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M A Y
BY WILLIAM THOMPSON, M. A. LATE FELLOW
OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, oxon.
Nunc formofi fimus annus.
Subject proposed. Invocation of May. Descrip
tion of her: Her operations on nature. Bounty recommended; in particular at this season. Vernal apostrophe. Love the ruling paffion in May. The celebration of Venus her birth-day in this month. Rural retirement in Spring. Conclusion.
Therial daughter of the lusty Spring,
And sweet Favonius, ever-gentle May ! Shall. I, unblam'd, presume of thee to fing, And with thy living colours gild my lay? Vol. V.
Thy genial spirit mantles in my brain ;
Say, mild Aurora of the blooming year,
Where (a) Leda's twins, forth from their diamond-
(c) Certes o'er (d) Rhedicyna's laurel'd mead, (For ever spread, ye laurels, green and new!) The brother-stars their gracious nurture shed, And secret blessings of poetic-dew:
(a) Leda's twins] Castor and Pollux. (b) The Gemini are supposed to preside over learned men. See Pontanus in his beautiful poem called Urania. lib. ii. de Geminis. (c) Certes] Surely, certainly. (d) Rhedicyna] Oxford.
They bathe their horses in the learned flood,
No sooner April, trim'd with girlands gay,
Come, bounteous May! in fulness of thy might,
By the warm fighs, in dewy even-tide,
(e) Fair as their father god] Jupiter deceived Leda in the shape of a swan as the was bathing herfelf in the river Eurotas. (f) Ne] Nor.
By the youths' plainings stealing on the air, (For youths will plain, tho' yielding be the fair) Hither, to bless the maidens and the youths, repair.
With dew bespangled, by the hawthorn-buds,
She comes ! - A filken (g) camus, emrald-green, Gracefully loose, adown her shoulders flows, (Fit to enfold the limbs of Paphos' queen) And with the labours of the needle glows, (h) Purfled by Nature's hand! the amorous air And musky-western breezes faft 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 entwin'd, Copious, unbound, in nectar'd ringlets streams, Floats glittering on the sun, and scents the wind
!g) Camus] A light gown. with a necdle,
(h) Purfied] Flourished