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The Testimony of Divine Adoption. Tom. ii. Cant. 78
WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ.
FRENCH OF MADAME DE LA MOTHE GUION.
THE NATIVITY. ”Tis folly all !—let me no more be told Of Parian porticos, and roofs of gold; Delightful views of nature, dress'd by art, Enchant no longer this indifferent heart; The Lord of all things, in his humble birth, Makes mean the proud magnificence of earth; The straw, the manger, and the mouldering wall, Eclipse its lustre; and I scorn it all.
Canals, and fountains, and delicious vales, Green slopes and plains, whose plenty never fails;
Deep rooted groves, whose heads sublimely rise,