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The light he saw in Albion's happy plains,
Accomplifi'd thus, he wing'd his way,
* 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
+ 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,
Arabia's scorching fands he cron, t
* 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
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.
THE GENEALOGY OF CHRIST,
As it is represented on the Easi Window of Winchefier
Written at Winchester School.
once to raise our rev’rence and delight,
Thy strokes, great Artist, to sublime appcar,