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Self-governed, the vast family of Love
O Years ! the blest pre-eminence of Saints !
May image in the workings of his thought, * David Hartley.
| Rev. chap. iv. verses 2 and 3.-And immediately I was in the Spirit: and behold, a Throne was set in Heaven and one sat on the Throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone, &c.
How the black-visaged, red-eyed Fiend outstretched
Believe thou, O my soul,
Contemplant Spirits ! ye that hover o'er With untired gaze the immeasurable fount Ebullient with creative Deity! And ye of plastic power, that interfused Roll through the grosser and material mass In organising surge! Holies of God ! (And what if Monads of the infinite mind) I haply journeying my immortal course Shall sometime join your mystic choir. Till then I discipline my young and novice thought In ministeries of heart-stirring song, And aye on Meditation's heaven-ward wing Soaring aloft I breathe the empyreal air · Of Love, omnific, omnipresent Love, Whose day-spring rises glorious in my
soul As the great Sun, when he his influence Sheds on the frost-bound waters—The glad stream Flows to the ray and warbles as it flows.
* The final destruction impersonated.
AUSPICIOUS Reverence! Hush all meaner song,
Such symphony requires best instrument.
For what is freedom, but the unfettered use
But some there are who deem themselves most free
Self-working tools, uncaused effects, and all Those blind omniscients, those almighty slaves, Untenanting creation of its God.
Bui properties are God : the naked mass (If mass there be, fantastic guess or ghost) Acts only by its inactivity. Here we pause humbly. Others boldlier think That as one body seems the aggregate Of atoms numberless, each organised ; So by a strange and dim similitude Infinite myriads of self-conscious minds Are one all-conscious Spirit, which informs With absolute ubiquity of thought (His one eternal self-affirming act !) All his involved Monads, that yet seem With various province and apt agency Each to pursue his own self-centring end; Some nurse the infant diamond in the mine; Some roll the genial juices through the oak; Some drive the mutinous clouds to clash in air, And rushing on the storm with whirlwind speed, Yoke the red lightnings to their volleying car. Thus these pursue their never-varying course, No eddy in their stream. Others, more wild, With complex interests weaving human fates, Duteous or proud, alike obedient all, Evolve the process of eternal good.
And what if some rebellious o'er dark realms Arrogate power? yet these train up to God, And on the rude eye, unconfirmed for day, Flash meteor-lights better than total gloom. As ere from Lieule-Oaive's vapoury head The Laplander beholds the far-off sun Dart his slant beam on unobeying snows, While yet the stern and solitary night Brooks no alternate sway, the Boreal Morn With mimic lustre substitutes its gleam, Guiding his course or by Niemi lake Or Balda Zhiok,* or the mossy stone Of Solfar-kapper, + while the snowy blast Drifts arrowy by, or eddies round his sledge,
* Balda Zhiok; ic. mons altitudinis, the highest mountain in Lapland. † Solfar-kapper ; capitium Solfar, hic locus
omnium quotquot veterum Lapponum superstitio sacrificiis religiosoque cultui dedicavit, celebratissimis erat, in parte sinus australis situs semimilliaris spatio a mari dist ns. Ipse locus, quem curiositatis gratia aliquando me invisisse memini, duabus prealtis lapidibus, sibi invicem oppositis, quorum alter musco circumdatus erat, constabat. Leemius de Lapponibus.
Making the poor babe at its mother's back
Or if the Greenland Wizard in strange trance
Armed with Torngarsuck's power, the Spirit of Good, * The Lapland women carry their infants at their back in a piece of excavated wood, which serves them for a cradle. Opposite to the infant's mouth there is a hole for it to breathe through.-Mirandum prorsus est et vix credi. bile nisi cui vidisse contigit. Lappones hyeme iter facientes per vastos montes, perque horrida et invia tesqua, eo presertim tempore quo omnia perpetuis
nivibus obtecta sunt et nives ventis agitantur et in gyros aguntur, viam ad destipata loca absque errore invenire posse, lactantem autem infantem si quem habeat, ipsa mater in dorso bajulat, in excavato ligno (Gieed’k ipsi vocant) quod pro cunis utuntur : in hoc infans pannis et pellibus convolutus colligatus jacet.-Leemius de Lapponibus.
Jaibme Aibma. 1.They call the Good Spirit Torngarsuck. The other great but malignant spirit is a nameless Female ; she dwells under the sea in a great house, where she can detain in captivity all the animals of the ocean by her magic power. When a dearth befalls the Greenlanders, an Angekok or magician must undertake a journey thither. He passes through the kingdom of souls, over a horrible abyss into the Palace of this phantom, and by his enchantments causes the captive creatures to ascend directly to the surface of the ocean. -See Crantz's History of Greenland, vol. 1. 206.