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HEAVEN-FAVOR'D Man, the moment he is born
Into this Life, where Hopes and Joys abound,...
Smiles gleam upon his cheek, and Friends surround
The welcome Guest charm'd with first view of Morn.

Ere yet his childish toys he learns to scorn
New Objects of Pursuit his thoughts confound :
Knowledge invites him to her hallow'd Ground ;
And Love with Roses overpowers the thorn.

If Age advancing bring her Cares and Pains
Wisdom and Fortitude on Age attend. —
And when the honor'd staff his step sustains,
And in the Grave when Earth's short prospects end,
Reason and Faith support, if Nature plains,
And with the Tomb the Rays of Life eternal blend.

27 Aug. 1807. C.L.