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The light he faw in Albion's happy plains,
He flourish'd bold and finewy as his 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.
Thofe fpires that gild the Adriatic wave,
Where Tyranny beheld, amaz'd,
Fair Freedom's temple, where he mark'd her
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,
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, †
'And many a Tartar hord forlorn, aghaft, ‡
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
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
Full often wreath'd around the mifcreant's brow;
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.
THE GENEALOGY OF CHRIST,
As it is represented on the Eaft Window of Winchefier
Written at Winchester School.
To pour in virtue at th' attentive eye,
And waft the foul on wings of ecstacy;
Who views the facred forms, in thought afpires,
Thy ftrokes, great Artift, fo fublime appear,
In raptures we admire thy bold defign,
And as the fubject, own the hand divine.
While through thy work the rifing day shall stream,
To animate the verse, and bid it shine
In colours easy, bright, and strong as thinel