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Th’incumbentearthifchancethecavernd ground The morning sun, that gildswith tremblingrans
Fierce from his lair springs forth the speckled Delighied, and deserts hier Paphian grove
They sinile superior, of external show The furious brute: lie there his image views; Regardless, while their inbred virtues gire Spots against spois with rage improving glow! A lustre to their pow'r, and grace their court Another pard his bristly whiskers cnrls, With real splendors, far above the pomp Grins as he grins, fierce-menacing and wide Of eastern kings in all their tinsel pride. Distends his op'ning jaws; himself against Like troops of Amazons, the female band Ilimself oppos d,and withdreadvengeancearmd, Prance round their cars, not in refulgent arms The huntsman, now secure, with fatal aim as those of old; unskilld 10 wield the sword Direrts the pointed spear, by which transfixid Or bend the bow, these kill with surer ajm. He dies, and with him dies the rival shade. The royal offspring, fairest of the fair, Thus man inmuin'rous engine furm'd t'assail Lead on the splendid train. Anpa, inore bright The savage kind; but most the docile horse, Than summer suns, or as the lightning keen, Swift and confederate with man, annoys | With irresistible effulgence armid, llis brethren of the plains; without whose aid Fired ev'ry heart : he must be more than man The hunter's arts were vain, unskill'd to wage Who upconcern'd can bear the piercing poy. With the more active brutes an equal war; Amelia, milder than the blushing dawn, But, borne by hiin, without the well-train d pack With sweet engaging air, but equal powr, Man dares his foe, on wings of wind secure. Insensibly subdues, and in soft chains
Hin the fierce Arab mounts, and with his troop Her willing captives leads. Illustrious maids; Of bold compeers ranges the desaris wild, Ever triumphant! whose victorious charins, Where by the magnet's aid ihe traveller Without the needle aid of high desecnt, Steers his untrudded course', yet olt on land · Vad aw'd mankind, and taught the world's great Is wreck'd, in the high rolling waves of sand I lords Inmers' and lost; while these intrepid bands, To bow and site for grace. But who is he, Safe in their horses speed, oulfly ihe storu, l'resh as a rose-bud newly blown, and fair And, scouring round, make men and beasts their is op'ning lilies, on whom ev'ry eve The grisly boar is singled from hij hierd, Spret. lib joy and admiration dirells? See, see ! As large as that in Erimanthcan wouds, " He reins his docile barb with manly grace. A match for Hercules. Round him they fly Is it Adonis for the chace array'd, In circles wide, and each in passing onds Or Britain's second hope? Hail, blooming youth! His feather'd death into his brawny sides: Mav all your virtues with your years in prove, But perilous th' attempt; for if the steed Till in consummate worth you shine the pride Haply too near approach, or the loose' earth . Of these our days, and to succeeding times His footing fail, the watchful angry beast 1.A bright example! As his guard of mutes Th' advantage spies, and at one sidelong glance On the great Sultan wait, with eves deject Rips up his groin. Wounded, he rears aloft; and fix'd on earth, no voice, no sound, is heard And, plunging, from his back the rider hurls Within the wide serail, but all is hush'd, Precipitant; then, bleeding, spurns the ground, And awful silence reigns; thus stand the pack And drags his reeking entrails o'er the plain. Mute and unmov'd, and cow'ring low to earth, Meanwhile the surly monster trots along, While pass the glitt'ring court and royal pair: But with unequal speed; for still they wound, So discipli'd those hounds, and so reserv'd, Swift-wheeling in the spacious ring. "A wood Whose honor 'lis to glad the hearts of kings: Of darts upon his back he bears; adown But soon the winding horn and huntsman's voice His tortur'd sides the crimson torrents roll Let loose the gen’ral chorus; far around From many a gaping font; and now at last Joy spreads its wings, and the gay morningsmiles. Stazg'ring he falls, in blood and foam expires. Unharbour'd now, the royal stag forsakes
But whether rolls my devious Muse, intent His wonted lair; he shakes his dappled sides, On antique tales, while yet the royal stag And tosses high his beamy head; the copse Unsung remains ? Tread with respectful awe Beneath his antlers bends. What donbling shifts Windsor's green glades, where Denham, tunefulHe tries! not more the wily hare; in these bard!
Would still persist, did not the full-mouth'd Charm'd once the list'ning Dryads with his song, pack Subliinely sweet. Oh grant me, sacred shade! With dreadful concert thunder in his rear. To glean submiss what thy full sickle leaves, The woods reply, the hunters' cheering shouts
Fleat thro' the glades, and the wide forest rings. There mingleswiththcherd, whereoncchereign'd
Their once devoted foe: familiar grows Yield a short interval and casc from pain! His scent, and strong their appetite to kill.
