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The Subject proposed. Invocation. Address to Mr.
Dodington. An introdusfory RifleElion on ebe Mo-'
tion of the beavenly Bodies; whence the Succeffion of
the Seasons. As the Face of Nature in this Siafon is
almost uniform, the Progress of the Poem is a De-
Scription of a Summer's Day. The Dawn. Suna
rising, Hymn to the Sun. Forenoon. Summer In-
fests described. Hay-making. Sheep-fhearing. Noon-
duy. A Woodland Retreat. Groupe of Herds and
Flucks. A solemn Grove. How it affects a contem.
plative Mindt. A Cataracı, and rude Scene. · View
of Summer in the torrid Zone. Storm of Thunder
and Lightning. A Tale. The Storm over, a ferenç
. Afternoon. Bathing. Hour of Walking. Transition
10 ibe Prospect of a rich well cultivated Country ;
which intre duces a Panegyric on Great Britain.
Sun-fet. Evening. Nigbt. Summer Meteors. A
Comet. The wbole concluding with the Praise of
ROM bright'ning fields of ether fair disclos'd,
Child of the sun, refulgent Summer comes,
In pride of youth, and felt thio' Nature's depth :
He comes attended by the fultry hours,
And ever-fanning breezes, on his way;
While, from his ardent look, the turning Spring
Averts her bluthful face; and earth, and skies,
All-smiling, to his hot dominion leaves.
Hence, let me hafte into the mid-wood shade,
Where scarce a fun-beam wandess thro
the gloom ;
And on the dark green gras, belide the brink is
Of haunted stream, that by the roots of oak
Rolls per the rocky channel, lie at large,
And sing the glories of the circling year.
Come, Inspiration ! from thy' hermit feat, 15
By mortal feldom found: may Fancy dare,
From thy fix'd serious eye, and raptor'd glance
Shot on surrounding heaven, to fical one look
Creative of the poet, every power
Exalting to an extacy of soul.
And, thou, my youthful Muse's early friend,
In whom the human graces all unile :
Pure light of mind, and tenderness of heart;
Genius and wisdom ; the gay social sense,
By decencz chattiz'd: goodness and wit, 25
In feldon-nıveiing harmony combin'd;.
Undlemish d honour, and an active zeal,
Fur Britain's glory, Liberty, and Man:
o Dudington attend my rural song,
Stoop'to my theme, inspirit every line,
30 And teach co deserve thy just applause.
Vith what an awful world-revolving power,
Were first the unweildy placets launch'd along
Thi illimitable void ! : Thus to remain,
Amid the flux of many thousand yeirs, 33
That oft has swept the toiling race of men,
And all their labour'd monuments away,
Firm, unremitting, matchiless, in their course;
To the kind-temperi change of night and day,
And of the seasons ever stealing round,
Minutely faithful: Such th' all.perfect hand;
That pois'd, impels, and rules the steady whole.
When now no more th' alternate Twins are fir’d,
Aid Cancer reddens with the polar blaze,
Short is the doubtiul empire of the night;
And soon, obfervant of approaching day, 45
The meck-ey'd morn appears, mother of dews,
At firit faint glearning in the dappled east:
Till far o'er ether f. reads the widening glow;
Ànd, froin before tlie lullre of her face, 49
White break the clouds away. With quicken'd step
Brow'n night retirés : Young day pour d in apace,
And opens all the lawiry profpeét wide.
The drippiig rock, the mountain's misty top
Swell on tie fighi, ang brighten with the dawn,
Whou Longe Ande Toble
Blue thro' the dusk, the smoaking eurrent: thinc ; 55
And from the bladed field the fearful hare
Limps, awkward; while along the forest glade
The wild deer trip, and often turning gaze
At early passenger. Music awakes
The native voice of undissembled joy ;
And thick around the woodland hymns arise.
Rous’d by the cocli, the foon-clad ihepherd leaves
His mosfy cottage, where with peace he dwells;
And from the crouded fold, in order, drives
His Rock, to taste the verdure of the morn. 68
Falsely luxurious, will not man awake;
And, springing from the bed of floth, enjoy
The cool, the fragrant, and the filent hour,
To meditation duę and sacred fong?
For is there ouguțin sleep can charm the wife ? 79
To lie in dead oblivion, losing half
The Meeting momencs of too short a life?
Total extinction of th' enlighten'd soul !
Or elle to feverith vanity alive,
Wildered, and tofing thro’ difiemper'd dreams? 75 si
Who would in such a gloomy state remain,
Longer than Nature craves; when every Muse
And every blooming pleasure wait without,
To bleis the wildly-devious morning-walk?
But yonder comes the powerful King of Day: 8
Rejoicing in the eart. The leffening cloud,
The kindling azure, and the mountain's brow
Illum'd with fluid gold, his near approach
Betoken glad. Lo! now apparent all,
Alant the dew-bright earth, and colour'd air, 85
He looks in boundless majetty abroad:
And theds th: shining day, that burnih d plays
Pnrocks,and hills and towers, and wandering it reams,
High gleaming from afar. Prime chearer, Light
Of all material beings first, and best!
Effux divine ! Nature's refplendent robe !
Without whose velting beauty all were wrapt
In unerential gloom; and thou, Sun!
Soul of. furrounding worlds ! in whom best seen
shines out thy Maker! may I fing of thee ! 95
'Tis by thy secret, ftrong, attractive furces
As with a chain indiffoluble bound,
Thy system rolls entire : from the far bourne
Of utmost Saturn, wheeling wide his round
Of thirty years ; to Mercury, whose disk
Can scarce be caught by philosophic eye,
dad all Loft in the near effulgence of thy blaze.
Informer of the planetary train!
Without whose quickening glance their cumbrous the
Were brute unlovely mass, inert and dead,
And not, as now the green abodes of life ;
How many' forms of being wait on thee?
Inbaling spirit; from th' unfettered mind,
By thee fublim'd, down to the daily race,
The mixing myriads of thy fetting beam.
The vegetable world is also thine,
Parent of Seasons ! who the pomp precede
That waits thy throne, as thro' thy vaft domain,
Annual, along the bright ecl pric road,
In world-rejoicing state, it moves sublime. 115
Mean time th’ expecting nations, circled gay
With all the various tribes of foodful earth,
Implore thy bounty, or send grateful up
A coré mon hymn while, round thy beaming car,
High feen, the Seasons lead, in sprightly dance
Harmonious knit, the rofy-finger'd Hours,
The Zepsyrs floating loose, the tiinely rains,
Of bloom ethereal the light-f.voted Dews,
And softened into joy the surly Stornis.
These, in successive turn, with lavith hand,
Shower every beauty, every fragrance shower,
Herbs, flowers, and fruits; till, kindling at thy touch,
From land to land is fluth'd the vernal year.
Nor to the surface of enliven'd earth,
Graceful with hills and dales, and leafy woods,
Her liberal trefies, is thy force confin'd:
But, to the boweld cavern darting deep,
The mineral kinds confess thy mighty power.
Effulgent, hence the veiny marble Thines;
Hence, Labour draws his tools; hence burnith'd war
Gleams on the day; the nobler works of peace
Hence bless mankind, and generous Commerce binds
Thę round of nations in a golden chain.