Five PASTORAL ECLOGUES: The SCENES of which are Suppos'd to lie among the SHEPHERDS, oppress'd by the WAR in Germany.

Impius hoec tam culta novalia Miles habebit?
Barbaras has segetes? En quo discordia cives
Perduxit miseros! en queis consevimus agros!

LONDON: Printed for R. DODSLEY at Tully's Head in Pall-mall. M.DCC.XLV. [Price One Shilling.]


IT is generally thought, that as Pastorals are a kind of poetry, which has been touch'd upon by such a number of poets, that they are easily compos'd, and that their thoughts and sentiments must be trite and vulgar. However this opinion may be true in reason, I hope the following pieces will be exempt from it's censure, as they are form'd on a plan entirely new, and as their design is essentially distinguish'd from any pro­ductions of their kind, either ancient or modern: unless it be that the first and ninth Bucolic of Virgil are in the same nature. How the ideas of fields and woods, and a poetry whose very essence is a rural life, will agree with the polite taste of the town, and of gentlemen who are more con­versant in the fashionable ornaments of life, is a question: but I hope as they relate to that war, which is at present the most general topic of con­versation, this unpoliteness will in some measure be excused.

[Page 4] The learned reader will observe, that the au­thor has endeavour'd to imitate the simplicity of the ancients in these pieces, as thinking it not only more particularly adapted to Pastoral, but the true ornament of all kinds of poetry in gene­ral. As to the design of this work, I hope it will not be thought odd, or ill-chosen. The op­posing interests of a peaceful and rural life, and the tumultuous scenes of war, together with the various struggles and passions arising from thence, seem by no means an improper field for the most elegant writer to exercise his genius in. How far the author of these pieces has succeeded in the performance of this, is humbly submitted to the censure and judgment of the public.


ARISE, my Lycas: in yon' woody wilds
From a rough rock in deep enclosure hid
Of thickest oaks, a gushing fountain falls,
And pours it's airy stream with torrent pure:
Which late returning from the field at eve
I found, invited by it's dashing sound,
As thro' the gloom it struck my passing ear.
Thither I mean to drive our languid flocks;
Fit place to cool their thirst in mid-day hour.
Due west it rifes from that blasted beech;
The way but short:—come, Lycas, rouze thy dog;
Let us be gone.
Alas, my friend, of flock,
Of spring, or shepherd's lore, to me is vain
To tell: my fav'rite lamb, the solace dear
Of these grey locks, my sweet and sole delight,
[Page 6] Is snatch'd by cruel fate! an armed band
On neighing steeds elate, in wide array
Trampled the youngling, as the vale along
At eve they pass'd, beneath their whelming march.
Such throng I heard, as in the neighb'ring wood
I wander'd to reduce a straggling ewe
Escap'd the fold: what time the griesly owl
Her shrieks began, and at the wonted elm
The cows awaiting stood Lucilla's hand.
When strait with sudden fear alarm'd I start,
And list'ning to the distant-echoing steps
Of unseen horsemen with attentive ear,
I stand aloof. But why this deep-felt grief?
Merits such loss these tears and black despair?
Alphon, no more to Lycas now remains,
Since he my last and latest care is lost!
Thou know'st my little flock; three tender ewes
Were all my mean ambition wish'd or sought.
Ev'n now nine days, and nine revolving nights
Are past, since these the Moldaw's raging flood
Swept with their wattled cotes, as o'er it's banks
[Page 7] It rose redundant, swoln with beating rains,
And deep immers'd beneath it's whirling wave.
I wak'd at early dawn, and to the field
I issus'd to pursue my wonted toil,
When lo! nor flocks, nor wattled cotes I saw;
But all that met my wond'ring eyes around,
Was desolation sad. Here stateliest oaks
Torn from their roots, with broken branches lay
In hideous ruin: there the fields, that laugh'd
With rip'ning corn, of all their charms despoil'd,
With oozy fragments scatter'd waste and wild
Were seen. I curst the wicked spirit drear,
That in the ruin'd abbey's darkest cell,
(That stands immur'd amid yon' lonesome pines)
I bound with triple chains: his magic pow'r
Oft'times with howling storms, and thunder loud
Deforms the night, and blackens nature's face.
