A poem on divine revelation by Hugh Henry Brackenridge
This is a day of happiness, sweet peace, And heavenly sunshine; upon which conven'd In full assembly fair, once more we view, And hail with voice expressive of the heart, Patrons and sons of this illustrious hall. This hall more worthy of its rising fame Than hall on mountain or romantic hill, Where Druid bards sang to the hero's praise, While round their woods and barren heaths was heard The shrill calm echo of th' enchanting shell. Than all those halls and lordly palaces Where in the days of chivalry, each knight, And baron brave in military pride Shone in the brass and burning steel of war; For in this hall more worthy of a strain No envious sound forbidding peace is heard, Fierce song of battle kindling martial rage And desp'rate purpose in heroic minds: But sacred truth fair science and each grace Of virtue born; health, elegance and ease And temp'rate mirth in social intercourse Convey rich pleasure to the mind; and oft The sacred muse in heaven-breathing song Doth wrap the soul in extasy divine, Inspiring joy and sentiment which not The tale of war or song of Druids gave. The song of Druids or the tale of war With martial vigour every breast inspir'd, With valour fierce and love of deathless fame; But here a rich and splendid throng conven'd From many a distant city and fair town, Or rural seat by shore or mountain-stream, Breathe joy and blessing to the human race, Give countenance to arts themselves have known, Inspire the love of heights themselves have reach'd, Of noble science to enlarge the mind, Of truth and virtue to adorn the soul, And make the human nature grow divine.
Oh could the muse on this auspicious day Begin a song of more majestic sound, Or touch the lyre on some sublimer key, Meet entertainment for the noble mind. How shall the muse from this poetic bow'r So long remov'd, and from this happy hill, Where ev'ry grace and ev'ry virtue dwells, And where the springs of knowledge and of thought In riv'lets clear and gushing streams flow down Attempt a strain? How sing in rapture high Or touch in vari'd melody the lyre The lyre so long neglected and each strain Unmeditated, and long since forgot? But yet constrain'd on this occasion sweet To this fam'd hall and this assembly fair With comely presence honouring the day, She fain would pay a tributary strain. A purer strain though not of equal praise To that which Fingal heard when Ossian sung With voice high rais'd in Selma hall of shells; Or that which Pindar on th' Elean plain, Sang with immortal skill and voice divine, When native Thebes and ev'ry Grecian state Pour'd forth her sons in rapid chariot race, To shun the goal and reach the glorious palm. He sang the pride of some ambitious chief, For olive crowns and wreaths of glory won; I sing the rise of that all glorious light, Whose sacred dawn the aged fathers saw By faith's clear eye, through many a cloud obscure And heavy mist between: they saw it beam From Judah's royal tribe, they saw it shine O'er Judah's happy land, and bade the hills, The rocky hills and barren vallies smile, The desert blossom and the wilds rejoice.
This is that light and revelation pure, Which Jacob saw and in prophetic view, Did hail its author from the skies, and bade The sceptre wait with sov'reignty and sway On Judah's hand till Shiloh came. That light Which Beor's son in clearer vision saw, Its beams sore piercing his malignant eye; But yet constrain'd by the eternal truth Confess'd its origin and hail'd its rise, Fresh as a star from Judah's sacred line. This, Amos' son touch'd with seraphic fire In after times beheld. He saw it beam From Judah's royal tribe; he saw it shine O'er Judah's happy land, and bade the hills, The rocky hills and barren vallies smile, The desert blossom and the wilds rejoice.
This is that light which purifies the soul, From mist obscure, of envy, hate, and pride; Bids love celestial in the bosom glow, Fresh kindling up the intellectual eye Of faith divine, in beatific view Of that high glory and seraphic bliss, Which he who reigns invisible, shall give To wait on virtue in the realms of day.
This is that light which from remotest times Shone to the just; gave sweet serenity, And sunshine to the soul, of each wise sage, Fam'd patriarch, and holy man of God, Who in the infancy of time did walk With step unerring, through those dreary shades, Which veil'd the world e'er yet the golden sun Of revelation beam'd. Seth, Enos, and The family of him preserv'd from death By flood of waters. Abram and that swain Who erst exil'd in Midian did sing The world from chaos rising, and the birth Of various nature in the earth, or sea, Or element of air, or heav'n above.
