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MESSI A H.
In Imitation of VIRGIL'S POLLI O.
E Nymphs of Solyma! begin the fong: To heav'nly themes fublimer ftrains belong. The moffy fountains, and the fylvan fhades, The dreams of Pindus and th' Aonian maids, Delight no more-O thou my voice inspire Who touch'd Ifaiah's hallow'd lips with fire! Rapt into future times, the Bard begun: A Virgin fhall conceive, A Virgin bear a Son!
VER. 8. A Virgin fhall conceive-All crimes fhall cease, etc.] VIRG. E. iv. 6.
Jam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna;
"Now the Virgin returns, now the kingdom of Saturn "returns, now a new progeny is fent down from high heaven. "By means of thee, whatever reliques of our crimes remain, "fhall be wiped away, and free the world from perpetual fears. "He shall govern the earth in peace, with the virtues of his
From a Jeffe's root behold a branch arise,
Whofe facred flow'r with fragrance fills the fkies:
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
ISAIAH, Ch. vii. 14. "Behold a Virgin fhall conceive and "bear a Son.-Chap. ix. 6, 7. Unto 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 stablish it, with judgment, and with justice, for ever "and ever.
VER. 23. See Nature baftes, etc.]
VIRG. E. iv. † 18.
At tibi prima, puer, nullo munuscula cultu,
a Ifai, xi. I.
Ch. xlv. 8. Ch. xxv. 4. Ch. ix. 7.
See lofty Lebanon his head advance,
VER. 29. Hark! a glad Voice, etc.]
Mixtaque ridenti colocafia fundet acantho
Ipfa tibi blandos fundent cunabula flores.
"For thee, O Child, fhall the earth, without being tilled, "produce her early offerings; winding ivy, mixed with Baccar, "and Colocafia with smiling Acanthus, Thy cradle shall pour "forth pleafing flowers about thee.
ISAIAH, Ch. xxxv. † 1. “The wilderness and the folitary place fhall be glad, and the defert fhall rejoice and blossom as "the rofe." Ch. lx. 13. " The glory of Lebanon shall come 66 unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, "to beautify the place of thy fanctuary.
Aggredere ô magnos, aderit jam tempus, honores,
Intonfi montes, ipfæ jam carmina rupes,
Ipfa fonant arbufta, Deus, deus ille Menalca! E. v. 62. "Oh come and receive the mighty honours: the time draws nigh, O beloved offspring of the Gods, O great encrease of Jove! The uncultivated mountains send shouts of joy to the ftars, the very rocks fing in verse, the very shrubs cry out, A God, a God!
A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,
No figh, no murmur the wide world shall hear, 45
In hadamantine chains fhall Death be bound,
ISAIAH, Ch. xl. ✯ 3, 4. "The voice of him that cryeth in "the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord! make strait "in the defert a high way for our God! Every valley fhall be "exalted, and every mountain and hill fhall be made low, and “the crooked shall be made strait, and the rough places plain." Ch. iv. 23. "Break forth into finging, ye mountains! O "forest, and every tree therein! for the Lord hath redeemed
Ch. xlii. 18. Ch. xxxv. 5, 6.
h Ch. xxv. +8.
As the good ifhepherds tends his fleecy care,
See lilies fpring, and fudden verdure rise;
k Ch. ix. 6.
VER. 67. The fwain in barren deferts] Virg. E. iv. y 28.
Incultifque rubens pendebit fentibus uva,
Et dure quercus fudabunt rofcida mella.
« The fields shall grow yellow with ripen'd ears, and the red grape fhall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks "fhall diftill honey like dew.
i Ch. xl.
1 Ch. ii. 4. m Ch. lxv.