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CONTAINING

1. THE BRITISH SAILOR'S EXULTATION.

II. HIS PRAYER BEFORE ENGAGEMENT.

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MY

Y Mufe, a bird of passage, flies

From frozen climes to milder skies; From chilling blasts the seeks thy chearing beam,

A beam of favour, bere deny’d;

Conscious of faults, her blushing pride
Hopes an asylum in fo great a name.

II.
* To dive full deep in antient days,

The warrior's ardent deeds to raise,
And monarchs aggrandize ;-the glory, Thine;

Thine is the drama, how renown'd!

Thine, Epic's loftier trump to found ;-
But let Arion's fea-ftrung harp be Mine :

III.
But where 's his dolphin? Know'st thou, where?

May that be found in Thee, Voltaire !
Save thou from harm my plunge into the wave :

How will thy name illustrious raise

My sinking song ! Mere mortal lays, So patroniz'd, are rescued from the grave.

IV. " Tell

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Annals of the Emperor Charles XII. Lewis XIV.

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“ Tell me, say'st thou, who courts my smile:

“ What stranger stray'd from yonder ille !"No stranger, Sir! though born in foreign climes ;

On Dorset downs, when Milton's page,

With Sin and Death, provok'd thy rage,
Thy rage provok’d, who footh'd with gentle rhymes ?

V.
Who kindly couch'd thy censure's eye,

And gave thee clearly to descry
Sound judgment giving law to fancy strong ?

Who half inclin’d thee to confess,

Nor could thy modesty do less,
That Milton's blindness lay not in his song?

VI.
But such debates long since are flown;

For ever set the suns that thone
On airy pastimes, ere our brows were grey:

How shortly shall we Both forget,

To thee my patron I my debt,
And thou to thine for Prussia's golden key.

VII.
The present, in oblivion cast,

Full foon Mall sleep, as feeps the past;
Full soon the wide distinction die between

The frowns and favours of the great ;

High-flush'd success, and pale defeat ; The Gallic gaiety, and British (pleen.

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