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Insults his ears, and wounds his trembling heart. Gives courage to the weak. Refolu'd to die,
An host of foes. O! fun, ye noble train,
To dare some great exploit; he charges home Proud m narch of the groves, whose clasing beam Upon the broken pack, that on each side His rivals aw'd, and whose exalted p'wer Fly diverse : then as o'er the curf he frains, Was till rewarded with successful love.
He vents the cooling Atream, and up the breeze But the base herd have learn'd the ways of men, Urges his course with equal violence : Averse they fy, or with rebellious aim
Then takes the soil, and planges in the flood Chase him from thence : needless their impious Precipitant; down the mid stream he wafts deed,
Along, till (like a ship distress'd, that runs The huntsman knows him by a thousand marks, Into some winding creek) close to the verge Black, and imbost; nor are his hounds deceiv'd; Of a small ifland, for his weary feet Too well diftinguiib these, and never leave Sure anchorage he finds, there skulks immers'd. Their once devoted foe ; familiar grows
His nose alone above the wave draws in His fcent, and strong their appetite to kill.
The vital air; all elfe beneath the flood Again he flies, and with redoubled speed
Conceal'd, and lost, deceives each prying eye Skims o'er the lawo , still the tenacious crew Of man or brute. In vain the crowding pack Hang in the track, aloud demand their prey, Draw on the margin of the stream, or cut And push him many a league. If haply then The liquid wave with oary feet, chat trove Too far escap'd, and the gay courely train
In equal time. The gliding waters leave Behind are cai the buntsman's clanging whip No trace behind, and his contracted pores Stops full their bold career; paflive they stand, But fparingly perspire: the huntsman strains Uomov'd, an humble, an obsequious crowd, His labouring lungs, and puffs his cheeks in vain : As if by stern Medusa gaz'd to stones.
At length a blood-hound bold, Nudious to kill, So at their general's voice whole armies halt And exquisite of sense, winds him from far; In full pursuit, and check their thirst of blood, Headlong he leaps into the flood, his mouth Soon at the king's command, like hafty streams Loud opening spends amain, and his wide throat Damm'd up a while, they foam, and pour along Swell, every note with joy; then fearless dives With fresh recruited might. The fag, who hop'd Beneath the wave, hangs on his haunch, and His focs were lot, now once more hears aftunn'd,
wounds The dreadful din; he shivers every limb, Th'unhappy brute, that founders in the ftream, He starts, he bounds; each buih presents a foe. Sorely dillress'd, and truggling Itrives to mount Press’d by the fresh relay, no pause allow'd, The steepy shore. Haply once more escap'd, Breathleis, and faint, he faulters in his pace, Again he stands at bay, amid the groves And lifts his weary limbs with pain, that scarce of willows, bending low their downy heads. Sultain their load: he pants, he sobs ay pall'd; Outrageous transport fires the greedy pack; Drops down his heavy head to earth, beneath These swim the deep, and those crawl up with His cumbrous beams oppress'd. But if perchance
pain Some prying eye surprise him; soon he rears The slippery bank, while others on firm land Ered his towering front, bounds o'er the lawn Engage; the'Aag repels each bold afsault, With ill-dissembled vigour, to amuse
Maintains his post, and wounds for wounds returns T!e knowing forefter ; who inly (miles
As when some wily corsair boards a thip At his weak shifts and unavailing frauds.
Full-freighted, or from Afric's golden coasts, So midnight tapers walte their last remains, Or India's wealthy ftrand, his blondy crew Shine forth a while, and as they blaze expire. Upon her deck he flings; these in the deep From wood to wood redoubling thunders roll, Drop Mort, and swim to reach her steepy fides, And bellow through the vales; the moving form And clinging climb aloft; while those on board Thickens amain, and loud triumphant shouts, Urge on the work of fate; the master bold, And horns fhrill-warbling in each glade, prelude Press'd to his last retreat, bravely resolves To his approaching fate. And now in view To link his wealth beneath the whelming wave, With bobbling gait, and high, exerts amaz'd His wealth, his foes, nor unreveng'd to die. What strength is left : to the last dregs of life So fares it with the stag: so he resolves Reduc'd, his spirits fail, on every lide
To plunge at once into the flood below, Hemm'd in, beficg'd; not the least opening left Himself, his foes, in one deep gulf immers'd. To gleaming hope, th’unhappy's lait reserve. Ere yet he executes this dire intent, Where ball he turn ! or whither Ay? Despair In wild disorder ouce more views the light ;
Beneath a weight of woe he groans distress'd, Quite destitute of every folace dear,
Fresh Icions still spring forth and daily yield Retire submiss, aud grambling quit their prey. New blooming honours to the parent tree. Great prince! from thee what may thy lubjects Far shall his pack be fam’d, far fought his breed, hope ;
And princes at their tables feast those hounds So kind, and so beneficent to brutes ?
