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"Tis by thy secret, strong, attractive force,
As with a chain indissuluble bound,
Thy system rolls entire: from the far bourne
Of utmost Saturn, wheeling wide his round
Of thirty years; to Mercury, whose dilk
Can scarce be caught by philofophic eye,
Lost in the near effulgence of thy blaze.
Informer of the planetary train!
Without whose quick'ning glance their cumbrous orbs
Were brute unlovely mass, inert and dead,
And not as now the green abodes of lise;
How many forms of biing wait on thee!
Inhaling spirit; from th' unsettered mind,
By thee sublim'd, down to the daily race,
The mixing myriads of thy setting beam.
The vegetable world is alfo thine,
Parent of seasuns ! who the pomp precede
That waits thy throne, as thro' thy vast domain,
Annual, along the bright ecliptic road,
In world-rejoicing state, it moves sublime.
Mean-time th' expecting nations, circled gay
With all the various tribes of foodsul earth,
Implore thy bounty, or send gratesul up
A common hymn: while, round the beaming ear,
High-seen, the seafons lead, in sprightly dance
Harmonious knit, the rosy-singer'd hours.
The zephyrs floating loose, the timely rains,
Of bloom ethereal the light-footed dews,
And foftened into joy the surly storms.
These, insucceffive turn, with lavilh hand,
Shower every beauty, every fragrance shower,
Herbs, flowers, and fruits; 'till, kindling at thy touch.
From land to land is HusiYd the vernal year.
Nor to the surface of enliven'd earth,
Gracesul with hills and dales, and leasy woods,
Her liberal tresses, is thy force consin'd:
But, to the bowel'd cavern daiting deep,
The mineral kinds consess thy mighty power.
Effulgent, hence the veiny marble shines;
Hence labour draws his tools; hence bumisii'd war
Gleams on the day; the nobler works of peace Hence bless mankind, and generous commerce binds The round of nations in a golden chain.
The unfruitsul rock itself, impregn'd by thee,
In dark retirement forms the lucid stone.
The lively Diamond drinks the purest rays,
Collected light compact i that, polish'd bright,
And all its native lustre let abroad,
Dares, as it sparkles on the fair one's breast,
With vain ambition emulate her eyes.
At thee the Ruby lights its deepning glow,
And with a waving radiance inward flames.
From thee the Sapphire, folid ether, takes
•Its hue cerulean; and, of evening tinct,
The purple-streaming Amethyst is thine.
With thy own smile the yellow Topaz burns.
Nor deeper verdure dyes the rope of Spring,
When sirst she gives it to the fouthern gale,
Than the green Emerald mows. But, all combin'd,
Thick thro' the whitening Opal play thy beams;
Or, flying several from its surface, form
A trembling variance of revolving hues,
As the site varies in the gazer's hand.
The very dead creation, from thy touch,
Assumes a mimic lise. By thee resiri'd,
In brighter mazes the relucent stream
Plays o'er the mead. The precipiece abrubt,
Projecting honor on the blackened flood,
Softens at thy return. The defart joys
Wildly, thio' all his melancholy bounds.
Rude ruins glitter; and the briny deep,
Seen from sume pointed promontory's top,
Far to the blue horizon's utmost verge
Restless, reflects a floating gleam. But this,
And all the much-transported muse can sing,
Are to thy beauty, dignity, and use,
Unequal far; great delegated fource
Of light, and lise, and grace, and joy below!
How shall I then attempt to sing of Him,
Who, Light Himself, in uncreated light
Invested deep, dwells awsully retir'd
From mortal eye, or angel's purer ken;
Whose single smile has, from the sirst of time,
.Fill'd, overflowing, all those lamps of heaven,
That beam for ever thro' the boundless iky;
But, mould he hide his face, tti* astonish'd fun,
And all th' extinguifh'd stars, would loosening reel
Wide from their Spheres, and chaos come again.
The Description of the Storm is sinely painted. ■ The affecting Tale of the Lovers is alfo touched up with, exquifite art, and answers a two-fold purpose; for this 'scene of distress not only heightens the horror of the tempest, but adds variety to the Description, and prevents the mind from being fatiated by an enumeration of particulars that are of a similar nature.
Behold, flow-settling o'er the lurid grove
Unusual darkness broods; and growing gains
The sull possession of the iky, surcharg'd
With wrathsul vapour, from the secret beds,
Where sleep the mineral generations, drawn.