His tempests swell'd the Moldaw's rising streams,
And thus o'erwhelm'd my flock.—But this my heart
Had learn'd to bear, at length to comfort's voice
It had obey'd, and all it's woes forgot;
[Page 8] When ah! too soon returning woes invade
My breast, just rising from its former stroke.
When this, the sole survivor, of my flock,
Follows his lost companions; while a wretch
I here remain, deserted and forlorn!
He too had dy'd beneath the whelming surge,
Had not the shelter of my low-rooft cott
That fatal night preserv'd him; where at eve
I hap'ly plac'd him with providing care,
Lest the fell storm, which yet from southern clouds
Threaten'd destruction, and to low'r began,
Might violate his tender-blooming age.
With piteous eye, and sympathizing heart,
Thy tears I view.—These scenes of war and blood,
The calm repose of every field invade!
Myself had fall'n a victim to their rage,
As in deep dead of night my cave beneath
I lay dissolv'd in sleep, with warning voice
Had not my dog alarm'd with wond'ring ear.
When strait approach'd the cave a savage throng
With barb'rous arms, and habit fierce and wild,
[Page 9] With stern demeanour and defying look
Terrify; which the moon's pale-glimm'ring rays
Presented to my sight, as in the boughs,
Close shrouded, of a neighb'ring pine I sat
(Where sudden fear had driv'n me to evade Impending fate, unconscious and amaz'd)
Secure, but trembling, and in chilly damps
My limbs bedew'd.—The monsters as they past,
With dire confusion all the cavern fill'd;
Hurl'd to the ground my scrip, and beechen cup,
Dispers'd the shaggy skins that form my bed,
And o'er the trampled floor had scatter'd wide
A hoard of choicest chesnuts, which I cull'd
With nice-discerning care, and had design'd
A present to my beauteous ROSALINDE.
Alas! with them her love had been obtain'd,
And me to MYRON she had then preferr'd!
Shepherd, on thee has fortune kindly smil'd;
'Tis mine to feel her grief-inflicting hand!
Alas! each object that I view around
Recalls my perish'd darling to my sight,
[Page 10] And mocks me with his loss! see there the spring
Where oft he wont to flake his eager thirst!
And there the beech, beneath whose breezy shade
He lov'd to lie, close covert from the sun!
See yet the bark smooth-worn and bare remains,
Where oft the youngling rubb'd his tender side!
Ah! what avail'd my care, and foresight vain?
That day he fell oppress'd by whelming steeds.
This hand had built a bow'r of thickest boughs
Compos'd, and wove with intermingling leaves,
Impervious to the sun; and strew'd the floor
With choicest hay, that in the secret shade
He might repose, nor feel the dog-star's beam!
But why this sad, repeated track of woe
I still pursue? Farewel, my ALPHON dear,
To distant fields, and pastures will I go,
Where impious war, and discord, nurse of blood,
Shall ne'er profane the silence of the groves.


WHILE in the bosom of this deep recess
The voice of war has lost its madding shouts,
Let us improve the transient hour of peace,
And calm our troubled minds with mutual songs;
While this recess conspiring with the muse
Invites to peaceful thoughts; this cavern deep,
And these tall pines that nodding from the rock
Wave o'er its mouth their umbrage black, and cast
A venerable gloom, with this clear fount
That cleaves the riven stone and fills the cave
With hollow-tinkling sounds. Repeat the song
Which late, ALCYON, from thy mouth I heard,
As to the spring we drove our thirsting flocks;
It tells the charms of grateful evening mild:
Begin, ALCYON: ACIS in return
Shall sing the praises of the dawning morn.
