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ARGU M E N T.
The Nymphs who preside over springs and rivulets are ad
dressed at day-break in honour of their several fun£tions, and of the relations which they bear to the natural and to the moral world." Their origin is deduced from the first allegorical deities, or powers of nature; according to the doctrine of the old mythological poets, concerning the generation of the Gods and the rise of things. They are then successively considered, as giving motion to the air and exciting summer-breezes; as nourisbing and becutifying the vegetable world; as contributing to the fulness of navigable rivers, and consequently to the maintenance of commerce; and by that means, to the maritime part of military power. Next is represented their favourable influence upon beclth, when asisted by rural exercise: which introduces their connection with the art of physic, and the happy effects of mineral, medicinal Springs. Lastly, they are celebrated for the friendship which the Muses bear them, and for the true inspiration which témperance only can receive : in opposition to the enthusiasm of the more licentious poets.
O'ER yonder eaftern hill the twilight throws
Her dusky mantle; and the God of day,
to leave the ocean. Tarry, Nymphs,
Repeat, amid the cool and tranquil air,
To your subterranean haunts
ce with care
Where shall my song begin, ye Nymphs ? or end?