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See nature hastes her earliest wreaths to bring,
See nodding forests on the mountains dance:
A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,
Be smooth ye rocks, ye rapid floods give way!
Ver 23. See nature bases, &c] Virg. E. 4. v. 18. At tibi prima, puer, nullo munuscula cultu, Errantes hederas paffim cum baccare telius, Mixtaque ridenti colocasia fundet acantho—— Ipfa tibi blandos fundent cunabula stores. for thee, 0 child, stall the earth without being tilled, produce her early offerings; •winding ivy, mixed luith baccar, and colocasia with smiling acanthus. Thy cradle stall pour forth pleajing stovers about thee.
Isaiah, chap. xxxv. ver. i. The wilderness and the solitary place stall be glad, and the desert stall rejoice and blojsom as the rose. Chap. lx. ver., 13. The glory of Lebanon stall come unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-trie, ami the box together, to beautify the place of'thy sanfluary.
Ver. 29. Hark! a glad voice, &c] JKirg. £.4. v. 46. A^gredere 6 magnos, aderitjam tempus, honores. Cars defim suboles, magnum jovisincrementum — Ipfi lætitia voces ad sydera jactant Imonsi montes, ipfe jam carmina rupes, I isa sunant arbuita, Deus, deus ille Menalca!
E. 5. ver. 62. 0 come and receive the mighty honours: the time drains nigh, 0 beloved effspring of the Gods, 0 great encrease of Jove! The uncultivated mountains fend stouts of joy to the stars, the very rocks sing in verse, the very strubs cry out, A God, a God!
Isaiah, ch. xl. ver. 3,4. The voice of him that crieth in the iviidernefs, prepare ye the way of the Lord I make strait in the desart a high tuay for our God! every valley stall be exalted, and every ^mountain and bill stall be made lovi, and the crooked stall be made Jlrait, and the the rough places plain. Chap. iv. ver. 23. Break forth into singing, ye mountains! 0 forest, -and every tree therein ! for the Lord hath redeemed Israel.
5 Ch. xxxv. ver, 2. 6 Ch. xl. ver. 3, 4,
7 Ch. xlii. ver. 18. Ch. xxxv. ver. 5, 6.
He from thick silms shall purge the vifual ray,
And on the sightless eye-ball pour the day . 40
'Tisheth' obstructed paths of suund shall clear,
And bid new music charm th' unfolding ear:
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe.
No sigh no murmur the wide world shall hear, 45
From ev'ry face he wipes off ev'ry tear.
In s adamantine chains shall death be bound,
And Hell's grim tyrant seel th' eternal wound.
As the good. » shepherd tends his fleecy care,
Seeks freshest pasture aud the purest air, 50
Explores the lost, the wand'ring sheep directs,
By day o'er sees them, and by night protects,
The tender, lambs he raifes in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosum warms;
Thus slull mankind his guardian care engage, 55
The promis'd 10 father of the suture age.
No more shall " nation against nation rife,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hatesul eyes.
Nor sields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more; 60
But useless lances into scythes shall bend,
And the broad faulchion in a plowshare end.
Then palaces shall rife i the joysul "* fon
Shall sinifh what his short-liv'd sire begun;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield, 6j
And the fame hand that suw'd, shall reap the sield.
The swain in barren I3 deserts with surprize
See lillies spring, and sudden verdure rife i
Ver. 67. The swain in barren desarts, &c]
The fields Jballgrow yellow tuitb ripen d ears, and the red grape Jhalt bang upon the wild brambles, and the bard oaks Jball distill honey like dew.
Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. ;,. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the tbirjly land springs of water: In the habitations where dragons lay, Jball be grafs, and reeds, and rujhes. Ch. lv. ver. 13. Instead of the thorn Jball come up thefr tree, and instead of the briar Jball come us the myrtle-tree.
8. Ch. xxv. ver. 8. 9 Ch. xl. ver. 11. 10 Cb. ix.
ver' 6. 11 Ch. ii. ver. 4. 12 Ch. lxv. ve,r. 2.1, 22...
1 ^ Ch, xxxv. ver. 1, 7.
And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murm'ring in his ear. 70
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
Waste fandy ,+vallies, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry sir and shapely box adorn;
The leafless shrubs the flow'ry palms succeed, 75
And od'rous myrtle to the noisum weed.
