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The ARGUMENT.

FORD.

The subject proposed. Inscribed to the Countess of HAAT

The season is described as is affects the potem rious parts of Nature, ascending from the tower to the higher; with digressions arising from the subject. Its influence on inanimate Matter, on Vegetables, on lrute Animals, and last, on Man; conciuding with e dissuasive from the wild and irregular passion of Love, opposed to thet of a.pure and happy kind,

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S P R I N G

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 HARTFORD, 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 obey, and quit the howling hill, The shatter'd forest, and the ravag'd vale; While softer gales succeed, at whose kind

touch,

15 Dissolving snows in livid torrents lost, The mountains lift their green heads to the sky,

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As yet the trembling year is unconfirm'd, And WINTER oft at eve resumes the breeze, Chills the pale morn, and bids his driving

sleets

20 Deform the day delightless: so that scarce The bittern knows his time, with bill ingulphat To shake the sounding marsh; or from the

shore The plovers when to scatter o'er the heath. And sing their wild notes to the listening

Waste.

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At last from Aries rolls the bounteous sun; And the bright Bull receives him.

Then no

more

Th' expansive atmosphere is cramp'd with cold;
But, full of live and vivifying soul,
Lifts the light clouds subliine, and spreads

them thin.

30 Fleecy and white, o'er all-surrounding heaven.

FORTH fly the tepid airs; and unconfin’d, Unbinding earth, the moving softnels strays. Joyous, th’ impatient husbandman perceives Relenting nature, and his lusty steers

35 Drives from their stalls, to where the well

us'd plough Lies in the furrow, loosened from the frost, There, unrefusing to the harness'd yoke,

They lend their shoulder, and begin their toil, Cheard by the simple song and soaring lark. 40. Meanwhile incumbent o'er the shining share The master leans, removes th' obstructing clay, Winds the whole work, and sidelong lays the

globe.

WHITE thro' the neighbouring fields the

sower stalks, With measur'd step; and liberal throws the

grain

45 Into the faithful bosom of the ground. The harrow follows harsh, and shuts the.

scene,

Be gracious, HEAVEN! for now laborious.

man

Has done his part. Ye fostering breezes blow!: Ye 'softening dews, ye tender showers, des.

cend!

50 And temper all, thoi world reviving sun, Into the perfect year! Nor ye who live In luxury and ease, in pomp and pride, Think these lost themes unworthy of your ear: Such themes as these the rural MAR 0 sung 55 To wide- imperial Rome, in the full height Of elegance and taste, by Greece refind: In ancient times, the sacred plough employ'd The kings, and awful fathers of mankind;

And some, with whom compar'd your inscet

tribes

60 Are but the beings of a summer's day, Have held the scale of empire, rul'd the

storm Of mighty war; then, with victorious hand, Disdaining little delicacies, seiz'd The plough, and greatly independant scorn'd 65 All the vile stores corruption can bestow..

Y E generous B RITON8, venerate the plough! And o'er your hills, and long withdrawing vales, * Let Autumn spread his treasures to the sun, Luxuriant and unbounded! as the sea, Far thro' his azure turbulent domain, Your empire owns, and from a thousand

shores Wafts all the pomp of life into your ports; So with superior boon may your rich soil, Exuberant, Nature's better blessings pour 75 O'er every land, the naked nations cloathe, And be th' exhaustless granary of a world!

NOR only thro’the lenient air this change, Delicious; breathes; the penetrative sun, His force deep-darting to the dark retreat Of vegetation, sets the steaming power At large, to wander o'er the vernant earth, In various bues, but chiafly thee; gay Green!

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