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THE subject proposed. Inscribed to the countess of Hartford. The season is described as it affects the various parts of nature, ascending from the lower to the higher; with digressions arising from the subject. Its influence on inanimate matter. Ön vegetables. On brute animals. And last, on man. Concluding with a dissuasive from the wild and irregular passion of love, opposed to thato a pure and happy kind.
COME, gentle Spring, ethereal mildness, come,
And see where surly Winter passes off,
And Winter oft at eve resumes the breeze,
At last from Aries rolls the bounteous sun,
Lifts the light clouds sublime, and spreads them thin,
Drives from their stalls, to where the well us'd-plough
They lend their shoulder, and begin their toil,
The harrow follows harsh, and shuts the scene.
Be gracious, Heav'n! for now laborious man