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The light he saw in Albion's happy plains,
Where under cover of a flow'ring thorn,
While Philomel renew'd her warbled strains,
Th’auspicious fruit of stol'n embrace was born.
The mountain Dryads feiz'd with joy
The smiling infant to their charge confign'd;
The Doric Muse carefs'd the fav’rite boy;
The hermit Wisdom stor'd his op'ning mind.
As rolling years matur'd his age,
He flourish'd bold and sinewy as his fire;
While the mild paffions in his breast assuage
The fiercer flames of his maternal fire.


Accomplifi'd thus, he wing'd his way,
And zealous roll'd from pole to pole,
The rolls of right eternal to display,
And warm with patriot thoughts th' aspiring soul.
On defert ifles * 'twas he that rais'd
Those spires that gild the Adriatic wave,
Where Tyranny beheld, amaz’d,
Fair Freedom's temple, where he mark'd her grave.
He fieel'd the blunt Bardavian's arms
To burit th' Iberian's double chain; †

* Alihough Venice was built a considerable time before te æra leie assigned for the birth of Independence, the sepublic had not yet attained to any great degree of power

and splendor.

+ The Low Countries were not only oppressed by grievous taxations, but likewise threatened with the establishment of the inquisition, when the seven provinces revolted, and shook off the yake of Spain.


And cities rear'd, and planted farms,
Won from the skirts of Neptune's wide domais,
He, with the gen'rous rustics, fa:e
On Uris rocks, in clofe divan, *
And wing'd. that arrow sure as fate
Which ascertain'd the sacred rights of man.


Arabia's scorching fands he cron, t
Where blafied Nature pants fupine,
Conductor of her tribes adult,
To Freedom's adamantine thrine;
And many a Tartar hord forlorn, aghat,
He snatch'd from under fell Oppreffion's wing';
And taught, anidfi the dreary waste,
Th’all-cheering hymns of Liberty to ling.
He virtue finds, like precious ore,
Diffus'd through ev'ry baser would ;
E’en now he stands on Calvis' rocky shore,
And turns the drofs of Corsica to gold. §

* Alluding to the well-known story of William Tell and his associates, the fathers and founders of the confederacy of the Swiss cantons.

The Arabs, rather than resign their Independency, have often abandoned their habitations, and encountered all the horrors of the desert.

From the tyranny of Jenghis. Khan, Timur-Bec, and other eastern conquerors, whole tribes of Tartars were used to fiy into the remotest wasies of Cathay, where no army would follow them.

& The noble stand made by Paschal Paoli and his associates against the usurpation of the French king, must endear thein €0 211 the sons of Liberty and Independence.

He, guardian genius, taught my youth
Pomp's tinsel'd livery to despite :
My lips, by him chastis'd to truth,
Ne'er paid that homage which the heart denieso


Those sculptur'd halls my feet shall never tread Where varnish'd Vice aud Vanity combin'd, To dazzle and seduce, their banners spread, And forge vile shackles for the free-born inind : Where Insolence his wrinkled front up-rears, And all the flow'rs of spurious Fancy blow, And Title his ill-woven chaplet wears, Full often wreath'd around the miscreant's brow; Wherever dimpling Falfhood, pert and vain, Presents her cup of fiate profeffions' froth, And pale Disease, with all his bloated train, Torments the fons of Gluttony and Sloth.


In Fortune's car behold that minion ride, With either India's glittring spoils oppreft : So moves the fumpter-mule, in harness'd pride, That bears the treasure which he cannot taste, For him let venal bards disgrace the bay, And hireling minstrels wake the tinkling string; Her sensual snares let faithless Pleasure lay, And all her jingling bells fantastic Folly ring : Disquiet, Doubt, and Dread shall intervene, And Nature still to all her feelings just, In vengeance hang a damp on every scene, Shook from the baleful pinions of Disguft.


Nature I'll court in her fequesier'd haunts, By mountain, meadow, si reamlet, grove, or cell, Where the pois’d lark his evening ditty chaunts, And Health, and Peace, and Contemplation dwell. There Study thal) with Solitude recline, And Friendship pledge me to his fellow swains; And Toil and Temperance fedately twine The flender chord that fluttring life fuftains ; And fearless Poverty mail guard the door ; And Taste unipoild the frugal table spread; And Indufiry supply the humble store ; And Sleep unbrid'd his dews refreshing shed : White-mantled Innocence, ethereal sprite, Shall chafe far off the goblins of the night; And Independence o'er the day preside; Propitious power! my patron and my pride.



As it is represented on the Easi Window of Winchefier

College Chapel.

Written at Winchester School.

once to raise our rev’rence and delight,
To elevate the mind, and please the fight,
To pour in virtue at th' attentive eye,
And waft the foul on wings of ecstacy ;
For this the painter's art with nature vies,
And bids the visionary faint arise :
Who views the sacred forms, in thought aspires,
Catches pure zeal, and as he gazes, fires;
Feels the same ardour to his breast convey'd ;
Is what he fees, and emulates the shade.

Thy strokes, great Artist, to sublime appcar,
They check our pleasure with an awful fear;
While through the mortal line the God you tracy,
Author himself and Heir of Jelle's race;
in raptures we admire thy bold defign,
And as the subject, own the hand divine.
While through thy work the rising day shall strean,
So long shall last thine honour, praise, and name.
And may thy labours to the Muse impart
Some emanation froin ber filter art,
To animate the verse, and bid it shine
la colours easy, bright, and strong as tiirel


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