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The beasts so long have sacrificed been ; The glutted vultures shall expect in vain
Since men their birth-righi forícit still by fin;

New armies to be flain:
'Tis fit at last beasts their revenge should have, Shall find at last the business done,
And sacrificed mou thcir better brethren save. Lcave their consumed quarters, and be gone :
So will they fall, so will :ney flee,

Th’unburied ghosts fhall fadly moan, Such will the creatures wild distraction be,

The fatyrs laugh to hear them groan : When at the final doom,

The evil spirits, that delight Nature and Time shall both be flain,

To dance and revel in the mark of night, Shall struggle with Death's pangs in vain,

The moon, and stars, their sole spectators, fhall And the whole world their funcral pile become.

affright : The wide-stretch'd scroll of heaven, which we

And, if of lost mankind Inmortal as the Deity think,

Aught happen to be left behind; With all the beauteous characters that in it

If any relics but remain; With such deep fense by God's own hand were

They in the dens shall lurk, beasts in the palaces writ

shall reign. (Whosc eloquence, though we undcritand not, we

admire) Shall cracklc, and the parts together shrink like parchment in a fire :

THE PLAGUES OF EGYPT. Th' exhausted sun to th' moon no more fall lend; But truly then headlong into the lea descend :

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(S this thy bravery, Man, is this thy pride? 'The glittering host, now in such fair array,

Rebel to God, and slave to ali beside! So proud, so well-appointed, and so gay,

Captiv'J by every thing! and only free Like fearful troops in fome strong ambush ta'en, To fly from thine own liberty! Shall fome fly routed, and some fall lain,

All creatures, the Creator laid, were thine;
Thick as ripe fruit, or yellow leaves, in autumn fall, No creature but might since say, Man is mine."
With fuch a violent fiorn: as blows down tree In black Egyptian flaverv we lie;
and all.

And fwcat and toil in the vile drudgery
And thou, O cursed land!

Of tyrant Sin;

To which we trophies raise, and wear ont all our Which wilt no: see the precipice where thou doft

breath Itand (Though thou stand'ft juít upon the brink)

In building up the monuments of Death;

We, the choice race, to God and angels kin! Thou of this poilon'd bowl the bitter dregs salt

In vain the prophets and apostles come
drink.

To call us home,
Thy rivers and thy lakes fall fo
With human blood o'erflow,

Home to the promis’d Canaan above,
That they thall fetch the flav ghter'd corffe away,

Which does with nourishing milk and pleasant Which in the fields around urburied lay,

honey flow; And ich the beasts and birds to give the fith their | Andeven i' th’ way to which we should be fed

With angels' taticful bread: prey :

But we, alas! the fleth-pots love, The rotting corpfe shall fo infe& the air,

We love the very iceks and sordid roots below. Þeget such plagues and pritsid venonis there, That by thinc own dead shall be hain

In vaia we judgmenis feel, and wonders see! All thy few living that remain.

In vain did God to descend hither deign; As one who buys, surveys, a ground, He was his own anıballador in vain, So the desiroying-angel measures it around; Our Mofes and our guide himself to be! So careful and to strict he is,

We will not let ourselves to go, Leit any nook or coins he foull miss :

Aud with worse harden'd hearts do our own He walks about the perishing nation,

Pharaohs grow.
Kuin behind him ftulks and empty Defolution. Ah! leit at latt we perish so,
Then shall the market and the pleacing-place

Thik, tiubborn Man, think of th' Egyptian

Prince Bc choak'd with brambics and v'ergrown with grals:

(Hard of helics and will, but not so hard as theu); 'Thc ferpents through thy streets shall roll,

Think with what dreadlul proofs God did convince And in thy lower rooms the wolves fall howl,

The feeble argumeets that human power could And the gilt chambers lodge the raven and the owl,

Thow; And all the wing'd ill-omens of the air,

Think what plagues attend on thee, Though no new ills can be foreboded there : W'ho Moles' God doit now refufe, more oft than The lion then thall to the leopard say,

Mofes he. “ Erother leopard, come away; “ Behold a land which God has given us in prey!

“ If from some god you come" (Paid he prouj king

With half a smile and haif a fruwn; « Behold a land from whence we fee

“ But what god can to Egypt be uri.nown?) “ Mankind expuls'd, his and our common enemy!"

What sign, what powers, wizat crederce, do The brother leopard thakes liimfill, and does not

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* Bhold his feal! behold his hand !”