This is that light which on fair Zion hill Descending gradual, in full radiance beam'd O'er Canaan's happy land. Her fav'rite seers Had intercourse divine with this pure source, And oft from them a stream of light did flow, To each adjoining vale and desert plain, Lost in the umbrage of dark heathen shades. 'Twas at this stream the fabling poets drank And sang how heav'n and earth from chaos rose; 'Twas at this stream the wiser sages drank And straightway knew the soul immortal lives Beyond the grave and all the wrecks of time.
From Judah's sacred hills a partial ray Extraneous, visited and cheer'd the gloom Spread o'er the shaded earth; yet more than half In superstition and the dreams of night Each hoary sage by long experience wise, And high philosopher of learning fam'd Lay buried deep shut from the light of day. Shut from the light of revelation clear In devious path they wandered oft, Nor could strong reason with the partial beam Of revelation, wholly dissipate The midnight horrors of so dark an age. Vain were their searches, and their reason vain, Else whence the visionary tales receiv'd, Of num'rous deities in earth, or heav'n Or sea, or river, or the shades profound Of Erebus, dark kingdom of the dead. Weak deities of fabled origin From king or hero, to the skies advanc'd For sanguinary appetite, and skill In cruel feats of arms, and tyranny O'er ev'ry right, and privilege of man. Vain were their searches, and their reason vain, Else whence the sculptur'd image of a god, And marble bust ador'd as deity, Altar and hecatomb prepar'd for these, Or human sacrifice when hecatomb Consum'd in vain with ceremony dire, And rites abhorr'd, denied the wish'd success. Reason is dark, else why heroic deem'd Fell suicide, as if 'twere fortitude And higher merit to recede from life, Shunning the ills of poverty, or pain, Or wasting sickness, or the victor's sword, Than to support with patience fully tried As Job, thence equall'd with him in renown.
Shut from the light of revelation clear The world lay hid in shades, and reason's lamp Serv'd but to show how dark it was; but now The joyous time with hasty steps advanc'd, When truth no more should with a partial ray Shine on the shaded earth; now on swift wings The rosy hours brought on in beauty mild, The day-spring from on high, and from the top Of some fair mount Chaldean shepherds view That orient star which Beor's son beheld, From Aram east, and mark'd its lucid ray, Shedding sweet influence on Judah's land. Now o'er the plain of Bethl'em to the swains Who kept their flocks beneath the dews of night, A light appears expressive of that day More general, which o'er the shaded earth Breaks forth, and in the radiance of whose beams, The humble shepherd, and the river-swain By Jordan stream, or Galilea's lake, Can see each truth and paradox explain'd, Which not each wise philosopher of Greece, Could tell, nor sage of India, nor the sons Of Zoroaster, in deep secrets skill'd.
Such light on Canaan shone but not confin'd With partial ray to Judah's favour'd land, Each vale and region to the utmost bound Of habitable earth, distant or nigh Soon finds a gleam of this celestial day: Fam'd Persia's mountains and rough Bactria's woods And Media's vales and Shinar's distant plain: The Lybian desert near Cyrene smiles And Ethiopia hails it to her shores. Arabia drinks the lustre of its ray Than fountain sweeter, or the cooling brook Which laves her burning sands; than stream long sought Through desert flowing and the scorched plain To Sheba's troop or Tema's caravan.
Egypt beholds the dawn of this fair morn And boasts her rites mysterious no more; Her hidden learning wrapt in symbols strange Of hieroglyphic character, engrav'd On marble pillar, or the mountain rock, Or pyramid enduring many an age. She now receives asserted and explain'd That holy law, which on mount Sinai writ By God's own finger, and to Moses giv'n, And to the chosen seed, a rule of life. And strict obedience due; but now once more Grav'd on the living tablet of the heart, And deep impress'd by energy divine, Is legible through an eternal age.
North of Judea now this day appears On Syria west, and in each city fair Full many a church of noble fame doth rise. In Antioch the seat of Syrian kings, And old Damascus, where Hazael reign'd. Now Cappadocia Mithridates' realm, And poison-bearing Pontus, whose deep shades Were shades of death, admit the light of truth. In Asia less seven luminaries rise, Bright lights, which with celestial vigour burn, And give the day in fullest glory round. There Symrna shines, and Thyatira there, There Ephesus a sister light appears, And Pergamus with kindred glory burns: She burns enkindled with a purer flame Than Troy of old, when Grecian kings combin'd Had set her gates on fire: The Hellespont And all th' Egean sea shone to the blaze.