See the swift courser sirains, his shining hoofs, Again he flies, and with redoubled speed Securely beat the solid ground. Who now Skins o'er the lawn ; still the tenacious crew The dang'rous pitfall fears, with tangling licath Hang on the track, aloud demand their prey, High-overgrown? or who thc quiv'ring bog, And push him many a league. If haply then Sofi-yielding to the step? All now is plain, Too far escap'd, and the gay courtly train Plain as the strand sea-lav'd, that stretches far Behind are cast, the huntsman's clanging whip Bencath the rocky shore. Glades crossing glades, Stops full their bold career : passive they stand, The forest opens to our wond'ring view : Unmov’d: an humble and obsequious crowd, Such was the king's command. Lettyrant fierce As if by stern Medusa gaz'd to stones. Lay waste the world ; his the more glorious part So at their general's voice whole armies halt To check their pride; and when the brazen voice In full pursuit, and check their thirst of blood. Of war is hush'd (as erst rictorious Rome) Soon at the king's command, like hasty streams Temploy his station'd legions in the works Danini'd up a while, they foam and pour along Of peace; to smooth the rugged wilderness, | With fresh recruiting might. Thestag, whohop'd To drain ihe stagnate fen, to raise the slope | His foes were lost, now once more hears astunn'd Depending road, and to make gay the face | The dreadful din : he shivers ev'ry livb; Of nature with th' embellishments of art. He starts, he bounds; each bush presents a foe.
How inelts my beating heart, as I behold Press'd by the fresh relay, no pause allow'd, Fach lovely nymph, our island's boast and prixe, Breathless and faint, he falters in his pace, Push on the gen'rous steed, that strokes along,' And lifts his weary limbs with pain, that scarce O'er rough, o'ersmooth, nor heeds the steepy hill, Sustain their load: he pants, he sobs appallid ;1 Nor falters in th' extended vale below; Drops down his heavy head to earth, beneath Their garinents loosely waving in the wind, His cumbrous beams oppress'd. But if perchance And all the flash of beauty in their cheeks! Some prying eye surprise him, soon he rears While at their sides their pensiie lovers wait, Erect his tow'ring front, bounds o'er the lawn Direct theirdubiouscourse, now chill'd with fear With ill-dissembled vigor, to amuse Solicitous, and now with love inflam'd. The knowing forester, who inly smiles Oh graut judulgent Heaven ! no rising storir At his weak shifts and unavailing frauds. Mayrlarken with black wings this glorious scene! So midnight tapers waste their last remains, 1 Should some malignant pow'r thus dampour joys, Shine forth awhile, and as they blaze expire. Vain were the gloomy care, such as of old From wood to wood redoubling thunders roll, Betray'd to lawless love the lyrian queen: . | | And bellow thro' the vales; the moving storin For Britain's virtuous nymphs are chaste as fair ; Thickens amain, and loud triumphant shouts, Spotless, unblam'd, with equal triumph reign And horns sbrill warbling in each glade, prelude In the dun glooın as in the blaze of day. i To his approaching fate. And now in view, Now the blown siag thro'woods, bogs, roads, and with hobbling gait and high, exerts amazid Has measur'd half the forest; but, alas! streams, What strength is left : to the last dregs of life) He flies in vain ; he flies not from his fears. Reduc'd, his spirits fail, on ev'ry side Tho' far he cast the ling'ring pack behind, Hemm'd in, besieg'il; not the least op'ning left Ilis hazgard fancy still with horror views | To gleaming hope, th' unhappy's last reserve. The fell destroyer; still the fatal cry
Where shall we turn, or whither fly? Despair Insults his cars, and wounds his trembling heart. Gives courage to the weak. Resolv'd to die, So the poor fury-hauisted wretch (his hands He fears no more, but rushes on his foes, In guililess blood distain'd) still seems to hear and deals his deaths around; heneath his feet The dyingshrieks; and the pale threat'ning ghost These gruvelling lie, those by his antlers gord Moves as he moves, and as he flies pursues. Defile th’ensanguin'd plain. Ah, see! distress'd See here his slot ; up yon green hill' he climbs, He stands at bay against yon knotty trunk, Panis on his brow a while, sadly looks back That covers well his rear; his front presents On his pursuers, cov'ring all the plain ; An host of foes. Oshun, ye noble train, But, wrung with anguish, bears noilong the fight, The rude encounter, and believe your lives Shoots down the steep, and sweats along the vale Your country's due alone. As now aloof
Ther wing around, he finds his anul urrais d Thou great, thon best, prerogative of pow's!
