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A CLAUSE OF
See and adore his providence and porr
Arise, divine Urania, with new strains
To hymn thy God, and thou, immortal Fame,
And pow'r, and domination in the height! thy praise, And thr own image, the immortal soul,
And thou, cherubic Gratitude, whose voice Shall consecrate herself to thee for ever.
To pious ears sounds silverly so sweet,
Regenerate, and pure, pour all thyself
And may th' eternal, high mysterious tree,
That in the centre of the arched Heav'ns
Bears the rich fruit of knowledge, with some
branch To the most reverend his grace the lord Stoop to my husnble reach, and bless my toil ! archbishop of Canterbury ; this poetical essay
When in my mother's womb conceal'd I lay on the Omniscience of the Supreine Being, is
A senseless embryo, then my soul thou knewst, with all humility inscribed, by his grace's most
Knewst all her future workings, every thought, dutiful, most obliged, and most obedient hum
And every faint idea yet unform’d. ble servant,
When up the imperceptible ascent
That what of knowledge in my mind was low,
Imperfect, incorrect-in thee is wonderous,
Uncircumscrib'd, insearchably profound,
And estimable solely by itself. GIVE my Kislingbury estate to the university
What is that secret pow'r, that guides the of Cambridge for ever: the rents of which shall
brutes, be disposed of yearly by the vice-chancellor which ignorance calls instinct ? 'Tis from thee, for the time being, as the vice-chancellor, It is the operation of thine hands, master of Clare-ball, and the Greek professor Immediate, instantaneous; 'tis thy wisdom, for the time being, or any two of them, shall That glorious shines transparent thro' thy works. agree. Which three persons aforesaid shall give Who taught the pye, or who forewarn'd the jay cat a subject, which subject shall for the first Toshun the deadly nightshade ? tho' the cherry year be one or other of the perfections or attri- Boasts not a glossier hue, nor does the plumb butes of the Supreme Being, and so the suc
Lure with more seeming sweets the amorous eye, ceeding years, till the subject is exhausted ; and Yet will not the sagacious birds, decoy'd afterwards the subject shall be either Death, By fair appearance, touch the noxious fruit, Judgment, Heaven, Hell, Purity of Heart, &c. or they know to taste is fatal, whence alarm'd whatever else may be judged by the vice-chan- Swift on the winnowing winds they work their cellor, master of Clare-hall, and Greek professor
way. to be most conducive to the honour of the Su
Go to, proud reas'ner, philosophic man, [-No. preme Being and recommen(lation of virtue.
Hast thou such prudence, thou such knowledge ? And they shall yearly dispose of the rent of the
Full many a race has fall'n into the snare abore estate to that master of arts, whose poem of meretricious looks, of pleasing surface, on the subicet given shall be best approved by And oft in desert isles the famish'd pilgrim them. Which poem I ordain to be always in By forms of fruit, and luscious taste beguild, Enzlish, and to be printed; the expense of Like his forefather Adam, eats and dies. which shall be deducted out of the product of
For why? his wisdom on the leaden feet the estate, and the residue given as a reward for Of slow experience, dully tedious, creeps, the composer of the poem, or ode, or copy of And comes, like vengeance, after long delay.
The venerable sage, that nightly trims WE the underwritten, do assign Mr. Sea- The learned lamp, e investigate the pow'rs too's reward to C. Smart, M A. for his poem And the dark regions of the fossil world,
Of plants medicinal, the earth, the air, on The Omniscience of the Supreme Being, and
Grows old in following, what he ne'er shall find; direct the said poem to be printed, according to
Studious in vain! till haply, at the last the tenor of the will.
He spies a mist, then shapes it into mountains, J. Wilcox, vice-chancellor. And baseless fabric from conjecture builds.
T. FRANKLIN, Greek-professor. While the domestic animal, that guards November 2, 1752.
At midnight hours his threshold, if oppress'd
By sudden sickness, at his master's feet
To rive the groaning earth for ill-sought gold,
Then to the field she hies, and on her back,
Then many a weary step, and many a strain,
Up the huge hill she hardly heaves it home :
And back to day-light vegetate its way.
And by her wary ways reform thine own.
