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Yclad in steel, and bright with burnish'd mail, Then Egypt, Greece, and Rome, their golden
He strain’d the bow, or tofs'd the founding spear, Succellive, had; but now in ruins gray [tiines,
Or darting on the goal outstripp'd the gale, They ly, to Navish sloth and tyranny a prey.

Or wheeld the chariot in its mid carcer, To crown his toils, Sir Industry then spread Or strenuous wrestled hard with many a tough

The swelling fail, and made for Britain's coast. compeer.

A sylvan life till then the natives led,
At other times he pry'd thro' nature's store, In the brown shades and greenwood forest loft,
Whate'er the in th'éthcrcal round contains, All careless rambling where it lik'd them moft :
Whatt'er the hides bencath her verdant floor, Their wealth the wild-deer bouncing thro' the
The vegetable and the minerad reigns; [mains, glade :
Or else he scann'd the globe, those small do. They lodg'd at large, and liv'd at nature's coft;
Wherc refilefs mortals fuch a turmoil keep, Save spear and bow, withouten other aid;
Its feas, its floods, its mountains, and its plains, Yet not the Roman steel their naked breast dir-
But mure he search'd the mind, and rous'd may'd.
from seep

He lik'd the soil, he lik'd the clement skies, Those moral feeds whence we heroic actions reap.

He lik'd the verdant hills and flow'ry plains. Nor would he scorn to stoop from high pursuits Be this my grcat, my chosen ille (he cries); Of heavenly truth, and practise what the taught. This, whilft my labours Liberty fustains, Vain is the tree of knowledge without fruits. This queen of ocean all allault disdains. Sometiincs in hand the spade or plough he

Nor like'd he less the genius of the land, caught,

[fraught; To freedom apt and persevering paios:
Forth-calling all with which hoon" earth is Mild to obey, and gen'rous to command,
Sometimes he plied the Itrong mechanic tool, Temper'd by forming heaven with kindest firmest
Or rear’d the fabric from the fineit draught;

hand.
And oft he put himself to Neptune's felicol, Here, by degrees, his maficr-work arose,
Fighting with winds and waves on the vex’d Whatever arts and industry can frame ;
ocean pool.

Whatever finit'd agriculture knows,
To folace then these rougher toils, he tried

Fair queen of arts ! from heaven itself who came,
To touch the kindling canvas into life ;

When Eden flourish'd in unspotted fame. With nature his creating pencil vied,

And still with her sweet innocence we find With nature joyous at the mimic strife ; And tender peace, and joys without a name, Or, to such thapes as grac'd Pygmalion's wife That, while they ravish, tranquillize the mind, He hew'd the marblc; or with varied fire, Nature and art at once, delight and use combin'd. He rous'd the trumpet and the martial fife, Then towns he quicken'd by mechanic arts,

Or bade the lute sweet tenderness inspire, (lyre. And bade the fervent city glow with toil ; Or verses fram'd that well might wake Apollo's Bade social commerce raise renowned marts,

Accomplish'd thus he froin the woods issued, Join land to land, and marry soil to foil,
Full of great aims, and bent on bold emprize ; Unite the poles, and without bloody spoil
The work which long he in his breast had Bring home of either Iud the gorgeous stores;
brew'd,

Or, ihould despotic rage the world embroil,
Now to perform he ardent did devise; Bade tyrants treinble on remotest shores; [roars.
To wit, a barbarous world to civilize. While o'er th'encircling deep Britannia's thunder
Earth was till then a boundless forest wild;

The drooping Muses then he westward callid,
Nought to be seen but favage wood and skies;

From the fam'd city * by Propontic sea,
No cities nourished arts, no culture smild,

What time the Turk the enfeebled Grecian No government, no laws, no gentle manners mild.

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A rugged wight, the worst of brules, was man: Thence from their cloister'd walks he fet them
On his own wretched kind he ruthless prey'd: And brought them to another Caftalie,
The strongest still the weakest over-ran ; Where Ilis many a famous nouriling breeds;
In ev'ry country mighty robbers sway'd, Or where old Cam fost paces o'er the lee
And guile and ruffian force were all their trade. in pentive mood, and tunes his Doric reeds,
Life was a scene of rapine, want, and woe; The whilft his flocks at large the lonely shepherd
Which this brave knight, in noble anger, made

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To swear, he would the rascal rour o'erthrow,

Yet the fine arts were what he finish d lcast, For, by the pow'rs divine, it should no more be sol