A loathsome host was quickly made, Cries Moses, and cafts down th' all-mighty wand. That seal'd the banks, and with loud noise did all Th'all-mighty wand scarce touch'd the earth,

the country'invade. When, with an undiscerned birth,

As Nilus when he quits his sacred bed Th' all-righty wand a serpent grew,

(But like a friend he visits all the land Aed his long half in painted folds bchind him With welcome presents in his hand) drew :

So did this Living Tide the fields o'erspread : Upwards his thrcatening tail he threw;

In vain th'alarmed country tries Upwards he cast his threatening head:

To kill their noilome enemies; He gop'd and hiss'd aloud,

From th' unexhausted source fill new recruits With faming eyes survey'd the trembling crowd,

arife. And, like a baliik, almost look'd th'assembly dead; Nor does the earth these grcedy troops sufiice, Swit fied th' amazed king, the guards before him The towns and houses they posters, fied.

The temples and the palaces,

Nor Pharaoh, nor his gods, they fear; Jaracs and Jambres stopp'd their flight,

Both their importune croakings hear. And with proud words allay'd th' affright. Unsatiate yet, they mount up higher, " The God of flaves," said they,“ how can he be Where never fun-born Frog durst to aspire, More powerful than their masters' deity ?" And in the filken beds their limy members place; Ard down they cast their rods,

á luxury unknown before to all the watery race ! And mutter'd secret sounds that charm the servile gods.

The water thus her wonders did produce; The evil spirits their charms obey,

But both were to no ule; And in a subtle cloud they Inatch the rods away, As yet the sorcerers' mimic powerserv'd for excuse, And icrpenes in their place the airy jugglers lay. Try what the earth will do,” said God, and lo! Serpents in Erypt's monstrous land

They trook the earth a fertile blow, Were reads till at hard,

And all the dust did strait to ftir bugin; And all at the Old Serpent's first command. One would have thought fome fudden wind't had And they too gap'd, and they too hiss’d,

been ; And they their threatening tails did twist;

But lo! 'twas nimble life was got within! But ttrait on both the Hebrew-serpent & w,

And all the little springs did move, Bioke both their active backs, and both it flow, And every duit did an arnı'd vernin prove, And both almoft at once devour'd;

Of an unknown and new-created kind, So much was over-power'd,

Such as the magic-gody could neither make nor B; God's miraculous creation,

fird. His fervare's, Nature's, ilightly-wrought and Iceble The wretched shameful foc allow'd no rest generation !

Either to man or bcast.

Not Pharaoh from th' unquiet plague could be, On the fam'd bank the prophets stood,

With all his change of raiments, free; Tmich d with their rod, and wounded, all the The devils themselves confefs'd ficod;

This was Goci's hand; and 'twas but just, Fcod now no more, but a long vein of putrid Llood. To punish thus man’s pride, to punish dust with The helpless fish were found

duit. In their strange current drown'd: The herbs and trees walh'd by the mortal tide

Lo! the third element does his plagues prepare, About it blush'd and dy'd:

And swarming clouds of insees fill the airs T'apazed crocodiles made haite to ground;

With fullen noile they take their flight, From their vait trunks the dropping gore they

And march in bodies infinite; fried,

in vain 'tis day above, 'tis still beneath them night. Thought it their own, and dreadfully aloud they of harmful Flies the nations numberless cricd.

Compoz'd this mighty arnıy's spacious boat; Not all thy priests, nor thou

Of different manners, different languages; Oh king! could'It ever show

And different habits, too, they wore, Trom whence thy wandering Nile begins his

And different arms they bore; course

And fome, like Scythians, liv'd on blood, Of this new Nile thou fecit the facred source; And some on green, and some on flowery food;

And, as thy land that does o'erflow, And sdccaron, the airy prince, led on this various Take heed left this do fo!

huit. "'bat plaque more just could on thy waters fall ?

Houfis secure not men, the populous ill The Hebrew infants' niurder itains them ail :

Did all the houses fill: The kind, instructiag punishment enjoy;

The country all arouud Whom the red river cannot mend, the Red-lea Did with the cries of tortur’d cattle found; thull destroy.

About the fields enrag'd they flew, The river yet gave one inftru&ion more;

And with’d the plague that was t'ensue. And, from the rotting fih and unconcocted gore From poisonous stars a mortal iniluence came (Which was but water just before),

(The mingled malice of their flame);

A skilful angel did th' ingredients take,

The thunder but for terror through it lew, And with just hands the fad composure make,

The hail alone the work could do. And over all the land did the full vial shake.

