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Cle. Let's join to bless that Power who brought
Ur. In its true light this transient life regard :
Fountain of Being ! teach us to devote
ODE TO CHARITY.
TO BE PERFORMED BY THE CHARACTERS OF
Thou meek-ey'd daughter of the skies !
fountain of eternal light, Where, fair, immutable, and ever bright,
The beatific vision shines,
Parent of life, Ancient of days,
Thou effluence of that boundless love Whence joy and peace in streams unsullied flow, Oh deign to make thy lov'd abode below!
Though sweeter strains adorn'd my tongue
Yet if this hard unfeeling heart of mine
To bring futurity to view,
Come then, thou sweet immortal guest,
And hope, fair harbinger of light,
ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS,
PRINCIPALLY DESIGNED FOR
As for you, I shall advise you in a few words : aspire only to those virtues that are pecuLIAR TO YOUR SEX; follow your natural modesty, and think it your greatest commendation not to talked of one way or the other.
Oration of Pericles to the Athenian Womern
[First published in 1777.]