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From Jesse's* root behold a branch arise,
Ye heavens ! from high the dewy nectar pour,
The sicki and weak the healing plant shall aid, 15
At tibi prima, puer, nullo munuscula cultu,
Ipsa tibi blandos fundent cunabula flores.
Isaiah, ch. xxxv, ver. 1.- The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.'
Ch. Is. ver. 13.- The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir-tree, tbe pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of thy sanctuary.' Ver. 29. Hark! a glad voice, &c.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 46.
Aggredere ô magnos (aderit jam tempus) honores,
Cara Deûm soboles, magnum Jovis incrementum !
Ipsi lætitiâ voces ad sidera jactant
* Isa. xi. ver. 1.
Ch, xxxv. ver, 2.
+ Ch. xlv. ver. 8. C. ix. ver. 1, Ch. xl. ver, 3, 4.
A God, a God! the vocal hills reply ;
IMITATIONS. ..O come, and receive the mighty honours: the time draws pigh, O beloved offspring of the gods! O great increase of Jove! The uncultivated mountains send shouts of joy to the stars; the very rocks sing in verse; the very shrubs cry out, A God, a God!'
Isaiah, ch. xl. ver. 3, 4.-The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord ! make straight in the desert a highway for our God! Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.' Ch. xliv. ver. 23.-Break forth into singing, ye mountains; O forest, and every tree therein; for the Lord hath redeemed' Israel.'
* Ch. xliii. ver. 18. Ch. xxxv. ver. 5, 6. 1 Ch. xl. ver. 11, 5 Ch. ix, ver. 6.
+ Ch. xxv. ver. 8.
Ch. ii. ver. 4.
Nor fields with gleaming steel be cover'd o’er,
70 On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes, The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods. Waste, sandy valleys, once perplex'd with thorn, The spiry fir and shapely box adorn: To leafless shrubs the flowery palms succeed, 75 And odorous myrtle to the noisome weed, (mead, The lambsy with wolves shall graze the verdant And boys in flowery bands the tiger lead.
Molli paulatim flavescet campus arista,
Et duræ quercus sudabunt roscida mella. "The fields shall grow yellow with ripened ears, and the red grape shall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks shall distil honey like dew.'
Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. 7,—The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitations where dragons lay, shall be grass, and reeds, and rushes.' Ch. lv. ver. 13. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tree.' Ver. 77. The lambs with wolves, &c.] Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 21.
Ipsæ lacte domum referent distenta capellæ
Occidet The goats shall bear to the fold their udders distended with milk; por shall the herds be afraid of the greatest lions. The serpent shall die, and the herb that conceals poison shall die.'
Isaiah, ch. xi. ver. 6, &c.—. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead ihem; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the den of the cockatrice.
# Cb. Isv. ver. 21, 22.
+ Ch. xxxv, ver. 1. 7.
$ Ch. xi, ver. 6-8.
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
96 And seeds of gold in Ophir's mountains glow. See heaven its sparkling portals wide display, And break upon thee in a flood of day! No more the rising sun shall gild the morn, Nor evening Cynthia fill her silver horn;
100 But lost, dissolved in thy superior rays, One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze O'erflow thy courts : the Light himself shall shine Reveal’d, and God's eternal day be thine! The seas** shall waste, the skies in smoke decay, Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away : 106 But fix'd his word, his saying power remains ; Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own Messiah reigns !
IMITATIONS. Ver. 85. Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise!) The thoughts of Isaiah, which compose the latter part of the poems, are wonderfully elevated, and much above those general exclamations of Virgil, which make the loftiest parts of his Pollio.
Magnus ab integro sæclorum nascitur ordo!
Aspice, venturo lætevtur ut omnia sæclo! &c. The reader needs only to turn to the passages of Isaiah, here cited.
* Ch. lxv. ver. 25.
+ Ch. lx. ver. 1. t Ch. lx. ver. 4.
$ Ch. lx. ver. 3. i Ch. Ix. ver. 6.
| Ch, Tx.ver. 19, 20, ** Cb. li. ver. 6. and ch. liv, ver. 10.
To the Right Hon. George Lord Lansdowne.
Quam sibi quæ Vari præscripsit pagina nomen.