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He that has these may pass his life,
Drink with the 'squire, and kiss his wife;
On Sundays preach, and eat his fill,
And fast on Fridays—if he will ;
Toast church and queen, explain the news,
Talk with churchwardens about pews,
Pray beartily for some new gift,
And shake his head at Doctor St.

MESSIAH.

A SACRED ECLOGUE.
IN IMITATION OF VIRGIL'S POLLIO.

ADVERTISEMENT. In reading several passages of the prophet Isaiah, which foretel the coming of Christ, and the felicities attending it; I could not but observe a remarkable parity between many of the thoughts and those in the Pollio of Virgil. This will not seem surprising, when we reflect that the eclogue was taken from a sibylline prophecy on the same subject. One may judge that Virgil did not copy it line by line, but selected such ideas as best agreed with the nature of pastoral poetry, and disposed them in that manner which served most to beautify his piece. I have endeavoured the same in this imitation of him, though without admitting any thing of my own; since it was written with this particular view, that the reader, by comparing the several thoughts, might see how far the images and descriptions of the prophet are superior to those of the poet. But as I fear I have prejudiced them by my management, I shall subjoin the passages of Isaiah, and those of Virgil, under the same disadvantage of a literal translation. VE nymphs of Solyma ! begin the song:

To heavenly themes sublimer strains belong. The mossy fountains, and the silvan shades, The dreams of Pinduş, and the’ Aonian maids,

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Delight no more-o thou my voice inspire
Who touch'd Isaiah's hallow'd lips with fire!

Rapt into future times, the bard begun:
A virgin shall conceive, a virgin bear a son!
From Jesse's * root behold a branch arise,
Whose sacred flower with fragrance fills the skies :
The' etherial spirit o'er its leaves shall move,
And on its top descends the mystic dove.
Yet heavens! from high the dewy nectar pour,
And in soft silence shed the kindly show'r !
The sick | and weak the healing plant shall aid,
From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade.
All crimes shall cease, and ancient fraud shall fail;
Returning Justice S lift aloft her scale;
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
And white-rob'd Innocence from Heav'n descend.

IMITATIONS. A virgin shall conceive-all crimes shall cease, &c.] · Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 6.

Jam redit et virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna ;
Jam nova progenies cælo demittitur alto.
Te doce, si qua manent sceleris vestigia nostri,
Irrita perpetua solvent formidine terras-

Pacatumque reget patriis virtutibus orbem. * Now the virgin returns, now the kingdom of Saturn returns, now a new progeny is sent down from high heaven. By means of thee, whatever relics of our crimes remain shall be wiped away, and free the world from perpetual fears. He shall govern the earth in peace, with the virtues of his father.'

Isaiah, ch. vii. ver. 14. “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.' Chap. ix.'ver. 6, 7. • Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, the Prince of Peace: of the increase of his governiment, and of his peace, there shall be no end: upon

Isaiah xi. ver. 1. + Ch, xiv. ver. 8.
Ch. xxv, ver, 4. * Ch. ix. verĩ

Swift fly the years, and rise the expected morn! ,
O spring to light, auspicious babe! be born.
See Nature hastes her earliest wreaths to bring,
With all the incense of the breathing spring;
See * lofty Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding forests on the mountains danee:
See spicy clouds from lowly Saron rise,
And Carmel's flowery top perfumes the skies !
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers :
Prepare the way ! t a God, a God appears !

IMITATIONS. the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order and to establish it, with judgment, and with justice, for ever and ever.' See Nature hastes, &c.] Virg. Ecl. iv. 18. At tibi prima, puer, nullo munuscula cultu, Errantes hederas passim cum baccare tellus Mixtaque ridenti colocasia fundet acanthoIpsa tibi blandos fundent cupabula flores. 'For thee, O child, shall the earth, without being tilled, produce her early offerings; winding ivy,. mixed with baccar, and colocasia, with smiling acanthus. Thy cradle shall pour forth pleasing flowers, about thee.'

Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. 1. • The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.' Ch. lx. ver. 13. The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of thy sanctuary.' Hark! a glad voice, &c.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 46. Aggredere O magnos, aderit jam tempus, honores, Cara deum soboles, magnum Jovis incrementum Ipsi lætitia voces ad sidera jactant Intonsi montes, ipsæ jam carmina rupes, Ipsa sonant arbusta, Deus, Deus ille Menalca!

Ecl. v. ver. 62.

Isaiah, ch. XXXV. ver. 2:

+ Ch. xl. ver. 3, 4.

Ą God, a God! the vocal hills reply ;
The rocks proclaim the approaching Deity.
Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies !
Sink down, ye mountains, and, ye vallies, rise ;
With heads declin'd, ye cedars, homage pay;
Be smooth, ye rocks; ye rapid floods, give way!
The Saviour comes, by ancient bards foretold:
Hear him,* ye deaf, and all ye blind behold!
He from thick films shall purge the visual ray,
And on the sightless eye-ball pour the day :
'Tis he the obstructed paths of sound shall clear,
And bid new music charm the' unfolding ear:
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe.
No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear,
From every face he wipes off every tear.
In adamantine chains shall Death be bound,
And Hell's grim tyrant feel the eternal wopnd.
As the good shepherd I tends his fleecy care,
Seeks freshest pasture and the purest air,
Explores the lost, the wandering sheep directs,
By day o'ersees them, and by night protects;
The tender lambs he raises in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;

IMITATIONS. ‘O.come and receive the mighty honours: the time draws nigh, O beloved offspring of the Gods, o great increase of Jove! The uncultivated mountains send shouts of joy to the stars, the very rocks sing in verse, the very shrubs cry out, A God, A God!

Isaiah, ch. xl. ver. 3, 4. "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord ! make straight in the desert a high way for our God ! Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.' Chap. iv. ver. 23. ! Break forth

Isaiah, ch. xliii. Ver. 18. and ch. xxxv. ver. a, 6. + Ch, XX. ver. 8. * Ch. xle per, 11.

Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage,
The promis'd father of the future age.
No more shall # nation against nation rise,
Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes,
Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er,
The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more ;
But useless lances into scythes shall bend,
And the broad falchion in a ploughshare end.
Then palaces shall rise; the joyful son
Shall finish what his short-liv'd sire begun;
Their vines a shadow to their race shall yield,
And the same hand that sow'd, shall reap the field.
The swain in barren ý deserts with surprise
Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise;
And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
New falls of water murmuring in his ear,
On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes,
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
Waste || sandy vallies, once perplex'd with thorn,
The spiry fir and shapely box adorn;

IMITATIONS. into singing, ye mountains ! O forest, and every tree therein ! for the Lord hath redeemed Israel.' The swain in barren deserts.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 28.

Molli paulatim flavescet campus arista, Incultisque rubens pendebit sentibus uva, Et duræ quercus sudabunt roscida mella. 'The fields shall grow yellow with ripened ears, and the red grape shall hang upon the wild bram. bles, and the hard oaks shall distil honey like dew.' Isaiah, chap. xxxv. ver. 7. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty lands springs of water : in the habitation where dragons lay, shall

Isaiah, ch, ix. ver. 6. + Ch. ii. ver. 4. # Ch, Ixv. ver. 21; 22. & Ch. XXXV. ver, 1, 7. Ch. xli, ver, 19. and ch, lv, ver. 13.

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