[Page 12]
Behind the hills when sinks the western sun,
And falling dews breath fragrance thro' the air,
Refreshing every field with coolness mild;
Then let me walk the twilight meadows green,
Or breezy up-lands, near thick-branching elms,
While the still landschape sooths my soul to rest,
And every care subsides to calmest peace:
The mists slow-rising from the rivers dank,
The woods scarce stirring at the whisp'ring wind,
The streaky clouds, that tinge their darken'd tops
With russet hues, and fainter gleams of light,
The solitude that all around becalms
The peaceful air, conspire to wrap my soul
In musings mild, and nought the solemn scene
And the still silence breaks; but distant sounds
Of bleating flocks, that to their destin'd fold
The shepherd drives; mean-time the shrill-tun'd bell
Of some lone ewe that wander's from the rest,
Tinkles far-off, with solitary sound;
The lowing cows that wait the milker's hand,
The cottage-mastiff's bark, the joyous shouts
Of swains that meet to wrestle on the green,
[Page 13] Are heard around. But ah! since ruthless war
Has ravag'd in these fields, so tranquil once,
Too oft' alas the din of clashing arms
And discord fell disturbs the softer scene!
Thy sweet approach delights the wearied ox,
While in loose traces from the furrow'd field
He comes; thy dawn the weary reaper loves,
Who long had fainted in the mid-day sun,
Pleas'd with the cooler hour, along the vale
Whistling he home returns to kiss his babes,
With joyful heart, his labour's sweet reward!
But ah! what sudden fears amaze his soul
When near approaching, all before he sees
His lowly cottage and the village 'round
Swept into ruin by the hand of war,
Dispers'd his children, and his much-lov'd wife,
No more to glad his breast with home felt-joys!
I too, when in my watled cotes are laid
My supping flock, rejoice to meet my dear,
My fair LAURETTA, at the wonted oak;
Or haply as her milking-pail she bears
Returning from the field, to ease her arm,
[Page 14] (Sweet office!) and impart my aiding hand!
Thy charms (O beauteous Evening!) shall be sung,
As long as these tall pines shall wave their heads,
Or this clear fountain cleave the riven stone!
Sweet are the dews of Eve; her fragrance sweet;
Sweet are the pine-topt hills at sultry noon;
Sweet is the shelter of the friendly grott
To sheep, and shepherd, at impending storms;
But ah! less sweet the fragrant dews of eve;
Less sweet the pine-topt hills at sultry noon;
Less sweet the shelter of the friendly grott,
Than when the rising sun with rosy beam
Peeps o'er the village-top, and o'er the fields,
The woods, the hills, the streams, and level meads,
Scatters bright splendors and diffusive joy!
As to his flock the shepherd issues forth,
Printing new footsteps in the dewy vale,
Each object of the joyous scene around
Vernal delight inspires, and glads his heart
Unknowing of the cause, with new-felt glee!
The chaunt of early birds on every bush,
The steaming odours of the fresh-blown flow'rs—
[Page 15]
Cease, ACIS, cease thy song:—from yonder hill,
Whose lofty sides inclose this secret seat,
Our flocks, that graze along its verd'rous brow,
Tumultuous rush, as struck with sudden fright:
And hark, methinks I hear the deathful sounds
Of war approaching, and its thunders roar!
Kind heav'n preserve my wife and children dear,
Alas! I fear the sound, that louder now
Swells in the wind, and comes with fuller din,
Is near my cottage; which, thou know'st, my friend,
Stands at the spring, that issues from beneath
That rising hill, fast by the branching elm!
See, see, my friend, what darksome spires arise
Of wreathing smoak, and blacken all the sky!—
Nearer and nearer comes the threat'ning voice,
And more distinguish'd strikes our trembling ear!
But lo! the foes advance above the hill;
I see their glitt'ring arms begin to gleam!
