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Breathe not the chaos of eternal smoke |From such a mixture sprung, this fitful pest
That sting the burthen'd brows, fatigue the loins, That from a thousand lungs reeks back to thine, And rack the joints, and ev'ry torpid limb; Sated with exhalations rank and fell,
Then parching heat succeeds, till copious sweats The spoil of dunghills, and the putrid thaw O'erflow: a short relief from former ills. Of nature, when from shape and texture she Beneath repeated shocks the wretches pine : Relapses into fighting elements :
The vigor sinks, the habit melts away; It is not Air, but floats a nauscous mass The cheerful, pure, and animated bloom Of all obscene, corrupt, offensive things.. Dies from the face with squalid atrophy Much moisture hurts; but here a sordid bath, Devour'd, in sallow melancholy clad. With oily rancor fraught, relaxes more | And oft the sorceress, in her sated wrath, The solid frame than simple inoisture can. Resigus them to the furies of her train ; Beside, immur'd in many a sullen bay . The bloated Hydrops, and the yellow fiend That never felt the freshness of the breeze, Tinged with her own accumulated gall. This slumbering Deep remains, and ranker grow In quest of sites, avoid the mournful plain With sickly rest : and (tho' the lungs abhor Where osiers thrive, and trees that love the To drink the dun fuliginous abyss)
Where many lazy muddy rivers flow: flake; Did not the acid vigor of the inine,
Nor, for the wealth that all the Indies roll, Rolla froni so many thundering chimneys, tame Fix near the marshy margin of the main. The putrid streams that over-swarm the sky, For from the hunid soil, and wat'ry reign, This caustic venom would perhaps corrode Eternal vapors rise; the spungy air Those tender cells that draw the vital air, For ever weeps ; or, turgid with the weight In vain with all their unctuous rills bedew'd ; Of waters, pours a sounding deluge down. Or by the drunken venous tubes, that yawn Skies such as these let ev'ry mortal shun In countless pores o'er all the pervious skin, Who dreads the dropsy, palsy, or the gout, Imbib'd, would poison the balsamic blood, Tertian, corrosive scurvy, or moist catarrh ; And rouse the heart to ev'ry fever's rage. Or any other injury that grows While yet you breathe, away the rural wilds From raw-spun fibres idle and unstrung. Invite; the mountains call you, and the vales; Skin ill perspiring, and the purple flood The woods, the streams, and each ambrosial | In languid eddies loit'ring into phlegm. That fans the ever-undulating sky; (breeze Yet not alone from humid skies we pine; A kindly sky! whose fostering pow'r regales For air may be too dry. The subtle heaven; Man, beast, and all the vegetable reign. Isiniles | That winnows into dust the blasted downs, Find then some woodland scene where Nature Bare, and extended wide without a stream, Benign, where all her honcst children thrive. Too fast imbibes th' attenuated lynıph, To us there wants not many. a happy seat; Which, by the surface from the blood exhales Look round the smiling land, such numbers rise The lungs grow rigid, and with toil essay We hardly fix, bewilder'd in our choice. Their flexible vibrations ; or inflam'd, Sce where, enthron'd in adamantine state, Their tender ever-moving structure thaws. Proud of her bards, imperial Windsor sits; Spoild of its limpid vehicle, the blood There choose thy seat, in some aspiring grove A mass of lees remains, a drossy lide Fast by the slowly-winding Thames ; or where That flow as Lethe wanders thro' the veins; Broader she laves fair Richmond's green retreats Unactive in the services of life, (Richmond, that sees an hundred villas rise. Unfit to lead its pitchy current through Rural or gay). Oh! from the summer's rage, The secret mazy channels of the brain. Oh! wrap me in the friendly gloon that hides (The melancholy Fiend (that worst despair Umbrageous Ham! But, if the busy Town of physic) hence the