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Or rather, let us say, how least observed,

Fix'd within the reach of every human eye ; How with most quiet and most silent death, The sleepless ocean murmurs for all ears; With the least taint and injury to the air

The vernal field infuses fresh delight Th’ oppressor breathes, their human form divine Into all hearts. Throughout the world of sense, And their immortal soul may waste away.” E'en as an object is sublime or fair, The sage rejoin'd, “I thank you; you have that object is laid open to the view spared

Without reserve or veil; and as a power My voice the utterance of a keen regret,

Is salutary, or an influence sweet, A wide compassion which with you I share. Are each and all enabled to perceive When, heretofore, I placed before your sight That power, that influence, by impartial law. A little one, subjected to the arts

Gifts nobler are vouchsafed alike to all; Of modern ingenuity, and made

Reason,-and, with that reason, smiles and tears; The senseless member of a vast machine,

Imagination, freedom in the will, Serving as doth a spindle or a wheel;

Conscience to guide and check; and death to be Think not, that, pitying him, I could forget Foretasted, immortality presumed. The rustic boy, who walks the fields, untaught Strange, then, nor less than monstrous might be The slave of ignorance, and oft of want

deem'd And miserable hunger. Much, too much

The failure, if th’ Almighty, to this point of this unhappy lot, in early youth

Liberal and undistinguishing, should hide
We both have witness'd, lot which I myself The excellence of moral qualities
Shared, though in mild and merciful degree; From common understanding; leaving truth
Yet was the mind to hinderances exposed,

And virtue difficult, abstruse, and dark ; Through which I struggled, not without distress Hard to be won, and only by a few; And sometimes injury, like a lamb enthrallid Strange, should he deal herein with nice respects, 'Mid thorns and brambles; or a bird that breaks And frustrate all the rest! Believe it not: Through a strong net, and mounts upon the wind, The primal duties shine aloft, like stars ; Though with her plumes impair'd. If they, whose The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless, souls

Are scatter'd at the feet of man, like flowers; Should open while they range the richer fields The generous inclination, the just rule, of merry England, are obstructed less

Kind wishes, and good actions, and pure thoughts, By indigence, their ignorance is not less,

No mystery is here; no special boon
Nor less to be deplored. For who can doubt For high and not for low, for proudly graeed
That tens of thousands at this day exist

And not for meek of heart. The smoke ascends Such as the boy you painted, lineal heirs

To heaven as lightly from the cottage hearth Of those who once were vassals of her soil, As from the haughty palace. He, whose soul Following its fortunes like the beast or trees Ponders this true equality, nay walk Which it sustain'd. But no one takes delight

The fields of earth with gratitude and hope ;
In this oppression ; none are proud of it;

Yet, in that meditation, will he find
It bears no sounding name, nor ever bore; Motive to sadder grief, as we have found,

A standing grievance, an indigenous vice

Lamenting ancient virtues overthrown, Of every country under heaven. My thoughts And for th' injustice grieving, that hath made Were turn'd to evils that are new and chosen, So wide a difference betwixt man and man. A bondage lurking under shape of good,

“But let us rather turn our gladden'd thoughts Arts in themselves beneficent and kind,

Upon the brighter scene. How blest the pair But all too fondly follow'd and too far;

Of blooming boys (whom we beheld e'en now) To victims, which the merciful can see

Blest in their several and their common lot! Nor think that they are victims; turn'd to wrongs? A few short hours of each returning day By women, who have children of their own, The thriving prisoners of their village school: Beheld without compassion, yea with praise ! And thence let loose, to seek their pleasant homes I spake of mischief by the wise diffused

Or range the grassy lawn in vacancy, With gladness, thinking that the more it spreads To breathe and to be happy, run and shout The healthier, the securer we become;

Idle,-but no delay, no harm, no loss : Delusion which a moment may destroy!

