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The subject propos'd. Invocation. Address to Mr. Do
An introductory reflection on the motion of the heavenly bodies; whence the fucceffion of the seasons. As the face of Nature in this season is almost uniform, the progress of the poem is a description of a summer's day. The dawn. Sun-rifing. Hymn to the fun. Forenoon. Summer insects described. Hay-making. Sheep-hearing Noon-day. A woodland retreat. Groupe of herds and flocks. A folemn grove. How it affects a contemplative mind. A cataract, and rude scene. View of summer in the torrid zone. Storm of thunder and lightning. A tale. The storm over, a serene afternoon. Bathing. Hour of walking. Tranfition to the prospect of a rich well-cultivated country; which introduces a panegyric on GREAT BRITAIN. Sun-fet. Evening Night. Summer meteors. comet. The whole concluding with the praise of plilofopby.
SU M M E R.
ROM brightening fields of ether fair disclos'd,
In pride of youth, and felt thro’ Nature's depth:
HENCE, let me haste into the mid-wood shade, Where scarce a sun-beam wanders thro’the gloom; 10 And on the dark-green grass, beside the brink Of haunted stream, that by the roots of oak Rolls o'er the rocky channel, lie at large, And fing the glories of the circling year.
COME, Inspiration! from thy hermit-leat, 15 Dy mortal seldom found: may Fancy dare, From thy fix'd serious eye, and raptur'd glance
Shot on surrounding Heaven, to steal one look
And thou, my youthful muse's early friend,
With what an awful world-revolving power,