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Points an approving smile, with double force,
The cudgel rattles, and the wrestler twines.
Age too shines out; and, garrulous, recounts
The feats of youth. Thus they rejoice; nor think
That, with to-morrow's sun, their annual toil 1231
Begins again the never ceasing round.

Oh, knew he but his happiness, of men
The happiest he ! who far from public rage,
Deep in the vale, with a choice few retired, 1235
Drinks the pure pleasures of the Rural Life.
What though the dome be wanting, whose proud gate,
Each morning, vomits out the sneaking crowd
Or flatterers false, and in their turn abused ?
Vile intercourse! what though the glittering robe
Of every hue reflected light can give,

1241 Or floating loose, or stiff with mazy gold, The pride and gaze of fools ! oppress him not? What hough, from utmost land and sea purvey'd, For him each rarer tributary life

1145 Bleeds not, and his insatiate table heaps With luxury, and death? What though his bowl Flames not with costly juice ; nor sunk in beds, Oft of gay care, he tosses out the night, Or melts the thoughtless hours in idle state ? 1250 What though he knows not those fantastic joys That still amuse the wanton, still deceive; A face of pleasure, but a heart of pain; Their hollow moments undelighted all ? Sure peace is his; a solid life, estranged 1255 To disappointment, and fallacious hope : Rich in content, in Nature's bounty rich, In herbs and fruits ; whatever greens the Spring, When heaven descends in showers; or bends the bough When Summer reddens, and when Autumn beams; Or in the wintry glebe whatever lies

1261 Conceal'd, and fattens with the richest sap : These are not wanting ; nor the milky drove, Luxuriant, spreal o'er all the lowing valo;

Nor bleating mountains; nor the chide of streams,
And hum of bees, inviting sleep sincere

Into the guiltless breast, beneath the shade,
Or thrown at large amid the fragrant hay;
Nor aught besides of prospect, grove, or song,
Dim grottoes, gleaming lakes, and fountain clear.
Hore too dwells simple Truth ; plain Innocence; 1371
L'nsullied Beauty ; sound unbroken Youth,
Patient of labour, with a little pleased ;
Ilealth ever blooming; unambitious Toil,
Calm Contemplation, and poetic Ease.

1275 Let others brave the flood in quest of gain, And beat, for joyless months, the gloomy wave Let such as deem it glory to destroy, Rush into blood, the sack of ciiics seek; Unpierced, exulting in the widow's wail, 1280 The virgin's shriek, and infant's trembling cry. Let some, far distant from their native soil, Urged or by want or harden'd avarice, Find other lands beneath another sun. Let this through cities work his eager way, 1285 By legal outrage and establish'd guilo, The social sense extinct ; and that ferment Mad into tumuit the seditious herd, Or melt them down to slavery. Let these Insnare the wretched in the toils of law,

120 Fomenting discord, and perplexing right, An iron race! and those of fairer front, But equal inhumanity, in courts, Delusive pomp and dark cabals, delight ; Wreathe the deep bow, diffuse the lying smile, 1295 And tread the woary labyrinth of state. While he, from all the stormy passions free Thut restless men involve, lears, and but hears, At distance safe, the human tempest roar, Wrapp'a close in conscious peace. The fall of kings, The rage of racions, and the crush of states 1301 Move not the man who, from the world escaped,

In still retreats, and flowery solitudes,
To Nature's voice attends, from month to month
And day to day, through the revolving year :

Admiring, sees her in her every shape ;
Feels all her sweet emotions at his heart;
Tukes what she liberal gives, nor thinks of more.
He, when young Spring protrudes the bursting gems,
Marks the first bud, and sucks the healthful gale 1310
Into his freshen'd soul; her genial hours
He full enjoys; and not a beauty blows,
And not an opening blossom breathes in vain,
In Summer he, beneath the living shade,
Such as o'er frigid Tempè wont to wave,

1315 Or Hemus cool, reads what the Muse, of these, Perhaps, is in immortal numbers sung ; Or what she dictates writes : and, oft an eye Shot round, rejoices in the vigorous year. When Autumn's yellow lustre gilds the world, 1.320 And tempts the sickled swain into the field, Seized by the general joy, his heart distends With gentle throes; and, through tho tepid gleams Deep musing, then he best exerts his song. E'en Winter wild to him is full of bliss.

1325 The mighty tempest, and the hoary waste, Abrupt, and deep, stretch'd o'er ihe buried earth, Awake to solemn thought. At night the skies, Disclosed, and kindled, by refining frost, Pour every lustre on tne' exalted eye.

1330 A friend, a book, the stealing hours secure, And mark them down for wisdom. With swift wing O'er land and sea imagination roams ; Or truth, divinely breaking on his mind, Elates his being, and unfolds his powers ;

1335 Or in his breast heroic virtue berns. The touch of kindred tvo and love he feels; The modest eye, whose beams on his alono Ecstatic shine ; the little strong embrace Of pratiling children, twined around his nock, 1340

And emulo is to please him, calling forth
The fond parental soul. Nor purpose gay,
Amusement, dance, or song, he sternly scorns ;
For happiness and true philosophy
Are of the social, still, and smiling kind. 1315
This is the life which thcse who fret in guilt,
And guilty cities, never knew; the life,
Led by primeval ages, uncorrupt,
When Angels dwelt, and God himself with Man!
Oh Nature ! all sufficient ! over all !

Enrich me with the knowledge of thy works!
Snatch me to heaven; thy rolling wonders there
World beyond world, in infinite extent,
Profusely scatter'd o'er the blue immense,
Show me; their motions, periods, and their laws,
Give me to scan ; through the disclosing deep 1356
Light my blind way; the mineral strata there;
Thrust, blooming, thence the vegetable world;
O'er that the rising system, more complex,
Of animals; and higher still, the mind,

The varied scene of quick-compounded thought,
And where the mixing passions endless shist;
These ever open to my ravish'd eye;
A scearch, the flight of time can ne'er exhaust!
But if to that unequal; if the blood,

In sluggish streams about my heart, forbid
That best ambition ; under closing shades,
Inglorious, lay me by the lowly brook,
And whisper to my dreams. From Thee begin,
Dwell all on Thee, with Thee conclude my song ,
And let me vever, never stray froin 'l'hoe ! 1371



The enhjori proposed. Address to the Earl of Wiimington. First

approach of Winter According to the natura course of the season, various storms described. Rain. Wind. Snow. The driving of tho snows; a man perishing among them; whenen roflections on the wants and miseries of human life. The wolvog descending from the Alps and Apennines. 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 futuro stato.

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, 5
Congenial horrors, hail! with frequent foot,
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 wander'd through your rough domain;
Trod the pure virgin-snows, myself as pure; 11
Heard the winds roar, and the big torrent burst ;
Or seen the deep-fermenting tempest brew'd,
In the grim evening sky. Thus passid the time,
Till through the lucid chambers of the south 15
Look'd out the joyous Spring, look'd out, and smiled.

To thee, the patron of her first essay,
The Muse, O Wilmington! renews lier song.
Sinco has she rounded the revolving year:
Skimm'd tho gay Spring; on eagle pinions borne. 20
Pellempted through the summer blaze to rise ;
Tien swept o'er Autumn with the shadowy gale;
And now among the wintry clouds again,

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