For why? they are the quintessence of all;
It would exceed the purport of my song, The growth of labouring time, and flow en.
To say how this befi fun from orient climes
Came beaming life and beauty all along, Unless, as seldom chances, it shcuid fall,
Before him chacing indolence and crimes. That mighty patrons the coy filters call
Still as he pass'd, the nations he fublimes, Up to the sunshine of uncumber'deale, [thrall,
And calls forth arts and virtues with his ray: Where no rudc care the mounting thought may
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And where they nothing have to do but please: An happy place : whcre, free and unafraid, Ah! gracious God! thou know'st they ask no Amid the How'sing brakes each coyer creature other fees.

ftray'd. alas ! we live too late in time: But in prime vigor what can last for ay ? Our patrons now even grudge that little claim, That loul-enfeebling wizard Indolence, Except to fuch as lieck the foothing rhyme ; I whilom fung, wrought in his works decay: And yet, forsooth, they wtar Mæcenas' name: Spread far and wide was his curs'd influence; Poor tons of puft-up vanity, not fame. Of public virtue much he dulld the sense, Unbroken fpirits chicer ! ftill, still remains Even much of private ; ate our spirit cui, The eternal patron, Liberty; whose name, And fed our rank luxurious vices; whence While the protects, inlpires the noblest strains. The land was overlaid with many a lout ; The best, and tweeteft far, are toil-created gairs. Not, as old fame reports, wise, generous, bold,

and fout. Whenas the knight had fram'd in Britain-land A matchless form of glorious government, A rage of pleasure madden'd ev'ry breast, In which the fovereign laws alone command, Down to the lowest lees the ferment ran : Laws 'stablith'd by the public free consent, To his licentious with each must be bless'd, Whose majesty is to the Iceptre lent;

With joy be fever'd ; snatch it as he can. When this great plan, with each dependent art, Thus vice the standard rear'd; her arrier-ban Was fettled firm, and to his heart's content, Corruption callid, and loud she gave the word,

Then fought he from the toilsome scene to part, "Mind, mind yourselves! why should the And let life's vacant eve breathe quiet thro' the “ vulgar man, hcart.

“ The lacquey be more virtuous than his lord? For this he chose a farm in Deva's vale,

Enjoy this span of life I 'tis all the gods aifurd." Where his long alleys peep'd upon the main The tidings reach'd to where, in quiet hall, In this calm feat he drew the healthful gale, The good old knight enjoy'd well-earn'd repole. Here mix'd the chief, the patriot, and the swain. “ Come, come, Sir Knight! thy children ca The hap! y monarch of his sylvan train, у

“ thee call; · Here, fided by the guardians of the fold, « Come, fave us yet, ere ruin round us close; He walk'd his rounds, and cheer'd his bleft “ The demon Indolence thy loil o'erthrows." doinain :

On this the noble colour stain d his checks, Ilis days, the days of unftzu'd nature, rolld, Indignant, glowing thro' the whitening fnows Reple:e with peace and joy, like patriarchs' of old. Of venerablc eld; his eye full speaks (breaks.

Witness, ye lowing herds, who gave him milk; His ardent foul, and from his couch at once ke
Wirnefs, ve flocks, whose wooly vestments far I will (he cried), so help me, God! destroy
Exceed soft India's cotton, or her filk; [car, That villain Archimage.--Hispage then straight
Witness, with autumn charg'd, the nodding He to him callid, a ficry-footed boy,
That homeward came bencath sweet evening's Benempt Dispatch.“ My fteed be at the gate,
Or of September moons thc radiance mild. [far. My bard attend ; quick, bring the net of Fate."
O hide thy head, abominable war!

This net iras twisted by the fifters three; Of crimes and ruffian idleness the child!

Which when once caft'o'er harden'd wretch, From heaven this life yfprung, from hell thy glories wild !

Repentance comes : replevy cannot be Nor from his decp retirement banish'd was

From the strong iron graip of vengeful destiny. The amusing care of rural industry:

He came, the bard, a little druid wight, Still, as with grateful change the feasons pass, Of wither'd aspect; but his eye was keen, New scenes ariie, new landscapes strike the eye, With sweetness mix’d. In ruffet brown bedighe, And all the enliven'd country beautify: As is his fifter in the copses green , Gay plains extend where marshes slept before ; He crept along, unpromising of micn. D'er recent meads the exulting streamlets fly; Gross he who judges fo. His foul was fair, Dark frowning heaths grow bright with Ceres' Bright as the children of yon azure theen. store,

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True' comeliness, which nothing can impair, And woods embrown the stecp, or wave along the Dwells in the mind : all else is vanity and glare.

