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of the coy choristers that lodge within,

As thus the patient dam affiduous fits, Are prodigal of harmony. The thrush -595 Not to be tempted from her tender task; And wood-lark, o'er the kind-contending throng Or by 11 arp hunger or by smooth delight, 660 Superior heard, run thro' the sweetest length Tho' the whole loosen'd Spring around her Of notes; when listening Philomela deigns

blow!, To let them joy, and purposes, in thought Her sympathizing lover takes his stand Elate, to make her night excel their day.

High on th' opponent bank, and ceaseless fings The blackbird whistles from the thorny brake ; The tedions time away; or else fupplies The mellow bulfinch answers from the grove : Her place a moment, while she sudden flits 665 Nor are the linpets, o'er the flowering furze To pick the scanty meal. Th’appointed time. Pour'd out profusely, filent. Join’d to there, With pious toil fulfill’d; the callow young Innumerous fongsters, in the freshing ihade 605 Warm d and expanded into perfect life, Of new sprung leaves, their modulations mix Their brittle bondage break, and come to light; Mellifluous : the jay, the rook, the daw, A helpless family, demanding food And each harsh pipe, discordant heard alone, With confiant clamour. O what passions then, Aid the full concert, while tlie itock-clove breathes What melting sentiments of kindly care, A melancholy murmur thro' the whole. 610 On the new parents seize! away they fly 'Tis Love creates the melody, and all

Affectionates and, undefiring, bear This waste of music is the voice of Love; The most delicious mørsel to their young, That e'n to birds and beats the tender arts Which equally distributed, again of pleasing teaches : hence the glossy kind The search begins, E'en fo a gentle pair, Try every widring way inventive love 615 By Fortune funk, but form’d of generous mould, Can dictate, and in courtship to their maths And charm’d with cares beyond the vulgar Pour forth their littie souls. First, wide around, breast, With diftant awe, in airy rings they rove, In some lone cot amid the distant woods, 690 Endcay'ring by a thousand tricks to catch Sustain'd alone by providential Heaven, The cunning, conscious, half-averted glance 620 Oft as they weeping eye their infant train, « Of their regardless charmer. Should me feem Check their own appetites, and give them all. Softening, the least approvance to bestow,

Nor toil alone they scorn; exalting Love, Their colours burnish, and, by hope infpir’d, By the great Father of the Spring inspird, 685 They brik advance; then on a sudden Itruck, Gives instant courage to the fearful race, Retire disorder'd; then again approach, 625 And to the simple art. With stealthy wing In fond rotation spread the fpotted wing,

Should some rude foot their woody haunti And thiver every feather with defire.

molest, Connubial leagues agreed, to the deep woods Amid a neighbouring bush they flent drop, They hafte away, all as their fancy leads, And whirring thence, as if alarm'd, deceive 600 Pleasure, or food, or secret fafety prompts, 630 Th' unfeeling schoolboy. Hence around the That Nature's great command may be obey'd; head Nor all the sweet sensations they perceive Of wandering swain the white-wing'd plover Indulg'd in vain. Some to the holly hedge

wheels Nestling repair, and to the thicket some;

Her founding flight, and then directly on, Some to the rude protection of the thorn 635 In long excurhon, ikims the level lawn

694 Commit their feeble offspring : the cleft tree To tempt him from her neft The wild-duck Offers its kind concealment to a few ;

hence Their food its insects, and its moss their nests: O'er the rough moss, and o'er the trackless Others apart, far in the grassy dale

waste Or roughening waste their humble texture weave: The heath-ben, flutters; pious fraud! to lead But not in woodland folitudes deligiit, 641 The hot-purfuing spaniel far astray. In unfrequented gloomis or thaggy banks,

Be not the Muse asham'd here to bemoan. Steep, and divided by a babbling brook,

Her brothers of the grove, by tyrant-man som Whose murmurs soothe them all the live-long Inhuman caught, and in the narrow cage day,

From liberty confin'd and boundless air. When by kind duty fix'd. Among the roots 645 | Dull are the pretty flaves, their plumage dull, Of bazel, pendant o'er the plaintive ítream, Ragged, and all its brightning luftre loit; They frame the first foundation of their domes, Nor is that fprightly wildness in their notes 705 Dry, sprigs or trees, in artful fabric laid,

Which, clear and vig'rous, warbles from the And bound with clay together. Now 'tis nought beach. But reflefs hurry thro' the busy air,

then, ye Friends of love and love-taught Beat by unnumber'd wings. The swallow sweeps fong, The slimy pool, to build the hanging house Spare the soft tribes! this barbarous art forbear! Intent: and often froin the carclefs back

It on your bofom Innocence can win, Of herds and flocks a thousand tugging bills Music engage, or Piety persuade.

