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Whose pensive ear no wakeful sounds alarm,
Save the lone owl, slow clock, or bellman's drowsy


Me let the cheerful dance engage,

Swift urg'd along the lighted dome; While with new warmth the virgin glows,

Her cheek all flush'd with fresher bloom: Motion and music tenderest thoughts inspire, And all her yielding soul relents to soft desire.

Let the sage Hermit shun mankind,

With pale-eyed Penitence to dwell, To freeze at midnight hours of prayer

Within a solitary cell; Penurious on the verdant herb to sup, And of the chilling stream to drain his beechen cup.

Be mine, amidst the social band,

The raptures of champaign to taste, Whose vigorous juice new relish gives

To mutual converse, Reason's feast; While old Anacreon seems to‘rise, and say, “ Begone, ye toils of life, ye busy cares, away!"





Hie thee hence! thou spectre foul,

Fiend of misery extreme;

Hence! nor o'er yon dwelling scowl With blasting eye, while to thy haggard scream The midnight wolf accords his famish'd howl, And madd’ning wretches loud in agony blaspheme.

Hence!—from the artless bard keep wide aloof

Fly rather to his hated roof,
Who, deaf to Mercy's soft controul,

Can steel with rugged edge the soul : Plund'ring, unmov'd the orphan's cry can hear, Or from the widow'd lip the scanty morsel tear :

But pass him by, the wooer mild
Of Genius, friend to all, Nature's ingenuous child.

Constant toil, and coarsest fare,
Long indeed the village hind

In silent apathy may bear,
While o'er his brow Health's rosy wreath is twin’d:
While his passions sluggish flow,
Borne on life's pacific round;

Nor aims his highest wish to know
Beyond the hamlet's pale, his grandsire's farthest


Yet, rous'd to feeling, much he mourns his lot,

When the pale visage of Disease Frowns on his humble cot, When sinks his drooping front, and bend his feeble


There, oft, unheeded on the ground,

May Sickness, Age, and Want be found,
United all in one forlorn abode,
Of grief each singly own'd a melancholy load.

From the damp and earthy bed
The sufferer lifts his aching sight in vain :-

Despair hangs weeping o'er his head :
Sad pallet this for ease ! sad comforter in pain I


Fly, ye rich, unbidden fly,
Pour your oil, and pour your wine:

Wipe from tears the misty eye;
Charity's a ray divine-
A raythat lights the soul with brightest beam to shine.

Why withhold the little boon ?

Seems it much, ye sons of wealth,

Glitt'ring moths of sunny noon

Plum'd with gold of joy and health ? O think! a blast may come, yourselves may perish


Yet, different in this common state, What different care attends your happier fate !

Fading you may sure receive All wayward fancy craves, all soothing art can give:

While, with equal wants opprest, The child of Misery heaves his lab'ring breast,

Cheer'd by no kind assisting powers, Scarce with such crumbs sustain'd as hungry

Health devours.

Melt, in soft compassion melt,
Ye gentle, wail th' unletter'd peasant poor:

Yet keener far, as more severely felt,
Does Penury haunt th’ill-omen'd scholar's door;
He calls for all your tears; give these, if nothing more.

Warm’d his soul with genial flame
In youth's gay spring was bid to rise,

To pant for science, thirst for fame,
And hope fair Merit's golden prize.

Much he hop'd, for many a tale

Of praise was echo'd to his ear;
Full many a promise (Alatt'ring gale!)

Foretold the wish'd-for port was near,

Awhile it blew,—then dy'd away,

Like breezes with declining day, And left him, wondring wretch! forsaken quite, In Poverty's dead calm, and Disappointment's night.

What avails th' expanded mind,

Tutor'd in the choicest lore?
The suffering body lags behind,

Nor lets the rising spirit soar:
Callid home,—what Stvic pride the soul can steel,
When every sinew's rack'd, and every nerve must


What avails the glowing heart,

The eye that glistens at distress; The wish all blessings to impart, Or make at least a brother's sorrow less? From Trouble's spring the deepest draught he drew, Who mourns his own hard lot, and weeps for others too.

At the sad mistaken gate When the maim'd veteran takes his suppliant stand,

Struck with the hapless warrior's state, Sudden the pitying tenant gives his hand.

--'Tis empty-See! his lids o'er flow, To send undol'd away the hoary son of woe.

Love too--for in the lowliest cell.
Chaste love with purest flame may dwell-

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