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And volunteers around his banner swarm;
“ Are all, then, fools?” LORENZO cries.—Yes, all,
Thy wisdom all can do, but—make thee wise.” Nor think this censure is severe on thee; 1416 Satan, thy master, I dare call a dunce,
CONTAINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, 1. A MORAL SURVEY OF THE NOCTURNAL HEAVENS. II. A NIGHT ADDRESS TO THE DEITY.
Fatis contraria fata rependens.
As when a traveller, a long day past
Where, future wand'ring banish'd from my thought,
15 Song sooths our pains; and age has pains to sooth. When age, care, crime, and friends embrac'd at
heart, Torn from my bleeding breast, and Death's dark shade, Which hovers o'er me, quench th' ethereal fire; Canst thou, O Night! indulge one labour more? 20 One labour more indulge! Then sleep, my
strain ! Till, haply wak’d by RAPHAEL's golden lyre, Where night, death, age, care, crime, and sorrow, cease; To bear a part in everlasting lays; Though far, far higher set, in aim, I trust,
25 Symphonious to this humble prelude here. Has not the muse asserted pleasures pure, Like those above; exploding other joys? Weigh what was urg'd, LORENZO! fairly weigh; And tell me, hast thou cause to triumph still? 30 I think thou wilt forbear a boast so bold. But if, beneath the favour of mistake, Thy smile's sincere; not more sincere can be LORENZO's smile than my compassion for him. The sick in body call for aid; the sick
35 In mind are covetous of more disease; And when at worst, they dream themselves quite well. To know ourselves diseas'd, is half our cure. When Nature's blush by custoin is wip'd off, And conscience deaden'd by repeated strokes, 40 Has into manners naturaliz'd our crimes; The curse of curses is, our curse to love; To triumph in the blackness of our guilt
(As Indians glory in the deepest jet;)
55 Where the prime actors of the last year's scene; Their port so proud, their buskin, and their plume? How many sleep, who kept the world awake With lustre, and with noise! Has Death proclaim'd A truce, and hung his sated lance on high? 60 'Tis brandish'd still, nor shall the present year Be more tenacious of her human leaf, Or spread of feeble life a thinner fall.
But needless monuments to wake the thought; Life's gayest scenes speak Man's mortality; 65 Though in a style more florid, full as plain, As mausoleums, pyramids, and tombs. What are our noblest ornaments, but deaths Turn'd flatterers of life, in paint or marble, The well-stain'd canvas, or the featur'd stone? 70 Our fathers grace, or rather haunt, the scene. Joy peoples her pavilion from the dead.
“ Profest diversions! cannot these escape?”– Far from it: These present us with a shroud;
And talk of Death, like garlands o'er a grave.
75 As some bold plunderers, for bury'd wealth, We ransack tombs for pastime; from the dust Call up the sleeping hero; bid him tread The scene for our amusement: How like gods We sit; and, wrapt in immortality,
80 Shed gen'rous tears on wretches born to die; Their fate deploring, to forget our own!
What, all the pomps and triumphs of our lives,
LORENZO! such the glories of the world! What is the world itself? Thy world?-A grave. Where is the dust that has not been alive? The spade, the plough, disturb our ancestors; From human mould we reap our daily bread. The globe around earth's hollow surface shakes, 95 And is the ceiling of her sleeping sons. O’er devastation we blind revels keep; Whole bury'd towns support the dancer's heel. The moist of human frame the sun exhales; Winds scatter, through the mighty void, the dry; 100 Earth repossesses part of what she gave, And the freed spirit mounts on wings of fire; Each element partakes our scatter'd spoils; As Nature, wide, our ruins spread; Man's death Inhabits all things, but the thought of Man. 105