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See * lofty Lebanon Kis head advance, 25
See nodding forests on the mountains dance:
See spicy clouds from lowly Saron rise,
And Carmel's Aow'ry top perfumes the skies!
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desart chears ;
Prepare the + way! a God, a God appears : 30
A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,
The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity.
Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies!
Sink down ye mountains, and ye valleys rise,

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IMITATIONS. fom as the roje: Ch. İx. v. 13. The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of the sanctuary. P:

VER. 29. Hurk, a glad Voice, etc.]
VIRG. E. iv. v. 45.

Aggredere ő mágnos, aderit jam tempus, honores,
Cara deûm foboles, magnum Jovis incrementum
Ipfi lætitia voces ad fydera jactant
Intonfi montes, ipfæ jam carmina rupes; .
Ipfa fonant arbusta, Deus, deus ille Menalca !

E. v. ver. 62. Ob come and receive the mighty honours : the time draws nigb, o beloved offspring of the Gods, Ogreat encrease of Jove! The uncultivated mountains fend fouts of joy to the fars, the very rocks fing iti verse, the very forübs cry out, A Gód, a God!

ISAIAH, Ch. xl. V. 3, 4. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord I make frait in the defart a bigh way for our God! Every valley fall be exalted, and every mountain and bill shall be made low, and the crooked fall be made frait, and the rough places plain. Chuiv...v..23. Break forth into finga ing; ye mountains ! O forest, and every tree therein! for the Lord bath redeemed Ifrael.- P.

* Ch. XXXV. V. 2. + Ch. xl. v. 3, 4.

With heads declin'd, ye cedars homage pay ; 35
Be smooth ye rocks, ye rapid foods give way!
The Saviour comes ! by ancient bards foretold :
Hear * him, ye deaf, and all ye blind, behold!
He from thick films shall purge the visual rays
And on the fightless eye-ball pour the day: 40
'Tis he th' obstructed paths of sound shall clear,
And bid new music charm th' unfolding ear :
The dumb shall fing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe.
No figh, no murmur the wide world shall hear, 45
From ev'ry face he wipes off ev'ry tear.
In + adamantine chains shall Death be bound,
And Hell's grim Tyrant feel th' eternal wound.
As the good I shepherd tends his fleecy care,
Seeks freshest pasture and the purest air,

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Explores the loft, the wand'ring 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; Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage, 55 The promis'd || father of the future age. No more shall nation against nation rise, Nor ardent warriours meet with hateful eyes, Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er, The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more ;

60 But useless lances into scythes shall bend, And the broad faulchion in a plow-share end.

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* Ch. xliii. v. 18. Ch. xxxv. v. 5,6. + Ch. xxv. V. 8. Ch. xl. v. 11. | Ch. ix. v.6. $ Ch. ii, v.4.

Then palaces shall rise ; the joyful * Son
Shall finish what his short-liv'd Sire begun ;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield, 65
And the fame hand that fow'd, shall reap the field.
The swain in barren + defarts with surprize
See lillies spring, and sudden verdure rise ;
And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murm'ring in his ear, ņo
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
Waste fandy I valleys, orice perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir and shapely box adorn:
To leafless shrubs the flow’ring palms succeed, 75
And od'rous myrtle to the noisom weed.
The | lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant

mead,
And boys in flow'ry bands the tyger lead ;

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Ver.67. The fwain in barren de farts] Virg. E. iv. v. 28.

Molli paulatim flavescet campus ariita,
Incultisque rubens pendebit sentibus uva,

Et duræ quercus sudabunt rosciuta mella. The fields fall grow yellow with ripen'd ears, and tbe red grape shall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oak mall disill honey lihe dew.

ISATAH, Ch. xxxv. v. 7. The parcked ground fall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water : In the habitations where dragons lay, ji-all be grass, and reeds, and rushes. Ch.lv. v. 13. Instead of the thorn shall come ut the fir-tree, and inleod of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree. P. VER.77. The lambs with wolves, etc.] Virg. E. iv. v. 21. Iptæ latte domum referent diftenta capellæ

Ubera, * Ch. lxv. v. 21, 22.

+ Ch. xxxv. v. 1, 7. 1 Ch. xli, v. 19. and Ch.lv. v. 13. #Ch. xi. v. 6, 7, 8

The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
And harmless * serpents lick the pilgrim's feet. : 80
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested bafilisk and speckled snake,
Pleas'd the green lustre of the scales survey,
And with their forky tongue shall innocently play.
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial + Salem, rise! 85
Exalt thy tow'ry head, and lift thy eyes !
See, a long I race thy spacious courts adorn;
See future fons, and daughters yet unborn,

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TATIONS.
Ubera, nec magnos metuent armenta leones -
Occidet et serpens, et fallax herba veneni

Occidet. The goats shall bear to the fold their udders diffended with milk: nor shall the herds be afraid of the greates lions. The serpent shall die, and the kerb that conceals poijon shall die.

ISAIAH, Ch. xi. v. 16, etc. The wolf ball dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together : and a little child fall lead them.--. And the lion fall eat Araw like the ox. And the fucking child fall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice,' P.

Ver. 85. Rile, crown'd quith light, imperial Salem, rife!] The thoughts of Isaiah, which compose the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully elevated, and much above those general exclamations of Virgil, which make the loftieft parts of his Pollio.

Magnus ab integro fæclorum nascitur ordo!
- toto furget gens aurea mundo!

incipient magni procedere menses !

Afpice, venturo lærentur ut omnia fæclo! eté. The reader needs only to turn to the passages of Isaiah, here cited. P.

• Ch. Ixv. V. 25. + Ch, lx. V. 1. Ch. lx. 8.45

In crouding ranks on ev'ry side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies !

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See barb'rous * nations at thy gates attend,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend;
See thy bright altars throng'd with proftrate kings
And heap'd with products of + Sabæan springs !
For thee Idume's spicy forests blow,

95 And seeds of gold in Ophyr's mountains glow. See heav’n its sparkling portals wide display, And break upon thee in a flood of day! No more the rising | Sun shall gild the morn, Nor ev’ning Cynthia fill her silver horn; But loft, diffolv'd in thy superior rays, One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze O’erflows 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, 105 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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* Ch.lx. v. 3. + Ch 1x. v. 6. I Ch. Ix. v. 19, 20.| Ch. li. v. 6. and Ch liv. V. 10.

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