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O! where the rosy-bosom'd Hours,

Fair Venus' train appear,

Disclose the long-expe&ing flow'rs,

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The Attic warbler pours her throat,
Responsive to the cuckow's note,

The untaught harmony of Spring :
While whisp’ring pleasure as they fly,
Cool Zephyrs thro' the clear, blue sky

Their gather'd fragrance fling,

Where'er the oak's thick branches stretch

A broader, browner shade ;
Where'er the rude and moss-grown beech

O’er-canopies the glade * : :
Beside some water's rushy brink
With me the Mufe shall fit, and think

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a bank
O'ercanopy'd with luscious woodbine.

Shakesp. Midf. Night's Dream. (At ease reclin'd in ruftic ftate) How vain the ardour of the Crowd, How low, how little are the Proud,

How indigent the Great!

Still is the toiling hand of Care :

The panting herds repose :
Yet hark, how thro’ the peopled air

The busy murmur glows !
The infe&t youth are on the wing,
Eager to taste the honied spring,

And float amid the liquid noon* :
Some lightly o’er the current skim,
Some thew their gayly-gilded trim

Quick-glancing to the sun to,

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* “ Nare per æftatem liquidam

Virgil. Georg. lib. 4. +

sporting with quick glance Shew to the fun their.wav'd coats dropt with

Milton's Paradise Lost, book 7,

gold,

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To Contemplations sober eye *

Such is the race of Man :
And they that creep, and they that fly,

Shall end where they began.
Alike the Busy and the Gay
But flutter thro' life's little day,

In Fortune's varying colours drest:
Brush'd by the hand of rough Mischance,
Or chill'd by age, their airy dance

They leave, in duft to rest.

Methinks I hear, in accents low,

The sportive kind reply:
Poor moralift! and what art thou ?

A solitary fly!

Thy

* While insects from the threshold preach, &c.

M. Green, in the Grotto. Dodfley's Miscellanies, [Lond. Edit.] Vol. V. p. 861.

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