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Yet simple Nature to his hope has given
Behind the cloud-topt (1) hill, an humbler heaven;
Some safer world, in depth of woods embraced,
Some happier island in the watery waste (2),
Where slaves once more their native land behold ,
No fiends torment, no Christians thirst for gold.
To be contents his natural desire;
He asks no angel's wing, no seraph's fire;
But thinks, admitted to that equal sky,
His faithful dog shall bear him company.
Go, wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense
Weigh thy opinion against Providence.
WE ALL DEPEND ON EACH OTHER.
Heaven forming each on other to depend,
A master, or a servant, or a friend,
Bids each on other for assistance call,
'Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all.
Wants , frailties, passions, closer still ally
The common interest, or endear the tie.
To these we owe true friendship, love sincere;
Each home-felt (3) joy that life inherits here;
Yet from the same we learn, in its decline,
Those joys, those loves, those interests to resign;
Taught, half by reason , half by mere decay,
(1) Cloud-topt , couronné de nuages.
(2) The watery waste , l'Océan.
(3) Home-felt joy, joie domestique.
To welcome (1) death, and calmly pass away.
Whate'er the passion, knowledge, fame, or pelf,
Not one will change his neighbour with himself.
The learn'd (2) is happy Nature to explore;
The fool is happy that he knows no more;
The rich (2) is happy in the plenty givin,
The poor (2) contents him with the care of Heaven.
See the blind beggar dance, the cripple sing,
The sot (3) a hero, lunatic (4) a king ;
The starving chemist in his golden views
Supremely blest , the poet in his muse.
See some strange comfort (5) every state attend ,
And pride bestow'd on all, a common friend :
See some fit passion every age supply;
Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
To see the human mind o'erturn’d (6) –
Its loftiest heights in ruin laid,
And reason's lamp, which brightly burn'd,
Obscured or quench'd in frenzy's shade;
(1) To welcome, inviter, désirer.
(2) Après les trois adjectifs learned , rich et poor, on sousentend man; autrement il y a solécisme, puisque l'adjectif n'est pas employé substantivement au singulier.
(5) The sot, l'ivrogne.
(4) The lunatic , le fou.
(5) Comfort, agrément.
(6) O'erturned, renversé.
A sight like this may well awake
Our grief, our fear,-for nature's sake (1).
It is a painful humbling thought
To know the empire of the mind,
With wit endow'd, with science fraught (2),
Is fleeting (5) as the passing wind;
And that the richest boon (4) of Heaven
To man is rather LENT than GIVEN.
To-day he sits on Reason's throne ,
And bids his subject powers obey ;
Thought, memory, will,-all seem his own ,
Come at his bidding (8), list his sway;-
To-morrow from dominion hurl'd (6),
Madness pervades the mental world !
It was the wild midnight-
A storm was on the sky;
The lightning gave its light ,
And the thunder echoed by.
(1) For nature's sake , pour le salut de la nature, du genre humain.
(2) Fraught, doué, chargé, saisi.
(3) Fleeting, passager.
(4) Boon, don, cadeau.
(5) Bidding, ordre.
16) llurled , lancé.
The double darkness fell,
And the forest ceased its moan :
But there came a clash of steel,
And a distant dying groan.
Anon (1) a trumpet blew ,
And a fiery sheet (2) burst high,
That o'er the midnight threw
A blood-red canopy.
A host glared (3) on the hill;
A host glared by the bay ;
But the Greeks rush'd onwards still,
Like leopards in their play.
The air was all a yell (4),
And the earth was all a flame,
Where the Spartan's bloody steel
On the silken turbans came.
And still the Greek rush'd on (6)
Where the fiery torrent rollid,
Till, like a rising sun,
Shone Xerxes' tent of gold.
(1) Anon , bientot, aussitôt.
(2) A fiery sheet , une nappe de feu.
(3) To glare,
(4) A yell, un cri terrible.
(5) To rush on, se précipiter.