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What eyes but hers, alas, have power to move ! Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful lay!. And is there magic but what dwells in love? Farewell, ye woods, adieu the light of day!

Resotnd, ye hills, resound my mournful ftrains! One leap from yonder cliffs shall end my pains ; l'll fly from Thépherds, flocks, and flowery plains. No more, ye hills, no more resound my strains ! From thepherds, flocks, and plains, I may remove, Thus sung the shepherds till th' approach of Forsake mankind, and all the world—but love!

night, I know thee, Love: on foreign mountains bred, The skies yet blushing with departing light, Wolves gave thee suck, and lavage tigers fed. 90 When falling dews with spanglos deck'd the glade, Thou wert from Ætna's burning entrails torn, And the low sun had lengthen'd every shade. 106 Got by fierce whirlinds, and in thunder born!





'Tis done, and nature's various charms decay : Tuyksis, the music of that murmuring spring See gloomy clouds obscure the cheerful day! 3 Is not so mournful as the strains you fing; Now hung with pearls the dropping trees appear, Nor rivers winding through the vales below, Their faded honours scatter'd on her bier. So sweetly warble, or fo smoothly flow.

See where, on earth, the flowery glories lie! Now fleeping flocks on their soft fleeces lie, With her they flourish'd and with her they die. The moon, serene in glory, mounts the sky, Ah, what avail the beauties nature wore? While silent birds forget their tuneful lays, Fair Daphne's dead, and beauty is no more! o fing of Daphne's fate, and Daphne's praise ! For her the flocks refuse their verdant food, THYRSIS.

The thirsty heifers fhun the gliding flood; Behold the groves that shine with silver frost, The filver swans her hapless fate bemoan, Their beauty wither’d, and their verdure loft. 10 In notes morc fad than when they ling their Here fhall I try the sweet Alexis' ftrain,


40 That call'd the listening Dyrades to the plain? In hollow caves sweet Echo silent lies, 'Thames heard the numbers, as he flow'd along, Silent, or only to her name replies; And bade his willows learn the moving fong. Her name with pleasure once the taught the shore, LYCIDAS.

Now Daphne's dead, and pleasure is no more! So may kind sains their vital moisture yield, No grateful dews descend from evening Akies, And swell the future harvest of the field. Nor morning odours from the flowers arile; Begin; this charge the dying Daphne gave, No rich perfumes refresh the fruitful field, and said, “ Ye shepherds, fing around my grave!" Nor fragrant herbs their native incense yield. Sing, while belide the shaded tomb I mourn, The balny zephyrs, filent fince her death, And with fresh bays her rural fhrine adorn. 20 Lament the cealing of a sweeter breath; THYRSIS.

Th'industrious bees neglect their golden store; Ye gentle muses, leave your crystal spring, Fair Daphoc's dead, and sweetness is no more! Let Nymphs and Sylvans cypress garlands bring; Ye weeping loves, the stream with myrtles hide, And break your bows as when Adonis dy'd; And with your golden darts, now useleso grown,

VARIATIONS. Toscribe a verse on this relenting stone:

Ver. 29. Originally thus in the MS. " Let nature change, let heaven and earth deplore, 'Tis done, and nature's chang'd fince you are gone; * Fair Daphne's dead, and love is now to more." Behold, the clouds have "put their mourning on.”


No more the mounting larks, while Daphne sings, In some ftill evening, when the whispering breeze Shall

, listening in mid air, suspend their wings; Pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees 80 No more the birds shall imitate her lays;

To thee bright goddess, oft a lamb shall bleed, Or, bush'd with wonder, hearken from the sprays; If teeming etes increase my feeĉy breed. No more the streams their wonder shall forbear, While plants their fhade, or flowers their odouts A sweeter music than their own to hear;

give, But tell the reeds, and tell the vocal shore, Thy name, thy honour, and thy praise shall live! Fair Daphne's dead, and music is no more! 60

