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« Millions of more fuch still behind ;
“ Which might employ, ev'n to eternity,
“ Both you and all your whole fraternity.”

The PEASANT in Search of his HEIFER:

A TALE AFTER M. DE LA FONTAINE.

IT fo befell: a filly swain

Had fought his heifer long in vain;
For wanton she had frisking itray'd,
And left the 'wn, to seek the shade,
Around the plain he rolls his eyes,
Then, to the wood; in haste he hies ;
Where, singling out the fairest tree,
He climbs, in hopes to hear or see.

Anon, there chanc'd that way to pass
A jolly lad and buxom lafs :
The place was apt, the pastime pleasant;
Occasion with her forelock present :
The girl agog, the gallant ready;
So lightly down he lays my lady.
But so she turn'd, or so was laid,
That she fome certain charms display'd,
Which with such wonder struck his fight
(With wonder, much; more, with delight)
That loud he cry'd in rapture, “What?
“ What fee I, gods! What see I not!"

But

But nothing namd; from whence 'tis guels'd,
'Twas more than well could be express’d.

The clown aloft, who lent an ear,
Strait stopt him short in mid career:
And louder cry'd, “ Ho! honest friend,
That of thy seeing feeft no end;
Dost fee the heifer, that I seek ?
If do'st, pray be so kind to speak.'

OMER'S HY MN TO VENUS,

ING, Muse, the force and all-informing fire

Of Cyprian Venus, goddess of desire :
charms th’ immortal minds of gods can move,
i tame the stubborn race of men to love.
wilder lerds and ravenous beast of prey

influence feel, and own her kindly livay.
ough pathless Air, and boundless Ocean's space,
rules the feather'd kind and finny race ;
ole nature on her fole support depends,

far as life exists, her care extends. Of all the numerous host of gods above, three are found inflexible to love. e-ey'd Minerva free preserves his heart, irgin unbeguil'd by Cupid's art; hining arms the martial maid delights, r war presides, and well-disputed fights ; th thirit of fame she firit the hero fir'd, 6 ft the skill of useful arts inspir'd; N

Taught

Taught artists first the carving tool to wield,
Chariots with brass to arm, and form the fenceful shield;
She first taught modest maids in early bloom
To fhun the lazy life, and spin, or ply the loom.

Diana next, the Paphian queen defies,
Her smiling arts and proffer'd friendship Aies :
She loves, with well-mouth'd hounds and chearful horn
Or silver-sounding voice, to wakс the morn,
Towound the mountain boar, or rouse the wood-land deer:
To draw the bow, or dart the pointed spear,
Sometimes, of gloomy groves she likes the shades,
And there of virgin nymph the chorus leads;
And sometimes seeks the town, and leaves the plains,
And loves society where virtue reigns.

The third celestial power averse to love Is virgin Vesta, dear to mighty Jove; Whom Neptune fought to wed, and Phoebus woo'd; And both with fruitless labour long pursued ; For The, feverely chaste, rejected both, And bound her purpose with a solemn oath, A virgin life inviolate to lead; She swore, and Jove assenting bow'd his head. But since her rigid choice the joys deny'd Of nuptial rites, and blessings of a bride, The bounteous Jove with gifts that want supply'd. High on a throne she sits amidst the skies, And first is fed with fumes of sacrifice : For holy rites to Vesta first are paid, And on her altar first-fruit offerings laid; So Jove ordain'd in honour of the maid.

These

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These are the powers above, and only these,
Whom Love and Chytherea's art displease :
Of other beings, none in earth or skies
Her force resists, or influence denies.
With ease, her charms the thunderer can bind.
And captivate with love th’almighty mind :
Ev'n he, whose dread commands the gods obey,
Submits to her, and owns superior sway ;
Enslav'd to mortal beauties by her power,
He oft descends, his creatures to adore ;
While, to conceal the theft from Juno's eyes,
Some well-diffembled shape the gods belies.
Juno, his wife and sister, both in place
And beauty, first among th’ætherial race;
Whom, all-transcending in superior worth,
Wife Saturn got, and Cybele brought forth :
And Jove, by never-erring countel firay'd,
The

partner of his bed and empire made.
But Jove at length, with just resentment fir'd,
The laughing queen herself with love inspir'd.
Swift through her veins the sweet contagion ran,
And kindled in her breast desire of mortal man;
That she, like other deities, might prove
The pains and pleasures of inferior love;
And not insultingly the gods deride, .
Whose sons were human by the mother's side :
Thus, Jove ordain’d she now for man should burn,
And bring forth mortal offspring in her turn.

Amongst the springs which fow from Ida's head,
His lowing herds the young Anchises fed :

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Whore

Whose godlike form and face the smiling queen
Beheld, and lov’d to madness soon as seen,
To Cyprus strait the wounded goddess flies,
Where Paphian temples in her honour rife,
And altars sincke with daily sacrifice.
Soon as arrivid, she to her fhrine repair’d,
Where eptering quick, the thining gates the barrd.
The ready Graces wait, her baths prepare,
And oint with fragrant oils her flowing hair,
Her flowing hair around her shoulders fpriads,
And all adown ambrosial odour sheds.
Last, in transparent robes her limbs they fold,
Errich'd with ornaments of purest gold.
And thus attir'd, her chariots she ascends,
And, Cyprus left, her fight to Troy the bends.

On Ida site alights, then seeks the seat
Thich löy'd Anchises chofe for his retreat:
And ever as he walk'd through lawn or wood,
Promiscuous herds of beasts admiring food,
Some humbly follow, while fome fawning meet,
And lick the ground, and crouch beneath her feet.
Dogs, liggs, wolves, and bears, their eyes unite,
And the swift panther stops to gaze with fix'd delight,
For, every glance she gives, soft fire imparts,
Enkindling sweet desire in lavage hearts.
Infiam d with love, all single out their mates,
And to their shady dens each pair retreats.

Meantime the tent The spies so much defir'd, Where her Anchides was alone retired;

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