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Nor why again the changing Oak should shed
Cur eadem tellus, cælum, amnis, spiritus idem
Queis oritur Caufis, Animatæ ut nomine Plantæ Sensus ineft? sese unde movet, tactumque refugit? Unde sequi imperium faciles didicere capilli, Et tremere admotam celeri formidine dextram?
Per Ripam æstivam vel aquofi gramina prati Diversam jactant foliorum millia formam: Natali contenta Solo securaque florent; Texere nec discunt, operamve insumere curant; Illa tamen clarè ardefcunt, ridentque superbam Pauperiem noftræ veftis, luxumque minorem. Cincta magis nitido flavent Verbascula cultu, Quàm Velum, pectus quod adultæ Virginis ambit; Fulgidiorque Rubor clarefcit in ore Rofarum, : Quàm fluitante novi fuffufus fyrmate Sponfi. Alpice Liliolum, cui fplendor humillimus agris; Cedere fi poffit Ratione Superbia victa, . . Ipfe etiam facto certamine DAVIDE natus, Ipse minùs fulget, folio sublimis in aureo, Indutus Trabeam & veneranda Insignia regni, Quæsitumque decus; quàm Flosculus ifte, decora Simplicitate nitens, nudoq; illuftris honore. InWhy should one Earth,oneClime,one Stream,oneBreath Raise this to Strength, and ficken That to Death?
Whence does it happen, that the Plant which well We name the Sensitive, should move and feel? Whence know her Leaves to answer her Command, And with quick Horror fly the Neighb’ring Hand?
Along the Sunny Bank, or watry Mead, Ten thousand Stalks their various Blossoms spread: Peaceful and lowly in their native Soil, They neither know to spin, nor care to toil; Yet with confess’d Magnificence deride Our vile Attire, and Impotence of Pride. : The Cowslip similes, in brighter yellow dress’d, Than That which veils the nubile Virgin's Breast A fairer Red stands blushing in the Rose, Than That which on the Bridegroom's: Vestment flows. Take but the humbleft Lilly of the Field; And if our Pride will to our Reason yield, S It must by sure Comparison be shown, That on the Regal Seat great David's Son, wi..!? Array'd in all his Robes, and Types of Pow'r, :;'? Shines with less Glory, than that simple Flow'r.
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· Indigenam undarum gentem scrutemur, Amici,
Explorem aerias Gentes, ut quæque ftruendo
Of Fishes next, my Friends, I would enquire, How the mute Race engender, or respire; From the small Fry that glide on JORDAN's Stream Unmark'd, a Multitude without a Name, To that Leviathan, who o'er the Seas Immense rolls onward his impetuous Ways, And mocks the Wind, and in the Tempest plays. ] How They in warlike Bands march greatly forth From freezing Waters, and the colder North, To Southern Climes directing their Career, Their Station changing with th’inverted Year. How all.with careful Knowledge are indu'd, To chuse their proper Bed, and Wave, and Food: To guard their Spawn, and educate their Brood.
Of Birds, how each according to her Kind Proper Materials for her Nest can find; And build a Frame, which deepest Thought in Man Would or amend, or imitate in vain. How in small Flights They know to try their Young, And teach the callow Child her Parent's Song. Why these frequent the Plain, and those the Wood, Why ev'ry Land has her specific Brood. . Where the tall Crane, or winding Swallow goes;