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Caldwallı Soculp. 1.1774. Published

as the Ad directnby.IMurray 1:32 Fleet Street, Londen:

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While AUTUMN, nodding o'er the yellow plain,
Comes jovial on; the Doric reed once more,
Well pleas’d, I tune. Whate'er the Wintry frost
Nitrous prepar'd; the various-bloffom'd Spring 5
Put in white promise forth; and Summer-funs
Concocted strong, rush boundless now to view,
Full, perfect all, and swell my glorious theme.

Onslow! the Muse, ambitious of thy name,

grace, inspire, and dignify her song,
Would from the Public Voice thy gentle ear
A while engage. Thy noble cares she knows,
The patriot virtues that distend thy thought,
Spread on thy front, and in thy bosom glow;
While lidening senates hang upon thy tongue,


Devolving the


Devolving thro' the maze of eloquence
A roll of periods, sweeter than her song,
But she too pants for public virtue, she,
Tho' weak of power, yet strong in ardent will,
Whene'er her country rushes on her heart,
Affumes a bolder note, and fondly tries
To mix the patriot’s with the poet's flame.


When the bright Virgin gives the beauteous days,
And Libra weighs in equal fcales the year ;
From heaven's high cope the fierce effulgence shook 25
Of parting Summer, a serener blue,
With golden light enlivened, wide invests
The happy world. Attemper'd suns arise,
Sweet-beam'd, and shedding oft thro' lucid clouds
A pleasing calm; while broad, and brown, below 30
Extensive harvests hang the heavy head.
Rich, filent, deep, they stand; for not a gale
Rolls its light billows o’er the bending plain :
A calm of plenty! till the ruffled air
Falls from its poise, and gives the breeze to blow. 35
Rent is the fleecy mantle of the sky;
The clouds fly different; and the sudden fun
By fits effulgent gilds th’ illumin’d field,



And black by fits the shadows fweep along.
A gaily-checker'd heart-expanding view,
Far as the circling eye can shoot around,
Unbounded toffing in a flood of corn.

These are thy blessings, INDUSTRY! rough power! Whom labour ftill attends, and sweat, and pain; Yet the kind source of every gentle art,

45 And all the soft civility of life : Raiser of human kind ! by Nature cast, Naked, and helpless, out amid the woods And wilds, to rude inclement elements; With various seeds of art deep in the mind 50 Implanted, and profusely pour'd' around Materials infinite; but idle all. Still unexerted, in th' unconscious breast, Slept the lethargic powers; corruption ftill, Voracious, swallowed what the liberal hand 55 Of bounty scatter'd o'er the favage year: And still the sad barbarian, roving, mix'd With beasts of prey; or for his acorn-meal Fought the fierce tusky boar ; a shivering wretch ! Aghaft, and comfortlefs, when the bleak north, 60 With Winter charg’d, let the mix'd tempeft fly,


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Hail, rain, and snow, and bitter-breathing frost :
Then to the shelter of the hut he fled ;
And the wild season, fordid, pin'd away.
For home he had not ; home is the resort
Of love, of joy, of peace and plenty, where,
Supporting and supported, polish'd friends,
And dear relations mingle into bliss.
But this the rugged savage never felt,
Even defolate in crowds; and thus his days 70
Rolld heavy, dark, and unenjoy'd along :
A waste of time! till INDUSTRY approach'd,
And rous'd him from his miferable floth:
His faculties unfolded; pointed out,
Where lavish Nature the direding hand

Of Art demanded; fhew'd him how to raife
His feeble force by the mechanic powers,
To dig the mineral from the vaulted earth,
On what to turn the piercing rage of fire;
On what the torrent, and the gather'd blast; 80
Gave the tall ancient forest to his ax;
Taught him to chip the wood, and hew the stone,
Till by degrees the finish'd fabric rose;
Tore from his limbs the blood polluted fur,
And wrapt them in the woolly vestment warm,



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