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Yet then shall calm reflection bless the night, When liberal pity dignify'd delight;
When Pleasure fired her torch at Virtue's flame, And Mirth was Bounty with an humbler name.
STERN Winter now, by Spring repress'd,
Delights to catch the gales of life. Now o'er the rural kingdom roves
Soft pleasure with the laughing train, Love warbles in the vocal groves,
And vegetation plants the plain, Unhappy! whom to beds of pain,
Arthritic * tyranny consigns;
Her wings Imagination tries,
Where -'s humble turrets rise.
Nor from the pleasing groves depart, Where first great nature charm'd my sight, Where wisdom first inform'd my heart. Here let me through the vales pursue
A guide- -a father and a friend, Once more great nature's works renew, Once more on wisdom's voice attend.
* The author being ill of the gout.
From false caresses, causeles strife,
Wild hope, vain fear, alike remov'd; Here let me learn the use of life,
When best enjoy'd-when most improv❜d.
Bright wisdom, teach me Curio's art,
O PHOEBUS! down the western sky,
And wake them to the cares of day.
Come, Cynthia, lovely queen of night! Refresh me with a cooling air,
And cheer me with a lambient light. Lay me, where o'er the verdant ground Her living carpet Nature spreads; Where the green bower, with roses crown'd, In showers its fragrant foliage sheds ;
Improve the peaceful hour with wine,
And ev'ry strain be tun'd to love. Come, Stella, queen of all my heart!
Come, born to fill its vast desires! Thy looks perpetual joys impart,
Thy voice perpetual love inspires. Whilst all my wish and thine complete,
By turns we languish and we burn, Let sighing gales our sighs repeat, Our murmurs- -murmuring brooks return. Let me when nature calls to rest,
And blushing skies the morn foretell, Sink on the down of Stella's breast, And bid the waking world farewell.
ALAS! with swift and silent pace,
Now sweetly smiles, now frowns severe 'Twas Spring, 'twas Summer, all was gay, Now Autumn bends a cloudy brow; The flowers of Spring are swept away,
And Summer-fruits desert the bough. The verdant leaves that play'd on high,
And wanton'd on the western breeze, Now trod in dust neglected lie,
As Boreas strips the bending trees.
The fields that wav'd with golden grain,
As russet heaths, are wild and bare; Not moist with dew, but drench'd with rain, Nor health, nor pleasure, wanders there. No more, while through the midnight shade, Beneath the moon's pale orb I stray, Soft pleasing woes my heart invade,
As Progne pours the melting lay.
O! would some god but wings supply!
And shiver on a blasted plain.
If glooms, and showers, and storms prevail; And Ceres flies the naked field,
And flowers, and fruits, and Phoebus fail? Oh! what remains, what lingers yet,
To cheer me in the darkening hour! The grape remains! the friend of wit,
In love, and mirth, of mighty power. Haste-press the clusters, fill the bowl;
Apollo: shoot thy parting ray: This gives the sunshine of the soul,
This god of health, and verse, and day, Still-still the jocund strain shall flow,
The pulse with, vigorous rapture beat My Stella with new charms shall glow, And ev'ry bliss in wine shall meet.
No more the morn, with tepid rays,
And Phoebus holds a doubtful sway.
With sighs we view the hoary hill, The leafless wood, the naked field,
The snow-topt cot, the frozen rill. No musick warbles through the grove, No vivid colours paint the plain; No more with devious steps I rove
Through verdant paths now sought in vain. Aloud the driving tempest roars,
Congeal'd, impetuous showers descend;
With light and heat my
And o'er the season wine prevail.