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BOOK THE FOURTH.

DESPONDENCY CORRECTED.

Here closed the Tenant of that lonely Vale His mournful Narrative-commenced in pain, In pain commenced, and ended without

peace: Yet tempered, not unfrequently, with strains Of native feeling, grateful to our minds ; And doubtless yielding some relief to his, While we sate listening with compassion due. Such pity yet surviving, with firm voice, That did not falter though the heart was moved, The Wanderer said

“ One adequate support

For the calamities of mortal life
Exists, one only ;-an assured belief
That the procession of our fate, howe'er
Sad or disturbed, is ordered by a Being
Of infinite benevolence and power,
Whose everlasting purposes embrace
All accidents, converting them to Good.
- The darts of anguish fix not where the seat
Of suffering hath been thoroughly fortified
By acquiescence in the Will Supreme
For Time and for Eternity; by faith,
Faith absolute in God, including hope,
And the defence that lies in boundless love
Of his perfections; with habitual dread
Of aught unworthily conceived, endured
Impatiently ; ill-done, or left undone,
To the dishonour of his holy Name.
Soul of our souls, and safeguard of the world!
Sustain, Thou only canst, the sick of heart ;
Restore their languid spirits, and recal
Their lost affections unto Thee, and thine!"

Then, as we issued from that covert Nook,

He thus continued lifting up his eyes
To Heaven." How beautiful this dome of sky,
And the vast hills, in fluctuation fixed
At thy command, how awful! Shall the Soul,
Human and rational, report of Thee
Even less than these?-Be mute who will, who can,
Yet I will praise thee with empassioned voice:
My lips, that may forget thee in the crowd,
Cannot forget thee here ; where Thou hast built,
For thy own glory, in the wilderness !
Me didst thou constitute a Priest of thine,
In such a Temple as we now behold
Reared for thy presence: therefore, am I bound
To worship, here, and everywhere-as One
Not doomed to ignorance, though forced to tread,
From childhood up, the

of poverty;
From unreflecting ignorance preserved,
And from debasement rescued.-By thy grace
The particle divine remained unquenched;
And, mid the wild weeds of a rugged soil,
Thy bounty caused to flourish deathless flowers,
From Paradise transplanted. Wintry age
Impends; the frost will gather round my heart;

ways

And, if they wither, I am worse than dead !
-Come Labour, when the worn-out frame requires
Perpetual sabbath ; come disease and want;
And sad exclusion through decay of sense ;
But leave me unabated trust in Thee-
And let thy favour, to the end of life,
Inspire me with ability to seek
Repose and hope among eternal things—.
Father of heaven and earth! and I am rich,
And will possess my portion in content!

And what are things Eternal?—Powers depart,” The grey-haired Wanderer steadfastly replied, Answering the question which himself had asked, “ Possessions vanish, and Opinions change, And Passions hold a fluctuating seat: But, by the storms of circumstance unshaken, And subject neither to eclipse or wane, Duty exists ;-immutably survive, For our support, the measures and the forins, Which an abstract Intelligence supplies ; Whose kingdom is, where Time and Space are not: Of other converse, which mind, soul, and heart,

Do, with united urgency, require,
What more, that may not perish? Thou, dread Source,
Prime, self-existing Cause and End of all,
That, in the scale of Being, fill their place,
Above our human region, or below,
Set and sustained ;—Thou—who didst wrap the cloud
Of Infancy around us, that Thyself,
Therein, with our simplicity awhile
Might'st hold, on earth, communion undisturbed
Who from the anarchy of dreaming sleep,
Or from its death-like void, with punctual care,
And touch as gentle as the morning light,
Restor'st us, daily, to the powers
And reason's steadfast rule-thou, thou alone
Art everlasting, and the blessed Spirits,
Which thou includest, as the Sea her Waves :
For adoration thou endurest; endure
For consciousness the motions of thy will;
For apprehension those transcendent truths
Of the pure Intellect, that stand as laws,
(Submission constituting strength and power)
Even to thy Being's infinite majesty!
This Universe shall pass away—a frame

of sense,

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