rust-complexion'd man Attract thee still io toil for pow'r or gold, Pursues, whose blood is dry, whose fibres gain Sweetly thou may'st thy vacant hours possess Too stretch'd a lone: and hence in climes a dust In Hampstead, courted by the westem wind; So sudden tumults seise the trembling nerves, Or Greenwich, waving o'er the winding flood; And burning fevers glow with double rage. Or lose the world amid the sylvan wilds. | Fly, if you can, these violent extremes Of Dulwich, yet by barbarous arts unspoil'd. , of air, the wholesome is nor moist nor dry. Green rise the Kentish hills in cheerful air; But as the pow'r of choosing is denied But on the marshy plains that Essex spreads To half mankind, a further task ensues ; Build not, nor resi too long thy wandering, feet. How best to mitigate these fell extremes, For on a rustic throne of dewy turf,
How breathe unhurt the withering element, With banelul fogs her aching temples bound, Or hazy atmosphere: tho' custom moulds Quartana there presides : a meagre fiend, .. To ev'ry clime the soft Promethean clay; Begot by Eurus, when his brutal force
And he who first the fogs of Essex breath'd Compress'd the slothful Najad of the feps. (So kind is native air) inas in the fens
Of Essex frona inveterate ills revive
Scarce in a show'rless day the heavens indulge At pure Montpelier or Bermuda caught. Our melting clime ; except the baleful East But, if the rays and ouzy heaven ojiend,
Withers the tender spring, and sourly checks Correct the soil and dry the sources up
The fancy of the year. Our fathers talk Of wai'ry exhalacion i wicie aud deep
Of summers, balmy airs, and skies serepe. Conduct your trenches thro' the quaking bog; Good Heaven ! for what unexpiated crimes Solicitous, with all your winding arts,
This dismal change! The brooding elements Betray th' unwilling lake into the stream; Do they, your pow'rful ministers of wrath, And weed the forest, and invoke the winds Prepare some fierce exterminating plague! To break the toils where strangled vapors lie; Or is it fix'd in the decrees above Or thro' the thickets send the crackling Aames. That lofty Albion melt into the main? Meantime at home with cheerful fires dispel Indulgent nature! O dissolve this gloom! The humid air: and let your table smoke Bind in eternal adamant the winds With solid roast or bakd; or what the herds That drown or wither : give the genial W'est Of tamer breed supply; or what the wills To breathe, and in its turn the sprightly Nork: Yield to the toilsome pleasures of the chace. And may once more the circling seasons rule Generous your wine, the boast of rip'ning years, The year ; not mix'd in ev'ry monstrous day! But frugal be your cups; The languid frame, Meantime, the moist malignity to shun (paiga Vapid and sunk from yesterday's debauch, of burthen'd skies, mark where the dry chamShrinks froin the cold embrace of wat'ry hea- Swells into cheerful hills; where marjorim But neither these, nor all Apollo's arts, Trens. And thyme, the love of bees, perfume the air; Disarm the dangers of the dropping sky, And where the *cynorrhodon with the rose Unless with exercise and manly toil fblood. For fragrance vies; for in the thirsty soil You brace your nerves, and spur the lagging Most fragrant breathe the aromatic tribes. The fatt'ning clime let all the sons of case There bid tlıy roofs high on the basking steep Aroid ; if indolence would wish to live, Ascend ; there light the hospitable fires, Go. yawn and loiter out the long slow year And let them see the winter morn arise ; In fairer skies. If droughty regions parch (blood, The summer evening blushing in the west The skin and lungs, and bake the thick’ning While with umbrageous oaks the ridge behind Deep in the waving forest choose your scat, O'erhung, defends you from the blust'ring Where furning trees refresh the thirsty air ;.
north, And wake the fountains from their secret beds, And bleak affliction of the peevish east. And into lakes dilate the rapid strenm.
