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Credulitafque fovet; mendaci Luce coruscans
Ducis, & incertos præfers palantibus Ignes.
O Fons Curarum, captæque Insania Mentis !
Quòd fi forte Deus Te designaffet ADAMO,
Aut unquam Munus tantum indulfiffet habendum
Humano Generi, SOLOMONIS tota fuiffes :
In noftros flueret Sors aurea, largior æquo,
Toto Fonte sinus, plenamque inverteret Urnam.
2.1;!

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At Dolor! ante Hominem quam Dextra suprema
Cum nondum fteterat jacto fundamine Terra,
Decretum est, vanos tentante Cupidine Nilus,
Ut fine fine petita recederet usque Voluptas.
Hoc lugubre loquor, Vita fuadente Magistra;
Flebile Lingua refert, Animus quod flebile sentit.

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DAVID E natus Ego, Patri cariffima Proles,
Deliciæ Populi, Solio sublimis Ebræo,
Auguftas Ædes tota cum dives Ophiro
Ornáram, famaque extremo Oriente ferebar;
Cum mille affluerent Veneres ad amabile Corpus,
Robore nobilitante artus, Dulcedine vultum;
Cum mihi lucida Mens fætis Conceptibus aucta,
Ingenium yelox, fólidumque vigeret 'acumen;

Heus

And by Tradition nurs’d, fallacious Fire,
Whose dancing Beams mif-lead our fond Desire,
Cause of our Care, and Error of our Mind :
O! had'ft Thou ever been by Heav'n design'd
To ADAM, and his Mortal Race; the Boon
Entire, had been reserv'd for SOLOMON:
On Me the partial Lot had been bestow'd;
And in my Cup the golden Draught had flow'd.

But:0! e'er yet Original Man was made;
E'er the Foundations of this Earth were laid;
It was, opponent to our Search, ordain'd,
That Joy, ftill fought, should never be attain'd.
This, fad Experience cites me to reveal;
And what I dictate, is from what I feel.

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Born as I was, great David's fav’rite Son,
Dear to my People, on the Hebrew Throne
Sublime, my Court with OPHIR's Treasures bleft,
My Name extended to the farthest East,
My Body cloth'd with ev'ry outward Grace,
Strength in my Limbs, and Beauty in my Face,
My shining Thought with fruitful Notions crown'd,
Quick my Invention, and my Judgment sound;

Arise.

Heus surgas, (habita est mecumn Sententia) surgas,
Ut Felix, Meditare; ut fis Magnus, Sapere aude:
Pectoris exoritur Pax inconcuffa Sciendo;
Nam Scire eft ipfi Virtus cognata JEHOVA.

Hæc fatus, veneranda dedi mandata per Urbes: Mox Solium cingunt Doctorum immensa Corona; Historicos Libros, antiqua Volumina pandunt; Verba graves habuere Senes, legere Minores : Audieram attentus; tandem dubitata loquebar:

Per Terras quodcunque Viret, seu Planta, vel Arbor, Quod Genus & Nomen, quæ fit Natura, quis Ordo, Me bene nosse ferunt, ea nostri Fama vagatur, A Cedro excelsa, Lebani quæ in vertice duro Sublime undantes movet inter nubila ramos, Serpentem ad Muscum, & diffusam Mænia circum Hyffopum: tamen ah! mihi confcius Ipfe fatebor Mille animum implicitos scrutantem eludere Nodos.

Me latet, emiffis cur Fagus plurima ramis Undique luxurians teretem exspatiatur in umbram; Dum celfis decrescit Apex sub imagine Coni Abjetibus, nubes & cuspide fcindit acuta:

Cur

Arise, (I commun'd with my self) arise;
Think, to be Happy; to be Great, be Wise:
Content of Spirit must from Science flow;
For’tis a Godlike Attribute, to Know.

I said; and sent my Edict thro' the Land: Around my Throne the Letter'd Rabbins ftand, Historic Leaves revolve, long Volumes spread, The Old discourfing, as the Younger read: Attent I heard, propos'd my Doubts, and said:

The Vegetable World, each Plant, and Tree,
It's Seed, it's Name, it's Nature, it's Degree,
I am allow'd, as Fame reports, to know,
From the fair Cedar, on the craggy Brow
•Of LEBANON nodding supremely tall,
To creeping Moss, and Hyllop on the Wall :
Yet juft and conscious to my felf, I find
A thousand Doubts oppose the searching Mind.

I know not why the Beach delights the Glade
With Boughs extended, and a rounder Shade;
Whilft tow'ring Firrs in Conic form arise,
And with a pointed Spear divide the Skies:

Nor

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Cur Quercus renovata Comas redeuntibus Annis
Augufti capitis yarium transmutat honorem; :
Dum gerit æternam Taxus fibi fida Juventam,
Ramo semper eodem, immutatoque colore.
Cur orbata perit geniali lumine Caltha?
Cur nigrantem animat feliciùs Umbra Cupressum?
Exoptant mediam cur Ficus Palmaque sedem,
Et dare radices porrecta per æquora gaudent;
Dum viget inferiore Cucurbita læta Palude,
Et circum Montes umbracula nectit Oliva?
Cur Cælum haud aliud, Locus haud diversus, amictu
Induit ardenti rubicunda Papaveris ora,
Lilia inornatos patitur pallefcere vultus,
Cæruleaque humiles Violas ferrugine pingit?
Cur Carophyllon amat lascivum pandere foli
Tot varios una nascentes ftirpe colores,
Dum fibi diffimilis Tulippa affurgit in auras
Partitis radiis, duplicique infignis honore?
Brachia tortile Jasma, Rofæque rubentia labra
Mane novo fundunt redolentes prodiga flatus;
Narcissus, cum Junquela fragrante, fatetur
Fortius infufas haufiffe à Vefpere vires.
Dicite, fylvestres Fætus, Floresque tenellos
Unde agit occulti diversa potentia Fati?

Cur

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