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A CLAUSE OF
See and adore his providence and pow'r
Arise, divine Urania, with new strains
To hymn thy God, and thou, immortal Fame,
All glory to th’Omniscient, and praise, thy praise,
And powr, and domination in the height! And thr own image, the immortal soul,
And thou, cherubic Gratitude, whose voice Shall consecrate herself to thee for ever.
To pious ears sounds silverly so sweet,
Regenerate, and pure, pour all thyself OMNISCIENCE OF THE SUPREME A living sacrifice before his throne : BEING,
And may th' eternal, high mysterious tree,
That in the centre of the arched Heav'ns
Bears the rich fruit of knowledge, with some
branch To the most reverend his grace the lord Stoop to my hu.nble reach, and bless my toil! archbishop of Canterbury; this poetical essay
When in my mother's womb conceal'd I lay on the Omniscience of the Supreine Being, is
A senseless embryo, then my soul thou knewst, with all humility inscribed, by his grace's most
Knewst all her future workings, every thought, dutiful, most obliged, and most obedient hum
And every faint idea yet unform’d. ble servant,
When up the imperceptible ascent
Of growing years, led by thy hand, I rose,
That what of knowledge in my mind was low,
Imperfect, incorrect--in thee is wonderous,
Uncircumscrib'd, unsearchably profound,
And estimable solely by itself. I give my Kislingbury estate to the university
What is that secret pow'r, that guides the of Cambridge for ever: the rents of which shall
brutes, be disposed of yearly by the vice-chancellor which ignorance calls instinct ? 'Tis from thee, for the time being, as the vice-chancellor, It is the operation of thine hands, master of Clare-hall, and the Greek professor Immediate, instantaneous; 'tis thy wisdom, for the time being, or any two of them, shall That glorious shines transparent thro' thy works. agree. Which three persons aforesaid shall give Who taught the pye, or who forewarn’d the jay cat a subject, which subject shall for the first Toshun the deadly nightshade ? tho' the cherry year be one or other of the perfections or attri
Boasts not a glossier hue, nor does the plumb butes of the Supreme Being, and so the suc
Lure with more seeming sweets the amorous eye, ceeding years, till the subject is exhausted ; and
Yet will not the sagacious birds, decoy'd afterwaids the subject shall be either Death, By fair appearance, touch the noxious fruit, Judgment, Heaven, Hell, Purity of Heart, &c. or They know to taste is fatal, whence alarm'd whatever else may be judged by the vice-chan- Swift on the winnowing winds they work their cellor, master of Clare-hall, and Greek professor
way. to be most conducive to the honour of the Su
Go to, proud reas'ner, philosophic man, [-No. preme Being and recommendation of virtue. Hast thon such prudence, thou such knowledge And they shall yearly dispose of the rent of the Full many a race has fall’n into the snare abore estate to that master of arts, whose poem of meretricious looks, of pleasing surface, on the subicct given shall be best approved by And oft in desert isles the famish'd pilgrim them. Which poem I ordain to be always in By forms of fruit, and luscious taste beguild, English, and to be printed ; the expense of Like his forefather Adam, eats and dies. which shall be deducted out of the product of For why? his wisdom on the leaden feet the estate, and the residue given as a reward for Of slow experience, dully tedious, creeps, the composer of the poem, or ode, or copy of And comes, like vengeance, after long delay.
The venerable sage, that nightly trims
The learned lamp, t'investigate the pow'rs WE the underwritten, do assign Mr. Sea
Of plants medicinal, the earth, the air, ton's reward to C. Smart, M A. for his poem
And the dark regions of the fossil world, ou The Omniscience of the Supreme Being, and
Grows old in following, what he ne'er shall find; direct the said poem to be printed, according to
Studious in vain! till haply, at the last the tenor of the will.
He spies a mist, then shapes it into mountains, J. Wilcox, vice-chancellor. And baseless fabric from conjecture builds.
