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Men of all lands shall exercise the same
In due proportion to their Country's need;
Learning, though late, that all true glory resta,
All praise, all safety, and all happiness,
Upon the moral law. Egyptian Thebes,
Tyre by the margin of the sounding waves,
Palmyra central in the Desert, fell;
And the Arts died by which they had been raised.

Call Archimedes from his buried Tomb
Upon the plain of vanished Syracuse,
And feelingly the Sage shall make report
How insecure, how baseless in itself,
Is the Philosophy, whose sway depends
On mere material instruments ; - how weak
Those Arts, and high Inventions, if unpropped
By Virtue. He with sighs of pensive grief,
Amid his calm abstractions, would adınit
That not the slender privilege is theirs
To save themselves from blank forgetfulness!

When from the Wanderer's lips these words had fallene
I said, “ And, did in truth these vaunted Arts
Possess such privilege, how could we escape
Regret and painful sadness, who revere,
And would preserve as things above all price.
The old domestic morals of the land,
Her simple manners, and the stable worth
That dignified and cheered a low estate?
Oh! where is now the character of peace,
Sobriety, and order, and chaste love,
And honest dealing, and untainted speech,
And pure good-will, and hospitable cheer;
That made the very thought of Country-life
A thought of refuge, for a Mind detained
Reluctantly amid the bustling crowd ?

Where now the beauty of the Sabbath, kept
With conscientious reverence, as a day
By the Almighty Lawgiver pronounced
Holy and blest ? and where the winning grace
Of all the lighter ornaments attached
To time and season, as the year rolled round ?"

6 Fled!” was the Wanderer's passionate response, “Fled utterly! or only to be traced In a few fortunate Retreats like this ; Which I behold with trembling, when I think What lamentable change, a year

a month
May bring; that Brook converting as it runs
Into an Instrument of deadly bane
For those, who, yet untempted to forsake
The simple occupations of their Sires,
Drink the pure water of its innocent stream
With lip almost as pure. Domestic bliss,
Or call it comfort, by a humbler name,)
How art thou blighted for the poor Man's heart.
Lo! in such neighborhood, from morn to eve,
The Habitations empty! or perchance
The Mother left alone, no helping hand
To rock the cradle of her peevish babe;
No daughters round her, busy at the wheel,
Or in dispatch of each day's little growth
Of household occupation; no nice arts
Of needle-work; no bustle at the fire,
Where once the dinner was prepared with pride;
Nothing to speed the day, or cheer the mind;
Nothing to praise, to teach, or to command

- The Father, if perchance he still retain
His old employments, goes to field or wood;
No longer led or followed by the Sons ;
Idlers perchance they were, - but in his sight;

Breathing fresh air, and treading the green earth;
Till their short holiday of childhood ceased,
Ne'er to return! That birthright now is lost.
Economists will tell you that the State
Thrives by the forfeiture unfeeling thought,
And false as monstrous! Can the Mother thrive.
By the destruction of her innocent Sons ?
In whom a premature Necessity
Blocks out the forms of Nature, preconsumes
The reason, famishes the heart, shuts up
The Infant Being in itself, and makes
Its very spring a season of decay!
The lot is wretched, the condition sad,
Whether a pining discontent survive,
And thirst for change ; or habit hath subdued
The soul deprest, dejected -- even to love
Of her dull tasks, and close captivity.

Oh, banish far such wisdom as condemns
A native Briton to these inward chains,
Fixed in his soul, so early and so deep,
Without his own consent, or knowledge, fixed ?
He is a Slave to whom release comes not,
And cannot come. The Boy, where'er he turns
Is still a prisoner; when the wind is up
Among the clouds and in the ancient woods;
Or when the sun is shining in the east,
Quiet and calm. Behold him in the school
Of his attainments ? no; but with the air
F'anning his temples under heaven's blue arch.
His raiment, whitened o'er with cotton flakes,
Or locks of wool, announces whence he comes.
Creeping his gait and cowering - his lip pale
His respiration quick and audible;
And scarcely could you fancy that a gleam
From out those languid eyes could break, or blush
Mantle upon his cheek. Is this the form,
Is that the countenance, and such the port,
Of no mean being ? One who should be clothed
With dignity befi-ting his proud hope;
Who, in his very childhood, should appear
Sublime -- from present purity and joy !
The limbs increase, but liberty of mind
Is gone for ever; this organic Frame,
So joyful in her motions, 'is become
Dull, to the joy of her own motions dead

And even the Touch, so exquisitely poured
Through the whole body, with a languid Will
Performs her functions rarely competent
To impress a vivid on the mind
Of what there is delightful in the breeze,
The gentle visitations of the sun,
Or lapse of liquid element — by hand,
Or foot, or lip, in summer's warmth — perceived.

Can hope look forward to a manhood raised
On such foundations ?"

“Hope is none for him! The pale Recluse indignantly exclaimed, “ And tens of thousands suffer wrong as deep. Yet be it asked, in justice to our age, If there were not, before those Arts appeared, These structures rose, commingling old and young, And unripe sex with sex, for mutual taint; Then, if there were not, in our far-famed Isle, Multitudes, who from infancy had breathed Air unimprisoned, and had lived at large; Yet walked beneath the sun, in human shape, As abject, as degraded ? At this day, Who shall enumerate the crazy huts And tottering hovels, whence do issue forth A ragged Offspring, with their own blanched hair

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Crowned like the image of fantastic Fear;
Or wearing, we might say, in that white growth
An ill-adjusted turban, or defence
Or fierceness, wreathed around their sun-burnt brows,
By savage Nature's unassisted care.
Naked, and coloured like the soil, the feet
On which they stand; as if thereby they drew
Some nourishment, as Trees do by their roots,
From Earth, the common Mother of us all.
Figure and mien, complexion and attire,
Are leagued to strike dismay, but outstretched hand
And whining voice denote them Supplicants
For the least boon that pity can bestow.
Such on the breast of darksome heaths are found;
And with their parents dwell upon the skirts
Of furze-clad commons; such are born and reared
At the mine's mouth, beneath impending rocks,
Or in the chambers of some natural cave;
And where their Ancestors erected huts,
For the convenience of unlawful gain,
In forest purlieus; and the like are bred,
All England through, where nooks and slips of ground
Purloined, in times less jealous than our own,
From the green margin of the public way,
A residence afford them, 'mid the bloom
And gayety of cultivated fields.

Such (we will hope the lowest in the scale)
Do I remember oft-times to have seen
Mid Buxton's dreary heights. Upon the watch,
Till the swift vehicle approach, they stand;
Then, following closely with the cloud of dust,
An uncouth feat exhibit, and are gone
Heels over head, like Tumblers on a stage.
-Up from the ground they snatch the copper coin
And, on the freight of merry Passengers


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