Come, let us flie, and in the deepest nook,
The inmost cavern of this winding grott,
Close-shroud ourselves, lest in the gen'ral stream
Of thousands thronging down, we fall opprest.


WHEN sable midnight on the fields and woods
Had spread her mantle dark, then wander'd forth
The pensive ALCON, and the bosom deep
Of a wild wood with solitary steps,
There to lament his wretched fate, he sought.
Him, late as o'er the vale at coming eve
Joyful he walk'd with his LUCILLA dear,
A soldier stern-advancing on his steed,
Robb'd of his love, and tore the beauteous maid
With brutal hand from his contending arms,
Weeping in vain, and shrieking for his aid,
And frowning bore the precious prize away.
The wood, whose shades the plaintive shepherd sought,
Was dark and pathless, and by neighb'ring feet
Long time untrod: for there in ancient days
Two knights of bold emprise, and high renown,
Met in fierce combat, to dispute the prize
Of beauty bright, whose valiant arm shou'd win
[Page 17] A virgin fair, whose far-emblazon'd charms
With equal love had smote their rival breasts.
The knight who fell beneath the victor's sword,
Unhears'd and restless, from that fatal day
Wanders the hated shades, a spectre pale;
And each revolving night, are heard to sound
Far from the inmost bow'r of the deep wood,
Loud shrieks, and hollow groans, and rattling chains.
When the dark secrets of the grove he gain'd,
Beneath an ancient oak his weary limbs
He laid adown, and thus to plain began.
This midnight deep to plaintive love accords;
This lonesone silence, and these hideous shades,
That in this darksome hour I dare to tread,
And all the horrors of this fearful place,
Will suit a wretch abandon'd to despair l—
But hah!—what means this sudden fear, that creeps
In chilly sweats o'er all my trembling limbs?—
What hollow-whisp'ring sounds are those I hear,
From yonder glade?—do not I hear his voice?
Does not the knight, that in these shades was slain,
Call me to come, and beckon with his hand?
[Page 18] Do not I see his visionary sword
Wav'd in bright circles thro' the murky air?—
Does not he point his wounds?—be still, my fears:
'Tis vain illusion all, and phantasie.
These fears my love-distemper'd brain suggests;
Alas, they will not bring me back my love!—
Who now, perhaps, amid the thronged camp
On earth's cold breast reclines her weary head,
A helpless virgin, subject to the will
Of each rude ravisher, and distant far
From her dear ALCON, and her native fields—
Ill will the hardships of inclement skies
Suit with her tender limbs; the various toils
Of painful marches; her unwonted ears,
How bear the trumpet, and the sounds of war?
This task is hard indeed—but soon, alas!
At will her savage lord may cast her off,
And leave her to succeeding scenes of woe!
I see my dear LUCILLA, once my own,
Naked and hungry, tread the pensive steps
Of desolation, doom'd to wander o'er,
Helpless and vagabond, the friendless earth!
[Page 19] I hear her sigh for ALCON and her home;
And ask for bread at some proud palace gate
With unavailing voice! This toilsome scene,
Alas, how diff'rent from the smoother paths
Of rural life, my dear was wont to tread!
Forth to the field to bear the milking-pail
Was all her wont; to tread the tedded grass,
To tend her father's flock; beneath the oak
To snatch her dinner sweet, and on the green
With the companions of her age to sport!
In vain I now expect the coming on
Of dew-bath'd eve, to meet my wonted love;
No more I hear the wood-girt vallies ring
With her blythe voice, that oft has blest mine ear,
As in the distant shade I sate unseen;
No more I meet her at the wonted spring,
Where each revolving noon she daily went
To fill her pitcher with the crystal flood!—
If in her native fields the hand of death
Had snatch'd her from my arms, I cou'd have born
The fatal shock with less-repining heart;
For then I could have had one parting kiss;
[Page 20] I cou'd have [...] her hearse with fairest flow'rs,
And paid the last sad office to my dear!—
Return, my sweet LUCILLA, to my arms;
At thy return, all nature will rejoice.