T. FRANKLIN, Greek-professor. While the domestic animal, that guards November 2, 1752.
At midnight hours his threshold, if oppress'd
By sudden sickness, at his master's feet
To rive the groaning earth for ill-sought gold, Begs not that aid his services might claim, Endures such trouble, such fatigue, as she; But is his own physician, knows the case, While all her subterraneous avenues, And from th' emetic herbage works his cure. And storm-proof cells, with management most Hark, from afar the feather'd matron 'screams,
meet And all her brood alarms, the docile crew And unexampled housewifry, she forms, Accept the signal one and all, expert
Then to the field she hies, and on her back, In th' art of nature and unlearn'd deceit:
Burden immense ! sbe bears the cumbrous corn, Along the sod, in counterfeited death,
Then many a weary step, and many a strain, Mute, motionless they lie; full well appriz'd, And many a grievous groan subdued, at length That the rapacious adversary's near.
Up the huge hill she hardly heaves it home : But who inform'd her of the approaching danger, Nor rests she here her providence, but nips Who taught the cautious mother that the hawk With subtle tooth the grain, lest from her garner Was hatcht her foe, and liv'd by her destruction ? In mischievous fertility it steal, Her own prophetic soul is active in her,
And back to day-light vegetate its way. And more than human providence her guard. Go to the ant, thou sluggard, learn to live, When Philomela, e'er the cold domain
And by her wary ways reform thine own. Of crippled winter’gins t'adrance, prepares But, if thy deaden'd sense, and listless thought Her annual flight, and in some poplar shade More glaring evidence demand ; behold, Takes her melodious leave, who then's her pilot? Where yon pellucid populous hive presents Who points her passage thro' the pathless void A yet uncopied model to the world! To realms from us remote, to us unknown? There Machiavel in the reflecting glass Her science is the science of her God.
May read himself a fool. The chymist these Not the magnetic index to the north
May with astonishment invidious view E'er ascertains her course, nor buoy, nor beacon, His toiis outdone by each plebeian bee, She Heav'n-taught voyager, that sails in air, Who, at the royal mandate, on the wing Courts nor coy west nor east, but instant knows From various herbs, and from discordant flow'rs What Newton, or not sought, or sought in A perfect harmony of sweets compounds. vain".
Avaunt Conceit, Ambition take thy fight Illustrious name, irrefragable proof
Back to the prince of vanity and air ! Of man's vast genius, and the scaring soul ! Oh! tis a thought of energy most piercing, Yet what wert thou to him, who knew his works, Form'd to make pride grow humble ; forind to Before creation form’d them, long before
force He measur'd in the hollow of his hand
Its weight on the reluctant mind, and give her Th' exulting ocean, and the highest Heav'ns A true but irksome image of herself. He comprebended with a span, and weigh'd Woful vicissitude! when man, fail'n man, The mighty mountains in his golden scales: Who first from Heav'n, from gracious God him. Who shone supreme, who was himself the light,
(brutes Ere yet Refraction learn'd her skill to paint, Learn'd knowledge of the brutes, must know by And bend athwart the clouds her beauteous bow. Instructed and reproach'd, the scale of being ; When Knowledge at her father's dread com- By slow degrees from lowly steps ascend, mand
And trace Omniscience upwards to its spring! Resign'd to Israel's king her golden key,
Yet murmur not, but praise--for tho we stand Oh to have join'd the frequent auditors
Of many a Godlike privilege amerc'd
Is Paradise our home, but o'er the portal
Hangs in ierrific pomp the burning blade; To God's own honour, and good will to man, Still with ten thousand beauties bloonis the That wisdom he alone of men possess'd
Earth, In plenitude so rich, and scope so rare !
With pleasures populous,and with riches crown'd, How did he rouse the pamper'd silken sons Still is there scope for wonder and for love Of bloated case, by placing to their view
Ev'n to their last exertion-show'ss of blessings The sage industrious ant, the wisest insect, Far more than human virtue can deserve, And best economist of all the field !
