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SU M M E R.

1727

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 :

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He comes attended by the sultry hours,
And ever-fanning breezes, on his way;

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While, from his ardent look, the turning Spring
Averts her blushful face; and earth, and skies,
All-smiling, to his hot dominion leaves.

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
By mortal seldom found : may Fancy dare,
From thy fix'd serious eye, and raptur'd glance
Shot on surrounding Heaven, to steal one look
Creative of the Poet, every power
Exalting to an ecstasy of foul.

And thou, my youthful Muse's early friend,
In whom the human graces all unite :
Pure light of mind, and tenderness of heart;.
Genius, and wifdom; the gay föcial sense,
By decency chastis'd; goodness and wit,

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In seldom-meeting harmony combin’d;
Unblemish'd honour, and an active zeal
For Britain's glory, Liberty, and Man :
O Doddington! attend my rural song,
Stoop to my theme, infpi it every line,
And teach me to deserve thy just applause.

With what an awful world-revolving power Were first th' unwieldy planets launch'd along

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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,
And Cancer reddens with the folar blaze,
Short is the doubtful empire of the night;

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And foon, observant of approaching day,
The meek-ey'd Morn appears, mother of dews,
At first faint-gleaming in the dappled east :
Till far o'er æther spreads the widening glow;
And, from before the lustre of her face,

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

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His mossy cottage, where with Peace he dwells;
And from the crowded fold, in order, drives
His flock, to taste the verdure of the morn.

Falsely luxurious, will not Man awake;
And, springing from the bed of floth, enjoy
The cool, the fragrant, and the flent hour,
To meditation due and facred song?

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

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In unessential gloom; and thou, O Sun!
Soul of surrounding worlds ! in whom best seen 95
Shines out thy Maker! may I fing of thee?

'Tis by thy secret, strong, attractive force,
As with a chain indissoluble bound,
Thy system rolls entire; from the far bourne
Of utmost Saturn, wheeling wide his round
Of thirty years; to Mercury, whose disk
Can fearce be caught by philofophic eye,
Lost in the near effulgence of thy blaze.

Informer of the planetary train !
Without whose quickening glance their cumbrous orbs
Were brute unlovely mass, inert and dead,
And not, as now, the green abodes of life !
How

many forms of being wait on thee !
Inhaling spirit; from th' unfetter'd mind,
By thee sublim'd, down to the daily race, 119
The mixing myriads of thy setting beam.

The vegetable world is also ihine,
v Parent of Seasons ! who the pomp precede
That waits thy throne, as through thy vast domain,
Annual, along the bright ecliptic road,

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In world-rejoicing state, it moves sublime.
Mean-tind th' expecting nations, circled gay
With all the various tribes of foodful earth,
Implore thy bounty, or send grateful up
A common hymn : while, round thy beaming car, 120
High-seen, the Seasons lead, in fprightly dance
Harmonious knit, the rosy-finger'd Hours,
The Zephyrs floating loose, the timely Rains,

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