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Of highest God! that loves his creatures so,
How oft do they their silver howers leave,
Are ye forever to your skies departed?
darted Thro' Eden's fresh, and flowering shades of
yore? Now are the fountains dried on that sweet
spot, And ye—our faded earth heholds you not!
Yet, hy your shining eyes not all forsaken, Man wandered from his Paradise away; Ye, from forgetfuiness his heart to waken, Came down, high guests! in many a later
day, And with the Patriarchs under vineand oak, Midst noontide calm, or hush of evening
From yon, the veil of midnight darkness rending,
Came the rich mysteries to the sleeper's eye,
That saw your hosts ascending and descending,
On those hright steps hetween the earth and sky;
Tremhling he woke and how'd o'er glory's trace,
And worshipp'd awe-struck in that fearful place.
By Chehar's hrook ye pass'd, such glory
wearing, As mortal vision might hut ill endure;
Along the stream the living chariot hearing, With its high crystal arch, intensely pure!s And the dread rushing of your wings that
hour, Was like the noise of waters in their power.
But in the Olive-Mount, hy night appearing. Midst the dim leaves, your holiest work was
done!— Whose was the voice that came divinely
cheering, Franght with the hreath of God to aid h»
Yet one more task was yours I—your hea-
was gone!— Now have ye left us for the hrighter shore, Your presence lights the lonely groves no morel
But may ye not, unseen, around us hover, With gentle promptings and sweet influence
yet? Thos the fresh glory of those days he over, When, midst the palm-trees, man your footsteps met?
Arc ye not near when Faith and Hope rise
high, When Love hy strength o'ermasters agony?
Are ye not near, when sorrow uurepining,
Yields up life's treasures unto Him who gave?
"When Martyrs, all things for his sake resigning,
Lead on the march of death serenely hrave?
Dreams!—hut a deeper thought our souls may fill,
One, one is near—a Spirit, holier still!
Honour and happiness unite,
A kingly character he hears,
Adorned with glory from on high,
Inferior honours he disdains,
The nohlest creature seen helow,
My sonl is ravish'd at the thought f
PARAPHRASES OF SCRIPTURE.
THE FIRST WANDERER.
Creation's Heir! the first, the last,
That knew the world his own;
And changed the soul within,
Told the dark secret—Sin!
Unaided and alone on earth,
He hade the heavens give ear;
Kept silence in its sphere.
Angelic legions stray ;—
His guilty foot away.
Then turned he reckless to his own—
But nature's was an altered tone,
Fierce thunder-peal, and rocking gale,
While crashing forests joined the wail, And all said "Cursed for thee!"
This spoke the lion's prowling roar;
And this the victim's cry;
Forever met his eye!
Proclaimed just Heaven's decree:
Alike said,—" Cursed for thee!"
Though mortal, doomed to many a length
Of life's now narrow span,
They too proclaimed the han.
Owned in the murderer's doom;
Felt in the infant's tomh.
Ask not the Wanderer's after fate,
His heing, hirth, or name:
That Man is still the same.
Still strives his soul within;
The same dark secret—Sin!
THE CURSE OF CAIN.
O The wrath of the Lord is a terrihle thing!
And 1o! like a deer in the fright of the chase,
All nature to him has heen hlasted and hanned,
The groans of a father his slumher shall start,
And the wife of his hosom—the faithful and fair—
And his offering may hlaze—uuregarded hy Heaven;
_ THE TRANSLATION OF ENOCH. Gen. v. 24.
Suelime, ineffahle, angelic grace
The King leapt foremost from his throne ;—
arm, He sprung upon his feet in pale alarm; Headlong and hlind with rage he searched
around, But Enoch walk'd with God, and was not
From the hill Stout timher Noah fell'd, and shap'd the ark Ohedient: huge the vessel's hulk, and huilt With spacions entrance; nor was wanting
food For cattle, or for man. God gave the word; ThePatriarch entei sd,and the door was clos'd.
\Vhi:e shine the hreaking hillows, silver
foam, Prognosticating storm; the screaming mew, And rav'oous hittern skim along the hrine Low dropping, or their pinions half inclose In the darkspray; hright spotsof ruddy fire Flecker the azare vaalt, with dusky hue Deep skirted, couriers of the storm—anon With furious expedition falls the rain Darting impetuous down; the scowling sky Darkness invests, deep doleful shade, one
night, Night palpahle; save where athwart the
gloom The glaring vollied lightuing serv'd to shew Sad piteous scenes of horror and dismay; Despairing victims struggling up the elm, Or ragged oak, and in a moment swept By fury irresistihle; some gain The rock, and thence with haggard look
descry Their wives, their panting children in mid
way Porsu'd, or dash'd against the pointed cliff, Sad sport of whirlwinds. At thy stern rehukes Lord of the roaring tempest, at thy voice The waters swift ascend the rough steep cliff! And in the hosom of the vale down sink -Atonce: and hark! the Ocean'sthundering
gate Has hurst its hinge, and on the continent Disgorg'd its might; while on the winged
storm Terror trinmphant rides. The dismal dash Of wave on wave, loud howling winds, the
Earth Rent to her centre hy a thousand shocks, Each shock, a ruin, only sounds the trump Of elemental war, a pregnant cloud
Dilated, like one dark pavilion hangs, Dreadful suspense! then hursts with all its
rage Collected: cataracts of smoking rain Their wild displeasure spend; earth-delving
spouts, Swift hurricanes, hails, hlasting vollies, land Made sea, the sea one wide waste infinite. Deep groan the heaving caverns: mineral
wrath Suhlim'd, with nitrons vapour from henea'a Ascends, and suhterraneous thunder shakes The solid centre of the teeming Earth,
The Spirit of the waters stalks ahroad Exulting in the storm, and drives the 'winds Transverse along heaven's champaign, which
'gin hlow In hardy opposition. He with arm Gigantie, and grim joy, trouhles the deep, Which rose from earth to heav'n: the lashing surge Impetuous rolls, and had a ship heen there, Devouring winds had torn the crackling
mast To atoms piecemeal, or had hlown it, light As huoyant gossamer, hetween the ridge Of riding waves; a horrihle gulph and dark Yawns ghastly, and at intervals displays A grave of living horror.
Full forty nights, and forty days, the ram Fell uuremitted: mountains, rivers, rocks Sunk in contentious waves. Thy ark aloac O Noah, (so the Sov'ran Architect Ordain'd) surviv'd the wreck: nor did that
ark Want sail, or steerage, hy a hand divine Guided invisihle. Of cypress huilt And gopher, huoyant wood, she won her way Like some rich merchant's vessel, laden deep With Macao's spicy freightage: napdu
sheath'd The hulk, and close asphaltos, unctuons mass, From chafing waves, from pungent salt secure. "Cease rain" pronounc' d th'Almighty;— the rain ceas'd.
Again the fleecy cloud with orient pearl Was sown, and glowing sapphire. High the sun