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Then at our intermediate globe repose, JObedient ocean to their march divide
And view yon lunar satellite that glows ! | The wat'ry wall distinct on either side ;
Or cast along the azure vault the eye,

While thro’ the deep the long procession led,
When golden day enlightens all the sky; And saw the wonders of the oozy bed!
Around, behold earth's variegated scene, Norlong thev march'd, till, black ning in the rear,
The mingling prospects, and the flow ry green; The vengeful tyrant and his host appear!
The mountain brow, the long-extended wood, Plunge down the steep, the waves thy nod obey,
Or the rude rock that threatens o'er the flood ! | And whelm the threat'ning storm beneath thesea!
And say, are these the wild effects of chance? I Nor yet thy pow'r thy chosen train forsook,
Oh, strange effect of reas'ning ignorance ! When ihro' Arabia's sands their way they took;

Nor pow'r alone confess'd in grandeur lies, By day thy cloud was present to the sight, The glitering planet or the painted skies ! Thy fiery pillar led the march by night; Equal, the elephant's or enmet's dress

| Thy hand amidst the waste their table spread, The wisdom of Omnipotence confess ;

With feather'd viands, and with heav'nly bread: Equal, the cumbrous whale's enormous mass, When the dry wilderness no streams supplied, With the small insects in the crouded grass ; Gushd from the yielding rock the vital tide! The mite that ganbols in its acid sea,

W'hat limits can Omnipotence contine? In shape a porpus, though a speck to thee! What obstacles oppose thy arm divine? Ev'n the blue down the purple plum surrounds, Since stones and waves their settled laws forego.. A living world, thy failing sighi confounds, Since seas can harder, and since rocks can flow! To him a pcopied habitation shows,

On Sinai's top, the Muse with ardent wing Where millions taste the bounty God bestows! |The triumphs of Omnipotence would sing!

Great Lord of life, whose all-controling might When o'er its airy brow thy cloud'display'd,
Thro' wide creation beams divinely bright, Involv'd the nations in its awful shade;
Nor only does thy pow'r in forming shine, When shrunk the earth from thy approaching
But to annihilate, dread King! is thine: | And the rock trembled to its rooted base: (face,
Shouldst thou withdraw thy still-supporting / Yet where thy majesty divine appear’d,

Where shone thy glory, and thy voice was heard;
How languid nature would astonish'd stand! Ev’n in the blaze of that tremendous day,
Thy frown the antient realı of night restore, Idolatry its impious rites could pay! [vade,
And raise a blank-where systems smil'd before! Oh shame to thought! - thy sacred throne in-

See in corruption, all-surprising state, And brave the bolt that linger'd round its hcad ! How struggling life eludes the stroke of fate; Shock'd at the scene, tho' sense averis its eye,

VII. WISDOM. Vor stops the wond'rous process to descry; Yet juster thought the mystic change pursues, | Othou,who,when th'Almighty form'd thisAll, And with delight Almighty Wisdoin views ! Unheld the scale, and weigh'd each balanc'd ball; The brute, the vegetable world surveys, And as his hand completed each design, Sees life subsisting ev'n from life's decays! Number'd the work, and fix'd the seal divine; Hark thee, self-taught, the pensive reptile come, O Wisdom infinite! creation's soul, Spin his thin shroud, and living build his tomb! Whose rays diffuse new lustre o'er the whole, With conscious care his former pleasures leave, Wbat tongue shall make thy charms celestial And dress him for th' business of the grave !


rown? Thence, pass'd the short-liv'd change, renew'd What hand, fair Goddess ! paint thee but thy he springs,

What tho' in nature's universal store Admires the skies, and tries his silken wings! | Appear the wonders of almighty pow'r; With airy flight the insect roves abroad, | Pow'r, unattended, terror would inspire, And scorns the meaner earth he lately trod ! Aw'd must we gaze, and comfortless admire.

Thee, potent, let deliver'd Israel praise, But when fair Wisdom joins in the design, And to thy name their grateful homage raise ! The bcauty of the whole result 's divine? Thee, potent God! let Egypt's land declare, | Hence life acknowledges its glorious cause, That felt thy justice awfully severe!

