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No figh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear, 45 From ev'ry face he wipes off ev'ry tear.

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In adamantine chains fhall Death be bound,

And Hell's grim tyrant feel th' eternal wound.
As the good fhepherd tends his fleecy care,
Seeks fresheft pafture, and the purell air,
Explores the loft, the wand'ring fheep directs,
By day o'erfees them, and by night protects,
The tender lambs he raifes in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bofom warms;
Thus fhall mankind his guardian care engage,

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The promis'd father of the future age.

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No more fhall nation against nation rife,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Nor helds with gleaming fleel be cover'd over,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more;
But ufelefs lances into fcythes fhall bend,
And the broad faulchion in a plow fhare end.
Then palaces fhall rife; the joyful " Son
Shall finish what his fhort-liv'd Sire begun ;
Their vines a fhadow to their race fhall yield,

And the faine hand that fow'd, fhall reap the field,
The fwain in. barren deferts with furprize

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Sees lilies fpring, and fudden verdure rife;

IMITATIONS.

VIR. 67. The fwain in barren deserts] Virg. E. iv. ver. 28.
Molli paulatim flavefcet campus arista,
Incultifque rubens pendebit fentibus uva,

Et duræ quercus fudabunt rofcida mella.

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"The fields fhall grow yellow with ripened ears, and the red, "grape hall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks, Shall diftil honey like dew."

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ISAIAH, Ch. xxxv. ver. 7. "The parched ground shall be come a pool, and the thirty land fprings of water: In the "habitations where dragons lay, fhall be grafs, and reeds and k Ch. ix. ver. 6. n Ch. xxxv. ver. 1. 7.

Ch. xxv. ver. 8. 1 Ch. xl. ver. 11. 1 Ch.i. ver. 4. m Ch. lxv, ver, 21, 22.

And farts amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murm'ring in his ear.
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods."
Waste fandy valleys, once perplex'd with thorn,"
The spiry fir and shapely box adorn :

To leaflefs fhrubs the flow'ry palms fucceed,
And od❜rous myrtle to the noisome weed.

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The P lambs with wolves fha'l graze the verdant mead,
And boys in flow'ry bands the tiger lead;

The fteer and lion at one crib fhall meet,
And harmless ferpents lick the pilgrim's feet.
The fmiling infant in his hand fhall take
The crefted bafilifk and fpeckled fnake,
Pleas'd the green luftre of the fcales survey,

And with their forky tongue fhall innocently play.

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IMITATIONS.

"rufhes." Ch. lv. ver. 13. " Inftead of the thorn fhall come up "the fir-tree, and infead of the briar, fhall come up the myrtle "tree."

VER. 77. The lambs with wolves, etc.] Virg. E. iv. ver. 21.

Ipfæ late domum referent diftenta capell

Ubera, nec magnos metuent armenta leones-
Occidet et ferpens, et fallax herba veneni
Occidet.-

"The goats fhall bear to the fold their udders diftended with "milk nor fhall the herds be afraid of the greatest lions. The ** ferpent fhall die, and the herb that conceals poifon fhall die."

ISAIAH, Ch. xi. ver. 6, etc. "The wolf fhall dwell with the "lamb, and the leopard fhall lie down with the kid, and the calf "and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child

fhall lead them.-And the lion fhall eat ftraw like the ox. And "the fucking child fhall play on the hole of the afp, and the. "weaned child fhall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice."

Ch. xli. ver. 19. and Ch. Iv. ver. 13, P Ch, xi. ver. 6, 7, 8. Ch. lxv. ver. 25.

Rife, crown'd with light, imperial 'Salem rise!
Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes!

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See a long race thy fpacious courts adorn ;
See future fons, and daughters yet unborn,
In crouding ranks on ev'ry fide arife,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies!.
See barb'rous nations at thy gates attend,

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Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throng'd with proftrate kings,
And heap'd with products of " Sabean springs!
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,

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And feeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day!
No more the rifing Sun fhall gild the morn,
Nor ev'ning Cynthia fill her filver horn;
But loft, diffolv'd in thy fuperior rays,
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze

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O'erflow thy courts: the Light himself fhall fhine
Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine!
The feas fhall wafte, the fkies in fmoke decay,
Rocks fall to duft, and mountains melt away;
But fix'd his word, his faving pow'r remains;
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own MESSIAH reigns!

IMITATIONS.

VER. 85. Rife, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rife!] The th ughts of Ifaiah, which compofe the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully elevated, and much above thofe general exclamations. of Virgil, which make the loftieft part of his Pollio.

Magnus ab integro fæclorum nafcitur ordo!
toto furget gens aurea mundo!

incipient magni procedere menfes !

Afpice, venturo lætentur ut omnia fæclo! etc.

The reader needs only to turn to the paffages of Isaiah, here cited.

Ch. lx. ver. 1. Ch. lx. ver. 6. and Ch. liv. ver, 10.

s Ch. lx. ver. 4. Ch, lx, ver. 19, 20,

t Ch. lx. ver. 3. × Ch. li, ver. 6.

WINDSOR-FOREST.

To the Right Honourable

GEORGE Lord LANSDOWN.

Non injuffa cano: Te noftræ, Vare, myricæ,
Te Nemus omne canet: nec Phœbo gratior ulla eft,
Quam fibi quæ Vari præfcripfit pagina nomen.

VIRG.

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