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As in the crystal spring I view my face,
Let other swains attend the rural care, 35
VER. 39. Colin) The name taken by Spenser in bis Eclogues, where his mistress is celebrated under that of Rosalinda. P.
Oft in the crystal spring I cast a view,
Virg. out of 'Theocr. P.
nuper me in littore vidi Cum placidum ventis paret mare, non ego Daphnim,
Judice te, metuam, fi nunquam fallat imago. P.
Ep mihi disparibus feptem compacta cicutis
And yet my numbers please the rural throng,
you their gifts are all bestow'd again. For you the swains the fairest flow'rs design, 55 And in one garland all their beauties join; Accept the wreath which you deserve alone, In whom all beauties are compriz'd in one.
See what delights in sylvan scenes appear ! Descending Gods have found Elyfium here. In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray’d, And chaste Diana haunts the forest shade. Come, lovely nymph, and bless the filent hours, When swains from sheering seek their nightly
bow'rs; When weary reapers quit the sultry field, 65 And crown’d with corn their thanks to Ceres yield,
IMITATIONS, Ver. 60. Descending Gods have found Elysium here.]
Habitarunt Di quoque hluas - Virg. Et form sus oves ad flumina pavit Adonis. Idem. P.
This harmless grove no lurking viper hides,
But see, the shepherds fhun the noon-day heat, The lowing herds to murm'ring brooks retreat, 86
VARIATIONS. VER. 79, 80.
Your praise the tuneful birds to heav'n shall bear,
And list’ning wolves grow milder as they hear. So the verses were originally written. But the author, young as he was, soon found the absurdity which Spenser himself overlooked, of introducing wolves into England. P.
To closer shades the panting flocks remove;
A U T U M N.
HYLAS and ÆGON.
To Mr. WYCHERLEY.
Eneath the shade a spreading Beech displays,
Hylas and Ægon sung their rural lays, This mourn'd a faithless, that an absent Love, And Delia's name and Doris fill'd the Grove. Ye Mantuan nymphs, your sacred succour bring; 5 Hylas and Egon's rural lays I sing.
Thou, whom the Nine with Plautus' wit inspire, The art of Terence, and Menander's fire;
This Pastoral consists of two parts, like the visith of Virgil: The Scene, a Hill; the Time at Sun-set. P.
VER. 7. Thou, whom the Nine,] Mr. Wycherley, a famous Author of Comedies; of which the mofi celebrated were the Plain-Dealer and Country-Wife. He was a writer of infinite spirit, satire, and wit. The only objection made to him was that he had too much. However he was followed in the same way by Mr. Congreve ; bo' with a little more correctness.