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Points an approving smile, with double force,
Oh, knew he but his happiness, of men
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,
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,
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 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,
To thee, the patron of her first essay,