken, and mistaken dics! Books have no wit, the liveliest wits have none; 1 The sick less happy, and yet happier live; And hope, the last of ev'ry friend, is gone!
| For pains and maladies are God's reprieve : Nor rest nor joy to Virtue's self are giv'r,
This respite, 'twixt the grave and cradle giv'n, Till the discase is rectify'd by Heav'n.
Is th’interpos'd parenthesis of Heav'n! And yet this Iliad of intestine woes (So frail is man) from seeming nothings rose : Scripture-astronomy these three were all watery A drop of acrid juice, a blast of air,
signs, and emblematical of grief. The fourth Th'obstruction of a tube as five as hair;
constellation, named Orion, threatened manOr spasm within a labyrinth of threads,
kind with hurricanes and tempests. Sandys un. More subtile far than those the spider spreads 5. derstood the passage in the same manner as I
What sullen planet rul'd our hapless birth, do. See his excellent Paraphrase on Job, folio, Averse from joys, and enemy of mirth?
page 49, London 1637. Mention is again made Wat'ry Arcturus in a luckless place
of the Seven Stars, (Pleiades) and of Orion, South'd 6, and portended tears to all our race: Amos, ch. v, v. 8-and Job, ch. ix, v. 9. With bim the weeping Pleiades conjoin,
8 The star of bitterness, called Wormwood, And Mazzaroth made up the mournful trine 7: Rev. ch. viii, v. 10.
9 Job, ch. xxxviii, v. 12. Luke, ch. 1, v. 73. 1 The hint of this emblem is taken from our 'Araroan F us. This poetical word, dayvenerable and religious puet F. Quarles, L. III, spring, expressing the dawn of morning, has Embl. 4. Mr. Dryden used to say, that Quarles / been never adopted by our poets, as far as we exceeded bim in the facility of rhyming.
can recollect. Quarles's book, and the emblematical prints 10 Deut. ch. xxviii, v. 66, 67. therein contained, are chiefly taken from the ! " And thay life shall hang in doubt before Pia Desideria of Hugo Hermanous. The en thee, and thou shalt fear day and night, and gravmgs were originally designed by that cele- shalt have no assurance of thy life. In the brated artist C. Van Sichem.
morning thou shalt say, Would God it were eveu! 2 Dan, ch. iv, v. 34.
and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were - 3 1 Sam. ch. xvi, v. 25.
morning! For the fear of thine heart wherewith 4 Agreeably to this, is a lovely piece of ima- thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes gery in the holy Scriptures.
wherewith thou shalt sce." See also Job, ch. ii. “The Earth mourneth and languisbeth; Le- v. 8. banon is ashamed, and hewn down; Sharon is | 11 Jerem. ch. xxiii, v. 15. like a wilderuess; Bashan and Carmel shake off | 12 lbid. cb. xxxi, v. 90. "Ephraim is my their fruits."
Isaiali, ch. xxxili, v. 9. dear son; for, since I spake against him, I do 5 Isaiah, ch. lix, v. 5.
| earnestly remember him still: therefore my • South'd, a received term in astrology, bowels are troubled for him: I will surely have ? Job, ch. xxxyiii v. 91, 32. According to mercy upon him, saith the Lord.”
Too often we complain—but flesh is weak; | Th’Almighty lent an ear to Hannah's pray',20, Silence would waste us, and the heart would And bless'd her with each blessing, in an heir : break.
Whilst Hezekiah?!, earnest in his cause, Behold yon' rose, the poor despondent cries, Gain'd a suspension of great Nature's laws, (Pain on his brow, and anguish in his eyes) And permanence to time;—for lo ! the Sun What healthy verdure paints its juicy shouts, Retrac'd the journey be had lately run.What equal circulation feeds the roots !
But most th' unhappy wretch, aggriev'd in At morning dawn it feels the dew-ting'd ray, Rais'd pity in the Saviour of mankind [mind, But opens all its bosom to the day.
He ask'd for peace ; Heav'n gave him its own No art assists it, and no toil it takes13,
Demons were dumb, and Legion dispossest. (rest, Slumhers at ev'ning, and with morning wakes14. Wither'd with palsy'd blasts, the limbs resume,
Why was I born? Or wherefore born a man? | Thy strength, Omanhood; and, O youth, thy Immense my wish; yet tether'd to a span ! Syro-Phenicia's maiden re-enjoy'd [bloom 23 ! The slave, that groans beneath the toilsome That equal mind, which Satan once destroy'd 24. oar,
And, when the heav'nly Ephphatha 25 was spoke, “ Obtains the sabbath of a welcome shore:” The deaf-born heard, the dumb-born silence His captive stripes are heal'd; his native soil
broke. Sweetens the memory of foreign toil.