As nearer to his farm you made approach, Come (quoth the knight), a voice has reachd He polith'd nature with a finer hand :

mine ear : Yet on her beauties durft not art encroach; The demon Indolence threats overthrow 'Tis art's alone these beautics to expand. To all that to mankind is good and dear : In graceful dance immingled, o'er the land, Come, Philomelus, let us instant go, Pans, Pales, Flora, and Pomona play'd : O’erturn his bowers, and lay his cattle low. Here too, brik gales the rude wild common Those men, those wretched men, who will be

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Muft drink a bitter wrathful cup of woe : In witching wise, as I before have said.

But some there be,thy long, as from their graves. But when he saw, in goodly geer array'd, Shall raise. Thrice happy he ! who without ri. The grave majestic knight approaching nigh,

And by his fide the bard To sage and itaid, lluing forth, the knight beftrode his steed,

His count'nance fell; yer oft his anxious eye, Of ardent bay, and on whose front a star

Mark'd them, like wily fox who rousted cock Shone blazing bright: 1prung from the generous breed

Nathless,with feign'd respect, he bade give back That whirl of active day the rapid car, The rabble-rout, and welcom'd them full kind; He pranc'd along, dildaining gate or bar. Struck with the nobletwain, they were not llack Meantime, the bard on milk-white palfrey rode; His orders to obey, and fall behind. An honest sober bcast, that did not mar Then he resum'd his song ; and unconfin'd His meditations, but full foftly trote :

Pour'd all his music, ran thro' all his strings : And much they moraliz'd as thus y fere they yode. With magic dust their eyne he tries to blind, They talk'l of virtue, and of human bliss;

And virtue's tender airs oe'r nature Alings. What else so fit for man to settle well?

What pity base his song who fo divinely linys ! And still their long researches met in this, Elate in thought, he counted them his own, This truth of truths, which nothing can refel: They listen'd lo intent with fix'd delight : “ From virtue's fount the purest joys out-well, But they instead, as if transmew'd to stone, “ Sweet rills of thought that cheer the con- Marvel'd he could with such sweet art unite “ scious foul ;

The lights and shades of manners, wrong and “ While vice pours forth the troubled streams

right. " of hell,

Meantime, the filly crowd the charm devour, “ Thewhich,howc'erdisguis'd, at last with dole Wide pressing to the gate. Swift on the knight 6 Will through the tortur'd breast their fiery He darted fierce, to drag him to his bower, “ torrent roll.''

Who back’ning lhunnid his touch, for well he At length it dawn'd, that fatal valley gay,

knew its power. O'er which high wood-crown'd hills thcir sum- As in throng amphitheatre of old, mits rear.

The wary Retiarius * trapp'd his foe; On the cool height a while our palmers stay, Ev'n so the knight, returning on hiin bold, And Ipite even of themselves their senses cheer; At once involv'd him in the net of woe, Then to thewizard's woone their steps they steer. Whereof I mention made not long ago. Like a green ise, it broad beneath them iprcad, Enrag'd at first, he scorn'd so weak a jail, With gardens round, and wandering currents And leap'd, and flew, and founced to and fro; clear,

But when he found that nothing could avail, And tufted groves to shed the meadow-bed, He fat him felly down, and gnaw d his bitter nail. Sweet airs and song: and without hurry all seem'd

Alarm d, the inferior demons of the place glad.

Rais'd rueful shrieks and hideous yells around; “ As God shall judge me, knight, we must for- Black storiny clouds deform'd the welkin's face, (The half-enraptur’d Philomeius cried) (give And from beneath was heard a wailing sound, “ The frail good man deluded here to live, ds of infernal sprights in cavern bound; “ And in these groves his musing fancy hide. A solemn sadness ev'ry creature strook, Ah! nought is pure. It cannot be denied, And lightnirgs flash'd, and horror rock'd the " That virtuc fill fome tincture has of vice, ground;

(mith'd look, “ And vice of virtue. What should then beride, Huge crowds on crowds out-pour'd with ble

“ But that our charity be not too nice? As if on time's last verge this fraine of things had " Come, let us those we can to real bliss entice.”

thook. “ Ay, ficker (quoth the knight)all flesh is frail, Soon as the short-liv'd tempest was yspent, “ To pleasant lin and joyous dalliance bent; Steam'd from the jaws of vex'd Avernus' hole, “ But let not brutish vice of this avail,

And huth'd the hubbub of the rabblement, “ And think to 'scape deserved punishment. Sir Industry the first calm moment stole : “ Justice were cruel weakly to relent;

• There mult (he cried) amid so vast a shoal “ From mercy's self the got her sacred glaive: " Be fome who are not tainted at the heart, " Grace be to those who can, and will repent; “ Not poison's quite by this fame villain's “ But, penance long, and dreary, to the flave,

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(part : " Who must in floods of fire his gross foul spirit "Come then, my bard, thy heavenly fire im“ lave."

