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Imparadis'd, blest denizons, ye dwell;
Industrions, and with draughts chalybiate heal'd,
Confess divine Hygeia's blissful seat;
The Muse demands your presence, ere she tune
Her monitory voice; observe her well,
'Midst thy paternal acres, farmer, say
Has gracious Heav'n bestow'd one field, that
basks Me quoque Parnassi per Jubicra culmina
Its loamy bosom in the mid-day Sun, raptat Laudis amor: studium sequor insanabile ratis,
Emerging gently from the abject vale,
Nor yet obnoxious to the wind, secure
There shalt thou plant thy hop. This soil, per
[haps, Monstratum digito. -Van. PRÆD. Rusr.
Thou'lt say, will fill my garners. Be it so.
But Ceres, rural goddess, at the best
Meanly supports her vot'ry', enough for her,
And kcep the soul from fainting : to enlarge,
Of Bacchus, god of hops, with Ceres join'd.
Theu on one pedestal, and hand in hand,
Oh! cou'd I emulate skilled Sydney's Muse, Stands eastward in thy field a wood ? tis well. Thy Sydney, Cantium--He, from court retird, Esteem it as a bulwark of thy wealth,
: Penshurst's sweet Elysium sang delight, And cherish all its branches; tho' we'll grant, sung transport to the soft-responding streams Its leaves umbrageous may intercept of Medway, and enliven'd all her groves : The morning rays, and envy some small share While ever near him, goddess of the green,, Of Sol's beneficence to th' infant germ. Fair Pembroke' sat and smil'd immense ap- | Yet grudge not that:when whistling Eurus comes, plause.
With all his worlds of insects in thy lands With vocal fascination charm'd the hours, To hyemate, and monarchize o'er all Unguarded left Heav'n's adamantine gate, Thy vegetable riches, then thy wood And to bis lyre, swift as the winged sounds Shall ope it's arms expansive, and embrace That skim the air, danc'd unperceiv'd away. The storm reluctant, and divert its rage. Hlad I such pow'r, no peasants humble toil Armies of animalcules urge their way Shou'd e’er debase my lay: far nobler themes, In vain: the ventilating trees oppose The high achievements of thy warrior kings Their airy march. They blacken distant plains. Shou'd raise my thoughts, and dignify my song. This site for thy young nursery obtain'd, But I, young rustic, dare not leave my cot, Thou hast begun auspicious, if the soil Por su enlarg'd a sphere-ah! Muse beware, (As sung before) be loamy; this the hop Lest the loud larums of the braying trump, Loves above others, this is rich, is deep, Lest the deep drum shou'd drown thy tender Is viscous, and tenacious of the pole. reed,
Yet maugre all its native worth, it may And mar its puny joints: me, lowly swain, Be meliorated with warm compost. See ! Every unshaven arboret, me the lawns,
Yon craggy mountain?, whose fastidious head
And murmurs louder ecstasy below.
Here let us rest a while, pleas'd to behold
Thall beautiful horizon's wide expanse, 3 Rure mihi, & 'rigui placeant in vallibus
Far as the eagle's ken. Here tow'ring spires
First catch the eye, and turn the thoughts to amnes, Flumina amem, sylvasque in glorius !
VIRG. GEORO. 2. 6 Canterbury. 4 Commonly, but improperly called, the Wild. 7 Boxley-Hin, which extends through great 5 Maidstone,
part of Kent,
. lets green
The lofty elms in humble majesty
Illustrious parent of the best of men !
Hail heroes, hail invaluable gems,
Fav'rites of Heav'n! to whom the general doom
Is all remitted, who alone possess
Of Adam's sons fair Eden-rest ye here,
A good! untasted by your ancient kings,
And to your very sires almost unknown.
