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And all the green delights Ausonia pours; 945
When for them the must bend the fervile knee,
And fawning take the splendid robber's boon.
Nor stop the terrors of those regions here.
Commission'd demons oft, angels of wrath,
Lec loose the raging elements. Breath'd hot 950
From all the boundless furnace of the sky,
And the wide glittering walte of burning sand,
A fuffocating wind the pilgrim smites
With instant death. Patient of chirt and toil,
Son of the defare ! even the camel fcels,
Shot thro' his wither'd heart, the fiery blaff.
Os from the black-red ether, bursting broad,
Sallies the sudden whirlwind. Strait the sands,
Commov'd around, in gathering eddies play:
Nearer and nearer still they darkening come; 960
Till with the general all-in volving storm
Swept up, the whole continuous wilds arise :
And by their noon-day fount dejected thrown,
Or funk at night in f..d disastrous sleep
Beneath descending hills, the caravan
Is buried deep. In Cairo's crouded Atreets,
Th’impatient merchant, wondering, waits in vain,
And Mecca saddens at the long delay.
But chief at sea, whose every flexile wave
Obeys the blast, the aërial tumules (wells.
In the dread ocean, undulating wide,
Beneath the radiant line that girts the globe,
The circling * Typhon, whirld from point to point
Exhausting all the rage of all the sky,
And dire *Ecnephia reign, Amid the heavens, 975
Falsely serene, deep in a cloudy + speck
Compress'd, the mighty tempest brooding dwells:
Of no regard, save to the skilful eye,
Fiery and foul, the small prognostic hangs
Aloft, or on the promontory's brow
980 Muffers its force. A faint deceitful calm,
* Typhon and Écnepbia, names of particular forms or burricanes known only between the tropics.
+ Called by sailors the Ox-Eye, being in appearance af first no bigger.
A Auttering gále, the demon sends before,
To tempt the spreading fail. Then down at once,
Precipitant, descends a mingled mass
Of roaring winds, and flame, and rushing floods.
In wild amazement fix'd the sailor ftands. 986
Art is too Now: by rapid fate oppress’d,
His broad-wing'd vessel drinks the whelming tide,
Hid in the hosom of the black abyss.'
With fuch mad seas the daring || Gama fought,
For many a day, and many a dreadful night; 991
Incessant lab'ring round the stormy Cape;
By bold ambition led, and bolder thirst
Of gold. For then from ancient gloom emerg'd
The rising world of trade : the Genius, then, 995
Of Navigation, that, in hopeless lloth,
Had Number'd on the vast Atlantic deep,
For idle ages, starting, heard at last
The * Lufitanian prince ; who, Heav'n-inspir'd,
To love of useful glory rous'd mankind,
And in unbounded Commerce mix'd the world.
Increasing still the terrors of these storms,
His jaws horrific arm'd with three-fold fate,
Here dwells the direful shark. Lur’d by the scent
Of steaming crouds, of rank disease and death,
Behold ! he rushing cuts the briny food, 1006
Swift as the gale can bear the ship along;
And, from the partners of that cruel trade,
Which fpnils unhappy Guinea of her sons,
Demands his share of prey ; demands themselves.
'The stormy, fates descend: one death involves 1011
Tyrants and flaves;when straight,theirmangled limbs
Crushing at once, he dyes the purple seas
With gore, and riots in the vengeful meal.
When o'er this world, by equinoctial rains 1015
Flooded immense, looks out the joyless sun,
| Vasco de Gama, the first wbo failed round Africa, by the Cape of Good Hope; to the East-Indies.
* Don Henry, ibird son 10 Yobni tbe forft, king of Portugal. His strong genius to the discovery of new countries was the chief source of all the modern improvements in navigarien.
The Such The The Toil Saw The No1 Dia Hea T'he In Silec
And draws ihe copious steam ; from swampy fens, nice, Where putrefa&tion into life ferments,
And breathes destructive myriads; or from woods,
Impenetrable shades, receffes foul, gó In vapours rank, and biue corruption wrapt,
Whose gloomy horrors yet no desperate foot
iden Has ever dar'd to pierce; then, wasteful, forth
Walks the dire Power of peftilent disease.
A thousand hideous fiends her course attend, 1025
Sick Nature blasting, and to heartless woe,
And feeble desolation, cafting down
The towering hopes and all the pride of Man.
