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The Nymphs who preside over Springs and rivulets are ad
dressed at day-break in honour of their several functions, and of the relations which they bear to the natural and to the moral world. Their origin is deduced from the first allegorical deities, or powers of nature; according to the doctrine of the old mythological poets, concerning the generation of the Gods and the rise of things. They are then succesively considered, as giving motion to the air and exciting Summer-breezes; as nourishing and beautifying the vegetable world; as contributing to the fulness of navigable rivers, and consequently to the maintenance of commerce ; and by that means, to the maritime part of military power
Next is represented their favourable influence upon health, when assisted by rural exercise : which introduces their connection with the art of phyfic, and the happy effects of mineral, medicinal springs.' Lastly, they are celebrated for the friendship which the Muses bear them, and for the true inspiration which temperance only can receive : in opposition to the enthusiasm of the more licentious poets.
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'ER yonder eaftern hill the twilight throws
Her dulky mantle; and the God of day,
Too far into the splendid hours of morn
Where shall my fong begin, ye Nymphs ? or end ?