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Or rocky Avon, or of sedgy Lee,
Or coaly Tine, or ancient hallow'd Dee,
Or Humber loud that keeps the Scythian's name,
Or Medway smooth, or royal-tower'd Thame.
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III. On the Morning of Christ's Nativity.
J His is the month, and this the happy morn,
That he our deadly forfeit should release, And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.
Ii. That glorious form, that light unsufferable, And that far-beaming blaze of majesty, Wherewith he wont at Heav'n's high council-table To sit the midst of Trinal Unity, He laid aside; and here with us to be,
Forsook the courts of everlasting day, And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.
in. Say, heav'nly Muse, shall not thy sacred vein Afford a present to the Infant God? Hast thou no verse, no hymn, or solemn strain, To welcome him to this his new abode,
Now while the Heav'n by the sun's team untrod,
Hath took no print of the approaching light, And all the spangled host keep watch in squadrons IV. [bright?
See how from far upon the eastern road
And join thy voice unto the angel quire,
It was the winter wild,
All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies;
With her great Master so to sympathize:
it. Only with speeches fair She wooes the gentle Air
To hide her guilty front with innocent snow; And on her naked shame, Pollute with sinful blame,
The saintly veil of maiden white to throw;
She crown'd with olive green, came softly sliding
With turtle wing the amorous clouds dividing, And, waving wide her myrtle wand, She strikes an universal peace through sea and land.
No war, or battel's sound
The idle spear and shield were high up hung,
The trumpet spake not to,the armed throng; And kings sat still with awful eye, As if they surely knew their sovran Lord was by.
v. But peaceful was the night, Wherein the Prince of Light
His reign of peace upon the earth began:
Whisp'ring new joys to the mild ocean,
Who now hath quite forgot to rave, [wave.
While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmed
The stars, with deep amaze,
Bending one way their precious influence;
Or Lucifer that often wam'd them thence;
And though the shady Gloom
The sun himself withheld his wonted speed,
The new-enlighten'd world no more should need; He saw a' greater sun appear [bear.
Than his bright throne, or burning axletree could
Tise shepherds on the lawn,
Sat simply chatting in a rustic row;
Was kindly come to live with them below;
When such music sweet
As never was by mortal finger strook,
As all their souls in blissful rapture took:
x. Nature that heard such sound, Beneath the hollow round
Of Cynthia's seat, the aery region thrilling,
And that her reign had here its last fulfilling;
At last surrounds their sight
A globe of circular light, [rajr'd,
That with long beams the shame-fae'd Night arThe helmed Cherubim, And sworded Seraphim,
Are seen in glittering ranks with wings display'd, Harping in loud and solemn quire, [Heir.
With unexpressive notes to Heav'n's new-bora
Such music (as 'tis said)
With radiant feet the tissued clouds down sleeting,