May read himself a fool. The chymist these
May with astonishment invidious view
Avaunt Conceit, Ambition take thy flight
Back to the prince of vanity and air !
force He measur'd in the hollow of his hand
Its weight on the reluctant mind, and give her
man, The mighty mountains in his golden scales: Who first from Heav'n, from gracious God himWho shone supreme, who was himself the light,
(brutes Ere yet Refraction learn'd her skill to paint, Learn'd knowledge of the brutes, must know by And bend athwart the clouds her beauteous bow. Instructed and reproach'd, the scale of being ; When Knowledge at her father's dread com- By slow degrees from lowly steps ascend, mand
And trace Omniscience upwards to its spring !
Of many a Godlike privilege amerc'd
Is Paradise our home, but o'er the portal
Hangs in terrific pomp the burning blade;
With pleasures populous,and with riches crown'd,
Ev’n to their last exertion-show'rs of blessings
Or hi pe expect, or gratitude return.
Then, () ye people, ( ye sons of men,
Whatever portion of itself bis wisdom
And pow'r, and domination in the height !
Aud thou, cherubic Gratitude, whose voice
And with the choicest stores the altar crown,
ΤΩ ΘΕΩ ΔΟΞΑ. . 2 The longitude,
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Fall headlong in one horrible cascade, POWER OF THE SUPREME BEING, When Zephyr faints upon the lily's breast,
'Twere but the echo of the parting breeze,
'Twere but the ceasing of some instrument,
So mighty! so stupendous ! so divine !
But not alone in the aërial vault
Does he the dread throcracy maintain;
For oft, enrag'd with his intestine thunders, I Give my Kislingbury estate to the university He harrows up the bowels of the Earth, of Cambridge for ever: the rents of which shall And shocks the central magnet--Cities then be disposed of yearly by the vice-chancellor Totter on their foundations, stately columus, for the time being, as he the vice-chancellor, Magnific walls, and heav'n-assaulting spires. the master of Clare-hall, and the Greek profes- What tho' in haughty eminence erect Sor for the time being, or any two of them, shall Stands the strong citadel, and frowns defiance agree. Which three persons aforesaid shall give On adverse hosts, though many a bastion jut out a subject, which subject shall for the first forth from the ramparts elevated mound, year be one or other of the perfections or attri- Vain the poor providence of lyman art, bates of the Supreme Being, and so the suc- And mortal strength how vain! while underneath ceeding years, till the subject is exhausted; and Triumphs his mining vengeance in th' uproar afierwards the subject shall be either Death, of shatter'd towers, riven rocks, and mountains, Judgment, Heaven, Hell, Purity of Heart, &c. With clamour inconceivable uptorn, or whatever else may be judged by the vice- | And hurl'd adown th' abyss. Sulphureous pyrites chancellor, master of Clare-llall, and Greek Bursting abrupt from darkness into day, professor to be most conducive to the honour of With din outra ceous and destructive ire the Supreme Being and recommendation of vir- Augment the hideous tumult, while it wounds tre. And they shall yearly dispose of the rent Th'afficted ear, and terrifies the eye of the abore estate to that master of arts, whose And rends the heart in twain. Twice have we felt, poem on the subject given shall be best approved Within Augusta's wallstwice have we felt by them. Which poem I ordain to be always in Thy threaten'd indiguation, but ev’n thou, English, and to be printed; the expense of Incens'd Omnipotent, art gracious ever: which shall be deducted out of the product of Thy goodness infinite but mildly warn'd us the estate, and the residue given as a reward for With mercy-blended wrath : O spare us still, the composer of the poem,or ode, or copy of verses. Nor send more dire conviction : we confess
WE the underwritten do assign Mr. Sea- | That thou art he, th’-Almighty : we believe: too's reward to C. Smart, M. A.
for his Por at thy righteous power whole systems quake, porn on The Power of the Supreme Being, For at thy nod tremble ten thousand worlds. and direct the said poem to be printed, ac
Hark! on the winged whirlwind's rapid rage, cordmg to the teuor of the will.
Which is and is not in a moment-hark !
On the hurricane's tempestuous sweep he rides
Tuo. FRANKLIN, Greek professor. The West encounters East, and Notus meets Dec. 5, 1753.
In his career the Hyperborean blast.