For every genial power of heaven and earth, Lastly, I mourn'd for those whom I had seen Though all the seasons of the changeful year, Corrupted and cast down, on favour'd ground, Obsequiously doth take upon herself Where circumstance and nature had combined To labour for them ; bringing each in turn To shelter innocence, and cherish love;

The tribute of enjoyment, knowledge, health, Who, but for this intrusion, would have lived, Beauty, or strength! Such privilege is theirs Possess'd of health, and strength, and peace of mind, Granted alike in th' outset of their course Thus would have lived, or never have been born. To both; and, if that partnership must cease,

“Alas! what differs more than man from man! I grieve not,” to the pastor here he turn'd, And whence that difference? whence but from “ Much as I glory in that child of yours, himself?

Repine not, for his cottage comrade, whom
For see the universal race endow'd

Belike no higher destiny awaits
With the same upright form! The sun is fix'd, Than the old hereditary wish fulfill'd,
And th' infinite magnificence of heaven,

The wish for liberty to live, content

With what Heaven grants, and die, in peace of Long-reverenced titles cast away as weeds ; mind,

Laws overturn'd; and territory split, Within the bosom of his native vale.

Like fields of ice rent by the polar wind, At least, whatever fate the noon of life

And forced to join in less obnoxious shapes, Reserves for either, this is sure, that both

Which, ere they gain consistence, by a gust Have been permitted to enjoy the dawn;

Of the same breath are shatter'd and destroy'd. Whether regarded as a jocund time,

Meantime the sovereignty of these fair isles That in itself may terminate, or lead

Remains entire and indivisible : In course of nature to a sober eve.

And, if that ignorance were removed, which breeds Both have been fairly dealt with ; looking back, Within the compass of their several shores They will allow that justice has in them

Dark discontent, or loud commotion, each Been shown, alike to body and to mind.”

Might still preserve the beautiful repose He paused, as if revolving in his soul

Of heavenly bodies shining in their spheres.Some weighty matter, then, with fervent voice The discipline of slavery is unknown And an impassioned majesty, exclaim’d,

Amongst us,-hence the more do we require “O for the coming of that glorious time

The discipline of virtue ; order else
When, prizing knowledge as her noblest wealth Cannot subsist, nor confidence, nor peace.
And best protection, this imperial realm,

Thus, duties rising out of good possess'd,
While she exacts allegiance, shall admit

And prudent caution needful to avert An obligation, on her part, to teach

Impending evil, equally require Them who are born to serve her and obey ; That the whole people should be taught and train'd. Binding herself by statute* to secure

So shall licentiousness and black resolve For all the children whom her soil maintains Be rooted out, and virtuous habits take The rudiments of letters, and inform

Their place ; and genuine picty descend, The mind with moral and religious truth,

Like an inheritance, from age to age. Both understood and practised,-so that none, “ With such foundations laid, avaunt the fear However destitute, be left to droop

Of numbers crowded on their native soil, By timely culture unsustain'd, or run

To the prevention of all healthful growth
Into a wild disorder ; or be forced

Through mutual injury! Rather in the law
To drudge through weary life without the aid Of increase and the mandate from above
Of intellectual implements and tools ;

Rejoice and ye have special cause for joy.
A savage horde among the civilized,

For as the element of air affords A servile band among the lordly free!

An easy passage to th' industrious bees This sacred right, the lisping babe proclaims Fraught with their burdens; and a way as smooth To be inberent in him, by Heaven's will,

For those ordain'd to take their sounding flight For the protection of his innocence:

From the throng'd hive, and settle where they list And the rude boy—who having overpast

In fresh abodes, their labour to renew ; The sinless age, by conscience is enrollid,

So the wide waters, open to the power,
Yet mutinously knits his angry brow,

The will, the instincts, and appointed needs
And lifts his wilful hand on mischief bent, Of Britain, do invite her to cast off
Or turns the godlike faculty of speech

Her swarms, and in succession send them forth; To impious use~by process indirect

Bound to establish new communities Declares his due, while he makes known his need. On every shore whose aspect favours hope This sacred right is fruitlessly announced,

Or bold adventure ; promising to skill This universal plea in vain address'd,

And perseverance their deserved reward. To eyes and ears of parents who themselves Yes," he continued, kindling as he spake, Did, in the time of their necessity,

