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So come along, no more we'll part:”
He said, and touch'd him with his dart;
And now old Dobson, turning pale,
Yields to his fate—so ends my tale.
Parent of virtue, if thine ear
Attend not now to sorrow's cry;
If now the pity-streaming tear
Should haply on thy cheek be dry; Indulge my votive strain, O sweet Humanity!
Come, ever welcome, to my breast !
A tender, but a cheerful guest;
Nor always in the gloomy cell
Of life-consuming sorrow dwell;
For sorrow, long indulg'd and slow,
Is to Hunianity a foe;
And grief, that makes the heart its prey,
Wears sensibility away:
Then come, sweet nymplı, instead of thee,
The gloomy fiend, Stupidity.
O may that fiend be banish'd far, . Though passions hold eternal war! Nor ever let me cease to know The pulse that throbs at joy or woe; Nor let my vacant cheek be dry, When sorrow fills a brother's eye; Nor may the tear that frequent flows From private or from social woes, E’er make this pleasing sense depart? Ye Cares, O harden not my heart!
If the fair star of fortune smile, Let not its flattering power beguile, Nor, borne along the fav’ring tide, My full sails swell with floating pride. Let me from wealth but hope content, Remembering still it was but lent; To modest merit spread my store, Unbar my hospitable door; Nor feed, with pomp, an idle train, While Want unpitied pines in vain.
If Heaven, in every purpose wise,
The envied lot of wealth denies;
If doom'd to drag life's painful·load
Through poverty's uneven road,
And for the due bread of the day,
Destin'd to toil as well as pray;
To thee, Humanity, still true,
I'll wish the good I cannot do,
And give the wretch that passes by,
A soothing word-a tear –a sigh.
Howe'er exalted or deprest,
Be ever mine the feeling breast.
From me remove the stagnant mind
Of languid indolence, reclin'd;
The soul that one long sabbath keeps
And through the sun's whole circle sleeps ;
Dull peace, that dwells in folly's eye,
And self-attending vanity.
Alike the foolish and the vain
Are strangers to the sense humane.
O for that sympatlietic glow
Which taught the holy tear to flow,
When the prophetic eye survey'd
Sion in future ashes laid !
Or, rais'd to heaven, implor'd the bread,
That thousands in the desert fed !
Or, when the heart o'er friendship's grave
Sigh’d and forgot its pow'r to save.
O for that sympathetic glow
Which taught the holy tear to flow!
It comes: it fills my labouring breast;
I feel my beating heart opprest.
Oh! hear that lonely widow's wail!
See her dim eye! her aspect pale!
To heaven she turns in deep despair,
Her infants wonder at her prayer,
And, mingling tears they know not why, * Lift up their little hands and cry.
O God! their moving sorrows see!
Support them, sweet Humanity!
Life, fill’d with grief's distressful train,
For ever asks the tear humane.
Behold, in yon unconscious grove,
The victims of ill-fated love;
Heard you that agonizing throe?
Sure this is not romantic woe!
The golden day of joy is o'er;
And now they part to meet no more.
Assist them, hearts from anguish free!
Assist them, sweet Humanity!
10. Parent of Virtue, if thine ear, • Attend not now to sorrow's cry; If now the pity-streaming tear
Should haply on thy cheek be dry; . Indulge my votive strain, O sweet Humanity!
As Phoebus darted forth his milder ray,
And length’ning shades confess’d the shortning day;
To Tiber's banks repair’d an am'rous swain,
The love and envy of the neighb’ring plain.
To cool his heat he sought the breezy grove:
To cool his heat, but more the heat of love:
To sooth his cares, on the soft lute he play'd :
But the soft lute refresh'd the lovely maid :
Conspiring elms their umbrage shed around,
Wav'd with applause, and listen'd to the sound.
Sweet Philomel, the chorister of love,
The musical enchantress of the grove,
With wonder heard the shepherd as he play'd,
And stole, attentive, to the tuneful shade.
Perch'd o'er his head the silver syren sate,
With envy burning, and with pride elate;
Ambitiously she lent a list’ning ear,
Charm'd with the very sounds she dy'd to hear:
Each note, each flowing accent of the song,
She sooth’d, and sweeten'd with her softer tongue;
Gently refin'd each imitated strain,
And paid him with his harmony again