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• Forth from the thicket burst a hind in flight, • White as the snow on proud Plinlimmon's height;
And through the glade her trembling speed. renews, While close behind a ravenous wolf pursues.
Compassion touch'd me, and my pointed dart * Had reach'd, with certain aim, the monster's heart; • But sudden thunder shook the woods around, • Blue lightnings gleam’d, and earthquake rock'd the
ground, * Dire yells were heard, and shrieks of wild affright, * And all the vision vanish'd from my sight.
Wondering I stood, with sacred horror fillid, • In ev'ry vein the vital current chill'd; • When, lo, a female form divinely bright, · Like the mild radiance of the queen of night, * Rose on the shade. A lucid robe she wore, *A golden wand her rosy fingers bore; ? But when the smiling nymph her silence broke, · Celestial music warbled as she spoke.'
" Receive," she cried, “Oh youth for ever dear, "My thanks, my love, and to my words give ear. “ By thee preserv'd, I draw the vital air, “My wonted shape, my wonted power I bear..
“ Bound by strong spells, a milk-white hind I seem'd,
« Till by thy prowess from the wolf redeem'd.
“ The boon were thine! But thou submiss attend.
“The bliss of man must on himself depend. - - Such is the will of fate. One choice is giv'n “Of good, or ill, by all disposing Heav'n. . “ Fair be thy lot! But if thy judgment fail, “ Know patient courage may at length prevail,.. “ To milder doom the favouring powers dispose, “ And fix the period of thy toils and woes. “ But for th' ignoble herd; the dastard crew, “ Afraid to choose, or choosing to pursue ; “ By men despis’d, nor more of gods the care; “Their lot is pain and anguish, and despair.” • The fairy spoke, and shook her flowing hair. • That heavenly fragrance fill'd the circling air. • Light breezes now through trembling oziers play;
And lengthen'd shadows tell the closing day; * A pleasing languor crept through all my frame, * And sleep resistless o'er my senses came :
But when awake at length I raise my eyes, - What charming scenes, what new elysiums rise !
* Here the thick forest spreads profoundest night; * Here opening glades admit the chequer'd light;
Pours the swift torrent from the sounding hill; Or winds along the dale the murmuring rill; · Through parting boughs now bursts the blazing day, • Distinct and clear appears the streaming ray, * The distant trees reflect the vivid beam,
• And all the glowing forest seems to flame:
* At length the glory of the plain is seen,
• Here mix'd with fir, the graceful birch arise,
Whose drooping boughs, when zephyr wakes the dawn, i Sweep the light drops that glitter on the lawn. 'Th' expanse beyond presents its varying dyes, • Farms, temples, cities, turret-crown'd, arise.
Blue hills that hide in clouds the lofty head, • Rocks, fields, and woods, in bright confusion spread. * Here while I gaz'd, Melissa stood beside, * And press'd my hand, while smiling thus she cry'd :' “ If shady groves, and flow'ry plains delight, “Well may these groves and plains attract the sight:
But soon the scene shall other joys dispense, " And charms superior greet thy ravish'd sense.” • Then through a winding path, with boughs o'erspread,
Yet unexplor'd, my willing steps she led, * To where the turf with brighter verdure glows, * Proud to display the beauty of the rose,
- Which summer's warm embraces blushing meets,
* And yields reluctant her unrivall’d sweets.
By the light zephyr's balmy theft betray’d;