And matter owns its great Disposer's laws; How did thy frown benight the shadow'd land! Hence in a thousand different models wrought, Nature revers'd, how own thy high command! Now fix'd to quiet, now allied to thought; . When jarring elements their use forgot, Hence flow the forms and properties of things, And the sun felt thy overcasting bloi!

Hence rises harmony, and order springs; When earth produc'd the pestilential brood, Else, had the mass a shapeless chaos lav, And the foul stream was crimson'd into blood! Nor ever felt the dawn of Wisdom's day! How deep the horrors of that awful night, See, how associate round their central sun,. How strong the terror, and how wild the fright! Their faithful rings the circling planets run; When o'er the land thy sword vindictive passid, Still equi-distant, never yet too near, And men and infants breath'd at once their last, Exactly tracing their appointed sphere.. How did thy arm thy favor'd tribes convey! Mark how the moon our flying orb pursucs, Thy light conducting point the patent way! While from the sun her monthly light renews;


Breathes her wide influence on the world below, Bids at thy will the slack'ning tempest ceas And bids the tides alternate ebb and flow.

While the calin ocean snjooths ils ruffled sa View how in course the constant seasons rise,

When lightnings thro' the air tremendous Deform the earth or beautify the skies : Or the blue plague is loosen'd to destroy, First, Spring advancing, with her flow'ry train; Thy hand directs, or turns aside the stroke ; Next, Summer's hand, that spreads the sylvan Thy word the fiend's conmission can revoke scene;

When subterraneous fires the surface beave, Then, Autumn, with her yellowharvests crown'd, And towns are buried in the yawning grave; And trembling Winter close the annual round. Thou suffer`st not the mischief to prevail; The vegetable tribes observant trace,

Thy sov'reiga touch the recent wound can he From the tall cedar to the creeping grass :

To Zem:la's rockthou send'st the cheerful glea The chain of animated beings scale,

|O'er Lybia'ssands thon pour'st the coolingstreai From the small reptile to the enormous whale; Thy watchful providence o'er all intends; From the strong cagle stooping thro' the skies, įThy works obey their great Creator's ends. To the low insect that escapes thy eyes !

When man too long the paths of vice pursue And see, if see thou canst, in ev'ry frame, Thy hand prepar'd the universal flood; Eternal Wisdom shine confest the same : Gracious, to Noah gave the timely sign, As proper organs to the least assign'd,

To save a remnant fiom the wrath divine! As proper means to propagate the kind, One shining waste the globe terrestrial lay, As just the structure, and as wise the plan, and the ark heav'd along the troubled sea; As in this lord of all — debating man!

Thou bad'st the deep his antient bed explore, Hence, reas'ning creature, thy distinction find, The clouds their wat'ry deluge pour'd no more! Nor longer to the ways of Heav'n be blind. The skies were clear'd-the mountain tops were Wisdom in outward beauty strikes the mind, The duve pacific brought the olive green. Tseen, But outward beauty points a charm behind. On Arrarat the happy Patriarch tost, What gives the earth, the ambient air, or seas, Found the recover'd world bis hopes had lost; The plain, the river, or the wood to please? There his fond eyes review'd the pleasing scene, Oh say, in whom does beauty's self reside, - The earth all verdlant, and the air serene ! The Beautifier, or the beautificil ?

Its precious freight the guardian ark display'd, 'There dwells the Godhead in the bright disguise, While Noah grateful adoration paid ! Beyond the ken of all created eyes;

Beholding in the many-tinctur'd bow His works our love and our attention steal ; The promise of a safer world below. His works (surprising thought) the Maker veil; When will ambition rear'd its impious head, Too weak our sight to pierce the radiant cloud, And rising Babel Heav'n with pride survey’d; Where Wisdom shines, in all her charms avow'd. Thy word the mighty labor could confound,

O gracious God, omnipotent and wise, And leave the mass to moulder with the ground. Unerring Lord, and Ruler of the skies !

From Theeall human actions take theirsprings, All-condescending, to my feeble heart

The rise of empires, and the fall of kings!
One beam of thy celestial light impart; See the vast theatre of time display'd,
I scek not sordid wealth, or glitt'ring pow'r;

While o'er the scene succeeding heroes tread!
Ogrant me Wisdom -- and I ask no inore! With pomp the shining images succeed,

What leaders triumph!and whatinonarchs bleed! VIII. PROVIDENCE.