710 Pluck hair and wool; and oit', when unobserv'd, But let not chief the nightingale lament Steal from the barn a straw, till foft and warm, Her ruin'd care, too delicately fram’d Clean and complete, their habitation grows,



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To brook the harsh confinement of the cage. Graceful, and crows defance. In the pond
Oft' when, returning with her loaded bill, The finely checquer'd duck, before her train,
Th' astonishid mother finds a vacant neft, 715 Rows garrulous. The stately-failing iwan 775
By the hard hand of unrelenting clowns

Gives out his snowy plumage to the gule,
Robb'd, to the ground the vain provision falls, Ard, arching proud his neck, with cary feet
Her pinions ruffle, and, low-drooping, scarce Bears forward fierce, and guards his,
Can bear the mourner to the poplar shade, Protective of his young. The turkey nigh,
Where, all abandon'd to despair, the fogs 720 Loud threat'ning, reddons; while the peacock
Her sorrows thro' the night, and on the bough spreads
Sole fitting, ftill at every dying fall

His every-colourd glory to the fum,

791 Takes up again her lamentable ftrain

And twins in radiant majetty along. Of winding woe, till, wice around, the woods O’er the whole homely feene the cooing dove Sigh to ber fong, and with her wail refound. 725 Flies thick in amorous chace, and wanton rolls But now the feather'd youth their former | The glancing eye, and turns the changeful neck, bounds,

While thus the gentle tenants of the trade Ardept, disdain, and, weighing oft their wings, Indulge their prirer loves, the rougher worla Demand the free poilelfion of the ty,

Of bruites helow ruth furious into flame This one glad office more, and then diffolves And fierce defre. Thro’ all his lufty veins Parental love at once, now needless grown, 73 The bull, deep-scorch’l, the raging pallion feels ; Unlavith'd Wisdom never works in vain. Of parture, and regligeut of fool, 191 'T'is on fome ev'ning, funny, grateful, mild, Scarce seen, le wades along the yellow broom, When nought but balm is brcathing thro' the While oʻcr his ample (ides the rambling sprays woods,

Luxuriant Moot: or thro' the mazy wood With yellow lustre bright, that the new tribes Dejected wanders, nor th' enticing bud 795 Vilit the ipacious heaven', ard look abroad

735 Crops, tho' it prelles on his careless fenfe : On Nature's coinmon, far as they can see, And oit', in jealous maddening fancy wrapt, Or wing, their range and parure. D'er the He seeks the fight; and, idly butting, feigns boughs

His rival gord in every knotty trunk: Dancirg about, ftill at the giddy verge

Him nould he meet, the bellowing war begins : Their rosolution fails ; their pinions till

Their eyes Rash fury : to the hollowed earth, 801 In loose libration stretch'd, to trust the void 740Whence the fand dies, they mutter bloody deeds, Trembling reruse, till down beiore them fly And, groaning deep, th' impetuous battle mix ; The parent-guides, and cbide, exhort, cominand, while the fair heifer, balmy-I:reathing, near, Or puth them or. Tho' furgiug air receives Stands kindl ng up their rage. The trembling Its plumy burder, and tieis fel.-taught wings

fteed, Winnow the waving ele!nent. On ground With this hot impulse seizod in every nerve, 806 Alighied, holder up again they leal, 745 Nor leeds the rein, nor bears the sounding Farther and farther on, the lengthering flight, thong ;

rül vanito'd every fear, and every power Blows are not felt; but toming high his head, Rous'd into life and action, light in air

