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ARGU M E N T.
The subject proposed. Inscribed to the Countess of HART
The soason is described as is affects the film rious perts of Nature, ascending from the lower to the higher; with digressions arising from the subject. Its influence on inanimate Matter,' on Vegetables, on lsrute Animals, and last, on Nan; conciuding with
asive from the wild and irregular passion of Love, opposed to that of a. pure and happy kind,
COME, gentle Spring, ethereal Mildness, come.
O HARTFORD, fitted or to shine in courts &
And see where, surly WINTER passes off, Par to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts : His blasts obey, and quit the howling hill, The shatter'd forest, and the ravag'd vale; While softer gales succeed, at whose kind
15 Dissolving snows in livid torrents lost, The mountains lift their green heads to the sky.
As yet the trembling year is unconfirm’d, And WINTER oft at eve resumes the breeze, Chills the pale morn, and bids his driving
sleets Deform the day delightless: so that scarce The bittern knows his time, with bill ingulplit To shake the sounding marslı; or from the
shore The plovers when to scatter o'er the heath. And sing their wild notes to the listening
At last from Aries rolls the bounteous sun; And the bright Bull receives him.
Th' expansive atmospliere is cramp'd with cold;
30 Fleecy and white, o'er all-surrounding heaven.
FORTH fly the tepid airs; and unconfin’d, Unbinding earth, the moving softness strays. Joyous, th' impatient husbandman perceives Relenting nature, and his lusty steers
,35 Drives from their stalls, to where the well
us'd plough Lies in the furrow, loosened from the frost, There, unrefusing to the harness'd yoke,
They lend their shoulder, and begin their toil,
WHITE thro’ the neighbouring fields the
sower stalks, With measur'd step; and liberal throws the
45 Into the faithful bosom of the ground. The harrow follows harsh , and shuts the.
Be gracious, HEAVEN! for now laborious.
Has done his part. Ye fostering breezes blow!
And some, with whom compar'd your insceto
60 Are but the beings of a summer's day, Have held the scale of empire, ruld the
Of mighty war; then, with victorious hand,
Ye generous BRITON8, venerate the plough! And o'er your hills, and long withdrawing vales, "Let Autumn spread his treasures to the sun, Luxuriant and unbounded! as the sea, 70 Far thro' his azure turbulent domain, Your empire owns, and from a thousand
shores Wafts all the pomp of life into your ports ; So with superior boon may your rich soil, Exuberant, Nature's better blessings pour 75 O'er every land, the naked nations cloathe, And be th' exhaustless granary of a world!
Nor only thro'the lenient air this change, Delicious, breathes; the penetrative sun, His force deep-darting to the dark retreat 89 Of vegetation, sets the steaming power At large, to wander o'er the vernant earth, In various bues, but chiafly thee, gay Green!