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THE subject proposed....Into tio Address to Mr. Dod
ington....An introductory reflecti on the motion of the heavenly bodies; whence the succ ision of the seasons....As the face of Nature in this season is almost uniform, the progress' of the poem is a description of a summer's day...The dawn.
Sun-rising.... Hymn to the sun.... Forenoon....Summer insects *
described......Hay-making......Sheep-shearing.......Noon-day......A woodland retreat....Group of herds and flocks....Asolemn grove: how it affects a contemplative mind.... A cataract, and rude scene....View of Summer in the torrid zone....Storm of thunder and lightning....A Tale....The storm over, a serene afternoon.... Bathing....Hour of walking....Transition to the prospect of a rich well cultivated country; which introduces a panegyric on Great Britain.....Sun-set.....Evening....Night.....Summer me
teors.... A comet....The whole concluding with the praise of phi
FROM brightening fields of ether fair disclos'd, Child of the sun, refulgent SUMMER comes, In pride of youth, and felt through Nature's depth ! He comes attended by the sultry Hours, And ever-fanning Breezes, on his way ; & While, from his ardent look, the turning Spring Averts her blushful face ; and earth, and skies, All-smiling, to his hot dominion leaves |
Hence, let me haste into the mid-wood shade, Where scarce a sun-beam wanders thro’ the gloom; 10 And on the dark green grass, beside the brink Df haunted stream, that by the .roots of oak Rolls o'er the rocky channel, lie at large, * und sing the giories of the circling year. * Come, Inspiration from thy hermit-seat, 15 y mortal seldom found: may Fancy dare, rom thy fixed serious eye, and raptured giance * : *."
Power of the Deity.
Shot on surrounding Heaven, to steal one look Creative of the Poet, every power Exalting to an ecstasy of soul. _29 And thou, my youthful Muse's early friend, In whom the human graces all unite: Pure light of mind, and tenderness of heart; Genius, and wisdom; the gay social sense, By decency chastis'd ; goodness and wit, 25 In seldom-meeting harmony combined; Unblemished honor, and an active zeal For Britain's glory, Liberty, and Man. O Dodington attend my rural song, Stoop to my theme, inspirit every line, - 30 And teach me to deserve thy just applause. With what an awful world-revolving power Were first the unwieldly planets launched along The illimitable void . Thus to remain, - Amid the flux of many thousand years, 35 That oft has swept the toiling race of Men, And all their laboured monuments away, Firm, unremitting, matchless, in their course ; To the kind tempered change of night and day, And of the seasons ever stealing round, . 40 Minutely faithful : Such the All-PERFEct HAND ! That poised, impels, and rules the steady Whole. When now no more the alternate Twins are fired, And Cancer reddens with the solar blaze, Short is the doubtful empire of the night; - 45 And soon observant of approaching day, The meek-eyed Morn appears, mother of dews, At first faint-gleaming in the dappled east : Till far o'er ether spreads the widening glow ;
And, from before the lustre of her face, '. 569