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Of ancient arts, the delicate of mind,

So Curious and modest, from all climes resort, Grateful society! with these I raise The toilsome step up the proud Palatin, Thro' spiry cypress groves, and tow'ring pine, Waving aloft o'er the big ruin's brows On num'rous arches rear'd; and, frequent stopp’d, The sunk ground startles me with dreadful chasm, Breathing forth darkness from the vast profound Of aisles and halls within the mountain's womb. Nor these the nether works; all these beneath, бо And all beneath the vale and hills around, Extend the cavern'd sewers, massy, firm, As the Sibylline grot beside the dead Lake of Avernus; such the sewers huge, Whither the great Tarquinian genius dooms Each wave impure; and proud with added rains, Hark how the mighty billows lash their vaults, And thunder! how they heave their rocks in vain! Tho' now incessant time has rollid around, A thousand winters o'er the changeful world, 70 And yet a thousand since, th’indignant floods Roar loud in their firm bounds, and dash and swell In vain, convey'd to Tiber's lowest wave.

Hence over airy plains, by crystal founts, That weave their glittering waves with tuneful lapse Among the sleeky pebbles, agate clear, Cerulean ophite, and the flow’ry vein Of orient jasper, pleas'd I move along,

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Deep lies in dust the Theban obelisk
Immense along the waste; minuter art,
Gliconian forms, or Phidian, subtly fair,
O’erwhelming; as th' immense leviathan
The finny brood, when near lerne's shore

30 Outstretch'd, unwieldy, his island length appears Above the foamy flood. Globose and huge, Gray-mouldering temples swell, and wide o'ercast The solitary landscape, hills and woods, And boundless wilds; while the vine-mantled brows The pendent goats unveil, regardless they 36 Of hourly peril, tho' the clefted domes Tremble to ev'ry wind. The pilgrim oft', At dead of night,’mid his oraison hears Agliast, the voice of time-disparting tow'rs

40 Tuinbling all precipitate down-dash’d, Rattling around, loud thund'ring to the moon; While murmurs sooth each awful interval Of ever-falling waters; shrouded Nile, Eridanus, and Tiber with his twins,

45 And palmy Euphrates*: they with dropping locks ang o’er their urns, and mournfully among Che plaintive-echoing ruins pour their streams.

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Of ancient arts, the delicate of mind,

50 Curious and modest, from all climes resort, Grateful society! with these I raise The toilsome step up the proud Palatin, Thro’spiry cypress groves,

and tow'ring pine, Waving aloft o'er the big ruin's brows On num’rous arches rear'd ; and, frequent stopp’d, The sunk ground startles me with dreadful chasm, Breathing forth darkness from the vast profound Of aisles and halls within the mountain's womb. Nor these the nether works; all these beneath, 60 And all beneath the vale and hills around, Extend the cavern'd sewers, massy, firm, As the Sibylline grot beside the dead Lake of Avernus; such the sewers huge, Whither the great Tarquinian genius dooms Each wave im.pure; and proud with added rains, Hark how the mighty billows lash their vaults, And thunder! how they heave their rocks in vain! Tho' now incessant time has rollid around, A thousand winters o'er the changeful world, 70 And yet a thousand since, th’indignant floods Roar loud in their firm bounds, and dash and swell In vain, convey'd to Tiber's lowest wave.

Hence over airy plains, by crystal founts, That weave their glittering waves with tuneful lapse Among the sleeky pebbles, agate clear, Cerulean ophite, and the flow'ry vein Of orient jasper, pleas'd I move along,

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