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His wonted strut; and, wading at their head tow
With well-consider'd steps, seems to resent
His alter'd gait and stateliness retrench’den hoa
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The hills and vallies with their ceaseless songs,18')
Due sustenance, or where subsist they nows 7'
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inte at Beneath the frozen clod; all seeds of herbs in SrT Lie cover'd close ; and berry-bearing thorns, 919H That feed the thrush, (whatever some suppose). 1) Afford the smaller minstrels no supply: 1073 9995 The long protracted rigour of the year, sunda 51A Thins all their num'rous flocks. In chinks and holes Ten thousand seek an unmolested end, vino As instinct prompts; self-buried ere they die. fumA The very rooks and daws forsake the fields, H Where neither grub, nor root, nor earth-nut, now Repays their labour more; and perch'd aloft 11 By the wayside, or stalking in the path, 1'>11"}}} Lean pensioners upon the travöller's track, n! nil Pick up their nauseous dole, though sweet to them, Of voided pulse or half-digested grain. in all DTA The streams are lost amid the splendid blank, vil O’erwhelming all distinction.. On the food iot. 94 Indurated and fix'd, the snowy weight tiw yda aA Lies undissolv'd; while silently beneathg iyawan!

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And unperceiv'd, the current steals away.
Not so where, scornful of a check, it leaps
The milldam, dashes on the restless wheel,
And wantons in the pebbly gulf below :
No frost can bind it there; it's utmost force
Can but arrest the light and smoky mist,
That in it's fall the liquid sheet throws wide.
And see where it has hung th' embroider'd banks
With forms so various, that no pow'rs of art,
The pencil or the pen, may trace the scene!
Here glitt'ring turrets rise, upbearing high
(Fantastic misarrangement !) on the roof
Large growth of what may seem the sparkling trees
And shrubs of fairy land. The crystal drops,
That trickle down the branches, fast congeald,
Shoot into pillars of pellucid length,
And prop the pile, they but adorn'd before.
Here grotto within grotto safe defies
The sunbeam; there, emboss'd and fretted wild,
The growing wonder takes a thousand shapes
Capricious, in which fancy seeks in vain
The likeness of some object seen before.
Thus Nature works as if to mock at Art,
And in defiance of her rival pow'rs;
By these fortuitous and random strokes
Performing such inimitable feats,
As she with all her rules can never reach.
Less worthy of applause, though more admir'd

Because a novelty, the work of man, 21,"525 inil
Imperial mistress of the fur-clad Russ, a isvol 34T
Thy most magnificent and mighty freak, bili 101
The wonder of the North. No forest fell,
When thou wouldst build ; no quarry sent it's stores!
T'enrich thy walls : but thou didst hew the floods,
And make thy marble of the glassy wave.
In such a.palace Aristæus found
Cyrene, when he bore the plaintive tale, is
Of his lost bees to her maternal ear:

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In such a palace Poetry might place dire se stT
The armory of Winter; where his troops, is be
The gloomy clouds, find weapons, arrowy sleet; - :0
Skin-piercing volley, blossom-bruising hail, e oil.
And snow, that often blinds the trav'ller's course. A
And wraps him in an unexpected tomb.2473535 st)
Silently as a dream the fabric rose ;
No sound of hammer or of saw was there : 10)
Ice upon ice, the well-adjusted parts
Were soon conjoin'd, nor other cement ask'd it!
Than water interfus'd to make them one."
Lamps gracefully dispos'd, and of all hues,
Illumin'd ev'ry side: a wat'ry light
Gleam'd through the clear transparency, that seem'd
Another moon new ris'n, or meteor fall’n
From Heav'n to Earth, of lambent flame serene, 1A
So stood the brittle prodigy, though smooth
And slipp'ry the materials, yet frostbound'. :

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Firm as a rock. Nor wanted aught within,
That royal residence might well befit,
For grandeur or for use. Long wavy wreaths
Of flow'rs, that fear'd no enemy but warmth,
Blush'd on the pannels. Mirror needed none
Where all was vitreous; but in order due
Convivial table and commodious seat
(What seem'd at least commodious seat) were

theres Sofa, and couch, and high built throne august. The same lubrieity was found in all, And all was moist to the warm touch ; a scene Of evanescent glory, once a stream, And soon to slide into a stream again. Alas! 'twas but a mortifying stroke Of undesign'd severity, that glauc'd (Made by a monarch) on her own estate, On human grandeur and the courts of kings. 'Twas transient in it's nature, as in show 'Twas durable; as worthless, as it seem'd Intrinsically precious; to the foot Treach'rous and false; it smil'd, and it was cold.

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At hewing mountains into men, and some
At building human wonders mountain-high.
Some have amus'd the dull, sad years of life,

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With schemes of monumental fame, and sought
By pyramids and mausolean pomp, KW sists in
Shortliv'd themselves, t' immortalize their bones. T
Some seek diversion in the tented field, 100
And make the sorrows of mankind their sporto 10
But war's a game, which, were their subjects wise,
Kings would not play at. Nations would do well)
Textort their truncheons from the puny bands 1
Of heroes, whose infirm and baby minds 1986 01
Are gratified with mischief; and who spoil, HI
Because men suffer it, their toy the World. va sal

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When Babel was confounded, and the great
Confed'racy of projector's wild and vain sinni
Was split into diversity of tongies, 1.88 al
Then, as a shepherd separates his flock, ; 1921
These to the upland, to the valley those, '"1.

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God drave asunder, and assign'd their lot
To all the nations. Anple was the boon
He gave them, in it's distribution fair
And equal; and he bade them dwell in peace.
Peace was awhile their care: they ploughid and

sow'd,
And reap'd their plenty without grudge or strife
But violence can never longer sleep,
Than human passions please. In ev'ry heart . W
Are sown the sparks, that kindle fiery war; DIA

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