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A right to feast, and drain immortal bowls

Thus cruel ages pass'd ; and rare appear'd
In Odin's hall ; whose blazing roof resounds White-mantled Peace, exulting o'er the vale,
The genial uproar of those shades, who fall

As when with Alfred,* from the wilds she came
In desperate fight, or by some brave attempt; To polic'd cities and protected plains.
And though more polish'd times the martial creed Thus by degrees the Saxon empire sunk,
Disown, yet still the fearless habit lives.

Then set entire in Hastings't bloody field. Nor were the surly gifts of war their all.

Compendious war! (on Britain's glory bent, Wisdom was likewise theirs, indulgent laws, So Fate ordain'd) in that decisive day, The calm gradations of art-nursing peace, The haughty Norman seiz'd at once an isle, And matchless order, the deep basis still

From which, through many a century, in vain, On which ascends my British reign. Untam'd The Roman, Saxon, Dane, had toil'd and bled. To the refining subtleties of slaves,

Of Gothic nations this the final burst;
They brought an happy government along, And, mix'd with the genius of these people, all
Form’d by that freedom, which, with secret voice, These virtues mix'd in one exalted stream,
Iinpartial Nature teaches all her sons,

Here the rich tide of English blood grew full.
And which of old through the whole Scythian mass “Awhile my spirit slept; the land awhile,
I strong inspir'd. Monarchical their state,

Affrighted, droop'd beneath despotic rage.
But prudently confin'd, and mingled wise

Instead of Edward'st equal gentle laws, Of each harmonious power: only, too much The furious victor's partial will prevail'd. Imperious war into their rule infus'd,

All prostrate lay; and, in the secret shade, Prevail'd their general-king, and chieftain-thanes. Deep-stung, but fearful, Indignation gnash'd “In many a field, by civil fury stain'd,

His teeth. Of freedom, property, spoil'd, Bled the discordant heptarchy ,* and long

And of their bulwark, arms; with castles crush'd, (Educing good irom ill) the battle groan'd;

With ruffians quarter'd o'er the bridled land; Ere, blood-cemented, Anglo-Saxons saw

The shivering wretches, at the curfew sound $ Egberit and Peace on one united throne.

Dejected shrunk into their sordid beds, “No sooner dawnd the fair disclosing calm And, through the mournful gloom, of ancient times Of brighter days, when, lo! the North anew, Mus'd sad, or dreamt of better. Ev'n to feed With stormy nations black, on England pour'd A tyrant's idle sport the peasant starv'd: Woes the severest e’er a people felt.

To the wild herd, the pasture of the tame, The Danish raven,f lur'd by annual prey,

The cheerful hamlet, spiry town, was given, Hung o'er the land incessant. Fleet on fleet And the brown forest || roughen'd wide around. of barbarous pirates unremitting tore

“ But this so dead, so vile submission, long The miserable coast. Before them stalk'd, Endur'd not. Gathering force, my gradual flame Far-seen, the demon of devouring flame;

Shook off the mountain of tyrannic sway. Rapine, and murder, all with blood besmear'd, Unus'd to bend, impatient of control, Without or ear, or eye, or feeling heart;

Tyrants themselves the common tyrant check d. While close behind them march'd the sallow power The church, by kings intractable and fierce, Of desolating famine, who delights

Denied her portion of the plunder'd state, In grass-grown cities, and in desert fields ;

Or, tempted, by the timorous and weak, And purple-spotted pestilence, by whom

To gain new ground, first taught their rapine law, Ev'n friendship scar'd, in sickening horror sinks The barons next a nobler league began, Each social sense and tenderness of life.

Both those of English and of Norman race, Fixing at last, the sanguinary race

In one fraternal nation blended now, Spread, from the Humber's loud-resounding shore, The nation of the free !T press'd by a band To where the Thames devolves his gentle maze, Of patriots, ardent as the Summer's noon And with superior arm the Saxon aw'd.

That looks delighted on, the tyrant see! But superstition first, and monkish dreams,

Mark! how with feign'd alacrity he bears
And monk-directed cloister-seeking kings,

His strong reluctance down, his dark revenge,
Had ate away his vigor, ate away
His edge of courage, and depress'd the soul

* Alfred the Great, renowned in war, and no less fa. Of conquering freedom, which he once respir'd.

mous in peace for his many excellent institutions, par. ticularly that of juries.

† The battle of Hastings, in which Harold II., the last skulls of their enemies they had slain; according to the of the Saxon kings, was slain, and William the Con. number of whom, every one in these mansions of pléa queror made himself master of England. sure was the most honored and best entertained.

