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Into the worst of deserts sudden turned
Descend : the tempest-loving raven scarce
GENERAL EFFECTS OF HEAT ; DROCGHT ; VOLCANOES ;
EARTHQUAKES. Much yet remains unsung: the rage intenso Of brazen-vaulted skies, of iron fields, Where drought and famine starve the blasted year : Fired by the torch of noon to ten-fold rage, The infuriate hill that shoots the pillared flame, And, roused within the subterranean world, The expanding earthquake, that resistless shakes Aspiring cities from their solid base, And buries mountains in the flaming gulf. But 't is enough ; return, my vagrant Muse :
nearer scene of horror calls thee home.
THE TEMPEST; MINERAL EXHALATIONS ; WARRING CLOUDS.
Behold, slow-settling o'er the lurid grove,
A DELUGE OF HAIL AND RAIN ; LIGHTNING ; BLASTED TREES
AND CATTLE ; SHIVERED TOWER; CAERNARVON ; PENMANMAUR ; SNOW DOCN ; CHEVIOT HILLS ; THE SCOTCH ISLES.
Down comes a deluge of sonorous hail,
THE AWFUL CALM THAT PRECEDES A TEMPEST ; THE BIRDS ;
THE RAVEN ; CATTLE ; THUNDER AND LIGHTNING,
A boding silence reigns Dread through the dun expanse ; save the dull sound That from the mountain, previous to the storm, Rolls o'er the muttering earth, disturbs the flood, And shakes the forest-leaf without a breath. Prone, to the lowest vale, the aérial tribes
CELADON AND AMELIA ; THEIR STORY. Guilt hears appalled, with deeply-troubled And yet not always on the guilty head (thought; Descends the fated flash. Young Celadon And his Ainelia were a matchless pair ; With equal virtue formed, and equal grace, The same, distinguished by their sex alone : Hers, the mild lustre of the blooming morn, And his, the radiance of the risen day.
MUTUAL, UXSELFISH AFFECTION.
They loved : bat such their guileless passion was As in the dawn of time informed the heart Of innocence and undissembling truth. 'T was friendship, heightened by the mutual wish; The enchanting hope, and sympathetic glow, Beamed from the mutual eye. Devoting all To love, each was to each a dearer self; Supremely happy in the awakened power Of giving joy. Alone, amid the shades, Still in harmonious intercourse they lived The rural day, and talked the flowing heart, Or sighed and looked unutterable things.
A purer azure. Through the lightened air
'T is beauty all, and grateful song around,
THE VIRTUOUS PAIR ARE CAUGHT IN THE TEMPEST. - PRE
So passed their life, a clear united stream, By care unruffled ; till, in evil hour, The tempest caught them on the tender walk, Heedless how far and where its mazes strayed, While, with each other blest, creative love Still bade eternal Eden smile around. Presaging instant fate, her bosom heaved Unwonted sighs, and, stealing oft a look of the big gloom, on Celadon her eye Fell tearful, wetting her disordered cheek. In vain assuring love, and confidence In Heaven, repressed her fear; it grew, and shook Her frame near dissolution.
THE BATHER; SWIMMING. Cheered by the milder beam, the sprightly youth Speeds to the well-known pool, whose crystal depth A sandy bottom shows. A while he stands Gazing the inverted landscape, half afraid To meditate the blue profound below; Then plunges headlong down the circling flood. His ebon tresses and his rosy cheek Instant emerge ; and through the obedient wave, At each short breathing by his lip repelled, With arms and legs according well, he makes, As humor leads, an easy-winding path; While, from his polished sides, a dewy light Effuses on the pleased spectators round.
TRUST IN THE DIVINE PROVIDENCE. - AMELIA STRUCK DEAD
THE ADVANTAGES OF BATHING.
Sweet innocence ! thou stranger to offence,
This is the purest exercise of health, The kind refresher of the summer-heats ; Nor, when cold Winter keens the brightening food, Would I, weak-shivering, linger on the brink. Thus life redoubles, and is oft preserved, By the bold swimmer, in the swift illapse Of accident disastrous. Hence the limbs Knit into force ; and the same Roman arm, That rose victorious b'er the conquered earth, First learned, while tender, to subdue the wave. E’en from the body's purity the mind Receives a secret, sympathetic aid.