But now more west the gracious day serene On Athens rising, throws a dark eclipse On that high learning by her sages taught, In each high school of philosophic fame; Vain wisdom, useless sophistry condemn'd, As ignorance and foolishness of men. Let her philosophers debate no more In the Lyceum, or the Stoics porch, Holding high converse, but in error lost Of pain, and happiness, and fate supreme. Fair truth from heav'n draws all their reas'ning high In captive chains bound at her chariot wheels.
Now Rome imperial, mistress of the world Drinks the pure lustre of the orient ray Assuaging her fierce thirst of bloody war, Dominion boundless, victory and fame; Each bold centurion, and each prÃ¦tor finds A nobler empire to subdue themselves.
From Rome the mistress of the world in peace, Far to the north the golden light ascends; To Gaul and Britain and the utmost bound Of Thule famous in poetic song, Victorious there where not Rome's consuls brave, Heroes, or conquering armies, ever came. Far in the artic skies a light is seen, Unlike that sun, which shall ere long retreat, And leave their hills one half the year in shades. Or that Aurora which the sailor sees Beneath the pole in dancing beams of light, Playing its gambols on the northern hills. That light is vain and gives no genial heat, To warm the tenants of those frozen climes, Or give that heav'nly vigour to the soul, Which truth divine and revelation brings; And but for which each heart must still remain, Hard as the rock on Scandanavia's shore, Cold as the ice which bridges up her streams, Fierce as the storm which tempests all her waves.
Thus in its dawn did sacred truth prevail, In either hemisphere from north to south, From east to west through the long tract of day. From Shinar's plain to Thule's utmost isle, From Persia's bay to Scandanavia's shores. Cheer'd by its ray now ev'ry valley smiles, And ev'ry lawn smote by its morning beam. Now ev'ry hill reflects a purer ray, Than when Aurora paints his woods in gold, Or when the sun first in the orient sky, Sets thick with gems the dewy mountain's brow.
The earth perceives a sov'reign virtue shed And from each cave, and midnight haunt retires Dark superstition, with her vot'ries skill'd, In potent charm, or spell of magic pow'r; In augury, by voice, or flight of birds, Or boding sign at morn, or noon, or eve, Portent and prodigy and omen dire. Each oracle by Demon, or the craft Of priests, made vocal, can declare no more Of high renown, and victory secure, To kings low prostrate at their bloody shrines. No more with vain uncertainty perplex Mistaken worshippers, or give unseen Response ambiguous in some mystic sound, And hollow murmer from the dark recess. No more of Lybian Jove; Dodona's oaks, In sacred grove give prophecy no more. Th' infernal deities retire abash'd, Our God himself on earth begins his reign; Pure revelation beams on ev'ry land, On ev'ry heart exerts a sov'reign sway, And makes the human nature grow divine.
Now hideous war forgets one half her rage, And smoothes her visage horible to view. Celestial graces better sooth the soul, Than vocal music, or the charming sound Of harp or lyre. More than the golden lyre Which Orpheus tun'd in melancholy notes, Which almost pierc'd the dull cold ear of death, And mov'd the grave to give him back his bride.
Peace with the graces and fair science now Wait on the gospel car; science improv'd Puts on a fairer dress; a fairer form Now ev'ry art assumes; bold eloquence Moves in a higher sphere than senates grave, Or mix'd assembly, or the hall of kings, Which erst with pompous panegyric rung. Vain words and soothing flattery she hates, And feigned tears, and tongue which silver-tipt Moves in the cause of wickedness and pride. She mourns not that fair liberty depress'd Which kings tyrannic can extort, but that Pure freedom of the soul to truth divine Which first indulg'd her and with envious hand Pluck'd thence, left hideous slavery behind. She weeps not loss of property on earth, Nor stirs the multitude to dire revenge With headlong violence, but soothes the soul To harmony and peace, bids them aspire With emulation and pure zeal of heart, To that high glory in the world unseen, And crown celestial, which pure virtue gives.