“ Chauge wide, and deep, and silently perform's, Urge it in vain ; and, therefore, like a prayer This land shall witness; and as days roll on, That from the humblest floor ascends to heaven, Earth's universal frame shall feel th' effect, It mounts to reach the state's parental ear; E’en till the smallest habitable rock, Who, if indeed she own a mother's heart,

Beaten by lonely billows, hear the songs And be not most un feelingly devoid

Of humanized society; and bloom Of gratitude to Providence, will grant

With civil arts, that send their fragrance forth, Th’unquestionable good; which England, safe A grateful tribute to all-ruling Heaven. From interference of external force,

From culture, unexclusively bestow'd May grant at leisure; without risk incurr'd On Albion's noble race in freedom born, That what in wisdom for herself she doth,

Expect these mighty issues: from the pains Others shall e'er be able to undo.

And faithful care of unambitious schools “ Look ! and behold, from Calpe's sunburnt cliffs Instructing simple childhood's ready ear: To the flat margin of the Baltic sea,

Thence look for these magnificent results!
Vast the circumference of hope ; and ye

Are at its centre, British lawgivers ; * The discovery of Dr. Bell affords marvello:is facilities Ah! sleep not there in shame! Shall wisdom's for carrying this into effect; and it is impossible to over

voice rate the benefits which might accrue to humanity from the universal application of this simple engine under an From out the bosom of these troubled times enlightened and conscientious government

Repeat the dictates of her calmer mind,

And shall the venerable halls ye fill

Then, with a sigh, sometimes I feel, as now, Refuse to echo the sublime decree?

That combinations so serene and bright, Trust not to partial care a general good;

Like those reflected in yon quiet pool,
Transfer not to futurity a work

Cannot be lasting in a world like ours,
Of urgent need. Your country must complete To great and small disturbances exposed.”
Her glorious destiny. Begin e'en now,

More had she said, but sportive shouts were heard ;
Now, when oppression, like th’Egyptian plague Sent from the jocund hearts of those two boys,
Of darkness, stretch'd o'er guilty Europe, makes Who, bearing each a basket on his arm,
The brightness more conspicuous that invests Down the green field came tripping after us.-
The happy island where ye think and act; When we had cautiously embark'd, the pair
Now, when destruction is a prime pursuit, Now for a prouder service were addrest.
Show to the wretched nations for what end But an inexorable law forbade,
The powers of civil polity were given !"

And each resign'd the oar which he had seized. Abruptly here, but with a graceful air,

Whereat, with willing hand I undertook The sage broke off. No sooner had he ceased The needful labour ; grateful task !-to me Than, looking forth, the gentle lady said,

Pregnant with recollections of the time “Behold the shades of afternoon have fallen When, on thy bosom, spacious Windermere ! Upon this fowery slope ; and see-beyond A youth, I practised this delightful art; The lake, though bright, is of a placid blue ; Toss'd on the waves alone, or 'mid a crew As if preparing for the peace of evening.

Of joyous comrades. Now, the reedy marge How temptingly the landscape shines! The air Clear'd, with a strenuous arm I dipp'd the oar, Breathes invitation ; easy is the walk

Free from obstruction, and the boat advanced To the lake's margin, where a boat lies moor’d Through crystal water smoothly as a hawk, Beneath her sheltering tree.” Upon this hint That, disentangled from the shady boughs We rose together : all were pleased, but most Of some thick wood, her place of covert, cleaves The beauteous girl, whose cheek was flush'd with With correspondent wings th' abyss of air. joy.

“ Observe," the vicar said, “yon rocky isle Light as a sunbeam glides along the hills

With birch trees fringed; my hand shall guide the She vanished, eager to impart the scheme

helm, To her beloved brother and his shy compeer. While thitherward we bend our course; or while Now was there bustle in the vicar's house

We seek that other, on the western shore, And earnest preparation. Forth we went,

Where thc bare columns of those lofty firs, And down the vale along the streamlet's edge Supporting gracefully a massy dome Pursued our way, a broken company,

Of sombre foliage, seem to imitate Mute or conversing, single or in pairs.

