IN TWO PARTS.
EGO LAUDO RURIS AMOENI
RIVOS, ET MUSCO CIRCUMLITA SAXA, NEMUSQUE.
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|When a literary publication is destitute of internal evidences of
merit, any endeavour to recommend it to the Public by a Preface is, undoubtedly, labour
Whether the following poetical production is
intitled to notice, the competent Reader may decide for himself: but, should it be found
entirely uninteresting, the Author sincerely wishes it may sink into immediate oblivion.
By far the greatest part of the Poem was written in
Canada, where the Writer has spent a considerable portion of his time. In the prosecution
of the Work, perspicuity has been one of his chief studies; well aware, that no benefit
can arise to the Reader from what he is unable to understand: yet, notwithstanding his
solicitude in this respect, a few explanatory Notes were considered, if not
absolutely necessary, at least not improper.
The Author is sensible that the Poem might have been
rendered, what some men of learning term, more poetical, if less attention had been paid
to veracity; but, to lovers of truth, no apology is necessary on this head, and, to those
of a contrary disposition, none is due.
Upon the whole, the Poet is not without hopes, that some
small degree of satisfaction may result from the perusal of a poem that treats, in some
measure, of a country so remarkable for its romantic scenery, and the vicissitudes of
extreme heat and intense cold.
|My Doric reed for laurels would contend,
Where famd Quebecs aspiring heights ascend:
The native scenes that scatterd round them lie,
Engage the mind, and charm the gazing eye;
Here, woods and waters, wilds and vales, conspire
|To swell the cadence of the rustic lyre.
The lawns of Virgil, and his
Tho in the poets choicest colours clad,
Should here confess description more sublime,
Could my weak numbers emulate the clime.
On either hand, wide open on the view,
Descending floods and groves of varied hue:
Here, glittring hamlets swell along the dale,
And fragrant foliage clothes the winding vale;
Here, lovely bowrs, unknown to classic lay,
|And cultures charms, their mingled sweets display:
There, forests spread beyond the bounded sight,
And crown the distant mountains towring height.
The varied verdure of each hill and plain,
And simple grandeur of the rural scene,
|Bid Admirations genial glow arise
As oer the pleasing whole the vision flies*.
Oft have I heard Columbian climes
And oft the dangers of the mazy shade,
In early youth, when, by the rural blaze,
|The traveller told the tale of other days:
With him explord the wide-extending wood,
Or climbd the hill, or crossd the copious flood:
Now to these days faint memory refers,
As realizd th ideal scene appears.
When Greece her skill in arts and arms disclosd,
And haughty Xerxes hostile bands opposd;
When great in arms the Roman state arose,
And proudly triumphd oer her warlike foes;
These climes, unknown to foreign fame or rage,
|Nor felt their sway, nor swelld the poets page.
record can the curious trace,
Engrossd by annals of the savage race:
Involvd in darkness their atchievements lay
Till famd Columbus sought a western way.
|The Antiquarian here may search in vain
For walls erected in Severus reign;
Or lofty towrs that their declension show,
Or cities built some thousand years ago:
For arts and antiques visit Eastern ground,
|Here, Nature simple and sublime is found:
Alas! the human, sunk in folly, strays
Mong the sublime, the physical displays.
Ye who, in stanzas, celebrate the Po,
Or teach the Tyber in your strains to flow,
|How would you toil for numbers to proclaim
The liquid grandeur of St. Lawrence Stream?
Offspring of lakes that like to seas extend*,
Where floods, unknown, their willing tribute send;
Adornd by isles, that, crownd with trees, arise,
|And hemmd by lofty groves of various dyes:
On their expanse the ventrous trader bears
The downy furs exchangd for Britains wares:
Here, as on Oceans breast, the tempests roar,
And, round the bark, impetuous billows pourt:
|Nor safe the task to tread their winding shores,
Or range those wilds the Indian explores;
Where dangers hue in divers forms prevails,
And evry grove a hidden foe conceals.
Here, prowling wolves their struggling
|And rattling snakes advise of perils near:
Wheneer the stranger hears the warning sound,
He starts, he flies to shun the baleful wound:
So fly the few to higher joys inclind,
From those gay snares would wound their peace of mind:
|Here fiery tygers darting on their prey,
In comely forms, insatiate rage display;
The surly bear, emerging from his den,
In awkward prance explores the wood amain;
With circling paws, and high-erected crest,
|He folds the gasping victim to his breast:
On evry side the speckled adder roves,
And brutal warfare fills the chequerd groves.
