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My former thoughts return'd: the fear that kills;
He with a smile did then his words
repeat; And said, that, gathering leeches, far and wide He travell’d; stirring thus about his feet The waters of the pools where they abide. · Once I could meet with them on every side ; But they have dwindled long by slow decay ; Yet still I persevere, and find them where I may.'
While he was talking thus, the lonely place,
mind's eye I seem'd to see him pace
And soon with this he other matter blended,
God,' said I,“ be my help and stay secure :
189* To Toussaint L'Ouverture
TOUSSAINT, the most unhappy man of men !
190 King's College Chapel, Cambridge Tax not the royal Saint with vain expense,
With ill-match'd aims the Architect who plann'de
royal saint] King Henry vi,
And glorious Work of fine intelligence !
Give all thou canst ; high Heaven rejects the lore
So deem'd the man who fashion’d for the sense
Self-poised, and scoop'd into ten thousand cells,
Where light and shade repose, where music dwells Lingering-and wandering on as loth to die;
Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof
I91 Abou Ben Adbem
All after pleasures as I rid one day,
My horse and I, both tired, body and mind, With full cry of affections, quite astray,
I took in the next Inn I could find.
There when I came, whom found I but
dear, My dearest Lord, expecting till the grief Of pleasures brought me to him, ready there
To be all passengers' most sweet relief ?
O Thou, whose glorious yet contracted light,
dark soul and brutish is thy right,
Furnish and deck my soul, that thou mayst have
On His Blindness
WHEN I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,-
I fondly ask : But patience, to prevent
soon replies ; God doth not need Either man's work or his own gifts : who best Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best : His State rack] manger, any wooden frame for cattle to pull fodder from.
Is Kingly ; Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o'er Land and Ocean without rest :
OF Man's First Disobedience, and the Fruit Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste Brought Death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of Eden, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat, Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed, In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth Rose out of Chaos : or if Sion Hill Delight thee more, and Siloa's Brook that flow'd Fast by the Oracle of God; I thence Invoke thy aid to my advent'rous Song, That with no middle flight intends to soar Above th’ Aonian Mount, while it pursues Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhyme. And chiefly Thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure, Instruct me, for Thou know'st ; Thou from the first Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread Dove-like sat’st brooding on the vast Abyss And mad'st it pregnant : What in me is dark Illumine, what is low raise and support ; That to the highth of this great Argument I may assert Eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men. 16. rhyme) verse.
24. argument] subject matter,