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That not in Fancy's Maze he wanderd long but stoopd to Truth and moralizd his long.
Ep.to D Arbunnot
To the Right Honourable
GEORGE Lord LANSDOWN.
HY forefts, Windfor! and thy green retreats,
At once the Monarch's and the Mufe's feats, Invite my lays. Be prefent, fylvan maids! Unlock your fprings, and open all your shades. GRANVILLE Commands; your aid, O Muses, bring! What Mufe for GRANVILLE can refufe to fing? The Groves of Eden, vanish'd now fo long, Live in description, and look green in fong: Thefe, were my breast inspir'd with equal flame, Like them in beauty, fhould be like in fame. Here hills and vales, the woodland and the plain, Here earth and water feem to ftrive again; Not Chaos like together crush'd and bruis'd, But, as the world, harmoniously confus'd:
This Poem was written at two different times: the firft part of it, which relates to the country in the year 1704, at the fame time with the Paftorals: the latter part was not added till the year 1713, in which it was published.
VER. 3. etc. Originally thus,
Chafte goddess of the woods,
Nymphs of the vales, and Naïads of the floods,.
Lead me thro' arching bow'rs, and glimm'ring glades,
neget quis carmina Gallo ? Virg.
Where order in variety we fee,
And where, tho' all things differ, all agree.
Let India boaft her plants, nor envy we
While by our oaks the precious loads are born,
VER. 25. Originally thus ;
Why fhould I fing our better funs or air,
To favage beafts and favage laws a prey,
In vain kind feafons fwell'd the teeming grain,
VER. 45. favage laws] The Forest Laws.
VER. 65. The fields are ravifh'd, etc.] Alluding to the deftruction made in the New Foreft, and the tyrannies exercised there by William I.
VER. 49. Originally thus in the MS,
From towns laid wafte, to dens and caves they ran
(For who firft stoop'd to be a flave was man).
VER. 57, etc.
No wonder favages cr fubjects flain
But fubjects ftarv'd, while favages were fed.
It was originally thus, but the word favages is not properly applied to beats but to men; which occafioned the alteration.
VER. 65. The fields are ravish'd from th' induftrious frains, From men their cities, and from Gods their fanes :] Tranflated from