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With peals of echoing vengeance close pursue.
Here must th' instructive Muse (but with respect) Censure that numerous pack, that crowd of state, With which the vain profusion of the great Covers the lawn, and shakes the trembling copse. Pompous encumbrance! A magnificence Useless, vexatious! For the wily fox, Safe in th' increasing number of his foes, Kens well the great advantage; slinks behind, And slily creeps through the same beaten track, And hunts them step by step: then views, escap'd, With inward ecstacy, the panting throng In their own footsteps puzzled, foil'd, and lost. So when proud eastern kings summon to arms Their gaudy legions, from far distant climes They flock in crowds, unpeopling half a world: But when the day of battle calls them forth To charge the well-train'd foe, a band compact Of chosen veterans; they press blindly on, In heaps confus'd by their own weapons fall, A smoking carnage scatter'd o'er the plain.
Nor hounds alone this noxious brood destroy: The plunder'd warrener full many a wile Devises to entrap his greedy foe,
Fat with nocturnal spoils. At close of day,
The yielding surface. By th' indented steel
Of these are various kinds; not even the king
And avenue to Death. Hither he calls
On distant Ethiopia's sun-burnt coasts, The black inhabitants a pitfall frame, But of a different kind, and different use. With slender poles the wide capacious mouth, And hurdles slight, they close; o'er these is spread A floor of verdant turf, with all its flowers Smiling delusive, and from strictest search Concealing the deep grave that yawns below. Then boughs of trees they cut, with tempting fruit Of various kinds surcharg'd; the downy peach, The clustering vine, and of bright golden rind The fragrant orange. Soon as evening grey Advances slow, besprinkling all around With kind refreshing dews the thirsty glebe, The stately elephant from the close shade With step majestic strides, eager to taste The cooler breeze, that from the sea-beat shore Delightful breathes, or in the limpid stream To lave his panting sides; joyous he scents The rich repast, unweeting of the death That lurks within. And soon he sporting breaks The brittle boughs, and greedily devours The fruit delicious. Ah! too dearly bought; The price is life. For now the treacherous turf Trembling gives way; and the unwieldy beast, Self-sinking, drops into the dark profound. So when dilated vapors, struggling, heave Th' incumbent earth; if chance the cavern'd ground Shrinking subside, and the thin surface yield, Down sinks at once the ponderous dome, ingulf'd With all its towers. Subtle, delusive man! How various are thy wiles! artful to kill Thy savage foes, a dull unthinking race! Fierce from his lair, springs forth the speckled pard Thirsting for blood, and eager to destroy; The huntsman flies, but to his flight alone Confides not: at convenient distance fix'd, A polish'd mirror stops in full career The furious brute: he there his image views;
Spots against spots with rage improving glow;
Him the fierce Arab mounts, and, with his troop
But whither roves my devious Muse, intent
The morning Sun, that gilds with trembling rays
The royal offspring, fairest of the fair,
Fires every heart. He must be more than man,
Or Britain's second hope? Hail, blooming youth!
A bright example. As his guard of mutes
Joy spreads its wings, and the gay morning smiles
To bow and sue for grace. But who is he
See the swift courser strains, his shining hoofs
Of peace; to smooth the rugged wilderness,
How melts my beating heart! as I behold
Has measur'd half the forest; but alas!
And lifts his weary limbs with pain, that scarce
Now the blown stag, through woods, bogs, roads, Gives courage to the weak. Resolv'd to die,
Sure anchorage he finds, there skulks immers'd.
As when some wily corsair boards a ship
Should he not kill, as erst the Samian sage Full-freighted, or from Afric's golden coasts, Taught unadvis'd, and Indian brachmans now Or India's wealthy strand, his bloody crew As vainly preach; the teeming ravenous brutes Upon her deck he slings; these in the deep Might fill the scanty space of this terrene, Drop short, and swim to reach her steepy sides, Encumbering all the globe: should not his care And clinging climb aloft; while those on board Improve his growing stock, their kinds might fail; Urge on the work of Fate ; the master bold, Man might once more on roots and acorns feed, Press'd to his last retreat, bravely resolves And through the deserts range, shivering, forlorn, To siuk his wealth beneath the whelming wave, Quite destitute of every solace dear, His wealth, his foes, nor unreveng'd to die. And every smiling gaiety of life. So fares it with the stag: so he resolves
The prudent huntsman therefore will supply To plunge at once into the flood below,
With annual large recruits his broken pack, Himself, his foes, in one deep gulf immers'd. And propagate their kind; as from the root Ere yet he executes this dire intent,
Fresh scions still spring forth and daily yield In wild disorder once more views the light; New blooming honors to the parent-tree. Beneath a weight of woe he groans distress'd, Far shall his pack be fam'd, far sought his breed. The lears run trickling down his hairy cheeks ; And princes at their tables feast those hounds He weeps, nor weeps in vain. The king beholds His hand presents, an acceptable boon. His wretched plight, and tenderness innate
Ere yet the Sun through the bright Ram has urg'd Moves his great soul. Soon at his high command His steepy course, or mother Earth unbound Rebuk'd, the disappointed, hungry pack
Her frozen bosom to the Western gale; Retire submiss, and grumbling quit their prey. When feather'd troops, their social leagues dissolv'd, Great Prince! from thee what may thy subjects Select their mates, and on the leafless elm hope;
The noisy rook builds high her wicker nest, So kind, and so beneficent to brules!