STORY OF MUSIDORA AND DAMON - THE LOVER SIGHING IN THE
HAZEL COPSE. — DAMON'S GOOD FORTUNE. Close in the covert of a hazel copse, Where, winded into pleasing solitudes, Runs out the rambling dale, young Damon sat, Pensive, and pierced with love's delightful pangs. There to the stream that down the distant rocks Hoarse murmuring fell, and plaintive breeze that Among the bending willows, falsely he (played Of Musidora's cruelty complained. She felt his flame ; but deep within her breast, In bashful coyness, or in maiden pride, The soft return concealed, save when it stolo In sidelong glances from her downcast eye, Or from her swelling soul in stifled sighs.
CLEARING UP OF THE SKY ; SUNSHINE AFTER A SHOWER.
THE GRATEFUL FOICES OP NATURE REAWAKEXED. — HUMILITY, GRATITUDE, AND ADORATION.
As from the face of Heaven the shattered clouds Tumultuous rove, the interminable sky Sublimer swells, and o'er the world expands
Touched by the scene, no stranger to his vows,
For, lo ! conducted by the laughing Loves, This cool retreat his Musidora sought : Warm in her cheek the sultry season glowed ; And, robed in loose array, she came to bathe Her fervent limbs in the refreshing stream. What shall he do? In sweet confusion lost, And dubious flutterings, he a while remained ; A pure ingenuous elegance of soul, A delicate refinement, known to few, Perplexed his breast, and urged him to retire : But love forbade. Ye prudes in virtue, say, Say, ye severest, what would you have done ? Meantime, this fairer nymph than ever blest Arcadian stream, with timid eye around The banks surveying, stripped her beauteous limbs, To taste the lucid coolness of the flood. Ah, then ! not Paris on the piny top Of Ida panted stronger, when aside The rival goddesses the veil divine Cast unconfined, and gave him all their charms, Than, Damon, thou ; as from the snowy leg, And slender foot, the inverted silk she drew; As the soft touch dissolved the virgin zone ; And, through the parting robe, the alternate breast, With youth wild throbbing, on thy lawless gaze In full luxuriance rose. But, desperate youth, How durst thou risk the soul-distracting view, As from her naked limbs, of glowing white, Harmonious swelled by Nature's finest hand, In folds loose-floating fell the fainter lawn; And fair-exposed she stood, shrunk from herself, With fancy blushing, at the doubtful breeze Alarmed, and starting like the fearful fawn ? Then to the flood she rushed ; the parted flood Its lovely guest with closing waves received ; And every beauty sostening, every grace Flushing anew, a mellow lustre shed : As shines the lily through the crystal mild ; Or as the rose amid the morning dew, Fresh from Aurora's hand, more sweetly glows. While thus she wantoned, now beneath the wave But ill concealed, and now with streaming locks, That half embraced her in a humid veil, Rising again, the latent Damon drew Such maddening draughts of beauty to the soul, As for a while o'erwhelmed his raptured thought With luxury too daring.
With headlong hurry filed : but first these lines,
Dear youth ! sole judge of what these verses
SUMMER AFTERNOON. - THE CLOUDS. -- RIPENING FRUITS.
THE EVENING WALK.
The sun has lost his rage : his downward orb Shoots nothing now but animating warmth, And vital lustre ; that, with various ray, Lights up the clouds, those beauteous robes of heaven Incessant rolled into romantic shapes, The dream of waking fancy. Broad below, Covered with ripening fruits, and swelling fast Into the perfect year, the pregnant earth And all her tribes rejoice. Now the soft hour Of walking comes : for him who lonely loves To seek the distant hills, and there converse With Nature ; there to harmonize his heart, And in pathetic song to breathe around The harmony to others.
CHARMS OF A CIRCLE OF CULTIVATED AND REFINED FRIENDS.
Social friends, Attuned to happy unison of soul ; To whose exalting eye a fairer world, Of which the vulgar never had a glimpse, Displays its charms; whose minds are richly fraught With philosophic stores, superior light ; And in whose breast, enthusiastic, burns Virtue, the sons of interest deem romance ;
THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION. — DAMON'S MESSAGE ;
MUSIDORA'S REPLY. - THE MEDICEAN VENCS.
Checked, at last, By love's respectful modesty, he deemed The theft profane, if aught profane to love Can e'er be deemed; and, struggling from the shade,
1 The Venus called of the Medici,' at Florence.
RAMBLE OF LOVERS AT EVE.-AMANDA.
BRITISH CITIES DESCRIBED.-LABORERS.-SAILORS.
RICHMOND HILL LANDSCAPE. - LONDON. HIGHGATE.