The dismal lightnings all around, Thirst, giddiness, faintness, and putrid heats, Some flying through the air, some running on the And pining pains, and shivering sweats,

ground, On all the cattle, all the beasts, did fall;

Some swimming o'er the water's face, With deformod death the country's cover'd all. Fill'd with bright horror every place; The labouring ox drops down before the pluw; One would have thought, their dreadful day to The crowned victims to the altar led

have feen, Sink, and prevent the lifted blow:

The very hail, and rain itself had kindled been. 'The generous horse from the full inanger turns

The infant corn, which yet did scarce appear, his head, Does his lov'd foods and pastures scorn,

Escap'd this general massacre

Of every thing that grew, Hates the fhrill trumpet a:d the horn,

And the well-fter'd Egyptian year Nor can his lifelcsó nostril please With the once ravishing smell of all his dappled wien lo! a scorching wind from the burnt coun

Began to clothe her fields and trees anew. mistreffes :

tries blew, The starving sheep refuse to fced,

and enülefs lcgions with it drew They bleat their innocent souls out into air;

Of greedy Locusts; who, wherc'er ne faithful dogs lie gafping by them there;

With founding wings they flew. Th' astonish'd thepherd weeps, and breaks his

Left al:he earth depopulate and bare, tuncful ricd.

As if Winter itself had march'd by there. Thus did the beasts for man's rebellion die ;

Whate'er the Sun and Nile God did on man a gentler medicine try,

Gave with large bounty to the thankful foil, And a Disease, sor Phyfic, did apply.

The wretched pillagers bore away, Warm ashes from the furnace Mofis took;

And the whole Summer was their prey; The forcerers did with wonder on him look,

Till Mofes with a prayer
And finil'd at th' unaccustom'd spell,

Breath'd forth a violent western wind,
Which no Egyptian rituals tell :

Which all these living clouds did headlong bear He flings the pregnant afhes through the air,

(No ftragglers left behind) And Ipcaks a mighty prayer;

Into the purple fea, and there bestow Both which the ministering winds around all Egypt On the luxurious fith a feast they ne'er did know. bear.

With untaught joy Pharaoh the news dues hear, As gentle western blasts with dowuy wings,

And little thinks their fate attends on him and Hatching the tender (prings,

nis fo near. To th' unborn buds with vital whispers say,

What blindness or what darkness did there e'a “ Ye living buds, why do ye stay?

Like this undocile king's appear! The pallionate buds break through the bark their What, e'er, but that which now does represent way:

And paint the crime out in the punishment? So, wherefoe 'er this tainted wind hut blew,

From the deep balelul caves of hell below,
Swelling pains and ulcers grew;

Where the olii mother Night does growIt from the body call'd all sleeping poisons out,

Substantial Night, that does disclaim
And to them added new;

Privation's empty nameA noilonie spring of sores, as thick as leaves, did Througli fecret conduits monstrous shapes arose, sprout.

Such as the sun's whole furce could not oppose : Heaven itfellis angry next;

They with a solid cloud
(Woe to man, when Heaven is vext!)

All heaven's eclipsed face did shroud;
With fullen brow it frown'a,

Seem'd, with large wings spread o'er the sea an) And murmur'd first in an imperfect found :

earth, Till Moses, lifting up his hand,

To brood up a new Chaos's deformed birth. Waves the expected signal of his wand;

Asd every lamp and every fire, And ail the full-charg'd clouds in sariged squa- Lid at the dreadful fight wink and expir, drons niove,

To th’Empyrean source all strerms of ligt And fill the spacious plains above;

feem'd to retire. Through which the selling thunder first does play, The living men were in their standing hou: And opens wide the tempeft's noisy way.

buried; Aud strait a stony hower

But the long Night no flumber knows, of monstrous Hail docs downwards pour,

But the short Death finds no repose ! Such as ne'er winter yet brought forth,

Ten thousand terrors through the darkness fluj From all her stormy magazines of the north.

And ghivíts complain'd, and spirits murmured; It all the beasts and men abroad did flay,

And Fancy's multiplying fight O'er the defaced corpse, like monuments, lay;

View'd all the scenes invisible of Night. The houses and strong-Lo'y'd trecs it broke,

of God's dreadful anger these Nor ask'd aid irom the thunder's stroks: Were but the firt light skirmishes ;

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The food and b150:ly battle for begins,

Will health and Grength, and sadness, does poffels The picztecus Harvest of luli-ripen'u ilus.

'The fillal Iebrew cottages; It was the time when the still moon

The bleit Deftroyer comes not there, Was mounted fof:.y to her noon,

To interrupt the sacred cheer Ardcows.cep, which from Night's fcciit springs That new begins their well-reformed year: auk,

Upon their doorshe real and understood
Contis as Nike the land o'u flowe.

