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London Printed for John Bell British Library Strand May 13.1782.

POETICAL WORKS

OF

ISAAC WATTS,D.D.

IN SEVEN VOLUMES.

WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.

Say, human Seraph! whence that charming force,
That flame, that soul which animates each line,
And how it runs with such a graceful case,
Loaded with pond'rous sense!--We are here told,
When life its narrow round of years hath roll 'd,
What 'tis employs the blessed, what makes their bliss;
Songs such as WATTS's are, and love like his.
Sov'reign of Sacred Verse! accept the lays

Of a young bard that dares attempt thy praise.----
No vulgar themes thy pious Muse engage,
No scenes of lust pollute thy sacred page:
You in majestic numbers mount the skies,
And meet descending angels as you rise,
Whose just applauses charm the crowded groves,
And Addison thy tuneful song approves.
Soft harmony and manly vigour join
To form the beauties of each sprightly line,
For ev'ry grace of ev'ry Muse is thine.

VOL. III.

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GROVE,

BRITANNICUS.

LONDON:

PRINTED AT THE Apolio Press,

BY GEORGE CAWTHORN, NO. 132, STRAND;
BOOKSELLER AND PRINTER TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS
THE PRINCESS OF WALES,

1802.

BRAR

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Hail, heav'n born Muse! that with celestial flame
And high seraphic numbers durst attempt
To gain thy native skies.---With thought sublime
And high sonorous words thou sweetly sing'at
To thy immortal lyre. Amaz'd we view

The tow'ring height stupendous, while thou soar'st
Above the reach of vulgar eyes or thought,
Hymning th' Eternal Father.

Seraphic heights I seem to gain

And sacred transports feel

While WATTS! to thy celestial strain

Surpris'd 1 listen still.

The gliding streams their course forbear

When I thy lays repeat,

The bending forest lends an ear,

The birds their notes forget

STANDEN.

PHILOMELA

LONDON:

PRINTED AT THE Apollo Press,

BY GEORGE CAWTHORN, NO. 132, STRAND; BOOKSELLER AND PRINTER TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS OF WALES.

1802.

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