To lord it o'er the world, when our brave sires
Drank valour from uncauponated beer ;
Shun'd like fell aconite) began to hang
And bloom'd a shade to Cantium's sunny shores
Delightsome, and in cheerful goblets faught
Potent, what time Aquarius' urn impends
To kill the dulsome day-potent to quench
Than those which erst the subtile Hengist 9 mix'd
Emasculate and wine, the toils of war
Here then with pond'rous vehicles and teams Emancipated, saw th' incroaching Saxons
With unaffected eyes; his hand which ought Command them bring the chalk : thence to the T have shook the spear of justice, soft and kiln
smooth, Convey, and temper with Vulcanian fires. Play'd ravishing divisions on the lyre : Soon as 'tis form'd, thy lime with bounteous hand This Hengist markd, and (for curs'd insolence C'er all thy lands disseminate ; thy lands Soon fattens on impunity! and rises Which first have felt the softening spade, and Briareus from a dwarf) fair Thanet gain'd. drank
Nor stopt he here; but to immense attempts
This done, select the choicest hop, l' insert Adventrous. He an only daughter rear'd,
And fairy fiction rais'd above her sex,
And furnish'd with a thousand various wiles
Her 'gan initiate: well she knew to smile,
Whene'er vexation galld her; did she weep?
'Twas not sincere, the fountains of her eyes
Play'd artificial streams, yet so well forc'd
They look'd like nature ; for ev'n art to her
Was natural, and contrarieties
Seem'd in Roxena congruons and allied.
Such was she, when brisk Vortigern bebeld,
Soon she perceiv'd her conquest; soon she told,
The Saxon inly smil'd, and to his isle
The willing prince invited, but first bad
The nymph prepare the potions; such as fire
The blood's meandering rivulets, and depress
9 See the following story told at large in LamAscræumque cano Ronana per oppida carmen,
barde's Peranıbulation of Kent.
VIRG. Georg. 2
To love the soul. Lo! at the moon of night Thy young plants will uplift, their virgin aring Thrice Hecate invok'd the maid_and thrice They'll stretch, and, marriageable, claim the The goddess stoop'd assent ; forth from a cloud
pole. These in a splendid cup of hurnish'd gold
Nor frustrate thou their wishes, so thou may'st
Sister of taleful Momus, tune ul Song,
Cut from the widow'd willow, nor provide
Poles insurmountable as yet. 'Tis then Shed copiously the oblique rays; her face
When twice bright Phoebus' vivifying ray, Like modest . Luna's shone, but not so pale,
Twice the cold touch of winter's icy hand, And with no borrow'd lustre; on her brow They've felt; 'tis then we feel sublimer props. Smild fallacy, while summoning each grace, 'Tis then the sturdy woodman's axe from far Kneeling she gave the cup. The prince (for Resounds, resounds, and hark! with hollow who !
groans Who cou'd have spur'd a suppliant so divine ?) Down tumble the big trees, and rushing roll Drank eager, and in ecstacy devonr'd
O'er the crush'd crackling brake, while in his Th' ambrosial perturbation; mad with love He clasp'd her, and in hymeneal bands
Forlorn, dejected, 'mielst the weeping Dryads At once the nymph demanded and obtain'd. Laments Sylvanus for his verdant care. Now Hengist, all his ample wish fulfillid,
The ash or willow for thy ise select, Exulted ; and from Kent th' uxorious prince Or storm enduring chesmut; but the oak, Exterminated, and usurp'd his seat.
Unfit for this employ, for nobler ends Long did he reign; but all-deroaring time Reserve untouch'd ; she when by time maturd, Has raz'd his palace walls— Perchance on them Capscious of some Lritish demi-god, Grows the green hop, and o'er bis crumbled bust Vernon, or Warren, shall with rapid wing In spiral twines ascends the scautile pole. - Infuriate, like Jove's armour-bearing bird, But now to plant, to dlig, to dung, to weed; Fly on thy foes; they, like the parted waves, Tasks humble, but important, ask the Muse.