Or he pe expect, or gratitude return. Tho'she presumes not by the solar orb
Then, () ye people, O) ye sons of men, To measure time and seasons, nor consults Whatever be the colour of your lives, Chaldean calculations, for a guide ;
Whatever portion of itself bis wisdom Yet conscious that December's on the march Shall deign t’allow, still patiently abide, Pointing with icy hand to want and woe, And praise him more and more; nor cease ta She waits his dire approach, and undismay'd
chant Receives bim as a welcome guest, prepard All glory to the Cmniscient, and praise, Against the churlish winter's fiercest blow,
And pow'r, and domination in the height ! For when, as yet the favourable Sun
Aud thou, cherubic Gratitude, whose voice Gives to the genial earth th' enlivening ray, To pious ears sounds silverly so sweet. Not the poor suffering slave, that houriy toils Come with thy precious incense, bring thy gifts,
And with the choicest stores the altar crown, i The hen turkey.
ΤΩ ΘΕΩ ΔΟΞΑ. 2 The longitude,
A CLAUSE OF
Fall headlong in one horrible cascade, POWER OF THE SUPREME BEING, When Zephyr faints upon the lily's breast,
'Twere but the echo of the parting breeze,
'Twere but the ceasing of some instrument,
So mighty'! so stupendous ! so divine !
But not alone in the aërial vault
Does he the dread theocracy maintain;
For oft, enrag'd with his intestine thunders, I give my Kislingbury estate to the university He harrows up the bowels of the Earth, of Cambridge for ever: the rents of which shall And shocks the central magnet--Cities then be disposed of yearly by the vice-chancellor Totter on their foundations, stately columns, for the time being, as he the vice-chancellor, Magnific walls, and heav'ı-assaulting spires. the master of Clare-hall, and the Greek profes. What tho' in haughty eminence erect sor for the time being, or any two of them, shall Stands the strong citadel, and frowns defiance agree. Which three persons aforesaid shall give On adverse hosts, though many a bastion jut out a subject, which subject shall for the first Porth from the ramparts elevated mound, year be one or other of the perfections or attri- Vain the poor providence of human art, butes of the Supreme Being, and so the suc- And mortal strength how vain! while underneath ceeding years, till the subject is exhausted; aud Triumphs his mining vengeance in th' uproar afterwards the subject shall be either Death, of shatter'd towers, riven rocks, and mountains, Judgment, Heaven, Hell, Purity of Heart, &c. With clamour inconceivable uptorn, or whatever else may be judged by the vice- And hurl'd adown th’abyss. Sulphureous pyrites chancellor, master of Clare-llall, and Greek Bursting abrupt from darkness into day, professor to be most conducive to the honour of With din outra reous and destructive ire the Supreme Being and recommendation of vir- | Augment the hideous tumult, while it wounds the. And they shall yearly dispose of the rent Th’afficted ear, and terrifies the eye of the above estate to that master of arts, whose And rends the heart in twain. Twice have we felt, poem on the subject given shall be best approved Within Augusta's wallstwice have we felt by them. Which poem I ordain to be always in Thy threaten'd indiguation, but ev'n thou, English, and to be printed; the expense of Incens'd Omnipotent, art gracious ever: which shall be deducted out of the product of Thy goodness infinite but mildly warn'd us the estate, and the residue given as a reward With mercy-blended wrath: O spare us still, the composer of the poem,or ode, or copy of verses. Nor send more dire conviction : we confess
WE the underwritten do assign Mr. Sea- | That thou art he, th’Almighty : we believe: ton's reward to C. Smart, M. A. for his Por at thy righteous power whole systems quake, poem on The Power of the Supreme Being, for at thy nod tremble ten thousand worlds. and direct the said poem to be printed, ac
Hark! on the winged whirlwind's rapid rage, cording to the teuor of the will.
Which is and is not in a moment-bark!
On the hurricane's tempestuous sweep he rides
Tuo. FRANKLIN, Greek professor. The West encounters East, and Notus meets Dec, 5, 1753.
In his career the Hyperborean blast.
The lordly lions shudd'ring seek their dens, Tremble, thou Earth!" th’anointed poet said, who dar'd the solar ray, is weak of wing,
And Ay like tim'rous deer; the king of birds, “Al God's bright presence, tremble, all ye moun
And faints and falls and dies;—while he supreme tains,
Stands stedfast if in the centre of the storm. And all ye hillocks on the surface bound.”
Wherefore, ye objects terrible and great, Then once again, ye glorious thunders, roll, The Muse with transport hears ye, once again
Ye thunders, earthquakes, and ye fire-fraught
woubs Convulse the solid continent, and shake,
Of fell volcanoes, whirlwinds, hurricanes, Grand music of Omnipotence, the isles.
