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The trembling trees, in every plain and wood,
The silver flood, so lately calm, appears
Swell'd with new passion, and o'erflows with tears; The winds, and trees, and floods, her death deplore. Daphne our grief, our glory now no more!
But see! where Daphne wondering mounts on high Above the clouds, above the starry sky! Eternal beauties grace the shining scene, Fields ever fresh, and groves for ever green! There, while you rest in amaranthine bowers, Or from those meads select unfading flowers, Behold us kindly, who your name implore, Daphne, our goddess, and our grief no more! LYCIDAS.
How all things listen, while thy muse complains! Such silence waits on Philomela's strains, In some still evening, when the whispering breeze Pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees. To thee, bright goddess, oft a lamb shall bleed, If teeming ewes increase my fleecy breed.
While plants their shade, or flowers their odours give, Thy name, thy honour, and thy praise, shall live!
But see! Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse; Sharp Boreas blows, and Nature feels decay;
Time conquers all, and we must Time obey.
Adieu, ye vales, ye mountains, streams, and groves; Adieu, ye shepherd's rural lays and loves;
Adieu, my flocks; farewell, ye sylvan crew:
Daphne, farewell! and all the world, adieu!
A sacred Eclogue in Imitation of Virgil's Pollio.
In reading several passages of the prophet Isaiah, which
YE nymphs of Solyma! begin the song:
Rapt into future times, the bard begun :
A Virgin shall conceive, a Virgin bear a Son!
And on its top descends the mystic dove.
(1) Isa. xi. ver 1. (2) Ch. xlv. ver. 8. (3) Ch. IIV
All crimes shall cease, and ancient frauds shall fail; Returning Justice' lift aloft her scale;
Peace o'er the world her olive wand, extend,
And white-robed Innocence from heaven descend. 20
No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear; 45 From every face he wipes off every tear. In adamantine chains shall death be bound, And hell's grim tyrant feel the eternal wound. As the good shepherd tends his fleecy care, Seeks freshest pasture, and the purest air; Explores the lost, the wandering sheep directs, By day o'ersees them, and by night protects; (1) Ch. ix. ver. 7. ver. 3, 4. (4) Ch. (5) Ch. xxv. ver. 8.
(2) Ch. xxxv. ver. 2. (3) Ch. xl. xliii. ver. 18. and ch. xxxv.ver. 5, 6 (6) Ch. xi. ver. 11.
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 promised father' of the future age.
No more shall nation2 against nation rise,
And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murmuring in his ear.
To leafless shrubs the flowery palms succeed,
The lambs 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 lick the pilgrim's feet.
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested basilisk and speckled snake,
And with their forky tongue shall innocently play. Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise! Exalt thy towery head, and lift thy eyes!
(1) Ch. ix. ver. 6. (2) Ch. ii. ver. 4.
21, 22. (4) Ch. xxxv. ver. 1,7.
(3) Ch lxv. ve (5) Ch. xli. ver.
and ch. lv. ver. 13. (6) Ch xi. ver. 6, 7, 8. (7) lxv. ver. 25. (8, Ch. lx. ver. 1.
See a long race' thy spacious courts adorn ;
And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow :
No more the rising sun4 shall gild the morn,
Nor evening Cynthia fill her silver horn;
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze,
O'erflow thy courts: the Light himself shall shine
The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay, 105
To the Right Honourable George Lord Lansdowne
THY forest, Windsor! and thy green retreats,
(1) Ch. lx. ver. 4. (4) Ch. Ix. ver. 19, 20. ver. 10.
(2) Ch. 1x. ver 3. (3) Ch. 1x. ver. 6 (5) Ch. li. ver. 6, and ch. li