A Grecian temple rising from the deep." Thus having reach'd a bridge, that overarch'd “ Turn where we may," said I, “ we cannot err The hasty rivulet where it lay becalm'd

In this delicious region.” Cultured slopes, In a deep pool, by happy chance we saw

Wild tracts of forest ground, and scatter'd groves, A twofold image ; on a grassy bank

And mountains bare or clothed with ancient woods A snow-white ram, and in the crystal flood Surrounded us; and, as we held our way Another and the same! Most beautiful,

Along the level of the glassy flood, On the green turf, with his imperial front

They ceased not to surround us : change of place,
Shaggy and bold, and wreathed horns superb, From kindred features diversely combined,
The breathing creature stood; as beautiful, Producing change of beauty ever new.
Beneath him, show'd his shadowy counterpart. Ah! that such beauty, varying in the light
Each had his glowing mountains, each his sky, Of living nature, cannot be portray'd
And each seem'd centre of his own fair world : By words, nor by the pencil's silent skill ;
Antipodes unconscious of each other,

But is the property of him alone
Yet, in partition, with their several spheres, Who hath beheld it, noted it with care,
Blended in perfect stillness, to our sight!

And in his mind recorded it with love! “Ah! what a pity were it to disperse,

Suffice it, therefore, if the rural muse Or to disturb, so fair a spectacle ;

Vouchsafe sweet influence, while her poet speaks And yet a breath can do it!"

Of trivial occupations well devised,

These few words And unsought pleasures springing up by chance ;
The lady whisper'd, while we stood and gazed As if some friendly genius had ordain'd
Gather'd together, all, in still delight,

That, as the day thus far had been enrich'd
Not without awe. Thence passing on, she said By acquisition of sincere delight,
In like low voice to my particular ear,

The same should be continued to its close. “I love to hear that eloquent old man

One spirit animating old and young, Pour forth his meditations, and descant

A gipsy fire we kindled on the shore On human life from infancy to age.

Of the fair isle with birch trees fringed; and there How pure his spirit! in what vivid hues

Merrily seated in a ring, partook His mind gives back the various forms of things, The beverage drawn from China's fragrant herb. Caught in their fairest, happiest attitude !

Launch'd from our hand, the smooth stone skimm'a While he is speaking, I have power to see

the lake; E'en as he sees ; but when his voice hath ceased, With shouts we roused the echoes: stiller sounds

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The lovely girl supplied, a simple song,

Vivid as fire-clouds separately poised,
Whose low tones reach'd not to the distant rocks Innumerable multitudes of forms
To be repeated thence, but gently sank

Scatter'd through half the circle of the sky;
Into our hearts, and charm’d the peaceful food. And giving back, and shedding each on each
Rapaciously we gather'd flowery spoils

With prodigal communion, the bright hues From land and water ; lilies of each hue- Which from the unapparent fount of glory Golden and white, that float upon the waves, They had imbibed, and ceased not to receive. And court the wind; and leaves of that shy plant, That which the heavens display'd, the liquid deep (Her flowers were shed,) the lily of the vale, Repeated; but with unity sublime! That loves the ground, and from the sun withholds While from the grassy mountain's open side Her pensive beauty, from the breeze her sweets. We gazed, in silence hush'd, with eyes intent

Such product and such pastime did the place On the refulgent spectacle,--diffused And season yield; but, as we re-embarked, Through earth, sky, water, and all visible space, Leaving, in quest of other scenes, the shore The priest in holy transport thus exclaim'd :Of that wild spot, the solitary said

“Eternal Spiril! universal God ! In a low voice, yet careless who might hear, Power inaccessible to human thought, “ The fire, that burned so brightly to our wish, Save by degrees and steps which thou hast deign'd Where is it now? Deserted on the beach,

To furnish; for this effluence of thyself,
It seems extinct ; nor shall the fanning breeze To the infirmity of mortal sense
Revive its ashes. What care we for this,

Vouchsafed; this local transitory type
Whose ends are gain'd? Bebold an emblem here Of thy paternal splendours, and the pomp
Of one day's pleasure, and all mortal joys! Of those who fill thy courts in highest heaven,
And, in this unpremeditated slight

The radiant cherubim ;-accept the thanks Of that which is no longer needed, see

Which we, thy humble creatures, here convened, The common course of human gratitude !”

