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Here taught how ancient heroes rose to fame,
Our Britons crowd, and catch the Roman flame,
Where states and fenates well might lend an ear,
And kings and priests without a blush appear.
France boasts no more, but, fearful to engage,
Now first pays homage to her rival's stage,
Haftes to learn thee, and learning shall submit
Alike to British arms, and British wit :
No more she 'll wonder, forc'd to do us right,
Who think like Romans, could like Romans fight.
Thy Oxford smiles this glorious work to fee,
And fondly triumphs in a son like thee.
The senates, consuls, and the gods of Rome,
Like old acquaintance at their native home,
In thee we find : each deed, each word exprest,
And every thought that swell'd a Roman breast,
We trace each hint that could thy soul inspire
With Virgil's judgement, and with Lucan's fire;
We know thy worth, and, give us leave to boast,
We most admire, because we know thee moft.
HEN Brunswick first appear’d, each honest heart,
For him the fongsters, in unmeasur'd odes,
Debas'd Alcides, and dethron'd the gods,
In golden chains the kings of India led,
Or rent the turban from the sultan's head,
One, in old fables, and the pagan strain,
With nymphs and tritons, wafts him o'er the main;
Another draws fierce Lucifer in arms,
And fills th' infernal region with alarms ;
A third awakes some druid, to foretel
Each future triumph, from his dreary cell.
Exploded fancies ! that in vain deceive,
While the mind nauseates what she can't believe.
My Muse th' expected hero shall pursue
From clime to clime, and keep him still in view;
His shining march describe in faithful lays,
Content to paint him, nor presume to praise ;
Their charms, if charms they have, the truth supplies,
And from the theme unlabour'd beauties rise.
By longing nations for the throne design’d,
And call'd to guard the rights of human-kind;
With secret grief his god-like soul repines,
And Britain's crown with joyless lustre shines,
While prayers and tears his destin'd progress stay,
And crowds of mourners choke their sovereign's way.
Not so he march’d, when hostile squadrons stood
In scenes of death, and fir'd his generous blood ;
When his hot courser paw'd th’ Hungarian plain,
And adverse legions stood the shock in vain.
His frontiers past, the Belgian bounds he views,
And cross the level fields his march pursues.
Here pleas'd the land of freedom to survey,
He greatly scorns the thirst of boundless sway.
O'er the thin soil, with silent joy, he fpies
Transplanted woods, and borrow'd verdure rise;
Where every meadow won with toil and blood,
From haughty tyrants and the raging food,
With fruit and flowers the careful hind supplies,
And clothes the marshes in a rich disguise.
Such wealth for frugal hands doth heaven decree,
And such thy gifts, celestial Liberty !
Through stately towns, and many a fertile plain, The
pomp advances to the neighbouring main, Whole nations croud around with joyful cries, And view the hero with insatiate eyes.
In Haga's towers he waits, till eastern gales
Propitious rise to swell the British fails,
Hither the fame of England's monarch brings
The vows and friendships of the neighbouring kings ;
Mature in wisdom, his extensive mind
Takes in the blended interests of mankind,
The world's great patriot. Calm thy anxious breaft,
Secure in him, O Europe, take thy rest ;
Henceforth thy kingdoms shall remain confin'd
By rocks or streams, the mounds which heaven designd;
The Alps their new-made monarch shall restrain,
Nor shall thy hills, Pirene, rise in vain.
But see ! to Britain's ille the squadrons stand,
And leave the finking towers, and lessening land.
The royal bark bounds o’er the floating plain,
Breaks through the billows, and divides the main.
O’er the vast deep, great monarch, dart thine eyes,
A watery prospect bounded by the skies :
Ten thousand veslels, from ten thousand shores,
Bring gums and gold, and either India's fores:
Behold the tributes hastening to thy throne,
And see the wide horizon all thy own.
Still is it thine; though now the chearful crew
Hail Albion's cliffs ; just whitening to the view.
Before the wind with swelling fails they ride,
Till Thames receives them in his opening tide.
The monarch hears the thundering peals around,
From trembling woods and echoing hills rebound;
Nor misles yet, amid the deafening train,
The roarings of the hoarse-resounding main.
As in the flood he fails, from either side
He views his kingdom in its rural pride;
A various scene the wide-Spread landskip yields,
O'er rich inclosures and luxuriant fields;
A lowing herd each fertile pasture fills,
And distant flocks firay o'er a thousand hills.
Fair Greenwich hid in woods with new delight,
Shade above shade, now rises to the sight:
His woods ordain'd to visit every shore,
And guard the island which they grac'd before.
The sun now rolling down the western way,
A blaze of fires renews the fading day;
Unnumber'd barks the regal barge enfold,
Brightening the twilight with its beamy gold;
Less thick the finny shoals, a countless fry,
Before the whale or kingly dolphin fly.
In one vast thout he seeks the crowded strand,
And in a peal of thunder gains the land.
Welcome, great stranger, to our longing eyesy
Oh! king desir'd, adopted Albion cries.
For thee the East breath'd out a prosperous breeze,
Bright were the suns, and gently swell'd the seas.
Thy presence did each doubtful heart compose,
And factions wonder'd that they once were foes.
That joyful day they lost each hoftile name,
The same their aspect, and their voice the same.
So two fair twins, whose features were design'd
At one soft moment in the mother's mind,
Show each the other with reflected grace,
And the same beauties bloom in either face ;
The puzzled strangers which is which enquire ;
Delusion grateful to the smiling fire.
From that fair * hill, where hoary fages boast
To name the stars, and count the heavenly host,
By the next dawn doth great Augusta rise,
Proud town! the noblest scene beneath the skies.
O'er Thames her thousand spires their lustre shed,
And a vast navy hides his ample bed,
A floating forest. From the distant strand
A line of golden carrs strikes o'er the land :
Before their king, triumphant, lead the way.
Far as the eye can reach, the gaudy train,
A bright procession, shines along the plain.
So, haply, through the heaven's wide pathless ways
A comet draws a long extended blaze ;
From east to west burns through the ethereal frame,
And half heaven's convex glitters with the flame.
Now * Mr. Flamstead's house.