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: AUTUMN.

AUTUMN.

THE ARGUMENT.

The subject proposed. — Addressed to Mr. Onslow.-A prospect

of the fields ready for harvest.-Reflections in praise of industry raised by that view.-Reaping.–A tale relative to it.-A harvest-storm.—Shooting and hunting, their barbarity. -A ludicrous account of fox-hunting.– A view of an orchard. -Wall-fruit.—A vineyard.—A description of fogs, frequent in the latter part of Autumn: whence a digression, inquiring into the rise of fountains and rivers.--Birds of season considered, that now shift their habitation. The prodigious number of them that cover the northern and western isles of Scotland.-Hence a view of the country.--A prospect of the discoloured, fading woods. After a gentle dusky day, moonlight.-Autumnal meteors.—Morning: to which succeeds a calm, pure, sunsbiny day, such as usually shuts up the season. The barvest being gathered in, the country dissolved in joy.—The whole concludes with a panegyric on a philosophical country life.

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AUTUMN, p. 108.

AUTUMN.

BOOK III.

Inscribed to Mr. Onslow.

CROWN'D with the sickle and the wheaten sheaf,
While Autumn, nodding o'er the yellow plain,
Comes jovial on; the Doric reed once more,
Well pleas'd, I tune. Whate'er the Wintry frost
Nitrous prepar'd; the various-blossom'd Spring 5
Put in white promise forth; and Summer-suns
Concocted strong, rush boundless now to view;
Full, perfect all, and swell my glorious theme.

Onslow! the Muse, ambitious of thy name,
To grace, inspire, and dignify her song,
Would from the Public Voice thy gentle ear
A while engage. Thy noble cares she knows,
The patriot virtues that distend thy thought,
Spread on thy front, and in thy bosom glow;
While listening senates hang upon thy tongue, 15

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