Thus, worldly pleasures, fair in outward show,
Conceal the stings that ever lurk below.
|Here, deep involvd in woods, the Indians range
In quest of prey, or panting for revenge;
With fixt resolve, and nerves inurd to toil,
The roe to vanquish, or the foe to foil:
With steady aim they hurl their darts from far,
|And bleeding victims own the pointed bar
Here, dread diseases rise from fcetid fens*,
Spread thro the woods, and hover oer the plains;
Cramps, fevers, agues, ventrous traders seize,
Who, seeking wealth, relinquish health and ease;
|A sad exchange! how dearly won that wealth,
Acquird by loss of happiness and health?
Between where Erie his wide tribute
And where extend Ontarios swelling shores,
High soar Niagaras renowned Falls,
|Whose dreadful grandeur passengers appalls:
With force collected, down the waters roll
Condensed, spread, impatient of control:
Now, oer the tallest cliff in chaos bright,
The sparkling volumn wings its giddy flight;
|In one wide wave the bounding torrent pours,
And echo swells responsive to its roars;
Thro pendant surges gasping fishes fly,
And in the circling eddies lifeless lie;
The rising mist obscures the face of day,
|Faint seems the sun, and feeble gleams his ray;
Out from the scene the lofty banks retire,
And shun the foaming torrents mighty ire.
Oft, savage beasts, descending from the wood,
To lave their sides, or cross the ample flood,
|Become involvd within the Rapids verge,
And downward urgd, hard struggle to emerge;
A vain attempt, evn birds partake their fate,
And scream and spread their feeble wings too late;
For as gainst speed augmenting they contend,
|Adown the steep terrific they descend.
So careless, roving men, devoid
Are in the rapids of their passions caught;
At times, alarmd, they strive the shore to gain,
But, deep involvd, their efforts oft are vain;
|And soon oerwhelmd by excess baleful breath,
In bloom of youth they prove the pangs of death.
Unsettled still the river pours along,
Thro sloping glades, unknown to classic song;
Or boils chaotic round each jutting rock,
|That, stubborn, shrinks not from its sounding shock:
At length, more calm, it murmring glides away,
While sportive fishes on its surface play.
Great are the treasures of your ample woods,
And large your tribute, wide-extending floods:
|Slow parts the river from its final source
And various-winding prosecutes its course;
While, with majestic dignity, it claims
The humble tribute of the lesser streams.
Great is the wealth its fruitful waves enclose,
|These brightly gleam, and gold bespangles those;
The finny race its mighty current crowd,
And yield the natives salutary food:
As some choice swain, blessd in a feeling mind,
Intent on aiding each poor famishd hind;
|His noble bent with ample means are crownd,
Not to amass, but distribute around.
Long rolls the stream, or rapid, or serene,
Now oer the steep, and now along the plain;
When, gentler gliding, it forgets to brawl,
|As still it laves the shores of Montreal*:
That verdant isle, where we with commerce find
The precious gifts of Nature amply joind;
Enrichd with culture, bloom its fertile grounds,
And scenes romantic circumvent its bounds.
|As down it flows how pleasant is the scene,
The shade, the lawn, the burnishd cot is seen:
Hills, dales, and forests on each border smile,
And rural plenty smooths the travllers toil:
Yet, here, neglected droops the human mind,
|Or, bred in error, scrupulously blind*.
Be brief, my strain, see where
each placid wave
Quebecs firm front with gentle munnurs lave;
The frozen fetters that their course delayd,
In glowing Summers ardent sunshine fled*,
|Upon its waves the navies gently ride,
And lo! a fleet approaching on the tide.
The sons of Britain hasten to the strand,
See, where, beneath, in swelling crowds they stand!
The eager groups with expectation glow,
|As to the shore the slender barges row;
The gay and busy have their various views,
These pant for merchandise, and those for news.
The stream, with lazy motion, pours
While, in the sun-beam, gleams the finny throng;
|Its heaving banks with npning increase clad,
And, interspersed, the cottages are spread:
Higher, the flocks are skipping with their brood,
How close behind appears thentangled wood!
The distant hills, with arbor richly clad,
|Afford the wild inhabitants a shade.
Nigh yonder fence, that, high, the
Where deep-dug trenches intersect the grounds;
Close by a stone, that swells upon the heath,
Twas WOLFE, victorious, closd his eyes in death!
|Beneath the gloom of night his navies weighd,
And passd these threatning turrets on the tide;
He climbd the frowning mountains lofty side;
He fought, and bled! he conquerd, and he died!