1 Edward III. the Confessor, who reduced the West. Sir William Temple's Essay on Heroic Virtue. Saxon, Mercian, and Danish laws, into one body, which * The seven kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxons, considered from that time became common to all England, under the

name of the Laws of Edward. as being united into one common government, under a general in chief, or monarch, and by the means of an

$ The curfew bell (from the French couvrefeu.) which assembly general, or Wittenagemot.

was rung every night at eight of the clock, to warn the

English to put out their fires and candles, under the pen. † Egbert, king of Wessex, who, after having reduced alty of a severe fine. all the other kingdoms of the heptarchy under his domin. ion, was the first king of England.

| The New Forest, in Hampshire, t, make which the

country for above thirty miles in compass was laid | A famous Danish standard, called rea fan, or raven.-waste. The Danes imagined that, before a battle, the raven wrought upon this standard clapt its wings or hung ons on Runnemede, signed the great charter of liberties,

1 On the 5th of June, 1215, King John, met by the bardown its head, in token of victory or defeat.

or Magna Charta.

And gives the charter, by which life indeed By counsels weak and wicked, easy rous’d
Becomes of price, a glory to be man.

To paltry schemes of absolute command, Through this and through succeeding reigns To seek their splendor in their sure disgrace, affirm'd

And in a broken ruin'd people wealth : These long contested rights, the wholesome winds When such o'ercast the state, no bond of love, of opposition* hence began to blow,

No heart, no soul, no unity, no nerve, And often since have lent the country life.

Combin'd the loose disjointed public, lost Before their breath corruption's insect blights, To fame abroad, to happiness at home. The darkening clouds of evil counsel, fly;

“ But when an Edward and an Henry* breath'd Or, should they sounding swell, a putrid court, Through the charm'd whole one all-exerting soul : A pestilential ministry, they purge,

Drawn sympathetic from his dark retreat, And ventilated states renew their bloom.

When wide-attracted merit round them glow'd: Though with the temper’d monarchy here mix'd When counsels just, extensive, generous, firm, Aristocratic sway, the people still,

Amid the maze of state, determind kept
Flatter'd by this or that, as interest lean'd, Some ruling point in view: when, on the stock
No full perfection knew. For me reserv'd, of public good and glory grafted, spread
And for my commons, was that glorious turn. Their palms, their laurels; or, if thence they stray'd
They crown'd my first attempt,t in senates rose, Swift to return, and patient of restraint:
The fort of freedom! slow till then, alone,

When legal state, pre-eminence of place,
Had work'd that general liberty, that soul, [left They scorn'd to deem pre-eminence of ease,
Which generous Nature breathes, and which, when To be luxurious drones, that only rob
By me to bondage was corrupted Rome,

The busy hive: as in distinction, power,
I through the northern nations wide diffus'd. Indulgence, honor, and advantage, first;
Hence many a people, fierce with freedom, rush'd When they 100 claim'd in virtue, danger, toil,
From the rude iron regions of the North,

Superior rank ; with equal hand, prepar'd
To Libyan deserts, swarm protruding swarm, To guard the subject, and to quell the foe :
And pour'd new spirit through a slavish world. When such with me their vital influence shed,
Yet, o'er these Gothic states, the king and chiefs No mutter'd grievance, hopeless sigh, was heard ;
Retain'd the high prerogative of war,

No foul distrust through wary senates ran, And with enormous property engross'd

Confin’d their bounty, and their ardor quench'd : The mingled power.

But on Britannia's shore On aid, unquestion’d, liberal aid was given: Now present, I to raise my reign began

Safe in their conduct, by their valor fir'd, By raising the democracy, the third disclos'd Fond where they led victorious armies rush'd; And broadest bulwark of the guarded state. And Cressy, Poitiers, Agincourit proclaim Then was the full, the perfect plan disclos'd What kings supported by almighty love, of Britain's matchless constitution, mixt

And people fir'd with liberty, can do. Of mutual checking and supporting powers,

" Be veil'd the savage reigns,t when kindred rage King, lords, and commons; nor the name of free The numerous once Plantagenets devour'd, Deserving, while the vassal-many droop'd :

A race to vengeance vow'd! and when, oppress'd For since the moment of the whole they form, By private feuds, almost extinguish'd lay So, as depress'd or rais'd, the balance they My quivering flame. But, in the next, behold! of public welfare and of glory cast.

A cautious tyranty lent it oil anew. Mark from this period the continual proof.