Oh when the growling winds contend, and all Here spread your gardens wide, and let the cool, The sounding forest fluctuates in the storm; The most relaxing vegetable store
'To sink in warm repose, and hear the din
Howl o'er the steady battlenients, delights By bleeding life, be genily wasted down, Above the luxury of vulgar sleep. By soft decoction and a mellowing heat, The murmuring rivulet, and the hoarser straia To liquid balnı; or if the solid mass
Of waters rushing o'er the slippery rocks, You choose, tormented in the boiling wave; Will nightly lull you to ambrosial rest. That thro' the thirsty channels of the blood To please the fancy is no trifling good, A smooth diluted chyle inay ever flow,
Where health is studied; for whatever moves The fragrant dairy from its cold recess - The mind with calm delight, promotes the jæt Its nectar acid or benign will pour
And natural movements of th' harmonions frame. To drown your thirst; or let the mantling bowl Besides the sportive brook for erer shakes Of keen sherbet the fickle taste relieve. The trembling air, that floats from hill to hill, For with the vicious blood the simple stream From vale to mountain, with incessant change Will hardly mingle; and fermented cnps Of purest element, refreshing still Oft dissipate inorc moisture than they give. Your airy seat, and uninfected gods. Yet when pale seasons rise, or winter rose. Chiefly for this I praise the man who builds His horrors o'er the world, thou may'st indulge High on the breezy ridge, whose lofty sides. In feast more genial, and impatient broach Th'ethereal deep with endless billows chafes. The mellow cask. Then too the scourging air His purer mansion nor contagious years Provokes to keener toils than sultry droughts Shall reach, nor deadly putrid airs annoy. Allow. But rarely we such skies blaspheme. But may no fogs, from lake or fenny plain, Steep'd in continual rains, or with raw fogs Involve iny hill! And whereso'er you build; Bedew'd, our seasons droop: incumbent still Whether on sun-burnt Epsom, or the plains A pond'rous heaven o'erwhelms the sinking soul: Wash'd by the silent Lee; in Chelsea low, Lab'ring with storms, in happy mountains rise Or high Blackheath with wintry winds assailid, Th'embattled clouds, as if the Stygian shades Dry be your house ; but airy more than warch. Had left the dungeon of eternal night,
Else ev'ry breath or ruder wind will strike 'Till black with thunder all the South descends. Your tender body thro' with rapid pains !
The wild rose, or that which grow on the common brier.
Fierce coughs will tease you, hoarseness bind | Daily with fresh materials to repair
This unavoidable expence of life,
Hence the concoctive pow'rs, with various art,
| The chyle to blood; the foamy purple tide And suill at azure noontide may your dome
To liquors, which thro' finer arterics At ev'ry window drink the liquid sky:
To different parts their winding course pursue ; Need we the sunny situation here,
(To try new changes, and new forms put on, And theatres open to the south, commend!
Or for the public, or some private use.
| Too soon expellid. His daily labor thaws To feel, the genial vigor of the sun!
To friendly chyle the most rebellious mass While on the neighb'ring hill the rose inflames | That salt can harden, or the smoke of years; The verdant spring ; in virgin beauty blows Nor does his gorge the rancid bacon rue, The tender lily, languishingly sweet';
Nor that which Cestria sends, tenacious paste O'er ev'ry helge the wanton woodbine roves,
Of solid inilk. But ye of softer clay, And autumn ripens in the sunner's ray. i
| Infirm and delicate ! and ye who waste Nor less the warmer living tribes demand
| With pale and bloated sloth the tedions day! The fost'ring sun; whose energy divine | Avoid the stubborn element, avoid Dwells not in mortal fire; whose gen'rous heat The full repast; and let sagacious age Grows thro' the mass of grosser elements,
Grow wiser, lesson'd by the dropping teeth. And kindles into life the pond'rous spheres.
| Half subtiliz'd to chyle, the liquid food Cheer'd by the fond invigorating warmth, Readiest obeys th' assimilating powers; We court thy beams, great majesty of day!
And soon the tender vegetable mass If not the soul, the regent of this world, |Relents; and soon the young of those that tread First-born of heaven, and only less than God! The stedfast earth, or cleave the green abyss,
Or pathless sky. And if the steer must fall, BOOK II.' DIET.
