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The light he faw in Albion's happy plains,
Where under cover of a flow'ring thorn,
While Philomel renew'd her warbled ftrains,
Th' aufpicious fruit of ftol'n embrace was born.
The mountain Dryads feiz'd with joy
The fmiling infant to their charge confign'd;
The Doric Mufe carefs'd the fav'rite boy;
The hermit Wisdom flor'd his op'ning mind.
As rolling years matur'd his age,

He flourish'd bold and finewy as his fire;
While the mild paffions in his breast affuage
The fiercer flames of his maternal fire.


Accomplish'd thus, he wing'd his way, And zealous roll'd from pole to pole,

The rolls of right eternal to difplay,

And warm with patriot thoughts th' afpiring foul.
On defert ifles 'twas he that rais'd

Thofe fpires that gild the Adriatic wave,

Where Tyranny beheld, amaz'd,

Fair Freedom's temple, where he mark'd her
He feel'd the blunt Bardavian's arms

To burit th' Iberian's double chain; †


* Although Venice was built a considerable time before the era here assigned for the birth of Independence, the republic 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 yoke of Spain.


And cities rear'd, and planted farms,

Won from the skirts of Neptune's wide domais,
He, with the gen'rous ruftics, fate

On Uris rocks, in clofe divan, *

And wing'd that arrow fure as fate

Which afcertain'd the facred rights of man.


Arabia's fcorching fands he croft, †
Where blafted Nature pants fupine,
Conductor of her tribes aduft,
To Freedom's adamantine fhrine;

'And many a Tartar hord forlorn, aghaft, ‡
He fnatch'd from under fell Oppreffion's wing;
And taught, amid the dreary waste,
Th' all-cheering hymns of Liberty to sing.
He virtue finds, like precious ore,
Diffus'd through ev'ry bafer mould;
E'en now he ftands on Calvis' rocky thore,
And turns the drofs of Corfica 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 fy into the remotest wastes 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 them to all the sons of Liberty and Independence.

He, guardian genius, taught my youth
Pomp's tinfel❜d livery to despise:

My lips, by him chastis'd to truth,

Ne'er paid that homage which the heart denies,


Thofe fculptur'd halls my feet fhall never tread
Where varnish'd Vice and Vanity combin'd,
To dazzle and feduce, their banners fpread,
And forge vile fhackles for the free-born mind:
Where Infolence his wrinkled front up-rears,
And all the flow'rs of fpurious Fancy blow,
And Title his ill-woven chaplet wears,

Full often wreath'd around the mifcreant's brow;
Wherever dimpling Falfhood, pert and vain,
Prefents her cup of fiate profeffions' froth,
And pale Difcafe, with all his bloated train,
Torments the fons of Gluttony and Sloth.


In Fortune's car behold that minion ride, With either India's glitt'ring fpoils oppreft: So moves the fumpter-mule, in harnefs'd pride, That bears the treafure which he cannot tafte. For him let venal bards difgrace the bay, And hireling minstrels wake the tinkling ftring; Her fenfual fnares let faithlefs Pleasure lay, And all her jingling bells fantaflic Folly ring: Disquiet, Doubt, and Dread shall intervene, And Nature still to all her feelings juft, In vengeance hang a damp on every scene, Shook from the baleful pinions of Difguft.


Nature I'll court in her fequefter'd haunts, By mountain, meadow, fireamlet, grove, or cell, Where the pois'd lark his evening ditty chaunts, And Health, and Peace, and Contemplation dwell. There Study fhall with Solitude recline, And Friendship pledge me to his fellow fwains; And Toil and Temperance fedately twine The flender chord that flutt'ring life fuftains; And fearlefs Poverty hail guard the door; And Tafte untpoil'd the frugal table spread ; And Indufiry fupply the humble ftore; And Sleep unbrib'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 Eaft 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 vifionary faint arife:

Who views the facred forms, in thought afpires,
Catches pure zeal, and as he gazes, fires;
Feels the fame ardour to his breaft convey'd ;
Is what he fees, and emulates the shade.

Thy ftrokes, great Artift, fo fublime appear,
They check our pleasure with an awful fear;
While through the mortal line the God you trac
Author himself and Heir of Jeffe's race;

In raptures we admire thy bold defign,

And as the fubject, own the hand divine.

While through thy work the rifing day shall stream,
So long fhall laft thine honour, praife, and name.
And may thy labours to the Mufe impart
Some emanation from her fifter art,

To animate the verse, and bid it shine

In colours easy, bright, and strong as thinel

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