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See Nature hastes her earliest wreathes to bring ,
IMITATIONS. 6 Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 18.
At tibi prima, puer, nullo minuscula cultu,"
Ipsa tibi blandos fundeut cunabula flores. . For thee, O child, shall the earth, without being tilled, produce her early offerings ; wipding ivy, mixed with baccar, and colocasia, with smiling acanthus. Thy cradle shall pour forth pleasing flowers, about thee.'
Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. 1. • The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad, and the desert shall rejoicc and blossom as the rose.'—Ch. Is. ver. 13 : ' The glory of Lebanon shall come onto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of thy sanctuary.'
7 Chap. xxxv. ver. 2.
Aggredere O magvos, aderit jam tempus, honores,
Ecl. v. ver. 62. • O come and receive the mighty honours : the time draws nigh, ( beloved offspring of the Gods, O great increase of Jove! The uncultivated mountains send shouts of joy to the stars, the very rocks sing in verse, the very shrubs cry out, A God, a God!
Isaiah, chap. xl. ver. 3, 4. "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord ! make straight
A God, a God! the vocal hills reply;
IMITATIONS. in the desert a high way for our God! Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and lill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.' Chap. iv. ver. 23: • Break forth into singing, ye mountains. O forest, and every tree therein ! for the Lord bath redeemed Israel.'
9 Isa. sl. ver. 3, 4. 10 Ch. xliii. ver. 18. Ch. xxxv. ver. 5,6. 12 Ch. xl. ver. 11.
13 Cho ix, ver. 6.
11 Ch. XXV.
No more shall "4 nation against nation rise,
14 Isa. ii. ver. 4.
15 Ch. Ixv. ver. 21, 22.
Molli paulatim flavescet campus arista,
Et duræ quercus sudabunt roscida mella. • The fields shall grow yellow with ripened ears, and the red grape sball bang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks shall distil honey like dew.'
Isaiah, chap. xxxv. ver. 7. • The parclied ground shall be. come a pool, and the thirsty lands springs of water : in the habitation where dragons lay, shall be grass, and reeds, and rushes.-Chap. Iv. ver. 13: · Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrte tree.'
18 Ch. xli. ver. 19. and Ch. lv. ver. 13.
To leafless shrubs the flowering palmıs succeed,
Occidet. * The goats shall bear to the fold their udders distended with inilk : nor shall the herds be afraid of the greatest lions. The serpent shall die, and the herb that conceals poison shall die.'
Isaiah, chap. xi. ver. 16, &c. « The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard sball lie down with the kid, and the calf, and the young lion, and the falling together ; and a little child shall lead them.-And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice.' 21 Ch. Ixv. ver. 25.
22 Ch. Tx. ver. 1. 23 The thoughts of Isaiah, which compose the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully elevated, and much above those general exclamations of Virgil, which make the loftiest parts of bis Pollio.
Magnus ab integro sæclorum nascitur ordo!
Adspice, venturo lætentur ut omnia sæcio ! &c. The reader needs only to turn to the passages of Isaiah here cited.
See a long race 24 thy spacious courts adorn;
24 Tsa. Ix, ver. 4.
25 Ch. la. ver. 3. 26 C. la. ver. 6. 27 Ch. lx. ver. 19, 20. 28 Ch. li. ver. 6, and Ch. liv. ver. 10.