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A TALE OF PARAGUAY.


XXXVIII.

 And as connubial, so parental love
 Obey'd unerring Nature's order here,
 For now no force of impious custom strove
 Against her law;—such as was wont to sear
 The unhappy heart with usages severe,
 Till harden'd mothers in the grave could lay
 Their living babes with no compunctious tear,
 So monstrous men become, when from the way
Of primal light they turn thro' heathen paths astray.

XXXIX.

 Deliver'd from this yoke, in them henceforth
 The springs of natural love may freely flow:
 New joys, new virtues with that happy birth
 Are born, and with the growing infant grow.
 Source of our purest happiness below
 Is that benignant law which hath entwined
 Dearest delight with strongest duty so
 That in the healthy heart and righteous mind
Ever they co-exist, inseparably combined.