God's protectie!!, writ in blood;
When lo! frun the high countries of refined day, Well was he fkill'd i'th' character Divine;
The golden heaven without allay-

And, though he pas'd hy it in haste, l'hose drols, in the creation purg'd away,

Hr bow'd and worship’d, as he past, Made up

the sun's aduiterate ray The mighty myllery thucugh its humble fign. Michzel, the warlike prince, does downwards fly, The Sword Atrikus now too deep and ncar, Swift as the journies of the light,

Longer with its edge isplay; Suiti as the race of light,

No diligence or cost ihey are
And with his winged will cuts through the yield To haile the Hebreus now away,
ing ily.

Batoh himful chides their delay;
Le pass through inany a far, and, as he palt, So kini and boui tiful is Fear!
Show (Thea far in thini) nove brightly there Cat, ch! the clinity whix to fear we owe,
Than tie y did in their ipherc.

Isleri.c file irti' out of Monc;
On a tall gyramii's printed head hofterpil at last, Suburily goi, in quickly gone,
And a muid look of faired pity calt

That it farce out-lives the blow. Dwn on the final laud wire he was fent, Sorrow und stü Bien quit the tyrant's breast; Tiaddict the tardly punishment.

Rupand revenge their place posiels'u; Ah! yet,” luid he, “yit, tulburn ling! repent, S'ith a vas limit of chariots and of horli, Whüft thus unarm'li tanil,

And all his powerful bingdom's roady force, Ere the keen stvord of God fill my commanded The traveiling nation he pursues ; hand;

Ten timesourceme, ho fillth'unequal war renews. * Sufer buit yet chyfell, and thine to live :

Fili'd with proud hopes, “. At least, kuid he, Who would, alas! believe

“ Th' E;yptian Gous, from Syrian magic free, That it for man," laid he,

“ Will now revenge themselves and me; So hard to be forgiven should be,

" Echoll what pallefs rocks on tither hand, yet for God so easy to forgive!”

“ Like quition-walls, ubcut them ftand, He spoke, and downwards flew,

“ Whild thica bounds their flight before! And o'rkisfaining form a well-cut cloud he threw,

" And in our injur'u juflice they must fod Made of the blackeit ilcece of Night,

“ A far worlu tap the rocks and feas behind; And dulcowrought to keep in the powerful light,

* Which fail wiili crinfon gore Tet wrought to fine it hinder'd not his flight;

“Now paint the water's lume, and double dye Lut thro' the key-holes and the chiuks ei duors,

the shore." And thro' the narrow'll walks of crooked porcs, He spoke; and all his holt He pull shore swift and free,

Approv'd with thouts th’unhappy boast; Than i widzis the wanton swallows fee. A bieden wind bore his vain words away, to a poireed Pestilence io his band;

And drown'd them in the ncighbouring fua. īne Lists of thousand mortal poitons made No mcallit' cape the luithless travellers ipy, The Arengiy-tenpetu blade,

And, with degenerous scar to die, To iherpeit livond that e'cr was laid

Curie their new-gotten liberty. ip in the arenazines of Godtofsounye a wicked But the great Cuide well knew he led them right, Hand.

Ani tiw a paih hid yet f:un: human light: Thru' File's wickert land his mirch he took, He airies the rain waves, the waves on cither dal at he murdi'u the sacred first born frook

lice Oi cvety venh; none did he pare', Unloce their defe embraces, and divide; Xse, frun the neareit beast to Conte's purple Aric backwards pr«ss, as in some folemn Show hair.

The challuing people do The fwil approach of endless night

('Though just before ro space was seen) Ecolop the wilder! deepers' rolling (yes; To let the admired triumph pats between. Ty' awak: the rett with dyipy vrits, Tlic wardering arniy faw on vither hand

Ani (arkner, doubles the afright; The ho lets-wondung waves like rocks of cryftal The mixed svunds of fuatter'd deaths they near,

ftand: And of their parte fouls 't wint grief and fear. Thiy march'd betwixt, and boldly tred Loudr than all the shricking women's voice

The lectii patis of God. Failes this chaos of centured neil ;

And here and there all fiatter'd in their way As brighter lightning cuts a way

The fa's old (pils, and gaping frihes, lay Clear and diftinguith'd through ihe day:

Bufirted on the fundy plain : with less complaints the Zoan temples foud, The fuo did wish asludihnient ishoid When the adored heifer's droiva'd,

The inmott chambers of the open'u main; and no true-park'd fuccefforto be found.

For, whatfuc'er of oid • Vol. II.

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