Presume to offer; we, who from the breast
This plaintive note disturb'd not the repose Of the frail earth, permitted to behold
Of the still evening. Right across the lake The faint reflections only of thy face,
Our pinnace moves: then, coasting creek and bay, Are yet exalted, and in soul adore !
Glades we behold, and into thickets peep,

Such as they are who in thy presence stand
Where couch the spotted deer; or raised our eyes Unsullied, incorruptible, and drink
To shaggy steeps on which the careless goat Imperishable majesty stream'd forth
Browsed by the side of dashing waterfalls.

From thy empyreal throne, th' elect of earth
Thus did the bark, meandering with the shore, Shall be-divested at th' appointed hour
Pursue her voyage, till a natural pier

Of all dishonour-cleansed from mortal stain. Of jutting rock invited us to land.

Accomplish, then, their number; and conclude Alert to follow as the pastor led,

Time's weary course! Or if, by thy decree, IVe clomb a green hill's side; and as we clomb, The consummation that will come by stealth The valley, opening out her bosom, gave

Be yet far distant, let thy word prevail, Fair prospect, intercepted less and less,

0! let thy word prevail, to take away Of the flat meadows and indented coast

The sting of human nature. Spread the law,
Of the smooth lake, in compass seen, far off. As it is written in thy holy book,
And yet conspicuous stood the old church tower Throughout all lands: let every nation hear
In majesty presiding over fields

The high behest, and every heart obey ;
And habitations, seemingly preserved

Both for the love of purity, and hope From the intrusion of a restless world,

Which it affords, to such as do thy will By rocks impassable and mountains huge.

And persevere in good, that they shall rise, Soft heath this elevated spot supplied,

To have a nearer view of thee, in heaven. And choice of moss-clad stones, whereon we couch'd Father of good! this prayer in bounty grant, Or sate reclined-admiring quietly

In mercy grant it to thy wretched sons. The general aspect of the scene ; but each

Then, nor till then, shall persecution cease, Not seldom over-anxious to make known

And cruel wars expire. The way is mark'd, His own discoveries; or to favourite points The guide appointed, and the ransom paid. Directing notice, merely from a wish

Alas! the nations, who of yore received T'impart a joy, imperfect while unshared. These tidings, and in Christian temples meet That rapturous moment ne'er shall I forget, The sacred truth tacknowledge, linger still; When these particular interests were effaced Preferring bonds and darkness to a state From every mind! Already had the sun,

Of holy freedom, by redeeming love Sinking with less than ordinary state,

Proffer'd to all, while yet on earth detain'd. Attain’d his western bound; but rays of light- “So fare the many; and the thoughtful few, Now suddenly diverging from the orb

Who in the anguish of their souls bewail
Retired behind the mountain tops or veild This dire perverseness, cannot choose but ask,
By the dense air-shot upwards to the crown Shall it endure? Shall enmity and strife,
Of the blue firmament-aloft and wide:

Falsehood and guile, be left to sow their seed
And multitudes of little floating clouds,

And the kind never perish? Is the hope Ere we, who saw, of change were conscious, pierced Fallacious, or shall righteousness obtain Through their ethereal texture, had become A peaceable dominion, wide as earth,

And ne'er to fail? Shall that blest day arrive For you, in presence of this little band
When they, whose choice or lot it is to dwell Gather'd together on the green hill side,
In crowded cities, without fear shall live

Your pastor is imbolden'd to prefer
Studious of mutual benefit; and he,

Vocal thanksgivings to th' Eternal King; Whom morning wakes, among sweet dews and Whose love, whose counsel, whose commands have flowers

made Of every clime, to till the lonely field,

Your very poorest rich in peace of thought Be happy in himself? The law of faith,

And in good works; and him, who is endow'd Working through love, such conquest shall it gain, With scantiest knowledge, master of all truth Such triumph over sin and guilt achieve?

Which the salvation of his soul requires. Almighty Lord, thy further grace impart!

