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Befits the Christian bard, whose golden lyre Should own no string that sounds to aught but
Heaven. Borne on that sigh, her gentle spirit rose Buoyant through yon blue concave ; and shook off (Half angel ere it fled) its beauteous clay*: To its bright home by sister seraphs led, And by glad myriads of the sainted just Greeted with hymns of triumph. So the lark, Late in some sunless cottage nook confined, The toy of froward youth, if chance throw wide Its prison doors and bid the captive range Free as its kindred choir, with strange delight Hears and obeys; and, soaring to the skies, Floats on light plume amid the liquid noon t.
O ye, around whose knee a daughter's arms (As, tottering on, she haild your wish'd return) Have fondly fasten'd; whose transported ear Has drunk the prattler's accents, as she lisp'd Your welcome back with many a proffer'd kiss, And smiles which art would emulate in vain Weep for the lost Jaïrus. Ye have known What 'twas, amid the million cares and woes (Man's hapless lot below) to find at home That magic circle, o'er whose charmed round, Save by the guidance of the wizard fates, Nor cares nor woes intrude. O, pause and think, Even in your noontide blaze of rapture think, If God his fostering beam should turn aside, What darkness may be yours! and, while ye kneel
* Amidst the trifling discordancy of the Evangelists, which occars in this place, it may be proper to state that I bave followed St. Matthew.
t Nare per æstatem liquidam.- VIRG. Georg. iv. 59.
In grateful fervour to protecting Heaven,
· No; o'er his agonies rejoice: rejoice,
Haste then to Christ, and prostrate at his feet, With hope's bright ardour glowing in thine heart, Implore his sovereign aid. To that bless'd ear The good man's sorrows never rise in vain. 0, tell him that thy child, thy manhood's joy, The' expected grace and guardian of thine age, In Death's chill gripe has wither'd, like a flower Scathed by the summer storm.—But no; forbear! He knows thy woes: thy bosom's inmost pulse Throbs to his eye. And lo, with eager haste Zealous through thronging crowds he presses on, At thine and pity's summons ! Stay him not, Ye curious, ye diseased : And thou whose blood
Twelve tedious springs the’insatiate plague* has
drain'd, Catch not his robe; though thou art wretched too, Revere a parents anguish. Wondrous man! Even from his hem, by faith's pure finger touch'd, The healing virtue flows, nor aught delays His onward foot. And now the deafening din Of minstrel mourners marks the drear abode, Where fast the maiden slumbers; undisturb'd By wailing friends, the deep funereal dirge, And all the pomp of grief. And now her hand The Saviour takes ; now from the Almighty lip Issues the irresistible decree,
Damsel, arise. Her mortal sleep dispellid, And life's new vigour tingling through her veins, Instant she wakes, as from a raptured dream Chased by the morn's soft whisper ; and beholds, With all the daughter rushing to her eyes, Her father by her side. 0, what was then His gush of joy, as to his bounding heart He caught, he clasp'd her close! Not more the bliss The patriot hero feels, whose lifted arm [coasts Guards his loved Prince, while round his country's Invasion's hovering harpies scream for prey: Not more his bliss when, sheath'd the hallow'd (Its work of glory done, and in the dust (steel The' insulting foe laid low) with honest toil, 'Mid the dear pledges of domestic love, He tills the fields his unbought valour saved.
And so when, sign of universal doom, 'Midst heaven's circumference, yon golden orb Shall veil his flaming forehead; and the moon, Portentous phase! on ether's azure vest
• Mark v. 29.
Glare a red blood-spot; while in fearful course
great, And great is their reward. The God ye served, Steadfast when passion sapp'd and scorn assail'd, He, He is yours: for you is twined the wreath
Of Eden's greenest amaranth, and for you Flung wide the' eternal portals. Enter in, Your task complete, your race of duty run, And share the joys and glories of your Lord.'
REV, F, WRANGHAM.
HYMN I. O THOU,
who from thy heaven of Love To Man, in mercy, came, And took, descending from above,
His Nature and his Name;
Humanity!—Thou sent of God,
When Earth was heard to mourn,
And wait till his return;
Their incense here impart,
With succour from the heart.
And point her golden rod;
Here seeks her parent God.
In one resplendent zone
And hang them to thy Throne.