Perforın the parts thy providence assign'd,

Their pride, iheir passions, to thy ends inclin'd: Asfrorn some level country's shelter'd ground, A while they glitter in the face of day, With towns replete, with green enclosures bound, Then at thy nod the phantoms pass away; Where the eye kept within the verdant maze, No traces left of all the busy scene, But gets a transient vista as it strays;

| But that remembrance says--Thethingshaveleen! The pilgrim to some rising summit tends, “ But(questions Doubt) whencesicklynaturefeels Whence opens all the scene as he ascends; - The ague-fits her face so soft reveals? (breast? So Providence the friendly heights supplies, " Whence earthquakesheavethecarth'sastonish'd Where all the charms of Deity surprise ; “ Whence tempests rage? or yellow plaguesinfest? Here Goodness, Power, and Wisdom, all unite," Whence draws rank Afric her empoison'd And dazzling glories whelm the ravish'd sight!" Or liquid fires explosive /Ewa pour?" (store? · Almighty Cause ! 'tis thy preserving care, Go, sceptic mole! demand th'eternal cause, That keeps thy works for ever fresh and fair; 1 The secret of his all-preserving laws; The sun, from thy superior radiance bright, The depths of wisdom infinite explore, Eternal sheds his delegated light;

| And ask thy Maker-why he knows no more? Lends to his sister orb inferior day,

| Thy error still in moral things as great,
And paints the silver moon's alternate ray: As vain to cavil at the ways of fate,
Thy hand the waste of eating Time renews: To ask why prosp'rous vice so oft succeeds,
Thou shedd'st the tepid morning's balmy dews: Why suffers innocence, or virtue bleeds?
When raging winds the blackend deep deform, Why monsters, nature must with blushes own,
Thy spirit rides commission'd in the storm ; By crimes grow pow'rful, and disgrace a throne?

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Why saints and sages, mark'd in every age, And aid the Muse's unexperienc'd wing, Perish the victims of tyrannic rage;

While Goodness, theme divine, shc soars to sing! Why Socrates for truth and freedom fell, 1 Tho' all thy attributes, divinely fair, Or Nero reign'd the delegate of hell ?

Thy full perfection, glorious God! declare; In rain by reason is the maze pursued, Yet if one beams superior to the rest, Of ill triumphant, and afHicted good,

Oh let thy Goodness fairesi be confessd : Fix'd to the hold, so might the sailor aim As shines the moon ainidst her starry train, To judge the pilot, and the steerage blame, | As breathes the rose amongst the flow'ry scene, As we direct to God what should belong, As the mild dove her silver plumes displays, Or say, that sov'reign wisdom governs wrong. So sheds thy mercy its distinguish'd rays." Nor always vice does uncorrected go,

| This led,' Creator mild, thy gracious hand, Nor virtue unrewarded pass below!

When forinless Chaos heard thy high cominand; Oft sacred Justice lifts her awful head, When, pleas'd, the eye thy matchless works And dooms the tyrant and th' usurper dead;

view'd, Oft Providence, more friendly than severe, And Goodness, placid, spoke that all was good! Arrests the hero in his wild career;

Nor only does in heav'n thy Goodness shine; Directs the fever, poniard, or the ball, |Delighted nature feels its warmth divine; By which an Ammon, Charics, or Cæsar fall ; The vital sun's illuminating beam, Or, when the cursed Borgias brew the cup

| The silver crescent, and the starry gleam, For merit, bids the monsters drink it up; As day and night alternate they command, On riolence oft retorts the cruel spear,

Proclaim that truth to ev'ry distant land. Or fetters cunning in its crafty snare;

See smiling nature, with thy treasures fair, Relieves the innocent, exalts the just,

Confess thy bounty and parental care; And lays the proud oppressor in the dust! Renew'd by thee, ihe faithful seasons rise,

But, fast as Time's swift pinions can convey, And carth with plenty all her sons supplies. Hastens the pomp of that tremendous day, The generous lion, and the brinded boar, When to the view of all created eyes

As nightly thro' the forest walks they roar, God's high tribunal sha!I majestic rise,

