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Leave the rash soldier spoils of war to win, (Abrupt -ays Slaih) " I'll fit the tender age
Won by the soldier thou shalt share the spoil : Tumult and wars, fit age for joy and love. These softer cures my best allies crploy, Turn, gentle youth, to me, to love, and joy! New pleasures to invent, to wish, and is enjoy." To these I lead : no monsters here shall stay
Thine casy course; no cares thy peace annoy ; Her winning voice the youth attentive caught : I lead to bliss a nearer, smooiher way:
lle gaz'd iinpatient on the smiling maid ; Stili gaz'il, and listenil; then her name besought: Turn, yenile youth-with me eternal pleasures
Short is my way, fair, casy, smooth, and plain : “My name, fairrouth, is Happiness," she said..
rvign." * Wellc friends thisenvied truth: maintain ;
[thine?" They share my bliss, the best can speak my " What pleasures, vain mistaken wretch, are praise:
(Virtue with scorn replied) whosleep'szinease Tho' Sander call me Slethi (detraction vain!),
Inseusate ; whose soft limbs the toil decline Hleed not what Shunder, vin detractor, says ; That seasons bliss,andmakes enjoyment please; Slander, still prompttrue merit todefame. [name." Draining the copious bowl ere thirst require ; To blot the brightest worth, and blast the fairest
Fcasting ere banger to the feast invite: By this arrivd the fair majestic Vaid;
Whose tasteless joys anticipate desire, Sue all the while, with the same modest pace,
Whom lusury supplies with appetite: Compos'd advanc'd:“ knoir, liercules," she said Yet nature loatlis, and you emplov in vain With manly tone, “thy birth of heav'nly race:
Variety and ari 10 conquer her disdain. *Thy tender ace, that lov'd instruction's voice, "Thesparkling nectar could with summer sious,
Promis'd the generous,patieni,brave, and wise: The dainty board with choicest riands spread, When manhood should confirin thy glorious To thee are tusteless all ! sincere repose
Nowexpectation waits to see thee rise. [choice, Flies froin thy flowry couch and downy beid. Risc, south! exalt thyself and me; approve
For thou art only tired with indolence; Thy high descent from licaven, and dare be Vor is this sleep with toil and labor bought, wortlav Jove.
[disguise : Th' imperfect sleep, that lolls thy languid sense “ But what truth prompts, my tongue shall not In dull oblivious interval of thought ;
The steep ascent musi be with toil subdued ; That kindly steals th' inactive hoursaway [theday. Watching and cares must win the lofty prize From the long ling ring space, that lengthens out
Propos'd by lieaven --- truc bliss and read good. From bounteous nature's unexhausted stores Honor rewards the brave and bold alone; Hlows the pure fountain of sincere delighits :
Sie spie is the timorons, indolent, and base: Averse to her, you waste the joyless hours; Dangus an toil stand stern before her throne, Sleep drowns ily days, and riot rules thy
Amguard 90 jove commands; the sacred place, Imunorial tho thuuari, indignant Jore (nights Who seeks her, must the mighiv cost sustai, Hurl'd thee from hear'n, th' imarortals blissAnd pay ihe price of time --- labor, and.core,
fal place, For ever banish'd froin the realms above,
To dwell on earth with man's degenerate 14 Wouidst thou engage the gods peculiar care? Fitter abode! on earth alike disgrac'd ; (race:
Oliercules, th' immortal pow'rsaduse! Rijected by the wise, and by the tool embraed.
“ Fond wretch, that vainly weenest all delight Or, womidst thouguinthycountry's loud applause,
To gratify the sense, reserv'd for thee! Lavd as her father, os har god atord? Yet the most pleasing object to the sight. Be thou the bold assister of lies cause;
Thine own fair action never didst thou see, Her voice in council, in the tight her sword : Tho' lull’d with softest sounds thou liest along, In peace, in war, pursue the country's 500;
Soft music, warbling voices, melting lays, (song For her, bare the bold breast, and four they ge- Neer didst thou hear, more sweet than sweetest nerous blood.
