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She mounts, and, lessening to the light,
WAERE facred Ganges pours along the plain,
The spotted axis bounds in fear away,
'Twas dead of night, when weary bodies close Their eyes in balmy sleep, and soft repose ; The winds no longer whisper through the woods, Nor murmuring tides difturb the gentle floods. The stars in silent order moved around, And peace with downy wings was brooding on the ground.
The flocks and herds, and particolour'd fowl, Which haunt the woods, or swim the reedy pool, Stretched on the quiet earth securely lay, Forgetting the past labours of the day.
The bold swimmer joys not so
Hail to thy living light,
In varied beauty bright;
Trees and Plants.
Bids silver lustre grace yon sparkling tide,
TREES AND PLANTS.
Say, know'st thou why the beech delights the
glade, With boughs extended and a rounder shade, Whilst towering firs in conic forms arise, And with a pointed spear divide the fkies? Or why again the changing oak should shed The yearly honours of his stately head, Whilst the distinguished yew is ever feen Unchanged his branch, and permanent his green? Wanting the sun why does the caltha fade? Why does the cypress flourish in the shade ? The fig and date, why love they to remain In middle station and an even plain, Whilst in the lower marsh the gourd is found, And while the hill with olive fhade is crowned? Why does one climate and one foil endue The blushing poppy with a crimson hue, Yet leave the lily pale and tinge the violet blue?
Trees and Plants.
The twining jasmine and the blushing rose
one breath Raise this to strength and ficken that to death? Whence does it happen that the plant, which
well We name the sensitive, should move and feel ? Whence know her leaves to answer her command, And with quick horror fly the neighbouring hand? Along the funny bank, or watery mead, Ten thousand stalks their various bloffoms fpread. Peaceful and lowly in their native foil, They neither know to spin nor care to toil; Yet with confest magnificence deride Qur vile attire, and impotence of pride.