- CORNBURY.TWICKENHAM. POPE. HAMPTON. — CLERMONT. -ESHER. THE RIVER MOLE. - PELHAM. - VALLEY OF THE THAMES.
Now called abroad enjoy the falling day :
Of hills, and dales, and woods, and lawns, and spires, Now to the verdant Portico of woods,
And glittering towns, and gilded streams, till all To Nature's vast Lyceum forth they walk ;
The stretching landscape into smoke decays ! By that kind School where no proud master reigns, Happy Britannia ! where the Queen of Arts, The full free converse of the friendly heart,
Inspiring vigor, Liberty abroad Improving and improved.
Walks unconfined, c'en to thy farthest cots,
And scatters plenty with unsparing hand.
Rich is thy soil, and merciful thy clime ;
Thy streams unfailing in the Summer's drought ; Sacred to sweet retirement, lovers steal, And pour their souls in transport, which the Siro
Unmatched thy guardian-oaks ; thy valleys float
With golden waves ; and on thy mountains flocks Of love approving hears, and calls it good.
Bleat numberless ; while, roving round their sides, Which way, Amanda, shall we bend our course ?
Bellow the blackening herds in lusty droves. The choice perplexes. Wherefore should we choose ?
Beneath thy meadows glow, and rise unquelled All is the same with thee. Say, shall we wind
Against the mower's scythe. , On every hand Along the streams ? or walk the smiling mead?
Thy villas shine. Thy country teems with wealth; Or court the forest-gladeş ? or wander wild
And property assures it to the swain,
Pleased and unwearied in his guarded toil.
Full are thy cities with the sons of Art :
And trade and joy, in every busy street, HAN. — GAY - QUEEXSBERRY
Mingling are heard : c'en Drudgery himself,
As at the car he sweats, or dusty hews
The palace-stone, looks gay. Thy crowded ports, The boundless landscape : now the raptured eye, Where rising masts an endless prospect yield, Exulting, swift to huge Augusta send,
With labor burn, and echo to the shouts
His last adieu, and, loosening every sheet,
Resigns the spreading vessel to the wind In lovely contrast to this glorious view,
EULOGY OF BRITISH YOUTH, AGE, VIRTUE, AND VALOR. Calmly magnificent, then will we turn
Bold, firm, and graceful, are thy generous youth, To where the silver Thames first rural grows.
By hardship sinewed, and by danger fired, There let the feasted eye unwearied stray :
Scattering the nations where they go ; and first Luxurious, there, rove through the pendent woods
Or on the listed plain, or stormy seas. That nodding hang o’er Harrington's retreat :
Mild are thy glories too, as o'er the plains And, stooping thence to Ham's embowering walks,
Of thriving peace thy thoughtful sires preside ; Beneath whose shades, in spotless peace retired,
In genius, and substantial learning, high ; With her the pleasing partner of his heart,
For every virtue, every worth, renowned ; The worthy Queensberry yet laments his Gay,
Sincere, plain-hearted, hospitable, kind; And polished Cornbury woos the willing Muse,
Yet like the mustering thunder when provoked, Slow let us trace the matchless vale of Thames ;
The dread of tyrants, and the sole resource
Of those that under grim oppression groan.
GREAT MEN OF BRITAIN. - ALFRED ; EDWARDS AND To Clermont's terraced height, and Esher's groves,
HENRYS ; MORE ; WALSINGHAM ; DRAKE ; ELIZABETH. Where in the sweetest solitude, embraced
Thy sons of Glory many! Alfred thine, By the soft windings of the silent Molo,
In whom the splendor of heroic war, From courts and senates Pelham finds repose.
And more hero peace, when governed well, Enchanting vale ! beyond whate'er the Muse
Combine ; whose hallowed .name the Virtues saint, Has of Achaia or Hesperia sung !
And his own Muses love ; the best of kings ! O vale of bliss ! O softly-swelling hills !
With him thy Edwards and thy Henrys shine, On which the power of Cultivation lies,
Names dear to Fame ; the first who deep impressed And joys to see the wonders of his toil.
On haughty Gaul the terror of thy arms,
And patriots, fertile. Tbine a steady More,
Who, with a generous though mistaken zeal,
Withstood a brutal tyrant's useful rage,
Like Cato firm, like Aristides just, 1 The old name of Richmond ; signifying in Saxon, shin. ing or sple
Like rigid Cincinnatus nobly poor, – or. * Highgate and Hampstead. 3 Then in his last sickness. A dauntless soul erect, who smiled on death.
