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HYMN to A DVERSITY.
By the Same.
Thou Tamer of the human breaft,
The Bad affright, afflict the Best !
And purple tyrants vainly groan
When first thy Sire to send on earth
Virtue, his darling Child, design'd, To thee he gave the heav'nly Birth,
And bad to form her infant mind.
What sorrow was, thou bad'ft her know,
Scared at thy frown terrific, fly
Self-pleasing Folly's idle brood,
And leave us leisure to be good.
By vain Prosperity received,
Wisdom in fable garb array'd,
Immers’d in rapt'rous thought profound,
With leaden eye, that loves the ground,
With justice to herself severe,
Oh! gently on thy Suppliant's head,
Dread Goddess, lay thy chastning hand! Not in thy Gorgon terrors clad,
Nor circled with the vengeful Band (As by the Impious thou art seen) With thund'ring voice, and threat'ning mien,
With screaming Horror's funeral cry, Despair, and fell Disease, and ghaftly Poverty,
Thy form benign, oh Goddess, wear,
Thy milder influence impart, Thy philofophic Train be there To soften, not to wound
my heart, The gen'rous spark extinct revive, Teach me to love, and to forgive,
Exact my own defects to scan,
E D U C A T I O N.
POEM: in Two CANTOS.
Written in Imitation of the Style and Manner
SPENSE R’s FAIRY QUE E N.
Inscribed to Lady LANGHAM,
By GILBERT WEST, Esq;
Unum fudium vere liberale eft, quod liberum facit. Hoc
sapientia studium eft, sublime, forte, magnanimum: cetera pufilla & puerilia sunt. —Plus fcire velle quàm fit fatis intemperantiæ genus eft. Quid, quod illa liberalium artium confe&tatio moleftos, verbosos, intempestivos, fibi placentes facit, & ideo non dicentes necessaria, quia supervacua didicerunt.
Sen. Ep. 88.
Goodly DISCIPLINE ! from heav'n y-sprong!
Parent of Science, queen of Arts refin'd!
With each bright Virtue that adorns the mind!
Inspire, direct, and moralize the strain,
And Thou, whose pious and maternal care,
Where Happiness heart-felt, Contentment sweet,
Thou, most belov’d, most honour'd, most rever'd!
And proudly boast that from thy precious store,
And thus, I ween, thus fhall I best repay The valued gifts, thy careful love bestow'd; If imitating Thes, well as I may, I labour to diffuse th' important good; 'Till this great truth by all be understood; “ That all the pions duties which we owe, “ Our parents, friends, our country and our God;
“ The seeds of every virtue here below, * From Discipline alone, and early Culture grow.
CAN TO I.
And his vain pride dismays.
He his young
Gentle KNIGHT there was, whose noble deeds
O’er Fairy Land by Fame were blazon'd round: For warlike enterprize, and sage I areeds Emong the chief alike was he renown'd;
† Pædia is a Greek word, signifying Education,