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1808 Excerpt: ... interferes; Sometimes, lest man should quite his
pow'r disown, He makes that pow'r to trembling nations known: Eut
rarely this; not for each vulgar end, As superstition's idle tales
pretend, "VVho thinks all foes to God who are her own, Directs his
thunder, and usurps his throne. Nor know I not, how much a
conscious mind Avails to punish, or reward mankind; Ev'n in this
life thou, impious wretch, must feel TThe fury's scourges, and th'
infernal wheel; From man's tribunal though thou hop'st to run,
Thyself thou canst not, nor thy conscience shun-: What must thou
suffer, when each dire disease, The progeny of vice, thy fabric
seize? Consumption, fever, and the racking pain Of spasms, and
gout, and stone, a frightful train? "When life new tortures can
alone supply, Life thy sole hope tboul't hate, yet dread to die.
Should such a wretch to num'rous years arrive, It can be little
worth his while to live:, No honours, no regards his age attend,
Companions fly; he ne'er could have a friend: His flatterers leave
him, and with wild aft'right He looks within, and shudders at the
sight: When threat'ning death uplifts his pointed dart, With what
impatience he applies to art, Life to prolong amidst disease and
pains Why this, if after it no sense remains? Why should he
choo& these miseries to endure, If death could grant an
everlasting cure? 'Pis plain there's something whispers in his ear,
Though fain he'd hide it he has much to fear. See the reverse, how
happy those we find, Who know by merit to engage mankind; Prais'd
by each tongue, by ev'ry heart belov'd, For virtues practis'd, and
for arts improv'd; Their easy aspects shine with smiles serene, And
all is peace and happiness within: Their sleep is ne'er disturb'd
by fears or strife, Nor lust, nor wi...
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