And by the well-known joy to di:'ant plains 7'ho acquitted parents fee their soaring race, 750 Attracted strong, all wild he bursts away ; 310 And, once rejoicing, never know them more. C'er rocks, and woods, and craggy mountains, High fron the summit of a craggy cliff,

Aies ; Hung o'er the dees, such as amazing frowns And, neighing, on the aërial fummit takes On utmoit Kilda's * More, whole lonely race Th’exciting gale; then stees-defcending cleaves Relign the setting fun to Indian worldi, 755 The headlong torrents framing drwn the hills, The royal cagle draws his vigorous young, E'en where the madness of the straiteri'd stream Strong-pounc'd, ard ardent with paternal fire: Turns in black eddies round: fuch is the force New ft to raise a kir.gdoin of their own,

With which bis frantic heart and finews fwell. He drives them from his fort, the towering feat, Nor undelighted by the boundless Spring Foragas, of his empire, which in peace 760 Are the bro:d moniters of the foaming deep; Unnai 'l he holds, while many a league to fea From the deep ooze and gelid cavern rous'l, 820 He wings bis course, and preys in diliant ines. They founce and tumble in unwieldy joy.

Should I my fteps turn to the rural seat Dire were the ffrain, and diffovant, to sing Whole lofty elms and venerable oaks

The cruel raptures of the favage kind: Javite the rook, who high amid the boughs, 765 How, by this tame their native wrath fullim’d, Ja early Spring, his airy city builals,

They ream, amid the fury of their heart, And cafeless caws amuív:, there, well-pleas'd, The far-rcfounding wafte, in fiercer bands, I mighi the various polity survey

And growl their horrid loves: but this the Of the mixt household kid. The careful hen

theme ( alls all her chiruing family around, 770 | I fing, enraptur'd, to the British fair, Fed and defended by the fearless cock,

Forbids, and leads me to the mountain-brow, Whofe brealt with ardour fames as on he walks, Where fits the repherd on the grafiy turf,

Inh:ling, healthful, the descending fun: * Tile furtheft of the wejlernifuri's of Scotlani'. Around him feeds bis many-bleating flock,




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Of various cadence; and his sportive lambs,

The whole creation round. Contentment walks This

way and that convoly’d, in friskful glee 834 The sunny glade, and feels an inward bliss Their frolics play. And now the sprightly Spring o'er his mind, beyond the power of

kings Invites them forth: wlien swift, the signal To purchase. Pure serenity apace given,

Induces thought, and contemplation ftill: 895 They start away, and sweep the masly mound By swift degrees the Love of Nature works, That runs around the bill, the rampart once And warms the bosom, till at last sublim'd Of iron War, in ancient barbarous times,

To rapture and enthusastic heat, When difunited Britain, ever bled, 840 We feel the present Deity, and taste Loft in eternal broil ; ere yet she grew

The joy of God to see a bappy world ! 900 To this deep-laid indiffoluble state,

These are the facred feelings of thy licart, Where Wealth and Commerce lift their golden Thy heart, inform'd by Reason's purer ray, heads,

O Lyttleton, the friend! thy pasions thus And o'er our labours Liberty and Law

And meditations vary, as at large, Jipartial watch, the wonder of a world! 845 | Courting the Muse, thro' Hagley-Park thou

What is this mighty Breath, ye Sages ! say, ftrayeft, That in a powerful language, felt, not heard, Thy British Temple; there along the dale 906 loftructs the fowls of heaven, and thro' their with woods o'erbung, and agg'd with moliy breasts

rocks, These arts of love diffuses? What, but God? Whence on each hand the gushing water3 play, Inspiring God! who, boundless Spirit all, 850

And down the rough cascade white-cahing fall, And unremitting Energy, pervades,

Or gleam in lengthened vifta thro' the trees, 910 Adjurts, fustains, and agitates the whole.

