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Explores the lost, the wandering sheep directs,
By day o'ersees them, and by night protects;
The tender lambs he raises in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage,
The promis'd father (j) of the future age.
No more shall nation (k) against nation rise,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more;
But useless lances into scythes shall bend,
And the broad falchion in a plow-share end.
Then palaces shall rise; the joyful son (1)
Shall finish what his short-liv'd sire begun;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield,
And the same hand that sow'd, shall reap the field.
The swain in barren deserts (m) with surprise
Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise;
IMITATIONS. Ver. 67. The swain in barren deserts) Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 28.
Molli paulatim flavescet campus aristâ,
Incultisque rubens pendebit sentibus uva,
Et duræ quercus sudabunt roscida mella,
• The fields shall grow yellow with ripened ears, and the red grape shall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks shall distil honey like dew.'
Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. 7. • The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitations where dragons lay, shall be grass, and reeds, and rushes.' Ch. lv. ver. 13. • Instead of the thorn shall come
the fir-tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tree.'
(3) Ch, ix. ver. 6. (k) Ch. ii. ver. 4.
(1) Ch. Ixv. ver. 21, 2%. (m) Ch. xxxv. ver.1,7.
And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murmuring in his ear.
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
Waste sandy valleys (n); once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir and shapely box adorn:
To leafless shrubs the flowery palms succeed,
And odorous myrtle to the noisome weed.
Thelambs(o)with wolves shall graze the verdant mead,
And boys in flowery bands the tiger lead.
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
And harmless serpents (p) lick the pilgrim's feet.
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested basilisk and speckled snake,
Pleas'd, the green lustre of the scales survey,
And with their forky tongue shall innocently play.
IMITATIONS. Ver. 77. The lambs with wolves, &c.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 21.
Ipsæ lacte doinum referent distenta capella
Ubera, nec magnos metuent armenta leones-
Occidet et serpens, et fallax herba veneni
• The goats shall bear to the fold their udders distended with milk; nor shall the lierd's be afraid of the greatest lions. The serpent shall die, and the herb that conceals poison shall die.'
Isaiah, ch. xi. ver. 6, &c. • The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice.'
(n) Ch. xli. ver. 19. and ch. lv. ver. 13.
(o) Ch. xi, ver. 6, 7, 8. (p) Ch. Ixv. ver. 25.
Rise, crowu'd with light, imperial Salen (9), rise!
Exalt thy towery head, and lift thy eyes !
See a long race (r) thy spacious courts adorn;
See future sons, and daughters yet unborn,
In crowding ranks on every side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies!
See barbarous nations (s) at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings,
And heap'd with products of Sabean () springs !
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,
And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See heaven its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day!
No more the rising sun (u) shall gild the morn,
Nor evening Cynthia fill her silver horn;
But lost, dissolv'd in thy superior rays,
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze
O’erflow thy courts: the Light himself shall shine
Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine!
The seas (v) shall waste, the skies in smoke decay,
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;
But fix'd his word, his saving power remains;
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own Messiah reigns!
IMITATIONS. Ver. 85. Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise!) The thoughts of Isaiah, which compose the latter part of the poem, așe wonderfully elevated, and much above those general exclamations of Virgil, which make the loftiest parts of his Pollio.
Magnus ab integro sæclorum nascitur ordo!
toto surget gens aurea mundo!
... Incipient magoi procedere menses !
Aspice, venturo lætentur ut omnia sæclo! &c.
The reader needs only to turn to the passages of Isaiah, here cited.
(1) Ch. 1x. ver. 1. (r) Ch. Ix. ver. 4.
(s) Ch, lx, ver. 3. (t) Ch. 1x. ver. 6.
(u) Ch. 1x. ver. 19, 20.
(0) Ch. li. ver, 6. and ch. liv, ver. 10.
To the Right Honourable George, Lord Lansdowne.
Non injussa cano: te nostræ, Vare, myricæ,
Te nemus omne canet: nec Phæbo gratior ulla est,
Quam sibi quæ Vari præscripsit pagina nomen.
THY forest, Windsor ! and thy green retreats,
At once the Monarch's and the Muses' seats, Invite my lays. Be preseut, sylvan maids ! Unlock your springs, and open all your shades. Granville commands; your aid, O muses, bring! What muse for Granville can refuse to sing ?
The groves of Eden, vanishi'd now so long, Live in description, and look green in song; These, were my breast inspir'd with equal fame, Like them in beauty, should be like in fame. Here hills and vales, the woodland and the plain, Here earth and water seem to strive again; Not chaos-like together crush'd and bruis'd, But, as the world, harmoniously confus’d"; Where order in variety we see, And where, though all things differ, all agree. Here waving groves a chequer'd scene display, And part admit, and part exclude the day; As some coy nymph her lover's warm address Nor quite indulges, nor can quite repress. There, interpers’d in lawns and opening glades, Thin trees arise that shun each other's shades,
Here in full light the russet plains extend:
There, wrapt in clouds, the bluish hills ascend.
Ev'n the wild heath displays her purple dyes,
And 'midst the desert, fruitful fields arise,
That, crown'd with tufted trees and springing corn,
Like verdant isles the sable waste adorn.
Let India boast her plants, nor envy we
The weeping amber, or the balmy tree,
While by our oaks the precious loads are borne,
And realms commanded which those trees adorn.
Not proud Olympus yields a nobler sight,
Though gods assembled grace his towering height,
Than what more humble mountains offer nere,
Where, in their blessings, all those gods appear.
See Pan with flocks, with fruits Pomona crown'd,
Here blushing Flora paints th' enamel'd ground,
Here Ceres gifts in waving prospect stand,
And nodding tempt the joyful reaper's hand;
Rich industry sits smiling on the plains,
And peace and plenty tell, a Stuart reigns.
Not thus the land appear'd in ages past,
A dreary desert, and a gloomy waste,
To savage beasts and savage laws a prey,
And kings more furious and severe than they;
Who claim'd the skies, dispeopled air and floods,
The lonely lords of empty wilds and woods:
Cities laid waste, they storm'd the dens and caves ,
(For wiser brutes were backward to be slaves).
What could be free, when lawless beasts obey'd,
And ev'n the elements a tyrant sway'd?
In vain kind seasons swell’d the teeming grain;
Soft showers distillid, and suns grew warm in vain;
The swain with tears his frustrate labour yields,
And, famish'd, dies amidst his ripen'd fields.
What wonder then, a beast or subject slain
Were equal crimes in a despotic reign?
Both doom'd alike for sportive tyrants bled,
But, while the subject starv'd, the beast was fed.
Proud Nimrod first the bloody chase began,
A mighty hunter, and his prey was man :