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THE BRITISH

POETICAL MISCELLANY.

NIGHT THOUGHTS

AMONG

THE TOMBS.

BY THE REV. MR. MOORE.

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I view these gloomy mansions of the dead;
Around me tombs in mixt disorder rise,
And, in mute language, teach me to be wise.
Time was these alhes liv'd; a time must be
When others thus may stand and look at me.
Here, blended, lie the aged and the young,
The rich and poor, an undistinguish'd throng:
Death conquers all, and time's subduing hand,
Nor tombs nor marble statues can withstand.

Mark yonder ashes, in confusion spread !
Compare earth’s living tenants with her dead !
How striking the resemblance ! yet how just!
Once life and soul inform'd this mass of duft:
Around these bones, now broken and decay'd,
The streams of life in various channels play'd:
Perhaps that skull, so horrible to view,
Was some fair maid's, ye belles, as fair as you ;
These hollow sockets two bright orbs contain'd,
Where the loves sported, and in triumph reignid:
Here glow'd the lips; there, white as Parian stone,
The teeth, dispos'd in beauteous order, fhone,
This is life's goal-no farther can we view;
Beyond it, all is wonderful and new.

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The grave

O say, ye spirits, in a future state,
Why do ye hide the secrets of your fate,
And tell your endless pains or joys to none :-
Is it that men may live by faith alone ?

has eloquence, its le&tures teach,
In filence, louder than divines can preach;
Hear what it says-ye fons of folly hear ;
It speaks to you— lend an attentive ear:
It bids you lay all vanity aside;
A humbling lecture this for human pride.
The clock strikes twelve-how folemn is the found!
Hark, how the strokes from hollow vaults rebound!
They bid us hasten to be wise, and show
How rapid in their course the minutes flow.

Now airy shapes and hideous spectres dance
Athwart imagination's vivid glance ;
The felon now attack's the miser's door,
And ruthless murder prints her steps with gore :
Dull fancy now her dreary path pursues,
Midst groves of cypress, and unhallow'd yews,
Poetic visions vanish from my brain,
And my pulse throbs as feebly as my

strain.
What means this sudden, strange, unusual fart,
This folemn something creeping to my heart?
Why fear to read a gracious God's decree?
Why fear to look on what I soon must be ?
Can man be thoughtless of his end? or proud
Of charms that claim the coffin and the shroud ?
Come, let him read these sculptur'd tomb-ftones o'er,
Here fix his thoughts, and then be vain no more.

Let proud ambition learn this lesson hence,
Howe'er distinguish'd, dignify'd for sense ;
Whate'er the honour'd ensigns of renown,
The cap, the hood, the mitre, or the crown,
Death levels all: nor parts nor pow’rs can save ;
Milton himself must moulder in the grave,
Who sung and prov’d, with inspiration strong,
The soul immortal, in immortal fong.
Hark! thus death speaks ; ingenious son of men,
Why boast the chiffel, pencil, or the pen ?

Will fame, who oft denies her children bread,
Deceive the living, discompose the dead Pric Who
No; fame's a breath, it cannot life supply, sv bh vu
Nor yield you comfort when you come to die; bi bil
In my dark realms all opposites agree, yam 15 de
The heirs of wealth, and sons of poverty.

Whose tomb is this? It says 'tis Mira's tomb,
Pluck'd from the world in beauty's faireft bloom :
Attend, ye fair, ye thoughtless, and ye gay!
For Mira dy'd upon her nuptial day!
The grave, cold bridegroom! clasp?d her in his arms,
And kindred worms destroy her pleasing charms.

In yonder tomb the old Avaro lies;
(Once he was rich, the world esteem'd him wise.)
Schemes unaccomplish'd labour'd in his mind,
And all his thoughts were to this world confin'd;
Death came unlook'd for, from his grasping hands
Down dropp'd his bags, and morgages of lands.

