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As much we're forc'd, when by an atom 's sway
Control'd, as when a tyrant we obey;
And, by whatever cause constrain’d'to act,
We merit no reward, no guilt contract.
Our mind of rulers feels a conscious awe,
Reveres their juftice, and regards their law.
She rectitude and deviation knows,
That vice from one, from one that virtue flows;
Of these she feels unlike effects within,
From virtue pleasure, and remorse from fin;
Hopes of a just reward by that are fed,
By this of wrath vindictive secret dread.
The mind, which thus can rules of duty learn,
Can right from wrong, and good froin ill, discern,
Which, the sharp stroke of justice to prevent,
Can shame express, can grieve, reflect, repent;
From fare or chance her rise can never draw,
Those causes know not virtue, vice, or law.
She can a life succeeding this conceive,
Of bliss or woe an endless state believe.
Dreading the just and universal doom,
And aw'd by fears of punishment to come,
By hopes excited of a glorious crown,
And certain pleasures in a world unknown ;
She can the fond desires of sense restrain,
Renounce delight, and chuse distress and pain;
Can rush on danger, can destruction face,
Joyful relinquith life, and death embrace ;
She to afflicted virtue can adhere,
And chains and want to prosperous guilt prefer ; 545
Unmov'd, these wild tempeftuous feats furrey,
And view serene this restless rolling sea.
In vain the monsters, which the coast infest,
Spend all their rage to interrupt her rest;
Her charming long the fyren fings in vain, .. 550
She can the tuneful hypocrite disdain;
Fix'd and unchang'd the faithless world behold,
Deaf to its threats, and to its farour cold.
Sages remark, we labour not to show
The will is free, but that the man is so:
For what enlighten'd reasoner can declare
What human will and understanding are ?
What science from those objects can we frame
Of which we little know, bifides the name?
The learned, who with anatomic art
Diflect the mind, and thinking subitance part,
And various powers and faculties affert,
Perhaps by such abstraction of the mind
Divide the things, that are in nature join'd.
What masters of the schools can make it clear 565
Those faculties, which two to them appear,
Are not residing in the soul the same,
And not distinct, but by a ditierent name?
Thus has the Mute pursued her hardy theme,
And sung the wonders of this artful frame.
Ere yet one subterranean arch was made,
One cavern vaulted, or one girder laid;
Ere the high rocks did o'er the shores arise,
Qr snowy mountains tower'd amidst the ikies;
Before the watery troops fild off from land,
575 And lay amidit the rocks entrench'd in sand;
Before the air its bofom did unfold,
Or burnith'd orbs in blue expansion rolld;
She sung how Natüre then in embryo lay,
And did the secrets of her birth display.
580 When after, at th' Almightv's high command, Obedient waves divided from the land; And shades and lazy inists were chac'd away, While rosy light diffus’d the tender day; :When uproar ceas'd, and wild confusion -fled,
585 And new-born Nature rais'd her beauteous head; She sung the frame of this terrestrial pile, The hills, the rocks, the rivers, and the soil; She view'd the fandy frontiers, which restrain The noisy insults of th' imprison'd main ;
590 Rang’d o'er the wide diffufion of the waves, The moist coerulean walks, and search'd the coral caves.
She then survey'd the Auid fields of air, · And the crude feeds of meteors fashion'd there; Then with continued flight the sped her way, 595
Mounted, and bold pursued the source of day;
With wonder of celestial motions sung,
How the pois'd orbs are in the vacant hung,
How the bright sluices of ætherial light,
Now shut, defend the empire of the night, 603
And now, drawn up with wise alternate care,
Let floods of glory out, and spread with day the air. .
Then with a daring wing the foar'd fublime,
From realm to realm, from orb to orb did climb:
Swift through the fpacious gulph the urg'd her way, 605
At length emerg'd in empyrean day;
Where far, oh far, beyond what mortals see,
In the void diftri&ts of immenfity,
The mind new funs, 'new, planets, can explore,
And yet beyond can ftill imagine more.
Thus in bold numbers did th' adventurous Muse
To sing the lifeless parts of Nature chuse;
And then advanc'd to wonders yet behind,
Survey'd and sung the vegetable kind ;
„Did lofty woods, and humble brakes review,
Along the valley Swept, and o'er the inountain few.
Then left the Muse the field and waving grove,
And unfatigued with grateful labour ftrove
To climb th' amazing heights of fenfa, and fing
The power perceptive, and the inward spring 620
Which agitates and guides each living thing.
She next essay'd the embryo's rise to trace
From an unfashion'd, rude, unchannel'd mass :
Sung how the spirits wakeu'd in the brain
Exert their force, and genial toil maintain ;
Erect the bearing heart, the channels fraime,
Unfold entangled liinbs, and kindle vital fame;
How the small pipes are in meanders laid,
And bounding life is to and fro convey'd;
How fpirits, which for fense and motion serve,
Unguided find the perforated nerve,
Through every dark recess pursue their light,
Unconscious of the road, and void of fight,
From thence a nobler fight she did etiay, The mind's extended empire to survey.
She sung the godlike principle of thought,
And how, from objects by the senses brought,
The intellectual imagery is wrought;
How she the modes of beings can discern,
A nice respect, a meer relation learn ;
Can all the thin abstracted notions reach,
Which Grecian wits, or, Britain, thine can teach,
Thus has the Muse Atrove to display a part
Cf those unnumberd miracles of art,
of prudence, conduct, and of wise design,
Which to th' attentive thought conspicuous shine.
Still, vanquilh'd Atheists! will you keep the field,
And, hard in crror, still refuse to yield ?
See, all your broken arms lie spread around, 659
And ignominious rout deforms the ground;
Be wise, and once, admonish'd by a foe,
Where lies your strength, and where your weakness, know
No more at Reason's solemn bar appear,
Hardy no more scholastic weapons bear;
your feeble forces, and decline The war; no more in tinsel armour shine ; Nor shake your bullrush spears, but swift repair To your strong place of arms, the scoffer's chair ; And thence, fupported with a mocking ring, 660 Sarcastic darts and keen invectives fling Against your foes, and scornful at your feasts Religion vanquish with decisive jelts ; Arm’d with resistless laughter, Heaven assail, Relinquish Reason, and let Mirth prevail. 665
Good Heaven! that men, who vaunt discerning Gght, And arrogant from wisdom's distaut height