網頁圖片
PDF
ePub 版

Delights from a rising Offspring.

And nothing strikes your eye but sights of bliss,
All various Nature pressing on the heart;
An elegant sufficiency, content, ; ii ..
Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, , .
Ease and alternate labour, useful life, . 1160
Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven.

These are the matchless joys of virtuous love;
And thus their moments ay. The Seasons thus,
As ceaseless round a jarring world they roll,
Still find them happy; and consenting SPRING 1165
Sheds her own rosy garland on their heads :
Till evening comes at last, serene and mild ;
When after the long vernal day of life,
Enamour'd more, as more remembrance swells
With many a proof of recollected love, - 1170
Together down they sink in social sleep;
Together freed, their gentle spirits fly
To scenes where love and bliss immortal reign.

SUMMER.

THE ARGUMENT.

The subject proposed. Invocation. Address to Mr. Dodington.

An introductory reflection on the motion of the heavenly bodies; whence the succession of the seasons.-As the face of Nature in this season is almost uniform, the progress of the poem is a description of a summer's day.—The dawn.Sun-rising --Hymn to the Sun.-Forenoon.-Summer insects described.--Hay-making. --Sheep-shearing.--Noon-day. -A woodland retreat.--Group of herds and flocks.-A 80lemn grove: how it affects a contemplative mind.-A cataract, and rude scene.-View of Summer in the torrid zone. Storm of thunder and lightning. -A tale.—The storm over, a serene afternoon.-Bathing:-Hour of walking.-Tran: sition to the prospect of a rich well-cultivated country; which introduces a panegyric on Great Britain.-Sun-set. Evening. - Night.-Summer meteors. A comet. The whole concluding with the praise of philosophy.

[graphic][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][merged small]
« 上一頁繼續 »