· Touch foul with foul, till forth th: late..c Thus,holding high discourse, theycame towhere “ spirit fart" The cursed carle was at his wonted trade; The bard obey'd ; and taking from his fide, Still tempting heedless men into his suare, Where it in secmly sort depending huig, * A Gladiator, who made use of a net, which he threw over his adversary,

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His British barp, its speaking strings he tried, “ With brother-brutes thc human race had The which with skiiful touch be difily trung,

"graz d; Till tinkling in dear iymphony they rung.

None c'er had foar'd to fame, none honourd Then, as he felt the Muscs come along,

been, none prais'd. Light o'cr the cords his raptur'd hand he flung,

« Great Homer's song had never fir'd the breast And play'd a prelude to liis riting tong:

To thirst of glory, and heroic deeds; The whiilt, like midnight mute, ten thousands

“ Sweet Maro's mule, funk in inglorious reli, round him throng.

“ Had filent slept amid the Mincian reeds: Thus ardent burst his ftrain

" The wits of modern time had told their “ Ye hapless race,

66 beads, " Dire-labouring here to mother reason's ray, “ And monkih legends bccn their only strains : “ That lights our Naker's image in our face, « Our Milton's Edun liad lain irrapt in weed's, " And gives us wide o'er earth unquestion'd “ Our Shakespeare frolld and laugh'd with sway ;

“ Warwick swains;

[plaiss. “ What is the ador'd Supreme Perfection, fay: “ Ne had my master Spender cliarmid his Mulia's " What, but cternal never-resting soul, “ Dumb too had been the lige historic mufe, “Alinighty power, and all-directing day;

And perilh'd all the fons of ancien: fame; “ By whom cach atom stirs, the planets roll;

“ Thote starry lights of virtue, thai difule " Whó fills, surrounds, informis, and agitates

“ Through thic dark depth of time their vivid " the whole !

flame, “ Come, to the beaming God your hearts un

6 Had all been loft with such as have no name. 66 fold!

" Who then had fcorn'd his case for other's " Draw from its fountain life! 'Tis thence alone * We can cxccl. Up from uafeeling mold, “ Who then had toild rapacious meo to tame! “ To firaplis burning round the Almighty's “ Who in the public breach devored ftool, o throne,

“ And for his country's caufe been prodigal of " Life rising still on life, in higher tone,

blood ? Perfection forms, and with perfection bliss.

“ But Mould to fame your bcarts unfetliogbe, “ In universal nature this clear thewn,

“ If right I read, you pleasure all require: “ Not necdeth proof : to prove it were, I wis,

“ Then hear how befi may be obtain d 1.1.3 " To prove the beautcous world excels the brute

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“ How best enjoy'd this nature's wide defire. “ Is not the field, with lively culture green, “ Toil, and be glad! let induitry inipire “ A joyous Gght more than the green morals: Into your quicken'd limbs her buoyant “ Do not the skies, with active ether clean,

6 breath! “ And fund by sprightly zephyrs, far fur- " Who does not act is dead : abforpt entire • país

[mals, “ In miry iloth, mu pride, no joy he hath; “ The foul Norember-fogs, and lumi'rous O leaden hearted men, to be in love with death' “ With which fad Naiure veils her drooping “ Ah! what avail the largest gifts of Heaven 6. face?

[gluis, “ \Vhen drooping health and Ipirits go anit? “ Does not the mountain-stream, as clear as “ How tasteleis then whatever can be given!

“Gay dancing on, the putrid pool disgrace? 6. Health is the vital principle of bliss, « The fame in all hoids true, but chicf in hu- " And exercise of health. 'Io proof of this,

“ Behold the wretch, who flugs his life away, “ It was not by vile loitering in case

“ Soon fiallow'd in dileale's lid abvls; “ That Greece obrain'd the brighter palm of art;

" While he whom toil has brac'd, or manlı “ That soft yet ardent Athens learn’d to plcase,

play, " To keen the wit, and to fublime the heart, “ Has light as air each limb, cach thought as clear “In all fupreme! complete in every part ! “ O who can speak thu vigorous joys of bezich? “ It was not thence majettie Rome arose, “ Unclogy'd the body, unoblourd the mind; “ Aud o'er the nations thook her conquering “ The morning rises gay; with pleating íteaith, " dart :

" The temperatu evening falis ferene and kiod. “For lluggard's brow the laurel never grows; “lo health the wiler brutes fruie gladness fiad “ Renown is not the child of indolent repose. “ Sec! how the younglings friik along the

