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The Knight, as to Pædia's home
A GENTLE knight there was, whose noble deeds O'er Fairy-land by Fame were blazon'd round: Far warlike enterprise, and sage areeds' Among the chief alike was he renown'd; Whence with the marks of highest honours By Gloriana, in domestic peace, [crown'd That port, to which the wise are ever bound, He anchor'd was, and changed the tossing seas Of bustling busy life, for calm sequester'd ease.
There in domestic virtue rich and great,
Aye dwelt; sweet partner of his joy and pain,
(True source of lineal virtue) sprung à train Of youths and virgins; like the beauteous grove, 1 Padia is a Greek word, signifying education.
2 Areeds, counsels.
Which round the temple of Olympic Jove, Begirt with youthful bloom the parent tree, The sacred olive3; whence old Elis wove Her verdant crowns of peaceful victory, The guerdons of bold strength and swift activity. So round their noble parents goodly rose Those generous scions: they with watchful care Still, as the swelling passions 'gan disclose The buds of future virtues, did prepare With prudent culture the young shoots to rear: And aye in this endearing pious toil They by a palmer sage instructed were, Who from deep thought and studious search erewhile
[soil. Had learn'd to mend the heart, and till the human
For by celestial wisdom whilom led [mind, Through all the' apartments of the' immortal He view'd the secret stores, and mark'd the sted To judgment, wit, and memory assign'd; And how sensation and reflection join'd To fill with images her darksome grotte, Where, variously disjointed or combined, As reason, fancy, or opinion wrought, Their various masks they play'd, and fed her pensive thought.
3 Parent tree, the sacred olive. This tree grew in the Altis, or sacred grove of Olympic Jupiter at Olympia, having, as the Eleans pretended, been originally planted there by Hercules. It was esteemed sacred, and from that were taken the Olympic crowns.
4 Guerdons, rewards.
5 Palmer, pilgrim. The person here signified is Mr. Locke, characterized by his works.
6 Sted, place, station.
Alse' through the fields of science had he stray'd With eager search, and sent his piercing eye Through each learn'd school, each philosophic
Where truth and virtue erst were deem'd to lie:
His curious soul, he turn'd him to explore
Thence, foe profess'd of falsehood and deceit,
Aye' holding up before uncertain feet
And mild religion's charitable law;
Ne 10 with the glorious gifts elate and vain
Let every generous youth his praise proclaim: Who, wandering through the world's rude forest wide,
By him hath been y-taught his course to frame To virtue's sweet abodes, and heaven-aspiring fame!
7 Alse, also, further.
8 Mote, might. 10 Ne, nor.
For this the fairy knight with anxious thought,
And now forth pacing with his blooming heir,
His little train before he slow did ride.
With his young lord aye marching side by side, His counsellour and guard, in goodly thews", Who well had been brought up, and nursed by every Muse.
Thus as their pleasing journey they pursued,
Sweet-smiling all around, with countenance fain 13
Seem'd to demand the tiller's art and care,
Her wildness to correct, her lavish waste repair,
12 Thews, manners,
13 Fain, earnest, eager.
Right good, I ween, and bounteous was the soil,
The sheep shorne down with barren brakes 14 o'ergrown,
The whiles the merry peasants sport and play, All as the public evil were unknown,
Or every public care from
every breast was flown.
Astonish'd at a scene at once so fair And so deform'd; with wonder and delight At man's neglect, and Nature's bounty rare, In studious thought a while the fairy knight Bent on that goodly lond" his eager sight: Then forward rush'd, impatient to descry What towns and castles therein were empight 16; For towns him seem'd, and castles he did spy, As to the' horizon round he stretch'd his roaming eye.
Nor long way had they travell❜d ere they came
Black was the wave and sordid, cover'd o'er
And with its bittèr juice empoison'd all the flood.
14 Brakes, briars.
15 Lond, land.