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To black despair. But one loose more, and all The jest of clowns, his reeking carcase hangs.
Into their darksomc cells, there fatiate snore
And next a wall they build, with stones and cartha
Impatient to destroy. O'erjoy'd he hears
The bleating innocent, that claims in vain
Nor hounds alone this noxious brood destroy ; On distant Ethiopia's sun-burnt coalts
But of a diff'rent kind, and diff'rent use.
Smiling delusive, and from itricteft search
Of various kinds surcharg'd! the downy peach,
To lave his panting sides ; joyous he scents But whither rolls my devious Mufe, intent
Fierce from hislairsprings forth the speckled pard, For our more favour'd lhades—in proud parade
Regardless, while their inbred virtues give
Who unconcern'd can bear the piercing ray. The hunter's arts were vain, unskill'd to wage Amelia, milder than the bluthing dawn, With the more active brutes an equal war; With sweet engaging air, but equal pow'r, But, borne by him, without the well-train'd pack Infenfibly subdues, and in loft chains Man dares bis foe, on wings of wind locurc. Her willing captives leads. Illustrious maids !
Him the fierce Arab mounts, and with his troop Ever triumphant! whose victorious charms, Of bold compeers ranges the detarts wild, Without the needless aid of high defcent, Where by the magnet's aid the traveller Had aw'd mankind, and taught the world's great Steers his untrodden course, yet oft on land
Lords Is wreck'd, in the high-rolling waves of sand To bow and sue for grace. But who is he, Immers'd and loft; while theie intrepid bands, Freth as a rolc-bud newly blown, and fair Safe in their horses speed, outfly the storm, As op ving lilies, on whom ev'ry eye And, scouring round, make men and beasts their With joy and admiration dwells? Sec, see! The grilly boar is fingled from his herd, [prey. He reins his docile barb with manly grace. As large as that in Erimanthean woods,
Is it Adonis for the chacc array d, A match for Hercules. Round him they fly Or Britain': fecond hope? Hail, blooming vouth ! In circles wide, and each in pafling fends May all your virtues with your years improve, His feather'd death ipto his brawny sides; Till in confummate worth you shine the pride But perilous th' attempt; for if the steed Of these our days, and to succeeding times Haply too near approach, or the loole carth A bright caampie. As his guard of mutes His footing fail, the watchful
beast On the great Sultan wait, with cyes deject Th’advantage spies, and at one fidelong glance And fix'd on earth, no voice, no found, is hcard
groin. Wounded, he rears aloft; Within the wide furahl, but all is huih'd, And, plunging, from his back the rider hurls And awful filence reigns; thus ttand the pack Precipitant; then, bleeding, Ipurns the ground, Mute and unmos'd, and cow'ring low to earth, And drags his recking entrails o'er the plain. While pals the glitt'ring court and royal pair : Meanwhile the surly inonfiter trots along, So disciplin'd those hounds, ad lo reierv'd, But with unequal (peed; for ftill they wound, Whose honour 'tis to glad the hearts of kings: Swift-wheeling in the spacious ring. A wood But fuon the winding horn and huntiman's voice Of darts upon his back he bears; adown Let lucte the genral chorus; tar around His tortur d Gides the crimson torrents roll joy spreads its wings, and the gay morning smiles, From many a gaping font; and now at last Unharbour'd now, the royal itag forth es Erazgering he falls, in blood and foain expircs, His wonicu dair; be thakes luis duprled Gdes,
And totes high lia bcamy head; the cople See here his Not ; up yon green hill he climbs,
Black, and imbofs'd; nor are his hounds deceivd;
Too well distinguith these, and never leave
Again he flies, and with redoubled speed
See the swift courser strains, his thining hoofs Hang on the track, aloud demand their prey,
So at their gencral's voice whole armies halt
To drain the stagnate fen, to raise the nope He starts, he bounds ; cach bush presents a foe.
How melts my beating heart! as I behold And lifts his weary limbs with pain, that scarce
Some prying eve surprise him, foon he rears
So midnight tapers waste their last remains,
Thickens amain, and loud triumphant lhoues,
With hobbling gait and high, exerts amaz'd
To gleaming hope, th'unhappy's last referve.
