Instruction, a poem

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R. Taylor and Company, 1811 - 19 pages
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Page 7 - Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear : Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air. Some village- Hampden, that, with dauntless breast, The little tyrant of his fields withstood, Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest, Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood. Th...
Page 6 - In youth impressed with what fair lessons yield, Or left, more rude than cattle of the field ? Base groups of filth, the pupils of the street, Where playful theft and young debauch'ry meet ; Young social villains that in rags are seen...
Page 5 - God breath'd in man his noblest gift — a mind ! But gave that blessing like the fruitful land, To yield its harvest to the tiller's hand : Left to itself, the wildest weeds shall grow, 5 And poisons flourish where the fruits should blow.
Page 14 - little children" from an early grave ; It sent a teacher zealous for his kind, To exalt the poor and raise the lowly mind : Of nature mild, — in nought but virtue bold, And form'd in Charity's completest mould : To rear the good — the summit of his fame! His home the SCHOOL, and LANCASTER his name !" The following is the concluding paragraph.
Page 16 - To shield th' oppress'd, and spread instruction's light;— In darksome groves, where brooding Horror stands, And priests unholy lift their blood-s'ain'd hands ; Where glowing altars mid unhallow'd graves, Glare on wild people of the woods and caves ;— There plant thy schools! let ARTS and REASON shine Till dusky chiefs shall learn their good in thine : Their savage mountains whiten o'er with flocks, Fields spring: from wilds, and cities from thei.r rocks ! Far e'en as frozen seas a pathway yield,...
Page 5 - And poisons flourish where the fruits should blow. This law is nature, of Almighty plan, And God's command, — that man enlighten man ! О say, ye candid, liberal and wise, In which of these a nation's safety lies...
Page 9 - Seems to enlighten without aid of Time*; Like that vast engine's mighty speed and power Which stamps the coin by myriads in an hour! The guileless children that we rang'd behold, 75 As pure, and ductile too, as virgin gold ! Each like the coin shall...
Page 7 - Honour'd the MAN, and deathless be his name, Whose "SCHOOLS now rise his monuments of fame ; Marble will moulder, that his worth may trace, But these rever'd shall live from race to race!
Page 7 - Which wisely train'd immortal Fame had built. О bless'd Instruction ! now thy temples rise, Virtue shall spring like incense to the skies ! Thy searching powers the mental mines explore, And gems of Genius shall be lost no more...
Page 13 - Negroes' cries ; When virtuous CLARKSON with a holy hand Diffused a sacred feeling through the land : Track'd the dread scenes that stain'd the Libyan shore, And bade the bloody traffic be no more 1 Now to those realms...

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