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By the funk roof.O'er which in diftant view Though yet the prospect pleases, ever new
Such antique marbles to his native land
With Rome's august remains, heroes and gods,
Suffice it now th' Esquilian mount to reach
Of Maio's humble tenement; a low
Plain wall remains ; a little sun-gilt heap,
Grotesque and wild ; the gourd and olive brown
Their amorous foliage, mingling with the vine,
Here flow'd his fountain ; here his laurels grew ;
Happy Augustus! who so well inspir'd
Could'st throw thy pomps and royalties aside,
Auspicious to the Muses ! then rever'd,
Or open mountain, or whatever scene
Evin the rude hinds rever'd the Poet's name :
But now another age, alas! is ours-
And each aggrieves his brother ; since in vain
See'st thou yon fane? ev'n now incessant time *
Sweeps her low mouldering marbles to the dust;
Threatens huge ruip o'er the small rotund.
Pressing the teat within a monster's grasp
Sportive ; while oft the gaunt and rugged wolf
Your facred infancies, your virtues, toils,
The conquests, glories, of th' Ausonian state,
Wrap'd in their secret feeds. Each kindred soul,
Robuft and stout, ye grapple to your hearts,
Green twigs of osier weave the Nender walls,
Opens beneath the rock the gloomy čave,
Her spreading scenes enameling his waves,
And gathering swains ; and rolls his yellow car
To Neptune's court with more majestic train.
* The temple of Romulus and Remus under
Her speedy growth alarm'd the states around, Over their naked limbs with wanton hand,
Swift is the flight of wealth; unnumber'd wante,
And tender foliage wildly wreath'd around Who has not heard the Fabian heroes sung?
Ot seeming ivy, by that artful hand, Dentatus' scars, or Mutius' flaming hand ?
Corinthian Thericles; whate'er is known How Manlius sav'd the capitol ? the chồ ce
Of rarest acquisition ; Tyrian garbs, Of Iteady Regulus ? As yet they 1tood,
Neptunian Albion's high teftaceous food, Simple of life ; as yet reducing wealth
And fiavour'd Chian wines with incense fum'd Was unexplor’d, and thame of poverty
To Nake Patrician thirtt; for these, their rights Yer unimagin'd-Shine not all the fields
In the vile streets they prostitute to sale ; With various fruitage ? murmur not the brooks Their ancient rights, their dignities, their laws, Along the flowery vallies ? They, content,
Their native glorious freedom. Is there none, Feafted at nature's hand, indelicate,
Is there no villain, that will bind the neck Blithe, in "heir easy taite ; and only fought
Stretch'd to the yoke ? they come ; the markets Toknow wheir duties; that their only strife,
throngs. Their generous strite, and greatly to perforin. But who has most by fraud or force amass'd ? They through all thapes of peril and of pain,
Who moit can charm corruption with his doles ? Intent on honour, dar'd in thickest death
He be the monarch of the state ; and lo! To snatch the glorious deed. Nor Trebia quell'd, Didius, vile usurer, though the crowd he mounts Nor 'Thrafymene, nor Canna's bloody field,
Beneath his feet the Roman eagle cowers, Their dauntlets courage; storming Hannibal And the red arrows fill his grasp uncouth. In vain the thunder of the battle roll'd,
O Britons, O my countrymen, beware ; The Thunder of the battle they return'd
Gird, gird your hearts; the Romans once were free, Back on his Punick Thores; till Carthage fell, Were brave, were virtuous. --Tyranny howe'er And danger fed afar. The city gleam'd
Deign’d to walk forth a while in pageant state, With precious fpoils: alas, prosperity!
And with licentious pleasures fed the rout, Ah, baneful state ! yet ebb'd not all their strength The thoughtless many: to the wanton found In soft luxurious pleasures; proud desire
Of fifes and drums they danc'd, or in the shade. Of boundless sway, and feverith thirst of gold, Sung Cæsar, great and terrible in war, Rouz'd them again to battle. Beauteous Greece, Immortal Cæfar! Lo, a God, a God, Torn from her joys, in vain with languid arm He cleaves the yielding skies ! Cæsar meanwhile Half rais'd her rusty ihield ; nor could avail
Gathers the ocean pebbles; or the gnat The sword of Dacia, nor the Parthian dart;
Lorag'd pursues ; or at his lonely meal Nor yet the car of that fam'd British chief,
Starves a wide province ; tastes, dislikes, and Aing Which seven brave years beneath the cloubtless wing To dogs and sycophants. A God, a Cod ! Of victory, dreadful roll'd its griding wheels
The flowery thades and shrines obscene return. Over the bloody war: the Romaa arms
But see along the North the tempests swell Triumph'd, till fame was filent to their foes.