Her fate is whisper'd by the gentle breeze, But lee, Orion sheds unwholesome dews;
And cold in sighs to all the trembling trees; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse;
The trembling trees, in every plain and wood, Sharp Boreas blows, and nature fcels decay,
Her fate remurmur to the silver flood :

Time conquers all, and we must time obey.
The filver flood, so lately calm, appears

Adieu, ye vales, ye mountains, streams, and groves,
Swell'd with new paflion, and o'erflows with tears; Adieu, ye shepherds' rural lays and loves ; go
The winds, and trees, and floods, her death de- Adieu, my locks; farewell, ye Sylvan crew;

Daphne, farewell; and all the world adieu !
Daphne, our grief! our glory now no more!
But see! where Daphne wondering mounts on

Above the clouds, above the starry sky!

VARIATIONS. Eternal beauties grace the shining scene,

Ver. 83. Originally thus in the MS. Fields ever fresh, and groves for ever green !

While vapours rise, and driving snows descend, There while you rest in amaranthine bowers,

Thy honour, name, and praise,

shall never end. Or from those meads feled unfading flowers, Behold us kindly, who your name implore, Daphne, our goddess, and our grief no more !

Ver. 89. &c.] These four last lines allude to the LYCIDAS.

several subjects of the four Pastorals, and to the fo How all things liften, while thy muse complains! veral scenes of them particularised before in cach. Bach filence waits on Philomela's strains,


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In reading several passages of the prophet Isaiah, which foretel the coming of Christ, and the felis

cities attending it, I could not but observe a remarkable parity between many of the thoughts, and those in the Pollio of Virgil. This will not seem surprising, when we reflect, that the Eclogue was taken from a Sibylline prophecy on the same subje&. One may judge that Virgil did not copy it line for line ; but selected such ideas as belt agreed with the nature of Pastoral Poetry, and disposed them in that manner which served most to beautify his piece. I have endeavoured the fame in this imitation of him, though without admitting any thing of my own; since it was writ. ten with this particular view, that the reader, by comparing the several thoughts, might see how far the images and descriptions of the prophet are superior to those of the poet. But as I fear I have prejudiced them by my management, I shall subjoin the passages of lsaiah, and those of Vir. gil, under the same disadvantage of a literal tranflation.

Ye nymphs of Solyma ! begin the song : Th' Æthereal spirit o'er its leaves shall move,
To heavenly themes sublimer (trains belong. And on its top descends the mystic Dove.
'The mossy fountains and the fylvan shades, Ye + Heavens: from high the dewy nectar pour,
'The dreams of Pindus and th' Aonian maids, And in soft filence shed the kindly shower!
Delight no more-thou my voice inspire The $ sick and weak the healing plant shall aid,
Who touch'd lsaiah's hallow'd lips with fire ! From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade.

Rapt into future times, the bard begun :
A Virgin Mall conceive, a Virgin bear a Son!
From * Jeffe's root behold a branch arise,

Wholesacred flower with fragrance fills the skies: 10 Irrita perpetua solvent formidine terras,

Pacatumque reget patriis virtutibus orbem.

“ Now the Virgin returns, now the kingdom of Ver. 8. A Virgin shall conceive-All crimes " Saturn returns, now a new progeny is sent down shall ceale, &c.)

“ from high heaven. By means of thee, whate

“ ver relics of our crimes remain, shall be wiped Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 6.

* away, and free the world from perpetual fears. Jam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna ; “ He shall govern the earth in peace, with the vir Jam nova progenies cælo demittitur alto.

tues of his Father." Te duce, fi qua mancant sceleris vestigia noftri,

+ Ch. xiv. ver. 8. • Ifai. xi. ver. I.