EXRAPTURED ACCOUNT OF THE SCENERY OF ENGLAND.
Frugal and wise, a Walsingham is thine ;
The great deliverer he ! who from the gloom
EULOGY OF SIR WALTER RALEIGH.
In Raleigh mark their every glory mixed ; Raleigh, the scourge of Spain ! whose breast with all The sage, the patriot, and the hero burned ; Nor sunk his vigor, when a coward-reign The warrior fettered, and at last resigned, To glut the vengeance of a vanquished foe. Then, active still and unrestrained, his mind Explored the vast extent of ages past, And with his prison-hours enriched the world ; Yet found no times, in all the long research, So glorious, or so base, as those he proved, In which he conquered, and in which he bled.
EULOGY OF SHAFT ESBURY ; BOYLE ; LOCKE ; NEWTOX.
The generous Ashley 1 thine, the friend of man ; Who scanned his nature with a brother's eye, His weakness prompt to shade, to raise his aim, To touch the finer movements of the mind, And with the moral beauty charm the heart. Why need I name thy Boyle, whose pious search Amid the dark recesses of his works The great Creator sought? And why thy Locke, Who made the whole internal world his own? Let Newton, pure intelligence, whom God To mortals lent, to trace his boundless works From laws sublimely simple, speak thy fame In all philosophy.
EULOGY OF SIDNEY AND HAMPDEN.
EULOGY OF SHAKSPEARE ; MILTON ; SPENSER ; CHAUCER.
Nor can the Muse the gallant Sidney pass, The plume of war! with early laurels crowned, The lover's myrtle, and the poet's bay. A Hampden too is thine, illustrious land ! Wise, strenuous, firm, of unsubmitting soul, Who stemmed the torrent of a downward age To slavery prone, and bade thee rise again In all thy native pomp of freedom bold. Bright, at his call, thy Age of Men effulged, Of men on whom late time a kindling eye Shall turn, and tyrants tremble while they read.
ECLOGY OF LORD WM. RUSSEL AND ALGERNON SIDNEY.
For lofty sense, Creative fancy, and inspection keen Through the deep windings of the human heart, Is not wild Shakspeare thine and Nature's boast ? Is not each great, each amiable Muse Of classic ages in thy Milton met? A genius universal as his theme, Astonishing as Chaos, as the bloom Of blowing Eden fair, as Heaven sublime ? Nor shall my verse that elder bard forget, The gentle Spenser, Fancy's pleasing son ; Who, like a copious river, poured his song O’er all the mazes of enchanted ground : Nor thee, his ancient master, laughing sage, Chaucer, whose native manners-painting verse, Well moralized, shines through the Gothic cloud Of time and language o'er thy genius thrown.
Bring every sweetest flower, and let me strew The grave where Russel lies; whose tempered blood With calmest cheerfulnoss for thee resigned, Stained the sad annals of a giddy reign ; Aiming at lawless power, though meanly sunk In loose inglorious luxury. With him His friend, the British Cassius,' fearless bled ; Of high determined spirit, roughly brave, By ancient learning to the enlightened love Of ancient freedom warmed.
PRAISE OF THE WOMEN OP BRITAIN.
BRITAIN'S GREAT SCIENTISTS AND POETS. - EULOGY OF LORD
Fair thy renown In awful sages and in noble bards ; Soon as the light of dawning Science spread Her orient ray, and waked the Muses' song. Thine is a Bacon ; hapless in his choice, Unfit to stand the civil storm of state, And through the smooth barbarity of courts, With firm but pliant virtue, forward still To urge his course : bim for the studious shade Kind Nature formed, deep, comprehensive, clear, Exact, and elegant; in one rich soul Plato, the Stagyrite, and Tully, joined.
May my song soften, as thy daughters I, Britannia, hail! for beauty is their own, The feeling heart, simplicity of life, And elegance, and taste : the faultless form, Shaped by the hand of Harmony; the cheek, Where the live crimson, through the native white Soft shooting, o'er the face diffuses bloom, And every nameless grace; the parted lip, Like the red rose-bud moist with morning dew, Breathing delight ; and, under flowing jet, Or sunny ringlets, or of circling brown, The neck slight-shaded, and the swelling breast ; The look resistless, piercing to the soul, And by the soul informed, when dressed in love She sits high-smiling in the conscious eye.
1 Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury.
1 Algernon Sidney.