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III. 2.

Who now will guard bewildered youth

Safe from the fierce assaults of hostile rage?
Such war can Virtue wage;

Virtue, that bears the sacred shield of Truth !
Alas! full oft, on Guilt's victorious car,
The spoils of Virtue are in triumph borne ;
While the fair captive, marked with many a scar,
In lone obscurity, oppressed, forlorn,
Resigns to tears her angel form.

Ill-fated youth! then, whither wilt thou fly?

No friend, no shelter now is nigh,

And onward rolls the storm.

III. 3.

But whence the sudden beam that shoots along?

Why shrink aghast the hostile throng?

Lo! from amidst Affliction's night,

Hope bursts, all radiant, on the sight: Her words the troubled bosom sooth. "Why thus dismayed?

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"Who tread the path of truth.

"Tis I, who smooth the rugged way,

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I, who close the eyes of Sorrow,

And, with glad visions of to-morrow,

Repair the weary soul's decay.

"When Death's cold touch thrills to the freezing heart, "Dreams of Heaven's opening glories I impart, "Till the freed spirit springs on high

In rapture too severe for weak Mortality."







HE pygmy people, and the feathered train,
Mingling in mortal combat on the plain,

I sing. Ye Muses, favour my designs,

Lead on my squadrons, and arrange the lines;

The flashing swords and fluttering wings display,
And long bills nibbling in the bloody fray;
Cranes darting with disdain on tiny foes,

Conflicting birds and men, and war's unnumbered woes.
The wars and woes of heroes six feet long

Have oft resounded in Pierian song.

Who has not heard of Colchos' golden fleece,

And Argo, manned with all the flower of Greece;

Of Thebes' fell brethren, Theseus, stern of face, And Peleus' son, unrivalled in the race,

Eneas, founder of the Roman line,

And William, glorious on the banks of Boyne?
Who has not learned to weep at Pompey's woes,
And over Blackmore's epic page to doze?
'Tis I, who dare attempt unusual strains,
Of hosts unsung, and unfrequented plains;
The small, shrill trump, and chiefs of little size,
And armies rushing down the darkened skies.

Where India reddens to the early dawn,
Winds a deep vale, from vulgar eye withdrawn :
Bosomed in groves the lowly region lies,
And rocky mountains round the border rise.
Here, till the doom of fate its fall decreed,
The empire flourished of the pygmy breed;
Here, Industry performed, and Genius planned,
And busy multitudes o'erspread the land.

But now, to these lone bounds if pilgrim stray, Tempting through craggy cliffs the desperate way, He finds the puny mansion fallen to earth,

Its godlings mouldering on the abandoned hearth;

And starts, where small white bones are spread around,

"Or little footsteps lightly print the ground;" While the proud crane her nest securely builds, Chattering amid the desolated fields.

But different fates befel her hostile rage, While reigned, invincible through many an age, The dreaded Pygmy: roused by war's alarms, Forth rushed the madding Mannikin to arms. Fierce to the field of death the hero flies;

The faint Crane, fluttering, flaps the ground, and dies; And by the victor borne (o'erwhelming load!)

With bloody bill loose-dangling marks the road.

And oft the wily dwarf in ambush lay,

And often made the callow young his prey;

With slaughtered victims heaped his board, and smiled

To visit the sire's trespass on the child.

Oft, where his feathered foe had reared her nest,

And laid her eggs and household gods to rest,
Burning for blood, in terrible array,

The eighteen-inch militia burst their way:

All went to wreck; the infant foeman fell,

When scarce his chirping bill had broke the shell.

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