Mark well the wanton females of thy pack, O Mercy, heavenly born! sweet attribute! That curl their taper tales, and frisking court Thou great, thou best prerogative of power! Their piebald mates enamour'd; their red eyes Justice may guard the throne, but, join'd with thee, Flash fires impure ; nor rest nor food they take, On rocks of adamant it stands secure,
Goaded by furious love. In separate cells
The growling rivals in dread battle join,
Heroes of old with far less fury fought
For the bright Spartan dame, their valor's prize.
Stretch'd on the ground; thy kennel shall appear
A field of blood : like some unhappy town
In civil broils confus'd, while Discord shakes of the necessity of destroying some beasts, and pre- Her bloody scourge aloft, fierce parties rage,
serving others for the use of man. Of breeding Staining their impious hands in mutual death; of hounds; the season for this business. The And still the best belov'd, and bravest fall : choice of the dog, of great moment. Of the Such are the dire effects of lawless love. litter of whelps. Of the number to be reared. Huntsman! these ills by timely prudent care Of setting them out to their several walks. Care Prevent: for every longing dame select to be taken to prevent their hunting too soon. Some happy paramour; to him alone Of entering the whelps. Of breaking them from In leagues connubial join. Consider well running at sheep. Of the diseases of hounds. His lineage; what his fathers did of old, Of their age. Of madness; two sorts of it de- Chiefs of the pack, and first to climb the rock, scribed, the dumb and outrageous madness : its Or plunge into the deep, or thread the brake dreadful effects. Burning of the wound recom- With thorn sharp-pointed, plash'd, and briers inmended as preventing all ill consequences. The infectious hounds to be separated, and fed apart. Observe with care his shape, sort, color, size. The vanity of trusting to the many infallible Nor will sagacious huntsmen less regard cures for this malady. The dismal effects of the His inward habits: the vain babbler shun, biting of a mad dog, upon man, described. De- Ever loquacious, ever in the wrong. scription of the otter hunting. The conclusion. His foolish offspring shall offend thy ears
With false alarms, and loud impertinence. WHATE'ER of earth is form'd, to earth returns Nor less the shifting cur avoid, that breaks Dissolv'd : the various objects we behold, Illusive from the pack; to the next hedge Plants, animals, this whole material mass,
Devious he strays, there every muse he tries : Are ever changing, ever new. The soul
If haply then he cross the steaming scent, Or man alone, that particle divine,
Away he flies vain-glorious; and exults Escapes the wreck of worlds, when all things fail. As of the pack supreme, and in his speed Hence great the distance'twixt the beasts that perish, And strength unrivall’d. Lo! cast far behind, And God's bright image, man's immortal race. His vex'd associates pant, and laboring strain The brute creation are his property,
To climb the steep ascent. Soon as they reach Subservient to his will, and for him made. Th'insulting boaster, his false courage fails, As hurtful these he kills, as useful those
Behind he lags, doomd to the fatal noose, Preserves; their sole and arbitrary king.
His master's hate, and scorn of all the field.
What can from such be hop'd, but a base brood The panting wretch ; till, breathless and astunn'd Of coward curs, a frantic, vagrant race?
Stretch'd on the turf he lie. Then spare not thou When now the third revolving Moon appears, The twining whip, but ply his bleeding sides With sharpen'd horns, above th' horizon's brink, Lash after lash, and with thy threatening voice, Without Lucina's aid, expect thy hopes
Harsh-echoing from the hills, inculcate loud Are amply crown'd; short pangs produce to light His vile offence. Sooner shall trembling doves The smoking litter; crawling, helpless, blind, Escap'd the hawk's sharp talons, in mid air, Nature their guide, they seek the pouting teat Assail their dangerous foe, than he once more That plenteous streams. Soon as the tender dam Disturb the peaceful flocks.