From thee, Almighty Maker, scek their prey, When the loud trumpet shall assenible round Nor from thy hand unsated go away : The dead, reviving at the piercing sound! To thee for meat the callow ravens cry, Where men and angels shall to audit come, Supported by thy all-preserving eye: And millions yet unborn receive their doom! {From thee the feather'd natives of the plain, Then shall fair Providence, to all display'd, Or those who range the field or plough the main, Appear divinely bright without a shade; Receive with constant course th'appointed food, In light triuinphant all her acts be shown, And taste the cup of universal good; And blushing Doubt eternal Wisdom own! Thy hand thou open’st, million'd myriads live;

Mean while, thou great Intelligence supreme, Thou frown'st, they faint, thou smil'st, and they Sor'reign Director of this inighty frame, T On virtue's acre, as on rapine's stores, (revive! Whose watchful hand, and all-observing ken, See Heav'n impartial deal the fruitful show'rs! Fashions the hearts, and views the ways of men; Life's cominon blessings all her children share, Whether thy hand the plen:cous table spread, Tread the same earth, and breathe a gen'mal air! Or meastite sparingly tlie daily bread;

Without distinction boundless blessings full, Whether or wealth or honors gild the scene, | And Goodness like the sun, entightens all! Or wants deform, or wasting anguish stain ; Oh man! degenerate inan! olend no more! On thee let truth and virtue firm rely,

Go, learn of brutes thy Maker to adore ! Bless'd in the care of thy approving eye! Shall these thro' ev'ry tribe his bounty own, know that thy providence, their constant friend, Of all his works ungrateful thou alone! Thro life shall guard them, and in death attend; Deaf when the inneful voice of mercy cries, With everlasting arms their cause embrace, 'And blind when sov 'reign Goodness charms the And crown the paths of piety with peace. 1 . eyes!

Mark how the wretch his awful name blasphemes, ix. GOODNESS.

His pity spares his clemency reclaims!".
Ye seraphs, who God's throne encircling still, Observe his patience with the guilty slive,
With holy zeal your golden censers fill; And bid the criminal repent and live;
Ye flaming ministers, to distant lands

Recal the fugitive with genile eye,
Who bear, obsequious, his divine commands; Beseech the obstinate, he would not die!
le cherubs, who compose the sacred choir, Amazing tenderness -- amazing most,
Attuning to the voice th' angelic lyre !

The soul on whom such mercy should be lost! Or ye, fair uatives of the heav'nly plain,

But wouldst thou view the rays of goodness join Who once were mortal -- now a happier train! In one strong point of radiance all divine, Who spend in peaceful lore your jovful hours, Behold, celestial Muse! yon eastern light; In blissful meads, and amaranthine bowers, To Bethlem's plain, adoring, bend thy sight! Oh lend one spark of your celestial fire, . Hear the glari message to the shepherds giv'n,.. Oh deiga my glowing bosom to inspire, Good will on earth to man, and peace in bcav'n!


Attend the swains, pursue the starry road, Let your chaste hands the holy altars raise,
And nail to carth the Saviour and the God! Fresh incense bring, and light ihe glowing blaze,

Redemption! oh thou beauteous mystic plan! Your grateful voices aid the Muse to sing
Thou salutary source of life to man!'

The spotless justice of th' Almighty King! What tongue can speak thy comprehensive zrace? | As only Rectitude divine he knows, What thought the depths unfathomable trace? | As truth and sanctity his thoughts compose; When lost in sin our ruin'd nature jay,

So these the dictates which the Eternal Mind When awful justice claim'd her righteous pay! (To reasonable beings has assign'd; See the mild Saviour bend his pitying eye, | These has his care on ev'ry mind impressd, And stop the lightning just prepard to Hy! The conscious seals the hand of Heav'n attest! (O strange effect of unexampled love!) When man, perverse, for wrong forsakes the View him descend the heav'nly throne abors;

right, Parient the ills of mortal life endure,

He still attentive kecps the fault in sight; Calın, though revil'd, and innocent, tho'po * ! Demands that strict atonement should be made, Uncertain his abode, and coarse his food, His life one fair continued scene of good;

But Doubt demands " Why man disposid For us sustain the wrath to man decreed,

" this way? The victim of eternal justice bleert!

“Why left the dang'rous choice to go astray? Look! to the cross the Lord of life is tiell, “ If Heav'n that masle him did the fandt foresee, They pierce his hands, and wound his sacred side, “ Thence follows, Heavin is more to blame than See God expires! our forteit to atone,

No-hadw good ihe heart alone inclin'd, The." While nature trembles at his parting groan! What toil, what prize had virtue been assign'd?

