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The Argument. Subject proposed. Invocation of May. Description of her:
ber operations on Nature. Bounty recommended: in par: ticular at this season. Vernal apostrophe. Love the ruling passion in May. The celebration of Venus her birthday in this month. Rural retirement in spring. Conclusion.
ETHEREAL daughter of the lusty Spring
dren die ?
Where Leda's twins *, forth from their diamond
* Castor and Pollux.
Bless'd residence! for there, as poets tell,
• The Gemini are supposed to preside over learned men, See Pontanus, in his beautiful poem called Urania. Lib. 2. De Gemini.
+ Sarely, certainly: Ibid. Rhedicyna, Oxford.
1 Jupiter deceived Leda in the shape of a swan, as she was bathing herself in the river Earotas. Ø Garlands.
By the youths' plainings stealing on the air (For youths will plain, though yielding be the fair), Hither, to bless the maidens and the youths, re
pair. With dew bespangled, by the hawthorn buds, With freshness breathing, by the daisied plains, By the mix'd music of the warbling woods, And jovial roundelays * of nymphs and swains; In thy full energy and rich array, Delight of earth and heaven, O blessed May! From heaven descend to earth: on earth vouch.
safe to stay. She comes !-a silken camus t, emerald green, Gracefully loose, adown her shoulders flows (Fit to enfold the limbs of Paphos' queen), And with the labours of the needle glows, Purfled # by Nature's hand! The amorous air And musky western breezes fast repair, Her mantle proud to swell, and wanton with her
hair. Her hair (but rather threads of light it seems), With the gay honours of the Spring entwined, Copious, unbound, in nectar'd ringlets streams, Floats glittering on the sun, and scents the wind, Lovesick with odours !—Now to order roll’d, It melts upon her bosom's dainty mould, Or, curling round her waist, disparts its wavy
gold. Young circling roses, blushing, round them throw The sweet abundance of their purple rays, And lilies, dipp'd in fragrance, freshly blow, With blended beauties in her angel face. Songs. + A light gown.
# Flourished with a needle.
The humid radiance beaming from her eyes
ethereal height So round this phoenix of the gaudy year A thousand, nay ten thousand sports and smiles, Fluttering in gold, along the hemisphere, Her praises chant; her praises glad the isles. Conscious of her approach (to deck her bowers) Earth from her fruitful lap and bosom pours A waste of springing sweets and voluntary flowers.
• Pliny tells us, Lib. 11, that the phenix is about the bigness of an eagle; the feathers round the neck shining like gold; the body of a parple colour; the tail blue, with feathers resem. bling roses. See Clandian's fine Poem on that sabject, and Marcellus Donatas, who has a short dissertation on the phenix in his Observations on Tacitus. Annal. Lib. 6. Wesley on Job, and Sir Tho. Brown's Vulgar Errors.
Narcissus * fair, in snowy velvet gown’d;
He who undazed || can wander o'er her face,
So far as doth the harbinger of Day
* A beautiful youth who, beholding his face in a fountain, fell in love with himself, and pining away was changed into a flower which bears his name. See Ovid. Metamorph. Lib. 3.
+ Beloved, and turned into a flower, by Apollo. See the Story in Ovid. Met. Lib. 10. There is likewise a curious dia. logue in Lucian bet wixt Mercury and Apollo on this subject. Servius, in his Notes on Virgil's second Bucolic, takes the Hyacinth to be the Vaccinigin of the Latins, bearing some similitude with the name.
| Formerly : long ago.