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To benefit and bless, through mightier power :

-Whether the Persian-zealous to reject
Altar and Image and the inclusive walls
And roofs of Temples built by human hands,
The loftiest heights ascending, from their tops,
With myrtle-wreathed Tiara on his brows-
Presented sacrifice to Moon and Stars,
And to the winds and Mother Elements,
And the whole Circle of the Heavens, for him
A sensitive Existence, and a God,
With lifted hands invoked, and songs

of praise :
Or, less reluctantly to bonds of Sense
Yielding his Soul, the Babylonian framed
For influence undefined a personal Shape;
And, from the Plain, with toil immense, upreared
Tower eight times planted on the top of Tower;
That Belus, nightly to his splendid Couch
Descending, there might rest; and, from that Height
Pure and serene, the Godhead overlook
Winding Euphrates, and the City vast
Of his devoted Worshippers, far-stretched ;
With

grove, and field, and garden, interspersed;

Their Town, and foodful Region for support
Against the pressure of beleaguring war.

Chaldean Shepherds, ranging trackless fields,
Beneath the concave of unclouded skies
Spread like a sea, in boundless solitude,
Looked on the Polar Star, as on a Guide
And Guardian of their course, that never closed
His steadfast eye. The Planetary Five
With a submissive reverence they beheld;
Watched, from the centre of their sleeping flocks,
Those radiant Mercuries, that seemed to move
Carrying through Ether, in perpetual round,
Decrees and resolutions of the Gods;
And, by their aspects, signifying works
Of dim futurity, to Man revealed.

-The Imaginative Faculty was Lord
Of observations natural; and, thus
Led on, those Shepherds made report of Stars
In set rotation passing to and fro,
Between the orbs of our apparent sphere
And its invisible counterpart, adorned

With answering Constellations, under earth
Removed from all approach of living sight,
But present to the Dead; who, so they deemed,
Like those celestial Messengers, beheld
All accidents, and Judges were of all.

The lively Grecian, in a Land of hills, Rivers, and fertile plains, and sounding shores, Under a cope of variegated sky, Could find commodious place for every God, Promptly received, as prodigally brought, From the surrounding Countries—at the choice Of all Adventurers. With unrivalled skill, As nicest observation furnished hints For studious fancy, did his hand bestow On fluent Operations a fixed Shape ; Metal or Stone, idolatrously served. And yet—triumphant o'er this pompous show Of Art, this palpable array of Sense, On every side encountered; in despite Of the gross fictions, chaunted in the streets By wandering Rhapsodists ; and in contempt Of doubt and bold denials hourly urged

Amid the wrangling Schools—a spirit hung, Beautiful Region! o'er thy Towns and Farms, Statues and Temples, and memorial Tombs ; And emanations were perceived ; and acts Of immortality, in Nature's course, Exemplified by mysteries, that were felt As bonds, on grave Philosopher imposed And armed Warrior; and in every grove A gay or pensive tenderness prevailed When piety more awful had relaxed. -“ Take, running River, take these Locks of mine"Thus would the Votary say—“ this severed hair, “ My Vow fulfilling, do I here present, “ Thankful for my beloved Child's return. “ Thy banks, Cephisus, he again hath trod, “ Thy murmurs heard; and drunk the chrystal lymph “ With which thou dost refresh the thirsty lip, “ And moisten all day long these flowery fields." And doubtless, sometimes, when the hair was shed Upon the flowing stream, a thought arose Of Life continuous, Being unimpaired; That hath been, is, and where it was and is There shall be,—seen, and heard, and felt, and known,

And recognized,-existence unexposed
To the blind walk of mortal accident ;
From diminution safe and weakening age ;
While Man grows old, and dwindles, and decays ;
And countless generations of Mankind
Depart; and leave no vestige where they trod.

We live by admiration, hope, and love; And even as these are well and wisely fixed, In dignity of being we ascend. But what is error?—“ Answer he who can!” The Sceptic somewhat haughtily exclaimed, “ Love, Hope, and Admiration—are they not Mad Fancy’s favourite Vassals ? Does not Life Use them, full oft, as Pioneers to ruin, Guides to destruction? Is it well to trust Imagination's light when Reason's fails, The unguarded taper where the guarded faints ? -Stoop from those heights, and soberly declare What error is; and, of our errors, which Doth most debase the mind; the genuine seats Of power, where are they? Who shall regulate, With truth, the scale of intellectual rank ?"

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