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All cimes shall cease, and ancient frauds shall fail, A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,
Returning Justice lift aloft her scale;

The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity.
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend, Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies;
Andwhite-rob'd Innocence from heaven descend. 20 Sink down, ye mountains; and ye vallies, rise ;
Swift dy the years, and rise th' expe&ed morn! With heads declin'd, ye cedars, homage pay;
Oh spring to light, auspicious babe, be born! Be smooth, ye rocks: ye rapid flouds, give way!
Sec, Dature haftes her earliest wreaths to bring, The Saviour comes! by ancient bards foretold :
With all the intense of the breathing spring : Hear him, ye deaf; and all ye blind, behold!
See + lofty Lebanon his head advance,

He from thick films shall purge the visual ray, See podding forests on the mountains dance : And on the lightless eye-ball pour the day : 40 See spicy clouds from lowly Saron rise,

'Tis he th' obitructed paths of found fhall clear, And Carmel's flowery top perfumes the skies!

And bid new music charm th' unfolding ear : Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers ; The * dumb shall fing, the lame his crutch forego, Prepare the way. a God, a God appears ! 30 And leap exulting like the bounding roe.

No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear,
From every face he wipes off every tear.

In † adamantine chains shall death be bound,
Ilaiah, Ch. xii. ver. 14. “Behold a Virgin As the good shepherd tends his fleecy care,

And hell's grim tyrant feel th' eternal wound. fhall conceive and bear a Son-Chap. ix, ver. * 6,7. Unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son

Seeks freshest pasture, and the purest air ; " is given; the Prince of Peace of the increase Explores the loft, the wandering heep directe,

By day o'ersees them, and by night protects; of his government, and of his peace, there shall * be no end: Upon the throne of David, and up. Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;

The tender lambs he raises in his arms, on his kingdom, to order and to establish it,

Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage, " with judgment and with justice, for ever and

The promis'd ý father of the future age. Ver. 13. See nature hastes, &c.] Virg. Ecl. iv.

No more shall lll nation against nation rise,

Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes, ver. 18.

Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er, At tibi prima, puer, nullo munuscula culcu,

The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more : 60 Errantes hederas paflim cum baccare tellus,

But useless lances into fcythes shall hend, Mixtaque ridenti colocafia fundet acantho

And the broad falchion in a ploughshare end. Ipfa tibi blandes fundent cunabula fores.

Then palaces shall rise; the joyful Son

Shall finish what his short-liv'd Sire begun; " For thee, o Child, shall the earth, without

Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield, " being tilled, produce her early offerings; wind

And the fame hand that sow'd, shall reap the field:

The swain in barren ++ deferes with surprise * ing ivy, mixed with Baccar, and Colocaffia with "{miling Acanthus. Thy cradle shall pour forth

Sees lilics spring, and sudden verdure rise ; " plealing flowers about thee."

Isaiah, Ch. xxxi. ver. I. “ The wilderness and the solitary place hall be glad, and the desert

IMITATIONS. " hall rejoice and blossom as the role." Ch. lx. " the very rocks fing in verse; the very thrubs ver. 13. « The glory of Lebanon shall come un “ cry out, A God, a God!"

to thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box Isaiah, Ch. xl. ver. 3, 4. “ The voice of hinz together, to beautify the place of thy fandu “ that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the

“ way of the Lord! make Atraight in the desert Ver. 29. Hark! a glad voice, &c.

“ a high-way for our God! Every valley fall be Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 46.

“ exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be

“ made low, and the crooked shall be made Aggredere, ô magnos, (aderit jam tempus) honores, • straight, and the rough places plain.” Ch. iv, Cara deüm soboles, magnum Jovis incrementum ver. 23

“ Break forth into singing, ye mountains;

“ O forest, and every tree therein, for the Lord Ecl. ver. 62.

“ hath redeemed lfcael."

Ver. 67. The swain in barren deserts] Virg. Ipl lætitiâ voces ad fidera jactant

Ecl. iv. ver. 28.
Intonfi montes, ipfæ jam carmina rupes,
Ipsa fonant arbuia, Deus, Deus ille Menalca ! Molli paulatim flavescet campus aristá,

Incultisque rubens pendebit lentibus uva :
O come and receive the mighty honours : the Et duræ quercus sudabunt roscida mella.
" time draws nigh, o beloved offspring of the

Gods: O great increase of Jove ! The unculti • Cb. xliii. ver. 18. Cb. XXXV. ver. 5, 6. * vated mountains sends shouts of joy to the Aars; + Cb. xxv. ver. 8. | Ch. xl. ver. 11.

