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YE Nymphs of Solyma ! begin the fong :
The moffy fountains, and the fylvan fhades,
The dreams of Pindus and th’ Aonian maids,
Delight no more thou, my voice inspire,
Who touch'd Ifaiah's hallowed lips with fire!
Rapt into future times, the bard begun:
A virgin Thall conceive, a Virgin bear a Son!
, foot behold a branch arise,,
Whose facred flow'r with fragrance fills the skies:
Thetherial spirit o'er its leaves Hall move,
And on its top, descends, the mystic Dove.
Ye hcay'ns! from high the dewy ncetar pour, A
And in soft filence shed the kindly show'r!
The fick and weak the healing plant Thall aid,
From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade :
All crimes shall cease and ancient fraud, fhall fail,
Returning Justice lift aloft her scale ;.
Peace 'o'er the world her olive wand extend,
And white-rob'd innocence from heav'n descens
Swift fly the years, and rise th' expected n:orn ! -
Oh spring to light aufpicious Babe, be born!
See Nature haste her earliest wreaths to bring,
With all the incenfe of the brcathing spring;
Séc lofty Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding forests' on the mountains dance,
See spicy clouds from lowly Sharon rise,
And Carmel's flow'ry top perfumes the skies !
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers ;
Prepare the way! a. Gody 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 mouutains, and, ye vallies, rise!
With heads declin’d, ye cedars, homage pay :
Be smooth, ye rocks - yé rapid floods, give way
The Saviour-comes by ancient bards foretold;
Hear him, yé deaf! and, all ye blind, behold !
He from thick films shall purge the visual ray,
And on the fightless eye-ball pour the day :
'Tis he th' obstructed paths of sound shall clear,
And bid new music charm th' unfolding car:
The dumb fhall fing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe.
No figh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear
From ev'ry face he wipes off ev'ry tear..
In adamantinc 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 wan'dring sheep directs
By day o'ersees thein, 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 tivnipets kindle rage no more ;'"
But useless lances into fcythes fhall bend,
And the broad faulchion in a plough-share end.
Then palaces Thall rise ; the joyful son
Shall finish what his short-liv'd fire-begun;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield,
And the same hand that sow'd shall reap the field.
The swain in barren deserts, with surprise,
Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise;
And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murmuring in his ear. *
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green leaf trembles, and the bulruih nods;
Waste sandy vallies, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir, and shapely box adorn;
To leafleis forubs the fow'ring palm fucceed,
And od'rous myrtle to the noifome weed.
The lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead,
And boys in How'ry bands the typer lead ;
The ftrer and lion at one crib Ahall meet;
And harmless ferpents lick the pilgrim's feet;
The smiling infánt in his hand shall take The crested basilisk and speckled snake, Pleas'd the green luftre of their 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 every fide arise, Demanding life, impatient for the skies ! See barbarous nations at thy gates attend, Walk in the light, and in thy gates attend, See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings, And heap'd with products of Sabaan springs. For thee Idume's spicy forests blow, And seeds of gold in Ophirs mountains glow. See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display. And break upon thee in a flood of day. No more the rising sun shall gild the morn, Nor evening Cynthia fill ħer silver horn ; But loft, diffoly'd in thy superior rays, One tide of glory, one unbounded blaze, O’erflow thy courts ; the light himself shall shine Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine ! The feas Thall waste, the skies in smoke decay, Rocks fall to dust, and mountains.melt away ; But fix'd his word, his faving pow'r remains : Thy realo for ever lafts, thy own Messiah reigns !
BY THE SAME.
H happiness ! our being's end and aim !
Good,pleasure, ease content! whate'er thy name :
That something still which prompts the eternal sigh,
For which we bear to live, or dare to die :
Which still so near us, yet beyond us lies;
O’erlook'd, seen double, by the fool and wise ;
Plant of celestial seed! if dropt below
Say in what mortal soil thou deign'it to grow ?
Fair op'ning to some court's propitious shine,
Or deep with diamonds in the flaming nine?
'Twind with the wreaths Parnaffian laurels yield.
Or reap'd in iron harvefts of the field ?
Where grows where grows it not ? if vain our toil
We ought to blame the culture, not the soil.
Fix'd to no spot is happiness fincere,
Tis no where to be found, or ev'ry where ;
'Tis never to be bought, but always free,
And fled from monarchs, St. John, dwells with thee.
Ask of the learn'd the way; the learn'd are blind : This bids to serve, and that to fhun, mankind. Some place the bliss in action, some in ease, Those call it pleasure, and contentment, these ;