You silent steal; or fit beneath the fhade He cea eless works alone, and yet alone

Of folemn oaks, that tuft the swelling mounts, Secins not to work; with such perfection fram'd Thrown graceful round by Nature's careless Is this complex kupendous scheme of things. 855

hand, But tho' conceal'd to every purer eye

And pensive listen to the various voice

214 Th’informing Author in his works appears,

Of rural peace : the herds, the flocks, the birds, Chief, lovely Spring! in thee, and thý fost The hollow-whispering breeze, the plaint of sceres,

rills, The smiling God is seen, while water, earth, That, purling down amid the twiled roots And air, atteft his bounty, which exalts 860 Which creep around, their dewy murmurs Make The brute creation to this finer thought,

On the footh'd ear. From these abstracted, oft' And annual melts their undesigning hearts

You wander thro’ the philosophic world, 920 Profusely thus in tenderness and joy.

Where in bright train continual wouders rise, Still let my song a nobler note assume,

Or to the curious or the pious eye. And fing th’inful ve force of Spring on Man; 865 And oft', conducted by historic truth, When beaven and earth, as if contending, vie

You tread the long extent of backward time, To raise his being, and serene bis foul.

Planning, with warm benevolence of mind, 225 Can he forbear to join the general smile

And honest zeal, unwarp'd by party-rage, Of Nature ? can fierce paflions vex his breast, Britannia's weal, how from the venal gulph While every gale is peace, and every grove 870 To raise her virtue, and her arts revive : Is meledy? Hence! from the bounteous walks Or, turning thence thy view, these graver Of fowing Spring, ye fordid Sons of Earth,

thoughts Hard and unfeeling of another's woe,

The Muses charm, while with fure talie refin'd, Or only lavih to yourselves : away!

You draw th' inspiring breath of ancient song, But come, ye generous Minds! in whose wide Till nobly rises, emulous, thy own, thought,

Perhaps thy lov'd Lucinda 1 ares thy wall, of all his works, creative bounty burns With warmeit beam, and on your open front

Wears to the lover's eve a lok of love,

935 And liberal eye fita, from his dark retreat

And all the tumult of a guilty world, Inviting mode it Want; nor till invok'd

Tossd by urgenerous paflions, Inks away. Can restless Goodness wait: your active search

The tender heart is arimated peace; Leaves no cold wintry corner unexplor'd! 831 And as it pours its copious treasures forth Li'e filent-working Heaven, urprising oft In varied converse, soitening every theme, The lonely heart with unexpected gond.

You, frequent pausing, turn, and from her For you the roving spirit of the wind

eyes, Plows Spring abroad! for you the teeming Where meekened sense, and amialıle grace, clouds

And lively sweetness dwell, enraptur'd drink
Defcend in gladdinme plenty o'er the world, That namclefs fpirit of ethereal joy ;
And the sun Beds his kinde

you, Unutterable happiness! which Love

945 Ye Power of human race ! In these green days, Alone heftrws, and on a favour'd few. Reviving Sickness lifts her languid head,

Mean time you again the heigla, from whole faire Life Hows afres, and young-cy'd Health exalts brow


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The bursting prospect spreads immense around, Heard, felt, and seen, possesses every thought, And, fnatch'd o'er hill, and dale, and wood, and Fills every sense, and pants in every vein. lawn,

Books are but formal dulness, tedious friends ; And verdant field, and dark’ning heath between, And sad amid the social band he fits, And villages embolom'd soft in trees, 951 Lonely, and unattentive. From his tongue 1015 And spiry towns by furging columns mark'd Th' unfinith'd period falls : while borne away Of household smoke, your eye excursive roams; On swelling thought his wafted fpirit fies Wide stretching from the hall, in whose kind haunt To the vain borom of his dittant fair, Tlie hospitable Genius lingers still, 955 And leaves the semblance of a lower fix'd To where the broken landscape, by degrees In melancholy fite, with head declin'd, Ascending, roughens into rigid hillls, (clouds And love-dejected eyes. Sudden be starts, O'er which the Cambrian mountains, like far Shook from his tender trance, and restless runs That skirt the blue horizon, dusky rise.

