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Sing, while beside the shaded tomb I mourn,
'Tis done, and nature's various charms decay, See gloomy clouds obscure the chearful day!
30 Now hung with pearls the dropping trees appear, Their faded honours scatter'd on her bier. See, where on earth the flow'ry glories lie, With her they flourish'd, and with her they die. Ah what avail the beauties nature wore?
35 Fair Daphne's dead, and beauty is no more!
For her the flocks refuse their verdant food, The thirsty heifers fhun the gliding flood,
'Tis done, and nature's chang’d since you are gone ;
Inducite fontibus umbras-
The silver swans her hapless fate bemoan,
No grateful dews descend from ev'ning skies, 45
Her fate is whisper'd by the gentle breeze,
65 Swell’d with new passion, and o’erflows with tears ;
The winds and trees and floods her death deplore, Daphne, our grief ! our glory now no more !
But see! where Daphne wond'ring mounts on high Above the clouds, above the starry sky!
70 Eternal beauties grace the shining scene, Fields ever fresh, and groves for ever green! There while you rest in Amaranthine bow'rs, Or from those meads select unfading flow'rs, Behold us kindly, who your name implore, 75 Daphne, our Goddess, and our grief no more!
L Y CIDAS. How all things listen, while thy Muse complains ! Such silence waits on Philomela's strains, In some ftill ev'ning, when the whisp'ring breeze Pants on the leaves, and dies
the trees. 80 To thee, bright goddess, oft a lamb fhall bleed, If teeming ewes encrease my fleecy breed. While plants their shade, or flow'rs their odours give, Thy name, thy honour, and thy praise shall live!
VER. 83. Originally thus in the MS.
While vapours rise, and driving snows descend,
IMITATIONS, Ver, 69, 70,
miratur limen Olympi,
TH YRS IS. But see, Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse; Sharp Boreas blows, and Nature feels decay, Time conquers all, and we must Time obey. Adieu, ye vales, ye mountains, streams and groves, Adieu, ye shepherd's rural lays and loves ; Adieu, my flocks; farewell, ye fylvan crew; Daphne, farewell; and all the world adieu !
NOTES. Ver. 89, etc.] These four last lines allude to the several subjects of the four Pastorals, and to the several scenes of them, particularized before in each.
solet esse gravis cantantibus uinbra, Juniperi gravis umbra.
Virg. Ver. 88. Time conquers all, etc.
Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori. Vid. etiam Sannazarii Ecl. et Spenser's Calenvar,