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III.

Now beyond earth's contracted goal
On Contemplation's wings arise,

And mark the unnumber'd worlds that roll

Their orbs ftupendous through the skies.-

My eye the splendid scene explores,

And now my active fancy foars;

To other funs, which far away

On distant systems pour the blaze of day,
Beyond where Saturn wheels his tedious flight
Around our chearing source of light.-
Forward in vain my restless thoughts I send,

They rush for ever on nor find an end,

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Yet would my heart those numbers deem

Unequal to the glorious theme;

Unequal to exalt his holy name,
Whose awful presence guides the amazing frame;

Who, of all nature's wide extent the soul,
Exists in every part, and animates the whole,

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With virgin majesty ;
Her face with milder glory bright

Illumes the dusky shades of night,

And brings the varied scene to view.

The glassy lake, and bubbling stream,
Again reflect the borrow'd beam,

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From the deep shade of yonder trees

The screaming night-birds call,

While floats on Zephyr's balmy breeze

The diftant waterfall:

Sad PAILOMELA's warbling throat

Pours to the moon her plaintive note
And charms the lay-resounding grove,

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His azure length of robe behind

Loofely wantons in the wind;

Glowing like the veřnal morning
Beams benign his eye-balls shed;

Ceres' wealth his brows adorning

Shades his venerable head.

Say heavenly vision what these notes portend ?

Sits white-wing'd Victory on BRITANNIA's arms?
Does proud IBERIA to her legions bend,

Or flies the GAUL at GRANBY's dread alarms,

Or stalks on INDIA's fun-burn'd coafts afar

The force of conflict keen, and giant rage of war?

II. 1.

• Far hence,' he cried, the tumult's roar

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