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And as I wake, sweet music breathe
Above, about, or underneath,
Sent by fome fpirit to mortals' good,
Or th' unseen genius of the wood.
But let my due feet never fail
To walk the studious cloyster's pale,
And love the high embowed roof,
With ant que pillars malfy proof,
And storied windows richly dight,
Cafting a dim religious light.
There let the pealing organ blow,
To the full-voic'd quire below,
lo service high and anthems clear,
As may with sweetnels, through mine ear,
Diffolve me into ecitafies, '.
And bring all heav'n before mine eyes.
And may at last my weary age
Find out the peaceful hermitage,
The hairy gows and mofly cell,
Where I may át, and rightly fpell
Of every far that heav'n doth Sew
And every herb that fips the dew;
Till old experience do attain
To something like prophetic Arain.
These pleasures, Melancholy, give.
And I with thee will choose to live.


From the First Book of Ovid's Metamorphoses.}

THE GOLDEN AGE. THE Golden Age was first; when man, yet new, ) No rule but uncorrupted reason knew; And with a native bent did good pursue. Unforc'd by punishment, unaw'd by fear, His words were simple, and his soul fincere : Needless was written law, where none oppress’d; The law of man was written in his breast : No fuppliant crowds before the judge appear'd; No court erected yet, nor cause was heard ; But all was fate, for conscience was their guard. The mountain-trees in distant prospect please, Ere yet the pine descended to the seas; Ere fails were spread, new oceans to explore; And happy inortals, unconcern'd for more, Confind their wishes to their native shore. No walls were yet, nor fence, nor moat, nor mound, Nor drum was heard, nor trumpet's angry found: Nor swords were forg'd; but void of care and crime, The soft creation flept away their time. The teeming earth, yet guiltless of the plough; And, unprovok'd, did fruitful stores allow : Content with food, wh ch nature freely bred, On wildings and on strawberries they led;

Cornels and bramble-berries gave the reft,
And falling acorns furnish'd out a feast.
The flow'rs, unsoun, in fields and meadows reign'd;
And western winds immortal spring mainta n’d.
lo following years the bearded corn ensu'd,
From earth, unask'd ; nor was that earth renewid.
From veins and vallies milk and nectar broke,
And honey sweating through the pores of oak.

THE SILVER AGE. But when good Saturn, hanifh'd from above, Was driv'n to hell, the world was under Jove. Succeeding times a Silver Age behold, Excelling brass, but more excell’d by gold. Then summer, autumn, winter, did appear, And spring was but a season of the year. The sun his annual course obliquely made, Good days contracted, and enlarg'd the bad. Then air with sultry heats began to glow, The wings of winds were clogg'd with ice and snow; And thiv'ring mortals into houses drivin, Sought Melter from th’inclemency of heav'n. Those houses'then were caves, or homely sheds, With twining ozier: fened and moss their beds. Then ploughs, for seed, the fruitful furrows broke, And oxen labour'd first beneath the yoke.


To this came next in course the Braven Age,
A warthe offspring, promp to bloody rage,
Not impious yet - --

THE IRON AGE. - HARD steel succeeded then; And stubborn as the metal were the men. Truth, Modesty, and Shame, the world forsook, Fraud, Avarice, and Force, their places took. Then fails were spread to every wind that blew, Raw were the sailors, and the depths were new ; Trees rudely hallow'd did the waves suftain; Ere ships in triumph plough'd the wat’ry plain. Then land-marks limited to each his right, For all before was common as the light. Nor was the ground alone requir'd to hear Her annual income to the crooked fare; But greedy mortals, rummaging her store, Digg'd from her entrails first the precious orc; Which next to hell the prudent Gods had laid; And that alluring ill to fight display'd. Thus cursed steel, and more accursed gold, Gave mischief birth, and made that mischief bold: And double death did wretched man invade, By steel affaulted, and by gold betray'd. Now (brandish'd weapons glittring in their hands), Mankind is broken loose froin moral bands. No rights of hospitality remain; The guest, by hun who harbour'd him is Nain : The fon-in-law pursues the father's life; The wife her husband murders, he the wife : The step-dame porfon for the fon prepares; The son inquires into his father's years. Faith flies, and Piety in exile mourns; And Justice, here opprest, to heav'n returns.



"Tis pleasant safely to behold from fore
The rolling ship, and hear the tempeft roar :
Not that anuther's pain is our delight;
But pains unfelt produce the pleasing fight.
'Tis pleasant also, to behold from far,
The moving legions mingled in the war :
But inuch more sweet the lab’ring keps to guide,
To virtue's heights, with wisdoin well fupply'd,
And all the magazines of learning fortify'd:
From thence to look below on human kiad;
Bewilder'd in the maze of lite and blind :
To see vain fools ambitioudy contend,
For wit and pow'r; their last endeavours bend
T'outshine each other ; waste their time and health,
In search of honour, and pursuit of wealth.
O wretched man! in what a nift of life,
loclos'd with dangers and with noisy it rife,
He spends his little span; and over-feeds
His cramm'd defire, with more than nature needs!

For Nature wisely Itints our appetite,
· And craves no more than undisturb’d delight;
Which minds, unmix'd with cares and fcars, obtain;
A soul serene, a body void of pain.
So little this corporeal frame requires;
So bounded are our natural desires,
That wanting all, and setting pain afide,
With bare privation fenfe is satisfy'd.

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