Charming the soul, thot ne'er didst hear thy
Now-to thy revels let the foot repair ; [praise! Wouldst thou,to quellthe proudundltith'opprest, To such go smooth thy speech, and spread thy In arts of war and matchless strength excel?
tempting snate. thou thyseit: to case, to rest, To cach sufi thought of pleasure, bid farewell.
“ Vast happiness enjoy thy gay allies ! The night alternate, duc to sweet repose,
A youth of follies, an old age of cares; În watches waste; in painful march, the day:
Young yet enervate, old yet never wise, (pairs.
Vice wastes their vigor, and their mind imCongcald amidst the rigorous winter's sharva, Vain, idle, delicate, in thoughtless ease, (spend;
Scorch'd by tlıe summer's ihirsi-infiaming ray,
Reserving woes for age, their prime they Vigor shall brace thincarm, resistess in the right.
With sorrow to the verge of life they tend. “ Hearst thou what nonsters then thou must Griev'd with the present, of the past ashamid, enge?
(prova?" | They live and are despis’d; they die, nor more What dan ts, grntle youlli, she blus the are nam'da
“But with the gods, and gollike mer. I dweli ;| Teach me! possess my soul! be thou my guide .
Me, his supreme delighi, th’ Almighty Sire Hrom thee oh nerer, never let me stray !" Regards well pleasd: whatever works excel, While ardent thus the youth his vows adress'd, All, or divine or human I inspire.
With all the goddess tiil'd, already glow'd his Counsel with strength, and industry with art,
breast. In union ineet conjoin'd with me reside : My dictates arm, instruct, and mend the heart,
The heav'nly maid with strength divine endned 'The surest policy, the wisest guide. [bind
His during soul; there all her pow'rs comWith me true friendship dwells : she deigns to
Firm constancy, undaunte:l fortitude, [bin'd : Those generous souls alone, whom I before
Enduring patience, arm d his mighty inind, have joind.
Unmo: id in ivils, in dangers andismay'd,
By inany a hardy died and bold emprize, " Nor need my friends the various costly feast, From tierret monsteri, thro' luer powerful aid,
Hunger to them th' chects of art supplies ; Hefreed the carth! tiroler he guind the shits, Labor prepares their weary limbs to rest; "Twas Virtue plac'd him in the blostabode;[60d. Sweet is their sleep; lighi, cheerful, strong, Crown'd witli eternal youth, among the gods a they rise.
[nown Thro' health, thro' joy, thro' pleasure and ru
They tread my pails: and by a sofi descent
$ 78. The Hermit. Parnell. la which no hour flew unimprov'd away; [day. Far in a wild, unknown to public view, In which some gen'rous deed distinguish dev'ry From vouth to age a rev rend'Hermit grew; " And when the destiud term at length's com- The moss bis hed, the cave his humble cell.
Their ashes rest in peace, eternal fame [pleie, llis food the fruits, liis drink the crystal well: Sound; wide their praise : triumphant o'er face, Remote from man, with God he pass'd his clavs, In sacred song for ever lives their name.
Pray'r all his business, all his pleasure praise. This, Hercules, is happiness ! obey
Á life so sacred, such serene repose, dly voice, and live: let the celestial birth Seen's hear'n itseit till one suggestion rose Lift and enlarge thy thoughts: behold the way That vice should triumph, virtuc vlce obcy;
That leads to fame, and raises thee from carthi, This sprung some doubt of Providence's sway: Inmortal! 1.0, I guide thy steps, Arise, [skies." His hopes no more a certain prospect boast, Pursue the glorious path and claim thy native
ind all the tenor of his soul is lost.
