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A God, a God! the vocal hills reply;
The rocks proclaim the approaching Deity.
Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies!
Sink down ye mountains, and ye rallies, rise ;
With heads declin'd, ye cedars, homage pay ;
Be smooth, ye rocks; ye rapid floods, give way!
The Saviour comes, hy ancient bards foretold:
Hear him", ye dead, and all ye blind behold!
He from thick films shall purge the visual ray,
And on the sightless eye-ball pour the day :
'Tis he the' obstructed paths of sound shall clear,
And bid new music charm the' unfolding ear:
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe,
No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear,
From every face he wipes off every tear.
In " adamantine chains shall Death be bound,
And Hell's grim tyrant feel the eternal wound.
As the good shepherd " tends his fleecy care,
Seeks freshest pasture and the purest air,
Explores the lost, the wandering sheep directs,
By day o'ersees them, and by night protects;
The tender lambs he raises in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms i
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage,
The promis'd father "3 of the future age.

IMITATIONS, in the desert a high way for our God! Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and bill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.' Chap. iv, ver. 23: Break forth into singing, ye mountains. O forest, and every tree therein ! for the Lord hath redeemed Israel.'

9 Isa. xl. ver. 3, 4. 10 Cb. xliji, ver. 18. Ch. xxxv. ver, 5, 6, 1 Ch. xxv. 12 Ch. xl. ver. 11.

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No more shall "4 pation 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 lances into scythes shall bend,
And the broad falcbion in a ploughshare end.
Then palaces shall rise; the joyful "S
Sball finish what his short-liv'd sire begup ;
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 reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
Waste 18 sandy vallies, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir and shapely box adorn;

15 Ch. Ixv. ver. 91,2%.

14 Isa. ü. ver. 4.
16 Ch. xxxv. ver. 1. 7.

IMITATIONS. 17 Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 23.

Molli paulatim flavçscet campus arista,
Incultisque rubens pendebit sentibns nya,

Et duræ quercas sudabunt roscida mella. * The fields shall grow yellow with ripened ears, and the. red grape shall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks shall distil honey like dew.'

Isaiah, chap. xxxv. ver. 7. • The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty lands springs of water : in the habitation where dragons lay, shall be grase, and reeds, and rushes.-Chap. Iv. ver. 13: . Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myr. tle-tree.'

18 Ch. xli. ver. 19. and Ch. lv. ver. 13.

To leafless shrubs the flowering palms succeed,
And odorons myrtle to the poisome weed. (mead,
The lambs' with wolves shall graze the verdant
And boys in flowery bands the tiger lead 20;
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
And harmless serpents 21 lick the pilgrim's feet;
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested basilisk and speckled snake,
Pleas'd, the green lastre of the scales survey,
And with their forky tongue shalt innocently play.
Rise crown'd with light, imperial Salem 22, rise 231
Exalt thy towery bead, and lift thy eyes !
19 Isa. xi. rer. 6, 7, 8.

IMITATIONS.
Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 91.
Ipsæ lacte domum referent distenta capella
Ubera, nec magnos metuent armenta leones-
Occidet et serpens, et fallax herba veneni

Occidet. • The goats shall bear to the fold their adders distended with milk : nor shall the herds be afraid of the greatest lions. The ser pent sball die, and the herb that conceals poison shall die.'

Isaiah, chap. xi. ver. 16, &c. • The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf, and the young lion, and the falling together ; and a little child shall lead them.-And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice." 21 Ch. Ixv. ver. 25.

3: Ch. Tx. ver. 1. 23 The thoughts of Isaiah, which compose the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully elevated, and much above those gé neral exclamations of Virgil, which make tbe loftiest parts of bis Pollio.

Magnus ab integro sæclorum nascitur ordo!
-toto surget gens aurea niundo!
-incipient magni procedere menses !

Adspice, venturo lætentur ut omnia sæclo ! &c. The reader needs only to turn to the passages of Isaiab bere cited.

See a long race 24 thy spacious courts adorn;
See future sons and daughters yet uoborn,
In crowding ranks on every side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies!
See barbarous nations 25 at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throny'd with prostrate kings,
And heap'd with products of Sabæan 26 springs!
For thee Idame's spicy forests blow,
And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow.
See Heaven its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day.
No more the rising sun 27 shall gild the morn,
Nor evening Cynthia fill her silver horn;
But lost, dissolv'd in thy superior rays,
One tide of glory, one unclonded blaze
O'erflow thy courts : the light himself shall shine
Reveal’d, and God's eternal day be thine!
The seas

shall waste, the skies in smoke decay,
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;
But fix'd his word, his saving pow'r remains ;
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own Messiah reigns !

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24 Isa. Ix. ver. 4.

25 Ch. Is. ver. 3.
có C. Ix, ver. 6. 27 Ch. 1x, ver. 19, 20.
28 Ch. li. ver. 6. and Ch. liv, ver. 10.

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WINDSOR-FOREST.

TO THE

RT. HON. GEORGE LORD LANSDOWN.

Non injussa cano: le nostræ, Vare, myricæ,
Te nemas ome cánet : vec Phæbo gratior ulla est,
Quam sibi quæ Vari præscripsit pagina nomen. VIRG.

Thy forest, Windsor! and thy green retreats, At once the Monarchi's and the Muse's seats, Invite my lays Be present, silvan maids ! Unlock your springs, and open all your shades, Granville commands: your aid, O Muses, bring! What Muse for Granville can refuse to sing ?

The groves of Eden, vanislid now so long, Live in description, and look green in

song : These, were my breast inspir’d with equal flame, Like them in beauty, should be like in fame. Here bills and vales, the woodland and the plain, Here earth and water seem to strive again ; Not chaos-like together crush'd and bruis'd, But, as the world, harmoniously confus'd : Where order in variety we see, And where, though all things differ, all agree. Here waving groves a chequer'd scene display, And part admit, and part exclude the day;

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