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SU M M E R.
THE ARGU M E N T.
The subject proposed. Invocation. Address to Mr.
Do Idington. An introductory reflection on the motion of the heavenly bodies; whence the succession of the seasons. As the face of Nature in this season is almost uniform, the progress of the poem is a descripVtion of a summer's day. The dawn. Sun-rising.
Hymn to the sun. Forenoon. Summer insects defcribed. Hay-making. Sheep-fhearing. Noon-day, A woodland retreat. Groupe of herds and flocks. A solemn grove: how it affects a contemplative mind. A cataract, and rude scene. View of Summer in the torrid zone. Storm of thunder and lightning. A tale. The storm over, a serene afternoon. Bathing, Hour of walking. Transition to the prospect of a rich well-cultivated country; which introduces a panegyricon Great Britain. Sun-fet. Evening. Night. Summer meteors. A comet. The whole
concluding with the praise of philosophy. FROM brightening fields of æther fair disclos'd,
Child of the Sun, refulgent Summer comes, In pride of youth, and felt through Nature's depth :
He comes attended by the sultry hours,
Hence, let me haste into the mid-wood shade, Where scarce a fun-beam wanders through the gloom ; And on the dark-green grass, beside the brink Of haunted stream, that by the roots of oak Rolls o'er the rocky channel, lie at large, And sing the glories of the circling year.
Come, Inspiration! from thy hermit-seat, 15
And thou, my youthful Muse's early friend,
With what an awful world-revolving power Were first th' unwieldy planets launch'd along
Th' illimitable void! Thus to remain, Amid the flux of many thousand years,
35 That oft has swept the toiting race of men, And all their labour'd monuments away, Firm, unremitting, matchless, in their course ; To the kind-temper'd change of night and day, And of the seasons ever stealing round,
40 Minutely faithful: Such th' all-perfect Hand ! That pois’d, impels, and rules the steady whole.
When now no more th' alternate Twins are fir’d,
50 White break the clouds away. With quicken'd step, Brown Night retires: Young Day pours in
apace, And opens all the lawny prospect wide. The dripping rock, the mountain's misty top Swell on the sight, and brighten with the dawn. 55 Blue, through the dusk, the smoaking currents shine ; And from the bladed field the fearful hare Limps, aukward; while along the forest-glade The wild deer trip, and often turning gaze At early passenger. Music awakes
60 The native voice of undissembled joy ; And thick around the woodland hymns arise. Rous’d by the cock, the foon-clad shepherd leaves
His mossy cottage, where with Peace he dwells;
Falsely luxurious, will not Man awake;
70 For is there aught in feep can charm the wife? To lie in dead oblivion, lofing half The fleeting moments of too short a life; Total extinction of th’ enlighten'd foul ! Or else to feverish vanity alive,
75 Wilder'd, and tofling through distemper'd dreams? Who would in such a gloomy state remain Longer than Nature craves ; when every Mufe And every blooming pleasure wait without, To bless the wildly devious morning-walk ?
80 But yonder comes the powerful King of Day, Rejoicing in the east.
The lessening cloud, The kindling azure, and the mountain's brow Illum'd with fluid gold, his near approach Betoken glad. Lo; now, apparent all, Allant the dew-bright earth, and colour'd air, He looks in boundless majesty abroad ; And sheds the shining day, that burnish'd plays On rocks, and hills, and towers, and wandering streams, High-gleaming from afar. Prime chearer Light! 90 Of all material beings first, and best ! Efflux divine l Nature's resplendent robe ! Without whose vesting beauty all were wrapt
In unessential gloom; and thou, O Sun!
'Tis by thy secret, strong, attractive force,
Informer of the planetary train !
many forms of being wait on thee !
The vegetable world is also ihine,