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To black despair. But one loose more, and all The jest of clowns, his reeking carcase hangs.
His wiles are vain. Hark! thro'yon village now Of these are various kinds : not even the king
The rattling clamour rings. The barns, the cots, of brutes evades this deep-devouring grave;
And Icafefs elms, return the joyous sounds. But by the wily African betray'd,
Thro’ev'ry homestall, and thro' ev'ry yard, Heedless of fate, within its gaping jaws
His midnight walks, panting, forlorn he flies; Expires indignant. When the orient beam
Thro' ev'ry hole he ancaks, thro' ev'ry jakos With blushes paints the dawn, and all the race
Plunging, he wades bcfmcar’d, and fondly hopes Carnivorous, with blood full gorg'd, retire
In a superior stench to lose his own:

Into their darksomc cells, there fatiate snore
But, faitliful to the track, th' unerring hounds O’er dripping offals, and the mangled limbs
With peals of echoing vengeance clofe pursue : Of men and beasts, the painful forester
And now distress’d, no shelt'ring covert ncar, Climbs the high hills, whose proud aspiring tops,
Into the hen-roost creeps, wholc walls with gore With the tall cedar crown'd and taper fir,
Dittain'd atteft his guilt. Therc, villain ! there Affail the clouds; there, 'mong the craggy rocks
Expect thy fate deserv.d. And foon from thence And thickets intricate, trembling he views
The pack, inquitive, with clamour loud, His footsteps in the sand, the dismal road
Drag out their treinbling prize, and on his blood And avenue to death. Hither he calls
With greedy tranipon feant. In boider notes His watchful bands, and low into the ground
Each founding hora proclaims the felon dead, À pit they fink, full many a fathom deep;
And all th' ailcmbled village thouts for joy. Then in the midst a column high is rcard,
The farmer, who bcholds his mortal foc The butt of fome fair tree, upon whole top
Stretch'd at his feet, applauds the glorious deed, A lamb is plac'd, just ravith'd from his dam;
And grateful calls us to a thort repast:

And next a wall they build, with stones and cartha
In the full glats the liquid amber smiles, Encircling round, and hiding from all view
Our native product; and his good old mate The dreadful precipice. Now when the shades
With choicest viands heaps the liberal board, Of night hang low'ring o'er the mountain's brow,
To crown our triumphs and reward our toils. And hunger keen, and pungent thirst of blood,
Here mult th'instructive Muse (but with relpect) Roufe up the flothful beast, he shakes his fides,
Censure that num'rous pack, that crowd of state, Slow-rising from his lair, and stretches wide
With which the vain profusion of the great His rav’nous paws, with recent gore distain'd.
Covers the lawn, and shakes the trembling cople. The forest trembles as he roars aloud,
Pompous incuinbrancc! a magnificence

Impatient to destroy. O'erjoy'd he hears
U felcss, vexatious ! for the wily fox,

The bleating innocent, that claims in vain
Safe in th'incrcating number of his foes, The shepherd's care, and secks with piteous moan
Kens well the great advantage ; sinks bchind, The foodful teat; himself, alas ! design'd
And flily creeps thro’the fame beaten track, Another's meal. For now the greedy brute
And hunts them step by step; then views, escap'd, Winds him from far, and leaping o'er the mound
With inward ecstaly, the panting throng To seize his trembling prey, hcadlong is plung'd
In their own footsteps puzzled, foild, and loft. Into the deep abyss. Prostrate he lies,
So when proud Eaftern kings summon to arms Asunn'd and impotent. Ah! what avail
Their gaudy legions, from far diftant climes Thine cyeballs flashing fire, thy length of tail
They Hock in crowds, unpeopling hait a world; That lathes thy broad fides, thy jaws belmcar'd
But when the day of battle calls them forth With blood and offals crude, thy fhaggy mane
To charge the well-train'd foc, a band compact, The terror of the woods, thy stately port,
Of cholen veterans, they press blindly on, And bulk enormous, lince by stratagem
In heaps confus’d, by their own weapons fall, Thy strength is fcild ? Unequal is the strife,
A sinoking carnage scatter d o'er the plain. When sov'reign reason combats brutal rage,

