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See e lofty Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding forests on the mountains dance:
See spicy clouds from lowly Saron rife,
And Carmel's flow'ry top perfumes the skies !
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert chears ;
Prepare the fway! a God, a God appears :

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IMITATIONS.

Mix taque ridenti colocasia fundet acantho

Ipsa tibi blandos fundent cunabula flores. « For thee, O Child, shall the earth, without being tilled, “ produce her early offerings; winding ivy, mixed with Baccar, “ and Colocasia with smiling Acanthus, Thy cradle skall pour « forth pleasing flowers about thee.

ISAIAH, Ch. xxxv. 1. “ The wilderness and the solitary

place shall be glad, and the defert shall rejoice and blossom as " the rose.” Ch. lx. % 13. “ The glory of Lebanon shall come

unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, “ to beautify the place of thy sanctuary.

VER. 29. Hark! a glad Voice, etc.]
VIRG, E. iv. ♡ 46.

Aggredere ô magnos, aderit jam tempus, honores,
Cara deûm foboles, magnum Jovis incrementum
Ipfi lætitia voces ad fydera jactant
Intonsi montes, ipfæ jam carmina rupes,

Ipsa sonant arbusta, Deus, deus ille Menalca! E. v. 62. « Oh come and receive the mighty honours : the time draws Bu nigh, O beloved offspring of the Gods, O great encrease of

Jove! The uncultivated mountains send shouts of joy to the stars, the very rocks fing in verse, the very fhrubs cry out, A God, a God !

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e Ch, XXXV, 26

f Ch. xl. $ 3, 4•

A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,
The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity.
Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies !
Sink down, ye mountains, and, ye valleys, rise ;
With heads declin'd, ye cedars, homage pay; 35
Be smooth, ye rocks ; ye rapid floods, give way!
The Saviour comes ! by ancient bards foretold :
Hcar Shim, ye deaf, and, all ye blind, behold!
He from thick films shall

purge

the visual ray, And on the fightless eye-ball pour the day : 'Tis he th'obstructed paths of found shall clear, And bid new music charm th' unfolding ear: The dumb fhall fing, the lame his crutch forego, And leap exulting like the bounding roe. No figh, no murmur the wide world shall hear, 45 From ev'ry face he wipes off ev'ry tear. In hadamantine chains shall Death be bound, And Hell's grim tyrant feel th' eternal wound.

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IMITATIONS. ISAIAH, Ch. xl. ♡ 3, 4. The voice of him that cryeth in “ the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord ! make strait “ in the desert a high way for our God! Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and ss the crooked shall be made strait, and the rough places plain.”

Break forth into finging, ye mountains ! O « forest, and every tree therein! for the Lord hath redeemed

Ifrael.
$ Ch. xlii. $ 18. Ch. xxxv. x 6. h Ch. xxv. 8.

Ch. iv. x 23.

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As the good i shepherds tends his fleecy care,
Seeks freshest pasture and the purest air, 50
Explores the loft, the wand'ring sheep directs,
By day o'ersees them, and by night protects,
The tender lambs he raises in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage, 55
The promis'd k father of the future age.
No more shall 'nation against nation rise,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more;

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But useless lances into fcythes shall bend,
And the broad faulchion in a plow-share end.
Then palaces shall rise; the joyful m Son
Shall finish what his short-liv'd Sire begun;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield, 65
And the same hand that sow'd, shall

reap

the field. The swain in barren n deserts with surprize See lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise ;

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IMITATIONS.
VER. 67. The Swain in barren deserts] Virg. E. iv. x 28.

Molli paulatim flavescet campus arista,
Incultisque rubens pendebit sentibus uva,

Et duræ quercus sudabunt roscida mella.
“ The fields shall grow yellow with ripen’d ears, and the red
And starts amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murm’ring in his ear. 70
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The
green

grape shall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks « fhall diftill honey like dew. i Ch, xl. xII. k Chix. * 6, 1 Ch, ji. * 4.

m Ch. lxv. * 21, 22,

n Ch, XXXV, I, 7.

reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
Waste sandy o valleys, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir and shapely box adorn:
To leafless shrubs the flow'ry palms succeed, 75
And od'rous myrtle to the noisom weed.
ThePlambs with wolves shall graze the verdant meads
And boys in flow'ry bands the tiger lead !

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Ch. lv. x 13.

IMITATIONS. ISAIAH, Ch. xxxv. x 7. “ The parched ground shall become “ a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water : In the habita~ tions where dragons lay, shall be grass, and reeds and rushes."

“ Instead of the thorn shall come up the fire tree, ~ and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tree. Ver. 77. The lambs with wolves, etc.] Virg. E. iv. x 21,

Ipsæ lacte domum referent distenta capella
Ubera, nec magnos metuent armenta leonesa
Occidet et serpens, et fallax herba veneni

Occidet. “ The goats shall bear to the fold their udders diftended with “ milk : nor shall the herds be afraid of the greatest lions. The

serpent shall die, and the herb that conceals poison shall die.

IS A IAH, Ch. xi. x 16, etc. “ The wolf fhall dwell with the " lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf “ and the young lion and the fatling together : and a little child or shall lead them.- And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. “ And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and “ the weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice. o Ch. xli. $ 19. and Ch. lv. x 13. P Ch. xi. X 6, 7, 8.

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The steer and lion at one crib Tall meet,
And harmless 9 serpents lick the pilgrim's feet.

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The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested basilisk and speckled snake,
Pleas'd the

green

luftre of the scales survey,
And with their forky tongue shall innocently play.
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise! 85
Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes!
See, a long 'race thy spacious courts adorn;
See future fons, and daughters yet unborn,
In crouding ranks on ev'ry side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the kies!

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See barb'rous ' nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings,
And heap'd with products of Sabæan springs !
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,

95 And feeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.

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IMITATIONS. Ver. 85. Rije, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise!) The thoughts of Isaiah, which compose the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully elevated, and much above those general exclamations of Virgil, which make the loftiest part of his Pollio.

Magnus ab integro fæclorum nascitur ordo!

toto surget gens aurea mundo!

incipient magni procedere menses !
Aspice, venturo lætentur ut omnia fæclo! etc.

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