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Fancy they see the lessening shores retire,
Could I recall those notes which once the Muse
Yes, tuneful Damon, for our cares are short,
May the sweet nightingale on yonder spray,
lambs, Which, with a pretty innocence of look, Skip on the green, and race in little troops; May that great lamp, which sinks behind the
hill, And streams around variety of lights, Recall them erring: this is Damon's wish.
1.Wrekin :' a high hill in Shropshire.
‘Huge Breaden's 1 stony summit once I climbed 654 After a kidling: Damon, what a scene! What various views unnumber'd spread beneath! Woods, towers, vales, caves, dells, cliffs, and torrent
floods; And here and there, between the spiry rocks, The broad flat sea. Far nobler prospects these, Than gardens black with smoke in dusty towns, Where stenchy vapours often blot the sun: Yet flying from his quiet, thither crowds Each greedy wretch for tardy-rising wealth, Which comes too late; that courts the taste in vain, Or nauseates with distempers. Yes, ye rich, Still, still be rich, if thus ye fashion life; And piping, careless, silly shepherds we; We silly shepherds, all intent to feed Our snowy flocks, and wind the sleeky fleece.'
‘Dream not, howe'er, our occupation mean,' Damon replied, 'while the Supreme accounts Well of the faithful shepherd, ranked alike With king and priest: they also shepherds are: For so th' All-seeing styles them, to remind Elated man, forgetful of his charge.
• But haste, begin the rites: see! purple Eve Stretches her shadows: all ye nymphs and swains Hither assemble. Pleased with honours due, Sabrina, guardian of the crystal flood,
hall bless our cares, when she by moonlight clear, 680 Skims e'er the dales, and eyes our sleeping folds: Or in hoar caves, around Plinlimmon's brow, Where precious minerals dart their purple gleams, Among her sisters she reclines; the loved Vaga, profuse of graces, Ryddol rough,
1. Breaden :' a high hill on the borders of Montgomeryshire.
Blithe Ystwith, and Clevedoc' swift of foot;
penny-grass, nor spearwort's poisonous leaf.'
Such custom holds along the irriguous vales, From Wrekin's brow, to rocky Dolvoryn,2 Sabrina's early haunt, ere yet she fled The search of Gwendolen, her stepdame proud, With envious hate enraged. The jolly cheer, Spread on a mossy bank, untouched abides, Till cease the rites: and now the mossy bank Is gaily circled, and the jolly cheer Dispersed in copious measure; early fruits, And those of frugal store, in husk or rind; Steeped grain, and curdled milk with dulcet cream Soft tempered, in full merriment they quaff, And cast about their gibes; and some apace Whistle to roundelays: their little ones Look on delighted: while the mountain-woods, And winding valleys, with the various notes Of pipe, sheep, kine, and birds, and liquid Lrooks, Unite their echoes: near at hand the wide Majestic wave of Severn slowly rolls
1 Vaga, Ryddol, Ystwith, and Clevedoc:' rivers, the springs of which rise in the sides of Plinlimmon. _* •Dolvoryn :' a ruinous castle in Montgomeryshire, on the banks of the Severn
Along the deep-divided glebe: the flood,
THE ARGUMENT. Introduction. Recommendation of mercifulness to animals. Of the wind.
ing of wool. Diversity of wool in the fleece: skill in the assorting of it; particularly among the Dutch. The uses of each sort. Severe winters pernicious to the fleece. Directions to prevent their effects. Wool lightest in common fields : inconveniencies of common fields. Vulgar errors concerning the wool of England : its real excellencies; and directions in the choice. No good wool in cold or wet pastures : yet all pastures improvable; exemplified in the drainage of Bedford level. Britain in ancient times not esteemed for wool. Countries esteemed for wool before the Argonautic expedition. Of that expedition, and its consequences. Countries afterwards esteemed for wool. The decay of arts and sciences in the barbarous ages: the revival, first at Venice. Countries noted for wool in the present times. Wool the best of all the various materials for clothing. The wool of our island, peculiarly excellent, is the combing wool. Methods to prevent its exportation. Apology of the author for treating this subject. Bishop Blaise, the inventor of wool-combing. Of the dyeing of wool Few dyes the natural product of England : necessity of trade for importing them. The advantages of trade, and its utility in the moral world; exemplified in the prosperity and ruin of the elder Tyre.
Now of the severed lock begin the song,
Through all the brute creation, none, as sheep,
For him their udders yield nectareous streams;
1.Urchinfield :' the country about Ross in Herefordshire.