The Works of the English Poets; With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical Volume 3, P. 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1779 edition. Excerpt: ...bow'r j it was a place 690 Chos'n by the sovran Planter, when he fram'd All things to Man's delightsul use; the roof Of thickest covert was inwoven shade Laurel and myrtle, and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf on either fide 6gj Acanthus, and each odorous bushy shrub Fenc'd up the verdant wall; each beauteous flower, Iris all hues, roses, and jessamin, Rear'd high their flourisiVd heads between, and wrought Mosaic; underfoot the violet, 700 Crocus, and hyacinth, with rich inlay Broider'd the ground, more color'd than with stone Of costliest emblem: other creature here, Beast, bird, insect, or worm, durst enter none, SJueh was their awe of Man. In shadier bower 705 More sacred and sequestei'd, though but feign'd, Pan or Syl vanus never.slept, nor Nymph, Nor F-unus haunted. Here in close recess With flowers, garlands, and sweet-sinelHng'herbs Eftieused Eve deck'd first hernuptial bed, 7:6 And heav'nly quires the hymenaean fung, What day the genial.Angel to our fire, .'..2 Brought Brought her in naked beauty more adorn'd, More lovely than Pandora, whom the Gods Endow'd with all their gifts, and O too like 71 j' In sad event, when to th' unwifer son Of Japhet brought by Hermes, slie ininar'd Mankind with her fair looks, to be aveng'd On him who had stole Jove's authentic fire. Thus at their shady lodge arriv'd, both stood, 720 Both turn'd, and under open sky ador'd The God that made both sky, air, earth, and heaven, Which they beheld, the moon's resplendent globe, And starry pole: Thou also mad'st the nights Maker omnipotent, and thou the day, 7-S Which we in our appointed work employ'd Have finish'd, happy in our mutual help And mutual love, the crown of all our bliss Ordain'd by thee, and this delicious place For us too..
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