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Hung on his hand, and thus dejected spoke.

Published by J. Roach Wodum Street New Drury Theatre Royal Nor30. 1794

ROACH'S BEAUTIES OF THE POETS.

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ART of HEALTH

by D’Armstrong

the parting of HECTOR & ANDROMACHE

by Alerı Pope baq" The Wearifomenefs of what is commonly called

a LIFE of PLEASURE.

by Cooper

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Sheet NeuDrury Theatre Royal Nov"30. 1794

TENOX LIBRARA

NEW YORK

ART OP PRESERVING HEALTH.

By Dr. ARMSTRONG

BOOK I. AIR.

AUGHTER of Pæon, queen of ev'ry joy,

The various race luxuriant nature pours,
And on th’immortal essences bestows
Immortal youth ; auspicious, o descend !
Thou, cheerful guardian of the rolling year,
Whether thou wanton'st on the western gale,
Or shak’st the rigid pinions of the north,
Diffuseth life and vigour thro' the tracts
Of air, thro' earth, and ocean's deep domain,
When thro' the blue serenity of heaven
Thy pow'r approaches, all the wasteful host
Of pain and lickness, fqualid and deform'd,
Confounded link into the loathsome gloom,
Where in deep Erebus involv'd the fiends
Grow more profane. Whatever shapes of death,
Shook from the hideous chambers of the globe,
Swarm throʻ the shuddering air : whatever plagues
Or meagre famine breeds, or with flow wings
Rife from the putrid wat'ry element,
The damp walte forelt, motionless and rank,
That smothers earth and all the breathless winds,
Or the vile carnage of th'inhuman field ;
Whatever baneful breathes the rotten south ;
Whatever ills th’extremes or sudden change

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Of

Vol. V. 17.

* Hygeia, the goddess of health, was, according to the genealogy of the heathen deities, the daughter of Æfculapius; who, as well as Apollo, was distinguished by the name of Pæon.

Of cold and hot, or moist and dry produce :
They fly thy pure effulgence: they, and all
The secret poisons of avenging Heaven,
And all the pale tribes halting in the train
Of vice and heedless pleasure: or if aughe
The comct's glare amid the burning sky,
Mournful eclipfe, or planets ill-combin'd,
Portend disastrous to the vital world,
Thy falutary pow'r averts their rage,
Averts the general bane: and but for thee
Nature would ficken, nature foon would die.

Without thy cheerful active energy
No rapture swells the breaft, no poet sings,
No more the maids of Helicon delight.
Come then with me, O goddess heavenly-gay !
Begin the song ; and let it sweetly flow,
And let it wisely teach thy wholesome laws:
6. How best the fickle fabric to support
66 Of mortal man ; in healthful body how
“ A healthful mind the longest to maintain.".
'Tis hard, in such a strife of rules, to chuse
The belt, and those of most extensive use;
Harder in clear and animated song
Dry philosophic precepts to convey.
Yet with thy aid the secret wilds I trace
Of Nature, and with daring steps proceed
Thro' paths the Muses never trod before.

Nor should I wander doubtful of my way,
Had I the lights of that fagacious mind
Which taught to check the peftilential fire,
And quell the deadly Python of the Nile.
O thou, belov'd by all the graceful arts,
Thou, long the fav’rite of the healing pow'rsy
Indulge, O Mead! a well-design d effay,
Howe'er imperfect; and permit that I
My little knowledge with my country fhare,
Till you the rich Asclepian stores unlock;
And with new graces dignify the theme.

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