Proud, dark, suspicious, brooding o'er his gold When kings of narrow genius, minion-rid, As how to fix his throne he jealous cast Neglecting faithful worth for fawning slaves; His crafty views around; pierc'd with a ray, Proudly regardless of their people's plaints, Which on his timid mind I darted full, And poorly passive of insulting foes;

He mark'd the barons of excessive sway, Double, not prudent, obstinate, not firm,

At pleasure making and unmaking kings ; ll Their mercy fear, necessity their faith ;

And hence, to crush these petty tyrants, plann'd Instead of generous fire, presumptuous, hot,

A law, that let them, by the silent waste Rash to resolve, and slothful to perform ;

Of luxury, their landed wealth diffuse, Tyrants at once, and slaves, imperious, mean,

And with that wealth their implicated power.
To want rapacious joining shameful waste;

By soft degrees a mighty change ensued,
Ev'n working to this day. With streams, deduc'd

From these diminish'd floods, the country smil'd. * The league formed by the barons, during the reign of As when impetuous from the snow-heap'd Alps, John, in the year 1213, was the first confederacy made in To vernal suns relenting, pours the Rhine ; Engiand in defence of the nation's interest against the While undivided, oft, with wasteful sweep, king

He foams along; but, through Batavian meads, † The Commons are generally thought to have been first represented in parliament towards the end of Henry the Third's reign. To a parliament called in the year

* Edward III. and Henry V. 1264, each county was ordered to send four knights, as † Three famous battles, gained by the English over the representatives of their respective shires; and to a parlia.

French. ment called in the year following, each county was or. I During the civil wars betwixt the families of York dered to send, as their representatives, two knights, and and Lancaster. each city and borough as many citizens and burgesses. § Henry VII. Till then, history makes no mention of them; whence a | The famous Earl of Warwick, during the reigns of very strong argument may be drawn, to fix the original Henry VI and Edward IV., was called the King-maker. of the House of Commons to that era.

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Branch'd into fair canals, indulgent flows;

Meantime, peace, plenty, justice, science, arts, Waters a thousand fields; and culture, trade, With softer laurels crown'd her happy reign. Towns, meadows, gliding ships, and villas mix'd, “ As yet uncircumscrib’d, the regal power, A rich, a wondrous landscape rises round.

And wild and vague prerogative remain'd,
“ His furious son* the soul-enslaving chain,t A wide voracious gulf, where swallow'd oft
Which many a doting venerable age

The helpless subject lay. This to reduce
Had link by link strong-twisted round the land, To the just limit was my great effort.
Shook ofl. No longer could be borne a powe " By means that evil seem to narrow man,
From Heaven pretended, 10 deceive, to void Superior beings work their mystic will:
Each solemn tie, to plunder without bounds, From storm and trouble thus a settled calm,
To curb the generous soul, to fool mankind; At last, effulgent, o'er Britannia smil'd.
And, wild at last, to plunge into a sea

The gathering tempest, Heaven-commission'd Of blood, and horror. The returning light,

came, That first through Wicklifff streak’d the priestly Came in the prince,* who, drunk with flattery, dreamı, gloom,

His vain pacific counsels ruld the world ;
Now burst in open day. Bar'd to the blaze, Though scorn'd abroad, bewilderd in a maze
Forth from the haunts of superstition crawld Of fruitless treaties; while at home enslav'd,
Her motley sons, fantastic figures all ;

And by a worthless crew insatiate drain'd,
And, wide-dispers'd, their useless fetid wealth lle lost his people's confidence and love ;
In graceful labor bloom'd, and fruits of peace. Irreparable loss! whence crowns become
“ Trade, join'd to these, on every sea display'd

An anxious burden. Years inglorious pass'd :
A daring canvas, pour'd with every tide

Triumphant Spain the vengeful draught enjoy'd A golden flood. From other worlds || were roll’d A bandon'd Frederickt pin'd, and Raleigh bled. The guilty glittering stores, whose fatal charms, But nothing that to these internal broils, By the plain Indian happily despis'd,

That rancor, he began ; while lawless sway Yet work'd his woe; and to the blissful groves,

He, with his slavish doctors, tried to rear Where Nature lived herself among her sons, On metaphysic, on enchanted ground,1 And innocence and joy for ever dwelt,

And all the mazy quibbles of the schools : Drew rage unknown to Pagan climes before, As if for one, and sometimes for the worst, The worst the zeal-inflam'd barbarian drew. Heaven had mankind in vengeance only made. Be no such horrid commerce, Britain, thine! Vain the pretence! not so the dire effect, But want for want, with mutual aid, supply. The fierce, the foolish discord thence deriv'd,y