Thus eloquence and poesy divine A nobler range of sentiment receive; Life brought to view and immortality, A recent world through which bold fancy roves, And gives new magic to the pow'r of song; For where the streams of revelation flow Unknown to bards of Helicon, or those Who on the top of Pindus, or the banks Of Arethusa and Eurotas stray'd, The poet drinks, and glorying in new strength, Soars high in rapture of sublimer strains; Such as that prophet sang who tun'd his harp On Zion hill and with seraphic praise In psalm and sacred ode by Siloa's brook, Drew HIS attention who first touch'd the soul With taste of harmony, and bade the spheres Move in rich measure to the songs on high. Fill'd with this spirit poesy no more Adorns that vain mythology believ'd, By rude barbarian, and no more receives, The tale traditional, and hymn profane, Sung by high genius, basely prostitute. New strains are heard, such as first in the morn Of time, were sung by the angelic choirs, When rising from chaotic state the earth Orbicular was seen, and over head The blazing sun, moon, planet, and each light That gilds the firmament, rush'd into view.
Thus did the sun of revelation shine Full on the earth, and grateful were its beams: Its beams were grateful to the chosen seed, To all whose works were worthy of the day. But creatures lucifuge, whose ways were dark, Ere this in shades of paganism hid, Did vent their poison, and malignant breath, To stain the splendour of the light divine, Which pierc'd their cells and brought their deeds to view Num'rous combin'd of ev'ry tongue and tribe, Made battle proud, and impious war brought on, Against the chosen sanctified by light. Riches and pow'r leagu'd in their train were seen, Sword, famine, flames and death before them prey'd. Those faithful found, who undismay'd did bear A noble evidence to truth, were slain. Why should I sing of these or here record, As if 'twere praise, in poesy or song, Or sculptur'd stone, to eternize the names, Which writ elsewhere in the fair book of life, Shall live unsullied when each strain shall die: Shall undefac'd remain when sculptur'd stone, And monument, and bust, and storied urn Perpetuates its sage and king no more.
The pow'r of torture and reproach was vain, But what not torture or reproach could do, Dark superstition did in part effect. That superstition, which saint John beheld, Rise in thick darkness from th' infernal lake. Locust and scorpion in the smoke ascend, False teacher, heretic, and Antichrist. The noon day sun is dark'ned in the sky, The moon forbears to give her wonted light. Full many a century the darkness rul'd, With heavier gloom than once on Egypt came, Save that on some lone coast, or desert isle, Where sep'rate far a chosen spirit dwelt, A Goshen shone, with partial-streaming ray. Night on the one side settles dark; on Rome, It settles dark, and ev'ry land more west Is wrapt in shades. Night on the east comes down With gloom Tartarean, and in part it rose From Tartary beneath the dusky pole. The ruthless Turk, and Saracen in arms, O'er-run the land the gospel once illum'd; The holy land Judea once so nam'd, And Syria west where many churches rose. Those golden luminaries are remov'd, Which once in Asia shone. Athens no more For truth and learning fam'd. Corinth obscur'd, Ionia mourns through all her sea-girt isles.
But yet once more the light of truth shall shine In this obscure sojourn; shall shoot its beam In morning beauty mild, o'er hill and dale. See in Bohemia and the lands more west The heavenly ray of revelation shines, Fresh kindling up true love and purest zeal.
Britannia next beholds the risen day In reformation bright; cheerful she hails It from her snow-white cliffs, and bids her sons, Rise from the mist of popery obscure. Her worthier sons, whom not Rome's pontiff high, Nor king with arbitrary sway could move. Those mightier who with constancy untam'd, Did quench the violence of fire, at death Did smile, and maugre ev'ry pain, of bond, Cold dark imprisonment, and scourge severe, By hell-born popery devis'd, held fast The Christian hope firm anchor of the soul. Or those who shunning that fell rage of war, And persecution dire, when civil pow'r, Leagu'd in with sacerdotal sway triumph'd, O'er ev'ry conscience, and the lives of men, Did brave th' Atlantic deep and through its storms Sought these Americ shores: these happier shores Where birds of calm delight to play, where not Rome's pontiff high, nor arbitrary king, Leagu'd in with sacerdotal sway are known. But peace and freedom link'd together dwell, And reformation in full glory shines. Oh for a muse of more exalted wing, To celebrate those men who planted first The christian church in these remotest lands; From those high plains where spreads a colony, Gen'rous and free, from Massachusett-shores, To the cold lakes margin'd with snow: from that Long dreary tract of shady woods and hills, Where Hudson's icy stream rolls his cold wave, To those more sunny bowers where zephyrs breath, And round which flow in circling current swift The Delaware and Susquehannah streams. Thence to those smiling plains where Chesapeak Spreads her maternal arms, encompassing In soft embrace, full many a settlement, Where opulence, with hospitality, And polish'd manners, and the living plant Of science blooming, sets their glory high . Thence to Virginia, sister colony, Lib'ral in sentiment, and breathing high, The noble ardour of the freeborn soul. To Carolina thence, and that warm clime Where Georgia south in summer heat complains, And distant thence towards the burning line.
