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N O T ES
ON THE SECOND PART.
Page 40, 1. 9.
These still exist, &c.
There is a future Existence even in this world;
an Existence in the hearts and minds of those who
shall live after us.
It is in reserve for every man,
however obscure; and his portion, if he be diligent,
must be equal to his desires. For in whose remem
brance can we wish to hold a place, but such as
know, and are known by us? These are within
the sphere of our influence, and among these and
their descendants we may live evermore.
It is a state of rewards and punishments; and
like that revealed to us in the Gospel, has the hap
piest influence on our lives.
The latter excites us
to gain the favor of God; the former to gain the
love and esteem of wise and good men; and both
conduce to the same end; for in framing our con
ceptions of the Deity, we only ascribe to him exalted
degrees of Wisdom and Goodness.
P. 46, l. 13.
Yet still how sweet the soothings of his art!
The astronomer chalking his figures on the
wall, in Hogarth's view of Bedlam, is an admirable
exemplification of this idea.
See the Rake's PROGRESS, plate 8. Note y. P. 48, l. 2.
Turns but to start, and gazes but to sigh!
The following stanzas are said to have been
written on a blank leaf of this Poem. They pre
sent so affecting a reverse of the picture, that I
cannot neglect the opportunity of introducing them
Pleasures of Memory!-oh supremely blest,
And justly proud beyond a Poet's praise;
By me how envied !--for to me,
By sighs, and tears, and grief alone:
Alone, at midnight's haunted hour,
When Nature wooes repose in vain,
The tyrant of the burning brain!
She tells of time mispent, of comfort lost,
Of fair occasions gone for ever by;
For what, except th' instinctive fear
What, but the deep inherent dread,
NOTE 2. P. 50, 1. 9.
Hast thou thro' Eden's wild-wood vales pursued, &c.
On the road-side between Penrith and Appelby
stands a small pillar with this inscription: