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ARGUMENT. The Nymphs who preside over springs and rivulets are ad

dressed at dag-break in honour of their several functions, and of the relations which they bear to the natural and to the moral world. Their origin is deduced from the first allegorical deities, or powers of nature ; according to the doctrine of the old mythological poets, concerning the generation of the Gods and the rise of things. They are then fuccefively confidered, as giving motion to the air and exciting funmer-breezes; as nourishing and beautifying the vegetable world; as contributing to the fulness of navigable rivers, and consequently to the maintenance of commerce ; and by that means, to the maritime part of military power. Next is represented their favourable inAuence upon bealth, when asisted by rural exercise : which introduces their connection with the art of physic, and the happy effects of mineral, medicinal springs. Lastly, they are celebrated for the friendship which the Muses bear tbem, and for the true inspiration which temperance only can receive ; in opposition to the enthusiasm of the more

licentious poetse

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