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That one incessant struggle render life
2. Un-curl-ing, part. untwisting, the act of putting out of curl.
Glas'-sy, a. resembling glass in smoothness, lustre or brightness. 4. Drop, v. to let fall; (to fall in drops.)
Ver'-dure, s. green colour, greenness of grass. 5. Sus-pe'nse, s. delay, stop; doubt. •
Lu'-cid, a. clear; bright, shining, glittering. 7. Gra"-ti-tude, s. a virtue consisting in a due sense and outward
acknowledgment of a benefit received, together with a readiness
to return the same. 8. Con-si'gn, v. to submit, to resign. To transfer one's property
Ef-fu'-si-on, s. the act of shedding or pouring out.
An-ti”-ci-pates, v. (third person singular,) prevents, checks. To be beforehand with another in taking, so as to disappoint him
that comes after. Nu'-tri-ment, s. that which feeds or nourishes. Dis-til', v. to drop or fall by drops. To extract the virtues of
ingredients by means of a still.
-GRADUAL sinks the breeze
Is heard to quiver through the closing woods,
In large effusion, o'er the freshen'd world. 9. The stealing show'r is scarce to patter heard, . By such as wander through the forest-walks,
Beneath the umbrageous multitude of leaves. * A tree whose leaves are remarkable for shaking.
# Uncuring floods, signify waters perfectly calm. When the sea has a gentle flow of waves, it is said to be curling sea.
# As soon as the cattle have bitten off the dry-sprigs of grass, they perceive that the virtue is gone, and therefore drop them as being nothing-worth.
S. Mute-imploring is a compound word, made up of the adjective mute, (silent, dumb ;) and the participle of the verb to imploreto ask, to beg;) here understood incapable of speech.
| The plumy people streak their wings with oil; signify the feathered tribe rub their wings with their beaks, whence is produced a kind of spittle of an oily nature which throws off the lucid moisture or clear rain, and leaves the feathers dry.
10. But who can hold the shade, while heav'n descends
In universal bounty, shedding herbs,
manicouane 1. Gleam'-ing, part. shining.
Dap'-pled, pret. marked with various colours.
miles from the earth, and possesses the whole heavenly space. 5. Lux-u’-ri-ous, a. addicted to pleasure, high living. 6. Ob-li"-vi-on, s. forgetfulness.
1. Short is the doubtful empire of the night;
And soon, observant of approaching day,
* When the sun is about eighteen degrees below the horizon, his rays begin to appear, but in a very weak and feeble state, hence Thomson calls the opening of the morn-meek-eyed: and, as the sun gradually rises, it condenses and precipitates the damps of the earth which ascend in the night, to the earth again, when it is called dew; hence
Thomson calls the meek-eyed morn, or break of day, the mother of dews,
Brown night retires; young day* pours in apace,
And opens all the lawny prospect wide.
Swell on the sight, and brighten with the dawn.
His flock to taste the verdure of the morn. 5. Falsely luxurious, will not man awake;
And, springing from the bed of sloth, enjoy
To meditation due and sacred song ?I 6. For is there aught in sleep can charm the wise?
To lie in dead oblivion, losing half
* As the morning may be stiled the youth of the ensuing day, noon its maturity, and evening its old age or decline; the epithet young, here made use of, is poetically descriptive.
+ Overspread with grass or corn.
And, springing from the bed of sloth, enjoy
To meditation due and sacred song? That early rising is conducive to health, and the morning the best time for men of genius to set apart for meditation, undisturbed by intruding cares, or the noise and bustle of the busy multitude, are commonly received observations, and confirmed by experience.
§ Death or suppression.
Or else to feverish vanity alive,
1. Mi"-ti-gate, v. to soften, lessen, or make less, applied to toilor pain;
to abate or lessen, applied to rigour or severity. 2. Ru’-ral, a. belonging to, existing in, or resembling the country.
Te’-di-ous, a. occasioning weariness and trouble by continuance or
length. 4. Glean'-ers, s. pl. those who gather after the reapers. Spike, s. an ear of corn. (A long nail, or piece of iron, or wood,
sharpened at the top, and resembling an ear of corn.) 6. Dole, s. share or portion; the act of dividing into shares or portions.
(Grief, sorrow, misery.) 7. Pon'-der, v. to reflect, to consider; to think or muse. Re-luc'-tance, s. unwillingness, repugnance.
And, unperceiv’d, unfolds the spreading day,
By nameless gentle offices her toil. 2. At once they stoop and swell the lusty sheaves;
I This is a very pleasing and natural representation of reaping, and gives us such an idea of rustic simplicity and harmless mirth at such a time, as cannot but be acceptable to the lovers of Rural Life.