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False atteftation on all nature charge,
Rather than violate his league with death ?
Renounce his reason, rather than renounce
The dust belov’d, and run the risque of heay'n i

what indignity to deathless souls !
What treason to the majesty of man !
Of man immortal ! Hear the lofty style;
“ If so decreed, th' Almighty Will be done.
- Let earth dissolve, yon pond'rous orbs descend,
« And grind us into dust. •The foul is safe;
• The man emerges; mounts above the wreck,
As tow'ring flame from nature's fun'ral pyre;

O’er devastation, as a gainer, smiles ;
“ His charter, his inviolable rights,
“ Well-pleas'd to learn from thunder's impotence,
“ Death's pointless darts, and hell's defeated storms."

But these chimeras touch not thee, Lorenzo !
The glories of the world thy sev’nfold shield,
Other ambition than of crowns in air,
And superlunary felicities,
Thy bosom warm. I'll cool it, if I can;
And turn those glories that inchant, against thee.
What ties thee to this life, proclaims the next.
If wise, the cause that wounds thee is thy cure.
Come, my

ambitious ! let us mount together
(To mount, Lorenzo never can refuse) ;
And from the clouds, where pride delights to dwell,
Look down on earth. What feeft thou? Wond'rous things!
Terrestrial wonders, that eclipse the skies.
What lengths of labour'd lands! what loaded seas!
Loaded by man, for pleasure, wealth, or war!
Seas, winds, and planets, into service brought, :
His art acknowledge, and promote his ends.
Nor can th’eternal rocks his will withstand;
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What leveli'd mountains ! and what lifted vales !
O'er vales and mountains sumptuous cities swell,
And gild our landscape with their glitering fpires.
Some mid the wond'ring waves majestic rise;
And Neptune holds a mirror to their charms.
Far greater ftill! (what cannot mortal might?)
See, wide dominions ravith'd from the deep!
The narrow'd deep with indignation foams.
Or southward turn ; to delicate and grand,
The finer arts there ripen in the sun.
How the tali temples, as to meet their gods,
Ascend the skies! the proud triumphal arch
Shews us half heav'n beneath its ample bend.
High thro’ mid-air, beré, streams are taught to flow;
Whole rivers, there, laid by in basons, sleep.
Here, plains turn oceans; there, vaft oceans join
Thro' kingdoms channel'd deep from shore to shore ;
And chang'd creation takes its face from man.
Beats thy brave breast for formidable scenes,
Where fame and empire wait upon the sword?
See fields in blood; hear naval thunders rise ;
BRITANNIA's voice! that awes the world to peace.
How yon enormous mole projecting breaks
The mid-lea, furious waves! Their roar amidst,
Out-speaks the Deity, and says, “ O main !
“ Thus far, nor farther; new restraints obey."
Earth's disembowel'd! measur'd are the skies !
Stars are detected in their deep recess !
Creation widens ! vanquish'd nature yields !
· Her secrets are extorted ! art prevails !
What monument of genius, spirit, power !

And now, LORENZO ! raptur'd at this sçene,
Whose glories render heav'n superfluous ! fay,
Whosc footsteps these-Immortals have been here.

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Could less than fouls immortal this have done ? "Earth's cover'd o'er with proofs of souls immortal ; And proofs of immortality forgot.

To flatter thy grand foible, I confess, These are ambition's works: And these are great: But this, the least immortal fouls can do; Transeend them all. But what can these transcend ? Doft ask me what ?-One figh for the distreft. What then for infidels? A deeper figh. 'Tis moral grandeur makes the mighty man: How little they, who think aught great below! All our ambitions death defeats, but one; And that it crowns.--Here cease we; Bat, ere long, More pow'rful proof shall take the field against thee, Stronger than death, and smiling at the tomb.

END OF THE SECOND VOLUMI.

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