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From Jeffe's root behold a branch arise,
Whofe facred flower with fragrance fills the skies:
And white-rob'd Innocence from heaven defcend.
ISAIAH, Ch. vii. ver. 14.. "Behold a Virgin fhall "conceive and bear a Son.-Chap. ix. ver. 6, 7. Un"to us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given; the "Prince of Peace: of the increase of his government, "and of his peace, there fhall be no end: Upon the "throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order "and to establish it, with judgment and with justice, "for ever and ever.'
Ver. 23. See Nature hastes, &c.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 18.
*Ifai. xi. ver. 1. + Ch. xlv. ver. 8, § Ch. ix. ver. 7.
+ Ch. xxv.
See lofty Lebanon his head advance,
"For thee, O Child, fhall the earth, without being "tilled, produce her early offerings; winding ivy, mix*ed with Baccar, and Colocaffia with fmiling Acan"thus. Thy cradle fhall pour forth pleasing flowers "about thee."
ISAIAH, Ch. xxxi. ver. 1. "The wilderness and the "folitary place fhall be glad, and the defert fhall re"joice and bloffom as the rofe." Ch. Ix. ver. 13. "The "glory of Lebanon fhall come unto thee, the fir-tree, "the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the "place of thy fanctuary."
Ver. 29. Hark! a glad voice, &c. Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 46.
Aggredere ô magnos (aderit jam tempus) honores, Cara deûm foboles, magnum Jovis incrementumEcl. v. ver. 62.
Ipfi lætitiâ voces ad fidera jactant
Intonfi montes, ipfæ jam carmina rupes,
Ipfa fonant arbusta, Deus, Deus ille Menalcal
"O come and receive the mighty honours: the time "draws nigh, O beloved offspring of the Gods, O "great increase of Jove! The uncultivated mountains "fend fhouts of joy to the ftars, the very rocks fing in "verse, the very shrubs cry out, A God, a God!"
ISAIAH, Ch. xl. ver. 3, 4. The voice of him that "cryeth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the + Ch. xl. ver. 3, 4..
*Ch. xxxv. ver. 2.
A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,
"Lord! make ftraight in the defert a high-way for our
Ch. xliii. ver. 18. Ch. xxxv. ver. 5, 6.
xxv. ver. 8.
The tender lambs he raifes in his arms,
Feeds from his hand, and in his bofom warms;
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage,
The promis'd father of the future age.
The swain in barren § deserts with surprize,
Sees lilies spring, and fudden verdure rife;
Ver. 67. The fwain in barren deferts]. Virg. E. iv.
Molli paulatim flavefcet campus aristâ,
"The fields fhall grow yellow with ripened ears, and "the red grape fhall hang upon the wild brambles, and "the hard oaks fhall distil honey like dew."
ISAIAH, Ch. xxxv. ver. 7. "The parched ground "fhall become a pool, and the thirsty land fprings of "water: In the habitations where dragons lay, fhall "be grafs, and reeds and rushes." Ch. lv. ver. 13. "Instead of the thorn fhall come up the fir-tree, and "instead of the briar fhall come up the myrtle-tree." *Ch. ix. ver. 6. + Ch. ii. ver. 4. + Ch. lxv. § Ch. xxxv. ver. 1, 7.
ver. 21, 22.
And starts amidst the thirsty wilds to hear
The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods.
To leafless shrubs the flowery palms fucceed,
And odorous myrtle to the noisome weed.
The + lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant mead,
And boys in flowery bands the tiger lead:
The fteer and lion at one crib shall meet,
And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim's feet.
Ver. 77. The lambs with wolves, &c.] Virg. E. iv.
Ipfæ lacte domum referent diftenta capellæ
"The goats fhall bear to the fold their udders dif"tended with milk: nor fhall the herds be afraid of "the greatest lions. The ferpent fhall die, and the "herb that conceals poison fhall die."
ISAIAH, Ch. xi. ver. 6, &c. "The wolf fhall dwell "with the lamb, and the leopard fhall lie down with "the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fat❝ling together; and a little child shall lead them.—And "the lion fhall eat ftraw like the ox. And the fucking "child fhall play on the hole of the afp, and the wean"ed child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice."
* Ch. xli. ver. 19. and Ch. lv. ver. 13. + Ch. xi. ver. 6, 7, 8: Ch. lxv. ver. 25.