So when a smooth expanse receives imprest Her words breathe fire celestial, and impart
Calin nature's image on its watry breast, [grow, los sigor to his soul, that suiden caught Down bend the banks, the trees depending The generous flame: with great intent his heart ind skies beneath with answering colors Swells full, and labors with exalted thought.
But it a stone the ventle sea divide, (glow; The mist of errors from his eyes dispellid,
Swift ruilling circies curl on ev'ry side, Thro' all her frauclful arts, in clearest light,
And olimering fragments of a broken sun; Sih in her native forın he now beheld;
Banks, trees, and skies in thick disorder run. Unveil'd she stood confest before his sight: False Siren! Allbervauntedcharins, that shone To find it books or swain, repor: it right, (sighi,
To clear this doubt, to know the world by So fresh etewhile and fair, now wither’d, pale, (For vet by swains alone the world he knew,
Whose feet came wandring o'er the nightly dew) No more the rosy bloom in sweet disguise [grace lle quits his cell; the pilgrim statl he bore,
Masks her dissembled looks; each borrow'd l .Ind tix'd the scallop in his hat before ! Lares her wan chcek; pole sickness cloud, lier Then with the sun a rising journey went,
Livid and sunk, and passionsdim her face. [eves Sedate to think, and watching each event. Asubea fair Iris has a while display'd
The morn was wasted in the pathless grass, Her wat'ry arch with usuriy pinture gay,
jud long and Jonesome was the wild to pass ; While yet we gaze the glorious colors faile,
But when the southern sun had waru'd the day, And from our wonder gently steal away:
I vonch came posting o'er a crossing way; Where shone the beauteous pliantoin, erst so
His raiment decent, his complexion fair, bright,
And soft in graceful ringlets war'd his hair : Now low'ts the low-hung cloud, all gloomy to Then ngarapproaching, Father, hail!" he criei: the sight.
And“ Kail, int sou!" the rev'rend sire replied.
Words followed words, from question answer But Virtue more engaging, all the while frene flow'd,
Disclos'd new charms, more lovely, more se- And talk of rarious kind deceiv'd the road; Beaming sweet influence, a milder mile Till each with other pleas'il, and loth to purt,
Sofiend the terrors of her lofiy mien. While in their age they differ, join in hicart. "Lead, zoddess; I am thine !" transported cried Thus stands an aged elin in ivy bound, Alcides; “ O propitious pow's, thy way Thus youthful ivy clasps an elin around.
Now sunk the sun ; the closing hour of day And when the tempest first appear'd to cease,
? the gen'rous landlord own'd before,
Ai length 'tis morn, and at the dawn of day The weather courts them from the poor retreat, Along the wide canals the Zephyrs play ; And the glad master bolis the wary gate. Fresh o'er the gay parterres the breezes creep, While hence they walk the Pilgrim's boson And shake the neighb'ring wood to tanish wrought Uprise the guests obedient to the call; [sleep. With all the travail of uncertain thought; An early banquet deck'd the splendid hall; His partner's acts without their cause appear; Rich luscious wine a golden goblet grac'd, 'Twas there a vice; and seein'd a madness here: Which the kind master fore'd the guests to taste, Detesting that, and pitying this, he goes, Then pleas'd and thankful, from the porch Lost and confounded with the various shows. they go;
Nownight'sdimshades again involvethe sky;? And, but ihe landlord, none had cause of woe : Again the wand'rers want a place to lie : Ilis cup was vanish'd; for in secret guise Again they search, and find a lodging nighı. The younger guest purloind the glitt'ring The soil improv'd around, the mansion neat, As one who spies a serpent in his way, (prize. And neither poorly low nor idly great, Glist'ning and basking in the summer ray, It seem'd to speak its master's turn of mind, Disorder'd stops to shun the danger near, Content, and not for praise but virtue kind. Then walks with faiatness on, and looks with Ilither the walkers turn with weary feet, So seem'd the sire, when tar upon the road [fear; Then bless the mansion, and the master greet. The shining spoil his wily partner show'd. Their greeting fair, bestow'd with modest guise, He stopp'd with silence, walk'd with trembling The courteous master bears and thus replies : heart,
“ Without a rain, without a grudging heart, And much he wish'd, but durst not ask, to part: To him who gives us all, 1 yield a part ; Murm’ring he lifts liis eyes, and thinks it hard From himn you come, for him accept it here, That gen'rous actions meet a base reward. A frank and sober, more than costly cheer.”