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Beneath that sculptur'd pompous marble stone,
Lies youthful Florio aged twenty-one :
Croppd like a flow's, he wither'd in his bloom,
Though flatt’ring life had promis’d years to come.
Ye filken fons, ye Florio's of the age !
Who tread, in giddy maze, life's flow'ry stage,
Mark here the end of man! in Florio, see
What you and all the sons of earth must be.

There low in dust the vain Hortenfio lies,
Whose splendour was beheld with envious eyes ;
Titles and arms his pompous marble grace, biti
With a long histry of his noble race: od ad ki te
Still after death his vanity survives,
And on his tomb, all of Hortensio lives ! bonnes !

regionalnoget is all Around me, as I turn my wand'ring, eyes, such Unnumber'd graves in awful prospect rise, Whose ftones fay only when their owners dy'd, If young, or aged, and to whom ally’d; trinama On others, pompous epitaphs

are spread, nis 30 W In memory of the virtues of the dead; metu wa Vain waffe of praise ! fince, flatt ring or fincere, The judgment-day alone will make appear.

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How silent is this little spot of ground! How melancholy looks each object round ! Here man, diffolv'd in shatter'd ruin lies So fast asleep-as if no more to rise ; 'Tis strange to think, how these dead bones can live, Leap into form, and with new heat revive ! Or how this trodden earth to life shall wake, Know its own place, its former figure take; But whence these doubts? when the last trumpet sounds Thro’ heav'n's expanse, to earth's remoteft bounds, The dead shall quit these tenements of clay, And view again the long-extinguishod day: Cheer'd with this pleasing hope, I safely trust Th’ Almighty's pow'r to raise me from the duft.; On his unfailing promises rely, And all the horrors of the grave defy; Death! where's thy sting? Grave ! where's thy victory?

THE BLIND BEGGAR.

BY PETER PINDAR, ESQ.

, thou to WE. coline balmuhy wounded heart shall find;

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my And, lo! thy guiding Dog my cares implore;

O hafte, and shelter from th' unfeeling wind! Alas! shall Mıs’r y seek my cot with sighs,

And humbly fue for piteous alms my ear; Yet disappointed go with lifted eyes,

And on my threlhold leave th' upbraiding tear ? Thou bowest for the pity I bestow :

Bend not to me, because I mourn distress; I am thy debtor-much to thee I owe;

For learn—the greatest blessing is to bless. Thy hoary locks, and wan and pallid cheek,

And quiv’ring lip to fancy seem to say,

“ A more than common BEGGAR we bespeak;

“ A form that once has known a happier day." Thy sightless orbs and venerable beard,

And, press’d by weight of years, thy palsy'd head, Though silent, speak with tongues that must be heard,

Nay, must command, if Virtue be not dead. Thy shatter'd, yet thine awe-inspiring form

Shall give the village-lads the foften’d foul, To aid the victims of Life's frequent storm,

And smooth the surges that around them roll; Teach them that Poverty may Merit shroud;

And teach that VIRTUE may from Mis’ry spring ; Flame like the lightning from the frowning cloud,

That spreads on NATURE's smile its raven wing. O let me own the heart which pants to bless;

That nobly scorns to hide the useless store;
But looks around for objects of distress,

And triumphs in a sorrow for the poor !
When Heav'n on man is pleas’d. its wealth to show'r,

Ah, what an envy'd bliss doth Heav'n bestow!
To raise pale Merit in her hopeless hour,

And lead DesPONDENCE from the tomb of Woe! Lo! not the little birds shall chirp in vain,

And, hov'ring round me, vainly court my care ; While I possess

the life-preserving grain, Welcome, ye chirping tribe, to peck your share. How can I hear your songs at SPRING's return,

And hear while Summer spreads her golden store ; Yet, when the gloom of WINTER bids ye mourn,

Heed not the plaintive voice that charm'd before !. Since FORTUNE, to my cottage not unkind,

Strews with some flow’rs the road of life for me,
Ah! can HUMANITY desert my mind ?

Shall I not soften the rude flint for thee?
Then welcome, BEGGAR, from the rains and snow,

And warring elements, to warmth and peace ;

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