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Where the live crimson, through the native white
Soft-shooting, o'er the face diffuses bloom, 1985
And every nameless grace; the parted lip,
Like the red rose-bud moist with morning-dew,
Breathing delight; and, under flowing jet,
Or funny ringlets, or of circling brown,
The neck slight-shaded, and the swelling breast; 1590
The look refiftless, piercing to the soul,
And by the foul inform’d, when dreft in love
She fits high-smiling in the conscious

Island of bliss! amid the subject seas,
That thunder round thy rocky coasts, set up,

At once the wonder, terror, and delight,
Of distant nations; whose remotest shores
Can soon be shaken by thy naval arm;
Not to be shook thyself, but all assaults
Baffing, as thy hoar cliffs the loud sea-wave. 1600

o Thou! by whose almighty nod the scale
Of empire rises, or alternate falls,
Send forth the saving Virtues found the land,
In bright patrol : white Peace, and social Love;
The tender-looking Charity, intent,

On gentle deeds, and shedding tears through smiles ;
Undaunted Truth, and Dignity of mind;
Courage compos’d, and keen; found Temperance,
Hсalthful in heart and look; clear Chastity,
With blushes reddening as the inoves along, 1650
Disorder'd at the deep regard the draws;
Rough Industry; Activity untird,
With copious life inforın'd, and all awake:

While in the radiant front, superior shines
That firft paternal virtue, Public Zeal ;

Who throws o'er all an equal wide survey,
And, ever musing on the common weal,
Still labours glorious with some great design.

Low walks the sun, and broadens by degrees, Juft o'er the verge of day. The shifting clouds 1620 Assembled gay, a richly-gorgeous train, In all their pomp attend his setting throne. Air, earth, and ocean smile immense. And now, As if his weary chariot fought the bowers Of Amphitritè, and her tending nymphs,

1625 (So Grecian fable sung) he dips his orb; Now half-immers’d; and now a golden curve Gives one bright glance, then total disappears.

For ever running an enchanted round, Passes the day, deceitful, vain, and void; 1630 As fleets the vision o'er the formful brain, This moment hurrying wild th’ impassion’d soul, The next in nothing loft. 'Tis so to him, The dreamer of this earth, an idle blank: A fight of horror to the cruel wretch,

1635 Who, all day long in fordid pleasure rollid, Himself an useless load, has squander'd vile, Upon his scoundrel train, what might have chear'd A drooping family of modest worth. But to the generous ftill-improving mind, 1640 That gives the hopeless heart to sing for joy, Diffusing kind beneficence around, Boastless, as now descends the filent dew;



To him the long review of order'd life
Is 'inward rapture, only to be felt.

Confess'd from yonder flow-extinguish'd clouds,
All æther softening, fober Evening takes
Her wonted station in the middle air ;
A thousand padows at her beck. Firft this
She fends on earth ; then that of deeper dye 1650
Steals soft behind; and then a deeper still,
In circle following circle, gathers round,
To close the face of things. A fresher gale
Begins to wave the wood, and stir the stream,
Sweeping with fhadowy gust the fields of corn;
While the quail clamours for his running mate.
Wide o'er the thiftly lawn, as-swells the breeze,
A whitening shower of vegetable down
Amusive floats. The kind impartial care
Of Nature nought disdains : thoughtful to feed 1660
Her lowest fons, and clothe the coming year,
From field to field the feather'd feeds fhe wings.

His folded flock secure, the shepherd home
Hies, merry-hearted; and by turns relieves

The ruddy milk-maid of her brimming pail; 1669
The beauty whom perhaps his witless heart,
Unknowing what the joy-mixt anguish means,
Sincerely loves, by that best.language shewn
Of cordial glances, and obliging deeds. *
Onward they pass, o’er many a panting height,

And valley sunk, and unfrequented; where
At fall of eve the fairy people throng,
In various game, and revelry, to pass


The summer-night, as village-stories tell.
But far about they wander from the grave 3675
Of him, whom his ungentle fortune urg'd
Against his own fad breast to lift the hand
Of impious violence. The lonely tower
Is also fhunn'd; whose mournful chambers hold,
So night-struck Fancy dreams, the yelling ghost. 1680

Among the crooked lanes, on every hedge,
The glow-worm lights his gem; and, through the dark,
A moving radiance twinkles. Evening yields
The world to Night; not in her winter-robe
Of maffy Stygian woof, but loose array'd 1685
In mantle dun. A faint erroneous ray,
Glanc'd from th' imperfect surfaces of things,
Flings half an image on the straining eye ;
While wavering woods, and villages, and streams,
And rocks, and mountain-tops, that long retainid 1699
Th’ afcending gleam, are all one swimming scenes
Uncertain if beheld. Sudden to heaven
Thence weary vision turns; where, leading soft
The filent hours of love, with purest ray
Sweet Venus shines; and from her genial rise, 1695
When day-light fickens till it springs afresh,
Unrival'd reigns, the fairest lamp of night.
As thus th' effulgence tremulous I drink,
With cherish'd gaze, the lambent lightnings shoot
Across the sky; or horizontal dart

1700 In wondrous shapes : by fearful murmuring crowds Portentous deem'd. Amid the radiant orbs, Tbat more than deck, that animate the sky,


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The life-infusing suns of other worlds ;
Lo! from the dread immensity of space

Returning, with accelerated course,
The rushing comet to the sun descends;
And as he sinks below the shading earth,
With awful train projected o'er the heavens,
The guilty nations tremble. But, above

1710 Those superstitious horrors that enslave The fond fequacious herd, to mystic faith And blind amazement prone, th' enlighten’d few, Whose godlike minds philofophy exalts, The glorious stranger hail. They feel a joy 1715 Divinely great; they in their powers

exult, That wondrous force of thought, which mounting spurns This dusky spot, and measures all the sky; While, from his far excursion through the wilds Of barren æther, faithful to his time,

1720 They see the blazing wonder rise anew, In seeming terror clad, but kindly bent To work the will of all-sustaining Love : From his huge vapoury train perhaps to shake Reviving moisture on the numerous orbs, 1725 Through which his long ellipfis winds; perhaps To lend new fuel to declining suns, To light-up worlds, and feed th' eternal fire.

With thee, ferene Philosopy, with thee, And thy bright garland, let me crown my song! 1730 Effusive fource of evidence, and truth! A lustre lhedding o’er th' ennobled mind, Stronger than summer-noon; and pure as that,


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