« AnteriorContinuar »
To thee was given by Jove to keep
Those grottoes where the Muses sleep:
To plant their forests where they sing,
Fast by the cool Castalian spring: /o 4;
With myrtles their pavilions raise;
Soft, intermix’d with Delian bays: or
And when, they wake at earliest day,
To strew with sweetest flowers their way,
Transcendent honor here below,
The Muses and their haunts to know ! 2/o
Annal look down on Isis' towers;
Be gracious to the Muses' bowers:
And, now thy toils of war are done;
Annal protećt Apollo's throne:
'Twas he the dart unerring threw ; -
Python the snaky monster slew.
The Muses’ bowers, by all admir’d,
But those Fanatic rage has fir’d,
Or Atheist fools, who freedom boast,
Themselves to slavery fetter'd most. 22.
Stern Mars, may thunder, Momus rail; er
But Wisdom's goodness will prevail.
On Isis' banks, retirement sweet!
Tritonian Pallas holds her seat. ar
Minerva's gardens are thy care; . . . * * * Bobart! the Virgin-power revere; .*, * *
Thy hoary head with vervain bound,
,, . The mystic grove thrice compass round;
o so The waters of lustration pour,
o And thrice the winding walks explore: 23,
Lest some presumptuous wretch intrude,
With impious steel to wound the wood;
Or, with rash arm, prophanely dare
To shake the trees, the leaves to bare,
And violate their sacred hair: —
Or, by worse sacrilege betray'd,
The blossoms, fruits, or flowers, invade.
Ye strangers! guard your heedless feet,
Lest from the herbs their dews ye beat:
or Cosmetic dews, by virgins fair, 22e
Exhal’d in May with early care,
Will to their eyes fresh lustre give,
And make their charms for ever live.
- ... ', Minerva's gardens are thy care; , so Jacob, the Goddess-maid revere. All plants which Europe's fields contain, For health, for pleasure, or for pain, ~ From the tall cedar that does rise With conic pride,sand mates the skies; o, ...” & Down to the humblest shrub that crawls 2.3% - On earth, or just ascends our walls, 7 Her squares of Horticulture yield: By Danby planted, Bobart till’d.
Delightful scientific shade,
For knowledge, as for pleasure, made
’Twas generous Danby first inclos'd
The waste, and in parterres dispos'd ;
Transform'd the fashion of the ground,
And fenc'd it with a rocky mound ;
The figure disproportion'd chang’d, 24.
Trees, shrubs, and plants, in order rang’d;
Stock’d it with such excessive store,
Only the spacious earth had more:
At his command the plat was chose,
And Eden from the chaos rose: _
Confusion in a moment fled,
Andröses blush’d where thistles bred.
The Portico, next, high he rear'd,
By builders now so much rever'd,
Which like some rustic beauty shews, %
Who all her charms to Nature owes;
Yet fires the heart, and warms the head,
No less than those in cities bred;
Our wonder equally does raise
With them, as well deserves our praise,
The work of Jones’s master-hand: Jones, the Vitruvius of our land; - /* A. * ** He drew the plan, the fabrick fix’d, With equal strength and beauty mix'd :
With perfect symmetry design'd; – 232 r Consummate, like the donor's mind.
Illustrious Danby 1 splendid peer? .J.ook downward from thy radiant sphere, The Muses’ thanks propitious hear. When, Albion, will thy Nobles now, Such bounty to Minerva shew
There, wheresold Cherwell gently leads or His humid train along the meads;s And courts fair Isis, but in vain, who laughs at all his amorous pain; 22° Away the scornful Naiad turns,
For younger Tamus Isis burns.
Close to those towers, so much renown’d For slavery lost and freedom found: Where thy brave sons, in hapless days, Wainfleet, to thy immortal praise, Their rights municipal maintain'd Submiss, not their allegiance stain'd : To loyalty and conscience true; Gave Caesar and Themselves their due ; 322 Close to those towers, by Jove's command, The gardens of Minerva stand.
There 'tis we see thee, Bobart, tend
Thy favorite greens; from harms defend
Exotic plants, which, finely bred -
In softer soils, thy succour need;
Whose birth far-distant countries claim,
Sent here in honor to thy name.
To thee the strangers trembling fly,
For shelter from our barbarous sky, 32-
And murdering winds, that frequent blow, or
With cruel drifts of rain or snow ;
And dreadful ills, both Fall and Spring, ... = aro
On alien vegetables bring. =/o
Nor art thou less inclin'd to save,
Than they thy generous aid to crave:
But, with like pleasure and respect,
Thy darling tribe thou dost protect :
Lessen their fears, their hopes dilate,
And save their fragrant souls from fate: 32,
While they, secure in health and peace,
Their covert and their guardian bless.
This makes thee rouze at prime of day, yo, Thy doubtful nursery to survey: To At noon to count thy flock with care, And in their joys and sorrows share,
"By each extreme unhappy made,
Of too much sun, or too much shade;
Be ready to attend their cry,
And all their little wants supply; 33. f.
By day severest sentry keep, 'T yo. “...,
By night sit by them as they sleep; o