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IN MAY 1689, AT THE DESIRE OF THE
Truth is eternal, and the Son of Heayin,
by day :
poem, with that addressed to Mr. Congreve, and the one on Sir William Temple's Illness and Recovery, were krst published in 1789, from an authentick manuscript, fairly and correctly written out, as if intended for the press; and from the dates, it is supposed that these were among the first, if not the earliest productions of the Dean's Muse. N. BR
Nor does thy essence fix'd depend on giddy cir
Of time or place,
How shall we find Thee then in dark disputes ?
Or a weak argument by force maintain'd ? In dagger contests, and th' artillery of words, (For swords are madmen's tongues, and tongues
are madmen's swords) Contriv'd to tire all patience out, And not to satisfy the doubt ?
But where is ev’n thy Image on our earth?
For of the person much I fear, Since Heaven will claim its residence as well as
birth, And God himself has said, He shall not find it liere. For this inferior world is but Heaven's dusky
shade, By dark reverted rays from its reflection made ; Whence the weak shapes wild and imperfect
pass, Like sunbeams shot at too far distance from a
Wbich all the mimick forms express, Though in strangeuncouth postures, and uncomely
To solve appearances of sight
light, * * The experiment of the dark chamber, to demonstrate light to be by reception of the object, and not by emission. S.
The figures all inverted shew,
And colours of a faded hue;
There whole herds suspended lie,
To judge of things above by things below. Disjointing shapes as in the fairy land of dreams,
Or images that sink in streams;
Say, Muse, for thou, if any, know'st,
If all that our weak knowledge titles virtue, be (High Truth) the best resemblance of exalted
Thee, If a mind fix'd to combat fate With those two pow'rful swords, submission and
humility, Sounds truly good, or truly great ; Ill may I live, if the good Sancroft in his holy rest,
In the divin'ty of retreat,
Of heav'n-born Truth below :
In his own balance, false and light,
That vagrant leader of the mind,