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See spicy clouds from lowly Saron rise,
And Carmel's flow'ry top perfumes the skies!
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,
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,
In " adamantine chains shall Death be bound,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage,
The promis'd Father of the future age.
h Isaiah, ch. xxv. ver. 8.
Ch. lxv. ver. 21, 22.
i Ch. xl. ver. II.
Ch. ii. ver. 4.
The swain in barren " deserts with surprise
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.
"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
"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,
And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's feet.
And with their forky tongue shall innocently play.
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem rise!
See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings,
And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
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,
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze
O'erflow thy courts: the Light himself shall shine
w Isaiah, ch. lx. ver. 19, 20.
* Ch. li ver. 6. and Ch. liv. ver. 10