“The commons thus enrich'd, and powerful grown, That tears the country still, by party-rage Against the barons weigh'd. Eliza then,

And ministerial clamor kept alive. Amid these doubtful motions, steady, gave

In action weak, and for the wordy war The beam to fix. She! like the secret eye

Best fitted, faint this prince pursu'd his claim : That never closes on a guarded world,

Content to teach the subject herd, how great, So sought, so mark'd, so seiz'd the public good,

How sacred he! how despicable they! That self-supported, without one ally,

" But his unyielding son || these doctrines drank, She awd her inward, quell'd her circling foes. With all a bigot's rage (who never damps Inspir'd by me, beneath her sheltering arm, By reasoning his fire ;) and what they taught In spite of raging universal sway,

Warm and tenacious, into practice push'd. And raging seas repress'd, the Belgic states, Senates, in vain, their kind restraint applied : My bulwark on the Continent, arose.

The more they struggled to support the laws, Matchless in all the spirit of her days!

His justice-dreading ministers the more With confidence, unbounded, fearless love

Drove him beyond their bounds. Tird with the Elate, her servent people waited gay,

check
Cheerful demanded the long-threaten'd fleet,** of faithful love, and with the flattery pleas'd
And dash'd the pride of Spain around their isle. Of false designing guilt, the fountain he
Nor ceas'd the British thunder here to rage : Of public wisdom and of justice shut. I
The deep, reclaim’d, obey'd its awful call;

Wide mourn'd the land. Straight to the voted aid In fire and smoke Iberian ports involvid,

Free, cordial, large, of never-failing source,
The irembling foe ev'n to the centre shook Th’illegal imposition follow'd harsh,
Of their new-conquer'd world, and skulking stole With execration given, or ruthless squeez'd
By veering winds their Indian treasure home. From an insulted people, by a band

of the worst ruffians, those of tyrant power.

Oppression walk'd at large, and pour'd abroad * Henry VIII.

† Of papal dominion. 1 John Wickliff, doctor of divinity, who, towards the James I. close of the fourteenth century, published doctrines very

† Elector Palatine, and who had been chosen King of contrary to those of the church of Rome, and particular. Bohemia, but was stript of all his dominions and digni ly denying the papal authority. His followers grew very ties by the Emperor Ferdinand, while James the First numerous, and were called Lollards.

his father-in-law, being amused from time to time, en $ Suppression of monasteries.

deavored to mediate a peace. | The Spanish West Indies.

1 The monstrous, and till then unheard-of docrines of 1 The dominion of the House of Austria.

divine indefeasible hereditary right, passive obedience, ** The Spanish Armada.

Rapin says, that after &c. proper measures had been taken, the enemy was expected

$ The parties of Whig and Tory. with uncommon alacrity.

| Charles I.

T Parliaments.

Her unrelenting train : informers, spies,

This wild delusive cant; the rash cabal
Blood-hounds, that sturdy freedom to the grove Of hungry courtiers, ravenous for prey;
Pursue ; projectors of aggrieving schemes The bigot, restless in a double chain
Commerce to load for unprotected seas, *

To bind anew the land ; the constant need
To sell the starving many to the few,t

Of finding faithless means, of shifting formas,
And drain a thousand ways th' exhausted land. And flattering senates, to supply his waste;
Ev’n from that healing place, whence peace should These tore some moments from the careless prince,
flow,

And in his breast awak'd kindred plan.
And gospel truth, inhuman bigots shed

By dangerous softness long he min’d his way;
Their poison round; f and on the venal bench, By subtle arts, dissimulation deep;
Instead of justice, party held the scale,

By sharing what corruption shower'd, profuse;
And violence the sword. Afflicted years, By breathing wide the gay licentious plague,
Too patient, felt at last their vengeance full. And pleasing manners, fitted to deceive.
“ Mid the low murmurs of submissive fear

“At last subsided the delirious joy,
And mingled rage, my Hampden rais'd his voice, On whose high billow, from the saintly reign
And to the laws appeal’d; the laws no more The nation drove too far. A pension'd king,
In judgment sate, behov'd some other ear.

