1 Thou send'st, thy Creatures to sustain,
The former and the latter Rain:
See streight Herbs, Flowers and Fruits appear,
And various Plenty crowns the Year,
Grass for the Beast, the Olive grows
Fro Man, and the rich Vintage flows
His Life and Vigour to sustain
Waves o'er the Field the ripening Grain.
2 Lord, how dost thou all-bounteous send,
Unnumber'd Blessings without End!
"Thro' all the Earth thy Glories shine,
Thy Works pronounce thy Power divine:
To their full growth by just Degrees
Majestick rise the forest Trees
Up to the clouds their Arms they throw,
Their Roots the Center seek below.
3 The Nations of the feather'd kind
Here hospitable Shelter find
The Stork in the Fir Tress height
Here leaves her Brood, and wings her Flight,
And where their shadowy Gloom they throw
Wide waving o'er the Mountains Brow
Earth's feebler Tribes rejoice to share
Thy tender Love and guardian Care.