O’er the rough Alps, and darken all their snows! And now the world unrival'd they enjoy'd Sudden the Goth and Vandal, dreaded names, In proud security: the created helm,
Ruth as the breach of waters, whelming all The plated greave and corselet hung unbrac'd ;
Their domes, their villas ; down the festive piles, Nor clank'd their arms, the spear and founding Down fall their Parian porches, gilded baths, Thield,
And roll before the storm in clouds of dust. But on the glittering trophy to the wind.
Vain end of human strength, of human skill, Difulv'd in ease and soft delights they lie,
Conqueft, and triumph, and domain, and pomin Till every fun annoys, and every wind
And ease, and luxury! O luxury, Has chilling force, and every rain offends :
Bane of elated life, of affluent states, For now the frame no more is girt with itrength
What dreary change, what ruin is not thine ! Masculine, nor in lustiness of heart
How doth thy bowl intoxicate the mind! Laughs at the winter storm, and summer-beam, To the soft entrance of thy rosy cave Superior to their rage : enfeebling vice
How dost tlou lure the fortunate and great! Withers each nerve, and opens every pore
Dreadful attraction! while behind thee gapes To painful feeling : flowery bowers they seek
Th' unfathomable gulph where Ather lies (As æther prompts, as the fick sense approves) O’erwhelm’d, forgotten; and high-boasting Cham ; Or cool Nymphean grots; or tepid baths
And Elam's haughty pomp ; and beauteous Greece ; (Taught by the soft lonians) they, along
And the great queen of earth, imperial Rome. The lawny vale, of every beauteous stone, Pije in the roseat air with fond expence :
* Didius Julianus, who bought the empire. Through silver channels glide the vagrant waves, And tall un lilver beds crystalline down, Wiclodious murnjuring; while luxury
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The fairest flocks rejoice! they, nor of halt,
Disturb the music of the pastoral pipe ;
But, crouding to the note, with silence soft
Flowrets and herbage of minuteft size,
Innoxious luxury. Wide airy downs
Are Health's gay walks to Mepherd and to Meep. IN FOUR BOOKS.
All arid foils, with sand, or chalky flint,
Or shelves deluvian mingled; and the turf, “ Post majores quadrupedes ovilli pecoris secunda That mantles over rocks of brittle stone, * ratio eft, quæ prima fit, si ad utilitatis mag
Be thy regard : and where low-tufted broom,
Or box, or berry'd juniper arise ;
And where the burrowing rabbit turns the dust ;
And where the dappled deer delights to bound.
And towery villas ; fuch Dorcestrian fields,
Such those low-climbing wilds, that lead the step
1:1senlibly to Dover's windy cliff,
Tremendous height! and such the clover'd lawns THE subjest proposed. Dedicatory address. Of paf And funny mounts of beauteous Normanton tures in general, fit for theep, for fine-wool'd
sheep: Health's cheartul haunt, and the selected walk for long-would sheep. Defects of pastures, and their Of Heathcote's leifure: such the spacious plain remedies. Of climates. The moisture of the English Of Sarum, spread like Ocean’s boundless round, climate vindicated. Particular beauties of England. Where folitary Stonehenge, grey with moss, Different kinds of English Sheep: the two common Ruin of ages, nods : such too the leas forts of rams described. Different kinds of foreign And ruddy tilth, which spiry Ross beholds, theep. The several sorts of food. The distempers From a green hilloc, o'er her lofty elms; arising from thence, with their remedies. Sheep led And Lemster's brooky tract, and airy Croft t, by instinet to their proper food and physics of the
And such Harleian Eywood's I swelling turf, jhepherd's scrip, and its furniture. Care of sheep in Wav'd as the billows of a rolling fea: tupping time. Of the castration of lambs, and the And Shobden §, for its lofty terrace fam’d, folding of sheep. Various precepts relative to changes Which from a mountain's ridge, elate o'er woods of weather and seasons. Particular care of new
And girt with all Siluria ||, fees around
English Mepherd above those in hotter or colder climates; Pleasant Siluria, land of various views,
Pomaceous, mingled with the curling growth flowers. Sheep-fhearing feast and merriments on the Oftendril hops, that faunt upon their poles, banks of the Severn.
