Spring, or shadie Grove, or Sunnie Hill,
Smit with the love of sacred song; but chief
Thee Sion and the
flowrie Brooks beneath
That wash thy hallowed feet, and warbling flow,
Nightly I visit: nor somtimes forget
other two equald with me in Fate,
So were I equald with them in renown.
Blind Thamyris and blind Mæonides,
Tiresias and Phineus Prophets old.
Then feed on thoughts, that voluntarie move
Harmonious numbers; as
the wakeful Bird
Sings darkling, and in shadiest Covert hid
Tunes her nocturnal Note. Thus with the Year
return, but not to me returns
Day, or the sweet approach of Evn or Morn,
Or sight of vernal bloom, or
Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine;
But cloud in stead, and ever-during dark
me, from the chearful waies of men
Cut off, and for the Book of knowledg fair
Presented with a Universal
Of Natures works to mee expungd and rasd,
And wisdome at one entrance quite shut out.
the rather thou Celestial light
Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers
Irradiate, there plant
eyes, all mist from thence
Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell
Of things invisible to mortal sight.
OH how comely it is and how reviving
To the Spirits of just men long opprest
When God into
the hands of thir deliverer
Puts invincible might
To quell the mighty of the Earth, th oppressour,
and boistrous force of violent men
Hardy and industrious to support
Tyrannic power, but raging to pursue
righteous and all such as honour Truth;
He all thir Ammunition
And feats of War defeats
With plain Heroic
magnitude of mind
And celestial vigour armd,
Thir Armories and Magazins contemns,
Renders them useless,
With wingàd expedition
Swift as the lightning glance he executes
His errand on the wicked, who surprisd
thir defence distracted and amazd.
ALL is best, though we oft doubt,
What th unsearchable dispose
Of highest wisdom brings
And ever best found in the close.
Oft he seems to hide his face,
But unexpectedly returns
his faithful Champion hath in place
Bore witness gloriously; whence Gaza mourns
And all that band them
His uncontroulable intent.
His servants he with new acquist
Of true experience from this great
With peace and consolation hath dismist,
And calm of mind all passion spent.
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