Such as, of late, at Carthagena quench’d, 1935. The British fire. You, gallant Vernon, faw 1030
The miserable scene; you, pitying, saw,
To infant-weakness Tunk the warrior's arm;
Saw the deep-racking pang, the ghaftly form, ide. The lip pale-quivering, and the beamless eye
No more with ardour bright: you heard the groans
Of agonizing ships, from
thore to those; 1036
Heard, nightly plung'd amid the fullen waves,
The frequent corse; while on each other fix'd,
In sad presage, the blank assistants seem'd,
Silent, to ask, whom Fate would next demand, 1040 1006
What need I mention those inclement skies,
Where, frequent o'er the sickening city, Plague,
The fiercest child of Nemesis divine,
Descends ? * From Ethiopia's poison'd woods,
From stifled Cairo's filth, and fetid fields
1045 With locuft armies putrefying heap'd,
This great destroyer sprung. Her awful rage
The brutes. escape : Man is her destin'd prey,
Intemperate Man! and, o'er his guilty domes,
She draws a close incumbent cloud of death; 1050 ols
Uninterrupted by the living winds,
Forbid to blow a wholesome breeze; and stain'd
With many a mixture by the sun, suffus'd
Of angry aspect, Princely wisdom then,
* These are the causes supposed to be the frff origin of the Plague, in Dr. Mead's elegant book on ibar jubje.
Dejects his watchful eye ; and from the hand 1055
of feeble justice, ineffectual, drop
The sword and balance : mute the voice of joy,
"And hush'd the clamour of the busy world.
Empty the streets, with uncouth verdure clad;
Into the worst of defarts fudden turn'd 1060
The chearful haunt of Men : unless escap'd (reigns,
From the doom'd house, where matchless horror
Shut up by barbarous fear, the smitten wretch,
The With frenzy wild, breaks Jose; and, loud to heaven Die Screaming, the dreadful policy arraigns, 1065 Inhuman, and unwise. The fullen dour,
RE Yet uninfected, on its cautious hinge Fearing to turn, abhors fociety :
Pro Dependants, friends, yelations, Love himself, Savag'd by woe, forge: the tender tie,
1070 The sweet engagement of the feeling heart,
The But vain their felfith care: che circhng iky,
Cap The wide enlivening air is full of fate ;
W *And struck hy turns, in solitary pangs
Or They fall, unblett, untended, and unmourn'd. 1075 Thus o'er the proftrate city black Despair
W Extends her raven wing; while, to complete
Az T.: e scese of desolation, stretch'd around,
A The grim guards ftand, denying all retreat,
T1 And give the flying wretch a be.ter death. 1080 Mach yet remains unsung : the rage intense
Ti Of brazen-vaulted fies, of iron fields,
A 'Where drought and famine farve the blasted year:
T Fird by the forch of noon to tenfold rage,
T Th’infuriate bill that thoors the pillar'd fame; 10850 And, rous'd within the subterranean world,
Th' expanding earthquake, that refiftless thakes
Aspiring cities from their folid bare,
And buries mountains in the flaming gulph.
But 'tis enough ; return my vagrant Muse: 1096
A nearer scene of horror calls thee home,
Behold, now settling o'er che lurid grove
Unusual darkness broods; and growing gains
The full poffesfion of the fiy, surcharg'd
With wrathful vapour, from the fecret beds, 1095
Where fleep the mineral generamuns, drawn.
Thence Nitre, Sulphur, and the fiery spume
Of fat bitumen, steaming on the day, _joy
With various tin&tur'd trains of latent flame,
Pollute the fty, and in yon baleful cloud, ad; A reddening gloom, a magazine of fate, a Ferment; till, by the touch ethereal rous'd,
The dash of clouds, or irritating war
Of fighting winds, while all is calm below, ich ? They furious spring. Aboding filence reigns, 1105 o bear
Dread thru the dun expanfe'; save the dull sound
That from the møuntain, previous to the storm,
Rolls o'cr the muttering earth, disturbs the food,
And takes the foreft leaf without a breath.
Prone, to the lowest vale, th' aëriai tribes
Defcend: the tempeft-loving raven scarce
Dares wing the dubious dusk. In rueful gaze 101
The cattle stand, and on the scowling heavens
Caft a deploring eye; by Man forfook,
Who to the crowded cottage hies him fast,
seeks the shelter of the downward cave.
'Tis listening fear, and dumb amazement all;
When to the startled eye the sudden glance
Appears far fouth, eruptive thro' the cloud; 1120
And following flower, in explosion vast,
The thunder raises his tremendous voice.
At first, heard folemn o'er the verge of heaven,
The tempeft growls ; but as it nearer comes,
And rolls its awful burden on the wind, 112,5
The lightnings flash a larger curve, and more
The noise astounds : till over head a sheet
Of livid Aaine discloses wide; then thuts,
And opens wider : fhuts and opens still
Expanfive, wranping ether in a blaze.
Follows the loosen'a aggravate) roar,
Enlarging, deepening, mingling ; peal on peal
Cruth'd horrible, convulfing heaven and earth,
Down comes a deluge of sonorous hail,
Or pròné-descending rain. Wide rent, the clouds,
Pour a whole food; and yet, its flame 'unquenchod,
Th’ unconquerable lightning struggles through,
Ragged and fierće, or in red whirling batis,
And fires the mountains with redoubled rage. 1836