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SU M M E R.

The ARGUMENT.

The subject proposed. Invocation. Address to Mr.

Dopington. An introductory reflection on the motion of the heavenly bodies; whence the succeffion of the seasons. As the face of Nature in this season is almost uniform, the progress of the poem is a description of a summer's day. The dawn. Sun-rising. Hymn to the Jun. Forenoon. Summer inseets defcribed. H.y making. Sheep-fearing. Noon-day. A woodland retreat. Groupe of herds and flocks. A solemn grove. How it affects a contemplative mind. A cataract, and rude scene. View of Summer in the torrid zone. Storm of thunder and lightning. A tale. The storm over, a serene afternoon. Bathing. Hour of walking. Transition to the prospect of a rich well-cultivated country; which introduces a panegyric on Great BRITAIN. Sun-fet. Evening Night. Summer

A comet. The whole concluding with the praise of philosophy.

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SU M M E R.

FROM brightening fields of ether fair disclos’d

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In pride of youth, and felt thro' Nature's depth :
He comes attended by the sultry hours,
And ever-fanning breezes, on his way ;
While, from his ardent look, the turning SPRING
Averts her blushful face; and earth, and skies,
All-liniling, to his hot dominion leaves.

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Hence, set me haste into the mid-wood shade, Where scarce a sun-beam wanders thro' the gloom ; 10 And on the dark-green grass, beside the brink Of haunted stream, that by the roots of oak Rolls o'er the rocky channel, lie at large, And fing the glories of the circling year.

COME, Inspiration! from thy hermit-seat, 13 By mortal feldom found : may Fancy dare, From thy fix'd serious eye, and raptur'd glance Shot on surrounding Heaven, to steal one look VOL. I. D

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