And all the noisy tumult sinks in peace.
of the necessity of destroyingsome beasts, axdpreSure anchorage he finds, there seulks inimers'd :
sorting others for the use of man. Of breedirg His nose alone above the wave draws in
of hounds; the scason for this l'usiness. The
choice of a dog of great moment. Of the btThe vital air; all else beneath the flood Conceal'd and lost, deceives each prying ere
ter of'whelps. Of the number to be reared. Of Of man or briste. In vain the crowding pack
setting them out to their several walks. Core Draw on the margin of the stream, or cut
to lie taken to prevent their hunting too soon. Of The liquid wave with oary feet, that move.
entering the helps. Of leaking them from In equal time. The gliding woters leare
running at sheep. Of the diseases of hounds. No trace behind, and his contracted pores
Of their age. Of inadness: tuo sorts of it de. But sparingly perspir: the huntsman strains
scribed; the dumb,and outrageous, madness: its His lah'ring logs, and parts his cheeks in vain.
drcadfubeffects. Burning of the wound recom At length a blood-hound bold, studious to kill
monded as preventing all ill consequences. The And exquisite of sente, winds him from far;
infectious houndstole separated, and fedahari. Headlong he leaps into the flood, his mouth
The vanity of trusting to the many infattitie Loud op'ning spends amain, and his wide throat
cures for this malady. The dismal effects of the Swells ev'ry note with joy; then fearless dives |
biling of a mad dog upon man described. DeBeneath the wave, hangs on his haunch, and scription of the otter hunting. The conclusion. wounds
Whate'er of earth is formd to earth returns Th' unhappy brute, that flounders in the stream, Dissolvid: the various objects we behold, Sorely distress'd, and struggling strives to mount Plants, animals, this whole material mass, The steepy shore. Haply once more escap'd, Are ever changing, ever new. The soul Again he stands at bay, amid the groves Of man alone, that particle divine, Of willows bending low their downy heads. Escapes the wreck of worlds, when all things foil: Outragemis transport fires the greedy pack; Hencegreatthedistance'twixtthebeaststhatperish These swim the deep and thosecrawlip with pain And God's bright image, man's immortal race. The slipp'ry bank, while others on firm land The brute creation are his property, Engage: the stag repels each bold assault, Subservient to his will and for him made: Maintains his post, and wounds for wounds re- As hurtful these he kills, as useful those As when some wily corsair boards a ship (turns, Preserves; their sole and arbitrary king. Full freighted, or from Afric's golden coasts Should he not kill (as erst the Samian sage Or India's wealthy strand, his bloody crew Taught unadvis'd, and lodian brachmans now Upon her deck he slings; these in the deep As vainly preach), the teeming rar'nous brutes Drop short, and swim to reach her steepy sides, Might fill the scanty space of this terrene, And clinging climb aloft, while those on board Encumb'ring all the globe : should not his care Urge on the work of fate ; the master bold, Improve the growing stock,theirkinds might fail, Press'd to his last retreat, bravely resolves. Man might once more on roots and acorns feed, To siuk his wealth beneath the whelming wave, And thro' the desarts range, shiv'ring, forlorn, His wealth, his focs, nor unreveng'd to die : Quite destitute of ev'ry solace dear, So fares it with the stag, so he resolres | And ev'ry smiling gaiety of life. To plunge at once into the flood below,
The prudent huntsman therefore will supply Himself, his foes, in one deep pulph immers'd. With annual large recruits his broken pack, Ere ret he executes this dire inteni,
| And propagate their kind. As from the root In wild disorder once more views the light; Fresh scions still spring forth, and naily yield Beneath a weight of woe he groans distress'd, New blooming honors to the parent tree; The tears run trickling down his hairy cheeks : Farshall Iris pack be fani'd, far sought his breed; He weeps nor weeps in vain. The king beholds And princes at their tables feast those hounds His wretched plight, and tenderness innate His hand presents, an acceptable boon. Moves his great soul. Soon at his high command Ere yet the sun thro' the bright Ram has urg'd Rebuk'd, the disappointed hungry pack ! | His steepy course, or mother earth unbound Retire submiss, and grumbling quit their prey. Her frozen bosom to the western gale; (solid,
Great Prince! from thee what niay thy subjects When feather'd troops, their social leagues dis. So kind and so beneficent to brutes! Chape, Select their mates, and on the leafless elin O Mercy, heavenly born! sweet attribute!" "The noisy rook-builds high her wicker nest: •
Mark well the wanton females of shy pack, The alien offspring ; pleas'd thou shalt bebold
Caress, and dignify their little charge
Huntsman ! These ills by rimely prudent care And late correction dever shall reclaim. Prevent: for ev'ry longing dame select.
