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The tender lambs he raises in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage, 55
The promis’d * father of the future age.
No more shall + nation against nation rise,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o’er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more ;
But useless lances into scythes shall bend,
And the broad faulchion in a plow-Ihare end.
Then palaces shall rise; the joyful I Son
Shall finish what his short-liv'd Sire begun ;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield,
And the same hand that sow'd, shall reap the field.
The swain in barren s deserts with surprize,
Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise;
And IMITATIONS. Ver. 67.
The swain in barren deserts). Virg. E. iv. ver. 28.
Molli paulatim flavescet campus aristà,
Incultisque rubens pendebit sentibus uva :
Et duræ quercus sudabunt roscida mella. “ The fields shall grow yellow with ripened ears, and “ the red grape shall hang upon the wild brambles, and " the hard oaks shall distil honey like dew." ISAIAH, Ch. xxxv. ver. 7.
6. The parched ground Thall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of " water : In the habitations where dragons lay, thall « be grass, and reeds and rulhes.” Ch. lv. ver. 13. « Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and “ instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tree." .
* Chix. ver. 6. t. Ch. ii. ver, 4. | Ch. Ixv. ver. 21, 22. Ch. xxxv. yer: 1.7:
And Parts amidft the thirity wilds to hear
New falls of water murmuring in his ear.
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green reed trembles, and the bulruih nods.
Waste fandy * valleys, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir and shapely box ador:
To leafless shrubs the flowery palms succeed,
And odorous myrtle to the noisome weed.
The flambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead,
And boys in flowery bands the tiger lead :
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
And harmless I serpents lick the pilgrim's feet. 80
The IMITATIONS. Ver. 77. The lambs with wolves, &c.] Virg. E. iv.
Ipfae lacte domum referent distenta capella
Uhera, nec magnos metuent armenta leones-
Occidet et ferpens, et fallax herba veneni
Occidet. “ The goats Shall bear to the fold their udders dif" tended with milk: nor shall the herds be afraid of “ the greatest lions. The serpent shall die, and the “ herb that conceals poison shall die.”
ISAIAH, Ch. xi. ver. 6, &c. “ The wolf shall dwell " with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with «« the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fat" ling together ; and a little child shall lead them.-And " the lion thall eat Itraw like the ox. And the sucking " child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the wean" ed child shall put his hand on the den of the cocka** tice."
1. xli. ver, 19. and Ch. lv. ver. 13. + Ch. xi.
8. Ch. Ixv. ver. 25,
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 forky tongue shall innocently play.
Rife, crown'd with light, imperial * Salem rise !
Exalt thy towery head, and lift thy eyes!
See a long + race thy spacious courts adorn;
See future fons, and daughters yet unborn,
In crouding ranks on every side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies!
See barbarous I nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throng'd with proftrate kings,
And heap'd with products of Sabzan springs!
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,
And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See heaven its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day!
No IMITATIONS. Ver. 85. Rife, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise!) The thoughts of Ifaiah, which compose the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully elevated, and much above those general exclamations of Virgil, which make the loftieft part of his Pollio.
Magnis ab integio fæclorum nafcitur ordo! - toto surget gens aurea mundo! - incipient magni procedere menses ! Afpice, venturo lætentur ut omnia fæclo! &c. The reader needs only to turn to the passages of Ifaiah, here cited. • Ch. Jxver. 1.
+ Ch. lx. ver. 4. TRE. 3. Ch. lx. ver. 6.
No more the rising || Sun shall gild the morn,
Nor evening. Cynthia fill her silver horn;
But loft, dissolv'd in thy superior says,
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze
O’erflow thy courts: the Light himself shall shine
Reveald, and God's eternal day be thine !
The g seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay, 105
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;
But fix'd his word, his faving power remains;
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own Messiah reigns !
| Ch. 1x. ver. 19, 20,
I Ch. li. ver, 6. and Ch, liv, ver. 10,
“ Non injusfa cano: Te noftræ, Vare, myricæ, " Te Nemus omne canet: nec Phæbo gratior ulla eft, Quam fibi quæ Vari præscripsit pagina nomen.”