Nor hounds alone this noxious brood destroy ; On distant Ethiopia's sun-burnt coalts
The plunderd warrener full many a wile The black inhabitants a pitfall frame,
Devises to entrap his greedy foe,

But of a diff'rent kind, and diff'rent use.
Fit with nocturnal 1poils. At close of day With slender poles the wide capacious mouth,
With filence drags his trail; then, from the ground | And hurdles Night, they close ; o'er these is spread
Pares thin the close-graz'd turf; there with nice A floor of verdant turf, with all its How'rs
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Smiling delusive, and from itricteft search
Covers the latent death, with curious springs Concealing the deep grave that yawns below:
Prepar'd to fly at once, whene'er the tread Then boughs of trees they cut, with tempting fruit
Of man or beast unwarily thall press

Of various kinds surcharg'd! the downy peach,
The yielding furface. By the indented steel Thc clust'ring vine, and of bright golden rind
Withi gripe tenacious held the felon grins, The fragrant orange. Soon as evening grey
And firuggles, but in vain : yet oft 'tis known, Advances flow, betprinkling all around
When ev'ry art has fail'], the captive fox With kind refreshing dews the thirsty glebe,
Has thar'd'the wounded joint, and with a limb The fately clephant from the clote thado
Compounded for his lite. But if perchance With ftup majettic trides, cager to taste
In the deep pit all p'un 'd, there's no escape, The cooler brecze, that from the fea-beat shore
But wure revid he dies; anel, bleich'd in air, Delightful breathes, or in the limpid streani

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To lave his panting sides ; joyous he scents But whither rolls my devious Mufe, intent
The rich repart, unweeting of the death On antique tales, while yet the royal ttag
That lurks within. And foon he sporting breaks Untung remains ? Tread with reipectful awe
The brittle boughs, and greedily devours Windsor's green gludes, where Denham, tuneful
The fruit delicious. Ah! too dearly bought ;

bard!
The price is life. For now the treach rous turf, Charm d once the lift'ning Dryads with his song,
Trembling, gives way; and the unwieldy beaft, Sublimely tweet. On grant me, facred lhade!
Self-finking, drops into the dark profound. To gluan submits what thy full fickle leaves.
So when dilated vapours struggling heave The morning fun, that gilds with trembling rays
Th’incumbentcarth,if chance the cavern'd ground Windsor's high tow'rs, behoids the courtly train
Shrinking subside, and the thin furface yield, Mount for the chace, nor views in all his courte
Down sinks at once the pond 'rous dome, ingulph'd | A tiene fo gay : heroic noble youths,
With all its tow'rs. Subtle, delusive Man! In arts and arms renown'd, and lovely nymphs,
How various are thy wiles ! artful to kill The fairest of this isle, where beauty dwells
Thy savage foes, a dull unthinking race ! Delighted, and deferts her Paphian grove

Fierce from hislairsprings forth the speckled pard, For our more favour'd lhades—in proud parade
Thirsting for blood, and cager to destroy ; These fine magnificent, and press around
The huntíman flies, but to his flight alone The royal happy pair. Great in themselves,
Confides not : at convenient distance fix’d, They smile fuperior, of external show
A polith'd mirror ftops in full career

Regardless, while their inbred virtues give
The furious brute : he there his image views ; A lustre to their pow'r, and grace their court
Spots against spots with rage improving glow! With real fplendours, far above the pomp
Another pard his bristly whiskers curls, Of Eastern kings in all their tinsel pride.
Grins as he grins, fierce-menacing, and wide Like troops of Amazons, the female band
Diftends his op'ning jaws; himlelf against Prance round their cars, not in refulgent arms
Himself opposd, and with dread vengeance arm’d. As those of old;, unskill'd to wield the sword
The huntsman, now secure, with fatal aim Or bend the bow, these kill with furer aim.
Directs the pointed spear, by which transfix'd The royal offspring, fairest of the fair,
He dies, and with him dies the rival thade. Lead on the splendid train. Anna, more bright
Thus man innumn'rous engines form'd r'affail Then summer luns, or as the lightning keen,
The favage kind; but most the docile horse, With irresistible effulgence arm d,
Swift, and confederate with man, annoys Fires ev'ry heart : he must be more than man
His brethren of the plains ; without whose aid

