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Through many channels, ever and anon
My grey-haired Friend was moved; his vivid
eye Glistened with tenderness; his mind, I knew, Was full; and had, I doubted not, returned, Upon this impulse, to the theme-erewhile 591 Abruptly broken off. The ruddy boys Withdrew, on summons to their well-earned
And He-to whom all tongues reserved their rights
With willingness, to whom the general ear 595 Listened with readier patience than to strain Of music, lute or harp, a long delight
That ceased not when his voice had ceased-as One
Who from truth's central point serenely views
Wanderer asserts that an active principle pervades the Universe, its noblest seat the human soul.-How lively this principle is in Childhood. Hence the delight in old Age of looking back upon Childhood.— The dignity, powers, and privileges of Age asserted. -These not to be looked for generally but under a just government.-Right of a human Creature to be exempt from being considered as a mere Instrument. -The condition of multitudes deplored.-Former conversation recurred to, and the Wanderer's opinions set in a clearer light.-Truth placed within reach of the humblest.-Equality.-Happy state of the two Boys again adverted to.-Earnest wish expressed for a System of National Education established universally by Government.-Glorious effects of this foretold.-Walk to the Lake.-Grand spectacle from the side of a hill.-Address of Priest to the Supreme Being in the course of which he contrasts with ancient Barbarism the present appearance of the scene before him.-The change ascribed to Christianity. Apostrophe to his flock, living and dead.Gratitude to the Almighty.-Return over the Lake. Parting with the Solitary.-Under what circumstances.
DISCOURSE OF THE WANDERER,
AND AN EVENING VISIT ΤΟ
"To every Form of being is assigned,"
Its most apparent home. The food of hope 20