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See spicy clouds from lowly Saron rise,

And Carmel's flow'ry top perfumes the skies!
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers;
Prepare the way! a God, a God appears:
A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,
The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity.
Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies!
Sink down, ye mountains, and, ye valleys, rise;
With heads declin'd, ye cedars, homage pay;
Be smooth, ye rocks; ye rapid floods, give way!
The Saviour comes! by ancient bards foretold!
Hear him, ye deaf, and all ye blind, behold!
He from thick films shall





the visual ray,



And on the sightless eye-ball pour the day:

VER. 29. Hark! a glad voice, &c.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 46.

"Aggredere ô magnos, aderit jam tempus, honores,
Cara deûm soboles, magnum Jovis incrementum-
Ipsi lætitia voces ad sydera jactant

Intonsi montes, ipsæ jam carmina rupes,

Idsa sonant arbusta, Deus, deus ille Menalca!"

Ecl. v. ver. 62.

"Oh come and receive the mighty honours: the time draws nigh, O beloved offspring of the Gods, great encrease of Jove! The uncultivated mountains send shouts of joy to the stars, the very rocks sing. in verse, the very shrubs cry out, a God, a God!"

Isaiah, ch. xl. ver. 3, 4. "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord! make straight in the desert a high way for our God! Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and bill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain." Ch. iv. ver. 23. “ Break forth into singing, ye mountains! O forest, and every tree therein! for the Lord bath redeemed Israel."

f Isaiah, ch. xl. ver. 3, 4.

Ch. xliii. ver. 18. ch. xxxv. ver. 5, 6.


'Tis he th' obstructed paths of sound shall clear,
And bid new music charm th' unfolding ear:
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe.
No sigh, no murmur the wide world shall hear,
From ev'ry face he wipes off ev'ry tear.


In " adamantine chains shall Death be bound,
And Hell's grim tyrant feel th' eternal wound.
As the good shepherd' tends his fleecy care,
Seeks freshest pasture and the purest air,
Explores the lost, the wand'ring sheep directs,
By day o'ersees them, and by night protects,
The tender lambs he raises in his arms,

Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;

Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage,


The promis'd Father of the future age.
No more shall 'nation against nation rise,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover❜d o'er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more;
But useless lances into scythes shall bend,
And the broad faulchion in a plow-share end.
Then palaces shall rise; the joyful TM Son
Shall finish what his short-liv'd Sire begun;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield,
And the same hand that sow'd, shall reap

h Isaiah, ch. xxv. ver. 8.
k Ch. ix. ver. 6.

Ch. lxv. ver. 21, 22.







the field;

i Ch. xl. ver. II.

Ch. ii. ver. 4.


The swain in barren " deserts with surprise
See lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise;
And start, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murmʼring in his ear.
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
Waste sandy valleys, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir and shapely box adorn;


To leafless shrubs the flow'ring palms succeed, 75 And od❜rous myrtle to the noisome weed.

The ' lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead, And boys in flow'ry bands the tiger lead;


VER. 67. The swain in barren deserts] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 28.
"Molli paulatim flavescet campus arista,
Incultisque rubens pendebit sentibus uva,
Et duræ quercus sudabunt roscida mella."

"The fields shall grow yellow with ripen'd ears, and the red grape shall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oak shall distil boney like dew."

Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. 7. "The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty lands springs of water: In the habitation where dragons lay, shall be grass, and reeds and rushes.”- -Ch. lv. ver. 13. “ Instead of the thorn shall come up the firetree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tres.' POPE.

VER. 77. The lambs with wolves, T.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 21. "Ipsæ lacte domum referent distenta capella

Übera, nec magnos metuent armenta leones
Occidet et serpens, et fallax herba veneni


"The goats shall bear to the fold their udders distended with milk: nor shall the herds be afraid of the greatest lions. The serpent shall die, and the berb that conceals poison shall die.”


"Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. 1. 7. Ch. xli. ver. 19. and Ch. lv. ver. 13. ▸ Ch. xi, ver. 6, 7, 8.

The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,

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And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's feet.
The smiling infant in his hand shall take ·
The crested basilisk and speckled snake,
Pleas'd the
lustre of the scales survey,


And with their forky tongue shall innocently play.


Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem rise!
Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes!
See, a long 'race thy spacious courts adorn;
See future sons, and daughters yet unborn,
In crouding ranks on ev'ry side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies!
See barb'rous nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;




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See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings,
And heap'd with products of " Sabæan springs !
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,

And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display,
And break
upon thee in a flood of day.



Isaiah, ch. xi. ver. 16, &c. "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together: ard a little child shall lead them. And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice."


VER. 85. Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise!] The thoughts of Isaiah, which compose the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully elevated, and much above those general exclamations of Virgil, which make the loftiest parts of his Pollio.

9 Isaiah, ch. lxv. ver. 25.

Ch. k. ver.4.

"Ch. lx. ver. 6.

r Ch. lx, ver. I.

Ch. Ix. ver. 3.


No more the rising sun shall gild the morn,
Nor ev'ning Cynthia fill her silver horn;
But lost, dissolv'd in thy superior rays,

One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze


O'erflow thy courts: the Light himself shall shine
Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine!
The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay,
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;
But fix'd his word, his saving pow'r remains :
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own MESSIAH reigns!

w Isaiah, ch. lx. ver. 19, 20.

* Ch. li ver. 6. and Ch. liv. ver. 10


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