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Died by the sentence of a shaven priest,
For scorning what they taught him to detest.
How dark the veil, that intercepts the blaze
Of Heav'n's mysterious purposes and ways;
God stood not, though he seem'd to stand, aloof;
And at this hour the conqu’ror feels the proof:
The wreath he won drew down an instant curse,
The fretting plague is in the public purse,
The canker'd spoil corrodes the pining state,
Starv'd by that indolence their mines create.
Oh could their ancient Incas rise again,
How would they take up Israel's taunting strain'
Art thou too fall'n Iberia? Do we see
The robber and the murd'rer weak as we?
Thou, that hast wasted Earth, and dar'd despise
Alike the wrath and mercy of the skies,
Thy pomp is in the grave, thy glory laid
Low in the pits thine avarice has made.
We come with joy from our eternal rest,
To see the oppressor in his turn oppress'd.
Art thou the god, the thunder of whose band
Rolld over all our desolated land,
Shook principalities and kingdoms down,
And made the mountains tremble at his frown?
The sword shall light upon thy boasted pow'rs,
And waste them, as thy sword has wasted ours.
"Tis thus Omnipotence his law fulfils,
And Vengeance executes what Justice wills.
Again-the band of commerce was design'l
To' associate all the branches of mankind;
And if a boundless plenty be the robe,
'Trade is the golden girdle of the globe.
Wise to promote what ever end he means,
Good opens fruitful nature's various scenes.
Each climate needs what other climes produce,
And offers something to the general use;
No land but listens to the common call,
And in return receives supply from all.
This genial intercourse, and mutual aid,
Cheers what were else a universal shade,
Calls Nature from her ivy-mantled den,
And softens human rock-work into men.
Ingenious Art, with her expressive face,
Steps forth to fashion and refine the race;
Not only fills Necessity's demand,
But overcharges her capacious band:
Capricious taste itself can crave no more,
Than she supplies from her abounding store :
She strikes out all that luxury can ask,
And gains new vigour at her endless task.
Hers is the spacious arch, the shapely spire,
The painter's pencil, and the poet's lyre ;
From her the canvass borrows light and shade,
And verse, more lasting, hues that never fade.
She guides the finger o'er the dancing keys,
Gives difficulty all the grace of ease,
And pours a torrent of sweet notes around,
Fast as the thirsting ear can drink the sound.
These are the gifts of Art, and Art thrives most
Where Commeree has enrich'd the busy coast ;
He catches all improvements in his flight,
Spreads foreign wonders in his country's sight,
Imports what others have invented well,
And stirs his own to match them or excel.
'Tis thus reciprocating, each with each,
Alternately the nations learn and teach ;
While Providence enjoins to ev'ry scul
A union with the vast terraqueous whole
Heav'n speed the canvass, gallantly unfurl'd To furnish and accommodate a world, To give the pole the produce of the sun, And knit the unsocial climates into one.Soft airs and gentle heavings of the wave Impel the feet, whose errand is to save, To succour wasted regions, and replace The smile of Opulence in Sorrow's face.Let nothing adverse, nothing unforeseen, Impede the bark, that plows the deep serene, Charg'd with a freight transcending in its worth The gems of India, Nature's rarest birth, That flies, like Gabriel on his Lord's commands, A herald of God's love to pagan lands. But ah! what wish can prosper, or what pray'r, For merchants rich in cargoes of despair, Who drive a loathsome traffic, gauge and
span, And buy the muscles and the bones of man? The tender ties of father, husband, friend, All bonds of nature in that moment end; And each endures, while yet he draws his breath, A stroke as fatal as the scythe of Death. The sable warrior, frantic with regret Of her he loves, and never can forget, Loses in tears the far-receding shore, But not the thought, that they must meet no more ; Depriv'd of her and freedom at a blow, What has he left, that he can yet forego? Yes, to deep sadness sullenly resign'd, He feels his body's bondage in his mind; Puts off his gen’rous nature ; and, to suit His manners with his fate, puts on the brute.
O most degrading of all ills, that wait On man, a mourner in his best estate! Vol. XXXVI,
All other sorrows Virtue may endure,
And find submission more than half a cure ;
Grief is itself a med'cine, and bestow'd
To’improve the fortitude that bears the load
To teach the wand'rer, as his woes increase,
The path of Wisdom, all wbose paths are peace ;
But slav'ry! Virtue dreads it as her grave :
Patience itself is meanness in a slave ;
Or if the will and sovereignty of God
Bid suffer it awhile, and kiss the rod,
Wait for the dawning of a brighter day,
And snap the chain the moment when you may.
Nature imprints upon whate'er we see,
That has a heart and life in it, Be free ;
The beasts are charter'd-neither age nor force
Can quell the love of freedom in a horse :
lle breaks the cord that held him at the rack ;
And, conscious of an unincumber'd back,
Snuffs up the morning air, forgets the rein ;
Loose fly his forelock and his ample mane ;
Responsive to the distant neigh he neighs;
Nor stops till, overleaping all delays,
He finds the pasture where his fellows graze.
Canst thou, and honour'd with a Christian name,
Buy what is woman-born, and feel no shame;
Trade in the blood of innocence, and plead
Expedience as a warrant for the deed ?
So may the wolf, whom famine has made bold,
To quit the forest and invade the fold:
So may the ruffian, who with ghostly glide,
Dagger in hand, steals close to your bedside ;
Not he, but his emergence forc'd the door,
He found it inconvenient to be poor.
Has God then givin its sweetness to the cane,
Unless his laws be trampled on—in vain?
Built a brave World, which cannot yet subsist,
Unless his right to rule it be dismiss'd ?
Impudent blasphemy! So Folly pleads,
And, Av’rice being judge, with ease succeeds.
But grant the plea, and let it stand for just,
That man makes man his prey, because he must :
Still there is room for pity to abate,
And sooth the sorrows of so sad a state.
A Briton knows, or if he knows it not,
The Scripture plac'd within his reach, he ought,
That souls have no discriminating bue,
Alike important in their Maker's view;
That none are free from blemish since the fall,
And Love divine has paid one price for all.
The wretch, that works and weeps without relief,
Has one that notices his silent grief.
He, from whose hands alone all pow'r proceeds,
Ranks its abuse among the foulest deeds,
Considers all injustice with a frown ;
But marks the man, that treads his fellow down.
Begone—the whip and bell in that hard hand
Are hateful ensigns of usurp'd command.
Not Mexico could purchase king's a claim
To scourge him, weariness his only blame.
Remember Heav'n has an avenging rod,
To smite the poor is treason against God.
Trouble is grudgingly and hardly brook'd,
While life's sublimest joys are overlook'd:
We wander o'er a sunburnt thirsty soil,
Murm’ring and weary of our daily toil,
Forget to enjoy the palm-tree's offer'd shade,
Or taste the fountain in the neighb'ring glade :