Against his country brib'd by Gallic gold ;
When instant from the keen resentive North, The port* pernicious sold, the Scylla since,
By long oppression by religion rous'd,

And fell Charybdis of the British seas;
The guardian army came. Beneath its wing Freedom attack'd abroad,t with surer blow
Was called, though meant to furnish hostile aid, To cut it off at home; the savior leaguet
The more than Roman senate. There a flame of Europe broke; the progress ev'n advanc'd
Broke out, that clear'd, consum'd, renew'd the land. Of universal sway, which to reduce
In deep emotion hurid, nor Greece, nor Rome, Such seas of blood and treasure Britain cost ;
Indignant bursting from a tyrant's chain,

The millions, by a generous people given,
While, full of me, each agitated soul

Or squander'd vile, or to corrupt, disgrace,
Strung every nerve, and Aam'd in every eye, And awe the land with forces not their own,ll
Had e'er beheld such light and heat combin'd ! Employ’d; the darling church herself betray’d;
Such heads and hearts ! such dreadful zeal, led on All these, broad-glaring, op'd the general eye,
By calm majestic wisdom, taught its course And wak'd my spirit, the resisting soul.
What nuisance to devour; such wisdom fir’d “Mild was, at first, and half asham'd, the check
With unabating zeal, and aim'd sincere

Of senates, shook from the fantastic dream
To clear the weedy state, restore the laws, Of absolute submission, tenets vile!
And for the future to secure their sway.

Which slaves would blush to own, and which, reduc'd
“ This then the purpose of my mildest sons. To practice, always honest Nature shock.
But man is blind. A nation once inflam'd

Not ev'n the mask remov'd, and the fierce front
(Chief, should the breath of factious fury blow Of tyranny disclos d ; nor trampled laws;
With the wild rage of mad enthusiasts swellid) Nor seiz'd each badge of freedom through the
Not easy cools again. From breast to breast,

land ;T
From eye to eye, the kindling passions mix Nor Sidney bleeding for the unpublish'd page ;
In heighten'd blaze ; and, ever wise and just, Nor on the bench avow'd corruption plac'd,
High Heaven to gracious ends directs the storm. And murderous rage itself, in Jeffries' form ;
Thus, in one conflagration Britain wrapt,

Nor endless acts of arbitrary power,
And by confusion's lawless sons despoil'd,

Cruel and false, could raise the public arm.
King, lords, and commons, thundering to the ground, Distrustful, scatter'd, of combining chiefs
Successive rush'd-Lo! from their ashes rose, Devoid, and dreading blind rapacious war,
Gay-beaming radiant youth, the Phænix-state. The patient public turns not, till impellid

“The grievous yoke of vassalage, the yoke To the near verge of ruin. Hence I rous'd
Of private life, lay by those flames dissolv’d; The bigot king, ** and hurried fated on
And, from the wasteful, the luxurious king.|| His measures immature. But chief his zeal,
Was purchas'd that which taught the young to Out-flaming Rome herself, portentous scar'd
bend.

The troubled nation : Mary's horrid days
Stronger restor'd, the commons tax'd the whole, To fancy bleeding rose, and the dire glare
And built on that eternal rock their power. Of Smithfield lighten'd in his eyes anew.
The crown, of its hereditary wealth

Yet silence reign'd. Each on another scowl'd
Despoil'd, on senates more dependent grew, Rueful amazement, pressing down his rage :
And they more frequent, more assur'd. Yet liv'd, As, mustering vengeance, the deep thunder frowns,
And in full vigor spread that bitter root,

Awfully still, waiting the high command
The passive doctrines, by their patrons first To spring. Straight from his country, Europe sav'd,
Oppos'd ferocious, when they touch themselves.

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* Dunkirk. * Ship-money.

† Monopolies.

† The war, in conjunction with France, against the | The raging high-church sermons of these times, in-Dutch. spiring at once a spirit of slavish submission to the court, 1 The triple alliance. and of bitter persecution against those whom they call $ Under Lewis XIV. Church and State Puritans.

||A standing army, raised without the consent of par $ At the Restoration.

liament. | Charles II.

1 The charters of corporations. 1 Court of wards.

** James II.

To save Britannia, lo! my darling son,

With starving labor pampering idle waste.
Than hero more, the patriot of mankind!

To clothe the naked, feed the hungry, wipe
Immortal Nassau came. I hush'd the deep, The guiltless tear from lone affliction's eye ;
By demons rous'd, and bade the listed winds,* To raise bid merit, set th' alluring light
Still sbisting, as behov'd, with various breath, Of virtue high to view ; to nourish arts,
Wast the deliverer to the longing shore.