These men deserve our song, and those who still, With industry severe, and steady aim Diffuse the light in this late dreary land, In whose lone wastes and solitudes forlorn, Death long sat brooding with his raven wing. Who many 'a structure of great fame have rais'd, College, and school, upon th' Atlantic coast, Or inland town, through ev'ry province wide, Which rising up like pyramids of fire, Give light and glory to the western world.
These men we honour, and their names shall last Sweet in the mouths and memory of men; Or if vain man unconscious of their worth, Refuse a tear when in some lonely vale He sees those faithful laid; each breeze shall sigh, Each passing gale shall mourn, each tree shall bend Its heavy head, in sorrow o'er their tombs, And some sad stream run ever weeping by. Weep not O stream, nor mourn thou passing gale, Beneath those grassy tombs their bodies lie, But they have risen from each labour bere To make their entrance on a nobler stage. What though with us they walk the humble vale Of indigence severe, with want oppress'd? Riches belong not to their family, Nor sloth luxurious nor the pride of kings; But truth meek-ey'd and warm benevolence Wisdom's high breeding in her sons rever'd Bespeaks them each the children of a king. The christian truth of origin divine, Grows not beneath the shade of civil pow'r, Riches or wealth accompanied with pride; Nor shall it bloom transplanted to that soil, Where persecution, in malignant streams, Flows out to water it; black streams and foul Which from the lake of Tartarus break forth, The sickly tide of Acheron which flows, With putrid waves through the infernal shades. This plant of heaven loves the gentle beams, Of truth and meekness, and the kindly dew Which fell on Zion hill; it loves the care Of humble shepherds, and the rural swain, And tended by their hands it flourishes With fruit and blossoms, and soon gives a shade, Beneath which ev'ry traveller shall rest, Safe from the burning east-wind and the sun. A vernal shade not with'ring like the gourd Of him who warned Nineveh, but like The aged oaks immortal on the plain Of Kadesh, or tall cedars on the hill Of Lebanon, and Hermon's shady top.
High is their fame through each succeeding age Who build the walls of Zion upon earth. Let mighty kings and potentates combine, To raise a pyramid, which neither storm, Nor sea indignant, nor the raging fire, Nor time can waste, or from firm basis move. Or let them strive by counsel or by arms, To fix a throne, and in imperial sway, Build up a kingdom shadowing the earth, Unmov'd by thunder or impetuous storm Of civil war, dark treason, or the shock Of hostile nations, in dire league combin'd. They build a kingdom of a nobler date, Who build the kingdom of the Saviour God. This, not descending rain, nor mighty storm, Nor sea indignant, nor the raging fire, Nor time shall waste, or from firm basis move. Rounded on earth its head doth reach the skies, Secure from thunder, and impetuous storm, Of civil war, dark treason, or the shock Of hostile nations in dire league combin'd. This still shall flourish and survive the date, Of each wide state and empire of the earth Which yet shall rise, as now of those which once From richest Asia or from Europe spread On mighty base and shaded half the world. Great Babylon which vex'd the chosen seed, And by whose streams the captive Hebrews sat, In desolation lies, and Syria west, Where the SeleucidÃ¦ did fix their throne, Loud-thund'ring thence o'er Judah's spoiled land, Boasts her proud rule no more. Rome pagan next, The raging furnace where the saints were tried, No more enslaves mankind. Rome papal too Contracts her reign and speaks proud things no more. The throne of Ottoman is made to shake, The Russian thund'ring to his firmest seat; Another age shall see his empire fall. Yet in the east the light of truth shall shine, And like the sun returning after storms Which long had raged through a sunless sky, Shall beam beningly on forsaken lands. The day serene once more on Zion hill Descending gradual, shall in radiance beam On Canaan's happy land. Her fav'rite seers Have intercourse divine with this pure source; Perennial thence rich streams of light shall flow, To each adjoining vale and desert plain Lost in the umbrage of dark heathen shades. The gospel light shall gloriously survive The wasting blaze of ev'ry baser fire. The fire of Vesta, an eternal fire, So falsely call'd and kept alive at Rome; Sepulchral lamp in burial place of kings, Burn'd unconsum'd for many ages down; But yet not Vesta's fire eternal call'd And kept alive at Rome, nor