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PR 3732 S4 1856
The subjoct proposed. Inscribed to the Countess of llertford. The
Season is described as it affects the various parts of Nature, ascending írom the lowor to the higher; with digressions arising from the subject. Its influence on inanimate Matt-r, on Vegetables, on bruto Animals, and last on Man; concluding witi a dissuasive from the wild and irregular passion of Love, opposed 10 that of a pure and happy kind.
COME, gentle SPRING, ethereal Mildness, come,
O Hertford, fitted or to shine in courts
As yet the trembling year is unconfirm’d,
At last from Aries rolls the bounteous sun,
Forth fly the tepid airs; and unconfined,
35 Drives from their stalls, to where the well used plough Lies in the furrow, loosen'd from the frost. There unrefusing, to the harness'd yoke, They lend their shoulder, and begin their toil, Cheer'd by the simple song and soaring lark. 40 Meanwhile incumbent o’er the shining share The master leans, removes the' obstructing clay, Winds the whole work, and sidelong lays the glebe.
While thro' the neighbouring fields the sower stalks, With measured step; and liberal throws the grain 45 Into the faithful bosom of the ground : The harrow follows harsh, and shuts the scene.
Be gracious, Heaven! for now laborious man Has done his part. Ye fostering breezes, blow ; Ye softening dews, ye tender showers, descend ! 50 And temper all, thou world-reviving sun, Into the perfect year! Nor ye who live In luxury and ease, in pomp and pride, Think these lost themes, unworthy of your ear. Such themes as these the rural Maro sung
56 To wide imperial Rome, in the full heiglet
elamem Of elegance and taste, by Greece refined. In ancient times, the sacred plough employ'd The kings, and awful fathers of mankind. And some, with whom compared your insect tribes 60 Are but the beings of a summer's day, Have held the scale of empire, ruled the storm Of mighty war; then, with unwearied hand