More airy wild than vines along the fides
Of treacherous Falernum ; or that hill
And arts of trade, I fing, Ye rural nymphs, And Herculanean and Pompeian domes.
Leiceftrian fleeces, what the finewy arm Whom public voice approves, or lot of birth Combs through the spiky steel in lengthen'd Aakes ; To the great charge assigns : ye good, of alị
Rich faponaceous loam, that Nowly drinks Degrees, all sects, be present to my song.
The blackening shower, and fattens with the draught, So may distress, and wretchedness, and want, Ormarle with clay deep-mix’d, be then thy The wide felicities of labour learn :
choice, So may the proud attempts of restless Gaul
* A feat of Sir John Heathcote in Rutlandhire. From our strong borders, like a broken wave,
+ A feat of Sir Archer Croft. In empty foam retire. But chiefly Thou,
I Of the Earl of Oxford. The people's thepherd, eminently plac'd
A seat of Lord Bateman. Over the numerous swains of every vale,
Siluria, the part of England which lies west of With well-permitted power, and watchful eye,
the Severns, viz. Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, On each gay field to shed beneficence,
&c. Celestial office! Thou protect the song.
Treacherous Falernum, because part of the On spacious airy downs, and gentle bills,
bills of Faiernum was many years ago overturned by With grass and thyme o'erspread, and clover wild,
an eruption of fire, and is now an high and barrea Where smiling Phoebus tenipers every breeze,
mount of ciuders, called Monte Novo.
Of one consistence, one complexion, spread In vain the bleaters court. Alike they Thun Through all thy glebe ; where no deceitful veins Libya's hot plains: what taste have they for groves Of envious gravel lurk beneath the turf,
Of palm, or yellow dust of gold ? no more To loose the creeping waters from their springs, Food to the flock, than to the miser wealth, Tainting the pasturage : and let thy fields
Who kneels upon the glittering heap, and starves. In nopes descend and mount, that chilling rains Ev'n Gallic Abbeville the thining fleece, May trickle off, and hasten to the brooks.
That richly decorates her loom, acquires Yet fome defect in all on earth appears;
Basely from Albion, by th' enfnaring bribe, All seek for help, all press for social aid,
The bait of avarice, which with felon fraud, Too cold the graffy mantle of the marl,
For įts own wanton mouth, from thousands steals, In stormy winter's long and dreary nights,
How erring oft the judgment in its bate, For cumbent sheep; from broken Number oft Or fond desire! Those now-descending howers, They rise benumb'd, and vainly thift the couch ; Those hovering fogs, that bathe our growing vales Their wasted fides their evil plight declare,
In deep November (loath'd by trifling Gaul, Hence, tender in his care, the shepherd swain Effeminate), are gifts the Plejads shed, Seeks each contrivance. Here it would avail, Britannia's handmaids. As the beverage falls, At a meet distance from the upland ridge,
Her hills rejoice, her vallies laugh and fing, To sink a trench, and on the hedge-long bank Hail, noble Albion ; where no golden mines, Sow frequent sand, with lime, and dark manurę ; No soft perfumes, nor oils, nor myrtle bowers, Which to the liquid element will yield
The vigorous frame and lofty heart of man A porous way, a passage to the foe.
Enervate: round whose stern cerulean brows Plow not such pastures : deep in (pungy grass White-winged snow, and cloud, and pearly rain, The oldest carpet is the warmest lair,
Frequent attend, with solemn majesty :
Nor love too frequent Melter: such as decks With their cool arms compress; and twist their
How beautiful! how blue th' ethereal vault, Consume, like grasshoppers, the summer hour ; How verdurous the lawns, how clear the brooks ! While round them stubborn thorns and furze Such noble warlike steeds, such herds of kine, increase,
So Neek, so van ; such spacious flocks of sheep, And creeping briars. I knew a careful swail), Like Aakes of gold illumining the green, Who gave them to the crackling flames, and spread What other paradise adorn but thine, Their duft saline upon the deepening grass : Britannia? happy, if thy fons would know And oft with labor-strengthen d arm he delv'd Their happiness. To these thy naval ítreanis, The draining trench across his verdant Popes, Thy frequent towns fuperb of busy trade, To intercept the small meandring rills
And ports magnific add, and stately ships,
Innumerous. But whither strays my Muse ?