Together will we walk the verdant vales,
And mingle sweet discourse with kisses sweet.
Come, I will climb for thee the knotted oak,
To rob the stock-dove of his feathery young;
I'll shew thee where the softest cowslips spring,
And clust'ring nuts their laden branches bend;
Together will we taste the dews of morn;
Together seek the grotts at sultry noon;
Together from the field at eve return—
What have I said? what painted scenes of bliss
My vain imagination has display'd!
Alas, she's gone, ah, never to return!
Farewell my past'ral pipe, and my dear flock;
Farewell my faithful dog; my once-lov'd haunts
Farewell, or cave, or fountain, or fresh shade,
Farewell; and thou, my low-rooft cott, farewell!—
Here will I lie, and fellest wolves, that roam
This savage forest, shall devour my limbs,
Unwept, unburied, in a place unknown!


WELCOME, Philanthes, to thy native fields;
Thrice three revolving moons are gone and past,
Since first you parted from your father's cott,
To drive to pastures far remote your flock.
Since that, alas, how oft has savage war
Disturb'd our dwellings, and defac'd our fields!
MYCON, each object that I view around,
Speaks ruin and destruction. See, my friend,
The ancient wood, whose venerable shades
So oft have shelter'd us from noon-day suns;
So oft have echo'd to the lowing herds
That fed wide-wandering in the neighb'ring vales,
The soldier's ax has levell'd with the ground,
And to the sun expos'd its darksome bow'rs:
The distant villages, and blue-topt hills,
The far-stretch'd meads appear, and meet mine eyes,
That erst were intercepted by the grove.
[Page 22]
How is the wonted face of all things chang'd!
Those trees, by whose aspiring tops we knew
The sun's ascent at noon, unerring mark,
No more are seen to tell the coming hour.
How naked does the winding rill appear,
Whose banks its pendant umbrage deep-imbrown'd,
And far-invested with its arborous roof,
As by its side it roll'd its secret streams;
How oft, alas! those shadowy banks along
(Close solitude!) my ROSALIND and I
Have walk'd in converse sweet, and link'd in love!
But tell me, dear PHILANTHES, are the fields,
Which late you left, like ours by war opprest,
Alike in tumult and confusion wrapt?
MYCON, I'll tell thee wonders past belief.
It hap'd one morn, when first the dawning sun
Began to chear the light-enliven'd earth,
Caught with so bright a scene, I sought the fields
Before my wonted hour, and roving wide
Among the vales, the villages and woods,
Where'er my fancy led, or pleasure call'd,
I chanc'd upon a neighb'ring hill to stray,
[Page 23] To view the glitt'ring prospect from its top
Of the broad Rhine, that roll'd his waves beneath,
Amid the level of extended meads;
When lo! e'er yet I gain'd its lofty brow,
The sound of dashing floods, and dashing arms,
And neighing steeds, confusive struck mine ear.
Studious to know what tumult was at hand,
With step adven'trous I advanc'd, and gain'd
With tim'rous care and cautious ken its top.
Sudden a burst of brightness smote my sight,
From arms, and all th' imblazonrie of war
Reflected far, while steeds, and men, and arms
Seem'd floating wide, and stretch'd in vast array
O'er the broad bosom of the big-swoln flood,
That dashing roll'd its beamy waves between.
The banks promiscuous swarm'd with thronging troops,
These on the flood embarking, those appear'd
Crowding the adverse shore, already past.
All was confusion, all tumultuous din.
I trembled as I look'd, tho' far above,
[Page 24] And in one blaze their arms were blended bright
With the broad stream, while all the glist'ring scene
The morn illum'd, and in one splendor clad.
Struck at the sight, I left with headlong haste
The steep-brow'd hill, and o'er th' extended vales,
The wood-girt lawns I ran, nor slack'd my pace,
Till at my flock thick-panting I arriv'd,
And drove far off, beneath a deep-arch'd cave.
