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Why sleep the sons of Genius now!
And thou, blest Bard! around whose sacred brow, Great Pindar's delegated wreath is hung :
Arise, and snatch the majesty of song From dullness' servile tribe, and art's unhallow'd
BY ISAAC HAWKINS BROWNE, ESQ.
Come, rosy Health, celestial maid,
Bright daughter of the blushing dawn, Nymph of the wood, and daisied lawn, Who Aiest the busy, full resorts Of peopled cities, revelling courts,
But, clad in russet, lov'st to dwell
Ever chearful, ever gay, Hither come and chase away Sorrow of dejected eye, The plaintive tear, the struggling sigh, Disease with sickly yellow spread, And Pain that holds the hanging head; And in their stead conduct along Fantastic Dance, and airy Song, Wit, of taste correct and fine, Frolic Mirth, that waits on wine, Hope that fans the lover's fires, Pleasing Follies, gay Desires; For these are thine, a sprightly train, Without thee lifeless, joyless, vain.
o'er Beauty's face The artless bloom, the native grace ; You robb’d the bashful rose, and shed Its soft, refin’d, delicious red On WALLER's cheek; 'tis you bestow On Mansel's lips the ripening glow, With quickening spirits you supply The trembling lustre of her eye.
Through every form of mystic birth, The swarming air, the teeming earth, Through all the fruitful deep contains, Thy sovereign vital influence reigns, Mixes, ferments, inspires the whole, Pours the glad warmth, the genial soul, Breathes in the breeze, distils in showers, Swells the young bud, and wakes the flowers: With livelier green the herbage springs, The violet blows, the linnet sings, Its richest colouring Nature wears, And Pleasure leads the wanton years.
O! see I pine distress'd, forlorn,
years in sweet succession change,
Health! to thee thy vot'ry owes
All the sweets the summer yields,
Of studious days and peaceful nights:
Does increase of wealth impart
Does the sire with smiles survey
The swain's and virgin's artless cheek? From Health these blushes, smiles, and transports flow;
[owe Wealth, children, love itself, to Health their relish