" meads, “ Had unambitious mortals minded nought, “ But in loote joy their time to wear a:vay;

As Maycomes on, and wakes the balny wird; “ Had they alone che lap of dalliance fought, Rampant with life, their joy all joy exceeds: “Plesd on her pillow their dull heads to lay,

"" Yet what but high-strung health this dancisz " Rude nature's state had been our fcate to

“plealuunce breeds:

“ But here, instead, is fofter'd every ill, " Vo cities éer their tow'ry fronts had rais’d, " Which or distemper'd minds or bodies know. “ Ne arts had made us opulent and gay; "Coinc then, any kindred fpirits ! do not fpill

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“ Your talents here. This place is but a show, Th'awaken'd heaps, in streamlets from on high, “ Whole charms dclude you to the den of woe: Rous'd into action, lively leap away, “ Come follow ine, I will direct you right, Glad-warbling through the vales, in their new “ Where pleasure's roles void of terpents

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[knight, " Sincere as fiveet ; come, follow this good

Not less the life, the vivid joy serene, “ And you will bleis the day that brought him

That lighted up these new created men, * to your sight.

Than that which wings th’exulting spirit clean, “ Some hc will lead to courts, and some to

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How light its ellence' how unclogg'dirs pow'rs, “ To fenates fome, and public fage debates, “ Where, by the folcmn gleam of midnight

Beyond the blazon of my mortal pen !

Even so we glad forlook thcle finful bowers, " lamps,

(ftates: Eventuch enraptui'd life, such energy was ours. “ The world is pois d, and manag'd mighty “ To high-discovery fome, that new-creates But far the greater part, with rage enflam'd, “ The face of carth ; fomnc to the thriving Dire-mutter id curies, and blafphem'd high

Jore. “ Some to the rural reign, and softer fates ; “ Ye loos of hate ! (they bitterly exclaim'd) " To the sweet mules lomc, who raise the “ What brought you to this seat of peace and " hcart :

" love? " All glory shall be yours, all nature and all art. " While with kind nature, here amid the grove,

" There are, I fee, who listen to my lay, We pass'd the harmlets fabbath of our • Who wretched figh for virtue, but despair. “ All may be done, (incthinks I hear them " What to disturb it could, fell mcn, emove say)

“ Your barbarous hearts? Is happiness a “ Even death defpis'd by geocrous a&tions fiir :

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[sublime. “ All, but for those who to these bowers repair," Then do the fiends of hell rule in yon heaven “ Their very power ditTolvid in luxurv,

“ Ye impious wretches," quoth the knight in “ To quit of torpid lluggihıncss the lair,

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He wav'd, an anti-magic power that hath, Would you then learn to diffipate the band Truth from illufive falfchond to command. Of theic huge ihreatening difficulties dire, Sudden, the landscape links on ev'ry hand; 6. That in the weak man's way like lions

The pure quick streams are marthy puddles * stand,

fund; “ His foul appal, and da:np his rising fire? On baleful heaths the groves all blacken'd stand; “ Resolve, refolve, and to be men ałpire. And o'er the wecdy foul abhorred ground, “ Exert that noblest privilege, alone

Snakes, adders, toads, each loathsome creature “ Here to mankind indulgd: controul desire:

crawis around. “ Let godlike Reafon, from her sovereign * throne,

(is done.

And here and therc, on trees by lightning Speak the commanding word-I willi--and it

fcath'd, “ Heavens! can you then thus watc, in same

Unhappy wights who learned life yhung: “ ful wife,

Or, in freth gore and recent murder bath’d, “ Your few important days of trial here?

They welt’ring lay ; or elfe, infuriate fung « Heirs of eternity! y bora to rile.

Into the gloomy food, while ravens sung “ Through endless states of being fill more

The funeral dirge, they down the torrent

rowI'd : “ To bliss approacling, and perfection clear;

There. by distemper'd blood to madness stung,

Had doom'd theinfelves; whence oft, when “ Can you renounce a fortune to fublime, « Such g'crious hopes, your backward MopsThe world, returning hither their fad lpirits

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That lazır house, I whilom in my lay “ dain the fordid crime!"

Depainted have, its horrors deep display’dl, “Enough! enough!" they cry'd-fraight from And gave unnumber'd wretches to the day, the crowd

Who tolling there in fqualid misery lav. The better furt on wings of transport ily. Soon as of Tacred light the unwonted smile As when amid the lifeless summits proud Pour'd on those living catacombs its ray, Of Alpine cliffs, where to the gelid sky

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