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While labouring oxen, spent with toil and heat,
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful lay!
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful strain! Now bright Arcturus glads the teeming grain ; Now golden fruits on loaded branches shine, And grateful clusters swell with floods of wine ; Now blushing berries paint the yellow grove. Just gods! shall all things yield returns but love ?
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful lay; The shepherds cry, Thy flocks are left a prey.' Ah! what avails it me the flocks to keep, Who lost my heart while I preserved my sheep? Pan came, and ask'd, what magic caused my smart, Or what ill eyes malignant glances dart ? What eyes but hers, alas, have power to move? And is there magic but what dwells in love?
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful strains ! I'll fly from shepherds, flocks, and flowery plains. From shepherds, flocks, and plains, I may remove, Forsake mankind, and all the world but love; I know thee, Love! on foreign mountains bred; Wolves gave thee suck, and savage tigers fed : Thou wert from Etna's burning entrails torn, Got by fierce whirlwinds, and in thunder born.
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful lay! Farewell, ye woods; adieu, the light of day; One leap from yonder cliff shall end my pains. No more, ye hills, no more resound my strains.
Thus sang the shepherds till the approach of night The skies yet blushing with departed light,
When falling dews with spangles deck the glade And the low sun had lengthen'd every shade.
WINTER. THE FOURTH PASTORAL; OR, DAPHNB To the Memory of Mrs. Tempest
LYCIDAS. Thyrsis, the music of that murmuring spring Is not so mournful as the strains you sing: Nor rivers winding through the vales below, So sweetly warble, or so smoothly flow. Now sleeping flocks on their soft fleeces lie, The moon, serene in glory, mounts the sky, While silent birds forget their tuneful lays, O sing of Daphne's fate, and Daphne's praise !
THYRSIS. Behold the groves that shine with silver frost, Their beauty wither'd, and their verdure lost: Here shall I try the sweet Alexis' strain, That call’d the listening Dryads to the plain : Thames heard the numbers as he flow'd along, And bade his willows learn the moving song.
LYCIDAS. So may kind rains their vital moisture yield, And gwell the future harvest of the field. Begin; this charge the dying Daphne gave, And said, 'Ye shepherds, sing around my grave: Sing, while beside the shaded tomb I mourn And with fresh bays her rural shrine adorn.
THYRSIS. Ye gentle muses, leave your chrystal spring, Let nymphs and sylvans cypress garlands bring: Ye weeping Loves, the stream with myrtles hide, And break vour bows as włacn Adonis died ;
And with your golden darts, now useless grown,
'Tis done, and Nature's various charms decay:
For her the flocks refuse their verdant food; The thirsty heifers shun the gliding flood : The silver swans her hapless fate bemoan, In notes more sad than when they sing their own: In hollow caves sweet Echo silent lies, Silent, or only to her name replies: Her name with pleasure once she taught the shore: Now Daphne's dead, and pleasure is no more!
No grateful dews descend from evening skies, Nor morning odours from the flowers arise; No rich perfumes refresh the fruitful field, Nor fragrant herbs their native incense yield. The balmy Zephyrs, silent since her death, Lament the ceasing of a sweeter breath ; The industrious bees neglect their golden store: Fair Daphne's dead, and sweetness is no more!
No more the mounting larks, while Daphne sing, Shall, listening in mid air, suspend their wings; No more the birds shall imitate her lays, Or, hush'd with wonder, hearken from the sprays : No more the streams their murmurs shall forbcar, A sweeter music than their own to hear; But tell the reeds, and tell the vocal shore, Fair Daphne's dead, and music is no more!
Her fate is whisper'd by the gentle breeze, And told in sighs to all the trembling trees;
The trembling trees, in every plain and wood,
But see! where Daphne wondering mounts on high
Lycidas. How all things listen, while thy muse complains! Such silence waits on Philomela's strains, In some still evening, when the whispering breeze Pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees. To thee, bright goddess, oft a lamb shall bleed, If teeming ewes increase my fleecy breed. While plants their shade, or flowers their odours give, Thy name, thy honour, and thy praise, shall live!
THYRSIS. But see! Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines á noxious shade diffuse; Sharp Boreas blows, and Nature feels decay; Time conquers all, and we must Time obey. Adieu, ye vales, ye mountains, streams, and groves; Adieu, ye shepherd's rural lays and loves; Adieu, my flocks; farewell, ye sylvan crew : Daphne, la rewell! and all the world, adieu !
MESSIAH. A sacred Eclogue in Imitation of Virgil's Pollio.
ADVERTISEMENT. n reading several passages of the prophet Isaiah, which
foretell the coming of Christ, and the felicities attend. ing it, I could not but observe a remarkable parity be tween many of the thoughts, and those in the Pollio of Virgil. This will not seem surprising when we reflect, that the eclogue was taken from a Sibylline pro. phecy on the same subject. One may judge that Virgil did not copy it line for line; but selected such ideas as best agreed with the nature of pastoral poetry, and disposed them in that manner which served most to beautify his piece. I have endeavoured the same in this imitation of him, though without admitting any thing of my own; since it was written with this par. ticular view, that the reader by comparing the several thoughts, might see how far the images and descriptions
of the prophet are superior to those of the poet.
Rapt into future times, the bard begun :
(1) Isa. xi. ver 1. (2) Ch. xlv. ver. 8. (3) Ch. II ver. 4.