Th'ethereal fuid mov'd, the speech retur’d; “ Alas, my sorrows are not half so blest ;" No spasms were dreaded, no despondence My labours know no end, my pains po rest!
mourn'd. Tell me, vain-glorious Newtons, if you can, Then rouse, my soul, and bid the world adieu, What heterogeneous mixtures form the man ? Its maxims, wisdom, joys and glory too; Pleasure and anguish, ignorance and skill; The mighty EYPHK A 26 appears in view. Nature and spirit, slav'ry and free will;
Just so, the gen'rous falcon, long immur'd Weakness and strength; old age and youthful | In doleful cell, by osier-bars secur'd, Erroar and truth; eternity and time!--[prime; Laments her fate ; till, flitting swiftly by, What contradictions have for ever ran
Th' aerial prize attracts her eager eye : Betwixt the nether brute and upper man15?
| Instant she summons all her strength and fire ; Ah! what are men, who God's creation scorn? Her aspect kindles fierce with keen desire ; The worm their brother 16 ;-brother elder boru! She prunes her tatter'd plumes in conscious Plants live like them, in fairer robes array'd,
pride, Alike they flourish, and alike they fade. | And bounds from perch to perch, and side to The lab'ring steer sleeps less disturb'd at night, Impatient of her jail, and long detain'd, And eats and drinks with keener appetite,
She breaks the bounds her liberty restrain'd : Restrain'd by nature just t enjoy his fill;
| Then, having gain'd the point' by Heav'n deUseful, and yet incapable of ill.
sign'd, Say, man, what vain pre-eminence is thine ? Soars 'midst the clouds, and proves her highEach sense impair’d by gluttony and wine17 :
horn kind. Thou art the beast, except thy soaring mind
When Adam did his Paradise forego, Aspires to pleasures of immortal kind :
He earn'd his hard-bought bread with sweating Else, boasted knowledge, hapless is thy curse,
brow, l'approve the better, and embrace the worse !
Give us the labour, but suppress the woe So Annas owns the miracle, and then
Merit we boast not : but Christ's sacred side (Wilfully blinded) persecutes agen18.
Has pour'd for all its sacramental tide. To minds afficted ever has been giv'n
No sin, no guile, no blemishes had he; A claim upon the patronage of Heav'n :
A self-made slave to set the captive free! (Whilst the world's idiots ev'ry thought employ Yet pain and anguish still too far presume; With hopes to live and die without annoy.) | Just are Heav'a's ways, and righteous is ils In the first agonies of heart-struck grief,
doom. Heav'n to our parents typify'd reliefs.
All chastisement, before we reach the grave,
Are bitter med'cines, kindly meant to save. 13 Matth. ch. vi, v. 28.
Thus let the rhet'ric of our suff'rings move; 14 Concerning the sleep of plants, see an in- | The voice of grief is oft the voice of love2s ! genious Latin treatise lately published in Sweden. 15 Poetical definition of a centaur.
20 1 Kings, ch. i. 16 Job, ch. xvii, v 14.-There is a remarkable
21 2 Kings, ch. XX. passage in the Psalms upon this occasion, where
21 Mark, ch. v, v. 3—9. And also “ the spirit the worm takes place of the monarch: “O praise of the Lord is upon me (saith Christ:) he sent me the Lord, ve mountains and all hills: fruitful | to heal the broken-hearted,” &c. Luke, ch. iv. trees and all cedars ; beasts and all cattle; worms ( v. 18. Compare likewise Isaiah, ch. Ixi, v. 1. and feathered fowls; kings of the Earth and alll 23 Matth. ch. iv, v. 24, &c. Acts viii, v. 7. people; princes and judges of the world."
24 Mark rii, v, 26. Psalm cxlviji, v. 10, Septuagint Version.
25 Ibid. v. 34. 17 “ If we pamper the flesh too much, we
26 See Dryden's Relig. Laici ; and Prior's Ode pourish an enemy: if we defraud it of lawful sus- entitled, What is Man? ETPHKA signifies tenance, we destroy a good citizen.”
finding out the great point desired. St. Gregor. Homil.
27 The hiut of this similie is taken from 18 Acts, ch. iv, v. 6, 18.
Quarles. 19 Gen. ch. iii, v, 15.
28 « There is sometimes a certain pleasure in VOL, XVI.
The bed of sickness (after cares and strife) | The wise men mock'd him, and the learned Is weak inan's cradle for a second life:
scorn'd; Death's but a moinent; and, before we die, Th' ambitious worldling other patrons try'd; We touch the threshold of eternity !
