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Ease and alternate labour, useful life,
ARGUMENT. The subject proposed. Invocation. Address to Mr. Dod.
ington. An introductory reflection on the motion of the heavenly bodies; whence the succession of the seasons. As the face of Nature in this season is almost uniform, the progress of the poem is a description of a summer's day. The dawn. Sun-rising. Hymn to the sun. Forenoon. Summer insects described. Hay-making. Sheep. shearing. Noon-day. A woodland retreat. Group of herds and flocks. A solemn grove: how it affects a contemplative mind. A cataract, and rude scene. View of Summer in the torrid zone. Storm of tbunder and light. ning. A tale. The storm over, a serene afternoon. Bathing. Honr of walking. Transition to the prospect of a rich well-cultivated country; which introduces a panegyric on Great Britain. Sun-set. Evening. Night. Summer meteors. A comet. The whole concluding with the praise of philosophy.
From brightening fields of ether fair disclos'd,
Hence, let me haste into the mid-wood shade, Where scarce a sun-beam wanders through the
gloom; And on the dark-green grass, beside the brink Of haunted strean), that by the roots of oak
Rolls o'er the rocky channel, lie at large,
Come, inspiration! from thy bermit-seat,
And thou, my youthful Muse's early friend,
With what an awful world-revolving power
When now no more the’alternate Twins are fird, And Cancer reddens with the solar blaze, Short is the doubtful empire of the night; And soon, observant of approaching day, The meek'd-ey'd Morn appears, mother of dews,
At first faint-gleaming in the dappled east:
Falsely luxurious! will not Man awake;
meditation due and sacred song? For is there aught in sleep can charm the wise? To lie in dead oblivion, losing half The fleeting moments of too short a life; Total extinction of the enlighten'd soul ! Or else to feverish vanity alive, Wilder'd, and tossing through distemper'd dreams? Who would in such a gloomy state remain Longer than Nature craves; when every Muse And every blooming pleasure wait without, To bless the wildly-devious morning-walk?
But yonder comes the powerful King of Day, Rejoicing in the east. The lessening cloud,
The kindling azure, and the mountain's brow
dew-bright earth, and colour'd air,
streams, High gleaming from afar. Prime cheerer, Light ! Of all material beings tirst, and best! Efflux divine ! Nature's resplendent robe! Without whose vesting beauty all were wrapt In unessential gloom; and thou, O Sun! Soul of surrounding worlds! in whom best seen Shines out thy Maker! may I sing of thee?
'Tis by thy secret, strong, attractive force, As with a chain indissoluble bound, Thy system rolls entire: from the far bourne Of utmost Saturn, wheeling wide his round of thirty years; to Mercury, whose disk Can scarce be caught by philosophic eye, Lost in the near effulgence of thy blaze.
Informer of the planetary train! [orbs Without whose quickening glance their cumbrous Were brute unlovely mass, inert and dead, And not, as now, the green abodes of life! How many forms of being wait on theé! Inhaling spirit; from the unfetter'd mind, By thee sublim’d, down to the daily race, The mixing myriads of thy setting beam.
The vegetable world is also thine, Parent of Seasons! who the pomp precede That waits thy throne, as through thy vast domain, Annual, along the bright ecliptic road, la world-rejoicing state, it moves sublime.