Thornton, Robert John (1768?-1837) / Temple of Flora, or, Garden of the botanist, poet, painter, and philosopher.
Proem. The Card of Invitation.
PROEM. THE CARD OF INVITATION. Odi profanum Vulgus, et arceo. HORACE. O, COME NOT HERE, YE proud, whose breasts infold Th' insatiate wish of glory or of gold; O COME NOT, YE, whose wrinkled foreheads wear Th'eternal frown of envy, or of care; For YOU no DRYAD decks her fragrant bowers, For YOU her sparkling urn no NAIAD pours; Unmark'd by YOU light GRACES skim the green, And hov'ring CUPIDS aim their shafts unseen.- But THOU, whose Mind the well-attemper'd ray Of taste, and virtue, lights with purer day, Whose finer Sense each soft vibration owns, With sweet responsive sympathy of tones; For THEE sweet CEREUS and RENEALMIAS glow, And other plants their curious structure shew For THEE MY Vallies nurse the varied Wreath; My Rivers murmur, and MY Zephyrs breathe; My painted Birds their vivid plumes unfold, And Insects wave their little wings of gold.- So the FAIR FLOWER expands her lucid form To meet the Sun, and shuts it to the Storm. SEWARD.
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