The ,5 lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead,
And boys in flow'ry bands the tyger lead!
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet
And harmless l6 serpents lick the pilgrim's seet. 80
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested basilisk and speckled snake,
Pleas'd the green lustre of the scales survey,
And with their forked tongue shall innocently play.
Rife, crown'd with light, imperiall? Salem rife! 85
Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes!
See, a long l8 race thy spacious courts adorn;
See suture Tons, and daughters yet unborn,
Ver. 77. The Iambi -with wolves, tcc.l
Ubera, nee magnos metuent armenta leones-—
The goats Jball bear to the fold their udders distended -with milk: nor frail the herds be afraid of. the greatest lions. The serptnt pall die, and the herb that conceals poison Jhalsdie.
Isaiah, ch. xi. ver. i6, lee. The -wolf jball diml! tvith the lamb, and the leopard Jball lie down <zu:tb the kid, and the calf and the young
U</n and the fatting together: and a little child shall lead them And tbt
lion Jball eat stra-M like the ox. Ar.d the sucking itild Jball play on the. bole of the asp, and the wcancd child Jball put his bar.d on the den of the cockatrice.
Ver. 85. Rife, crtrtvn'd witb light, &C.J
Magnus ab integro sarchrum nascitur ordo I
• incipient magni procedcre menses!
Aspice, uenturo Lrtentur ut omniaseech I Sec.
14 Ch. xli. ver. 19. and Ch. lv. ver. 13. 15 Ch. xi. ver. 6, 7, 8.
16 Ch. brv. ver. 25. 17 Ch. lx. ver. 1, 18 Ch. Ix. ver. 4.
In crouding ranks on ev'ry side arife,
Demanding lise, impatient for the skies! 90
See barbarous I9 nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy right, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings,
And heap'd with products of *° Sabcean springs!
For thee Hume's spicy forests blow, g j
And seeds of gold in Ofbyrs mountains glow.
See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day.
No more the rifing " sun shall gild the morn,
Nor ev'ning Cynthia sill her silver horn; IOO
But lost, dissolv'd in thy superior rays,
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze
O'erflow thy courts: the light himself shall shine
Reveal'd and God's eternal day be thine!
The " seas shall waste, the skies in sinoak decay, 105
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away i
But six'd his word, his faving pow'r remains;
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own Mqfljeb reigns!
19 Ch. 1x. ver. 3. 20 Ch. 1x. ver. 6.. 21 Ch. lx.,ver. 20.
22 Ch. li. ver, 6. and Ch. liv. ver. ;o
Of tl. e E r 1 s T L E .
THIS species of writing, if we are permitted to lay down rules from the examples of our best poets, admits of great latitude, and sulicits ornament and decoration; yet the poet is still to consider that the true character of the Epistle is ease and elegance; nothing therefore should be forced or unnatural, laboured, or affected, but every part of the composition breathe an easy, polite, and unconstrained freedom.
It is suitable to every subject; for as the Epistle takes place of difcourse, and is intended as a fort of distant converfation, all the affairs of lise and researches into nature may be introduced. Those however which are fraught with compliment or condolence, that contain a description os places, or are sull of pertinent remarks, and in a familiar and humourous way describe the manners, vices, and follies of mankind are the best; because they are most suitable to the true character of Epistolary writing, and (business set apart) are the usual subjects upon which our letters are employ'd.
All farther rules and directions are unnecessary, for this kind of writing, is better learned by example and practice, than by precept. We shall therefore in conformity to our plan sdect a few Epistles for the reader's imitation; which, as this method of writing has of late much prevailed, may be best taken perhaps, from our modern poets.
The following letter from Mr. Addison to lord Halifax, contains an elegant description of the curiosities and places about Rome, together with such reflections on the inestimable blessings of liberty, as must give pleasure to every Englishman, especially when he sees them thus placed in direct opposition to the banesul influences of flavery and oppression which are ever to be seen among the miferable inhabitants of those countries.
A Letter from Italy to the Right Honourable Charles Lord
While you* my lord, the rural shades admire,
For wheresue'er I turn my ravish'd eyes,
How am I pleas'd to search the hills and woods