To gliminering shades and sympathetic glooms, Fluth'd by the spirit of the genial year, 960 Where the dun umbrage per the falling fream, Now from the virgin's cheek a fresher bloom Romantic, bangs; there thro the pensive dulk Shoots, less and less, the live carnation round:

Strays, in heart-thrilling meditation loft; Her lips blush deeper lucets; the breathes of Indulging all to love; or on the bank youth;

Thrown, amid drooping lilies, swells the breeze The thining moisture swells into her eyes With fighs unceasing, and the brook with tears. In brighter Aow ; her wishing bofom heaves 965 Thus in soft anguish he contumes the day, 1036 With palpitations wild; kind tumults feize

Nor quits his deep retirement till the inoon Her veins, and all her yielding foul is love. Peeps thro' the chambers of the Heecy east, From the keen gaze her lover turns away; Enlightened by degrees, and in her train Full of the dear ecstatic power, and fick

Leads on the gentle Hours; then forth be walks, With fighing languishment. Ah then, ye Fair! 970 Beneath the trembling languilh of her beam, 1035 Be greatly cautious of yonr Niding hearts ; With softened soul, and woos the bird of eve Dare not the infectious figh; the pleading look, To mingle woes with his; or, while the world, Downcast, and low; in meek fubmislion drett, And all the fons of Care, lie hush'd in Neep, But full of guile ; let not the fervent tongue, Associates with the midnight shadows drear, Prompt to deceive, with adulation simooth, 975 And, fighing to the lonely taper, pours 1040 Gain on your purpos'd will : nor in the bower, His idly-tortur'd heart into the page Where woodbines fiaunt, and roles thed a couch, Meant for the moving messenger of love, While Evening Wraws her criníon curtains round, where rapture burns on rapture, every line Trust your soft minutes with betraying Man. With rising frenzy fir'd: but if on bed

And let th' aspiring youth beware of love ; 980 Delirious Hung, fleep from his pillow fies : 1245 Of the smooth glance beware : fortis too late, All night be tosses, nor the balmy power When on his heart the torrent-fottuels pours: In any posture finds ; till the grey Mora Then wisdom prostrate lies, and fading fame Lifts her pale luftre on the paler wretch, - Diffolves in air away: while the fond soul, Lxanimate by love; and then, perhaps, Wrapt in gay viĝons of unreal bliss,

985 Exhausted Nature finks a while to rest, 1050 Still paints th' illufive forms the kindling grace, Still interrupted by distracted dreams,

Thenticing smile, the modett-leeming eye, That o'er the fick imagination rise,
Beneath whose beauteous beams, belying Heaven, And in black colours paint the mimic scene.
Lurk searchless cunning, crucity, and cieath : Oft with thenchantress of his foul he talks,
And fiill falfe-warbling in his cheated ear, 990 Sometimes in crouds distress'd; or, if retird 1055
Her firen voice, enchanting, draws him on To fecret-winding flower-enwoven bowers,
To guileful shores, and meads of fatal joy. Far from the dull impertinence of Man,
E'en present, in the very lap of Love

Just as he, credulous, his endless cares
Inglorious laid, while music tiows around,

Begins to lose in blind oblivious love, Perfumes, and oils, and wine, and wanton hours, Snatch'd from her yielded hand, he knows not Amid the roses fierce Repentance rears 996 how, Her snaky creft: a quick-returning pang Thro' forests huge, and long-untravell’d heaths, Shoots thro' the conscious heart, where honour Witli defolation brown, he wanders waste, 1062 still,

Ju night and tempeft wrapt, or shrinks, agbast, And great design, against the oppressive load

Back from the bending precipice, or wades Of luxury, by fits, impatient heave.

The turbid stream below, and strives to reach But abfent, what fanialtic woes arous'd

'The farther shore, where, fuccourless and sad, Rage in each thought, by reftlefs muting fed, She with extended arms his aid implores, Chill the warm cheek, and blait the blown of life? | But ftrives in vain ; borne by the outrageous flood Neglected Fortune flies, and Niding swiit,

To distance down, he rides the ridgy wave, Prone into ruin fall his scorn'd aifairs, 1005 Or whelin'd beneath the boiling eddy finks. 1070 'Tis nought but gloom around; the darkea'd fun These are the charming agonies of love, Loses his light; the rosy-bosom'd Spring

Whole misery delights. But throʻthe beari To weeping Fancy pines, and you' bright arch, Should Jealousy its venom once diffuse, ('ontracted, bends into a dusky vault.

