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Now pursuing, now retreating,
Now in circling troops they meet;
To brisk notes in cadence beating
Glance their many-twinkling feet.
Slow-melting strains their Queen's approach

Where-e'er she turns, the Graces homage

pay ; With arms sublime, that float


the ais, In gliding state the wins her easy way; O'er her warm cheek, and rising bosom,


The bloom of young Desire, and purple

light of Love

Man's feeble race what ills * await,
Labour, and Penury, the racks of Pain,

* To compensate the real and imaginary ills of life, the Mufe was given to mankind by the Jame Providence that fends the day, by its chearful presence, to dispel the gloom and ter. rors af the night.




Disease, and Sorrow's weeping train,
And Death, fad refuge from the storms of

The fond complaint, my fong, disprove,
And justify the laws of Jove.
Say, has he given in vain the heav'nly

Night, and all her fickly dews,
Her fpectres wan, and birds of boding

He gives to range the dreary sky :
"Till down the Eastern cliffs afar +
Hyperion's march they fpy, and glitt'ring

thafts of war.

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In climes + beyond the folar road I, Where shaggy forms o'er ice-built mountains

roam, The Muse has broke the twilight gloom To chear the shiv'ring native's dull abode. And oft, beneath the od'rous shade Of Chili's boundless forests laid, She deigns to hear the savage Youth repeat, In loose numbers wildly sweet, [Loves. . Their feather-cinctur'd Chiefs, and dusky Her track, where-e'er the Goddess roves, Glory pursue, and generous Shame, Th' unconquerable Mind, and Freedom's

holy flame.

+ Extensive influence of Poetic Genius over the remotest and most uncivilized nations : its connection with Liberty, and the virtues that that naturally attend on it. (See the Erse, Norwegian, and Welch Fragments, the Lapu land and American Songs.) I“ Extra anni folifque vias----" " Tutta lontana dal camin del sole,"

Petrarch, Canzon ii.




II. 3•

Woods t, that wave o'er Delphi's steep, Ifles that crown th' Ægean deep, Fields, that cool Ilissus laves, Or where Mæander's amber waves, In lingering lab'rinths creep, How do your tuneful Echoes languish Mute, but to the voice of Anguifh? Where each old poetic mountain Inspiration breath'd around; Ev'ry shade and hallow'd fountain Murmar'd deep a solemn found : Till the sad Nine, in Greece's evil hour;Left their Parnaffus for the Latian plains. Alike they scorn the pomp of tyrant power,. And coward vice that revels in her chainse

+ Progress of Poetry from Greece to Italy, and from Italy to England. Chaucer was not unacquainted with the writings of Dante, or of Petrarch. The Earl of Surrey, and Sir Thomas Wyatt, had travelled in Italy, and formed their taste there; Spenser imitated the Italian writers ; Milton improved on them :

When Latium had her lofty spirit loft,
They fought, Oh Albion! next thy fea-

encircled coast.


Far from the fun and summer-gale,
In thy green lap was Nature's Darling laidt,
What time, where lucid Avon ítray'd,
To Him, the mighty Mother did unveil
Her awful face; the dauntless Child
Stretch'd forth his little arms, and smil'd..
This pencil take (she faid) whose colours

Richly paint the vernal year :
Thine too these golden keys, immortal Boy!
This can unlock the gates of. Joy;
Of Horror that, and thrilling Fears,
Or ope the sacred fource of sympathetic


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which has fubfifted ever

+ Shakespeare.

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