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'Tis he tV obstructed paths of sound shall cleat,

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, 4$

From ev'ry face he wipes offev'ry tear.

In * adamantine chains shall Death be bound,

And hell's grim tyrant feel th' eternal wound.

As the good f shepherd tends his fleecy care,

Seeks freshest pasture and the purest air, 50

Explores the lost, the wand'ring sheep directs,

By day o'erjees them, and by night protects;

The tender Iambs he raises in his arms,

Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warm?;

Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage, 5}

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; 64

But useless lances into scythes shall bend,

And the broad falchion in a ploughshare end.

Then palaces shall rise; the joyful § son

Shall finish what his short-liv'd sire begun;

Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield, Cj

And the same hand that sow'd, shall reap the field.

• Chap. xxv. ver. 8. + Ch. xl. ver. it.

1 Ch. ix. ver. 6. J| Ch. ii. ver. 4.

$ Ch. lxv. ver. l1, zz.

The swain in barren *deserts with surprise

Sees lilies, spring, and sudden verdure rise;

And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear

New falls of water murm'ring in his ear. 70

On rifted rocks, the dragon's iate abodes,

The green reed trembles and the bulrush nods.

Waste f sandy vallies, once perplex'd with thorn,

The spiry fir and shapely box adorn;

To leafless shrubs the flow'ring palms succeed, 75

And od'rous myrtle to the noisome weed.

The I lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead,

And boys in flow'ry bands the tiger lead;

Ver. 67. The swain in barren deserts.] Virg. Ed. IV. ver 28,
Molli paulatim ftavesce: campus arista,
Inculiisque rub.ns pendebitscntibus uva,'

Ettiurae qucrcus sur-abum roscida nielia. ** The fields shall trow yellow with ripened ears, and the red pipe shall ** hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks shall distil honey like ** dew.''

tfc laaiah, chap. xxxv. ver. 7. ** The parched ground shall become a ** pool, and the thirsty l.;nds springs of water: in the habitation where "dragons lay, shall be ptass, and reeds, and rushes."— Ch. 1m, \er.13. '> Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, anJ instead of the brkr ** shall come up the myrtle tree." PVer. 77. The iambs with wolves, 6Vc] Virp, Tcfs i/, vcr. 2.1. jpsae bifle domum referent distenia capellae Ubeia, nee mapnos metuent armenta le.-mes. Occidet et set pi-n 3, et fiJUx ueiba veneui


u The goats shall bear to the fold their udders distended with milk; nor "thall the herds be afraid of the greatest lions. l he serpent Kiiaii die, and "the herb that ccntcals poison shall die.''

"Isaiah, chap.xi vcr. 6, tec. ** The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, "and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, ann the calf, and the young "lion, and the fitting together; and a little child shall Had them.—And

* Ch, XXxV. I, 7,

f Ch. xli. ver. 19. and Ch. Iv. ver. 13.

% Ch. xi. ver. 6, 7, 8.

The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
And harmless * serpents lick the pilgrim's feet; 8o
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.
Rise, crown'd with light, imperialtSalem rise! 85
'Exalt hy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes!
See a long J race thy spacious courts adorn;
See future sons and daughters, yet unborn,
In crowding ranks on every side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies! 90

See baib'rous || nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings,
And heap'd with products of Saba:a,1 § springs!
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow, 95

And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See Heav'n in sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day.


'' the lion shall cat straw like the ox. And trie sucking child shall play on i* the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the ilch of ** the cockattice." P.

Ver. 85. Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem rise!] The thourhti or Isaiah, whiCi compose the latter part of the I'oem, are wonderfully elevated, and much above these general exclamations of Vircil, which, snake the loftiest parts of his Pollio.

Macnus ab saeclomm nascltur ordo!

• -•toto gurnet tens aurcamundo!

• .•imipicnt ma;ni procedure menses!
A,pice, ventur.' Urtentur ut omnia saeclo, ire.

The reattcr nculsonly to turn to the passages or 1,aiah here cited. P.

* Ch. lxv. ver. 25. f Ch. Is. ver. 1.

% Ch. Ix. ver. 4s || Ch. lx. ver. 3. tj Ch.lx. ver 6. No more the rising * sun shall gild the morn,

Nor ev'ning Cynthia fill her silver horn; loo

But lost, dissolv'd in thy superior rays,

One tide of glory, one uaclouded blaze

O'erflow thy courts: the Light himself shall shine

Reveal 'd, and God's eternal day be thine!

The f seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay, i S»

Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;

But fix'd his word, his saving power remains;

Thy realm forever lasts, thy own Messiah reigns!

* Ch lx. vcr. 19,10. f Ch.ii.vcr. 6. and Ch.llv. ver. 10.



Kon injussa cano: te nostrae, Vare, myrtcae,
. Te ncirus otrne canet: nee Phoebo graiior ulla est,
Quam sibi quae Vari praescripsit paeina nomen. VIRG.

Thy forest, Windsor! and thy green-retreats,
At once the'Monarch's and the Muses' seats, . ;'
Invite ray lays. Be present, sylvan Maids!
Unlock your springs, and open all your shades.
Granville commands, your aid, O Muses! bring,— y
What muse for Granville can refuse to sing i
The groves of Eden, vanish'd now so long,
Live in description, and look green in song;
These, were my breast impir'd with equal flame,
Like them in beauty, should be like in fame. 10

Here hills and vales, the woodland and the plain, ,
Here earth and water seem to strive again; .
Not chaos-like together crush'd and bruis'd,
But, as the world, harmoniously confus'd:
Where order in variety we see, . . .. . .ij

And where, tho' all things differ, all agree.
Here waving groves a chequer'd scene display,
And part admit, and part exclude the day;
As some coy nymph her lover's warm address,
Nor quite icdulges, nor can quite repress. 20

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