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Where the bleak Swifs their ftormy manfion
And. force a churlifh foil for fcanty bread;
Redrefs the clime, and all its rage difarm.
He fees his little lot the lot of all; Sees no contiguous palace rear its head To Thame the meanneis of his humble fhed; No cpftly lord the fumptuous banquet deal . To ma' e hiin loath his vegetable meal; But calm, and bred in ignorance and toil, Each with contracting, fits him to the foil. Cheerful at morn, he wakes from fhort repofe, Breathes thfc keen air, and carols as he goes; Willi patient angle trolls the finny deep, Or drives his vent'rous plough - fhare to the
Or feeks the den where fnow - tracks mark
» m >. 'the way,
And drags the ftruggling favage into day.
Thus every good his native wilds impart, Imprints the patriot pafiion on his heart; And even thofe ills, that round his manfion rife Fnhance the blifs his fcanty fund fupplies. Dear is that fhed to which his foul conform; And dear that hill which lifts him to the ftorins And as a child, when fearing founds moleft. Clings clofe and clofer to the mother's breafi So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roai But bind him to his native mountains more.
Such are the charms to barren ftates a!
Their wants but few, their withes all connnd
Catch every nerve, and vibrate *hrough &e
Their level life is but a mouldering fire^
But not their joys alone thus coarfely fl<Wi
May fit, like falcons cowering on the neft;
Thcfe, far difpers'd on Timorous pinions fly, To fport and flutter in a kinder fky.
To kinder Ikies where gentler manners reign, I turn; and France difplays her bright domain. Gay fprightly land of mirth and focial eafe, Pleas'd with thyfelf, whom all the world can
How often have I led thy fportive choir,
Where fhading elms along the margin grew, And frefhen'd from the wave the zephyr flew, And haply, though my harfh touch fault'ring
Butmock'd all timg? and marr'd the dancer's fkill Yet would thef vi>lage praife my wonderous
And dance, forgetfnl of the noon - tide hour.
Alike all ages. Dames of ancient days
Have led their children through the mirthful
- - maze, And ifi? gay grandffre , fkill'd in geftic lore, Has frifk'd beneath the burthen of threefcore.
S*-hl€ft a life thefe thoughtlefs realms difplay, Thus idly bufy rolls their world away: Theirs are thofe arts that mind to mind endear, For honour forms the focial temper here. Honour, that praife which real merit gains,
i) Loire, ein beknnnter Ffafs Frankrcichs. — Wit Jich Aer 1-cfex am dcr vtrangefchickten Diagrnphic Goldimith's erinnern wird, Jo ervahrte Jich diejir Dichitr evf ftrnen Wtrndtrnngen unter andexn indufcK, daft er «vf einem lajtrumaite J'pieltsi
Or even imaginary worth obtains,
But while this fofter art their blifs fupplies, It gives their follies alfo room to rife; For praife too dearly lov'd, or warmly fought, Enfeebles all internal ftrength of thought. And the weak foul, wirhin itfelf unbleft, Leans for all pleafure on another's breaft. Hence oftentation here, with tawdry art, Pants for the vulgar praife which fools impart; Here vanity affumes her pert grimace, And trims her robes of frize with copper lace, Here beggar pride defrauds hejr daily cheer, To boaft one fplendid banquet bnce a year; The mind ftill turns where fhifting fafhion
Nor weighs the folid worth of felf applaufe.
To men of other minds my fancy flies, Embofom'd in the deep where Holland lies. IViethinl's her patient tons before me ftand. Where the broad ocean leans againft the land. And, sedulous to ftop the coming tidey^ Lift ihe tall rampire's artificial pride Onward methinks , and diligently flow, Th; firm connected bulwark feems to grow; Sp eads its long arms am id ft the watery roar, Scoop out an empire , and ufurps the fbore. While the. p^rt ocean riling o'er the pile, Sees an amphibious world beneath him fmile; The flow canal, the yellow bloffom'd vale, The willow tufted bank, the gliding fail,
The crouded mart, the cultivated plain,
Thus while around the wave - fubjected foil
Convenience, plenty, elegance , and arts;
Heavens! howXmlike their Belgic fires of old!
Fir'd at the found, my genius fpreads her wing,
And flics where Britain courts the weftern fpring; Where lawns extend that fcorn Arcadian k) pride. And brighter ftreams than fam'd Hydafpis ') glide,
k) Arcadia, tint dttrch die Schb'nheit *nd Fruchtbarkeit ilirtr Gegenden beruhmte Provinz its alten Gritchtnlands.
I) Hydafpis, tin Flufs in Indien, dtr Jich von der Oftfeitt her in den Indus /first; er kommt in dtn Zugen Alexanders des Grofsen nor, daher hier das Beiwort fam'd. Vielleicht deutet unfer Dichter ganz befonders *uf das Efitheton hin, welches diefer Flufs beitn Horatt