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of humanizing arts among uncivilized nations.....From these views of amelioration of society, and the extension of liberty and truth over barbarous countries, by a melancholy contrast of ideas we are led to reflect upon the hard fate of a brave people, recently conspicuous in their struggles for independence..... Description of the capture of Warsaw, of the last contest of the oppressors and the oppressed, and the massacre of the Polish patriots at the bridge of Prague. Apostrophe to the self-interested enemies of human improvement..... The wrongs of Africa..... The barbarous policy of Europeans in India..... Prophecy in the Hindoo mythology of the expected descent of the Deity to redress the miseries of their race, and to take vengeance on the violators of justice and mercy,

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Pleasures of Hope.

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T summer eve, when Heaven's ærial bow. Spans with bright arch the glittering hills below, Why to yon mountain turns the musing eye, Whose sun-bright summit mingles with the sky? Why do those cliffs of shadowy tint appear „More sweet than all the landscape smiling near?.... Tis Distance lends enchantment to the view, And robes the mountain in its azure hue.

Thus, with delight, we linger to survey The promis'd joys of life's unmeasur'd way ; Thus, from afar, each dim-discover'd scene More pleasing seems than all the past hath been; And every form that Fancy can repair From dark oblivion, glows divinely there.

What potent spirit guides the raptur'd eye To pierce the shades of dim futurity? Can Wisdom lend, with all her heav'nly power, The pledge of Joy's anticipated hour? Ah, no! she darkly sees the fate of man.... Her dim horizon bounded to a span ; Or, if she hold an image to the view, Tis Nature pictur'd too severely true.

With thee, sweet Hope! resides the heav'nly light, That pours remotest rapture on the sight: Thine is the charm of life's bewilder'd way, That calls each slumb'ring passion into play:

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of humanizing arts among uncivilized nations..... From these views of amelioration of society, and the extension of liberty and truth over barbarous countries, by a melancholy contrast of ideas we are led to reflect upon the hard fate of a brave people, recently conspicuous in their struggles for independence..... Description of the capture of Warsaw, of the last contest of the oppressors and the oppressed, and the massacre of the Polish patriots at the bridge of Prague. Apostrophe to the self-interested enemies of human improvement..... The wrongs of Africa..... The barbarous policy of Europeans in India..... Prophecy in the Hindoo mythology of the expected descent of the Deity to redress the iniseries of their race, and to take vengeance on the violators of justice and mercy,

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