Which to the brazen beak murmuring give way Come, fair magician, sportive Fancy, come,
Amaz'd and roaring from the fight recede.With wildest imagery ; thou child of thought,
In that sweet month, when to the list ning swains From thy aerial citadel descend,
Fair Philomel sings love, and every cot And (for thou canst) assist me. Bring with With garlands blooms bedigbt, with bandage thee
meet Thy all-creative talisman; with thee
The tendrils bind, and to the tall poll tie, The active spirits ideal, tow'ring flights,
Else soon, too soon their meretricious arms That hover o'er the muse-resounding groves, Round each ignoble clod they'll fold, and leave And all thy colourings, all thy shapes display. Averse the lordly prop. Thus, have I heard Thou too be here, Experience, so shall I Where there's no mutual tic, no strong connecMy rules nor in low prose jejunely say,
tion Nor in smooth numbers musically err ;
Of love-conspiring hearts, oft the young bride But vain is Fancy and Experience vain,
Has prostituted to her slaves her charms, If thou, O Hesiod ! Virgil of our land,
While the infatuated lord admires Or hear'st thou ratherlo, Milton, bard divine, Fresh-butting sprouts'', and issue not his own. Whose greatness who shalt imitate, save thee?
Now turn the glebe: soon with correcting hand, If thou, O Philips", fav'ring dost not hear When smiling June in jocund dance leadson Me, inexpert of verse ; with gentle band
Long days and happy hours, from ev'ry vine Uprear the unpinion'd Muse, high on the top
Dock the redundant branches, and once more of that immeasurable mount, that far
With the sharp spade thy numerous acres till. Exceeds thine own Plinlimmon, where thou tun'st The shovel next must lend its aid, enlarge With Phæbus' self thy lyre. Give me to turn
The little hillocks, and erase the weeds. Th’ unwieldy subject with thy graceful ease,
This in that month its title which derives Extol its baseness with thy art ; but chief Froin great Augustus' ever sacred name! Illumine, and invigorate with thy fire.
Sovereign of science! master of the Muse! When Phoebus looks thro' Aries on the spring, Neglected genius' firm ally! of worth And vernal flow'rs teem with the dulcet fruit, Best juilge, and best rewarder, whose applause Autumnal pride! delay not then thy sets
To bards was fanie and fortune! O! 'twas well, In Tellus facile bosom to depose
Well did you too in this, all glorious heroes! Timely: if thou art wise the bulkiest chuse : Ye Romans !-un Time'swing you've stamp'd his To every root three joints indulge, and forin
praise, The quincunx witio well regulated hills.
And time shall bear it to eternity. Soon from the dung-enriched earth, their heads Now are our labours crown'd with their reward,
Now bloom the florid hops, and in the stream
Shine in their floating silver, while above
HORAT. !: Miraturque novas frondes, & non sua poma.
10 At ipse
BOOK THE SECOND.
To embow'ring branches culminate, and form Joyous; but soon the treacherous gloom betrays
And liberties secure, and to the prowess
Cesar and William' hail immortal wortbies,
Posterity with all her chiefs unborn,
Aught similar, aught second has to boast.
Once more (so prophesies the Muse) thy sons
With olive, and with hop-garlands crown'd,
Omnia quæ multo ante memor provisa repones,
Si te digna manet divini gloria ruris.
Virg. Geor. lib. 1.
As length the Musc her destin'd task resumes
She seeks t'expatjate free of wing. Long while
I call the phenix, fair Sincerity;
view'd them. and as one that sees Or, if observ'd, set off that brighter gém.
How oft, and yet how seldom did it seem !
The hours how swift they swcetly fled, and till
Agen I saw him how they loiter'd. On !
My Muse, and to sk'st imaginary walks
Thou dear deluder, thou hast seen but halfm
These lears, the last sad duty of a friend.
Oft l'il indulge the pleasurable pain " Aurora borealis, or lights in the air; a phepomenon which of late years has been frequent " Mr. Theophilus Wheeler, of Christ Church, here, and in all the more porthern countries. Cambridge.
