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Too often we complain—but Alesh is weak; Th’Almighty lent an ear to Hannah's pray'ı20, Silence would waste us, and the heart would And bless'd her with each blessing, in an heir : break.
Whilst Hezekiah?, earnest in his cause, Behold yon' rose, the poor despondent cries, Gain'd a suspension of great Nature's laws, (Pain on his brow, and anguish in his eyes) And permanence to time;-for lo ! the Sun What healthy verdure paints its juicy shoots, Retrac'd the journey be had lately run.What equal circulation feeds the roots !
But most th' unhappy wretch, aggriev'd in At morning dawn it feels the dew-ting'd ray, Rais'd pity in the Saviour of mankinda (mind, But opens all its bosom to the day.
He ask'd for peace ; Heav'n gave him its own No art assists it, and do toil it takes13,
Demons were dumb, and Legion dispossest. (rest, Slumbers at ev'ring, and with morning wakes14. Wither'd with palsy'd blasts, the limbs resume,
Why was I born? Or wherefore boro a man? Thy strength, o manhood; and, O youth, thy Immense my wish; yet tether'd to a span! Syro-Phenicia's maiden re-enjoy'd [bloom 23 ! The slave, that'groans beneath the toilsome That equal mind, which Satan once destroy'd 24,
And, when the heav'nly Ephphatha 25 was spoke, & Obtains the sabbath of a welcome shore:” The deaf-born heard, the dumb-born silence His captive stripes are heal'd; his native soil
broke. Sweetens the memory of foreign toil.
Th'ethereal fuid mov'd, the speech return'd; “ Alas, my sorrows are not half so blest ;'' No spasms were dreaded, no despondence My labours know no end, my pains no rest!
mourn'd. Tell me, vain-glorious Newtons, if you can, Then rouse, my soul, and bid the world adieu, What heterogeneous mixtures form the man ? Its maxims, wisdom, joys and glory too ; Pleasure and anguish, ignorance and skill; The mighty EYPHKA 26 appears in view. Nature and spirit, slav'ry and free will;
Just so, the gen'rous falcon2, long immur'd Weakness and strength; odd age and youthful !o doleful cell, by osier-bars sécur'd, Errour and truth; eternity and time!-- (prime; Laments her fate; till, flitting swiftly by, What contradictions have for ever ran
Th’aerial prize attracts her eager eye : Betwixt the nether brute and upper man 15? Instant she summons all her strength and fire ;
Ah ! what are men, who God's creation scorn? Her aspect kindles fierce with keen desire ; The worm their brother 16 ; ---brother elder born! She prunes her tatter'd plames in conscious Plants live like them, in fairer robes array'd,
(side: Alike they flourish, and alike they fade.
And bounds from perch to perch, and side to The lab'ring steer sleeps less disturb'd at night, Impatient of her jail, and long detain'd, And eats and drinks with keener appetite, - She breaks the bounds her liberty restraind : Restrain'd by nature just t' enjoy his fill; Then, having gain'd the point by Heav'n de... Useful, and yet incapable of ill.
sign'd, Say, man, what vain pre-eminence is thine ?
Soars 'midst the clouds, and proves her highEach sense impaird by gluttony and winel7 :
born kind. Thou art the beast, except thy soaring mind
When Adam did his Paradise forego, Aspires to pleasures of immortal kind :
He earn'd his hard-bought bread with sweating Else, boasted knowledge, hapless is thy curse,
brow, Tapprove the better, and embrace the worse !
Give us the labour, but suppress the woe So Annas owns the miracle, and then
Merit we boast not : but Christ's sacred side (Wilfully blinded) persecutes agen18.
Has pour’d for all its sacramental tide. To minds afflicted ever has been givin
No sin, no guile, no blemishes had he; A claim upon the patronage of Heav'n :
A self-made slave to set the captive free! , (Whilst the world's idiots ev'ry thought employ
Yet pain and anguish still too far presume; With hopes to live and die without annoy.)
Just are Heav'n's ways, and righteous is its. In the first agonies of heart-struck grief,
doom. Heav'n to our parents typify'd relief19.
All chastisement, before we reach the grave,
Are bitter med'cines, kindly meant to save. 13 Matth. ch. vi, v. 28.
Thus let the rhet'ric of our suff'rings move; 14 Concerning the sleep of plants, see an in. The voice of grief is oft the voice of love? genious Latin treatise lately published in Sweden. 15 Poetical definition of a centaur.
20 1 Kings, ch. i. 16 Job, ch. xvii, v 14.-There is a remarkable
21 2 Kings, ch. xx. passage in the Psalms upon this occasion, where 22 Mark, ch. v, v. 3—9. And also “ the spirit ibe worm takes place of the monarch: “O praise of the Lord is upon me (saith Christ :) he sent me the Lord, ye mountains and all bills; fruitful to heal the broken-hearted,” &c. Luke, ch. iv. trees and all cedars; beasts and all cattle; worms v. 18. Compare likewise Isaiah, cb. Ixi, v. 1. ani feathered fowls; kings of the Earth and all
23 Matth. ch. iv, v. 24, &c. Acts viii, v. 7. people; princes and judges of the world.”
24 Mark vii, v. 26. Psalm cxlviii, v. 10, Septuagint Version.
25 lbid. v. 34. 17 “ If we pamper the flesh too much, we 26 See Dryden's Relig. Laici; and Prior's Ode nourish an enemy; if we defraud it of lawful sus entitled, What is Man? EYPAKA signifies tenance, we destroy a good citizen.".
finding out the great point desired. St. Gregor. Homil,
27 The hint of this similie is taken from 18 Acts, ch. iv, v. 6, 18.
Quarles. 19 Gen. ch. iii, v. 15.
