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But useless lances into scythes fhall 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 fhadow to their race fhall yield, 65
And the fame hand that fow'd, fhall reap the field,
The fwain in barren * deserts with surprize
See lilies fpring, and sudden verdure rise;
And starts amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murm'ring in his ear,
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods,
Waste fandy valleys, once perplex'd with thorn,
The fpiry fir and fhapely box adorn:
To leafless shrubs the flow'ring palms fucceed, 75
And od'rous myrtle to the noifom weed,
namely a ray of light coming to the eye. He fhould have said thick clouds, which would have agreed with both. But these inaccuracies are not to be found in his later poems,
VER. 67. The fwain in barren deferts] Virg. E. iv. & 28.
Molli paulatim flavefcet campus arifta,
Incultifque rubens pendebit fentibus uva,
Et duræ quercus fudabunt rofcida mella.
"The fields fhall grow yellow with ripen'd ears, and the red "grape fhall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks "hall diftill honey like dew.
ISAIAH, Ch. XXXxv. 7. "The parched ground fhall become "a pool, and the thirsty land fprings of water: In the habitations "where dragons lay, fhall be grafs, and reeds and rushes." Ch. n Ch. xxxv. 1, 7. • Ch. xli. * 19
The lambs with wolves fhall graze the verdant mead,
And boys in flow'ry bands the tiger lead!
The fteer and lion at one crib fhall meet,
And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's feet. 80
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested bafilifk and speckled snake,
Pleas'd the green luftre of the scales furvey,
And with their forky tongue shall innocently play.
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial' Salem, rife! 85
Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes!
"Instead of the thorn fhall come up the fir-tree, and
inftead of the briar fhall come up the myrtle tree. P.
VER. 77. The lambs with wolves, etc.] Virg. E. iv. * 21.
Ipfæ lacte domum referent diftenta capella
Ubera, nec magnos metuent armenta leones-
Occidet et ferpens, et fallax herba veneni
"The goats fhall bear to the fold their udders diftended with "milk: nor fhall the herds be afraid of the greatest lions. The " ferpent shall die, and the herb that conceals poifon shall die.
ISAIAH, Ch. xi. y 16, etc. "The wolf fhall dwell with the "lamb, and the leopard fhall lie down with the kid, and the calf "and the young lion and the fatling together: and a little child "fhall lead them.---And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And "the fucking child fhall play on the hole of the afp, and the "weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice. P.
VER. 85. Rife crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rife! } The thoughts of Ifaiah, which compofe the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully elevated,and much above thofe general exclamations of Virgil, which make the loftieft parts of his Pollio. Magnus ab integro fæclorum nafcitur ordo!
toto furget gens aurea mundo! --- incipient magni procedere menfes ! Afpice, venturo lætentur ut omnia fæclo! etc. *Chị xi. x 6, 7, 8.
See, a long' race thy fpacious courts adorn;
See future fons, and daughters yet unborn,
In crouding ranks on ev'ry fide arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies!
See barb'rous nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throng'd with proftrate kings,
And heap'd with products of Sabæan springs!
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,
And feeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day.
No more the rifing Sun fhall gild the morn,
Nor ev'ning Cynthia fill her filver horn
But loft, diffolv'd in thy fuperior 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 'feas fhall waste, the skies in smoke decay, 105
Rocks fall to duft, and mountains melt away;
But fix'd his word, his faving pow'r remains;
Thy realm for ever lafts, thy ownMESSIAH reigns!
The reader needs only to turn to the paffages of Ifaiah, here
Ch. Ix. 3. Ch. lx. 6. Ch. Ix. 19 6. and Ch. liv. ver. 10,
My humble Muse, in unambitious Strains Paints the green Forefts & the flowry plains.