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To hide her guilty front with innocent snow :
The saintly veil of maiden white to throw ;
She, crowned with olive green, came softly sliding
With turtle wing the am'rous clouds dividing ; And, waving wide her myrtle wand, She strikes a universal peace through sea and land.
The idle spear and shield were high up hung ;
The trumpet spake not to the armèd throng ;
But peaceful was the night,
His reign of peace upon the Earth began :
The winds with wonder whist,
Whisp'ring new joys to the mild ocean,
Bending one way their precious influence ;
Or Lucifer that often warned them thence ;
The Sun himself withheld his wonted speed,
The new enlightened world no more should need ;
Sat simply chatting in a rustic row;
In Greek mythology, the great god of shepherds and their flocks. The curious identification of Pan with the Good Shepherd is thus explained. See John X. 2.
Was kindly come to live with them below;
As never was by mortal finger struck ;
As all their souls in blissful rapture took :
х Nature that heard such sound, Beneath the hollow round
Of Cynthia's 1 seat, the aery region thrilling,
And that her reign had here its last fulfilling ;
Are seen in glitt'ring ranks with wings displayed, Harping in loud and solemn quire, With unexpressive notes, to Heaven's new-born Heir.
1 Twin-sister of Apollo, and connected with the moon as Apollo
was with the sun.
But when of old the Sons of Morning sung,
And the well-balanced world on hinges hung ;
If ye have pow'r to touch our senses so ;
And let the bass of Heav'n's deep organ blow ;
Time will run back, and fetch the Age of Gold ;
And leprous Sin will melt from earthly mould ;
XV Yea, Truth and Justice then Will down return to Men,
Orbed in a rainbow ; and, like glories wearing,
Mercy will sit between,
steering; And Heav'n, as at some festival, Will open wide the gates of her high palace hall.
The Babe yet lies in smiling infancy,
So both Himself and us to glorify :
en, at the World's last session, The dreadful Judge in middle air shall spread His throne.
But now begins ; for, from this happy day,