28 " There is sometimes a certain pleasure in VOL, XYI.
The bed of sickness (after cares and strife) The wise men mock'd him, and the learned Is weak man's cradle for a second life:
scorn'd; Death's but a moment; and, before we die, Th' ambitious worldling other patrons try'd; We touch the threshold of eternity !
The pow'r that judg'd bim, ev'ry foe saboro di So, stretch'd beneath the juniper's chill shade, He wept un-pity'd, and un-honour'd dy'd. Th'afflicted prophet 29 in despondence pray'd : " Oh, take the burthen of my life away,
For ever mournful, but for ever dear, Dead are my sires ; nor better 1 than they:" O love stupendous ! glorious degradation ! At length a seraph cry'd, “ Arise and eat;
No death of sickness, with a common tear;Behold thy bev'rage; and behold thy meat :
No soft extinction claims our sorrows here; Heav'n's one repast shall future strength supply But anguish, shame, and agonizing passion! For forty days, till Horeb meets thy eyeyo.
The riches of the world, and worldly praise, The good man neither fears, desponds, nor
No monument of gratitude can prove; faints,
Obedience only the great debt repays, Arm'd with the heav'nly panoply 31 of saints. An imitative heart, and undivided love!
To see the image of th' All-glorious Pow'r
Suspend his immortality, and dwell
A self-made pris'ner in a dolesome cell,
Victim for sin, and conqueror of Hell 4!
Lustration for offences not his own! He was wounded for our transgressions, he was Th’unspotted for th’ impare resign'd his breath;
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement No other off'ring could thy crimes atone: of our peace was upon him.
Then blame thy Saviour's love, but not his death, Isaiah, ch. liii, v. 5.
From this one prospect draw thy sole relief, Σός είμι, ΧΡΙΣΤΕ· σώσον, ως Αυτός θέλεις. Here learn submission, passive duties learn;
Greg. Naz. Carm. lamb. Here drink the calın oblivion of thy grief: Respice dum transis, quia sis mihi cavsa doloris Eschew each danger, ev'ry good discern,
And the true wages of thy virtue earn. ALASTE
ASTE not so fast, on worldly cares employ'd, Reflect, Oman, on such stupendous love, Thy bleeding Saviour 1 asks a short delay : Such sympathy divine, and tender care 5; What trifling bliss is still to be enjoy'd,
Beseech the Paraclete thine heart to more, What change of folly wings thee on thy way? And offer up to Heav'n this silent pray'r. Look back a moment, pause a while 2, and stay. For thee thy God assum'd the human frame; 7 “Great God, thy judgments are with justice For thee the guiltless pains and anguish try'd;
crown'd, Thy passion (sin excepted) his became :
To human crimes and errours gracious still;
Right reason spares not fresh-existing ill,
“ For be (Pilate) knew that the chief priests Home he had none, and quiet never found,
had delivered him for envy." Bor fell reproach pursu'd, and aim'd the wound 9:
Mark, ch. xv, v. 10.
An antient Heathen also hath personified eavy, weeping: it is a sort of consolation to an afflicted and painted her in a mischievous attitude; person to be thoroughly sensible of his affliction.”
Invidia infelix! animi vitalia vidit,
Lædendique vias. 30 2 Kings, ch. xix., v. 4-8.
4 Nolo vivere sine vulnere, cum te videam 31 Eph. ch. vi, v. 14--17.-Panoply (from vulneratum.
Bouavent. the Greek), a complete suit of armour. ' Mr. “ To know God, without knowing our misery, Pope, Dryden. 1'Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. ing Christ, causes despondence.”
creates pride: to know misery, without knor. The way wherein thou oughtest to walk; the
St. Augustin. truth which thoa desirest to obtain: and the life
5° “ They make a free-will offering to God, of happiness which thou longest to enjoy." who in the midst of their sufferings preserve
St. August. their gratitude and acknowledgements." 2 “ If you labour for a time, you will after
Cassian. wards enjoy an eternity of rest. Your sufferings
6" God's Holy Spirit worketh in the follow are of a short duration, your joy will last for ing manner in his rational children. It instructs, ever: and if your resolution wavers, and is go
moves, and admonishes: as for exanuple; it ining to desert you, turn your eyes towards Mount
structs the reason, moves the will, and admoCalvary, and consider what Christ suffered for Dishes the memory."
St. Gregor. in Moral. you, innocent as he was. This consideration
7 Translated from the famous French Ode of will enable you to say in the event, that your M, de Barreaux. sufferings lasted for a moment." Idem.
8." Through envy proceeded the fall of the Grand Dieu! Tes jugements sont remplis world, and death of Christ,"
Nor can thy goodness counter-work thy will. Transpierce our bodies ? Ev'ry nerve and pore Ah no! The gloom of sin so dreadful shows, With Christ's immaculate blood is coverd and That horrour,guilt,and death the conscience fill:
o'er." Eternal laws our happiness oppose; Thy nature and our lives are everlasting foes! “ When we praise God we may speak much, and
yet come short: Wherefore in sum, he is all, " Severe thy truth, yet glorious is thy scheme; When you glorify him, exalt him as much Complete the vengeance of thy just desire ; as you can: for even yet he will far exceed. See from our eyes the gushing torrents stream, And when you exalt him, put forth all your Yet strike us, blast us with celestial fire;
strength, and be not weary, for you can never Our doom, and thy decrees, alike conspire. go far enough." Ecclus. ch. xlii, V, 27Yet dying we will love thee and adore.
30, Where shall the flaming flashes of thy ire