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1.William Blake (1757-1827) - from Songs of Innocence
2.William Blake (1757-1827) - from Songs of Experience
3.Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Frost at Midnight
4.Erasmus Darwin (1731- 1802) - from The Loves of the Plants
5.Erasmus Darwin (1731- 1802) - From The Botanic Garden
6.Erasmus Darwin (1731- 1802) - Visit of Hope to Sydney Cove, near Botany-Bay
7.Sneyd Davies (1731-1802) - from A Voyage to Tintern Abbey
8.Gray - Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
9.Felicia Dorothea Hemans - Night-Blowing Flowers
10.Sir William Jones - from The Yarjurveda
11.William Mason (1724-1797) - from The English Garden, Book III
12.Gilbert White (1720-1793) - The Naturalist's Summer-Evening Walk
13.William Wordsworth - Lines Written in Early Spring
14.Wiliam Wordsworth - Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
15.Wiliam Wordsworth - Resolution and Independence

6. "Visit of Hope to Sydney Cove, near Botany-Bay"

Erasmus Darwin
(1731- 1802)

WHERE Sydney Cove her lucid bosom swells,
Courts her young navies, and the storm repels,
High on a rock amid the troubled air
Hope stood sublime, and waved her golden hair;
Calmed with her rosy smile the tossing deep,
And with sweet accents charmed the winds to sleep;
To each wild plain she stretched her snowy hand,­
High-waving wood and sea-encircled strand.
`Hear me,' she cried, 'ye rising realms! record
Time's opening scenes, and Truth's unerring word. 10
There shall broad streets their stately walls extend,
The circus widen, and the crescent bend;
There, rayed from cities o'er the cultured land,
Shall bright canals and solid roads expand;
There the proud arch colossus-like bestride
Yon glitt'ring streams, and bound the chasing tide;
Embellished villas crown the landscape scene,
Farms wave with gold, and orchards blush between:---
There shall tall spires and dome-capped towers ascend,
And piers and quays their massy structures blend; 20
While with each breeze approaching vessels glide,
And northern treasures dance on every tide!'
Then ceased the nymph---tumultuous echoes roar,
And Joy's loud voice was heard from shore to shore---­
Her graceful steps descending pressed the plain,
And Peace, and Art, and Labour joined her train.