When to fullstrength arriv'd, mature and bold, Some happy paramour; to him alone
Conduct them to the field: not all at ouce; In league connubial join. Consider well | But, as thy cooler prudence shall direct, His lineage; what his faihers did of old, Select a few, and form them by degrees Chiefs of the pack, and first to climb the rock, To stricter discipline. With these consort Or piange into the deep, or threar the brake The staunch and steady sages of thy pack, With thorns sharp-pointed, plashi's, and briers By long experience vers'd in all the wiles
And subtle doublings of the various chace. Observe with care his shape, sort, color, size: Easy the lesson of the youthful irain Nor will sagacious huntsmen less regard When instinctprompts,audwhenexampleguides. Ilis inward habits. The vaini babbler shun, If the too forward yonker at the head Ever loquacious, ever in the wrong :
Press boldly on in wanton sportive mood, His foolish offspring shall offend thy cars Correct his haste, and let him feel abash'd With false alarms and loud impertinence. The ruling whip; but if he stoop behind Nor less the shifting cur avoid, that breaks In wary modest guise, to his own nose Illusive from the pack; to the next hedge Confiding sure, give him full scope to work Devious he strays, there ev'ry Muse he tries; His winding way, and with thy voice applaud !f haply then he cross the steaming scent, His patience and his care; soon shalt thou view Away hc Aies vain-glorious, and exults
The hopeful pupil leader of his tribe, As of the pack supreme, and in his speed And all the list'ning pack attend his call. [play And strength unrivalld. Lo! cast far behind Oft lead them forih were wanton lambkins His vex'd associates pant, and lab'ring strain And bleating dams with jealous eyes observe To climb the steep ascent. Soon as they reach | Their tender care. If at the crowding flock Th' insulting boaster, his false courage fails, He bay presumptuous, or with eager haste Behind he lags, dooin'd-10 the fatal noose, Pursue them scatter'd o'er the verdant plain, His master's hate, and scorn of all the tield. l In the foul fact attach’d, to ihe strong rain What can from such be hop'd but a base brood Tie fast the rash offender. See! at first Of coward curs a frantic, vagrant race? His horn'd companion, fearful and amaz'd
When now the third revolving moon appears, Shalldrag him tremblingo'er the rugged ground; With sharpen'd horns, above the horizon's brink, Then, with his load fatigu'd, shall turn ahead, Without Lucina's aid expect thy hopes
And with his curl'd hard front incessant peal Are amplycrown'd: shori pangs produce to light The panting wretch, till breathless and asiunn'd, The smoking liiter, crawling, helpless, blind; Streich'don the turf he lie. Then spare not thou Nature their guide, they seek the pouting teat The twining whip, but ply his bleeding sides, That plenteous streams. Soon as the tenderdam Lash after lash; and with thy threat'ning voice, Has form d them wiih her tongue, with pleasure Harsh-echoing from the hills, inculcate loud The marks of their renoun'd progenitors, friew His vile offence. Sooner shall trembling doves, Sure pledge of triumphs yet io come. All these Escap'd the hawk's sharp talons, in mid air Seleci with joy; but to the merciless flood | Assail their dang'rous foe, than he once more Expose the dwindling refuge, nor o'erload Disturb the peaceful flocks. In tender age Th'indulgent mother. If thy heart relent, Thus youth is train'd, as cursous artists bend Unwilling to destroy, a nurse provide,
The taper pliant twig, or potters form * And to the foster-parent give the care
Their soft and ductile clar to various shapes. Of thy superfluous brood; she'll cherish kind I Nor is't enough to breed, but to preserve
Must be the huntsman's care. The staunch old! He drops,and with harsh broken howlings tens hounds,
The poison-tainted air ; with righ course voice Guides of thy pack, tho' but in number few, Incessant bavs, and snuils th' infectious brecze; Are yet of great account; shall oft untie | This way and that he stares aghast, and starts The Gordian knot when reason at a stand | At his own shade, jealous, as if he deem'd Puzzling is lost, and all thy art is vain. The world his foes. If haply t'ward the strean O'er clogying fallows, o'er dry plaster'd roads, lle cast his roting ere, could horror chills O'er floated meads,o'er plains wiihtlucks distaind His soul; averse he flies, trembling, appallid ; Rank-scenting, these must lead the dubious way. Now frantic to the kennel's atmost verge As party-chiets in senates who preside
Raving he runs, and deals destruction round: With pleaded reason, and with well curu'd speech The pack fly diverse ; for whate'er lie mects Conduct the staring inultitude ; so ihese Vengeful he bites, and ev'ry bite is death. Direct the pack, who with joint cry approve, linow perchance, thro'the weak lenceescapi, And londly boast; discoveries not their own. Far up the wind he roves, with open momba
Conuinberdaccidents and various ills Inhales the cooling breeze, nor man nor beast Attend thy pach, hang hovering o'er their heads, le spares implacable. The hunter horse, And point the way thatleads to death's dark cave. Once kind issociate of his sylsan toils Shori is their span : few at the date arrive (Who haply now without the kennels mound Of antient Argus, in old Homer's song Crops the rank inead, and listning hears with jo So highly honor'd: hind, sagacious brule! Tlic cheering cry that morn and ere salutes Not een Minerva's wisdom could conccal His rapturi sense), a wretched victim falls, Thy much lovid master from the nicer sense: Unhappy qurdruped. No more, alas! Dying, his lord he ow'd, view'd him all o'er Shall liv fond master with his voice applaud With eager eyes, then clos'd those eyes well Thiy gentleness, thy speeil; or with his liand pleas d.