Short was his span on this terrestrial vale,
|And when he fell, how many warriors fell!
O cruel War, how fraught with
Blood thy delight, and slaughter thy repose!
How doth thy fury wound the feeling soul,
And scatter misery from pole to pole!
|What art thou, Martial Fame, so highly prizd,
Where art thou sought, or in what feats comprizd!
Upon the field of battle thou art sought,
By fire and sword, by blood and carnage bought;
Each bloody laurel that thy brow surrounds,
|Still points to widows, orphans, or to wounds;
Still grieves Humanity to hear each deed,
That heaps new honours on thy sanguine head.
On this wide Plain no culturd field
No rural hamlet variegates the scene;
|Here oft the covey rests secure of foes,
Ah, tis a dream, how short is its repose!
A distant grove conceals the artful swain,
Who gently creeps a nearer view to gain;
With gaze intense he takes his steady aim,
|And pours his thunder on the trembling game.
But, hark! I hear the voice
of joy and song.
It issues from the barks that skim along;
The simple matelots, a noisy train,
To plying oars keep time with tuneful strain;
|The rising notes with speed to echo fly,
Loud, and more loud, the lofty hills reply.
See to the left a pleasant vale extends,
By yonder font, that there its journey ends;
The glittring sun-beams on the current gleam,
|As smooth it mingles with the greater stream;
Strewd are its banks with many a rural charm,
The blanchant cot, the ample well-fencd farm;
The glimmring glade, perfumd with fragrant flowrs,
The shelterd garden, and the shady bowrs:
|Here, loves the lark, on rapid wing, to soar,
And fluttring songsters strains harmonious pour;
Here, jocund youth and pensive age repair,
And busy traders court a pause from care.
But, chiefly, view the slope of yonder hill,
|Where scatterd huts extend along the rill;
On either side, wide spreads the villas bounds,
And waving forests circumvent its grounds:
There, tamd and staid, the Indian seeks repose
Nor still imagines all the world his foes;
|With art and care, he cultivates his lands,
And gathers in their fruits with willing hands.
Yet mong the few who shun the forests gloom,
And Europes garb and languages assume,
Still sloth and ignorance our pity claim,
|And fiery draughts debilitate their frame.
Destructive liquids, Britains cherishd bane,
What ghastly horrors flourish in your train!
Bloated by you, the man of wit expires,
And savage nations feel your frantic fires.
Lower, what landscapes meet my wandring eyes!
How gay the rural villages arise;
The ripning corn, slow wavers in the breeze,
Midst lawns, enrichd with tufts of nodding trees;
The pointed fence each peasants right contains,
|And forms a barrier to the neighbring swains:
Here, easy lives the hind, rich, void of pelf*,
For freedoms ease, and competence is wealth:
But here blind Superstition holds his sway;
And artful Priestcraft leads the mind astray:
|Nigh yonder hill, where various verdure grows,
The village spire its soaring stature shows;
The dome beneath for worship is assignd,
And thence, untaught, returns the weary hind.
As humid vapours cloud the face of day,
|And lead the wandring traveller astray,
So papal mists obscure the peasants mind,
And to the clearest precepts keep him blind.
Yet, here, the mist commences to dispell
By slow degrees; its progress who can tell?
|May swift decay seize Superstitions gloom,
And true Devotion flourish in its room;
And placid Peace, that spurns Commotions call,
And tender Charity, the friend of all.
Adown the vale, with fixt regard, I trace
|Where Lawrence willing waves Orleans embrace;
Its verdant shores, encircled by the floods,
And round begirt by many-colourd woods:
Enchanting prospect! fair, delightful isle,
Where smiling plenty crowns the peasants toil;
|Here, Autumn, in his best attire, appears,
And purling streams are music to the ears;
Here, the cuckoo his early visit pays,
And tuneful nightingales resume their lays:
How sweetly varied is the rural scene,
|Here, spreads the lawn, there, bends the golden grain;
Nigh each neat cot the well-stockd garden lies;
And waving orchards, not unfruitful, nse.
Upon the stream quick beats the noisy mill,
And well-fed cattle gambol on the hill;
|The featherd coveys haunt each shady grove,
Where, charmd with Nature, I was wont to rove:
The maple-trees their liquid treasure pour,
And, by imparting, but increase their store;
Behind, the oak his ample branches spreads,
|And stately cedars raise their lofty heads.
