For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey,It is in vain that Philosophy has informed us, that the whole earth is but a point in the eyes of its Creator,nay, of his own creation; that, wherever we are,abroad or at home,--on the restless ocean, or the solid land,--we are still under the protection of His providence, and safe, as it were, in the hollow of his hand. It is in vain that Religion has instructed us, that we are
This pleasing, anxious being e'er resigned,
Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day,
Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind?
On some fond breast the parting soul relies;
Some pious drops the closing eye requires;
E'en from the tomb the voice of Nature cries;
E'en in our ashes live their wonted fires.
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