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ON THE CREATION.
We to JEHOVAH's altar bring
The incense of these pious lays ; May he inspire us, while we sing
His greatness, and his goodness praise.
But how shall we exalt his name,
Whose wise, all-comprehending thought Projected this stupendous frame,
And fashion'd all things out of naught!
Who, 'midst the realm of ancient night,
One undistinguish'd, void abyss !
Celestial hosts of cherubs, say,
Attendants on his awful nod! How issu'd forth the dawning day,
Refulgent shadow of the God?
Rais'd with stupendous arch, the skies
Widely their azure mantle spread; On sable wings the tempest flies,
New risen from the liquid bed.
The marshalld waves with headlong course
Retreat from the up-rearing land, And rally their divided force,
Obedient to the great command.
Nocturnal lamps, their measur'd round
Now leading, radiant blessings shed; With dignity unrivall’d crown'd,
The sun, just lighted, rears his head.
Unbrooded flocks in ether play,
The deep enliven’d shines in scales; There infant eagles brave the day,
Here drops commence enormous whales,
But O! what numbers shall we find
Expressing bow ourselves began? When the ador’d Almighty mind
His scheme epitomiz'd in man:
Resemblance of himself imprest,
In reason, sanctity, command; With wisdom fill'd his stately breast,
With sceptre of the globe his hand.
Ye glorious works of heav'n and earth,
Chiefly, thou last, Hosannah's raise
CHARACTER OF THE FAIR SEX.
THRÓUGÌ many a land and clime a ranger,
With toilsome steps, I've held my way; A lonely, unprotected stranger,
To stranger's ills á constant prey.
While steering thus my course precarious,
My fortune ever was to find
But women grateful, true, and kind.
Alive to ev'ry tender fecling,
To deeds of mercy always prone,
With soft compassion's sweetest tone.
No proud delay, no dark suspicion,
Taints the free bounty of their heart ! They turn not from the sad petition,
But cheerful aid at once impart.
Form'd in benevolence of nature,
Obliging, modest, gay, and mild, Woman's the same endearing creature,
In courtly town, or savage wild. .
When parch'd with thirst, with hunger wasted,
Her friendly hand refreshment gave, How sweet the coarsest food has tasted!
How cordial was the simple wave!
Her courteous looks, her words caressing,
Shed comfort on the fainting soul;Woman's the stranger's gen’ral blessing,
From sultry India to the Pole.
EPIGRAM ON A LAME BEGGAR.
I Am unable, yonder beggar cries,
TO A YOUNG LADY,
WITH A NOSEGAY.
Thou canst not steal the roses bloom
To decorate thy face ;
Will lend an equal grace.
These violets scent the distant gale,
(Beneath, in lowly bed) So rising worth new merit gains,
By diffidence o'erspread.
Nor wilt thou e'er that lily's white
In thy complexion find;
Within thy spotless mind.
Now, in the op’ning spring of life,
Let every flowret bloom ;
Shall yield the best perfume.
This nosegay in thy bosom plac'd,
A moral may convey : For soon its brightest tints shall fade,
And all its sweets decay.