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Are ever sparkling with a ray of joy . As Argus boasted of a hundred eyes , Had I to boast a hundred fluent tongues , "With wisdom ' s power and oratory ' s
charms To aid them all , I have not any thing , Unless I am po ^ sess ^ d of Charity . And though I understand all mysteries And arts ; enjoy the gift of prophecy ; And have all faith , so that I could
remove The lofty mountain from its base ; and have The wisdom of an angel , without thee , O Charity 1 I have not any thing . And if the hungry every day I feed , The naked clothe , the stranger welcome home , And throw my body to the flames , and have
Not Charity , it nought availeth me . O Charity ! thou first Ipest gift of heav ' n ; Thou soother of the mind oppres ^ 'd with
care ; Thou balm for ev * ry woe ; whose mantle shrouds The aching heart from fresh assaults , and cures Affliction ' s piercing pang ; who long canst bear The storm of malice ,- —suffer envy ' s
frown ; Art ever kind , not vaunting with the sound Of pompous ptafee , nor yet indulging thoughts Of self-congratulation ; carest not ; For evil , but rejoicest in tl ^ e ways Of honesty and truth , and bearest all ; Not worldly disappointments , sicknesses , Nor all the many failings of the mind , Can move the heart that rests itself on
thee ; For thou endurest all ; thy timely aid Befriendeth all . Thou art the child Of b 6 unteous heaven , born to render
man A step above the brute ; to make him help t& needy neighbour ; pity the distress'd ; Relieve th * afflicted ; tp forgive all those liVlio erst have injur ' d him . Thy aid can bear
The sinking mind above the languid ¦ wave ; Bind up the aching or the broken heart , And soothe it to a fond forgetfulness . The power of prophecy shall be withheld ., The fluent tongue be mute and cease to charm , - And knowledge useless as the transient gleam
Which twinkles to the nighted traveller , And soon , anoti , is spent ;—but Charity Abides secure , and plentifully yields Her stores abundant ; not repaying deeds Of low deceit by frauding in return . And now abideth Faith ., Hope , Charity : But Charity , the greatest , can redress All wordly ills , and give us what we seek And ever wish—the sweets ' of happiness . iVW 3 , r 8 oQ . N . E . Y .
SONNET . ON LEAVING THE PLA . E OF MY NATIVITY . As here upon this mountain ' s western
side , I sadly linger , with a farewel-look On the expanse below , fair nature ' s book ¦ ¦ Of hill and valley far outstretched and wide ; How many a sweet-remembered spot I
, Scenes of my playful , or my musing hours , Where nature on the virgin fancy pours Feelings and forms that time can ne ' er efface . And though ^ hen in the city ' s crowd I mix , Dear native vale ! thy simple mountain stream , Green meads , woods , rocks , across my mind will gleam At eventide ;—yet ah ! no sj > ot will fix Within my heart like yon secluded shade , That from the world conceals Matin , beauteous maid ! Manckcjttr * W . P »
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 38, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/38/