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When now no more th' alternate Twins are fir'd, And Cancer reddens with the solar blaze, Short is the doubtful empire of the night; And soon, observant of approaching day, 45 The meek-ey'd Morn appears, Mother of dews, At first faint gleaming in the dappled eaft: Till far o'er ether spreads the widening glow; And, from before the lustre of her face,
49 White break the clouds away. With quicken'd step, Brown Night retires: Young Day pours in apace, And opens all the lawny prospect wide. The dripping rock the mountain's milty top Swell on the fight, and brighten with the dawn. Blue thro' the dusk, the smoaking currents shine; 55 And from the bladed field the fearful hare Limps, aukward: while along the forest-glade The wild deer trip, and often turning gaze At early paffenger. Musick awakes, The native voice of undiffembled joy;
60 And thick around the woodland hymns arise. Rous'd by the cock, the foon-clad shepherd leaves His moffy cottage, where with Peace he dwells; And from the crouded fold, in order, drives His flock, to taste the verdure of the morn.
FALSELY luxurious, will not Man awake; And, springing from the bed of sloth, enjoy
The cool, the fragrant, and the filent hour,
But yonder comes the powerful King of Day, 80 Rejoicing in the east. The lessening cloud, 'The kindling azure, and the mountain's brow Illum d with fluid gold, his near approach Betoken glad. Lo! now apparent all, Allant the dew-bright earth, and colour'd air, 85 He looks in boundless majesty abroad; And sheds the shining day, that burnih d plays On rocks, and hills, and towers, and wandering streams, High-gleaming from afar. Prime chearer Light! Of all material beings first, and best!
90 Efux divine! Nature's resplendent robe! Without whose vesting beauty all were wrapt In ariefiential gloom; and thou, O Sun!
Soul of surrounding worlds! in whom beft feen
'Tis by thy secret, strong, attractive force,
INFORMER of the planetary train!
many forms of being wait on thee!
The vegetable world is also thine,
A common hymn: while, round thy beaming car,
Nor to the surface of enliven'd earth, Graceful with hills and dales, and leafy woods, Her liberal tresses, is thy force confind: But, to the bowel'd cavern darting deep, 130 The mineral kinds confess thy mighty power. Effulgent, hence the veiny marble shines; Hence Labour draws his tools; hence burnih'd War Gleams on the day; the nobler works of Peace Hence bless mankind, and generous Commerce binds The round of nations in a golden chain.
Th’unfruitful rock itself impregn’d by thee, In dark retirement, forms the lucid stone. The lively Diamond drinks thy purest rays, Collected light, compact; that polish'd bright, 140 And all its native lustre let abroad, Dares, as it Sparkles on the fair-one's breaft,
With vain ambition emulate her eyes,
155 As the site varies in the gazer's hand..
The very dead creation, from thy touch,