In youth and sanguine vigor let him die ;
Nor stay till rigid age or heavy ails ENOUGH of Air. A desert subject now, Absolve him ill-requited from the yoke. Rougher and wilder, rises to my sight.. Some with high forage and luxuriant ease A barren waste, where not a garland grows Indulge the vet'ran ox; but wiser thoa, To bind the Muse's brow; nor even a proud From he bald mountain or the barren downs Stupendous solitude frowns o'er the heath, Expect the flocks by frugal nature fed ; To rouse a noble horror in the soul :
A race of purer blood, with cxercise But rugged paths fatigue, and error leads Refin'd, and scanty sare: for, old or young Through endless labyrinths the devious feet.. The stall’d are never healthy, nor the crainm'd. Farewell, ethereal fields! the humbler arts |Not all the culinary arts can tame Of life: The Table and the homely Gods To wholsome food th'abominable growth Demand my song. Elysian gales, adieu! (flow, Of rest and gluttony; the prudent tåste
The blood, the fountain whence the spirits Rejects like hane sich loathsome lusciousness, The gen'rous stream that waters ev'ry part, The languid stomach curses even the pure And motion, vigor, and warm life conveys Delicious fat, and all the race of oil : To every particle that moves or lives;
For more the oily aliments relax This vital Auid, through unnumber'd tubes |Its fecble-tone; and with the eager lymph Pour'd by the heart, and to the heart again (Fond to incorporate with all it incets) Refunded; scourg'd for ever round and round: Covly they mix, and shun with slipp'ry wiles Enrag'd with heat and toil, at last forgets Tlie wood embrace. The irresoluble oil, Its balmy nature ; virulent and thin ! So gerrle late and blandishing, in foods It grows; and now, but that a thousand gates of rancid bile o'erdows: 'what towults hence, Are open to its flight, it would destroy
What horrors rise, were nauseous to relate: The parts it cherish'd and repair'd before. Choosc lenner viands, ye whose jovial make Besides, the flexible and tender tubes. ... Too fast the gummy nutriment imbibes : Melt in the mildest most nectareous tide Choose sober meals, and rouse to active life That Tipening nature rolls; as in the stream Your cumbrous clay ; nor on th' enfeebling Its crambling banks: but what the vital force Irresolute, protract the morning hours. [down. Or plastic fluids hourly batters down, .. But let the man whose bones are thinly clad, That very force, those plastic particles
With cheerful ease and succulent tepast Rebuild so nutable the state of mån. | Improve his slender habit. Each extreme For this the watehful appetite pas given, From the best mean of sanity departs.
I could I could relate what table this demands is this for pleasure? Learn a juister taste"; Or that complexion; what the various pow'rs | And know that temperance is true luxury. Of various foods ; but fifty years would roll, Or is it pride? Purssie some nobler aion : And fifty more, before the tale were donc. Dismiss your parasites, who praise for hire ; Besides, there often lurks some namelegs, strange, And earn the fair esteem of honcst men, Tvours, Peculiar thing; nor on the skin display'd, Whose praise is fame. Form'd of such clay as Felt in the pulse, nor in the habit seen; The sick, the famislı'd, shiver at your gates. Which finds a poison in the food that most Even modest want inay bless your hand unscen, 'The temp'rature affects. There, are, whose blood Tho' hush'd in patient wretchedness at home, Impetuous rages thro' the turgid veins.
