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Oh! would that the world could but feel the

repose, Which the mind thus retiring unceasingly

knows : For at morning or noon, in the evening or night, My Arbour is still the lov'd scene of delight.

J. P.

To some secure and more than mortal height,
That lib'rates and exempts me from them all.
It turns submitted to my view, turns round
With all its generations ; I behold
The tumult, and am still. The sound of war
Has lost his terrors ere it reaches me;
Grieves, but alarms me not.

CowPER'S TASK. B. IV. L. 93.

While He, from all the stormy passions free
That restless men involve, hears, and but hears,
At distance safe, the human Tempest roar,
Wrapt close in conscious Peace. The Fall of Kings,
The rage of Nations, and the Crush of States,
Move not the Man, who, from the World escap'd,
Io still Retreats, and flowery Solitudes,
To Nature's Voice attends, from Month to Mouth,
And Day to Day, thro' the revolving Year;
Admiring, sees Her in her every Shape;
Feels all her sweet Emotions at biş Heart;)
Takes what she liberal gives, nor thinks of more.






1 A COMPANION I have, nay I'll call him a

Friend, With whom I pass many and many an hour; If serious my mood, or inclin’d to unbend,

To soothe, or delight me, possessing the pow'r. He sometimes partakes of my cheerful fire side,

At others the partner becomes of my walk, Hand in hand as we travel, the days quickly glide, Each moment brings profit with him whilst I


2 He's pious, he's learned, he's grave, or he's gay,

As chance may fall out, or occasion require, , Be the subject what will, he has something to say,

And other adyiser I seldom require. Without pride or anger he shews me my faults,

He reproves to my face, is no back-biting foe, And the fame of a friend, Oh! he never assaults, And, sooner than wound, would all converse



3 Caprice and ill-humour ne'er enter his mind,

Of forms independent, he still is the same, For Noble or Learn'd I was never declin'd,

Nor denied e'er to others who mention'd my


Tho' high his extraction, and nurtur'd with care,

No grand entertainments he ever requir’d, Full oft of my crust will be cheerfully share, And hath long held his talk as my embers expir'd.

4 To him it ne'er matters if ill or well drest, He turns not away, tho' by fashion I'm

scorn'd; E'en my days the most lowly have suited him

best, And my path of contempt hath he gladly



This friend hath a heart that is open to all,

At least unto all who will up to him look, He makes no distinctions of great or of small, For all, if they please, find this Friend in A BOOK.

J. P.




1 Tho' hot was the Sun in the morn when he rose,

And scorching his heat thro' the toil of the day, Yet cool and serene of his course is the close, And Labour reposes, and Care is away.

2 Thus oft from the morn, thro’ the noon of his life,

Toils man, led by turbulent ardour to grieve; But, cooling at length, he relinquishes strife,

With wisdom serenely enjoying his eve.




1 In many a storm and many a fight IN

Ned Brace had borne an active part, Yet still his conscious mind was light,

For Truth and Hondur buoy'd his heart; And ʼmidst the storm or battle's din, lle felt a peaceful calm within.

2 'Gainst Frenchmen, and Mynhieers, and Dons,

With brave St. Vincent, Howe, and Duncan, Ned with his shipmates plied the guns,

Till all were taken, fled or sunken; And still, 'mid storms, or battles' din, He felt a peaceful calm within.

3 Last with brave Nelson of the Nile,

His starboard leg was shot away;
Food for some hungry crocodile.

What then: his comrades won the day ;
And wounded 'midst the battle's din,
He felt a peaceful calm within.

But now, reluctant, lash'd ashore,

By orders that demand obedience, Ned ne'er must tempt the ocean more,

Till launch'd by Death for unknown regions; And may he, then, 'mid fate's dread din, Outride the storm with peace within.

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