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Imagine now the table clear,
The hosts and guests at length retir'd;
« Faith, sriends, our errand is but vain
"Quick let us measure back the sky;
"These nymphs alone may well supply
*< Wit, Innocence, and Harmony.
AN INVITATION TO
THE FEATHERED RACE.
Aoain the balmy Zephyr blows,
Each bird with vernal rapture glows,
Ye gentle warblers, hither sly,
My shrubs a cooling shade supply,
Thus each admiring and admir'd,
BY THE RE V- MR GRAVES,
Here sreely hop srom spray to spray,
Or weave the mossy nest;
At night here sweetly rest.
Amidst this cool tranflucent rill,
Here bathe your plumes, here drink your
No school-boy rude, to mischies prone,
E'er shows his ruddy sace,
In this sequester'd place.
Hither the vocal Thrush repairs,
Secure tbe Linnet sings,
To clog her painted wings.
Sad Philomel! ah, quit thy haunt,
Yon distant woods among,
Thy sweetly-plaintive song.
Let not the harmless Redbreast sear,
Domestic bird, to come And seek a sure asylum here,
With one that loves his home.
My trees sor you, ye artless tribe,
Oh, let me thus your sriendship bribe!
For you these cherries I protect,
Sweet is#ie sruit that you have peck'd,
Let then this league betwixt us made,
Mine be the gist os sruit and shade;
ODE TO TRUTH.
B r MASON.
Here deign to take his hallow'd stand;
Here lmiling stretch his tutelary wand?
And you, ye hosts os saints ! sor ye have known
Each dreary path in lise's perplexing maze,
With harpings high os inexpressive praise,.
Will not your train descend in radiant state,
'Tis silence all. No son os light
No train os radiant saints descend.
So Truth proclaims. I hear the sacred sound
Where ayeshe sits with star-wreath'd lustre crown'd;
So Truth proclaims: her awsul voice I hear;
With many a solemn pause it flowly meets my ear.
Attend ye sons os men! attend, and say,-
Unnumber'd, nameless glories, that surpass
The angel's floating pomp, the seraph's glowing grace?
But emulates the diamond's blaze, ..'
Whose cheek but mocks the peaches bloom,
Wliose melting voice the warbling woodlark's lays,
Shall she be deem'd my rival > shall a form Os elemental dross, os mould'ring clay,
Vie.with these charms imperial? the poor worm Shall prove her contest vain. Lise's little day Shall pass, and she is gone: while I appear Flush'd with the bloom os youth through heav'n's eter
Know, mortals! know, ere sirst ye sprung,
Ere sirst these Orbs in ether hung, I shone amid the heavenly throng,
These eyes beheld creation's day,
This Voice began the choral lay,
Pleas'd I survey'd bright nature's gradual birth, Sow infant light with kindling lustre spread,
Sost vernal sragrance clothe the flow'ring earth: And ocean heave on its extended bed; Saw the tall pine aspiring pierce the sky; The tawny lioft stalk $ the rapid eagle 8y.
Last, man arose, erect in youthsul grace, Heav'n's haltow'd image stamp'd upon his sace} And, as he arose, the high behest was giv'n, "That I alone, os all the host os heav'n, "Should reign protectress os the godlike youth:" Thus theAlrflighryspafce: he spake and call'd meTrutb.