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YE nymphs of Solyma! begin the song:
1 Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 6.
Jam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna;
Te duce, si qua manent sceleris vestigia nostri,
'Now the virgin returns, now the kingdom of Saturn returns, now a new progeny is sent down from high heaven. By means of thee, whatever relics of our crimes remain, shall be wiped away, and free the world from perpetual fears. He shall govern the earth in peace, with the virtues of his father.' Isaiah, ch. vii. ver. 14. 'Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.' Chap. ix. ver. 6, 7. Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given... the Prince of Peace: of the increase of his government, and of his peace, there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it, with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever.'
From Jesse's root behold a branch arise,
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
2 Isaiah, ch. xi. ver. 1.
4 Ch. xxv. ver. 4.
6 Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 18.
8 Ch. xlv. ver. 8.
At tibi prima, puer, nullo munuscula cultu,
Ipsa tibi blandos fundent cunabula flores.
'For thee, O child, shall the earth, without being tilled, produce her early offerings; winding ivy, mixed with baccar, and colocasia with smiling acanthus. Thy cradle shall pour forth pleasing flowers about thee.'
Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. 1. 'The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad.. and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.' Ch. Ix. ver. 13. The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary.'
With all the incense of the breathing spring:
7 Isaiah, ch. xxxv. ver. 2.
8 Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 48, Ecl. v. ver. 62.
Aggredere ô magnos, aderit jam tempus, honores,
Ipsi lætitia voces ad sidera jactant
Intonsi montes, ipsæ jam carmina rupes,
'O come and receive the mighty honours: the time draws nigh, O beloved offspring of the Gods, O great increase of Jove!...The uncultivated mountains send shouts of joy to the stars, the very rocks sing in verse, the very shrubs cry out, A God, a God.'
Isaiah, chap. xl. ver. 3, 4. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a high way for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.' Chap. xliv. ver. 23. 'Break forth into singing, ye mountains! O forest, and every tree therein! for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob.'
9 Ch. xl. ver. 3, 4.
Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies!
Feeds from his hand, and in his bosom warms;
1 Isaiah, ch. xlii. ver. 18. Ch. xxxv. ver. 5, 6.
2 Ch. xxv. ver. 8.
8 Ch. xl. ver. 11.
4 Ch. ix. ver. 6.
No more shall nation against nation rise,
5 Isaiah, ch. ii. ver. 4.
6 Ch. lxv. ver. 21, 22.
7 Ch. xxxv. ver. 1, 7.
8 Virg. Ecl. iv. ver. 28.
Molli paulatim flavescet campus arista,
'The fields shall grow yellow with ripened ears, and the red grape shall hang upon the wild brambles, and the hard oaks shall distil honey like dew.'
Isaiah, chap. xxxv. ver. 7. "The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.'-Chap. lv. ver. 13. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree.'