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THE ARGUMENT,

The subject proposed.--Inscribed to the Countess of Hertford.

-The Season is described as it affects the various parts of Nature, ascending from the lower to the higher; with digressions arising from the subject. Its influence on inanimate matter, on vegetables, on brute animals, and, last, on Man : concluding with a dissuasive from the wild and irregular passion of love, opposed to that of a pure and happy kind.

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SPRING.

BOOK I.

The Subject proposed. - Inscribed to the Countess of Hertford.

COME, gentle SPRING!' ethereal Mildness! come;
And from the bosom of yon dropping cloud,
While music wakes around, veil'd in a shower
Of shadowing roses, on our plains descend.

O HERTFORD! fitted or to shine in courts
With unaffected grace, or walk the plain
With innocence and meditation join'd
In soft assemblage, listen to my song,
Which thy own Season paints; when Nature all
Is blooming and benevolent, like thee.

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And see where surly Winter passes off,
Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts ;
His blasts ohey, and quit the howling hill,

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