The pow'r that judg'd him, ev'ry foe soborn da So, stretch'd beneath the juniper's chill shade, He wept un-pity'd, and un-bonour'd dy'd. Th’ailliced prophet -9 in despondence pray'd : “ Oh, take the burihen of my life away,
For ever mournful, but for ever dear, Dead are my sires; nor better I than they:" O luve stupendous ! glorious degradation ! At length a seraph cry'd, “ Arise and eat; No death of sickness, with a cominon tear;— Lehold thy bev'rage; and behold thy meat: No soft extinction claims our sorrows here; Ficar'n's one repast shall future strength supply But angrish, shame, and agonizing passion ! For forty days, till Horeb meets the eye w).!
The riches of the world, and worldly praise, The good man neither fears, 'desponds, nor No monument of gratitude can prove; faints,
Obedience only the great debt repays, Armd with the heav'nly panoply 31 of saints. An imitative heart, and undivided love!
To see the image of th' All-glorious Pow'r
Suspend his immortality, and dwell
In mortal bondage, tortor'd ev'ry hour;
A self-made pris'ner in a dolesome cell,
Victim for sin, and conqueror of Hell 4!
Lustration for offences not his own! He was wounded for our transgressions, he was Th’unspotted for th' impure resign'd his breathr;
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement No other ofl'ring could iby crimes atone: of our peace was upon him.
Then blame thy Saviour's love, but not his death. Isaiah, ch. liii, v. 5.
from this one prospect draw thy sole relief, Eés simi, XPIETE: üdov, ás A los éxus.
Here learn submission, passive duties learn; Greg. Naz. Cariu, lamb. | Here drink the calm oblivion of thy grief: Respice dum transis, quia sis mihi causa doloris | Eschew each danger, ev'ry good discern,
And the true wages of iby virtue earn. Alaste not so fast, on worldly cares employ'd, | R-Hect, Oman, on such stupendous love, Thy bleeding Saviour 'asks a short delay : Such sympathy divine, and tender cares; What trifling bliss is still to be enjoy'd,
| Beseech the Paraclete thine heart to move, What change of folly wings thee on thy way? | And offer up to Heav'n this silent pray'r.. Look back a moment, pause a while ?, aud stay. | For thee thy God assuin'd the human frame; 7“ Great God, thy judgments are with justics For thee the guiltless pains and anguish try'd;
crown'd, Thy passion (sin excepted) his became :
To human crimes and errours gracious still;
Right reason spares not fresh-existing ill,
“ For he (Pilate) knew that the chief priests Home he had none, and quiet never found,
bad delivered him for envy." For fell reproach pursu'd, and aim'd the wound 3:
Mark, ch. xv, v. 10.
An antient Heathen also hath personified envy, weeping : it is a sort of consolation to an afdicted and painted her in a mischievous attitude; person to be thoroughly sensible of his affliction."
Invidia infelix! animi vitalia vidit, 29 Elijah.
Lædendique vias. 30 2 Kings, ch. xix., v. 4-8.
4 Nolo vivere sine vulnere, cam te videam 31 Eph. ch. vi, v. 11-17. - Panoply (from vulneratum,
Bonavent. the Greek), a complete suit of armour. Mr. “ To know God, without knowing our misery, Pope, Dryden.
creates pride: to know misery, without knowjos Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.
ing Christ, causes despondence." The way wherein thou oughtest to walk; the
St. Augustin. truth which thou desirest tu obtain: and the life « They make a free-will offering to God, of happiness which thou longest to enjoy."
who in the midst of their sutierings preserve St. August. their gratitude and acknowledgements.
ats.'' 2 « If you labour for a time, you will after.
Cassian. wards enjoy an eternity of rest. Your sufferings 66 God's Holy Spirit worketh in the followare of a short duration, your joy will last for ing manuer in his rational children. It instructs, ever: and if your resolution wavers, and is go
mor , and admonishes: as for example; it ining to desert you, turn your eyes towards Mount structs the reason, moves the will, and admoCalvary, and consider what Christ suffered for nisbes the memory." St. Gregor. in Moral, you, indocent as he was. This consideration 1 Translated from the famous French Ode of will enable you to say in the event, that your M. de Barreaux. sufferings lasted for a moment." Idem.
3“ Through envy proceeded the fall of the Grand Dieu! Tes jugements sont remplis d' world, and death of Christ." St. August.
Nor can thy goodness counter-work thy will.
Transpierce our bodies ? Ev'ry nerve and pore With Christ's immaculate blood is cover'd and
“ Severe thy truth, yet glorious is thy scheme;
“ When we praise God we may speak much, and
yet come short: Wherefore in sum, he is all, When you glorify him, exalt him as much as you can : for even yet he will far exceed. And when you exalt him, put forth all your strength, and be not weary, for you can never go far enough." Ecclus, ch. xliii, v, 2730,