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Of rest was Noah's dove bereft,
When with impatient wing she left

That safe retreat, the ark;
Giving her vain excursion o'er,
The disappointed bird once more

Explor'd the sacred bark.

Though fools spurn Hymen's gentle pow'rs,
We, who improve his golden hours,

By sweet experience know,
That marriage, rightly understood,
Gives to the tender and the good

A paradise below.

Our babes shall richest comforts bring;
If tutor’d right, they'll prove a spring

Whence pleasures ever rise:
We'll form their minds, with studious care,
To all that's manly, good, and fair,

And train them for the skies.

they our wisest hours engage, They'll joy our youth, support our age,

And crown our hoary hairs: They'll grow in virtue every day, And thus our fondest love repay,

And recompense our cares.

No borrow'd joys, they're all our own,
While to the world we live unknown,

Or by the world forgot:
Monarchs! we envy not your state,
We look with pity on the great,

And bless our humbler lot.

Our portion is not large indeed,
But then, how little, do we need !

For nature's calls are few !
In this the art of living lies,
To want no more than may suffice,

And make that little do.

We'll therefore relish with content
Whạte'er kind Providence has sent,

Nor aim beyond our pow'r; For if our stock be very small, 'Tis prudent to enjoy it all,

Nor lose the present hour.

To be resign’d when ills betide,
Patient when favours are deny’d,

And pleas'd with favours giv'n,
Dear Chloe, this is wisdom's part,
This is that incense of the heart,

Whose fragrance smells to heav'n.

We'll ask no long protracted treat
(Since winter life is seldom sweet);

But when our feast is o'er,
Grateful from table we'll arise,
Nor grudge our sons with envious eyes,

The relics of our store.

Thus hand in hand through life we'll go, Its chequer'd paths of joy and woe

With cautious steps we'll tread; Quit its vain scenes without a tear, Without a trouble or a fear,

And mingle with the dead:

While conscience, like a faithful friend, Shall through the gloomy vale attend,

And cheer our dying breath; Shall, when all other comforts cease, Like a kind angel whisper peace,

And smooth the bed of death.



Hail, mildly-pleasing Solitude!
Companion of the wise and good;
But from whose holy, piercing eye
The herd of fools and villains. fly.

Oh! how I love with thee to walk,
And listen to thy whisper'd talk,
Which innocence and truth imparts,
And melts the most obdurate hearts.

A thousand shapes you wear with ease, And still in every shape you please. Now, wrapt in some mysterious dream, A lone philosopher you seem; Now quick from hill to vale you fly, And now you sweep the vaulted sky. A shepherd next, you haunt the plain, And warble forth your oaten strain. A lover now,

with all the grace Of that sweet passion in your face: Then, calm’d to friendship, you assume The gentle-looking Hartford's bloom, As, with her Musidora, she (Her Musidora fond of thee) Amid the long-withdrawing vale Awakes the rivalsd nightingale.

Thine is the balmy breath of morn, Just as the dew-bent rose is born; And while meridian fervours beat, Thine is the woodland duinb retreat: But chief when evening scenes decay, And the faint landscape swims away, Thine is the doubtful soft decline, And that best hour of musing thine.

Descending angels bless thy train, The virtues of the sage and swain; Plain Innocence, in white array'd, Before thee lists her fearless lead : Religion's beams around thee shive, And cheer thy glooms with light divine: About thee sports sweet Liberty; And rapt Urania sings to thee.

Oh! let me pierce thy secret cell, Aud in thy deep recesses dwell. Perhaps from Norwood's oak-clad hill, When Meditation has her fill, I just may cast my careless eyes Where London's spiry turrets rise, Think of its crimes, its cares, its pain, Then shield me in the woods again.

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