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Here wandering oft, fired with the restless thirst
680 Turn we a moment Fancy's rapid flight To vigorous soils and climes of fair extent; Where, by the potent sun clated high, The vineyard swells refulgent on the day; Spreads o'er the vale ; or up the mountain climbs, 685 Profuse ; and drinks amid the sunny rocks, From cliff to cliff increased, the heighten'd blazo. Low bend the weighty boughs. The clusters clear, Half through the foliage seen, or ardent flame, Or shine transparent; while perfection breathes 690 White o'er the turgent film the living dew. As thus they brighten with exalted juice, Touch'd into flavour by the mingling ray; The rural youth and virgins o'er the field, Each fond for each to cull the' autumnal prime, 695 Exulting rove, and speak the vintaye nigh. Then comes the crushing swain; the country floats, And foams unbounded with the mashy flood; That, by degrees ferınented and refined, Round the raised nations pours the cup of jcy: 700 The claret smooth, red as the lip we press In sparkling fancy, while we drain the bowl; The mellow-tasted burgundy; and, quick As is the wit it gives, the gay champagno.
Now, by the cool declining year condensed,
705 Descend the copious exhalations, check'd As up the middle sky unseen they stole, And roll the doubling fogs around the hill. No more the mountain, horrid, vast, sublime, Who pours a sweep of rivers from his sides, 710 And high between contending kingdoms rears The rocky long division, fills the view With great variety ; but in a night Of gathering vapour, from the baffled sense Sinks dark and dreary. Thence expanding far, 715 The huge dusk, gradual, swallows up the plain Vanish the woods: the dim-seen river seems Sullen, and slow, to roll the misty wave. E'en in the height of noon oppress'd, the sun Sheds weak and blunt his wide-refracted ray; 720 Whence glaring oft, with many a broadend orb, He frights the nations. Indistinct on earth, Seen through the turbid air, beyond the life Objects aspear; and, wilder'd, o'er the waste The shepherd stalks gigantic. Till at last
725 Wreathed dun arou d, in deeper circles still Successive closing, sits the general fog Unbounded o'er the world; and, mingling thick, A formless gray confusion covers all. As when of old (so sung the Hebrew Bard) 730 Light, uncollected, through the chaos urged Its infant way; nor Order yet had drawn His lovely train from out the dubious gloom.
These roving mists, that constant now begin To smoko along the hilly country, these,
735 With weighty rains, and melted Alpine snows, The mountain cisterns fill, those ample stores Of water, scoop'd among the hollow rocks; Whence gush the streams, the ceaseless fountains play, And their unfailing wealth the rivers draw. 740 Some sages say, that, where the numerous waro For ever lashes the resounding shore,
Drill'd through the sandy stratum, every way,
Say then, where lurk the vast eternal springs,
775 To trace the secrets of the dark abyss, 0, lay the mountains bare ! and wide display Their hidden structure to the astonish'd view ! Strip from the branchi ng Alps their piny load; The huge incuribrance of horrific woods
From Asian Taurus, from Imaus stretch'd
800 O'ertopping all these giant sons of earth, Let the dire Andes, from the radiant line Stretch'd to the stormy seas that thunder round The southern pole, their hideous dceps unfold ! Amazing scene ! behold! the glooms disclose, 805 I see the rivers in their infant beds! Deep, deep I hear them labouring to get free, I see the leaning strata, artful ranged; The gaping fissures to receive the rains, The melting snows, and ever dripping fogs. 810 Strow'd bibulous above I see the sands, The pebbly gravel next, the layers then Of mingled moulds, of more retentive earths, The guiler'd rorks and mazy-running clefts;
* The Muscoviles call the Riphean Mountains Weliki Ca. menypuys; that is, the greul stony Girdle : because they suppose them to encompass the whole earth.
A range of mountains in Africa, that surround almost ail Monomotapa.
That while the stealing moisture they transmit, 815
When Autumn scatters his departing gleams,
Where the Rhine loses his majestic force
850 The stork-assembly meets ; for many a day, Consulting deep, and various, ere they take