Gives courage to the weak. Refolu'd to die, The fell destroyer; still the fatal cry
He fears no more, but ruthes on his foes, Infults his cars, and wounds his trembling heart. And deals his deaths around; beneath his feet So the poor fury-haunted wretch (his hands
Thcfe grovelling lie, thote by his antlers gord In guiltless blood diftain'd) fill seems to hear Defile th’enfanguin'd plain. Ah, fce ! distress'd The dying thrieks; and the pale threat’ning ghost He stands at bay against yon knotty trunk, Moves as he moses, and as he flies pursuede That covers well his rcar; his front presents
Of their age.
An host of foes. O fhun, ye noble train! So kind and so beneficent to brutes ?
On rocks of adamant it stands fecure,
BOOK IV, Then takes the soil, and plunges in the flood
THE ARGUMENT. Precipitant: down the mid ftream he wafts Along, till (like a fhip distrefs’d, that runs Of the necessity of deffroying fome beasts, and preInto lomne winding creek) close to the verge serving others for obe use of man. Of breeding Of a small island, for his weary feet
of bounds; the sea,on for this business. The Sure anchorage he finds, there fculks immers d : choice of the dog of great moment. Of the litHis nose alone above the wave draws in
ter of whelps. Of the number to be reared. Of The vital air; all else beneath the flood
setting them out to their several walks. Care Conceal'd and lost, deceives each prying eye
to be taken to prevent their hunting too foon. Of Of man or brute. In vain the crowding pack entering tbe whelps. Of breaking them from Draw on the margin of the stream, or cut
running at fbeep. Of tbe diseajes of bounds. The liquid wave with oary feet, that move
Of madness: two forts of it deIn equal time. The gliding waters leave fcribed; tbe dumb, and outras cous, madness: its No trace behind, and his contracted pores dreadful effects. Burning of the wound recomBut sparingly perspire : the huntsman ftrains mended as preventing all ill consequences. The His laboring lungs, and puffs his cheeks in vain. infectious bounds to be separated, and fed apart, At length a blood-hound bold, studious to kill,
The vanity of trufling to the many infallible And exquisite of fense, winds him from far; cures for ibis malady. The dismal effe&is of the Headlong he leaps into the flood, his mouth biting of a mad dog upon man described. DeLoud op'ning (pends amain, and his wide throat fcription of tbe otter bunting. I be conclufion. Swells ev'ry note with joy; then fearless dives WHATE’ER of carth is form’d to earth returns Bencath the wave, hangson his haunch, and wounds Disolv’d: the various objects we behold, Th’unhappy brute, that flounders in the stream, Plants, animals, this whole material mass, Sorely diftress'd, and struggling strives to mount Are ever changing, ever new. The foul The steepy thore. Haply once more escap'd, Of man alone, that partiele divine, Again he stands at bay, amid the groves Escapes the wreck of worlds, when all things fail: Of willows bending low their downy heads. Hence great the distance 'twixt the beasts that perisha Outrageous transport fires the greedy pack; And God's bright image, man's immortal race. These iwim the deep, and those crawl up with pain The brute creation are his property, The flipp'ry bank, while others on firm land Sublervient to his will, and for him made: Engage: the stag repels each bold assault, As hurtful these he kills, as ulcful those Maintains his pott, and wounds for wounds returns. Preterves; their fole and arbitrary king. As when some wily corsair boards a ship Should he not kill (as crft the Samian lage Full-freighted, or from Afric's golden coasts Taught unadvis d, and Indian brachmans now Or India's wealthy strand, his bloody crew As vainly preach), the teeming rav’nous brutes Upon her deck he flings; these in the deep
Might fill the scanty space of this terrene, Drop short, and swim to reach her steepy lides, Encumb'ring all the globe: should not his care And clinging climb aloft, while thote on board Improve his growing stock, their kinds might fail; Urge on the work of fate ; the master bold, Man might once more on roots and acorns focd, Prels'd to his last retreat, bravely refolves And thro' the dcfarts range, thiv'ring, forlor, To link his wealth beneath the whelming wave, Quite destitute of ev'ry folace dear, His wealth, his foes, nor unreveng'd to die: And ev'ry smiling gaiety of life. So fares it with the stag; so he rcfolves
The prudent huntíman therefore will supply To plunge at once into the flood below, With annual large recruits his bruken pack, Himself, his foes, in one decp gulph immers’d. And propagate their kind. As from the root Ere yet he executes this dire intent,
