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As the shades of evening close,
Thus resign'd and quiet, creep
Stranger, go! Heaven be thy guide
ONDER THE PRESSURE OF VIOLENTANGUISA,
O Thou great Being! what thou art
Surpasses me to know;
Are all thy works below.
Thy creature here before Thee stands,
All wretched and distrest;
Obey thy high behest.
Sure Thou, Almighty, canst not act
From cruelty or wrath !
Or, close them fast in death!
But if I must afflicted be,
To suit some wise design;
To bear and not repine !
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IN THE PROSPECT OF DEATL.
O thou, unknown, Almighty Cause
Of all my hope and fear!
Perhaps I must appear!
If I have wander'd in those paths
Of life I ought to shun;
Remonstrates I have done ;-
Thou know'st that Thou hast formed me
With passions wild and strong ;
Has often led me wrong.
Where human weakness has come short,
Or frailty stept aside,
In shades of darkness hide.
Where with intention I have err'd,
No other plea I have,
Delighteth to forgive'
Why am I loth to leave this earthly scene?
Have I so found it full of pleasing charms ? Somu drops of joy with draughts of ill between;
Some gleams of sunshine 'mid renewing storms
Or death's unlovely, dreary, dark abode ?
I tremble to approach an angry God,
Fain would I say, “Forgive my foul offence in
Fain promise never more to disobey :
Again I might desert fair virtue's way:
Again exalt the brute, and sink the man;
Who act so counter heav'nly mercy's plan?
0 Thou, great Governor of all below,
If I may dare a lifted eye to Thee,
With that controlling pow'r assist ev'n me,
Those headlong, furious passions to confine;
To rule their torrent in th' allowed line;
LEFT BY THE AUTHOR AT A REVEREND FRIEND'S HOLSE
IN THE ROOM WHERE HE SLEPT.
O THU, dread Pow'r, who reign’st above;
I know thou wilt me hear,
I make my pray’r sincere.
The hoary sire, the pytal stroke,
Long, long, be pleaw'd to spare !
And show what good men are.
She, who her lovely effspring eyes
With tender hopes and fears,
But spare a mother': tears!
Their hope, their stay, their derling Fotb
In manhood's dawnis * blyth;