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The subject proposed.... Address to the earl of Wilmington.... First approach of Winter.... According to the natural course of the season, various storms described.... Rain.... Wind....Snow.... The driving of the snows; a man perishing among them ; whence reflections on the wants and miseries of human life.... The wolves descending from the Alps and Appennines...A Winter evening described : as spent by philosophers ; by the country people ; in the city.... Frost...A view of Winter within the polar circle....A thaw.... The whole concluding with moral reflections on a future state.
SEE, WINTER comes, to rule the varied year, Sullen and sad, with all his rising train ; Vapours, and Clouds, and Storms. Be these my theme, These ! that exalt the soul to solemn thought, And heavenly musing: Welcome kindred glooms! Congenial horrors, hail ! with frequent foot, 1 Pleased have I, in my cheerful morn of life, When nursed by careless solitude I lived, And sung of Nature with unceasing joy,, Pleased have I wandered through your rough domain, 10 Trod the pure virgin-snows, myself as pure ; Heard the winds roar, and the big torrent burst ; Or seen the deep-fermenting tempest brewed, In the grim evening sky. Thus passed the time, Till through the lucid chambers of the south
15 Looked out the joyous Spring, tooked out, and smiled To thee, the patron of her first essay,
The Muse, O WILMINGTON ! renews her song,
35 A steady spirit, regularly free ; These, each exalting each, the statesman light Into the patriot ; these the public hope And eye to thee converting, bid the Muse Record what envy dares not flattery call.
40 Now when the cheerless empire of the sky To Capricorn the Centaur Archer yields, And fierce Aquarius, stains the inverted year ; Hung o'er the farthest verge of heaven, the sun Scarce spreads through ether the dejected day. 45 Faint are his gleams, and ineffectual shoot His struggling rays in horizontal lines, Through the thick air ; as cloathed in cloudy storm, Weak, wan, and broad, he skirts the southern sky;