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Crocus and hyacinth with rich inlay
Broidered the ground, more coloured than with stones
Of costliest emblem.-MILTON.
LIKE a cloud all resplendent with green and with gold
And undergrown shrubs their light arms interlace,
While the fragrance of plants o'er our senses is stealing;
And blue flowers laugh, like the beautiful eyes
With hues caught from heaven, spring up where we pass,
Than Solomon in all his glory array'd!
A PARK SCENE.
HERE trees most prodigal of shade
Whence oracles of old have spoke,
Of years and leafy honours full,
Of royal priest-the druid's stone;
An emblem of the Assyrian power *.
Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon, with fair branches and with a shadowing shroud, and of a high stature, and his top was among the thick boughs."-EZEKIEL, chap. xxxi. 3.
And where breaks out the mellow mould
In shapes fantastically bold,
Entwisted in the bank above
Vast trunks projecting form a cove
Though here and there, half grey,
While many a trailing plant upshoots
P. 323, 1. 15, 16.
Each fit to canopy a throne
Of royal priest-the druid's stone.
"The oak, the statue of the Celtic Jove, was here, as in all other countries, selected for a peculiar consecration; and the Plain of Oaks, the tree of the field of adoration under which the Dalcassian chiefs were inaugurated, and the sacred Oak of Kildare, show how early and long this particular branch of the primitive worship prevailed.”—MOORE's History of Ireland, vol. i. p. 46.
See also the account of the druidical stones and groves in HENRY'S History of England, vol. i. p. 176.
SPIRITS OF THE SUN.
Such miracles and dazzling sights
At evening from their tents of gold
The sunny mansions melt away.-MOORE.
As golden-wing'd intelligences play
They from his aspect draw a strength divine,
Of spring, when Earth renews her youth, as now!