& Co. ix. wer. 6. Cb. ii. ver. 4.
+ Cb. xxxv, ver. 2.

4 Cb. lxv. ver. 21, 22.
++ Ch. xxxv, ver. 1, 7.

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& Cl, zl. ver. 3, 4

And farts, amidit the thirsty wilds to hear The smiling infant in his hand thall take
New falls of water murmuring in his car. 70 The crested basilisk and speckled snake,
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes, Pleas'd, the green luftre of the scales survey,
The green reed trembles, and the bulryíh pods. And with their forky tongue fhall innocently,
Waste fandy * valleys, once perplex'd with thorn, play.
The spiry fir and fapely box adorn :

Rise, crown'd with light, imperial * Salem, rise !
To leafless shrubs the flowery palms succeed, Exalt thy towery head, and lift thy eyes!
And odorous myrtle to the poisome weed. See a long trace thy spacious courts adorn;
The † lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant See future sons, and daughters yet unborn,

In crowding ranks on every side arise,
And boys in flowery bands the tiger lead : Demanding life, impatient for the skies! 90
The steer and lion at one crib fhall meet,

See barbarous parions at thy gates attend, And harmless # serpents lick the pilgrim's feet. 80 Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;

See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings,

And beap'd with products of S Sabean fprings,

For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,
+ The fields shall grow yellow with ripend And feeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
se cars, and the red grape shall hang upon the wild see heaven its sparkling portals wide display,
“ brambles, and the hard oaks fhall distil honey and break upon thee in a flood of day!
4 like dew."

No more the rifing | sun shall gild the morn, Ifaiah, Ch. xxxv. ver. 7. “ The parched ground Nor evening Cynthia fill her silver horn; "Thall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs But lost, dissolv'd in thy superior says, " of water : In the habitations where dragons One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze “ lay, shall be grass, and recds and rushes." Ch. O'erflow thy courts : the Light himself Mall shine lv. ver. 13. “ Instead of the thorn fhall come up Revcal'd, and God's eternal day be thine ! " the fir-tree, and instead of the brier shall come The I seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay, up the myrtle-tree.”

Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away; Ver. 77: The lambs with wolves, &c.] Virg. But fir’d his word, his faving power remains ; Ecl. iv. Ver. 21.

Thy realm for ever lafts, thy own Messiah reigas!

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Übera, nec magnos metuent armenta leones-

Occidet et serpens, et fallax herba veneni

Ver. 85. Rife, crown'd with light, imperial Sa. Occidet.

sem, rise!) The thoughts of Isaiah, which come

pose the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully “ The goats fhall bear to the fold their udders elevated, and much above those general exclamau distended with milk; nor shall the herds be tions of Virgil, which make the loftielt part of his afraid of the greatelt lions. The serpent fall Pollio. " die, and the herb that conceals poison ihall die.”

Jlaiah, Ch. xi. rer. 6, &c. « The wolf fhall Magnis ab integro fæclorum nascitur ordo! « dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie -oto surget gens aurea mundo! " down with the kid, and the calf and the young -incipient magni procedere menses! * lion and the fatling together; and a little child Alpice, venturo lætentur ut omnia fæclo ! &c. u shall lead them. And the lion shall eat straw like " the ox. And the fucking child Mall play on The reader needs only to turn to the passages " the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall of Ilaiah, hore cited. “put his hand on the den of the cockatrice.”

• Cb. Ix. ver 1.

+ Cb. lx. ver 4. Cb. Ix. ver. 3.

s Cb. Ix. ver. 6. * Ch. xli. ver. 19. Ch. lv. ever. 13.

| Cb. lx. ver 19 20.
Cb. xi. ver. 6, 7, 8. Cb. Ixv. ver. 25 q Cb. li. ver. 6. Cb. liv. var. !O.

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