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These, were my breast inspir'd with equal flame,
30 While by our oaks the precious loads are born, And realms commanded which those trees adorn.
Why should I fing our better suns or air,
49 Not proud Olympus yields a nobler light, Tho' Gods assembled grace his tow’ring height; Than what more humble mountains offer here, 35 Where, in their blessings, all those Gods appear. See Pan with flocks, with fruits Pomona crown'd, Here blushing Flora paints th' enamel'd ground, Here Ceres' gifts in waving prospect stand, And nodding tempt the joyful reapers hand; 40 Rich Industry fits smiling on the plains, And peace and plenty tell, a STUART reigns.
Not thus the land appear'd in ages past, A dreary defert, and a gloomy waste, To savage beasts and savage laws a prey; 45' And kings more furious and severe than they; Who claim’d the skies, dispeopled air and foods, The lonely lords of empty wilds and woods : Cities laid waste, they storm'd the dens and caves, (For wiser brutes were backward to be slaves.) 50 What could be free, when lawless beasts obey'd, And ev’n the elements a Tyrant sway'd ?
Ini VER. 33. Not proud Olympus, etc.] Sir J. Denham, in his Cooper's Hill, had said,
Than which a nobler weight no mountain bears,
But Atlas only, which supports the spheres. The comparison is childish, for this story of Atlas being fabulous, leaves no room for a compliment. OurPoet has been more artful (though he employs as
fabulous circumstance in his comparison) by thewing in what the nobility of the hills of Windsor-Forest confills
Where, in their blessings; all those Gods appear, etc.
In vain kind seasons swelld the teeming grain,
The Ver.65. The fields are ravib'd, etc. ) Alluding to the destruction made in the New Forest, and the tyrannies exercised there by William I. P.
(For who first stoop'd to be a llave was man.)
No wonder favages or subjects slain
But subjects starv'd while savages were fed. It was originally thus, but the word savages is not pro. perly applied to beasts but to men ; which occasioned the alteration. P.
IMITATIONS. Ver. 65. The fields were ravil'd from th induftrious Swains, From men their cities, and from Gods tbair fanes)
The fox obscene to gaping tombs retires,
85 Nor saw displeas'd the peaceful cottage rise.
Ver. 80. himself deny'd a grave!] The place of his interment at Caen in Normandy was claimed by a gentleman as his inheritance, the moment his servants were going to put him in his tomb : fo that they were obliged to compound with the owner before they could perform the King's obsequies.
Ver. 81. fecond bope) Richard, second son of William the Conqueror.
VARIATION S. Ver. 72. And wolves with howling fill, etc. The Author thought this an error, wolves not being com: mon in England at the time of the Conqueror. P.
IMITATION S. Translated from,
Templa adimit divis, fora civibus, arva coloris, an old monkish writer, I forget who. P.
Then gath’ring flocks or unknown mountains fed,
VAR IA ITON s.
Oh may no more a foreign master's rage,
When yellow autumn fummer's heat succeeds,
Both morning sports and ev’ning pleasures yields. * Perhaps the Author thought it not allowable to describe the fear fon by a circumftance not proper to our climatex.tbs vintage. Pa
IMITATIONS. VER. 89. Miraturque novas frondes et non fua poma.