Yet as the landscape, thus,
in part pourtrayd,
Admits of light, it will admit of shade:
Tho gay the scene, with varied foliage shows,
And, viewd from far, in richer verdure glows:
|More near, is seen, the harvest-choaking tare,
And pointed thistles on each hand appear;
I see by orchards, crabs for apples borne,
And greedy locusts blast the springing corn.
Ye, who, thro life, ambition, still enslave*,
|With groundless hopes, and airy views deceive,
Ye know how changd your prospects still appear,
When you, like me, examine them more near.
See, oer the stream, where wide extends Beaupré,
Hemmd in by woods, and profitably gay.
|There, Montmorency s Falls attract the ear,
In fancy, still the foaming flood I hear:
The rapid stream rolls with diminishd might,
As if appalled by the giddy height;
But when, at length, more active, down it pours,
|Like bursting thunder are its mighty roars:
Impelld, the fishes swifter motion know,
And dart, reluctant, in the gulf below;
And while the torrent, still unsettled glows,
Its troubled current in the Lawrence flows.
Behind these scenes the ample forests spread,
And form a midnight gloom beneath the shade;
Descending floods in sweet confusion fall,
Midst stately pines, huge oaks, and cedars tall;
The lofty hills, that, onward, rise in crowds,
|Oft hide their summits in the bending clouds.
But now, nor dusky shades obscure the sky,
Nor pregnant clouds portending tempest nigh;
Unveild, the mountains show their lofty heads,
Which form a contrast to the humble meads:
|Save, that, from far, the intervening space,
Th unequal swellings of their sides deface;
That, richly clothd, in colours of the air,
Increasd in size, and more remote appear.
My muse , averse on ventrous wing
|With pleasure settles on the rural bowr;
Where now the flocks hie homeward oer the plain,
And tender lambkins to their dams complain;
The reapers slowly from the fields retire,
And curling clouds announce the evning fire.
|The yellow Indians gather on the strand,
And push their slender canoes out from the land;
With gentle strokes their paddles cleave the flood,
True to the touch their nimble barges scud:
Hark! how in native strains they wildly yell,
|While pliant echoes still responsive swell.
The fated angler, richly laden, leaves
The friendly Lawrence pure, prolific waves,
A while respiting the unwary brood,
Who round his snares, secure of danger, crowd.
|The featherd warblers now forsake the dale,
And in the matted groves their plumes conceal,
No more to ravish with melodious lays,
Till radiant Phebus pours the morning blaze.
See, underneath, the parting solar beam,
|With milder lustre trembles oer the stream;
See, how the lingring ships have spread each sail,
To court the influence of the dying gale;
The weary sailor, toils and dangers oer,
With kindling rapture spies the welcome shore.
|How sweet, how lovely, is this evning hour,
How fraught with fragrance each surrounding bowr!
Each fiery cloud, that lately scorchd the wind,
In lightning lost: no sickly dews descend:
The fanning breezes, gently fluttring, spread
|The grateful odours of the flowry mead;
The solar orb on azure sky declines,
And, on the smiling scene, serenely shines.
Thus, glides the evning of some gentle sage,
Reflnd by grace, and silverd oer with age;
|His closing day recedes from sky serene,
And purer sunshine gilds its setting scene.
|Since, on these heights, the Muse delighted sung,
While fragrant verdure various round her sprung,
How chang'd the stream, the woodland, and the plain,
One dreary waste succeeds the blooming scene!
Save where the spiral pine, and hardy thorn,
|And cedar, green, their native spot adorn;
Or, where some plants of less distinguish'd forms,
Spread o'er the scene, and bloom amid the storms.
The feather'd songsters shun the leafless bow'r,
Where, in soft notes, they hail'd the morning hour;
|To greener shades the nightingale repairs,
And, near the line, a warmer season shares.
No more the roses glow along the mead,
No more the groves their wonted odours shed;
The nipping frost their tender branches wound,
|And roaring winds disperse their leaves around;
No more these fields the charms of culture know,
Nor joyful peasants guide the friendly plow.
As where Siberia's barren region lies,
Here, show'rs descend, and howling tempests rise;
|Keen piercing frosts condense the falling snow,
And thick'ning floods with fainter murmurs flow:
The shiv'ring hind forsakes the cheerless plain,
Where Winter's train in chilly rigour reign:
Stern Winter rules, in frigid splendours clad,
|That o'er each object his dominion spread;
His hoary robe the sleeping earth conceals,
Arrests the floods, and levels hills and vales!
