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Where young Adonis oft reposes,
Waxing well of his deep wound
In Number soft, and on the ground
Sadly fits the Cyprian Queen ;
But far above in spangled sheen
Celestial Cupid, her fam'd Son, advanc'd,
Holds his dear Psycbe sweet intranc’d,
After her wandring labours long,
Till free consent the Gods among
Makes her his eternal Bride,
And from her fair unspotted fide
Two blissful twins are to be born,
Youth and Joy ; lo Jove hath sworn.

But now my task is smoothly done,
I can fly, or I can run
Quickly to the green earth's end,
Where the bow'd welkin Now doth bend ;
And from thence can roar as soon
To the corners of the Moon,

Mortals, that would follow me,
Love Virtue ; she alone is free,
She can teach ye how to climb
Higher than the Sphery Chime ;
Or, if virtue feeble were,
Heav'n it self would stoop to her,

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ON THE

M O R N I N G

OF

CHRIST'S NATIVITY.

T

I,
HIS is the Month, and this the happy Morn,
Wherein the Son of Heav'n's eternal King,

Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born,
Our great Redemption from above did bring;
For fo the holy Sages once did fing,

That he our deadly forfeit should release,
And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.

II.
That glorious Form, that Light unsufferable,
And that far-beaming blaze of Majesty,
Wherewith he wont at Heav'n's high Council-Table
To fit the midst of Trinal Unity,
He laid aside; and here with us to be,

Forlook the Courts of everlasting Day, And chose with us a darksom House of mortal Clay.

111. Say, Heav'nly Muse, all not thy sacred vein Afford a Present to the Infant Gad?

Haft thou no verse, no hymn, or solemn strain,
To welcome him to this his new abode,
Now while the Heav'n, by the Sun's team untrod,

Hath took no print of the approaching light, And all the spangled host keep watch in squadrons bright?

IV.
See how from far upon the Eastern road
The Star-led Wizards hafte with odours sweet ;
O run, prevent them with thy humble ode,
And lay it lowly at his blessed feet :
Have thou the Honour first, thy Lord to greet,

And join thy voice unto the Angel Choir,
From out his secret Altar toucht with hallow'd fire,

The HYMN.

IT.

1. T was the Winter wild,

While the Heav'n-born Child
All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies ;
Nature in awe to him
Had doff'd her gawdy trim,

With her great Master fo to sympathize :
It was no seafon then for her
To wanton with the Sun, her lusty Paramour.

II.
Only with speeches fair
She woos the gentle Air,

To hide her guilty front with innocent Snow,
And on her naked shame,
Pollute with finful blame,

The

The Saintly Veil of Maiden white to throw ;
Confounded, that her Maker's eyes
Should look so near upon her foul deformities.

III.
But he, her fears to cease,
Sent down the meek-ey'd Peace ;

She, crown'd with Olive green, came softly sliding
Down through the turning Sphear
His ready Harbinger,

With Turtle wing the amorous clouds dividing; And waving wide her myrtle wand, She strikes a universal Peace through Sea and Land,

IV.
No War, or Battle's found,
Was heard the World around,

The idle spear and field were high up hung,
The hooked Chariot stood
Unstain'd with hoftile blood,

The Trumpet spake not to the armed throng ;
And Kings fat ftill with awful eye,
As if they surely knew their sovereign Lord was by.

v.

But peaceful was the night,
Wherein the Prince of light

His reign of peace upon the earth began :
The Winds, with wonder whift,
Smoothly the waters kift,

Whispering new joys to the mild Ocean,
Who now hath quite forgot to rave,
While Birds of Calm fit brooding on the charmed
Wave..

VI,

VI.
The Stars with deep amaze
Stand fixt in ftedfast gaze,

Bending one way their precious infuence,
And will not take their flight,
For all the morning light

: Of Lucifer, that often warn'd them thence;
But in their glimmering Orbs did glow,
Until their Lord himself bespake, and bid them go.

VII.
And though the lady gloom
Had giv'n day her rcom,

The Sun himself with-held his wonted speed,
And hid his head for Mame,
As his inferior Aame

The new-enlightend World no more should need; He saw a greater Sun appear

[bear. Than his bright Throne, or burning Axletree could

VIII.
The Shepherds on the Lawn,
Ok ere the point of dawn,

Sat fimply chatting in a rustic row;
Full Rittle thought they then,
That the mighty Pan

Was kindly come to live with them below;
Perhaps their loves, or else their sheep,
Was all that did their filly thoughts so busy keep.

IX.
When such mufick sweet
Their hearts and ears did greet,
As never was by mortal finger strook,

Divindy

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