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This day be bread and peace my lot;

All else beneath the sun
Thou know'st if best bestowed or not,

And let thy will be done.

To thee, whose temple is all space;

Whose altar, earth, sea, skies;
One chorus let all being raise!

All nature's incense rise!

Odf. On Solitude.

HAPPY the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,

In his own ground.

Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire; ,

Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.

Blest, who can unconcern'dly find

Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,

Sound sleep by night; study and ease,

Together mixed; sweet recreation, And innocence, which most does please, With meditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;

Thus unlamented let me die,
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lie.

Epitaph On Mrs. Elizabeth Corbett.1

HERE rests a Woman, Good without pretence,
Blest with plain Reason, and with sober Sense;
No Conquests she, but o'er her Self, desir'd,
No Arts essay'd, but not to be admir'd:
Passion and Pride were to her Soul unknown;
Convinc'd that Virtue only is our own.
So unaffected, so compos'd a Mind,
So firm, yet soft, so strong, yet so refined,
Heaven, as its purest Gold, by Tortures tried;
The Saint sustain'd it, but the Woman died.

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THE keener tempests come: and fuming dun
From all the livid east, or piercing north,
Thick clouds ascend—in whose capacious womb
A vapoury deluge lies, to snow congealed.
Heavy they roll their fleecy world along;
And the sky saddens with the gathered storm.
Through the hushed air the whitening shower descends,
At first thin wavering; till at last the flakes
Fall broad, and wide, and fast, dimming the day
With a continual flow. The cherished fields
Put on their winter-robe of purest white.
'Tis brightness all; save where the new snow melts
Along the mazy current. Low the woods
Bow their hoar head; and, ere the languid sun
Fain from the west emits his evening ray,
Earth's universal face, deep-hid and chill,
Is one wide dazzling waste, that buries wide
The works of man. Drooping, the labourer-ox
Stands covered o'er with snow, and then demands
The fruit of all his toil. The fowls of heaven,
Tamed by the cruel season, crowd around
The winnowing store, and claim the little boon

Which Providence assigns them. One alone,

The redbreast, sacred to the household gods,

Wisely regardful of the embroiling sky,

In joyless fields and thorny thickets leaves

His shivering mates, and pays to trusted man

His annual visit. Half-afraid, he first

Against the window beats; then brisk alights

On the warm hearth; then, hopping o'er the floor,

Eyes all the smiling family askance,

And pecks, and starts, and wonders where he is—

Till, more familiar grown, the table-crumbs

Attract his slender feet. The foodless wilds

Pour forth their brown inhabitants. The hare,

Though timorous of heart, and hard beset

By death in various forms, dark snares, and dogs,

And more unpitying men, the garden seeks,

Urged on by fearless want. The bleating kind

Eye the black heaven, and next the glistening earth,

With looks of dumb despair; then, sad dispersed,

Dig for the withered herb through heaps of snow.

A Hymn On The Seasons.

THESE as they change, Almighty Father, these
Are but the varied God. The rolling year
Is full of thee. Forth in the pleasing Spring
Thy beauty walks, thy tenderness and love.
Wide flush the fields; the softening air is balm;
Echo the mountains round ; the forest smiles;
And every sense, and every heart, is joy.
Then comes thy glory in the Summer-months
With light and heat refulgent. Then thy sun
Shoots full perfection through the swelling year.
And oft thy voice in dreadful thunder speaks;
And oft at dawn, deep noon, or falling eve,
By brooks and groves, in hollow-whispering gales.


Thy bounty shines in Autumn unconfined,
And spreads a common feast for all that lives.
In Winter aweful thou! with clouds and storms
Around thee thrown, tempest o'er tempest rolled,
Majestic darkness! on the whirlwind's wing,
Riding sublime thou bidst the world adore,
And humblest nature with thy northern blast.

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