Advance, thou hopeless morial, steel'din guilt, From obstacles her noblest triumphs flow, Behold, and, if thou canst, forbear to meli Her spirits languish when she finds no foe! Shall Jesus die thy freedom to regain, . Man might perhaps have so been happy still, And wilt thou drag the voluntary chain? Happy, without the privilege of will, Wilt thou refuse thy kind assent to give, . And just, because his hands were tied from ill!) When dying he looks down to bid thee live! O wondrous scheme, to mend th' almighty plan, Perverse, wilt thou reject the profler'd good, By sinking all the dignity of man! Bought with his life, and streaming in his blood? Yet turn thy eyes, rain sceptic, own thy pride, Whose virtue can tlry deepest crimes efface, And view thy happiness and choice allied; Re-heil thy nature, and confirm thy peace! See virtue from herseit her bliss derive, Can all the errors of thy life aione,

| A bliss, beyond the pow's of thrones to give; And raise thee from a rebel to a son!

See vice, of empire and of wealth possess'd, O bleat Redeemer, from thty sacred throne, Pine at the heart, and feel herself unbless'd : Where saints and angels sing thy triumphis won! And, say, were yet no further marks assign'd, (Where from the grave thou rais'd thy glorious Is man ungrateful? or is learn unkind head,

“Yes, all the woes fromllcav'n permissive fall; Chain d to thy car the pow'rs infernal led) “ The wretch adopts--the wretch improves them From that exalted height of bliss supreine, From his wilu lusi, or lus oppressivedeed, [all." Look down on those who bearthy sacred name;/ Rapen, baitles, murders, sacrilege proceed; Restore their wars, inspire them by thy grace, His wild ambition thins the peopled earth, Thy laws to follow, and thy steps to trave; Or from his ai 'rice fainine takes her birth; Thy bright example to thy doctrine join,

|lad nature giv'n the hero wings to fly, And by their morals prove their faith divine! His pride would lead him to attempt the sky!

Nor only to thy church contine tv ray, To angels make the pigmuy's fully known, O'er the glad world thy healing light display ; And draw ev'n pity from th' eternal throne. Fair Sun of Righteoustiess! in beauty rise, Yet while on earth triumphant vice prevails, And clear the mists that cloud the mental skica! | Celestial Justice balances her scales. To Judah's remnant, now a scatter'd train, With cya uubiss'il all the scene surveys, Oh great Messiah! show thy promis'd reign;

With hand impartial crry crimne she weiglis; O'er carth as wide thy saving warmth diifuse, Oft close pursuing it bis trembling heele, As spreads the ambient air, or falling dews; The man of blood her awful presence feels; And haste the time when, vanquish'd by thy Oft from her arm, unidst the blaze of state, pow'r,

The regal tvrant, with success elate,
Dcath Shall expire, and sin defile no more! Is forc'd to leap the precipice of fate !

Or if the villain pass unpunish'd here,

'Tis but to mzhe the future stroke severe;
Hence distant far, ye sons of earth profane, For soon or lite eternal Justice pays
The loose, ambitious, covetous, or vain: Mankind the just desert of all their ways.
Ye worms of pow'r! ye minion'd slaves of statc, "Tis in that awful all-disclosing dav,
The wanton vulgar, and the sordid great! When high Omniscience shall her books display,
But come, ye purer souls, from drosa refin'd, When Justice shall present her strict account,
The blameless heart and uncorrupted mind! While Conscience shall attest the due amount;


That all who fce!, condenın the dreadful rol, To whom his gracious promises extend,
Shall own that righteous are the ways of God! In whom they centre, and in whom shall end,

Oh then, while penitence can faté disarm, Which (blession that foundation surewho build) While ling'ring Justice yet withholds its arm; Shall with eternal Justice be fulfill'd:

Inmediate, to the seat of mercy fly,

With grateful hearts liis glorious praise recite, Nor wait to-morrow-lest to-night he die! Whose love froin darkness calld you out to

But tremble, all ye sins of blackest birth, So let your piety reflective shine, [light; Ye giants, that deform the face of carth; , is men may thence confess his truth divine ! Trec. le, ye sons of aggravated guilt,

