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¡ ÐEATH OF THE RUINED PROFLIGATE.I

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ÐEATH OF THE RUINED PROFLIGATE. RILEY OF BATH. ———— BRING here the mighty who roll along In their chariots proud and gay; Bring here the idle and glittering throng Who the mandate of pride obey, And let them gaze from their altitude On a brother of similar clay. Ascend the broken and darkened stair— Enter that garret's gloom; Ye shall find all darkly and sadly there, Life's last unchangeable doom Poured out on the light of a fallen star— Fading into the tomb. Rags and wretchedness all around— Poverty's direst pangs are here; And has the dying tenant found No friend nor solace near, The ghastly hour of unblest death With Christian love to cheer ? N o! for gold his god had been— The aspiring proud and gay— The scoffing guests—each impious scene— These, his idols day by day; And with equal grandeur, pomp, and state, He shone with them alway. An hour of darkness and withering change Came over the gambler's fate; And friends—hah! cold, and proudly strange They gazed on his altered state: Down, down to the portals of misery's hell Is fall'n the mighty and great! Abject and low—alone and reft Of the gorgeous pomp onee his, With not a hope to bless him left— No pride—no worldly bliss— Starvation brought despair to him, And he fell in its dark abyss. And the grim king Death came in to share In the spoils that Time had wrought, And he found the victim writhing there, In pangs with madness fraught; But death was merciful, and quenched The fire of life and thought. Vain, vain are dazzling might and pride— Like meteors they pass away, When change, and want, and death beside, Lay hold on the pompous clay. And with greedy, ravenous appetite, Make boastful man their prey Newport, November, 1845. J. M. S.

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