While thus they paes, the sun his glory shrouds, He spoke, and bid the welcome table spread, The changing skies hang out their sable clouds ; Then talk'd of virtue till the time of bed; A sound in air presag'd approaching rain, When the grave household round his hall repair, And beasts to covert scud across the plain. Waru'd bya bell, and close the hours with pray'r. Warn’d by the signs, the wand'ring pair retreat At length the world renew'd by calm repose, To seek for shelter at a neighb'ring seat : Was strong for toil; the dappled morn arose 'Twas built with turrets on a rising ground, Before the Pilgrims part, the younger crept, And strong, and large, and unimprov'd around; Near the clos'd cradle, where an infant slept, Its owner's temper, tim'rous and severe, And writh'd his neck: the landlord's little pride, Unkind and griping caus'd a desart there. O strange return! grew black, and gasp'd, and As near the miser's heavy doors they drew, Horror of horrors ! what! his only son? (died, Fierce rising gusts with sudden fury blew; How look our Hermit when the fact was done The nimble lightning mix'd with show'ss began, Not hell, tho' hell's black jaws in sunder part, And o'er their heads loud rolling thunder ran, Andbreathe blue fire, could more assault his heart. Here long they knock, but knock or call in yain, Confus'd and struck with silence at the deed, Driv'n by the wind and batter'd by the rain. He flies ; but, trembling fails to fly with speed, At length some pity warm'd the master's breast Ilis steps the youth pursues : the country lay ("Twas then his threshold first receiv'd a guest): Perplex'd with roads'; a servant show'd the way: Slow creaking turns the door with jealous care, A river crossid the path ; the passage o'er And half he welcomes in th' shiv'ring pair ; Was nice to find; the servant trod before : One frugal fagyot lights the naked walls, (calls : Longarmsofoaks an open bridge supplied, [glide. And nature's fervor through their limbs re-Anddeep the waves beneath the bending branches Bread of the coarser sort with ineagre wine, The youth, who seem'd to watch a time to sin, (Each hardly granted) serv'd them both to dine : Approach'd the careless guide, and thrust him in
Plunging he fulls; and rising lifts his head; The poor fond parent, humbled in the dust,
Wild sparkling rage inflames the father's eyes; “ But how had all his fortunes felt a wrack,
The proplict gaz's., imd wish'd to follow too.
" Thypray'r, thypraise.thylifetoviceunknowi, In sweet memoriál rise before the throne :
$ 79. The Fire-Side. Cotton. Then charins success in our bright region find, And force an angel down to calm thy mind;
Dear Chloe, while the busy crowd, For this comunission'd, I forsook the sky,
The vain, the wealthy, and the proud, Nay, cease to kucel! - thy fellow-servant I.
In Folly's maze advance : "Then kuow the truth of government divine, Tho' singularity and pride And let these scruples be no longer thine.
Be call'd our choice, we 'll step aside, “The laker jusily claims that world he made,
Nor join the giddy dance.
Where love our hours employs ;
To spoil our heart-felt joys.
hat strange events can strike with moresur- Within our breast this jewel lies; That those which latelystruckihywond'rinyeyes? Yes, iwught by these, confess the Almighty just ; 'The world has nothing to bestow;
And they are fools who roam: And, where you can't unriddle, learn 10 trust. "The great vain man, who fard on costly food,
Froin our own selves our joys must flow,
And that dear hut, our home.
