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CHAP. XXI. • Solitude.
anornanana 1. Hail, blest retreat ! my soul's supreme desire,
Where peaceful study might employ my days, Where lovely Nature's wond'rous works conspire
To fill the heart with gratitude and praise. 2. Where ruder passions cease to vex the heart,
Where men the paths of vice and folly shun; With health, content, and books divinely blest,
I'd taste those joys to angels only known. 3. The immortal works of Newton,* Locke,t and
Watts,tt and Youngsi
My nightly study and my daily song.
Till call’d to share my native realms above.
* The greatest philosopher that ever lived; he was born at Wool. strope, in Lincolnshire, on Christmas-day, 1642, and died March 20, 1726, aged 84.
+ A celebrated philosopher, who was born at Wrington, in Somer. setshire.
An eminent writer on philosophy; he was born at Lismore, in Ireland.
§ A celebrated English Poet.
i A most sublime and illustrious writer, justly esteemed for his excellent poetical works.
He is allowed to be the Father, &c. of the English Drama, and was born at Stratford-upon-Avon.
** A famous poet, was born at Aldwincle, in Northamptonshire.
# A pious and ingenious divine among the dissenters, who wrote many religious poems.
# An illustrious poet, celebrated for his Night Thoughts.
2. Æ'-ther, s. pure or refined air. 3. Gleam, v. to shine suddenly.
Plumes, v. (third person singular,) adorns, adjusts.
Crest, s. plume of feathers, a comb. 4. Po'-tent, a. powerful, strong.
Per’-vid, a, hot, (zealous).
1. How scorching is the summer ray!
No cheering dews are found;
And hide within the ground;
2. Along the wide extended plain
The breezes cease to blow;
But drooping blossoms show.
3. But, lo! what darksome clouds arise,
To dim the dazzling beam;
What dreadful lightnings gleam !
Cold trembling fear awakes the breast,
4. Give us, henceforth, the power to tread
With diligence and love,
Nor let our feet remove.
Do thou our feeble footsteps stay. 5. Lead us along those pleasing ways
Experience bids approve,
Descending from above.
1. E'-le-va'-ti-on, s. height, raised up. 2. Soar, v. to fly to a great height.
Tide, s. water (a flux and reflux of the sea). 7. Im-pa'-ti-ent, à. not able to endure or bear delay, pain, or any.
other inconvenience, without complaint. 8. In.cli'ne, v. to lean, to tend to any part. Figuratively, to he
favourably disposed to.
1. Once on a time, a paper kite,
Was mounted to a wond'rous height,
2. “See how yon crowds of gazing people
Admire my flight above the steeple;
How would they wonder if they knew • All that a kite like me can do!
* 3. “Were I but free, I'd take a flight,
And pierce the clouds beyond their sight;
4. “ I'd brave the eagle's tow’ring wing,
Might I but fly without a string."
To break the string-at last it broke.)
In vain it tried to soar away;
The winds soon plung'd it in the tide. -
How couldst thou fly without a string? 7. My heart replied, O Lord, I see.
How much this kite resembles me;
Forgetful that by thee I stand, . Impatient of thy ruling hand;
8. How oft my foolish heart inclines
T'oppose that lot which heav'n assigns !
CHAP. XXIV. The Lamb and the Pig; or, Nature and Education.
1. Mo"-ra-list, s. one who teaches the duties of life. 2. Doc'-trine, s. instruction, any thing taught.
Em'-blems, s. pl. representations, illusive pictures. 3. Thi'-my, a. (pro. ti-my,) belonging to thyme, a well known
herb. 6. Vir-gin, a. pure, as being free from all stains. 9. Tes'-ti-fy, v. to witness; to prove.
1. Consult the moralist, you'll find
That education forms the mind;
2. If you'll the following page pursue,
My tale shall prove this doctrine true.
3. Meekness and love possess’d her soul, And innocence had crown'd the whole.