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To the Right Honourable
GEORGE Lord LANSDOW N.
HY forefts, Windfor! and thy green retreats, once the Monarch's and the Mufe's feats, Invite my lays. Be prefent, fylvan maids! Unlock your fprings, and open all your fhades. GRANVILLE Commands; your aid, O Mufes bring! What Mufe for GRANVILLE can refuse to fing!
VER. 3, etc. Originally thus,
Chafte goddess of the woods,
Nymphs of the vales, and Naïds of the floods,
This Poem was written at two different times: the first part of it, which relates to the country, in the year 1704, at the fame time with the Paftorals: the latter part was not added till the year 1713, in which it was published.
The Groves of Eden vanifh'd now fo long, Live in defcription, and look green in fong: Thefe, were my breaft infpir'd with equal flame, Like them in beauty, fhould be like in fame. Here hills and vales, the woodland and the plain, Here earth and water feem to ftrive again; Not Chaos-like together crufh'd and bruis'd, But, as the world, harmoniously confus'd : Where order in variety we fee, And where, tho' all things differ, all agree. Here waving groves a chequer'd scene display, And part admit, and part exclude the day; As fome coy nymph her lover's warm address Nor quite indulges, nor can quite reprefs. There, interfpers'd in lawns and op'ning glades, Thin trees arife that fhun each other's fhades. Here in full light the ruffet plains extend: There wrapt in clouds the blueifh hills afcend. Ev'n the wild heath displays her purple dyes, And 'midft the defert fruitful fields arife, That crown'd with tufted trees and springing corn, Like verdant ifles the fable wafte adorn.
VER. 25. Originally thus ;
Why fhould I fing our better funs or air,
Let India boaft her plants, nor envy we
VER. 49. Originally thus in the MS.
From towns laid wafte, to dens and caves they ran
VER. 45. favage laws] The Foreft Laws.