Is their no virgin grac'd with ev'ry charm Who better bear the fiery fruits of Ind
But that which binds the mercenary row? Than the moist Melon, or pale Cucumber. No youth of genius, whose neglected bloom Of chilly nature others Ay the board
Unfoster'd sickens in the barren shade? Supplied with slaughter; and the vernal pow'rs No worthy man, by fortune's random blows, For cooler, kinder, sustenance implore. Or by a heart too gen'rous and hunane, Some ev'n the gen'rous nutriment detest Constrain'd to leave his happy natal seat, Which in the shell, the sleeping embryo rears. And sigh for wants more bitter than his own? Some, more unhappy still, repent the gifts | There are, while human miseries abound, Of Pales -- soft, delicious, and benign; A thousand ways to waste superfluous wealth, The balny quintessence of ev'ry Aow'r,
Withont one fool or Aatterer at your board, And ev'ry grateful herb that decks the spring; Witbout one hour of sickness or disgust. The fost'ring dew of tender sprouting life; | But other ills th'ambignous feast pursue, The best reẢection of declining age; . Besides provoking the lascivious taste. 'The kind restorative of those who lie
Such various foods, tho' harmless each alone, Half dead, and panting from the doubtful strife Each other violate; and oft we see Of nature struggling in the grasp of death. What strife is brew'd, and what pernicious bane, Try all the bounties of this fertile globe, From combinations of innoxious things. There is not such a salutary food
Th' unbounded taste I mean not to confine As suits with ev'ry stomach. But (except To hermit's diet, needlessly severe. Amid the mingled mass of fish and fowl, But would you long the sweets of health enjoy, And boil'd and bak'd, you hesitate by which Or husband pleasure ; at one iinpious meal You sunk oppress d, or whether not by all). Exhaust not half the bounties of the year, Taught by experience, soon you may discern of ev'ry realm. It matters not meanwhile What pleases; what offends. Avoid the cates How much to-morrow differ from to-dar; That lull the sicken'd appetite too long; So far indulge: 'tis fit, besides, that man, Or heave with feverish fushings all the face, To change obnoxious, he to change inur'd. Burn in the palms, and parch the rough'ning But stay the curious appetite, and taste tongue;
With caution fruits you never tried before. Or much diminish or too much increase
For want of lyse, the kindest aliment Th'expence, which nature's wise economy, Sornetimes offends; while custom taines the rage Without or waste or avarice, maintains. Of poison to mild amity with life. Such cates abjur'd, let prowling hunger loose, So Heaven has form'd us to the gencral taste And bid the curious palate roam at will; Ofall its gifts, so custoin has improv'd They scarce can err amid the rarious stores This bent of nature, that few simple foods, That burst the tceming entrails of the world. Of all that earth, or air, or ocean vicld,
Led by sagacious taste, the ruthless king But by excess offend. Beyond the sense Of beasts on blood and slaughter only lives; Of light refcction, at the genial board The tiger form'd alike to cruel meals,
Indulge not often ; nor protract the feast Would at the manger starve : of milder seeds, To dull saticty; till soft and slow The generous horse to herbage and to grain A drowsy death creeps on, th' expansive soul Confines his wish ; tho' fabling Greece resound |Oppress'd and smother'd the celestial fire. The Thracian steeds with human carnage wild. The stomach, urg'd beyond its active tone, Prompted by instinct's never-erring pow's Hardly to nutrimental chyle subdues Each creature knows its proper aliment; . The softest food ; unfinish'd and depravid, But man, th' inhabitant of ev'ry cline,
The chyle in all its future wand'rings owns With all the commoners of nature feeds, Its turbid fountain ; not by purer streams Directed, bounded, by this pow'r within, So to be clear'd, hut foulness will remaini. Their cravings are well aim'd : voluptuous Man To sparkling wine what fement can exalt Is by superior faculties misled,
Th' unripen'd grape? Or what mechanic skill Misled from pleasure e'en in quest of joy. Froin the crude ore can spin the ductile gold Sated with nature's boons, what thousands seek, Gross riot treasures up a wealthy fund With dishes tortur'd from their native taste, of plagues ; but more immedicable ills, And mad variety, to spur beyond
Attend the lean extreme. For physic know Its wiser will the jaded appetite !
How to disburden the too tumid veins,
Ev’n how to ripen the half-labor'd blood: In Auenc'd by both; a middle regimen
Inpose. Thro' autumn's languishing domain
To growing luxury. But from the depth 'The dried and worn out babit, were to bid Of winter when th' invigorating year Old age grow green, and were a second spring; Emerges; when Favonius, Aush'd with love, Or the tall ash, long ravish'd from the soil, Torful and young, in every breeze descends Thro' wither'd veins inbibe the vernal dew. Móre warm and wanton on his kindling bride ; When hunger calls, obey; nor often wait Then,shepherds, ihen begin to sparc your Aocks; Till hunger sharpen to corrosive pain :
And learn, with wise humanity, to check For the keen appetite will feast beyond
The lust of blood. Now pregnant earth commits What nature well can bcar; and one extreme A various offspring to th' indulgent sky: Ne'er without danger meets its own reverse. Now bounteous nature feeds with lavish hand Too grecdily th' exhausted veins absorb The prone creation yields what once suffic'd 'The recent chyle, and load enfeeblcd pow'rs l'Their dainty soy'reign, when the world was Oft to th' extinction of the vital flame.