His hand presents, an acceptable boon. [urg'd O mercy, heavenly born! sweet attribute!
Erc yet the fun through the bright Ram has Thou great, thou best prerogative of power ! His steepy course, or mother earth unbound Justice may guard the throne, but, join'd with Her frozen bosom to the western gale; thee,
When feather'd croops, their social leagucs disOn rocks of adamant it stands secure,
Mark well the wanton females of thy pack,
Flash fires impure ; nor reft, nor food they take,
Goaded by furious love. In separate cells
Confine them now, left bloody civil wars
Annoy the peaceful state. If lest at large,
serving others for the use of man. Of breeding And rude encounter ; on Scamander's streams of hounds; the season for this business. The Heroes of old with far less fury fought, choice of the dog, of great moment. Of the For the bright Spartan dame, their valour's prize. lister of whelps. Of the number to be reared. | Mangled and corn thy favourite hounds shall lie, of setting them out to their several walks. Care Stretch'd on the ground; thy kennel shall appear to be taken to prevent their hunting too soon. A field of blood : like some unhappe town of entering the whelps. Of breaking them In civil broils confus'd, while discord shakes from running, at sheep. of the diseases of Her bloody scourge aloft, fierce parties rage, hounds. Of their age. Of madness; two sorts Staining their impious hands in mutual death. of it described, the dumb and outrageous mad And still the best belov'd, and bravest fall : pels : its dreadful effects. Burning of the Such are the dire effects of lawless love. wound recommended as preventing all ill con Huntsman ! these ills by timely prudent care sequences. The infc&ious hounds to be sepa- Prevent: for every longing dame felect rated, and fed apart. The vanity of trusting to Some happy paramour. to him alone the many infallible cures for this malady. The In leagues connubial join. Consider well dilmal effects of the biting of a mad dog, upon His lineage; whai bis fathers did of old, man, described. Description of the otter huni- Chiefs of the pack, and first to climb the rock, ing. The conclufion.
Or plunge into the deep, or tread the brake
With thorn sharp-pointed, plath'd, and briars ina WHATE'ER of earth is form’d, to earth returns Diffolu'd : the various objects we behold, Observe with care his shape, sort, colour, fize. Piants, animals, this whole material mass,
Nor will sagacious huntinien less regard Are ever changing, ever new. The soul
His inward habits: the vain babbler thun,
Ever li qnacious, ever in the wrong.
Nor less the shifting cur avoid, that breaks
Devious he strays, there every muse he tries : Subscrvient to his will, and for him inade.
If haply then he cross the stcaming scent, As hurtful these he kills, as useful those
Away he flies vain-glorious; and exults Preserves ; their fole and arbitrary king.
As of the pack supreme, and in his speed Should he not kill, as erst the Samian sage Aud trength unrival'd. Lo! cast far behind Faught unadvis'd, and Indian brachmans now His vex'd associates pant, and labouring Itrain As vaiply preach ; the teeming ravenous brutes To climb the fieep afcent. Soon as they reach Nlight fill the scanty space of this terrene,
Th' insulting boalter, his false courage fails, ncumbering all the globe : should not his care Behind he lags, doom'd to the fatal noose, mprove his growing stock, their kinds might fail, His master's hate, and scorn of all the field. Man might once more on roots and acorns feed, What can from such be hop'd, but a basc brood And through the deserts range, livering, forlorn, Of coward curs, a frantic, vagrant race?
