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With heads declin'd, ye cedars homage pay ; 35
arms, Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms; Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage, 55 The promis'd || father of the future age. No more shall & nation against nation rise, Nor ardent warriours meet with hateful eyes, Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o'er, The bražen trumpets
rage no more; 60 But useless lances into fcythes shall bend, And the broad faulchion in a plow-share end.
* Ch. xliii. v. 18. Ch. XXXV. V. 5, 6. + Ch. XXV. v. 8. Ch. xl. v. 11. || Ch. ix. v. 6. § Ch.ii. v. 4.
Then palaces shall rise ; the joyful * Son
70 On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes, The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods. Waste sandy | valleys, once perplex'd with thorn, The spiry fir and Napely box adorn: To leafless shrubs the flow'ring palms succeed, 75 And od'rous myrtle to the noisom weed. The || lambs' with wolves shall graze the verdant
mead, And boys in flow'ry bands the tyger lead ;
The IMITATIONS. Ver.67. The fwain in barren desarts] Virg. E. iv. v. 28.
Molli paulatim flavescet campus arista, Incultisque rubens pendebit sentibus uva, Er duræ quercus sudabunt roscida mella. The fields shall grow yellow with ripen'd ears, and the red grape shall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard aak mall dislill honey like dew.
IsATAH, Ch. xxxv. v. 7. The parched ground fall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water : In the babitations where dragons lay, shall be grass, and reeds, and rushes. Ch.lv. V. 13. Instead of the thorn shall come, up the fir-tree, and instead of the briar fall come up
the myrtle tree. P. VER.77. The lambs ruith wolves, etc.] Virg. E. iv. V. 21. Ipiæ lacte domum referent distenta capella
* Ch. lxv. V. 21, 22. + Ch. XXXV. v. 1, 7. Ch. xli. v. 19. andCh. lv. v. 13. Ch. xi. v. 6, 7, 8.
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet;
Occidet. The goats shall bear to the fold their udders diftended with milk:
: nor shall the herds be afraid of the greatest lions. The serpent fhall die, and the kerb that conceals poijon shall die,
ISAIAH, Ch. xi. v. 16, etc. The wolf ball dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatlıng together; and a little child shall lead them.-- And the lion mall eat firaw like the ox. And the fucking child fall play on the hole of the app, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice. P.
Ver. 85. Rile, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rife!] The thoughts of Isaiah, which compose the latter part of the poem, are wonderfully elevated, and much above those general exclamations of Virgil, which make the loftiest paris of his Pollio.
Magnus ab integro fæclorum nascitur ordo!
Aspice, venturo latentur ut omnia sæclo! etc. The reader needs only to turn to the passages of Isaiah, here cited, P.
Ch. Ixv. v. 25. + Ch. lx. v. 1. I Ch. lx. V. 4,
In crouding ranks on ev'ry side arise,
9 And seeds of gold in Ophyr's mountains, glow. See heav'n its sparkling portals wide display, And break upon thee in a food of day! No more the rising Sun shall gild the morn, Nor ev'ning Cynthia fill her silver horn; But loft, dissolv’d in thy superior rays, One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze O'erflows thy courts: the Light himself shall shine Reveal'd, and God's eternal day be thine! The || seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay, 105 Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away; But fix'd his word, his faving pow'r remains; Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own MESSIAH reigns!
* Ch.1x. v. 3. of Ch 1x. v. 6. I Ch. Ix. v. 19. 20° | Ch. li. v. 6. and Ch liv. v. 10.