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By that foul rheum thy false eye wears ?
• This woman,' sayst thou, ‘is a sinner!'
And sat there none such at thy dinner?
Go, leper, go! wash till thy flesh
Comes like a child's, spotless and fresh;
He is still leprous that still paints :
Who saint themselves, they are no saints.


THE RAINBOW, Still young and fine! but what is still in view We slight as old and soiled, though fresh and new. How bright wert thou, when Shem's admiring eye Thy burnished, flaming arch did first descry! When: Terah, Nahor, Haran, Abram, Lot, The youthful world's gray fathers in one knot, Did with intentive looks watch every hour For thy new light, and trembled at each shower! When thou dost shine, darkness looks white and fair, Forms turn to music, clouds to smiles and air: Rain gently spends his honey-drops, and pours Balm on the cleft earth, milk on grass and flowers. Bright pledge of peace and sunshine! the sure tie Of thy Lord's hand, the object of his eye! When I behold thee, though my light be dim, Distant, and low, I can in thine see him, Who looks upon thee from his glorious throne, And minds the covenant 'twixt all and one. O foul, deceitful men! my God doth keep His promise still, but we break ours and sleep. After the fall the first sin was in blood, And drunkenness quickly did succeed the flood; But since Christ died, as if we did devise To lose him too, as well as paradise,)

i Genesis ix. 16.

These two grand sins we join and act together,
Though blood and drunkenness make but foul, foul

Water, though both heaven's windows and the deep
Full forty days o'er the drowned world did weep,
Could not reform us, and blood in despite,
Yea, God's own blood, we tread upon and slight.

, So those bad daughters, which God saved from fire, While Sodom yet did smoke, lay with their sire. Then, peaceful, signal bow, but in a cloud Still lodged, where all thy unseen arrows shroud; I will on thee as on a comet look, A comet, the sad world's ill-boding book; Thy light as luctual and stained with woes I'll judge, where penal flames sit mixed and close. For though some think thou shin'st but to restrain Bold storms, and simply dost attend on rain; Yet I know well, and so our sins require, Thou dost but court cold rain, till rain turns fire.


MARK IV. 26.

1 If this world's friends might see but once

What some poor man may often feel,
Glory and gold and crowns and thrones

They would soon quit, and learn to kneel. 2 My dew, my dew! my early love,

My soul's bright food, thy absence kills!
Hover not long, eternal Dove!

Life without thee is loose and spills. 3 Something I had, which long ago

Did learn to suck and sip and taste;

But now grown sickly, sad, and slow,

Doth fret and wrangle, pine and waste. 4 Oh, spread thy sacred wings, and shake

One living drop! one drop life keeps !
If pious griefs heaven's joys awake,

Oh, fill his bottle! thy child weeps! 5 Slowly and sadly doth he grow,

And soon as left shrinks back to ill;
Oh, feed that life, which makes him blow

And spread and open to thy will! 6 For thy eternal, living wells

None stained or withered shall come near:
A fresh, immortal green there dwells, ,

And spotless white is all the wear. 7 Dear, secret greenness! nursed below

Tempests and winds and winter nights !
Vex not that but One sees thee grow,

That One made all these lesser lights. 8 If those bright joys he singly sheds

On thee, were all met in one crown,
Both sun and stars would hide their heads;

And moons, though full, would get them down. 9 Let glory be their bait whose minds

Are all too high for a low cell:
Though hawks can prey through storms and winds,

The poor bee in her hive must dwell. 10 Glory, the crowd's cheap tinsel, still

To what most takes them is a drudge;
And they too oft take good for ill,
And thriving vice for virtue judge.

11 What needs a conscience calm and bright

Within itself an outward test?
Who breaks his glass to take more light,

Makes way for storms into his rest.

12 Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch

At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb; Keep clean, bear fruit, earn life, and watch,

Till the white-winged reapers come!

I cannot reach it; and my striving eye
Dazzles at it, as at eternity.

Were now that chronicle alive,
Those white designs which children drive,
And the thoughts of each harmless hour,
With their content too in my power,
Quickly would I make my path even,
And by mere playing go to heaven.

Why should men love
A wolf more than a lamb or dove?
Or choose hell-fire and brimstone streams
Before bright stars and God's own beams?
Who kisseth thorns will hurt his face,
But flowers do both refresh and grace;
And sweetly living (fie on men!)
Are, when dead, medicinal then.
If seeing much should make staid eyes,
And long experience should make wise,
Since all that age doth teach is ill,
Why should I not love childhood still?
Why, if I see a rock or shelf,

Shall I from thence cast down myself,

Or by complying with the world,
From the same precipice be hurled ?
Those observations are but foul,
Which make me wise to lose my soul.

And get the practice worldlings call
Business and weighty action all,
Checking the poor child for his play,
But gravely cast themselves away.

Dear, harmless age! the short, swift span
Where weeping virtue parts with man;
Where love without lust dwells, and bends
What way we please without self-ends.
An age of mysteries! which he
Must live twice that would God's face see;
Which angels guard, and with it play,
Angels ! which foul men drive away.
How do I study now, and scan
Thee more than ere I studied man,
And only see through a long night
Thy edges and thy bordering light!
Oh for thy centre and mid-day!
For sure that is the narrow way!

Sad, purple well! whose bubbling eye
Did first against a murderer cry;
Whose streams, still vocal, still complain

Of bloody Cain;
And now at evening are as red
As in the morning when first shed.
If single thou,

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