From deck to deck, through groves immense of
'Mong crouds, bales, cars, the wealth of either The little smiling cottage, where at eve He meets his rosy children at the door,
Through wharfs, and squares, and palaces, and Prattling their welcomes, and his honeft wife,
domes, With good brown cake and bacon Nice, intent In sweet surprize ; unable yet to fix To cheer his hunger after labour hard.
His raptur'd mind, or scan in order'd course Nor only soil, there also must be found
Each object fingly; with discoveries new Felicity of clime, and aspect bland,
His native country studious to enrich. Where gentle Iheep may nourishi locks of price. Ye thepherds, if your labours liope success, In vain the filken fleece on windy brows,
Be first your purpose to procure a breed,
To foil and clime adapted. Every soil
The Great Invisible, and each to all,
Through earth, and sea, and air, harmonious fuits. Dingles, and deils, by lofty fir embowerd,
Tempestuous regions, Darwent's * naked peaks, Malvern, a high ridge of hills near Worcester. * Darwent's naked peaks, the peaks of Derby thire, $ Dumetia, Caermarthenshire in South Wales.
Snowden * and blue Plynlymmon *, and the wide Of graffes are unnumber'd kinds, and all
(Save where foul waters linger on the turt) These are bestow'd on goat-horn'd sheep, of Aecce Salubrious. Early mark, when tepid gleams Hairy and coarse, of long and nimble shank, Oft mingle with the pearls of summer showers, Who rove o'er bog or heath, and graze or brouze And swell too hastily the tender plains : Alternate, to collect, with due dispatch,
Then snatch away thy sheep ; beware the rot; O'er the bleak wild, the thinly-scatter'd meal. And with detersive bay-salt rub their mouths ; But hills of milder air, that rise
Or urge them on a barren bank to feed, O'er dewy dales, a fairer species boast,
In hunger's kind distress, on tedded hay;
Or to the marish guide their easy steps,
If near thy tufted crofts the broad sea (preads.
Hard is the strife of art: the coughing pest That drink clear rivers near the glassy sea ;
From their green pasture sweeps whole flocks away. Regard this fort, and hence thy fire of lambs
That dire distemper sometimes may the Swain, Select: his tawny fleece in ringlets curis ;
Though late, discern : when on the lifted lid, Long (wings his nender tail; his front is fenc'd Or visual orb, the turgid veins are pale ; With horns Ammonian, circulating twice
The swelling liver then her putrid store
Nor suffer weak despair to fold thy arms ::
In cold stiff soils the bleaters oft complain
Those let the neighbouring fold or ready CFOOR
Dry alum, verdigrise, or vitriol keen. :
But if the doubtful mischief scarce appears, Of full and ruddy eye, large ears, stretch'd head, 'Twill serve to shift them to a dryer turt, Nostrils dilated, breaft and Moulders broad,
And salt again: th' utility of salt And spacious haunches, and a lofty dock.
Teach thy now swains: redundant humours cold Thus to their kindred soil and air induc'd,
Are the diseases of the bleating kind.
Th’ infectious scab, arising from extremes
Of lime, or sodden stave-acre, or oil
Dispersive of Norwegian tar, renown'd Herrich materials. Hence Sabæa's rucks,
By virtuous Berkeley, whose benevolence Chaldza's marl, Ægyptus' water'd loam,
Explor'd its powers, and easy medicine thence And dry Cyrene's fand, in climes alike,
Sought for the poor: ye poor, with grateful voices, With different stores supply the marts of trade. Invoke eternal blessings on his head. Hence Zembla's icy tracts no bleaters hear ;
Sheep also pleurisies and dropsies know, Small are the Russian herds, and harsh their fleece ; Driv'n oft from Nature's path by artful mani, Of light esteem Germanic, far remote
Whio blindly turns aside, with haughty hand, From soft sea-breezes, open winters mild,
Whom sacred Instinct would securely lead.
Frequent unbar, and let thy flocks abroad,
They beft their food and physic can discern;
For He, Supreme Existence, ever near,
With what a regular consent they crop,
At every fourth collection to the mouth,
Unsavoury ciow-flower; whether to awake
Langour of appetite with lively change, Snowden, Plynlymmon, and Cader-yddris, Or timely to repel approaching ills, high hills in North Wales.
Hard to determine. Thou, whom nature loves, † A town in Herefordshire.
And with her salutary rules entrusts,
* Dr. l.jackenzie, late of Worcester, now of Drumfugh, near Edinburgh.