burning lamp Hid in sepulchral monument of kings, Shall bear an equal date with that true light, Which shone from earth to heav'n, and which shall shine Up through eternity, and be the light Of heav'n, the new Jerusalem above. This light from heav'n shall yet illume the earth And give its beams to each benighted land Now with new glory lighted up again. Then ruthless Turk and Saracen shall know The fallacies of him Medina bred, And whose vain tomb, in Mecca they adore. Then Jews shall view the great Messiah come, And each rent tribe in caravan by land, Or ship by sea, shall visit Palestine Thrice holy then, with vile Idolatry No more defil'd, altar on mountain head, Green shady hill, or idol of the grove. For there a light appears, with which compar'd, That was a twilight shed by rite obscure, And ceremony dark and sacrifice Dimly significant of things to come. Blest with this light no more they deviate In out-way path; distinguished no more By school or sect, Essene or Saducee, Cairite or Scribe of Pharisaic mould. Jew and Samaritan debate no more, Whether on Gerizim or Zion hill They shall bow down. Above Moriah's mount Each eye is raised to him, whose temple is Th' infinitude of space, whom earth, sea, sky And heav'n itself cannot contain. No more The noise of battle shall be heard, or shout Of war by heathen princes wag'd; There's nought Shall injure or destroy; they shall not hurt In all my holy mountain saith the Lord. The earth in peace and ev'ry shadow fled, Bespeaks Emmanuel's happy reign when Jew, And kindred Gentile shall no more contend, Save in the holier strife of hymn and song, To him who leads captive captivity, Who shall collect the sons of Jacob's line, And bring the fulness of the Gentiles in. Thrice happy day when Gentiles are brought in Complete and full; when with its genial beams The day shall break on each benighted land Which yet in darkness and in vision lies: On Scythia and Tartary's bleak hills; On mount Imaus, and Hyrcanian cliffs Of Caucasus, and dark Iberian dales; Japan and China, and the sea-girt isles The ancient Ophir deem'd; for there rich gems And diamond pearl, and purest gold is found.
Thrice happy day when this whole earth shall feel The sacred ray of revelation shed, Far to the west, through each remotest land With equal glory rivalling the day Pour'd on the east. When these Americ shores Shall far and wide be light, and heav'nly day Shall in full glory rise on many a reign, Kingdom and empire bending to the south, And nation touching the Pacific shore. When Christian churches shall adorn the streams Which now unheeded flow with current swift Circling the hills, where fiercest beasts of prey, Panther and wolf in nightly concert howl. The Indian sage from superstition freed, Be taught a nobler heav'n than cloud-topt-hill, Or sep'rate island in the wat'ry waste. The aged Sachem fix his moving tribe, And grow humane now taught the arts of peace. In human sacrifice delight no more, Mad cantico or savage feast of war. Such scenes of fierce barbarity no more Be perpetrated there, but truth divine Shine on the earth in one long cloudless day, Till that last hour which shuts the scene of things, When this pure light shall claim its native skies; When the pure stream of revelation shall, With refluent current visit its first hills: There shall it mix with that crystalline wave, Which laves the walls of Paradise on high, And from beneath the seat of God doth spring. This is that river from whose sacred head The sanctified in golden arms draw light, On either side of which that tree doth grow Which yields immortal fruit, and in whose shade If shade were needed there, the rapt shall sing, In varied melody to harp and lyre, The sacred song of Moses and the Lamb: Eternity's high arches ring; 'Tis heard Through both infinitudes of space and time.
Thus have I sung to this high-favour'd bow'r, And sacred shades which taught me first to sing, With grateful mind a tributary strain. Sweet grove no more I visit you, no more Beneath your shades shall meditate my lay. Adieu ye lawns and thou fair hill adieu, And you O shepherds, and ye graces fair With comely presence honouring the day, Far hence I go to some sequest'red vale By woody hill or shady mountain side, Where far from converse and the social band, My days shall pass inglorious away:  But this shall be my exultation still My chiefest merit and my only joy, That when the hunter on some western hill, Or furzy glade shall see my grassy tomb, And know the stream which mourns unheeded by, He for a moment shall repress his step, And say, There lies a Son of Nassau-Hall.