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SONNET To the memory of the late Mr . Ingrain , of Ticknal , near Bewdley , who bequeathed £ 600 that the interest might he annually employed for procuring sermons to be preached against inhumanity to dumb creatures , especially horses .
? f from the high abode of glorious light Angels descend , to mark how those demean Form'd in their Maker ' s image not in vain Watching with joy th * attested love oi right
0 In acts of mercy , and such deeds record , Then in their annals Ingram ' s name must
shine , Who view'd the God of . nature ' s kind design , And cruel treatment to his works abhorr'd : Fain would his generous sympathy assuage
All human tyranny unjust and base , The dumb creation ' s pain and man ' s disg * race , And for humanity all hearts engage : O happy sympathy of pow'r benign , Diffusing- blessing's like thy source divine ! R . F . Kidderminster , Nov . 7 , 1818 .
Poetry * —Sonnet to Sir Stunuel T&omilly . —Deo " Optimo Maximo . 47
Teach men the joys which self can never know , To check the ready tear prepared to flow , And tell them what a strong and tender claim
Centres ^ in all who bear a brother ' s name : Instruct mankind , too firmly bound to earth , What lasting joys of more transcendant worth ,
What purer , loftier pleasures are design ed To be the portion of th ? immortal mind . Of strong persuasive eloquence possess'd , By learning aided , and with talents blest , Let earth ' s low cares assail thy heart in
vain , Its pomps , its pleasures , and its wealth disdain ; One task alone , one noble work be thine , To vindicate the ways of Power Divine . I . L . Kendal .
SONNET TO SIR SAMUEL ROMILLY . Composed a short time before his lamentable decease . When Mercy weeps , and Justice pines convuls ed For statutes blurr'd , that blushing Albion long-s To have annulled , ORomilly ,. against such
wrongs foremost to strive is graceful , though repulsM By all the chieftains of the legal roll : The bird that wander'd o ' er the water spread , Whose likeness hover'd on th' anointed
head , Is a fair emblem of thy clement soul That , with unwearied pity , perseveres The bloodless criminalfrom death to save : More sterling honour to thy name adheres Thau to proud streamers that in victory
wave , The martial truncheon of supreme renown , Or mig-htj' splendour of a despot ' s crown . R . F . Kidderminster , Nov . 7 , 1818 .
LIFE . From the Chester Guardian . Life ' s a varied , bright illusion , Joy and sorrow—light and shade : Turn from sorrow ' s dark suffusion , Catch the pleasures , ere they fade .
Fancy paints , with hues unreal , Smile of bliss , and sorrow ^ mood ; If they both are but ideal , Why reject the seeming good ? Hence , no more ! ' tis wisdom calls ye ^ / IJids ye court time ' s present aid ; The future trust not—hope en&rals ye , Catch the pleasure ^ ere they fade .
SONNET . [ From " Apeleutkerus ; or an . Effort toattain Intellectual Freedom . " 8 vo . ]
Deo Optimo Maximo . O Thou , whose bounty gave this mantling * bower Where , from the world retired , I oft recline , And trace Thy wonder-working hand
divine , And read Thy name in ev ' ry blushing Bower ; Sov ' reign of nature , all-directing Power ! Great source of being- , life , and light , and joy !
To Thee I dedicate this best employ , This sweetest solace of the silent hour . O search this heart , that seeks no vain disguise , Accept the tribute ^ and the labour bless :
View the pure motive with approving eyes—Thy glory , in Thy creature ' s happiness . Smile on the page that bids the mind be free . And points the path to virtue , aud to Thee !
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 47, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/47/