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ALEXANDER POPE.

[1688 - 1744.]

THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER.

FATHER of all ! in every age,
In every clime adored,

By saint, by savage, and by sage,
Jehovah, Jove, or Lord

Thou great First Cause, least understood, Who all my sense confined

To know but this, that thou art good, And that myself am blind;

Yet gave me, in this dark estate, To see the good from ill;

And, binding nature fast in fate, Left free the human will.

What conscience dictates to be done, Or warns me not to do,

This teach me more than hell to shun, That more than heaven pursue.

What blessings thy free bounty gives Let me not cast away;

For God is paid when man receives: To enjoy is to obey.

Yet not to earth's contracted span Thy goodness let me bound,

Or think thee Lord alone of man, When thousand worlds are round.

Let not this weak, unknowing hand Presume thy bolts to throw,

And deal damnation round the land On each I judge thy foe.

If I am right, thy grace impart
Still in the right to stay;

If I am wrong, O, teach my heart
To find that better way !

Save me alike from foolish pride, Or impious discontent,

At aught thy wisdom has denied, Oraught thy goodness lent.

Teach me to feel another's woe,
To hide the fault I see;

That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.

Mean though I am, not wholly so, Since quickened by thy breath;

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Twined with the wreaths Parnassian laurels yield, Or reaped in iron harvests of the field Where grows – where grows it not If vain our toil, We ought to blame the culture, not the soil: Fixed to no spot is happiness sincere, 'T is nowhere to be found, or everywhere. Ask of the learned the way, the learned are blind; This bids to serve, and that to shun mankind : Some place the bliss in action, some in ease; Those call it pleasure, and contentment these : Some, sunk to beasts, find pleasure end in pain; Some, swelled to gods, confess e'en virtue vain:

'Or indolent, to each extreme they fall,— To trust in everything, or doubt of all. Who thus define it, say they more or less Than this, that happiness is happiness Take nature's path, and mad opinion's leave; All states can reach it, and all heads conceive; Obvious her goods, in no extremes they dwell; There needs but thinking right and meaning well; And mourn our various portions as we please, Equal is common sense and common ease. Remember, man, “The Universal Cause Acts not by partial, but by general laws"; And makes what happiness we justly call Subsist not in the good of one, but all. There 's not a blessing individuals sind,

ALLAN RAMSAY.

But some way leans and hearkens to the kind;

No bandit fierce, no tyrant mad with pride,

No caverned hermit rests self-satisfied : Who most to shun or hate mankind pretend, Seek an admirer, or would fix a friend : Abstract what others feel, what others think, All pleasures sicken, and all glories sink: Each has his share; and who would more obtain Shall find the pleasure pays not half the pain. Order is Heaven's first law; and, this confessed, Some are, and must be, greater than the rest, More rich, more wise : but who infers from hence That such are happier shocks all commonsense. Heaven to mankind impartial we confess, If all are equal in their happiness: But mutual wants this on's increase : All nature's difference keeps all nature's peace. Condition, circumstance, is not the thing; Bliss is the same in subject or in king, In who obtain defence or who defend, In him who is or him who finds a friend; Heaven breathes through every member of the whole One common blessing, as one common soul.

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So just, the life itself was there.
No flattery with his colors laid,
To bloom restored the faded maid;
He gave each muscle all its strength,
The mouth, the chin, the nose's length.
His honest pencil touched with truth,
And marked the date of age and youth.
He lost his friends, his practice failed;
Truth should not always be revealed;
In dusty piles his pictures lay,
For no one sent the second pay.
Two bustos, fraught with every grace,
A Venus' and Apollo's face, -
He placed in view ; resolved to please,
Whoever sat, he drew from these,
From these corrected every feature,
And spirited each awkward creature.
All things were set; the hour was
come,
His pallet ready o'er his thumb.
My lord appeared; and seated right
In proper attitude and light,
The painter looked, he sketched the
piece,
Then dipped his pencil, talked of Greece,
Of Titian's tints, of Guido's air;
“Those eyes, my lord, the spirit there
Might well a Raphael's hand require,
To give them all their native fire ;
The features fraught with sense and
wit,
You'll grant are very hard to hit;
But yet with patience you shall view
As much as paint and art can do.
Observe the work.” My lord replied:
“Till now I thought my mouth was
wide ;
Besides, my nose is somewhat long;
Dear sir, for me, ’t is far too young.”
“Oh pardon me,” the artist cried,
“In this the painters must decide.
The piece even common eyes must strike,
I warrant it extremely like.”
My lord examined it anew ;
No looking-glass seemed half so true.
A lady came; with borrowed grace
He from his Venus formed her face.
Her lover praised the painter's art;
So like the picture in his heart!
To every age some charm he lent;
Even beauties were almost content.
Through all the town his art they praised;
His custom grew, his price was raised.
Had he the real likeness shown,
Would any man the picture own
But when thus happily he wrought,
Each found the likeness in his thought.

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