How still these heights! no more is heard, around,
The grating saw, or hammer's pond'rous sound;
|No more their strokes reverb'rate on the ear,
Or, borne by echo, murmur in the air:
In sheltr'd sheds the drooping artists meet,
Where flaming faggots aid the vital heat.
See, underneath, where wide extends the plain,
|That checquer'd seems with carriages and men;
Where now the courser drives the gaudy car*,
And weary steeds drag on their loads from far;
There, once, the barges skimm'd along the stream,
And fishes glitter'd in the solar beam:
|There, late, the ships the yielding current cleave,
And swiftly bounded o'er the swelling wave;
But now its breast, in frozen fetters bound,
Unyielding, emulates the rocks around¶.
How black appear the dark dismantled woods,
|In striking contrast to the frozen floods;
These, clad in snow, reflect a dazzling light,
Those, wrapp'd in gloom, relieve the weary sight.
Let each beware, who, with unseason'd eyes*,
Meets those bright beams, that, snow-reflected, rise;
|For now the Sun, unclouded, drives his car,
Thro' purest air, where seldom shades appear;
His radiant beams, uncheck'd, more dazzling flow,
Blaze on the ice, and glitter on the snow:
Save, when the tempest gathers on the day,
|Obscures the skies, and checks the solar ray;
Terrific grandeur! when dark show'rs descend,
Upon the pinions of the raging wind;
Howling amain thro' yonder woodland wastes,
That wave their hoary branches in the blasts;
|While former snows in circling eddies rise,
And meet the falling torrents in the skies!
The shiv'ring savage loiters in his shed¥,
Unable thro' the depths of snow to wade;
His useless bow lies careless by, unstrung,
|Or to the humble roof is pendant hung;
Supinely feasting on his former toil,
He longs again the stately deer to foil;
Or, if he ventures in the woods, to trace
The recent footsteps, or assume the chace,
|Short can he stray, the dreary groves around
The utmost verge of his excursions bound.
The greedy wolf, with caution, treads the wild,
Where, 'gainst the roe, he doubtful conflict held;
The artful carcajou, with circling tail,
|Can scarcely longer o'er the elk prevail;
The sleepy bear is to his den confin'd;
With nodding crest, unequal moves the hind;
The hungry tygers still more fierce appear,
And savage howlings fill the ambient air.
The northern winds now sweep along the woods,
Fraught with the ardour of the frozen floods,
That stretch along the pole, keen as the gales,
That spread athwart Siberia's cheerless vales.
Our from the arctic pole the potent blasts
|Swift wing their flight, and o'er the dreary wastes,
Both land and sea, that form the utmost north,
Now link'd together, howling, they rush forth
To where, as yet, the agitated main
Disowns the bonds that Greenland's shores enchain:
|A while, the ocean, mindful on defence,
With shifting billows blunts the cold intense:
Its surface thicken'd by the chill around,
More heavy, sinks into the depth profound;
And, as the billows from the wind recede,
|Still warmer draughts the empty space pervade:
But when, in course, the waters all ascend,
And all confess the action of the wind,
More slow the surface from the blast recedes,
The cold the action of tide impedes,
|The restless floods become a solid plain,
And frigid fetters bind the torpid main.
What wonder is it that this potent gale,
Which o'er the mighty ocean can prevail,
To which the hardy son of Greenland yields,
|And binds our navies in its frozen fields!
What wonder, tho' it here pervade each scene,
And o'er those wilds, and o'er these rivers reign!
How heedless he, in scanty vestments clad,
That, careless, ventures on the ice to tread,
|When, o'er these regions, piercing Boreas blows,
Howls thro' the woods, and drifts the new-laid snows.
If far he stray, the keen etherial flood
Pervades his skin, and thickens all his blood;
His frigid limbs forego their native hue,
|Then livid red gives way to deep'ning blue;
The sanguine current stagnates in his veins,
And cold, intense, his active pow'rs enchains.
Happy, at length, if some obsequious door,
To his maim'd limbs a shelter may procure:
|But if the wand'rer finds no like resource,
Behold the sequel in the frozen corse,
That lies, perhaps, unheeded in the snows,
Till weeping thaws the hidden spot disclose.
Nor in the fields alone the cold prevails,
|Nor only there pervade the frigid gales;
The shelter'd domes confess their searching breath,
Which pierces walls, and issues from beneath.