But come, my friend, inform me in return,
Since this my absence what has here fell out.
Dost thou remember at the river's side
That solitary convent, all behind
Hid by the convert of a mantling wood?—
One night, when all was wrapt in darkness deep,
An armed troop on rage and rapine bent,
Pour'd o'er the fields and ravag'd all they met;
Nor did that sacred pile escape their arms,
Whose walls the murderous band to ruin swept,
And fill'd its caverns deep with armed throngs
Greedy of spoil, and snatch'd their treasures old
From their dark seats: the shrieking sisters fled
Dispers'd and naked thro' the fields and woods,
[Page 25] While sable night conceal'd their wand'ring steps.
Part in my moss-grown cottage shelter sought,
Which haply scap'd their rage, in secret glade
Immersed deep.—I rose at early morn,
With fearful heart to view the ruin'd dome,
Where all was desolation, all appear'd
The seat of horror, and devouring war.
The deep recesses, and the gloomy nooks,
The vaulted isles, and shrines of imag'd saints,
The caverns worn by holy knees appear'd,
And to the sun were op'd.—In musing thought
I said, as on the pile I bent my brow—
" This seat to future ages will appear,
" Like that which stands fast by the piny rock;
" These silent walls with ivy shall be hung,
" And distant times shall view the sacred pile,
" Unknowing how it fell, with pious awe!
" The pilgrim here shall visit, and the swain
" Returning from the field at twilight grey,
" Shall shun to pass this way, subdued by fear,
" And slant his course across the adverse vale!"
[Page 26]
MYCON, thou see'st that cow, which stands in cool
Amid yon rushy lake, beneath the shade
Of willow green, and ruminates at ease,
The watry herbage that around her floats.
That way my business leads. I go to greet
My father, and my wonted cottage dear.
Come, let us go: my path is that way too.
Come, my PHILANTHES, and may piteous heav'n
Indulge more happy days, and calm our griefs!
Alas! I thought some trouble was at hand,
And long before presag'd the coming storm,
Ev'n when the light'ning one disastrous night
Blasted the hoary oak, whose ample boughs
Imbow'r my cottage; and as on the grass
At noon I slept, a serpent's sudden hiss
Broke my sweet rest!—But come, let us be gone,
The sun begins to welk in ruddy west.


WHICH way, CALISTAN, whither dost thou lead
That lamb, whom yet his mother scarce has wean'd?
His mother, CORIN, as she wand'ring fed,
With this tender youngling by her side,
Fell by a shot which from the battle came,
That in the neighb'ring fields so lately rag'd.
Alas! what woes that fatal day involv'd
Our suff'ring village, and the fields around!
But come, CALISTAN, on this rising bank
Come, let us sit, and on the danger past
Converse secure, and number all our griefs.
See how the flaunting woodbine shades the bank,
And weaves a mantling canopy above!
CORIN, that day I chanc'd at earlier hour
To rise, and drove far-off my flock unpent;
To wash them in a spring that late I mark'd.
[Page 28] There the first motions of the deathful day
I heard, as listening to the trickling wave
I stood attentive: when like rising storms,
Hoarse, hollow murmurs from afar I heard,
And undistinguish'd sounds of distant din.
Alarm'd I stood, unknowing whence it came;
And from the fount my flock unwash'd I drove
Suspecting danger: when as nearer yet,
I came advancing, all was tumult loud,
All was tempestuous din on ev'ry side,
And all around the roar of war was up,
From rock to rock retost, from wood to wood.
Not half so loud the tumbling cataract
Is heard to roar, that from the pine-clad cliff
Praecipitates its waves; whose distant sounds
I oft have listen'd, as at twilight grey
I pent my flocks within their watled cotes.