And when ihis mortal veil, as soon it must, And, ere too late, let sorrow learn to melt: Shall drop, returning to its native dust; Hemorseless Murder! drop thy hand severe, The work of life with approbation done, And bathe thy bloody weapon with a tear; Receive from God your bright immortal crown Go, Lust impure! converse with friendly light, Forsake the mansions of defiling night;

XI. GLORY. Quit, dark Hypocrisy, thy thin disguise, But oh, advent'rous Muse, restrain thy flight, For think to cheat the notice of the skies! Dare not the blaze of uncreated light! Cuocial Avarice, thy grasp forego,

Before whose glorious throne with dread surprise And bid the useful treasuré learn to flow ! 'Th'adoring seraph veils his dazzled eyes; Restore, Injustice, the defrauded gain! Whose pure effulgence, radiant to excess, Oppression, bend to case the captive's.chain, No colors can describe, or words express ! Ere awful Justice strike the fatal blow! All the fair beauties, all the lucid stores, And drive you to the realıns of night below!

| Whicho'erthy work thy hand resplendent pours, But doubt resumes-“If Justice has decreed Feeble, thy brighter glories to display, “ The punishment proportion'd to the deed; Pale as the moon before the solar ray! Eternal misery seeins too severe,

| See on his throne the gaudy Persian plac'd, “ Toodread a weight for wretched man to bear! In all the pomp of the luxuriant cast! . * Too harsh!-that endless torments shouldrepay while mingling gems a porrow'd day unfold, * The crimes of life -- the errors of a day!"" And the rich purple wares emboss d with gold;

In vain our reason would presumptuous pry; Yet mark this scene of painted grandeur yield llar'n's counsels are beyond conception high ; To the fair lily that adorns the field ! : In vain would thought his measur'd justice scan! Obscur', bihold that fainter lily lies, Ilis wats how different from the ways of man! By the rich bird's inimitable dyes'; Too deep for thee his secrets are to know, Yet the survey confounded and outdone Inquire not, but more wisely shun the woe; By the superior lustre of the sun; Warn'd by his threat'mirys to his laws attend, That sun hiinself withdraws his lesscn'd beam And learn to make Omnipotence thv friend! From Thee, the glorious Author of his frame! Our weaker laws, to gain the purpos d ends, Transcendent Pow'r ! sole arbiter of fate! Oft pass the bounds the lawgiver intends, | How great thy glory! and thy bliss how great! Oft partial pow'r, to serve its own design, To view from thy exalted throne above, Warps from the text, exceeding reason's line ; (Eternal source of light, and life, and love) Strikes biass d at the person, not the deed, Unnumber'd creatures draw their smiling birth, And secs the guiltless linprotected bleed! To bless the heav'ns, or beautify the earth,

But God alone, with unimpassion d sight, While systems roll, obedient to thy view, Suneys the nice barrier of wrong and right; And worlds rejoice--which Newton never knew, And while subservient, as his will ordains, Then raise the song, the gen'ral anthem raise, Obedient nature yields the present means ; And swell the concert of eternal praise! While neither force nor passions guide his views, Assist, ye orbs, that form this boundless whole, Ei’n Evil works the purpose he pursues ! Which'in the womb of space unnumber'd roll; That bitter spring, the source of human pain! Ye planets who compose our lesser scheme, Healid by his touch does inineral health contain; And bend, concertive, round the solar frame; And dark affliction at his potent rod,

Thou cye of nature! whose extensive rav Withdraws its cloud, and brightens into good. With endless charins adorns the face of day;

Thus human justice (far as man can go) Consenting raise th' harmonious joyful sound,
For private safety strikes the dubious blow; And bear his praises thro' the vast profound !
But Rectitude dívine, with nobler soul, Ilis praise, ye winds that fan the cheerful air,
Consults each individual in the whole! :o Swift as they pass along your pinions bear!
Directs the issues of each moral strive,
And sees creation struggle into life!

| Far as her circling billows can convey!
And you, ye happier souls! who in his ways His praise, ye misty vapors, wide diffuse,
Observant walk, and sing his daily praise ; In rains descending, or in milder dews!
Ye righteous few! whose calm unruffled breasts His praises whisper, ye majestic trees,
No fears can darken, and no guilt infests, | As your tops rustle to the genils brouze!

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