And boiling billows hail! in chorus join 'Tis thy terrific voice ; thou God of power,
To celebrate and magnify your Maker, 'Tis thy terrific voice; all Nature hears it
Who yet in works of a minuter mould
Is not less manifest, is not less mighty.
Survey the magnet's sympathetic love,
That wooes the yielding needle; contemplate Behold! quakes Apennine, behold! recoils
Th’attractive amber's power, invisible
Ev'n to the mental eye; or when the blow
Sint from th'electric sphere assaults thy frame,
Show me the hand, that dealt it!_baffled here And proclamation of the reign supreme, Compar'd with such as, for a mortal ear
By bis omnipotence, Philosophy Ton great, amaze the incorporeal worlds ?
Slowly her thoughts inadequate revolves, [her, Shou'd Ocean to his congretated waves
And stands, with all his circling wonders round Call in each river, cataract, and lake,
Like heavy Saturn in th' etherial space And with the watery world down a huge rock
Begirt with an inexplicable ring. TOL, XYI.
A CLAUSE OF .
If such the operations of his power,
Being, is inscribed, by his lordship's most Which at all seasons and in ev'ry place
obliged, and obedient servant, (Rul'd by establish'd laws and current nature)
MR, SEATON'S WILL,
Dated Oct. 8, 1738.
I give my Kislingbury estate to the university Lost in the reflux of the watry walls,
of Cambridge for ever : the rents of which shall That melted to their Auid state again?
be disposed of yearly by the vice-chancellor Need I recount how Sampson's warlike arm
for the time being, as he the vice-chancellor, With more than mortal nerves was strung t'o'er
the master of Clare-hall, and the Greek professor throw
for the time being, or any two of them, shall Idolatrous Philistia ? Shall I tell
agree. Which three persons aforesaid shall give How David triumph'd, and what Job sustain'd?
out a subject, which suliject shall for the first -But, О supreme, unutterable mercy!
year be one or other of the perfect ons or attriO love unequal'd, mystery immense, [tion
butes of the Supreme Being, and so the sucWhich angels long t’unfold ! 'tis man's redemp- ceeding years, till the subject is exhausted ; and That crowns thy g'ory, and thy pow'r confirms,
afterwards the subject shall be either Death, Confirms the great, th' uncontroverted claim. Judgment, Heaven, Hell, Purity of Heart, &c. or When from the Virgin's unpolluted womb,
whatever else may be judged by the vice-chanShone forth the Sun of Righteousness reveald
cellor, master of Clare-hall, and Greek professor. And on benighted reason pour'd the day;
to be most conducive to the honour of the Su. “Let there be peace” (he said) and all was calm preme Being and recommepilation of virtue, Amongst the warring world-calm as the sea,
And they shall yearly dispose of the rent of the When“ Feace, be still, ye buisterous winds," above estate to that master of arts, whose poem he cry'd,
on the subject given shall be best approved by And not a breath was blown, nor murmur heard.
them. Which poem I ordain to be always in His was a life of miracles and might,
English, and to be printed ; the expense uf. And charity and love, ere yet he taste
which shall be deducted out of the product of The bitter draught of death, ere he rise the estale, and the residue given as a reward for Victorious o'er the universal foe,
the composer of the poem, or ode, or copy of And Death, and Sin and Hell in triumph lead.
verses. His by the right ofconquest is mankind,
We the underwritten, do assign Mr. SeaAnd in sweet servitude and golden bonds Were ty'd to him for ever.-O how easy
ton's reward to C. Smart, M A. for his poem
on The Goodness of the Supreme Being, and Is his ungalling yoke, and all bis burdens 'Tis ecstacy to bear! Hiin, blessed Shepherd,
direct the said poem to be printed, according to His flocks shall follow through the maze of life,
the tenor of the will, And shades that tend to day-spring from on high;
H. Thomas, vice-chancellor. And as the radiant roses, after fading,
J. Wilcox, master of Clare hall. In fuller foliage and more fragrant breath Oct. 28, 1755. Revive in smiling spring, so shall it fare With those that love him--for sweet is their sa
vour, And all eternity shall be their spring.