The lordly lions shudd'ring seek their dens, Tremble, thou Earth!" th’anointed poet said, who dar'd the solar ray, is weak of wing,
And fly like tim'rous deer; the king of birds, "At God's bright presence, tremble, all ye moun
And faints and falls and dies;—while he supreme tains,
Stands stedfast if in the centre of the storm. And all ye hillocks on the surface bound.”
Wherefore, ye objects terrible and great, Then once again, ye glorious thunders, roll, The Muse with transport hears ye, once again
Ye thunders, earthquakes, and ye fire-fraught
woubs Convulse the solid continent, and shake,
Of fell volcanoes, whirlwinds, hurricanes, Grand music of Omnipotence, the isles. 'Tis thy terrific voice; thou God of power,
And boiling billows hail! in chorus join
To celebrate and magnify your Maker, 'Tis thy terrific voice; all Nature hears it
Who yet in works of a minuter mould
Is not less manifest, is not less mighty.
Survey the magnet's sympathetic love,
That wooes the yiolding needle; contemplate Behold! quakes Apennine, behold! recoils
Th’attractive amber's power, invisible
Ev'n to the mental eye; or when the blow
Sent from th'electric sphere assaults thy frame, And proclamation of the reign supreme,
Show me the hand, that dealt it !-baffled here
By bis omnipotence, Philosophy
Slowly her thoughts inadequate revolves, [her, Scou'd Ocean to his congretated waves
And stands, with all bis circling wonders round Call in each river, cataract, and lake,
Like heavy Saturn in th' etherial space And with the watery world down a huge rock
Begirt with an inexplicable ring. TOL, XYI.
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If such the operations of his power,
Being, is inscribed, by his lordship's most Which at all seasons and in ev'ry place
obliged, and obedient servant, (Ruld by establish'd laws and current nature)
MR, SEATON'S WILL,
Dated Oct. 8, 1738.
I give my Kislingbury estate to the university
of Cambridge for ever : the rents of which shall That melted to their Auid state again?
be disposed of yearly by the vice-chancellor Need I recount how Sampson's warlike arm
for the time being, as he the vice-chancellor, With more than mortal nerves was strung t'o'er
the master of Clare-hall, and the Greek professor throw
for the time being, or any two of them, shall Idolatrous Philistia ? Shall I tell
agree. Which three persons aforesaid shall give How David triumph'd, and what Job sustain'd?
out a subject, which suliject shall for the first - But, О supreme, unutterable mercy !
year be one or other of the perfect'ons or attriO love unequal'd, mystery inmense, [tion
butes of the Supreme Being, and so the sucWhich angels long t’unfold ! 'tis man's redemp- ceeding years, till the subject is exhausted ; and That crowns thy g'ory, and thy pow'r confirms,
afterwards the subject shall be either Death, Confirms the great, th' uncontruwerted claim. Judginent, Heaven, Hell, Purity of Heart, &c. or When from the Virgin's unpolluted womb,
whatever else may be judged by the vice-chanShone forth the Sun of Righteousness reveal'd
cellor, master of Clare-hall, and Greek professor. And on benigbted reason pour'd the day;
to be most conducive to the honour of the SuLet there be peace”' (he said) and all was calm preme Being and recommepilation of virtue, Amongst the warring world-calm as the sea,
And they shall yearly dispose of the rent of the When “ Peace, be still, ye buisterous winds," above estate to that master of arts, whose poem he cry'd,
on the subject given shall be best approved by And not a breath was blown, nor murmur heard.
them. Which poem I ordain to be always in His was a life of miracles and might,
English, and to be printed; the expense uf. And charity and love, ere yet he taste
which shall be deducted out of the product of The bitter draught of death, ere yet he rise
the estale, and the residue given as a reward for Victorious o'er the universal foe,
the composer of the poem, or ode, or copy of And Death, and Sin and Hell in triumph lead. His by the right ofconquest is mankind,
We the underwritten, do assign Mr. SeaAnd in sweet servitude and golden bonds
ton's reward to C. Smart, M
A. for his poem Were ty'd to him for ever.- how easy
on The Goodness of the Supreme Being, and Is his ungalling yoke, and all his burdens
direct the said poem to be printed, according to 'Tis ecstacy to bear! Hiin, blessed Shepherd,
the tenor of the will. His flocks shall follow through the maze of life, And shades that tend to day-spring from on high;
