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WINDSOR - FOREST.
To the Right Honourable
GEORGE Lord LANSDOWN.
HY forests, Windfor! and thy green re
At once the Monarch's and the Muse's seats, Invite my lays. Be present fylvan maids ! Unlock your springs, and open all your Ahades. Granville commands; your aid o Muses bring! What Muse for Granville can refuse to fing?
The groves of Eden, vanish'd now so long, Live in defeription, and look green in fong : Thefe, were my breast inspir'd with equal flame, Like them in beauty, fhould be like in fame. Here hills and vales, the woodland and the plain, Here earth and water seem to strive again.
Not Chaos-like together crush'd and bruisid, But as the world, harmoniously confus'd: Where order in variety we see, And where, tho' all things differ, all agree, Here waving groves a checquer'd scene display, And part admit, and part exclude the day, As fome coy nymph her lover's warm address Nor quite indulges; nor can quite repress. There, interspers'd in lawns and opening glades, Thin trees arise that shun each others shades. Here in full light the russet plains extend; There wrapt in clouds the blueish hills ascend: *Ev'n the wild heath displays her purple dyes, And 'midit the desert fruitful fields arise, That crown'd with tufted trees and springing corn, Like verdant ifles the fable waste adorn. Let India boast her plants, nor envy we The weeping amber or the balmy tree, While by our oaks the precious loads are born, And realms commanded which those trees adorn. Not proud Olympus yields a nobler fight, Tho' Gods assembled grace his tow'ring height, Than what more humble mountains offer here, Where, in their blessings, all those Gods appear.
See Pan with flocks, with fruits Pomona crown'd,
Not thus the land appear'd in ages past,
* The Forest Lawsi
Both doom'd alike for sportive tyrants bled,
† Alluding to the new forest, and the tyrannies exercis'd there by William