young, To the palc cities, by the firm-set siege | Ere yet the barb'rous thirst of blood had seis'd And famine humbled, inay this verse be borne. The human breast. Each rolling month matures And hear, yc hardiest sons that Albion breeds! The food that suits it most : so does each clime. Long toss'd and famish'd on the wintry main ;l Far in the horrid realms of winter, where The war shook off, or hospitable shore Th' establish'd oceans heaps a monstrous waste Attain'd, with temp'rance bear the shock of joy; Of shining rocks and mountains to the pole, Nor crown with festive rights th'auspicious day: There lives a hardy race, whose plainest wants Such feasts might prove morefatalıhanthewares, Relentless earth, their cruel step-mother, Than war or famine. While the viral fire Regards not. On the waste of iron fields, Burns feebly, heap not the green fuel on; Untam'd, intractable, no harvests wave ; But prudently fonient the wand'ring spark Pomona hates them, and the clownish god With what the soonest feels its kindrod touch : Who tends the garden. In this frozen world Be frugal e'en of that; a little give
Such cooling gifts were rain : a fitter meal At first : that kindled, add a little more; Iscarn'd with case; for here the fruitful spawn Till by delib'rate nourishing, the fame Of Ocean swarms, and heaps their genial board Reviv'd with all its wonted vigor glows. With gen'rous fare and luxury profuse.
But thu' the two (the full and the jejune) These are their bread, the only bread they know; Extremes have each their vice; it much avails These, and their willing slave, the decr that crops Ever with gentle tide to cbb and flow
The shrubby herbage on their meagre hills. From this to that : so nature learns to bear Girt by the burning zone, not thus the South Whatever chance or headlong appetite Her swarthy sons in either Ind maintains ; May bring. Besides, a meagre day subdues Or thirsty Libya, from whosc fervid loins The cruder clods by sloth or luxury
The lion bursts, and ev'ry fiend that roarns Collected, and unloads the wheels of life. Th'affrighted wilderness. The mountain herd, Sometimes a coy aversion to the feast
Adust and dry, no sweet repast affords; Comes on, while yet no blacker omen low'rs; Nor does the tepid main such kinds produce, Then is a time to shun the teinpting board, So perfect, so delicious, as the shoals Were it your natal or your nuptial day. Oficy Zembla. Rashly where the blood (tain Perhaps a fast so seasonable starves
Brew's fev'rish frays; where scarce the tubes susThe latent seeds of woe, which rooted once Its timid fervor and tempestuous course, Might cost you labor. But, the day return'd Kind Nature tempts not to such gifts as these. Of festal luxury, the wise indulge
But here in livid ripeness melts the grape; Mlost in the tender vegetable breed : Then chiefly when the summer beams inflame Thro' the green shade the golden orange glows! The brazen heavens, or angry Sirius sheds Spontaneous here the turgid melon yields A fev'rish taint thro' the still gulph of air. A gen'rous pulp; the coco swells on high The moist cool viands then, and flowing cup With milky riches; and in horrid mail From the fresh dairy-virgin's lib'ral hand, The crisp ananas wraps its poignant sweets : Will save your head from harm, tho'round the Earth's vaunted progeny ; in ruder air world
Too coy to flourish, ev'n 100 proud to live, The dreaded * Causos roll his wasteful fires, Or hardly rais'd by artificial fire Pale humid Winter loves the gen'rous board, To vapid life. Here, with a mother's smile, The meal more copious, and a warmer fare; Glad Amalthea pours a copious horn: And longs with old wood and old wine to cheer Here buxom Ccres reigns : th' autumnal sea His quaking heart. The seasons which divile In boundless billows fluctuates o'er their plains. Th'einpires of heatand cold; by neither claim'd, / What suits the climate best, what suits the men,