The shiv'ring stranger sees with new surprize,
As in the morn his chamber he surveys,
|That fields of ice the solid mass pervade,
And on the wall like pendant charts are spread.
No more the merchant climbs the hoary height,
Foremost to spy the navies come in sight;
Or should his eye, accustom'd to explore
|The utmost verges of the neighb'ring shore,
Unmindful, glance, along the frozen stream,
Soon he recovers from his waking dream,
Perhaps, to count the months that shall recede,
Ere drooping Commerce rears her languid head.
Full many a Briton has deplor'd the day¤,
That to these regions he resolv'd to stray,
Where commerce varies like the ether stream,
And Winter passes not unlike a dream.
How wide a field for those who love to err,
|And make their pleasures their peculiar care!
Some, void of thought, with mein fantastic rove,
And shake the dice, or breath th'ideal love;
While, crowds combin'd, their mental pow'rs impair,
By scorching draughts, that short-liv'd joys confer:
|Alas! how few adhere to virtue true,
Or stamp their conduct with its heav'nly hue!
How very few the right from wrong can scan,
Or, knowing, prize this privilege of man!
Does Winter, then, no soothing charms display?
|Are all departed with th'autumnal ray?
No—here we still some local pleasures find,
Some mental joys are to no clime confin'd:
Now, wrapp'd in furs, the wealthy mount their cars,
Each, smoothly gliding, like a barge appears;
|Now study courts whoever will but dare
Spurn sensual joys, and each ignoble care.
Now, soothing Hope fresh offers to the view
Those rural charms that Summer's flight withdrew,
Again to bloom when some short months revolve,
|And vernal thaws the Winter's weight dissolve;
When parting Spring's more ardent warmth begins,
Ere radiant Phœbus quits th' aërial twins.
Then shall the dreary woods again look gay,
And fleecy flocks on flow'ry meadows play;
|Then, shall the groves their balmy odours send,
Upon the pinions of the whisp'ring wind:
Then Philomela shall resume her lays,
And flutt'ring warblers strains melodious raise;
Then, shall the navies on our shores appear,
|And Trade, again, resume his full career.
Thus, busy Hope the active mind employs,
By still alluding to untasted joys.
So, when his days with wintry clouds are spread,
And howling tempests gather round his head,
|The wise man soars on Hope's celestial wing,
Towards the regions of eternal spring.
Now, having sung Canadian woods and vales,
Its Summer's heat, and Winter's frigid gales,
Let me remark, as climates I compare,
|And manners note, 'tis Britain I prefer.
Dear isle! where temp'rate years their empire hold,
Free from extremes of ardent heat or cold;
Thy spacious fields, tho' generous the soil,
Exertion claim, and urge thy sons to toil:
|Compleatly bounded by the mighty main,
No neighb'ring state intrudes on thy domain:
Thy commerce, trade, and industry surpass
What Europe shows, or Carthage could amass:
Ah then, beware thro' luxury to fall,
|And selfish pride, the common foes of all.
Delightful isle! injur'd by artful men,
Fomenting broils, in hopes of private gain;
Not gain, but loss, when on such terms procur'd,
And, by base arts, from indigence secur'd.
|Yet, lo where western climes their forests spread,
Disorders spring, and faction rears its head:
For, in each state, are restless sons of strife,
Who, still unhappy, still molest thro' life.
Britain, to thee my vent'rous course I bend,
|From realms remote, where beasts with men contend;
Where cultur'd fields but narrow tracts display,
Hemm'd in by wilds, where savage nations stray.
The novelty of lonely wilds and woods,
And desart hills, and wide-expanding floods,
|Full soon subsides: and then we long again,
For gayer scenes, the smiling haunts of men:
Yet, small delight in local views we find,
Compar'd to that arising from the mind:
The chasten'd mind, where purer pleasure glows,
|And joy receiving as it joy bestows.
In ev'ry region habitable made,
Are local comforts still commix'd with shade;
Fair fragrant flow'rs the lurid heath adorn,
And tender roses ripen on the thorn.
|If there's a spot you prize above the rest,
And there to live conceive is to be blest:
Your wish attain'd, and this lov'd spot your share,
New wants disturb, new wishes claim your care.
Ev'n in the bosom of domestic joy,
|We ever trace a mixture of alloy.
More proofs unite, in teaching, chequer'd bliss,
From aught below, is all we can possess:
And, thus, invoke our higher hopes to rise,
Beyond the world, and centre in the skies.