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

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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

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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,

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And totes high lia bcamy head; the cople See here his Not ; up yon green hill he climbs,
Beneath his antlers bends. What doubling shifts Pants on his brow awhile, sadly looks back
He tries! not nore the wily hare; in thete On his pursuers, cov'ring all the plain;
Would still perfitt, did not the full-mouth'd pack But, wrung with anguilh, bears not long the light,
With dreadful concert thunder in his rtar. Shoots down the step, and sweats along the vale;
The woods reply, the hunter's cheering fhouts There mingles with the herd, where once hereign'd
Float through the glades, and the wide forest rings. Proud monarch of the groves, whose clathing beam
How merrily they chant! their nostrils deep His rivals aw'd, and whose exalted pow'r
Inhale the grateful ftcam. Such is the cry; Was still rewarded with successful love.
And such th' harmonious dio, the soldier deems But the base herd have learn'd the ways of men;
The battle kindling, and the statesman grare Averse they fly, or with rebellious aim
Forgets his weighty cares : cach age, each sex, Chase hinn froin thence: needless their impiousdeed,
In the wild transport joins : luxuriant joy, The huntsman knows him by a thousand marks,
And pleasure in excess, sparkling exult

Black, and imbofs'd; nor are his hounds deceivd;
On ev'ry brow, and revel unrestrain d.

Too well distinguith these, and never leave
How happy art thou, Man! when thou'rt no more Their once devoted foe: familiar grows
Thyself! when all the pangs that grind thy soul, His fcent, and strong their appetite to kill.
In rapture and in sweet oblivion loft,

Again he flies, and with redoubled speed
Yield a short interval and ease from pain ! Skims o'er the lawn; still the tenacious crew

See the swift courser strains, his thining hoofs Hang on the track, aloud demand their prey,
Securely beat the folid ground. Who now And push him many a league. If haply then
The dang’rous pitfall fears, with tangling heath Too far escap'd, and the gay courtly train
High-overgrown? or who the quiv'ring bog, Bchind are cast, the huntlinan's clanging whip
Soft-yielding to the step? All now is plain, Stops full their bold career : paflive they stand,
Plain as the strand sca-lav'd, that stretches far Unmov'd, an humble and oblequious ciuwd,
Beneath the rocky Thore. Glades crolling glades, As if by ftern Medula gaz'd to stones.
The forest opens to our wond'ring view :

So at their gencral's voice whole armies halt
Such was the king's command. Let tyrants fierce In full pursuit, and check their thirit of blood.
Lay waste the world; his the more glorious part Soon at the king's command, like hasty ftreams
To check their pride; and when the brazen voice Damm'd up awhile, they foam, and poor along,
Of war is huth'd (as erst victorious Rome) With fresh recruiting might. The ftag, who hop
T'employ his station's legions in the works His foes were loft, now once more hears aftunn'd
Of peace; to finooth the rugged wilderness, The dreadful din: he shivers ev'ry limb;

To drain the stagnate fen, to raise the nope He starts, he bounds ; cach bush presents a foe.
Depending road, and to make gay the face Press'd by the fresh relay, no paule allow'd,
Of nature with th'embellishments of art. Breathless and faint, he falters in his pace,

How melts my beating heart! as I behold And lifts his weary limbs with pain, that scarce
Each lovely nymph, our island's boast and pride, Sultain their load: he pants, he fobs appall'd;
Puth on the gun'rous steed, that strokes along Drops down his heavy head to carth, beneath
O'er rough, o'er limooth, nor heeds the steepy hill, His cumbrous beams oppress d. But if perchance
Nor falters in th’extended vale below;

Some prying eve surprise him, foon he rears
Their garments loosely waring in the wind, Ereet his tow'ring front, bounds o'er the lawn
And all the flush of beauty in their cheeks! With ill-diffembled vigour, to amuse
While at their sides their pensive lovers wait, The knowing forefter, who inly smiles
Direct their dubious course, now chill'd with fear At his wcak ihifts and unavailing frauds.
Solicitous, and now with love inflam’d.