Stroke thy soft dappled sides, as he each day Or lesser ills the Muse declines to sing, visits thy stall, well plcas'd : no more shalt thoa Nor stoops so low; of these each groom can tell "l'ith sprightly neighings to the winding hura, The proper remedy. But, oh! what care, and the loud opining pack in concert join'd, Wbat prudence, can prevent madness, the worst Glad his proud heart ; for oh! the secret woun) Of maladies ! Terrifie pest! that blasts
Rankling inflames ! he biles the ground, and dies The huntsman's hopes, and desolation spreads Hence to the village iwith pernicious haste Thiro' all th' upeopled kennel unrestrain'd, Bancful he bends his course : the village flics Mare fatal than thienvenom'd viper's bite, Alarm'd; the tender inother in her anns Or that Apulian spider's pois'nous sting, Huys close the trcinbling babe; the doors ars Heald by ihe pleasing antidote of sounds.
barrd, When Sirius reigns, and the sun's parching and flying curs, by native instinct taught, Bake the dry gaping surface, visit thou, (beams Shun the contagious bane: the rustic bands Each even and morn, with quick observant cye, Hurry to arins, the rude militia seise Thy panting pack. If, in dark sullen inood, Whate'er at hand they find; clubs, forks,or guns, The glouting hound refuse his wonted meal, Frou ev'ry quarter charge the furious foe, Retiring to some close obscure retreat,
In wild disorder and uncouth array ; [zore, Gloomy, disconsolate, with speed remove | Till now with wounds on wounds oppress d and The poor infectious wretch, and in strong chains Atone short pois nous grasp he breathes his la Bind hin suspected. Thus that dire disease, Hence to the kennel, Muse!)return, and view Which art can't cure, wise caution inay prevent. With heavy heart that hospital of woe,
But this neglected, soon expect a change, Where Horror stalks at large ! insatiate Death A dismal change-confusion, phrensy, death; Sits growling o'er his prey; each hour presents Or in some dark recess the senseless brute A different scene of ruin and distress. Sits sadly pining; deep melancholy
How busy art thou, Faie ! and how severe And black despair upon his clouded brow Thy pointed wrath ! the dying and the dead Hang low'ring; from his half-op'ning jaws Promiscuous lie: o'er these the living fight The clammy vcnom and infections froth
In one eternal broil, not conscious why, Distilling fall; and from his lungs, infiam'd, Nor yet with whom. So drunkards in their cups Malignant vapors taint the ambient air, Spare not their friends, while senseless squabble Breathing perdition; his dim eyes are glaz'd,
reigus. Ile droups his pensive head; his trembling limbs Huntsman, it much behoves thee to aroid No more support his weight; abject he lies, The perilous debate. Ah! roase up all Dumb, spiritless, benumbd; till death at last Thy vigilance, and tread the treach'rous ground Gracious attends, and kindly brings relief. With careful step. Thy fires anquench'd pre. Or, if outrageous grown, behold, alas!
serve, A yet more dreadful scenc; his glaring eyes As erst the vestal flanie : the pointed steel Redden with fury; like some angry boar In the hot embers hide ; and if sturpris d Churning he foams, and on his back erect Thou feel'st the deadly bite, quick urge it hom His pointed bristles rise; his mail incurv'd Into the recent sore, and cauterise