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The Naiads wept in ev'ry watry bow'r,
Accept, O GARTH, the Muse's early lays, That adds this wreath of Ivy to thy Bays; 10 Hear what from Love unpractis'd hearts endure, From Love, the sole disease thou canst not cure.
Ye fhady beeches, and ye cooling streams, Defence from Phæbus', not from Cupid's beams, To you I mourn, nor to the deaf I fing, 15 The woods shall answer, and their echo ring. The hills and rocks attend my doleful lay, Why art thou prouder and more hard than they? The bleating sheep with my complaints agree, They parch'd with heat, and I inflam’d by thee. 20 The sultry Sirius burns the thirsty plains, While in thy heart eternal winter reigns. · Where ftray ye Muses, in what lawn or grove, While your Alexis pines in hopeless love? In those fair fields where facred Ifis glides,
25 Or else where Cam his winding vales divides ?
Ver. 9) Dr. Samuel Garth, Author of the Difpensary, was one of the first friends of the Author, whose acquaintance with him began at fourteen or fifteen. Their friendship continued from the year 1703 to 718, which was that of his death. P.
Ver. 16. The woods forll onswer, and their echo ring,] Is a line out of Spenser's Epithalamion.' P.
Jupiter et lato defiendet plurimus imbri. Virg? P.
Non canimus furdis, responient omnia pilve. Virg. P.
As in the crystal spring I view my face,
Let other swains attend the rural care, Feed fairer flocks, or richer fleeces sheer: But nigh yon' mountain let me tunę my lays, Embrace my Love, and bind my brows with bays. That flute is mine which Colin's tuneful breath Inspir’d when living, and bequeath'd in death; 40
Ver. 39. Colin] The name taken by Spenser in bis Eclogues, where his mistress is celebrated under that of Rosalinda. P.
Oft in the crystal spring I cast a view,
Virg. out of Theocr.' P. VER. 27. Virgil again from the Cyclops of Theocritus,
nuper me in littore vidi Cum placidum ventis paret mare, non ego Daphnim,
Judice te, metuam, fi nunquam fallat imago. P. VER. 40. bequeath'd in death; etc.] Virg. Ecl, ii.
Eft mihi disparibus feptem compacta cicutis
He said ; Alexis, take this pipe, the same
And yet my numbers please the rural throng,
See what delights in fylvan scenes appear ! Descending Gods have found Elysium here. 60 In woods bright Venus with Adonis ftray'd, And chafte Diana haunts the forest shade. Come, lovely nymph, and bless the filent hours, When swains from sheering seek their nightly
bow'rs; When weary reapers quit the sultry field, 65 And crown'd with corn their thanks to Ceres yield,
Habitarunt Di quoque sylvas - Virg.
This harmless grove no lurking viper hides,
But see, the shepherds sun the noon-day heat, The lowing herds to murm’ring brooks retreat, 86
VARIATIONS. VÉR: 79, So.
Your praise the tuneful birds to heav'n shall bear,
And liftning wolves grow milder as they hear. So the verses were originally written. But the author, young as he was, foon found the absurdity which Spenser himself overlooked, of introducing wolves into Eng. land. P.
To clofer shades the panting flocks remove;
V A RIA TIONS.