In tender age Has form'd them with her tongue, with pleasure Thus youth is train'd; as curious artists bend view
The taper pliant twig, or potters form The marks of their renown'd progenitors, Their soft and ductile clay to various shapes. Sure pledge of triumphs yet to come. All these Nor is 't enough to breed; but to preserve, Select with joy; but to the merciless food Must be the huntsman's care. The staunch old Expose the dwindling refuse, nor o'erload
hounds, Th' indulgent mother. If thy heart relent, Guides of thy pack, though but in number few, Unwilling to destroy, a nurse provide,
Are yet of great account; shall oft untie And to the foster-parent give the care
The Gordian knot, when reason at a stand Of thy superfluous brood; she'll cherish kind Puzzling is lost, and all thy art is vain. The alien offspring ; pleas’d thou shalt behold O'er clogging fallows, o'er dry plaster'd roads, Her tenderness, and hospitable love.
O'er floated meads, o'er plains with flocks distain'd If frolic now and playful they desert
Rank-scenting, these must lead the dubious, Their gloomy cell, and on the verdant turf, As party-chiefs in senates who preside, With nerves improv'd, pursue the mimic chase, With pleaded reason and with well-turn'd speech, Coursing around ; unto the choicest friends Conduct the staring multitude; so these Commit thy valued prize : the rustic dames Direct the pack, who with joint cry approve, Shall at thy kennel wait, and in their laps And loudly boast discoveries not their own. Receive thy growing hopes, with many a kiss Unnumber'd accidents, and various ills, Caress, and dignify their little charge
Attend thy pack, hang hovering o'er their heads, With some great title, and resounding name And point the way that leads to Death's dark Of high import. But cautious here observe To check their youthful ardor, nor permit Short is their span; few at the date arrive The unexperienc'd younker, immature,
of ancient Argus, in old Homer's song Alone to range the woods, or haunt the brakes So highly honord : kind, sagacious brute ! Where dodging conies sport; his nerves unstrung, Not ev'n Minerva's wisdom could conceal And strength unequal; the laborious chase Thy much-lov'd master from thy nicer sense. Shall stint his growth, and his rash forward youth Dying his lord he own'd, view'd him all o'er Contract such vicious habits, as thy care
With eager eyes, then clos'd those eyes, well pleas'd. And late correction never shall reclaim.
Of lesser ills the Muse declines to sing, When to full strength arriv'd, mature and bold, Nor stoops so low; of these each groom can tell Conduct them to the field ; not all at once, The proper remedy. But 0! what care, But as thy cooler prudence shall direct,
What prudence, can prevent madness, the worst Select a few, and form them by degrees
Of maladies ? Terrific pest! that blasts To stricter discipline. With these consort The huntsman's hopes, and desolation spreads The staunch and steady sages of thy pack, Through all th' unpeopled kennel unrestraind, By long experience vers'd in all the wiles More fatal than th' envenom'd viper's bite; And subtle doublings of the various Chase. Or that Apulian spider's poisonous sting, Easy the lesson of the youthful train
Heal'd by the pleasing antidote of sounds. When instinct prompts, and when example guides. When Sirius reigns, and the Sun's parching beams If the too forward younker at the head
Bake the dry gaping surface, visit thou Press boldly on in wanton sportive niood, Each ev'n and morn, with quick observant eye, Correct his haste, and let him feel abash'd Thy panting pack. If, in dark sullen mood, The ruling whip. But if he stoop behind The glouting hound refuse his wonted meal, In wary modest guise, to his own nose
Retiring to some close, obscure retreat, Confiding sure; give him full scope to work Gloomy, disconsolate ; with speed remove His winding way, and with thy voice applaud The poor infectious wretch, and in strong chains His patience, and his care: soon shalt thou view Bind him suspected. Thus that dire disease The hopeful pupil leader of his tribe,
Which art can't cure, wise caution may prevent. And all the listening pack attend his call.
But, this neglected, soon expect a change, Oft lead them forth where wanton lambkins play, A dismal change, confusion, frenzy, death. And bleating dams with jealous eyes observe Or in some dark recess the senseless brute Their tender care. If at the crowding flock Sits sadly pining ; deep melancholy, He bay presumptuous, or with eager haste And black despair, upon his clouded brow Pursue them scatter'd o'er the verdant plain, Hang lowering ; from his half-opening jaws In the foul fact attach'd, to the strong ram The clammy venom, and infectious froth, Tie fast the rash offender. See! at first Distilling fall; and from his lungs inflam'd, llis horn'd companion, fearful and amaz'd, Malignant vapors taint the ambient air, Shall drag him trembling o'er the rugged ground; Breathing perdition ; his dim eyes are glaz'd, Then, with his load fatigud, shall turn ahead, He droops his pensive head, his trembling limbs And with his curl'd hard front incessant peal No more support his weight; abject he lies,