Thence nitre, sulphur, and the siery spume
Of fat bitumen, steaming on the day,
With various tinctur'd trains of latent flame,
Pollute the sky, and in yon baleful cloud,
A reddening gloom, a magazine of fate,
Ferment ., till, by the touch ethereal rous'd,
The dash of clouds, or irritating war
Of sighting winds, while all is calm below,
They surious spring. Aboding silence reigns,
Dread thro' the dun expanse; fave the dull suund
That from the mountain, previous to the storm,
Rolls o'er the muttering earth, disturbs the flood,
And shakes the forest-leaf without a breath.
Prone, to the lowest vale, the aerial tribes
Descend: the tempest-loving raven scarce
Dares wing the dubious dusk. In ruesul gaze
The cattle stand, and on the scowling heavens
Cast a deploring eye; by man forsuok,
Who to the crouded cottage hies him fast,
Or seeks the shelter of the downward cave.
'Tis listening sear, and dumb amazement all:
When to the startled eye the sudden glance
Appears far suuth, eruptive thro' the cloud;
And following slower, in explosion vast,
The thunder raifes his tremendous voice.
At sirst, heard sulemn o'er the verge of heaven,
The tempest growls; but as it nearer comes,
And rolls its awsul burden on the wind,
The lightnings flash a larger curve, and more
The noise astounds: till over head a sheet
Of livid flame difcloses wide; then shuts,
And opens wider; ihuts and opens still
Expansive, wrapping ether in a blaze.
Follows the looscn'd aggravated roar,
Enlarging, deepening, mingling; peal on peal
Crush'd horrible, convulsing heaven and earth.
Down comes a deluge of sunorous hail,
Or prone-deseending rain. Wide-rent, the clouds.
Pour a whole flood; and yet, its flame unquench'd,
Th' unconquerable lightning struggles through,
Ragged and sierce, or in red whirling balls,
And sires the mountains with redoubled rage.
Black from the stroke, above, the fmould'ring pine
Stands a fad shattered trunk; and, stretch'd below,
A liseless groupe the blasted cattle lie:
Here the foft flocks, with that fame harmless look
They wore alive, and ruminating still
In fancy's eye; and there the frowning bull,
And ox half rais'd. Struck on the castled clift,
The venerable tower and spiry fane
Resign their aged pride. The gloomy woods
Start at the flash, and from their deep recess,
Wide-flaming out, their trembling inmates shake.
Amid Carnarvon's mountains rages loud
The repercuslive roar: with mighty crush,
Into the flashing deep, from the rude rocks
Of Penmanmaur heap'd hideous to the iky,
Tumble the smitten cliffs; and Sncwdeni peak,
Disfolving, instant yields his wintry load.
Far-seen, the heights of heathy Cbeviot blaze,
And Tbuli bellows thro' her utmost isles.
Guilt -hears appalPd, with deeply troubled thought. And yet not always on the guilty head Descends the fated flash. Young Celadon And his Am E L 1 A were a matchless pair i With equal virtue form'd, and equal grace, The fame, distinguifh^! by their sex alone: Hers the mild lustre of the blooming morn, And his the radiance of the rifen day.
They lov'd: But such their guileless passion was,
As in the dawn of time inform'd the heart
Of innocence, and undissembling truth.
'Twas friendship heighten'd by the mutual wilh,
Th' enchanting hope, and sympathetic glow,
Beam'd from the mutual eye. Devoting all
To love, each was to each a dearer self;
Supremely happy in th' awaken'd power
Of giving joy. Alone, amid the shades,
Still in harmonious intercourse they liv'd
The rural day, and talk'd the flowing heart,
Or sigh'd, and look'd unutterable things.
So pass'd their lise, a clear united stream,
By care unruffled; till, in evil hour,
The tempest caught them on the tender walk,
Heedless how far, and where its mazes stray'd,
While, with each other blest, creative love
Still bade eternal Eden smile around.
Prefaging instant fate her bofom heav'd
Unwonted sighs, and stealing oft a look
Of the big gloom on Celadon her eye
Fell tearsul, wetting her disurder'd cheek.
In vain assuring love, and considence
In Heaven, repress'd her sear; it grew, and shook
Her frame near dissolution. He perceiv'd
Th' unequal conflict, and as angels look
On dying faints, his eyes compassion shed,
With love illumin'd high. "Fear not, he faid,
*' Sweet innocence s thou stranger to offence,
"And inward storm! He, who yon flues involves
«« In frowns of darkness, ever smiles on thee
"With kind regard. O'er thee the secret shaft
"That wastes at midnight, or th' undreaded hour