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The silver swans her hapless fate bemoau,
No grateful dews descend from evening skies,
No more the mounting larks, while Daphne șings, Shall, listening in mid air, suspend their wings; No more the birds shall imitate her lays, Or, hush'd with wonder, hcarken from the sprays; No more the streams their inurmurs shall forbear, A sweeter music than their own to hear; But tell the reeds, and tell the vocal shore, Fair Daphne's dead, and music is no more!
Her fate is whisperd hy the gentle breeze, And told in sighs to all the trenbling trees; The trembling trees, in every plain and wood, Her fate remurmur to the silver flood; The silver flood, su lately calm, appears Swellid with new passion, and o'erflows with tears ; The winds and trees and floods her death deplore, Daphne, our griet, our glory now no more!
But see! wliere Daphne wondering mounts on Above the clonds, above the starry sky! [higle Eternal beauties grace the shining scene, Fields ever fresh, and groves for ever green!
There while you rest in amaranthine bowers,
give, Thy name, thy honour, and thy praise shall live!
Thyr. But see, Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse ; Sharp Boreas blows, and Nature feels decay, Time conquers all, and we must time obey. Adien, ye vales, ye mountains, streams and groves ; Adieu, ye shepherds' rural lays and loves ; Adieu, my flocks; farewell, ye silvan crew; Daphne, farewell ; and all the world adicu !
A SACRED ECLOGUE.
IN IMITATION OF VIRGIL'S POLLIO.
ADVERTISEMENT. In reading several passages of the prophet Isaiah, which fore,
tel the coming of Christ, and the felicities attending it ; I could not but observe a remarkable parity between many of the thoughts and those in the Pollio of Virgil. This will not seem surprising, when we reflect that the eclogue was taken from a sibylline prophecy on the same subject. One may judge that Virgil did not copy it line by line, but selected such ideas as best agreed with the nature of pastoral poetry, and disposed them in that manner which served most to beautify his piece. I have endeavoured the same in this imitation of hiin, though without admitting any thing of my own; since it was written with this particular view, that the reader, by comparing the several thoughts, might see how far ibe images and descriptions of the prophet are superior to those of the poet. But as [ tear I have prejudiced them by my managernent, I shall subjoin the passages of Isaiah, and those of Virgil, under the såme disadvantage of a literal translation.
Ye nymphs of Solyma ! begin the song :
Rapt into future times, the bard begun ; A virgin shall conceive, a virgin bear a son'! From Jesse's 2 root behold a branch arise, Whose sacred flower with fragrance fills the skies ; The' ethereal spirit o'er its leaves shall move, And on its top descends the mystic dove. Ye heavens 3! from high the dewy nectar pour, And in soft silence shed the kindly show'r! The sick 4 and weak the healing plant shall aid, From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade. All crinies shall cease, and ancient fraud shall fail! Returning Justice S 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 the expected morn! O spring to ligtit, auspicious babe! be born.
IMITATIONS. 1 Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 6.
Jam redit et virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna;
Pacatumque reget patriis virtutibus orbem. • Now the virgin returns, now the kingdom of Saturn re. turns, now a new progeny is sent down from high heaven. By racans of thee, wbatever relics of our crimes remain shall be wiped away, and free the world trorn perpetual fears. He shall govern the earth in peace, with the virtues of his father.'
Isaiah, ch. vii, ver. It, • Behold a virgiu shall conceive and bear a sop.'-Chap. ix. ver. 6, 7: Unto us a child is bora, unto as a son is given, the Prince of Peace : of the increase of his government, and of his peace, there shall be no end : upon the throne of David, and upon bis kivgdom, to order and to establish it, with judgment, and with justice, for ever and ever.'
2 Isa. xi. ver. 1. 3 Cb, xi, ver. 8. * Ch. XXV. ver. 4. s Ch. ix. vet.
See Nature hastes her earliest wreathes to bring,
IMITATIONS. 6 Virg. Ecl. iv, ver. 18.
At tibi prima, puer, nullo munuscula cultu,
Ipsa tibi blandos fundent conabula flores. • For thee, O child, shall the earth, without being tilled, produce her early offerings; winding ivy, mixed with baccar, and colocasia, with smiling acanthus. Thy cradle shall pour forth pleasing flowers, about thec.'
Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. 1. ' The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad, and the desert shall rejoicc and blossom as the rose.'-Ch. Ix. ver. 13 : ' The glory of Lebanon shall come anto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of thy sanctuary.'
7 Chap. xxxv. ver. 2.
Aggredere o magnos, aderit jam tempus, honores,
Ect. v. ver. 62. • O come and receive the mighty honours : the time draws nigh, beloved offspring of the Gods, O great increase of *Jove! The uncultivated mountains send shouts of joy to the stars, the very rocks sing in verse, the very shrubs cry out, A God, a God!
Isaiah, chap. xl. ver. 3, 4. 'The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord ! make straight