Direct the thunder of an injur'd state,
See! wide alive, the foaming Channelt bright Make a whole glorious people sing for joy,
With swelling sails, and all the pride of war. Bless human-kind, and through the downward depth
Delightful view! when Justice draws the sword: Of future times to spread that better sun
And, mark! diffusing ardent soul around,

Which lights up British soul: for deeds like these, And sweet contempt of death, my streaming flag. The dazzling fair career unbounded lies ; Ev'n adverse navies 5 bless'd the binding gale, While (still superior bliss !) the dark abrupt Kept down the glad acclaim, and silent joy'd. Is kindly barr’d, the precipice of ill. Arriv'd, the pomp, and not the waste of arms Oh, luxury divine! Oh, poor to this, His progress mark’d. The faint opposing host || Ye giddy glories of despotic thrones ! For once, in yielding, their best victory found, By this, by this indeed, is imag'd Ileaven, And by desertion prov'd exalted faith;

By boundless good, without the power of ill While his the bloodless conquest of the heart,

And now behold! exalted as the cope Shouts without groan, and triumph without war. That swells immense o'er many-peopled earth

" Then dawn'd the period destin'd to confine And like it free, my fabric stands complete, The surge of wild prerogative, to raise

The Palace of the Laws. To the four Heavens A mound restraining its imperious rage,

Four gates impartial thrown, unceasing crowds, And bid the raving deep no farther flow.

With kings themselves the hearty peasant mix'a Nor were, without that sence, the swallow'd state Pour urgent in. And though to different ranks Better than Belgian plains without their dykes, Responsive place belongs, yet equal spreads Sustaining weighty seas. This, often sav'd The sheltering roof o'er all; while plenty flows, By more than human hand, the public saw, And glad contentment echoes round the whole. And seiz'd the white-wing'd moment. Pleasd to Ye floods, descend! ye winds, confirming, blow! yield

Nor outward tempest, nor corrosive time,
Destructive power, T a wise heroic prince** Nought but the felon undermining hand
Ev'n lent his aid. Thrice happy! did they know Of dark corruption, can its frame dissolve,
Their happiness, Britannia's bounded kings. And lay the toil of ages in the dust."
What though not theirs the boast, in dungeon glooms
To plunge bold freedom; or, to cheerless wilds,
To drive him from the cordial face of friend;

THE PROSPECT:
Or fierce to strike him at the midnight hour,
By mandate blind, not justice, that delights
To dare the keenest eye of open day.
What though no glory to control the laws,
And make injurious will their only rule,

LIBERTY,
They deem it! what though, tools of wanton power,
Pestiferous armies swarm not at their call!
What though they give not a relentless crew
Of civil furies, proud oppression's fangs!

The Contents of Part V.
To tear at pleasure the dejected land,

The author addresses the goddess of Liberty, mark

ing the happiness and grandeur of Great Britain, * The Prince of Orange, in his passage to England,

as arising from her influence. She resumes her though his fleet had been at first dispersed by a storm,

discourse, and points out the chief virtues which was afterwards extremely favored by several changes of

are necessary to maintain her establishment there. wind.

Recommends, as its last ornament and finishing, | Rapin, in his History of England. “The third of

sciences, fine arts, and public works. The enNovember the fleet entered the Channel, and lay between

couragement of these urged from the example of Calais and Dover, to stay for the ships that were behind.

France, though under a despotic government. Here the Prince called a council of war. It is not easy

The whole concludes with a prospect of future to imagine what a glorious show the fleet made. Five or times, given by the goddess of Liberty: this desix hundred ships in so narrow a channel, and both the

scribed by the author, as it passes in vision before English and French shores covered with numberlegs spec

him. tators, are no common sight. For my part, who was then on board the fleet, I own it struck me extremely." HERE interposing, as the goddess paus'd

I The Prince placed himself in the main body, carrying “Oh, blest Britannia ! in thy presence blest, a flag with English colors, and their highnesses' arms Thou guardian of mankind! whence spring, alone, surrounded with this motto : "The Protestant Religion All human grandeur, happiness, and fame : and the Liberties of England:” and underneath the mot. For toil, by thee protected, feels no pain ; to of the House of Nassau, Je Maintiendrai, I will main. The poor man's lot with milk and honey flows; lain.-Rapin.

And, gilded with thy rays, ev'n death looks gay. $ The English fleet. | The king's army.

Let other lands the potent blessings boast By the bill of rights, and the act of succession. Of more exalting suns. Let Asia's woods, ** William III.

Untended, yield the vegetable fleece :

BEING THE FIFTH PART OF

A POEM.

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