Of rest was Noali's dove bereft,
wing she loft Has with the cup, the graceless custom lost,
That safe retreat, the ark; And still he welcomes, but with less of cost. Giving her vain excursion o'er,
• Themeansuspiciousuvreich, whosebolted door The disappointed bird once more
Explor'd the sacred bark.
A paradise below.
Our babes shall richest comforts bring; "Long had our pious friends in virive trod,
If tutor’d right, they 'll prove a spring Butnow thechild half-wean'd his heart from God; we'll form their minds, with studious care,
Whence pleasures ever rise: (Child of his ave) for him he liv'd in pain, And measur'd back his steps to earth again.
To all that's mauly, good and fair, To what exceses had his dotage run!
And train thein for the skies.
While they our wisest hours engage,
And crown our hoary hairs:
They '! They 'll grow in virtue ev'ry day,
All my ambition is, I own,
To profit and to please unknown;
Like streams supplied fronı springs below, No borrow'd joys, they 're all our own,
Which scatter blessings as they flow.
Were While to the world we live unknown,
you discas d, or press'd with pain, Or by the world forgot:
Straight you 'd apply to Warwick Lane. Monarchs! we envy not your state;
The thoughtful Doctor feels your pulse We look with pity on the great,
(No matter whether Mead or Huise),
Writes --- Arabic to you and me-
Then signs his land, and takes his fee.
Now, should the sage omit his name, But then how little do we nece!!
llould not the cure remain the same: For nature's calls are few :
Noibut physicians sign their bill, In this the art of living lies,
Or when they cure, or when they kill. To want no more than may suslice,
'Tis often known, the mental race And make that little do.
Their fond ambitious sires disgrace. We'll therefore relish, with content,
Dard I arow a parent's claim, Whate’er kind Providence has seni,
Critics might sneer, and friends might blame. Norainn beyond our pow'r;
This dang 'rous secret let me hide, For, if our stock be very small,
I'll tell you ev'ry thing beside:
Not that it boots the world a tiule, 'Tis prudence to enjoy it all, Nor lose the present hour.
Whether the author's big or lide;
Or whether fair, or black, or brown: To be resign'd when ills betide,
No writer's hue copcems the town. Patient when favors are denied,
pass the silent rural hour, And pleas'd with favors given;
To slave to wealth, no tool to powro Dear Chło:', this is wisdom's pari;
My mansion's warm, and very neat;
You'd say, ' A pretty snug reireat!'
Vy rooms no costly paintings grace,
Tric humbler print supplies their place. Since winter life is seldoin sweet;
Behind the house
niy garden lies, But, when our feast is o'er,
And opens to the southern skies :
The distant hills gay prospects yield,
The faith mastiff is my guard :
The feather'd tribes adorn niy vari;
Alive my joy, my treat when dead,
And their soft plumes improve my bed. Quit its vain scenes without a tcar,
My cow rewards me all she can Without a trouble or a scar,
(Bruies leave ingratitude to man); And mingle with the dead.
She daily thankful to her lord,
Crowns with nectarious sweets my board : VÚhile conscience, like a faithful friend, Am I discas d? the cure is known, Shali thro' the gloomy vale attend,
lier sweeter juices mend my own. And cheer our dying breath;
I love my house, and seldom roam ; Shall, when all other comforts cease,
Few visits please me more than home : Like a kind angel whisper peace,
I pity that unhappy elf
Who loves all company but self;
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Fond of those hives where Folly reigns, Instruction of younger Minds. Cotton.
peers receive her chains
Where the pert virgin slights a name,
And scorus to redden into shame.
Tlie poet and his artless song,
Farewell to virtue licre below! And would you wish me to reveal
Our sex is lost' to ev'ry mile; What these superior wits conceal?
Our sole distinction, knave or fool Forego the search, my curious friend, "Tis to your innocence we ru; And husband time to better end.
Save us, ye fair, or we're undone; * Though Dr. Cotton is well known to have been the author of these Visions, they have generally been published without prefixing his name,
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