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In the bleak wild ev'n Want by thee is bless’d, 15
The goddess summons each illustrious name,
The goddess, filent, paus’d in museful air ; But Mirth, like Virtue, cannot long despair. Celestial-hinted thoughts gay hope inspird, 35 Smiling she rose, and all with hope were fir'd. Where Bath's ascending turrets meet her eyes ; Straight wafted on the repid breeze fe flies, She flies, her elder sister Health to find; She finds her on the mountain-brow reclin'd.
40 Around her birds in earliest concert fing; Her cheek the semblance of the kindling spring i Fresh-tinctur'd like a summer-evening sky, And a mild sun lits smiling in her eye.
30 Loose to the wind her verdant vestments flow;
45 Her limbs yet-recent from the springs below; There oft the bathes, then peaceful sits secure, Where every gale is fragrant, frelh, and pure ; Where flowers and herbs their cordial odours blend, And all their balmy virtues fast ascend.
50 Hail, fister, hail ! (the kindred goddess cries) No common suppliant stands before your eyes. You, with whose living breath the morn is fraught, Flush the fair cheek, and point the cheerful thought! Strength, vigour, wit, depriv'd of thee, decline !
55 Each finer sense, that forms delight, is thine ! Bright suns by thee diffuse a brighter blaze, And the frelha green a fresher green displays ! Without thee pleasures die, or dully cloy, And life with thee, howe'er depress’d, is joy. 60 Such thy vast power!—The deity replies. Mirth never asks a boon, which Health denies, Our mingled gifts transcend imperial wealth; Health strengthens Mirth, and Mirth inspirits Health. These gales, yon springs, herbs, flowers, and sun, are
Euphrolyne rejoins-Thy friendship prove!
70 Sister! in her my smile anew display, And all the social world fall bless thy sway.
Swift, as the speaks, Health spreads the purple
wing, Soars in the colour'd clouds, and sheds the spring : Now bland and sweet she floats along in air; Air feels, and softening own th’eethereal fair! In still descent the melts on opening flowers, And deep impregnates plants with genial showers, The genial showers, new-rising to the ray, Exhale in roseate clouds, and glad the day, 80 Now in a zephyr's borrow'd voice she fings, Sweeps the fresh dews, and shakes them from her wings, Shakes them embalm’d; or, in a gentle kiss, Breathes the sure earnest of awakening bliss. Sapphiia feels it, with a soft surprize, Glide through her veins, and quicken in her eyes !
Instant in her own form the goddess glows, Where, bubbling warm, the mineral water flows; Then, plunging, to the flood new virtue gives; Steeps every charm; and, as she bathes, it lives ! 90 As from her locks she sheds the vital shower, 'Tis done! (she cries) these springs posess my power! Let these immediate to thy darling roll Health, vigour, life, and gay-returning soul. Thou smil'st Euphrolyne; and conscious fee, 95 Prompt to thy smile, how Nature joys with thee. All is green life! all beauty rosy-bright; Full Harmony, young Love, and dear Delight! See vernal Hours lead circling Joys along ! All sun, all bloom, all fragrance, and all song! 100
Receive thy care! Now Mirth and Health combine. Each heart shall gladden, and each virtue shine. Quick to Augusta bear thy prize away; There let her smile, and bid a world be gay.
Ρ Ι T L E
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
SIR ROBERT WALPOLE.
TILL let low wits, who sense nor honour prize,
Sneer at all gratitude, all truth disguise; Ai living worth, because alive, exclaim, Insult the exil'd, and the dead defame! Such paint, what pity veils in private woes, 5 And what we see with grief, with mirth expose ; Studious to urge-(whom will mean authors spare ?) The child's, the parent's, and the consort's tear: Unconscious of what pangs the heart may rend, To lose what they have ne'er deferv’da friend. 10 Such, ignorant of facts, invent, relate, "Expos’d persit, and answer'd still debate :
Such, but by foils, the cleareft lustre see,
Long has my Muse, from many a mournful cause,
Alk they what state your sheltering care shall own?