Conscious of that abundant favour shower'd And with that help the wonder shall be seen On you, the children of my humble care, Fulfill'd, the hope accomplish'd: and thy praise And this dear land, our country while on earth Be sung with transport and unceasing joy.

We sojourn, have I listed up my soul, “Once," and with mild demeanour, as he spake, Joy giving voice to servent gratitude. On us the venerable pastor turn'd

These barren rocks, your stern inheritance; His beaming eye that had been raised to heaven,

These fertile fields, that recompense your pains ; “Once, while the name, Jehovah, was a sound The shadowy vale, the sunny mountain top; Within the circuit of the seagirt isle

Woods waving in the wind their lofty heads, Unheard, the savage nations bow'd the head Or hush’d; the roaring waters, and the still; To gods delighting in reinorseless deeds ;

They see the offering of my listed handsGods which themselves had fashion'd, to promote They hear my lips present their sacrificeIll purposes, and flatter foul desires.

They know if I be silent, morn or even : Then, in the bosom of yon mountain cove, For, though in whispers speaking, the full heart To those inventions of corrupted man

Will find a vent; and thought is praise to Him, Mysterious rites were solemnized : and there, Audible praise, to Thee, Omniscient Mind, Amid impending rocks and gloomy woods, From whom all gifts descend, all blessings flow !” Of those territic idols, some received

This vesper service closed, without delay, Such dismal service, that the loudest voice From that exalted station to the plain Of the swoln cataracts (which now are heard Descending, we pursued our homeward course, Soft murmuring) was too weak to overcome, In mute composure, o'er the shadowy lake, Though aided by wild winds, the groans and Beneath a faded sky. No trace remain'd shrieks

of those celestial splendours ; gray the vault, Of human victims, offer'd up t'appease

Pure, cloudless ether; and the star of eve Or to propitiate. And, if living eyes

Was wanting; but inferior lights appear'd Had visionary faculties to see

Faintly, too faint almost for sight; and some The thing that hath been as the thing that is, Above the darken'd hills stood boldly forth Aghast we might behold this crystal mere

In twinkling lustre, ere the boat attain'd Bedimm'd with smoke, in wreaths voluminous, Her mooring place; where to the sheltering tree Flung from the body of devouring fires,

Our youthful voyagers bound fast her prow, To Taranis erected on the heights

With prompt yet careful hands. This done, we By priestly hands, for sacrifice performid

paced Exultingly, in view of open day

The dewy fields; but ere the vicar's door And full assemblage of a barbarous host;

Was reach'd, the solitary check'd his steps; Or to Andates, female power! who gave

Then, intermingling thanks, on each bestow'd (For so they fancied) glorious victory.

A farewell salutation,-and, the like A few rude monuments of mountain stone

Receiving, took the slender path that leads Survive; all else is swept away. How bright To the one cottage in the lonely dell; Th’ appearances of things ! From such, how But turn'd not without welcome promise given, changed

That he would share the pleasures and pursuits Th’existing worship! and with those compared, Of yet another summer's day, consumed The worshippers how innocent and blest!

In wandering with us through the valleys fair, So wide the difference, a willing mind,

And o'er the mountain wastes. “Another sun," At this affecting hour, might almost think

Said he, “shall shine upon us ere we part, That Paradise, the lost abode of man,


sun, and peradventure more ; Was raised again: and to a happy few,

If time, with free consent, is yours to give,In its original beauty, here restored.

And season favours.” Whence but from Thee, the true and only God,

To enfeebled power, And from the faith derived through Him who bled From this communion with uninjured minds, Upon the cross, this marvellous advance

What renovation had been brought; and what Of good from evil; as if one extreme

Degree of healing to a wounded spirit,
Were left-the other gaind ?-0 ye, who come Dejected, and habitually disposed
To kneel devoutly in yon reverend pile,

To seek, in degradation of the kind,
Callid to such office by the peaceful sound

Excuse and solace for her own defects;
Of Sabbath bells; and ye, who sleep in earth, How far those erring notions were reform’d ;
All cares forgotten, round its hallow'd walls ! And whether aught, of tendency as good

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