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The subject proposed.- Invocation.--Address to Mr. Dodington.-An
introductory reflection on the motion of the heavenly bodies; whence the succession of the Seasons.--As the face of Nature in this season is almost uniform, the progress of the Poem is the description of a summer's day.-The dawn.-Sun-rising.--Hymn to the sun.-Forenoon.-Summer insects described.--Hay-mak ng.-Sheep-sheering.-Noonday.-A woodland retreat.--Group of herds and flocks.-A solemn grove: how it affects a contemplative mind. --A cataract and rude scene.-- View of Summer in the torrid zone. -Storm of thunder and lightning.-A tale.--The storm over, a serene afternoon.--Bathing. Hour of walking.-Transition to the prospect of a rich well cultivated country; which introduces a panegyricon Great Britain.-Sun-set.---'vening.---Night.---Summer meteors. A comet. The whole concluding with the praise of philosophy.
From brightening fields of ether fair disclos’d,
Where scarce a sun-beam wanders thro’ the gloom;
Come, Inspiration! from thy hermit-seat,
And thou, my youthful Muse's early friend,
sense, By decency chastis’d, goodness and wit,
25 lu seldom-meeting harmony combind.is Unblemish'd honour, and an active zeal For Britain's glory, Liberty, and Man. 0 Lodington! attend
With what an awful world-revolving power
40 Minutely faithful: such tu’ALL-PERFECT Hand!
That pois’d, impels, and rules the steady Whole.
When now no more th’ alternate Twins are fir'd,
50 White break the clouds away. With quickened step, Brown Night retires: young Day pours in apace, And
opens all the lawny prospect wide. The dripping rock, the mountain's misty top Swell on the sight, and brighten with the dawn. 55 Blue thro' the dusk, the smoking currents shine; And from the bladed field the fearful hare Limps, awkward: while along the forest glade The wild deer trip, and often turning gaze At early passenger. Music awakes
60 The native voice of undissembled joy; And thick around the woodland hymns arise. Rous’d by the cock, the soon-clad shepherd leaves "His mossy cottage, where with Peace he dwells, And from the crowded fold, in order, drives 63 His flock, to taste the verdure of the morn.
Falsely luxurious, will not Man awake; And, springing from the bed of sloth, enjoy The cool, the fragrant, and the silent hour, To meditation due and sacred song?
70 For is there aught in sleep can charm the wise? To lie in dead oblivion, losing half The fleeting moments of too short a life;
Total extinction of th’enlightened soul!
But yonder comes the powerful King of Day, Rejoicing in the east! The lessening cloud, The kindling azure, and the mountain's brow Illum'd with fluid gold, his near approach Betoken glad. Lo; now, apparent all,
”Tis by thy secret, strong, attractive force,
104 Without whose quickening glance their cumbrous orbs
Were brute unlovely mass, inert and dead,
The vegetable world is also thine,
119 A common hymn: while, round thy beaming car, High-seen, the Seasons lead in sprightly dance Harmonious knit, the rosy-finner'd Hours, The Zephyrs floating loose, the timely Rains, Of bloom ethereal the light-footed Dews, And softened into joy the surly Storms.
125 These in successive turn, with lavish hand, Show'r every beauty, every fragrance shower, Herbs, flowers, and fruits; till, kindling at thy touch, From land to land is flush'd the vernal year. Nor to the surface of enliven'd earth,
130 Graceful with hills and dales, and leafy woods, Her liberal tresses, is thy force confin’d: But, to the bowell d cavern darting deep, The mineral kinds confess thy mighty power. Effulgent, hence the veiny marble shines: 135 Hence Labour draws his tools; hence burnish'd War Gleams on the day; the nobler works of Peace