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Where peace descending bids, her olives {pring,
And scatters blessings from her dove-like wing.
Ev'n I more sweetly pass my careless days,
Pleas'd in the filent shade with empty praise;
Enough for me, that to the lift'ning fwains
First in these fields I sung the fylvan strains.

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E nymphs of Solyma! begin the song:
To heav'nly themes sublimer strains be-

long,
The mossy fountains and the sylvan shades,
The dreams of Pindus and th’ Aonian maids,
Delight no more O thou my voice inspire,
Who touch'd Isaiah's hallow'd lips with fire!

Rapt into future times, the bard begun,
A Virgin hall conceive, a Virgin bear a Son!

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From a Jeffe's root behold a branch arise,
Whose facred flow'r with fragrance fills the skies.
Th’ ætherial spirit o'er its leaves shall move,
And on its top descends the mystick dove.
Ye b heav'ns! from high the dewy nector pour,
And in soft filence shed the kindly show'r !
The c fick and weak the healing plant shall aid,
From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade.
All crimes shall cease, and ancient fraud shall fail,
Returning - Justice lift aloft her scale;
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
And white-rob’d innocence from heav'n descend.
Swift fly the years, and rise th’expected morn!
Oh spring to light, auspicious Babe, be born;
See nature haftes her earliest wreaths to bring,
With all the incense of the breathing spring:
See lofty e Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding forests on the mountains dance,
See spicy clouds from lowly Saron rise,
And Carmel's flow'ry top perfumes the skies!
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desart chears,
Prepare the f way; a God, a God appears;

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Isaiah, cap. xi. ¥. 1. Cap. xlv. x.8. . Cap. XXV. $.4.
Cap. ix. 8.7. Cap. xxxv.8. 2. Cap. xl..3,4.

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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 mountains, and ye vallies rise:
With heads declin'd, ye cedars, homage pay;
Be smooth, ye-rocks, ye rapid floods give way! )
The Saviour comes ! by ancient bards foretold!
Hear s him ye 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 found shall clear,
And bid new musick charm th' unfolding ear.
The dumb shall fing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe.
No fight, no murmur the wide world shall hear,
From ev'ry face he wipes off ev'ry tear.
In h adamantine chains shall death be bound,
And hell's grim tyrant feel th' eternal wound.
As the good i shepherd tends his fleecy care,
Seeks freshest pasture and the purest air,
Explores the loft, the wandring sheep directs,
By day o'ersees them, and by night protects;

Cap. xxv..

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Cap. xlii. . 18. Cap. XXXV.8.5; 6.
Cap. xl. x.in.

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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.k 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 trumpets kindle rage no more;
But useless ilances into fcythes thall bend,
And the:broad faulchion in a plow-fhare end.
Then palaces shall rise; the joyful mson
Shall finith what his short-liv'd fire begun;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield,
And the same hand that fow'd fhall reap the field.
The swain in barren n desarts with surprize
See lillies spring, and sudden verdure rise,
And Aarts, 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 • vallies, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry firr and shapely box adorn;

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* Cap. ix. *. 6. Cap. ii. 6. 4: Cap. 1xv. $. 21, 22. Cap. xxxv. $. 1,7. Cap. xli. $.19. and Cap. 1v. 9.13.

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