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Eternal glory Him therefore betide!
Let every generous youth his praise proclaim !
Who, wand'ring through the world's rude forest wide,
By him hath been y-taught his course to frame
To Virtue's sweet abodes, and heav'n-aspiring Fame !
For this the FAIRY Knight with anxious thoaght;
And fond paternal care his counsel pray'd;
And him of gentlest courtesy befought
His guidance to vouchsafe and friendly aid ;
The while his tender offspring he convey'd,
Through devious paths to that secure retreat ;
Where sage PÆDîa, with each tuneful maid,
On a wide mount had fix'd her rural feat,
’Mid Aow'ry gardens plac'd, untrod by vulgar feet.
And now forth-pacing with his blooming heir,
And that same virtuous Palmer them to guide ;
Arm'd all to point, and on a courser fair
Y-mounted high, in military pride,
His little train before he flow did ride.
Him eke behind a gentle squire mensues,
With his young lord aye marching side by side,
His counsellour and guard, in goodly n thews,
Who well had been brought up, and nurs'd by every Muse.
Thus as their pleafing journey they pursued,
With chearful argument beguiling pain ;
Ere long descending from an hill they view'd
Beneath their eyes out-stretch'd a spacious plain,
That fruitful shew'd, and apt for every grain,
For pastures, vines and flow'rs ; while Nature fair
Sweet-smiling all around with count'nance o fain
Seem'd to demand the tiller's art and care,
Her wildnefs to correct, her lavish waste repair.
Right good, I ween, and bounteous was the foil,
Aye wont in happy season to repay
With tenfold usury the peasant's toil..
But now 'twas ruin all, and wild decay ;
Untillid the garden and the fallow lay,
The sheep-fhorne down with barren P brakes o'ergrowa
The while the merry peasants sport and play,
All as the publick evil were unknown,
Or every publick care from every breast was flown.
Astonish'd at a scene at once fo fair
And so deform'd; with wonder and delight
At man's neglect, and Nature's bounty rare,
In studious thought a-while the Fairy Knight,
Bent on that goodly a lond his eager fight :
Then forward rush'd, impatient to descry
What towns and castles there-in were bempight;
For towns him seem'd, and castles he did spy,
As to th' horizon round he stretch'd his roaming eye:
Nor long way had they travell’d, ere they came
To a wide stream, that with tumultuous roar
Emongst rude rocks its winding course did frame:
Black was the wave and sordid, cover’d o'er
With angry foam, and stain'd with infants' gore.
Thereto along th' unlovely margin food
A birchen grove that waving from the shore,
Aye caft upon the tide its falling bud,
And with its bitter juice empoison'd all the flood,
Right in the centre of the vale empight,
Not distant far a forked mountain rose;
In outward form presenting to the fight
That fam'd Parnaffan hill, on whose fair brows
The Nine Aonian Sifters wont repose;
Lift'ning to sweet Caftalia's sounding stream,
Which through the plains of Cirrha murm'ring flows,
But This to That compar'd mote justly seem
Ne fitting haunt for gods, ne worthy man's esteem.
For this nor founded deep, nor spredden wide,
Nor high up-rais'd above the level plain,
By tolling art through tedious years applied,
From various parts compild with studious pain,
erst up-thrown ; if so it mote attain, Like that poetick mountain, to be a hight The noble seat of Learning's goodly train.
Thereto, the more to captivate the fight,
It like a garden fair most curiously was e dight.
In figurd plots with leafy walls inclos'd,
By measure and by rule it was out-lay'd;
With sym'inetry fo regular dispos'd,
That plot to plot still answer'd, Made to shade;
Each correspondent twain alike array'd
With like embellishments of plants and flow'rs,
Of ftatues, vases, spouting founts, that play'd
Through Thells of Tritons their ascending show'rs,
Ard labyrinths involv’d and trelice-woven low'rs.
There likewise mote be seen on every fide
The yew obedient to the planter's will,
And shapely box of all their branching pride
Ungently shorne, and with preposterous skill'
Hight, called, named. e Dight, drest.
To various beasts and birds of fundry quill Transform'd, and human shapes of monstrous fize; Huge as that giant-race, who, hill on hill
High-heaping, fought with impious vain f emprize, Despight of thund'ring Jove, to scale the steepy kies.
Alse other wonders of the sportive fhears
Fair Nature mis adorning there were found ;
Globes, spiral columns, pyramids and piers
With sprouting urns and budding statues crown'd;
And horizontal dials on the ground
In living box by cunning artists trac'd ;
And gallies trim, on no long voyage bound,
But by their roots there ever anchor'd fast, & All were their bellying fails out-spread to every blast,
O'er all appear'd the mountain's forked brows
With terrasses on terrasses up-thrown;
And all along arrang'd in order'd rows;
And vifto's broad, the velvet slopes adown
The ever-verdant trees of Daphne shone.
But aliens to the clime, and brought of old
From Latian plains, and Grecian Helicon,
They shrunk and languish'd in a foreign mold, By chageful summers ftarv'd, and pinch'd by winter's cold.
Emprize, enterprize, attempt. : All, used frequently by the old English poets for all-though.