H. Thomas, vice-chancellor.
J. Wilcox, master of Clare hall.
Orrheus, for the Gentiles call’d thy name', Then shall the gates and everlasting doors, Israel's sweet psalmist, who alone could wake At which the King of Glory enters in,
Th’ inanimale to motion ; who alone -
And foods with musical persuasion drew;
And mad'st the mute melodious !-greater yet
Drove trembling Satan from the heart of Saul,
Sorne portion of thy genuine spirit breathe,
Enlarge, and sanctify;---so shall the Muse
Her God on Earth, as he is prais'd in Heaven.
Immense Creator ! whuse all-powerful hand
Fram'd universal being, and whose eye
Who made and who preserves, whatever dwells Saw like thyself, that all things form'd were In air, in steadfast earth, or fickle sea. good;
O he is good, he is immensely good! Where shall the tim'rous bard thy praise begin, Who all things foru'd, and form’d them all for Where end the purest sacrifice of song,
man ; And just thanksgiving 1-The thought-kindling Who mark'd the climates, varied every zone, light,
Dispensing all his blessings for the best Thy prime production, darts upon my mind In order and in beauty :-raise, attend, Its vivifying beams, my heart illumines,
Attest, and praise, ye quarters of the world! And tilis my soul with gratitude and thee. Bow down, ye elephants, submissive bow Hail to the cheerful rays of ruddy morn,
To him, who made the mite ; though Asia's pride, That paint the streaky east, and blithsome Ye carry armies on your tow'r-crown’d backs,
And grace the turban'd tyrants, bow to him The birds, the cattle, and mankind from rest! Who is as great, as perfect and as good Hail to the fresbness of the early breeze, In his less striking wonders, till at length And Iris dancing on the new-fall'n dew!
The eye's at fault and seeks the assisting glass Without the aid of yonder golden globe
Approach and bring from Araby the blest lost were the garnet's Justre, lost the lily, The fragrant cassia, frankincense and myrrh, The talip and auricula's spotted pride ;
And meekly kneeling at the altar's foot
Stoop, sable Africa, with rey'rence stoop,
And from thy brow take off the painted plume; Those pansies, that reclining from the bank, Wiih golden ingots all thy camels load View through th' immaculate, pellucid stream ” adorn his temples, basten with thy spear' Their portraiture in the inverted Heaven, Reverted, and thy trusty bow unstrung, Might as well change their triple boast, the Wbile unpursu'd the lions roam and roar, white,
And ruin’d tow'rs, rude rocks and caverns wide The purple, and the gold, that far outvie Remurmur to the glorious, surly sound. The eastern monarch's garb, ev'n with the dock, And thuu, fair India, whose immense domain Er'n with the baneful hemlock's irksome green, To counterpoise the hemisphere extends, Without thy aid, without thy gladsome beams Haste from the west, and with thy fruits and The tribes of woodland warblers would remain
flow'rs, Mute on the bending branches, nor recite Thy mines and med'cines, wealthy maid, attend. The praise of bim, who, e'er he form'd their More than the plenteousness so fam'd to flow lord,
By fabling bards from Amalthea's horn Their voices tun'd to transport, wing'd their flight, Is thine ; thine therefore be a portion due And bade them call for nurture, and receive; Of thanks and praise : come with thy brilliant And lo! they call; the blackbird and the thrush,
crown The woodlark, and the redbreast jointly call; And vest of fur; and from thy fragrant lap He hears and feeds their featber'd families, Pomegranates and the rich ananas pour. He feeds his sweet musiciaus,-nor neglects But chiefly thuu, Europa, seat of grace Tb' invoking ravens in the greenwood wide; And christian excellence, his goodness own, And though their throats coarse ruttling hurt the forth from ten thousand temples pour his ear,
praise; They mean it all for music, thanks and praise Clad in the armourof the living God They mean, and leave ingratitude to man;— Approach, unsheath the Spirit's flaming sword; But not to all,—for hark ! the organs blow
Faith's shield, salvation's glory, compassid Their swelling notes round the cathedral's dome,
Then join the general chorus of all worlds,
Thou God of goodness and of glory, hear!
Bless all mankind, and bring them in the end