Poems on Several Occasions

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John, Francis and Charles Rivington, 1776 - 120 pages
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Page 110 - Providence diffused such innumerable objects of delight, but that all might rejoice in the privilege of existence, and be filled with gratitude to the beneficent Author of it ? Thus to enjoy the blessings he has sent, is virtue and obedience ; and to reject them merely as means of pleasure, is pitiable ignorance, or absurd perverseness.
Page 87 - Fortune's gem, Ambition's plume, Nor Cytherea's fading bloom, > Be objects of my pray'r : Let Av'rice, Vanity, and Pride, These glitt'ring envy'd toys divide, The dull rewards of Care. To me thy better gifts impart, Each moral beauty of the heart By studious thought refin'd : For Wealth, the smiles of glad Content, For Pow'r, its amplest, best extent, An empire o'er my mind.
Page 108 - ... in contradiction to the will of Heaven. Fly then from the fatal enchantments of youth, and social delight, and here consecrate the solitary hours to lamentation and woe.
Page 108 - Retire with me, O rash unthinking mortal, from the vain allurements of a deceitful world, and learn that pleasure was not designed the portion of human life. Man was born to mourn and to be wretched ; this is the condition of all below the stars ; and whoever endeavours to oppose it acts in contradiction to the will of Heaven.
Page 60 - ... takes its flight, And muft return no more. Yet judge by Reafon's fober rules, From falfe Opinion free, And mark how little pilfering years Can fteal from you or me.
Page 70 - Farewell the objects of diurnal care, Your task be ended with the setting sun : Let all be undisturb'd vacation here, While o'er yon wave ascends the peaceful moon. What beauteous visions o'er the soften'd heart, In this still moment all their charms diffuse, Serener joys, and brighter hopes impart, And chear the soul with more than mortal views.
Page 36 - As in the blaze of day. In the thick cloud's tremendous gloom, The lightning's lurid glare. It views the same all-gracious Pow'r That breathes the vernal air.
Page 113 - Return then with me from continual misery to moderate enjoyment, and grateful alacrity. Return from the contracted views of solitude to the proper duties of a relative and dependant being.
Page 114 - Superstition, by which she endeavours to break those chains of benevolence and social affection, that link the welfare of every particular with that of the whole. Remember that the greatest honour you can pay to the Author of your being is by such a cheerful behaviour, as discovers a mind satisfied with his dispensations.
Page 86 - Blest source of purer joys! In ev'ry form of beauty bright, That captivates the mental sight With pleasure and surprise; V. To thy unspotted shrine I bow: Attend thy modest suppliant's vow, That breathes no wild desires; But, taught by thy unerring rules, To shun the fruitless wish of fools, To nobler views aspires.

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