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And now my eyes with transport rove
O'er all the blue expanse above,

Unbroken by a cloud!

And now beneath delighted pass,

Where, winding through the deep-green grass,

A full brimm'd river flow'd.

I stop, I gaze; in accents rude,
To thee, serenest Solitude,

Burst forth th' unbidden lay;

"Begone, vile world, the learn'd, the wise,

The great, the busy I despise,

And pity e'en the gay.

"These, these are joys alone, I cry;

'Tis here, divine Philosophy,

Thou deign'st to fix thy throne!
Here Contemplation points the road
Thro' Nature's charms to Nature's God!
These, these are joys alone!

"Adieu, ye vain low-thoughted cares,
Ye human hopes, and human fears,
Ye pleasures and ye pains!"
While thus I spake, o'er all my soul
A philosophic calmness stole,

A stoic stillness reigns.

The tyrant passions all subside;

Fear, anger, pity, shame, and pride,
No more my bosom move :
Yet still I felt, or seem to feel,
A kind of visionary zeal

Of universal love.

When lo! a voice, a voice I hear! 'Twas Reason whisper'd in my ear

These monitory strains :

"What mean'st thou, man? would'st thou unbind The ties which constitute thy kind,

The pleasures and the pains?

"The same Almighty Power unseen,
Who spreads the gay or solemn scene
To Contemplation's eye,

Fix'd every movement of the soul,
Taught every wish its destin'd goal,
And quicken'd every joy.

"He-bids the tyrant passions rage,
He bids them war eternal wage,
And combat each his foe:
Till from dissentions concord rise,
And beauties from deformities,

And happiness from woe.

"Art thou not man, and dar'st thou find A bliss which leans not to mankind? Presumptuous thought and vain!

Each bliss unshar'd is unenjoy'd,

Each power

is weak unless employ'd

Some social good to gain.

"Shall light and shade, and warmth and air, With those exalted joys compare,

Which active Virtue feels!
When on she drags, as lawful prize,
Contempt, and Indolence, and Vice,
At her triumphant wheels?

"As rest and labour still succeeds
To man, whilst Virtue's glorious deeds
Employ his toilsome day;
This fair variety of things,

Are merely life's refreshing springs,
To sooth him on his way.

"Enthusiast, go, unstring thy lyre,
In vain thou sing'st, if none admire,
How sweet soe'er the strain.
And is not thy o'erflowing mind,
Unless thou mixest with thy kind,
Benevolent in vain ?

Enthusiast, go, try every sense,
If not thy bliss, thy excellence,

Thou yet hast learn'd to scan;

At least thy wants, thy weakness know, And see them all uniting show,

That man was made for man."




АH! what avails the lengthening mead, By Nature's kindest bounty spread Along the vale of flowers!

Ah! what avails the darkening grove,

Or Philomel's melodious love,

That glads the midnight hours!

For me (alas!) the god of day
Ne'er glitters on the hawthorn spray,
Nor night her comfort brings:

I have no pleasure in the rose:
For me no vernal beauty blows,
Nor Philomela sings.

See how the sturdy peasants stride,
Adown yon hillock's verdant side,
In cheerful ignorance blest!
Alike to them the rose or thorn,
Alike arises every morn,

By gay Contentment drest.

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