The cause whence heav'n and earth began to be,
'And is not man immortaliz'd by me?
'Reason let this most causeless strife subside.'
Thus Love pronounc'd, and Reason thus reply'd.
'Thy birth, coelestial queen! 'tis mine to own,
'In thee resplendent is the Godhead shown;
'Thy words persuade, my soul enraptur'd feels
'Resistless beauty which thy smile reveals.'
Ardent she spoke, and, kindling at her charms,
She clasp'd the blooming goddess in her arms.
Infinite Love where'er we turn our eyes
Appears: this ev'ry creature's wants supplies;
This most is heard in Nature's constant voice,
This makes the morn, and this the eve rejoice;
This bids the fost'ring rains and dews descend
To nourish all, to serve one gen'ral end,
The good of man: yet man ungrateful pays
But little homage, and but little praise.
To him, whose works arry'd with mercy shine,
What songs should rise, how constant, how divine!