For three revolving days, nor voice of bird
Melodious chaunting, or the bleat of sheep,
Or lowing oxen, near the fatal place
Were heard to sound; but all was silence sad!
[Page 29] The ancient grove of elms deserted stood,
Where long had dwelt an aged race of rooks,
That with their nests had crowded every branch.
We oft' have heard them at the dusk of eve
In troops returning to their well-known home,
In mingled clamors sounding from on high!
CORIN, thou know'st the fir-invested cave,
Where late we shelter'd from a gath'ring storm,
Our flocks together driv'n: beneath its shade
I had appointed at sweet even-tide
To meet my DELIA homeward as she pass'd,
Bearing her milking-pail: Alas! the thoughts
Of that sweet congress, the preceding night
Soften'd my dreams, and all my senses lull'd,
And with more joyful heart at morn I rose.
But ah! that tumult cropt my blooming hopes,
And in confusion wrapt my love and me.
That day, nor in the fold my flock I pent,
Or walk'd at eve the vales, or on the turf
Beneath the wonted oak my dinner took,
Or slept at noon amid my languid sheep,
[Page 30] Repos'd at ease on the green meadow's bed.
When sable night came on, for not ev'n yet
The tumult had subsided into peace,
Ev'n then low sounds, and interrupted bursts
Of war we heard, and cries of dying men,
And a confus'd hum of the ceasing storm.
All night close-shrouded in a forest thick,
Wakeful I sate, my flock around me laid;
And of neglected boughs I kindled up
A scanty flame, whose darkly-gleaming blaze
Among th' enlighten'd trees form'd hideous shapes,
And spectres pale, to my distemper'd mind.
How oft I look'd behind with cautious fear,
And trembled at each motion of the wind!—
But where did you, CALISTAN, shelter seek?
What dark retreat conceal'd your wand'ring steps?
CORIN, thou know'st the fur-clad hermit's cell
Deep-arch'd beneath a rock among the wilds,
Thither I bent my flight, a welcome guest,
And not unknown; for when my flock I fed
Of late beneath the neighb'ring pastures green,
[Page 31] I oft was wont, invited at his call,
At noon beneath his cavern to retire
From the sun's heat, where all the passing hours
The good old-man improv'd with converse high,
And in my breast enkindled virtue's love;
Nor seldom would his hospitable hand
Afford a short repast of berries cool,
Which o'er the wilds (his scanty food) he pluck'd:
Here was my refuge.—All the live-long night
Pensive by one, pale, lonesome lamp we sate,
And listen'd to the bleak winds whistling loud,
And the shrill crash of forests from without.
Soon as the morning dawn'd, the craggy height
Of the steep rock I climb'd, on whose wild top
His rustic temple stood, and moss-grown cross
(The sacred object of his pious pray'rs)
Form'd of a tall fir's thunder-blasted trunk:
Where all beneath th' expansive plains I saw
With white pavilions hid, in deep array.
There too my little fold, which late I left
Standing at eve, amid the warlike scene
[Page 32] With tearful eyes affrighted, I beheld.
Alas, how chang'd the scene! when there I pitch'd
Those hurdled co [...]es, the night was calm and mild,
And all was peaceful. I remember well,
While there within that fold my flock I pent,
How blythe I heard my beauteous DELIA sing!
Her distant-echoing voice how sweetly rung,
And all my ravish'd senses wrapt in bliss!
Hast thou not seen the fatal plain of death
Where rag'd the conflict? there, they say, at eve
Grim ghosts are seen of men that there were slain,
Pointing their wounds and shrieking to their mates,
Still doom'd to haunt the fields on which they fell.
CORIN, no more. This lamb demands my speed.
See how the youngling hangs his sickly head,
Tender, and fainting for his wonted food!
I haste to place him in my shelt'ring cott,
Fed from my hand, and cherish'd by my care.—
And see, my friend, far off in darken'd west
A cloud comes on, and threatens sudden rains.
CORIN, farewell, the storm begins to low'r.

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