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. Yet gave me, in this dark Estate,
To see the Good from Ill; And binding Nature fast in Fate,
Left free the Human Will.
What Conscience dictates to be done,
Or warns me not to do,
That, more than Heav'n pursue.
What Blessings thy free Bounty gives,
Let me not cast away ;
T'enjoy is to obey.
Yet not to Earth's contracted Span
Thy goodness let me bound,
When thousand Worlds are round:
Let not this weak, unknowing hand
Presume thy bolts to throw,
On each I judge thy Foe.
of Hope and Immortality. To give all this the greater weight, the poet
chose for his model the Lord's PRAYER, which, of all others, best deserves the title prefixed to his Paraphrafe.
If I am right, thy grace impart,
Still in the right to stay, If I am wrong, oh teach
heart To find that better way.
Save me alike from foolish Pride,
Or impious Discontent,
Or aught thy Goodness lent.
Teach me to feel another's Woe,
To hide the Fault I see ; That Mercy I to others show,
That Mercy show to me.
Mean tho’ I am, not wholly so,
Since quick’ned by thy Breath;
If I am wrong, O teach my heart] As the imparting grace on the christian system is a stronger exertion of the divine power, than the natural illumination of the heart, one would expect that right and wrong should change places ; more aid being required to restore men to the right than to keep them in it. But as it was the poet's purpose to insinuate that Revelation was the right, nothing could better express his purpose than the making the right secured by the guards of grace.
This day, be Bread and Peace my Lot:
All else beneath the Sun, Thou know'st if best bestow'd or not,
And let Thy Will be done.
To thee, whose Temple is all Space,
Whose Altar, Earth, Sea, Skies! One Chorus let all Being raise !
All Nature's Incense rise!
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