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But agony unmixa, incessant gall, 1075 Can answer love, and render bliss secure.
Corroding every thought, apd blastinga!

Let him, ungenerous, who, alone intent Love's Paradise. Ye fairy Prospects, then, To bless himself, from sordid parents buys Ye Beds of Roses,' and ye Bow sis of Joy, The loathing virgin, in eternal care,

1125 - Farewell! ye Gleamings of departed Peace, Well-merited, consume his nights and days; Shine out your last! the yellow-tinging plague Let bacbarous nations, whose inhuman love Internal vision taints, and in a night 1081 Is wild delire, fierce as the suns they feel; Of livid gloom imagination wraps.

Let eastern tyrants from the light of heaven Ah, then! instead of love-enlivened cheeks; Seclude their bosom-flaves, meanly pofsefs'd Or funny features, and of ardent eyes,

Of a mere lifeless, violated form,

1131 With flowing rapture bright, dark looks fucceed, while those whom love cements in holy faith Suffus'd, and glaring with untender fire ; 1086 And equal transport, free as Nature live, A clouded aspect, and a burning cheek,

Disdaining fear. What is the world to thein, Where the whole poison'd soul malignant fits, Its pomp, its pleasure, and its nonsense all ! 1135 And frigoteus Love away. Ten thousand fears Who in each other claip whatever fair Invented wild, ten thousand frantic views 1090 High fancy forins, and lavish hearts can with ? Of horrid rivals, hanging on the charins Something than beauty dearer, should they look For which he melts in fondness, eat him up Or on the mind, or mind-illumin'J face ; With tervent anguish and consuming rage. Truth, goodness, bonour, harmony, and love, In vain reproaches lend their idle aid,

The richest bounty of indulgent Heaven. 1141 Deceitful pride, and resolution frail, 1095 Mean time, aj smiling otispring rises round, Giving false peace a moment. Fancy pours And mingles both their graces. By degrees Afresh her beauties on his busy thought, The human bloffom blows, and every day, Her first endearments twining round the soul, Soft as it rolls along, Thews fome new charm, With all the witchcraft of ensnaring love. 1099 The father's lustre, and the mother's bloom. 1146 Straight the fierce storm involves his mind anew, Then infant Reason grows apace, and calls Flames thro' the nerves, and boils along the For the kind hand of an assiduous care. veins,

Delightful talk ! to rear the tender thought,
While anxious doubt distracts the tortur'd heart; To teach the young idea how to shoot,
For een the fad assurance of his fears


the fresh instruction o'er the mind, Were case to what he feels. Thus the warm To breathe th’enliv'ning fpirit, and to fix youth,

The generous purpose in the glowing breast. Whom Love deludes into his thorny wilds 1105 Oh speak the joy! ye whom the sudden tear Tbro' fowery tempting paths, or leads a life Surprises often, while ye look around,

1155 Of fever'd rapture or of cruel care,

And nothing strikes your eye but fights of blise, His brightest aims extinguish'd all, and all All-various Nature presling on the heart : His lively moments running down to waste. An elegant sufficiency, content,

But happy they! the happiest of their kind ! Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, Whom gentler stars unite, and in one fate in Ease and alternate labour, useful life, 1160 Their hearts, their fortunes, and their beings Progresive virtue, and approving Ileaven. blend,

These are the matchless joys of virtuous love, "Tis not the coarser tie of human laws,

And thus their moments tly. The Seasons: thus, Unnatural oft, and foreign to the mind,

As ceaseless round a jarring world they roll, That binds their peace, but harmony itsell, 1115 Still find them happy, and consenting Spring Attuning all their passions into love,

Sheds her own rofy garland on their heads : 1166 Where Friendship full exerts her softest power, Till evening comes at last, serene and mild, Perfect esteem, enlivened by defire

When, after the long vernal day of life, Ineffable ; and sympathy of foul;

Enamour'd more, as more remembrance swells Thought meeting thought, and will preventing with many a proof of recollected love, will,

Together down they link in focial fleep; With boundless confidence ; for nought but Together freed, their gentle fpirits fly love

1121 To Icenes where love and bliss immortal reign.



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