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When now the third revolving moon appears, His horn'd companion, fearful and amaz'd, With sharpen'd horns, above th' horizon's brink; Shall drag him trembling o'er the rugged ground; Without Lucina's aid, expect thy hopes
Then, with his load fatigu’d, shall turn a-head, Areamply crown'd; fort pangs produce to light And with his curl'd hard front incessant peal The smoking litter, crawling helpless, blind, The panting wrerch; till, breathless and aftunn'd, Nature their guide, they seek the pouting reat Stretch'd on the turf he lie. Then spare not thou That plenteous streams. Soon as the tender dam The twining whip, but ply his bleeding fides Has foi m'd them with her tongue, with pleasure Lash after lash, and with thy threatening voice, view
Harth echoing from the hills, inculcate loud The marks of their renown'd progenitors, His vile offence. Sooner fail trembling doves Sure pledge of triun:phs yet to come. All these Escap'd the hawk's sharp talons, in mid air, Select with joy; but to the merciless flood Affail their dangerous foe, than he once more Expose the dwindling refuse, nor o'erload
Difturb the peaceful flocks. In tender age Th’indulgent mother. If thy heart relent, Thus you'h is train'd; as curious artists bend Unwilling to destroy, a nurse provide,
The taper pliant twig, or potters form And to the foster-parent give the care
Their loft and ductile clay to various shapes. Of thy superfluous brood, she'll cherish kind Nor is't enough to breed; but to preserve, The alien offspring ; pleas'd thou shalt behold Must be the huntíman's care. The staunch old Her tenderness, and hospitable love.
hounds, If frolic now and playful they desert
Guides of thy pack, though hut in number few, Their gloomy cell, and on the verdant turf Are yet of great account ; fhall oft untie With nerves improv'd, pursue the mimic chase, The Gordian knot, when reason at a stand Coursing around; unto the choicest friends Puzzling is loft, and all thy art is vain. Commit thy valued prize : the rustic damies O'er clogging fallows, o'er dry plaster'd roads, Shall at thy kennel wait, and in their laps O'er floated nieads, o'er plains with flocks distain'd Receive thy growing hopes, with many a kiss Rank-scenring, these must lead the dubious way. Caress, and dignify their little charge
As party-chiefs in fenates who prefide, With some great vitic, and resounding name With pleaded reason and with well-corn'd specch, ni high import. But cautious here observe Conduct the staring multitude; so these To check their youthful ardour, nor permit
Direct the pack, who with joint cry approve, The unexperienc'd younker, immature,
And loudly boait discoveries not their own. Along to range the woods, or haunt the brakes Unrumber'd accidents, and various ills, Where dodging conies sport; his nerves unfrung, Attend thy pack, hang hovering o'er their heads, And strength unequal, the laborious chale And point the way that leads to death's dark cave, Shall ffint his growth, and his raih forward youth Short is their span; few at the date arrive Contract such vicious habits, as thy care
Of ancient Argus in old Homer's song And late correction never shall reclaim.
So highly honour'd : kind, sagacious brute ! When to full strength arriv’d, nature and bold, Not ev'n Minerva's wisdom could conceal Conduct them to the Geld; not all at once, Thy much-lov'd master from thy nicer sense, But as thy cooler prudence shall direct,
Dying his lord he own'd, view'd him all o'er Sclect a few, and form them by degrees
With cager eyes, then clos'd those eyes, well To fricter discipline. With these confort
pleas'd, The launch and steady sages of thy pack,
Of lesser ills the muse declines to fing, By long experience vers’d in all the wiles,
Nor stoops so low of these each groom can tell And subtle doublings of the various chase. The proper remedy. But 0! what care, Fafy the lesson of the youthful train,
Whaf prudence, can prevent madness, the worst When ini inct prompts, and when example guides. Of maladies ? Terrific pest! that blasts If the too forward younker at the head
The huntsman's hopes, and desolation (preads Press boldly on in wanton sportive mood,
Through all th' unpeopled kennel unretrain'd, Correct his bafte, and let him feel abatid
More fatal than th' envenom'd viper's bite;
Heal'd by the pleasing antidote of sounds. Corfiding sure ; give him full soupe to work When Sirius reigns, and the sun's parching His winding way, and with thy viice applaud
beams His patience, and his care ; foon shalt thou vic w Bake the dry gaping surface, visit thou The hopeful pupil leader of his tribe,
Each ev'n and morn, with quick observant eye, And all the listening pack attend his call.
Thy panting pack. If, in dark sullen mood, Oft lead them forth where wanton lambkias The glouting hound refuse his wonted meal, play,
Retiring to some close, obscure retreat, And bleating dams with jealous eyes observe Gloomy, disconsolate : with speed remove Their tender care. If at the crowding flock The poor infectious wretch, and in strong chains He hay presumptuous, or with eager halte Bind him suspected. Thus that dire disease Pursue them scatter'd o'er the verdant plain; Which art can't cure, wise caution may prevent In the foul fact atrach'd, to the strong ram
But, this neglected, foon expect a change, Tic fast the rath offender. Sce! at firt
A dismal change, confusion, frenzy, death.
