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XIV

Who to the golden Sun's long restless race

Can limits set? What vessel can comprise

The swelling winds? what cunning can devise

(With quaint Arithmetic) in steadfast place

To number all the stars in heaven's paláce?

What cunning Artist ever was so wise,

Who, (by the stars and planets), could advise

Of all adventures the just course and case?

Who measured hath the waters of the seas?

Who ever (in just balance) poised the air?

As no man ever could the least of these

Perform with human labour, strength and care,

So who shall strive in volumes to contain

GOD's praise ineffable, contends in vain.

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