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Whence with the marks of highest honours crown'd
By GLORIANA, in domestick peace,
That port, to which the wise are ever bound,

He anchor'd was, and chang'd the toffing seas
Of bustling busy life, for calm sequefter'd ease.

II.
There in domestick virtue rich and great
As erst in publick, 'mid his wide domain,
Long in primæval patriarchal state,
The lord, the judge, the father of the plain,
He dwelt; and with him, in the golden chain
Of wedded faith y-link'd, a matron sage
Aye dwelt ; sweet partner of his joy and pain,

Sweet charmer of his youth, friend of his age,
Skill'd to improve his bliss, his forrows to assuage.

III.
From this fair union, not of sordid gain,
But merit similar and mutual love,
True source of lineal virtue, sprung a train
Of youths and virgins ; like the beauteous grove,
Which round the temple of Olympick yove,
Begirt with youthful bloom the I parent tree,
The sacred olives whence old Elis wove

Her I Parent tree, the sacred olive.). This tree grew in the Altis, or facred grove of Olympick Jupiter at Olympia, having, as the Eleans pretended, been originally planted there by Hercules. It was esteemed sacred, and from that were taken the Olympick crowns. See Pausanias. Eliac. and the Dissertation on the Olympick Games.

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Her verdant crowns of peaceful victory,
The I guerdons of bold strength, and swift activity.

IV.
So round their noble parents goodly rose
These generous scyons; they with watchful care
Still, as the swelling passions gan disclose
The buds of future virtues, did prepare
With prudent culture the young shoots to rear :
And aye in this endearing pious toil
They by a * Palmer fage instructed were,

Who from deep thought and studious search erewhile Had learnt to mend the heart, and till the human soil.

V.
For by cælestial Wisdom whilom led
Through all th' apartments of th' immortal mind,
He view'd the secret stores, and mark'd the || fted
To judgment, wit, and memory assign'd;
And how sensation and reflection join'd
To fill with images her darksome grotte,
Where variously disjointed or combind,

As reason, fancy, or opinion wrought,
Their various maks they play'd,and fed her pensive thought,

VI. Alle

I Guerdons, rewards.

Palmer, pilgrim. The perfon here signified is Mr. Locke, characteriz'd by his works.

| Sted, place, station.

VI.
• Alse through the fields of Science had he stray'd
With eager search, and sent his piercing eye
Through each learn'd school, each philofophick shade,
Where Truth and Virtue erst were deem'd to lie;
If haply the fair vagrants het mote spy,
Or hear the musick of their charming lore :
But all unable there to satisfy

His curious soul, he turn'd him to explore
The facred writ of Faith; to learn, believe, adore.

VII.
Thence foe profess'd of Falfhood and Deceit,
Those ily artificers of tyranny,
| Aye holding up before uncertain feet
His faithful light, to Knowledge, Liberty,
Mankind he led, to Civil Policy,
And mild Religion's charitable law;
That fram'd by Mercy and Benignity

The persecuting sword forbids to draw,
And free-created souls with penal terrours awe.

VIII.
|| Ne with these glorious gifts clate and vain
Lock'd he his wisdom up in churlish pride;
But, ftooping from his height, would even deign
The feeble steps of Infancy to guide.

Eternal

Alle, also, further,

Aye, ever,

+ Mote, might.
|| Ne, nor.

Eternal glory Him therefore betide !
Let every generous youth his praise proclaim !
Who, wand'ring through the world's rude forest wide,

By him hath been y-taught his course to frame
To Virtue's sweet abodes, and heav'n-aspiring Fame!

IX.
For this the Fairy Knight with anxious thought,
And fond paternal care his counsel pray'd;
And him of gentlest courtesy besought
His guidance to vouchsafe and friendly aid;
The while his tender offspring he convey'd,
Through devious paths to that secure retreat;
Where sage PÆDîa, with each tuneful maid,

On a wide mount had fix'd her rural seat,
'Mid flowery gardens placed, untrod by vulgar feet,

X.
And now forth-pacing with his blooming heir,
And that same virtuous Palmer them to guide ;
Arm’d all to point, and on a courser fair
Y-mounted high, in military pride,
His little train before he slow did ride.
Him eke behind a gentle Squire || ensues,
With his young lord aye marching side by side,

His counsellour and guard, in goodly I thews,
Who well had been brought up, and nursd by every Muse.

XI. Thus

| Enfues, follows.

I Thews, manners.

XI.
Thus as their pleasing journey they pursued,
With chearful argument beguiling pain ;
Ere long descending from an hill they view'd
Beneath their eyes out-stretch'd a spacious plain,
That fruitful shew'd, and apt for every grain,
For pastures, vines and flow'rs; while Nature fair
Sweet-smiling all around with count'nance I fain

Seem'd to demand the tiller's art and care,
Her wildness to correct, her lavish waste repair.

XII. Right good, I ween, and bounteous was the soil, Aye wont in happy seasons to repay With tenfold usury the peasant's toil. But now 'twas ruin all, and wild decay; Untill’d the garden and the fallow lay, The sheep-fhorne down with barren brakes o'ergrown: The whiles the merry peasants sport and play,

All as the publick evil were unknown, Or every publick care from

every

breast was flown,

XIII.
Aftonilh'd at a scene at once so fair
And so deformd; with wonder and delight
At man's neglect, and Nature's bounty rare,
In studious thought a-while the Fairy Knight,

Bent

I Fain, earnest, eager.

|| Brakes, briars.

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