Or in some dark recess the sensele is brute
A different scene of ruin and distress. Sits fadly pining : deep melancholy,
How busy art thou, fate! and how severe And black despair, upon his clouded brow Thy pointed wrath! the dying and the dead Hang lowering; from his half-opening jaws Promiscuous lie; o'er these the living fight The clammy venom, and infectious froth,
In one eternal broil; not conscious why, Distilling fall; and from his lungs inflani’d, Nor yet with whom. So drunkards, in their cups, Malignant vapours taint the ambient air,
Spare not their friends, while senseless squabble Breathing perdition : his dim eyes are glaz'd,
reigns. He droops his pensive head, his trembling limbs Huntsman! it much behoves thee to avoid No more support his weighe; abject he lies, The perilous debate! Ah! rouse up all Dumb, spiritless, benumb'd; till death at lait Thy vigilance, and tread the treacherous ground Gracious attends, and kindly brings relief, With careful step. Thy fires unquench'd preserve, Or, if outrageous grown, behold, alas !
As erst the veltal fames; the pointed steel A yet more dreadful scene; his glaring eyes
In the hot embers hide; and if surpris'd Redden with fury, like some angry boar
Thou feel’st the deadly bite, quick urge it home Churning he foams; and on his back erect Into the recent fore, and cauterize (vent; His pointed bristles rise; his tail incurv'd
The wound; spare not thy flesh, nor dread th' eHe drops, and with harsh broken howlings rends Vulcan fhall save when Ælculapius fails. The poison-tainted air, with rough hcarfe voice Here should the knowing muse recount the means Joceffant bays; and snuffs th' infectious breeze; To stop this growing plague. And here, alas! This way and that he stares aglalt, and starts Each hand presents a sovereign cure, and boasts At his own shade : jealous, as if he deem'd Infallibility, but boasts in vain. The world his foes. If haply towards the stream On this depend, each to his separate seat He cast his roving eye, cold horror chilis
Confine, in festers bound; give each his mess His soul; averse he flics, trembling, appallid. Apart, his range in open air; and then Now frantic to the kennel's utmost verge
If deadly symptoms to thy grief appear, Raving he runs, and deals destruction round. Devote the wretch, and let him greatly fall, The pack fly diverse; for whate'er he meets A generous vidim for the public weal. Vengeful he bites, and every bite is death.
Sing, philofophic muse, the dire effects If now perchance through the weak fence e. of this contagious bite on hapless man. scap'd,
The rustic swains, by long tradition taught Far up the wind he roves, with open mouth Of leaches old, as soon as they perceive Jahales the cooling breeze ; nor man, nor beast, The bite impress’d, to the sea-coasts repair, Be spares implacable. The hunter-horie, Plung'd in the bring flood, th' unhappy youth Once kind affociate of his sylvan tojis,
Now journeys home secure; bue foon shall with (Who haply now without the kennel's mound The leas as yet had cover'd him beneath Crops the rank mčad, and listening hears with joy The foaming surge, sull many a fathom a deep. The cheering cry, that morn and eve falutes A fate more dismal, and superior ills His raptur'd lense) a wretched victim falis. Hang o'er his head devoted. When the moon, Unhappy quadruped! no more, alas !
