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ARGUME N T.
The Nymphs who preside over springs and rivulets are ad
dressed at day-break in honour of their several funktions, and of the relations which they bear to the natural and to the moral world." Their origin is deduced from the first allegorical deities, or powers of nature; according to the do&trine of the old mythological poets, concerning the generation of the Gods and the rise of things. They are then succesively considered, as giving motion to the air and exciting summer-breezes; as nourishing and beautifying the vegetable world; as contributing to the fulness of navigable rivers, and consequently to the maintenance of commerce; and by that means, to the maritime part of military power. Next is represented their favourable influence upon bealth, when allifted by rural exercise : which introduces their conne&tion with the art of phyfic, and the happy effects of mineral, medicinal Springs. Lastly, they are celebrated for the friendship which the Muses bear them, and for the true inspiration which temperance only can receive : in opposition to the enthusiasm of the more licentious poets.
PER yonder eastern hill the twilight throws
Her dusky mantle ; and the God of day,
Where shall my song begin, ye Nymphs ? or end?