Of recollection; oft on Medsray's banks
That stain the sample, and its worth debase. I'll muse on thee full pensive ; while her streams All things thus settled and prepard, what now Regardful ever of my grief, shall flow
Can stop the planter's purposes ? Unless
The Hearens frown dissent, and ominous winds
And oft, alas! the long experienc'd wights
(Oh! could they too prevent them) storms forcThe hopland shades, that on her banks expose Serpentine vines and flowing locks of gold. Por, as the storm rides on the rising clouds,
Ye smiling nymphs, th’inseparable train Fly the feet wild-geese far away3, or else Of saffron Ceres; ye, that gamesome dance, The heiser towards the zenith rears her bead, And sing to jolly Autumn, while he stands And with expanded nostrils snuffs the air: With bis right hand poizing the scales of Heav'n, The swallows too their airy circuits weave, And while his left grasps Amalthea's horn : And screaming skim the brook; and fen bred Young chorus of fair Bacchanals, descend,
frogs And leave awhile the sickle ; yonder bill, Forth from their hoarse throats their old grudge Where stand the loaded hop-poles, claims your
Or from her earthly coverlets the ant
Athwart the cope of Hear'n: or sable crows
And lust to lare in vain, their unctuous plumes Ere winter numb their sunburnt hands, and winds Repulsive base their efforts: hearken next Engoal them, murmuring in their gloomy cells. How the curs'd raren, with her harmful voice, From these, such as appear the rest t' excel Invokes the rain, and croaking to herself, In strength and young agility, select.
Struts on some spacious solitary shore. These shall support with vigour and address
Nor want thy servants and thy wife at home The bin-man's weighty office ; now extract Signs to presage the show'r; for in the hall From the sequacious earth the pole, and now Sheds Niobe her prescient tears, and warns Unmarry from the closely clioging vine.
Beneath thy leaden tubes to fix the vase, O'er twice three pickers, and no more, extend And catch the falling dew drops, which supply The bin-man's sway; unless thy ears can bear Soft water and salubrious, far the best The.crack of poles continual, and thine eyes To soak thy hops, and brew thy generous beer. Behold unmoved the hurrying peasant tear But tho' bright Phæbus smile, and in the skies Thy wealth, and throw it on the thankless The purple-rob'd serenity appear; ground.
Tho' every cloud be fled, yet if the rage But first the careful planter will consult
Of Boreas, or the blasting east prevail,
The planter has enough to check his hopes,
3 Nunquam imprudentibus imber The frequent frays of the tumultuous crew.
Obsuit. Aut illum surgentem vallibus imis
Aëriæ fugere grues! aut bucula coelum
Suspiciens, patulis captavit naribus auras:
Aut arguta lacus circumvolitavit hirundo:
Et veterem in limo ranæ cecinere querelam.
Sæpius & tectis penetralibus extulit ova
Angustum formica terens iter, & bibit ingens And gentle Mariane's: soft Orphean voice
Arcus, & e pastu decedens agmine magno. Has hymn'd sweet lessons of humanity
Corvorum increpuit densis exercitus alis. To the wild brutal crew. Oft her command
jam varias pelagi volucres, & quæ Asia circum Has sav'd the pillars of the hop-land state,
Dulcibus in stagnis rimantur pratra Caystri,
Certatim largos humeris infundere rores;
Nunc caput objectare fretis, nunc currere in un. With more than manly dignity. Oft I've seen,
das, Ev'n at her frown the boist'rous uproar cease,
Et studio incassum videas gestire lavandi. And the mad pickers, tam'd to diligence,
Tum cornix plena ploviam vocat improba voce, Cull from the bin the sprawling sprigs, and Et sola in sicca secum spatiatur arena, leares
Nec nocturna quidem carpentes pensa puellae
Virg. Georg. 1. * The author's youngest sister.