Closing her monthly round, returns again Shall thy fond master with his voice applaud To glad the night; or when full-orb'd she shines Thy gentleness, thy speed; or with his hand High in the vault of heaven; the lurking peit Scroke thy soft dappled sides, as he each day Begins the dire affault. The poisonous foam Vifies thy fall, well pleas'd; no more thalt thou Through the deep wound inftill'd with hostile rage, W’ich sprightly neighings, to the winding horn, And all its fiery particles faline, And the loud opening pack in concert join'd, Invades th' arterial fluid: whose red waves Glad his proud heart. For oh! the secret wound Tempestuous heave, and, their cohesion broke, Rankling inflames, he bites che ground, and dies ! Fermenting boil; inteftine war ensues, Hence to the village with pernicious hatte
And order to confusion turns en broil'd. Baicful he bends his course: the village flies Now the diftended vessels scarce contain Alarm'd; the tender mother in her arms
The wild uproar, but press each weaker part Hugs clofe the trembling babe; the doors are Unable to refilt: the tender brain barr'd,
And stomach suffer molt ; convulsions shake and flying curs by native instinct taught His trembling nerves, and wandering pungent huo the contagious bane; che ruftic bands
pains lurry to arms, the rude militia leize
Pinch fore the sleepless wretch; his fluttering pulle Vhate'er at hand they find; clubs, forks, or guns, Ofc intermits; pensive, and fad, he mourns rom every quarter charge the furious foe, His cruel fate, and to his weeping friends o wild diforder, and uncouth array: (gor’d, Laments in vain; to hasty anger prone, ill, now with wounds on wounds oppress'd and Refents each flight offence, walks with quick stepa st one short poisonous gasp he breachs his last. And wildly Itares; at lalt with boundless fway
Heoce to the kennel, muse, return, and view The tyrant frenzy reigns: for as the dog
(Whole fatal bice convey'd th' infectious bane) Vhere horror stalks at largc! insatiate death Raving he foams, and howls, and barks, and liceen s growling o'er bis prey: cach hour prefents Like agirations in his boiling blood
Present like Ipecies to his troubled mind; The fly goose-footed prowler bends his courfe,
And seeks the distant Thallows. Hunisman, bring
Ye Naiads fair, who o'er these floods prelide, Dreadful example to a wicked world !
Raise up your dripping heads above the wave, See there distress'd he lies, parch'd up with thirst, And hear our melody. Th' harmonious notes But dares not drink. Till now at last his soul Float with the stream; and every winding creek Trembling escapes, her poisome dungeon leaves, And hollow rock, that o'er the dimpling flood And to some purer region wings away,
Nods pendant; &ill improve from thure to shore One labour yet remains, celestial maid ! Our sweet reiterated joys. What shouts ! Another element demands thy sung.
What clamour loud! What gay heart-cheering No more o'er craggy stecp, through coverts thick
sounds With pointed thorn, and briers intricate,
Urge through the breathing brass
their mazy way! Urge on with horn and voice the painful pack : Nor quires of Tritons glad with sprightlier strains Bui kim with wanton wing th' irriguous vale, The dancing billows ! when proud Neptune rides Where winding freams amid the flowery mcadş lo triumph o'er the deep. How greedily Perpetual glide along; and undermine
They fuuff the fishy team, that to each blade
And joy redoubled bursts from every mouth
The passing wave, must be the tyrant's fort,
They put him down. Sce, there he dives along ! From his wide greedy jaws; nor burnith'd mail Th' ascending bubbles mark his gloomy way. The yellow carp, nor all his arts can save
Quick fix the nets, and cut off his retreat Th' insinuating eel, that hides his head
Into the sheltering deeps. Ah! there he vents! Bencath the slimy mud; nor yet escapes
The pack plunge headlong, and prorended fpears The crimson-spotted crout, the river's pride, Menace destruction : while the troubled surge And beauiy of the stream. Without remorse, Indignant foams, and all the scaly kind, This midnight pillager, ranging around,
Affrighted, hide their heads. Wild tumult reigos, Insatiate swallows all. The owner mourns And loud uproar. Ah, there once more he vents! Th' unpeopled rivulet, and gladly hears
See, that bold hound has seiz'd him; down they The huntsman's early call, and sees with joy
Half-drown'd, and clambers up the Rippery bank
He lives not long; but respiration needs And every reedy bank; encourage all
At proper intervals. Again he vents; The busy-spreading pack, that fearless plunge Again the crowd attack. That spear has pierc'd Into the flood, and cross the rapid stream.
His neck; the crimson waves confess the wound. Bid rocks and caves, and each resounding fore, Fix'd is the bearded lance, unwelcome guest, Proclaim your bold defiance; loudly raise
Where'er he flies; with him it links beneath, Each cheering voice, till distant hills repeat With him it mounts; sure guide to every foe. The triumphs of the vale. On the fort rand Inly he groaps; nor can his tender wound See there his seal impress'd! and on that bank Bear the cold stream. Lo! to yon sedgy bank Behold the glittering spoils, half-eaten fish, He creeps disconsolate : his numerous foes Scales, fins, and bones, the scavings of his feast. Surround him, hounds and men. Pierc'd through Ah! on that yielding fag- bed, see once more
and through, His seal I view. O'er yon dank rushy masla On poinced srcars they lift him high in air ;