Fresh fcions itill spring forth and daily yield, In wild disorder once more views the light; New blooming honours to the parent tree; Beneath a weight of woe he groans distressed, Far shall his pack be fam’d, far fought his breed; The tears run trickling down his hairy chceks ; And princes at their tables feast those hounds He weeps, nor weeps in vain. The king beholds His hand presents, an acceptable boon. His wretched plight, and tenderness innate Ere yet the fun thro' the bright Ram has urg'd Moves his great soul. Soon at his high command His ftcepy course, or mother Earth unbound Rebuk'd, the disappointed hungry pack
Her frozen bolom to the wofern gale; Retire submiss, and grumbling quit their prey. Whenfather'd troops, their focial leaguesdifolvid, Great Prince! from thes what may thy subjects Select their mates, and on the leaficis clin hope,
The noisy rook builds high her wicker nest; Of thy superfluous brood; she'll cherish kind
Caress, and dignify their little charge
Contract such vicious habits as thy care Huntsman! thete ills by timcly prudent care And late correction ncver shall reclaim. Prevent: for ev'ry longing dame select
When to fullitrength arriv’d, mature and bold, Some happy parainour; to him alone
Conduct them to the field: not all at once ; In leagues connubial join. Conhder well But, as thy cooler prudence shall direct, His lineage; what his fathers did of old, Select a few, and form them by degrees Chiefs of the pack, and first to climb the rock, To ftriéter di cipline. With these confort Or plunge into the deep, or thread the brake The stanch and steady fages of thy pack, With thorns Iharp-pointed, plaih'd, and briers By long experience vers'd in all the wiles inwoven.
And subtle doublings of the various chace. Observe with care his shape, fort, colour, size : Easy the lesson of the youthful train Nor will sagacious huntímen less regard When instinct prompts, and when example guides His inward habits. The vain babbler thun, If the too forward younker at the head Ever loquacious, cver in the wrong:
Prefs boldly on in wanton sportive mood, His foolish offspring thall offend thy cars Correct his hate, and let him feel abalh'd With false alarms and loud impertinence. The ruling whip; but if he stoop behind Nor less the thifting cur avoid, that breaks In wary modcft guisc, to his own nose Illufive from the pack; to the next hedge Confiding fure, give him full scope to work Devious hu ftrays, there ev'ry mufc he tries; His winding way, and with thy voice applaud If haply then he cross the steaming scent, His patience and his care; soon shalt thou view Away he flies vain-glorious, and exults
The hopeful pupil leader of his tribe, As of the pack fupremne, and in his speed And all the list ning pack attend his call. And Itrength unrivallid. Lo! caft far behind Oft lead them forth where wanton lambkins play, His vex'd affociates pant, and lab ring strain And bloating dams with jcalous eyes observe To climb the steep alcunt. Soon as they reach Their tender care. If at the crowding flock Th’infulting boalter, his false courage fails, He hay presumptuous, or with eager halte Behind he lags, doom d to the fatal no fe, Purlue them Icatter'd o'er the verdant plain, His master's hate, and scorn of all the field. In the foul fact attach'd, to the strong ram What can from tuch be hop'd but a base brood Tie fast the rath offender. Sce! at first Of coward curs, a fi antic, vagrant, race? His horn'd companion, fearful and amaz'd,
Wien now the third revolving noon appears, Shall drag hin trembling o'er the rugged ground; With sharpen'd horns, above th horizon's brink, Then, with his load fatigued, shall turn ahead, Without Lucina's aid expect thy hopes
And with his curl'd hard front incessant peal Arc amply crown'd: short pangs produce to light The panting wretch, till, breathless and astunn'd, The smoking litter, crawling, helplets, blind; Stretch'd on the turf he lie. Then spare not thou Nature their guide, they fock the pouring teat The twining whip, but ply his bleeding fides, That plentcouis ftriams. Soon as the tender dam Lash after ladh; and with thy threat'ning voice, Has form’d them with her tongue, with pleasure Harth-echoing from the hills, inculcate loud The marks of their renown'd progenitors, (view His vile offence. Sooner shall trembling doves, Sure pledge of triumphis yet to come. All these Escap'd the hawk's sharp ralons, in mid air Select with jov; but to the merciless flood Afail their dang'rous foe, than he once more Expife he dwindling refuse, nor o'erload Difturb the peaceful flucks. In tender age Th’indulzent mother. If thy licait rclent, Thus youth is train'd, as curious artists bend Unwilling to destroy, a nurse provide,
The taper pliant twig, or potters form And tu thc foster-parent give the care
Their loft and ductile clay to various shapes.