So midnight tapers waste their last remains,
Oh grant, indulgent Heaven! no rifing storm Shine forth awhile, and as they blaze expire.
May darken with black wings this glorious icene! From wood to wood redoubling thunders roll,
Should some malignant pow'r thus danıp our joys, And bellow thro' the valcs; the moving form
Vain were the gloomy cave, such a, of old

Thickens amain, and loud triumphant lhoues,
Betray'd to lawless love the Tyrian queen: And horns thrill warbling in each glade, prelude
For Britain's virtuous nyinphs are chafte as fair; To his approaching fate. And now in view,
Spotless, unblam'd, with equal triumph reign

With hobbling gait and high, exerts amaz'd
In the dun gloom as in the blaze of day. What strength is left: to the last dregs of life
Now the blown stag thro' woods, bogs, roads, and Reduc'd, his fpirits fail, on ev'ry side
Has measur'd half the forest; but, alas! [itreams, Hemm'd in, besieg'd; not the leaft op'ning left
He fics in vain ; he flies not froin his fears.

To gleaming hope, th'unhappy's last referve.
Tho' far he cast the ling ring pack behind, Where thali he turn, or whither Ay? Despair
His haggard fancy fill with horror views

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

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Of their age.

An host of foes. O fhun, ye noble train! So kind and so beneficent to brutes ?
The rude encounter, and believe your lives O Mercy, heavenly born! sweet attribute!
Your country's due alonc. As now aloof Thou great, thou best, prerogative of pow'r!
They wing around, he finds his foul uprais'd Justice may guard the throne; but, join'd with thee,
To dare some great exploit; he charges home

On rocks of adamant it stands fecure,
Upon the broken pack, that on cach lide And braves the storm beneath : soon as thy smiles
Fly diverse; then as o'er the turf he strains, Gild the rough deep, the foaming waves subside,
He veộts the cooling stream, and up the brecze And all the noisy tumult sinks in peace.
Urges his course with cager violence;

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,

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The noisy rook builds high her wicker nest; Of thy superfluous brood; she'll cherish kind
Mark well the wanton females of thy pack, The alien offspring'; pleas'd thou shalt behold
That curl their taper tails, and frisking court Her tenderneis and hospitable love.
Their piebald matcs enamour'd; their red eyes If frolic now and playful they desert
Flash fires impure; nor rest nor food they take, Their gloomy cell, and on the verdant turf,
Goaded by furious love. In separate cells With nerves improv'd, pursue the mimic chace,
Confine them now, left bloody civil wars Coursing around, unto thy choicest friends
Annoy thy praecful state. If left at large, Commit thy valued prize: the ruftic dames
The growling rivals in dread battle join, Shall at thy kennel wait, and in their laps
And rude encounter; on Scamander's stream Receive thy growing hopis, with many a kiss
Heroes of old with far lef; fury fought

Caress, and dignify their little charge
For the bright Spartan dame, their valour's prize. With fome great title, and refounding name
Mangled and torn thy fav’rite hounds fhail lie Of high import. But cautious here observe
Stretch'd on the ground; thy kennel shall appear To check their youthful ardour; nor permit
A field of blood: like fome unhappy town The unexperienc'd younker, immature,
In civil broils confus'd, while Discord thakes Alone to range the woods, or haunt the brakes
Her bloody scourge aloft, ficrce partics rage, Where dodging conies (port: his nerves unftrung,
Staining their impious hands in mutual death; And strength uncqual, the laborious chace
And still the best belov'd and bravert fall: Shall stint his growth, and his rash forward youth
Such are the dire ctects of lawlefs love.

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

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