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Thou smiling Nature's universal robe!
Uniied light and shade! where the sight


85 With growing strength, and ever-new delight.


FROM the moist meadow to the withered

hill, Led by the breeze, the vivid verdure runs, And swells, and deepens, to the cherish'd eye. The hawthorn whitens; and the juicy gro

90 Put forth their buds, unfolding by degrees, Till the whole leafy forest stands display'd, In full luxuriance, to the sighing gales; Where the deer rustle thro' the twining brake, And the birds sing conceal'd. At once ar


95 In all the colours of the flushing year, By Nature's swift and secret-working hand, The garden glows, and fills ihe liberal air With lavish fragrance;. while the promis'd

fruit Lies yet a little embryo, unperceiv'd, Within its crimson folds. Now from the town Buried in smoke, and sleep, . and noisome

damps, Oft let me wander o'er the dewy fields, Where freshness breathes, and dash the trems

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From the bent bush, as thro' the verdant.

105 Of sweet-briar hedges I pursue my walk; Or taste the smell of dairy; or ascend Some eminence, AUGUSTA, in thy plains, And see the country, far diffus'd around, One boundless blush, one white-empurpled


110 Of mingled blossoms; where the raptur'd eye Hurries from joy to joy, and, hid beneath The fair profusion, yellow Autumn spies.

If, brush'd from Russian wilds, a cutting

gale Rise not and scatter from his humid wings

115 Tlie clammy mildew; or, dry-blowing, breathe Untimely frost; before whose baseful blast The full-blown spring thro? all her foliage

shrinks, Joyless and dead, a wide-dejected waste. For oft, - engender'd by the hazy north, 120 Myriads on myriads, insect-armies waft Keen in the poison’d breeze; and wasteful

eat, Thro' budo and bark, into the blackened

core, Their cagter way. A feeble race! yet oft


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The sacred sons of vengeance! on whose

125 Corrosive famine waits, and kills the year, To check this plague the skilful farmer chaff, And blazing straw, before his orchard burns; Till, all involv'd in smoke, the latent foe From every cranny suffocated falls : Or scatters o'er the blooms the pungent

dust Of pepper, fatal to the frosty tribe: Or, when th’chtenom'd leaf begins to

curl, With sprinkled water drowns them in their

nest; Nor, while they pick them up with busy


135 The little trooping birds unwisely scares.

Be patient; swains; these cruel-seeming

winds Blow not in vain. Far hence they keep, re

press'd Those deepening clouds on clouds, surcharg'd:

with rain, *That oer the vast Atlantic hither borné, 140 In endless train: would quench the summer

iblaze, And, fhearless, drown the crude unripened The north-east spends his rage; he noroi




up Within his iron cave, th' effusive south Warms the wide air, and o'er the void of


145 Breathes the big clouds with vernal showers

distent, At first a dusky wreath they seem to rise, Scarce staining aether; but by fast degrees, In heaps on heaps, the doubling vapour sails Along the loaded sky, and mingling deep 150 Sits on th' horizon round a settled gloom. Not such as wintry storms on mortals shed, Oppressing life; but lovely, gentle, kind, And full of every hope and every joy, The wish of Nature, Gradual sinks the


155 Into a perfect calm; that not a breath Is heard to quiver thro’ the closing woo ds, Or rustling turn the many-twinkling leaves Of. aspin tall. Th’uncurling floods, diffus'd In glassy breadth, seem thro' delusive lapse 160 Forgetful of their course. 'Tis silence all, And pleasing expectation. Herds and flocks Drop the dry sprig, and mute-imploring eye The falling verdure. Hush'd in short suspence, The plumy people streak their wings with

165 To throw the lucid moisture trickling olf;


And wait th' approaching sign to strike, at

once, Into the general choir.

Even mountains,

And forests seem, impatient, to demand
The promisid sweetness,

Man superior walks

Amid the glad creation, musing praise,
And looking lively gratitude. At last,
The clouds consign their treasures to the fields;
And , softly shaking on the dimpled pool
Prelusive drops, let all their moisture flow, 175
In large effusion, o'er the freshened world.
The stealing shower is scarce to patter heard,
By such as wander thro' the forest-walks,
Beneath th' umbrageous multitude of leaves.
But who can hold the shade, while Heaven


180 In universal bounty , shedding herbs, And fruits, and flowers, on Nature's ample.

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Swift fancy fir’d anticipates their growth;
And, while the milky nutriment distils,
Beholds the kindling country colour round. 185

Thus all day long the full-distended clouds
Indulge their genial stores, and well-shower'd

Is deep enrich'd with vegetable Life;

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