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The beauteous shapes of objects near,
hills—and pleasant plains,
merry nymphs and swains,
Or Hercules, with lion's hide, And knotty cudgel, thrown aside,
55 Lifting Antæus high in air, Who in his gripe expires there.
Or Sisyphus, with toil and sweat, And muscles strain'd, striving to get Up a steep hill a ponderous stone, Which near the top recoils,and rolls impetuous down; Or beauteous Helen's easy air, With head reclin'd, and flowing hair ; Or comely Paris, gay and young, Moving with gallant grace along! These you can do I but advance In a florid ignorance, And say to you, who better know, You should design them so and so.
TO AARON HILL, ESQ.
ON HIS POEM CALLED GIDEON
Tell me, wondrous. Friend ! where were you
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Say, have you trod Arabia's spicy vales,
30 “ A nameless grace is scatter'd thro' his air, “ And o’er his shoulders loosely flows his amber
colour'd hair !" Above, with burning blush the morning glows,
" Slow from the plain the melting dews, " To kiss the sunbeams, climbing, rise," &c. Methinks the grove of Baal I see, In terrac'd stages mount up high, And wave its sable beauties in the sky: “ From stage to stage broad step of half-hid stone, 40 “ With curling moss and blady grass o'er grown, " Lead awfulDown in a dungeon deep, “ Where thro’ thick walls, oblique, the broken light “ From narrow loopholes quivers to the sight, 45 “ With swift and furious stride, « Close-folded arms, and short and sudden starts, “ The fretful prince, in dumb and sullen pride • Resolves escape"Here in red colours, glowing bold,
50 A warlike figure strikes my eye, The dreadful sudden sight his foes behold Confounded so, they lose the pow'r to fly; “ Backening they gaze at distance on his fiice, “ Admire his posture, and confess his grace 55 “ His right hand grasps his planted spear,” &c. Alas! my Muse! thro' much good will your err, And we the mighty author greatly wrong; To gather beauties here and there, As but a scatter'd few they were,