Orpheus, for the Gentiles call'd thy name', Then shall the gates and everlasting doors, Israel's sweet psalmist, who alone could wake At which the King of Glory enters in,
Th’ inanimate to motion ; who alone Be to the saints unbarr'd: and there, where The joyful hillocks, the applauding rocks, pleasure
And floods with musical persuasion drew; Boasts an undying bloom, where dubious hope Thou, who to bail and snow gar'st voice and sound, Is certainty, and grief-attended love
And mad'st the mute melodious !-greater yet Is freed from passion—there we'll celebrate Was thy divinest skill, and rul'd o'er more With worthier numbers, him, who is, and was, Than art or nature; for thy tuneful touch And in immortal prowess King of Kings
Drove trembling Satan from the heart of Saul, Shall be the Monarch of all worlds foş ever, And quell'd the evil angel :-in this breast
Sorne portion of thy genuine spirit breathe,
And lift me from myself; each thought impure ON THE
Banish, each low idea raise, refine,
Enlarge, and sanctify;--so shall the Muse GOODNESS OF THE SUPREME BEING, Above the stars aspire, and aim to praise
Her God on Earth, as he is prais'd in Heaven. A POETICAL ESSAY.
Immense Creator ! whose all-powerful hand To the right honourable the earl of Dar. See this conjecture strongly supported by Defington this essay on the Goodness of the Supreme lany in his Life of David.
Fram'd universal being, and whose eye
Who made and who preserves, whatever dwells Sax like thyself, that all things form'd were In air, in steadfast earth, or fickle sea. guod;
O he is good, he is immensely good! Wbere shall the tim'rous bard thy praise begin, Who all things foru'd, and form'd them all for Where end the purest sacrifice of song,
man ; And just thanksgiving ?-The thought-kindling Who mark’d the climates, varied every zone, light,
Dispensing all his blessings for the best Thy prime production, darts upon my mind In order and in beauty :-raise, attend, Its vivifying beams, my heart illumines, Attest, and praise, ye quarters of the world! And filis my soul with gratitude and thee.
Bow down, ye elephants, submissive bow Hail to the cheerful rays of ruddy morn,
To him, who made the mite; though Asia's pride, That paint the streaky east, and blithsome Ye carry armies on your tow'r-crown'd backs,
And grace the turban'd tyrants, bow to him The birds, the cattle, and mankind from rest! Who is as great, as perfect and as good Hail to the freshness of the early breeze, In his less striking wonders, till at length And Iris dancing on the new-fallin dex!
The eye's at fault and seeks the assisting glass' Without the aid of yonder golden globe
Approach and bring from Araby the blest Lost were the garnet's lustre, lost the lily, The fragrant cassia, frankincense and myrrh, The tulip and auricula's spotted pride ;
And meekly kneeling at the altar's foot
Stoop, sable Africa, with rey'rence stoop,
And ruin'd tow'rs, rude rocks and caverns wide The purple, and the gold, that far outvie
Remurmurto the glorious, surly sound. Toe eastern monarch's garb, ev'n with the dock, And thou, fair India, whose immense domain Er'n with the baneful hemlock's irksome green. To counterpoise the hemisphere extends, Without thy aid, without thy gladsome beams Haste from the west, and with thy fruits and The tribes of woodland warblers would remain
flow'rs, Mute on the bending branches, nor recite Thy mines and med'cines, wealthy maid, attend. The praise of bim, who, e'er he form'd their More than the plenteousness so fam'd to flow lord,
By fabling bards from Amalthea's horn
And vest of fur; and from thy fragrant lap
And christian excellence, his goodness own, And though their throats coarse ruttling hurt the Porth from ten thousand temples pour his ear,
praise ; They mean it all for music, thanks and praise Clad in the armourof the living God They mean, and leave ingratitude to man; Approach, unsheath the Spirit's flaming sword; But not to all,- for bark ! the organs blow
Faith's shield, salvation's glory, compassid Their swelling notes round the cathedral's dome,
Then join the general chorus of all worlds,
Thou God of goodness and of glory, hear!
Bless all mankind, and bring them in the end