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Addressed to Mr. URBAN, on completing tli^ Lth Volume of The Gentium An's Maoazinj£

TH Y yearly taslc once more.complete,
again ^
I hail thee, Urban, with a friendly strain;
Withjoyunfeign'dthyFirTiETHvolu.mesee,
And form the lay, and twine the wreath, for
thee.

Alas! my Friend ! in these degenerate days,
The venal world dildains the'Muse's praise;
No more,the sordid crowd her empire qwn,
Court her soft suvlc, or tremble at her fruwriis
WMlst (he, the tool'of Power, the (We of
Mwht, . . : . . 1'./

nheard, unpjtied, mourns her raviflVd right.

Thy Sons, much injur'd Muse, the Sons of

Song, [wrong.

Aichiev'd the impious deed, and wrought the

Aid me, some Bard, to execrate the hour,
When Genius knelt before the shrine of
Power; ,v.I »''. [hands,

On whose proud base, uprait'd by impious
Interest, in form a golden idol, stands (
And Fraud and Meanness swell the tyrant's

train,
And noisy Faction, pointing stiil to Gain.

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And, like Marseilles' J good Bishop, datarit

less still,
With safety walk'd 'midst pestilence and ill,
The Poet, of his Hero justly vain,
Pour'd with a Pindar's sire the Lyric strain:
The strain with joy the modest man survey 'd,
Ana1 thought his mighty labour well repaid.
And when th' Historic Musc||, in evil hour,
In Syren form exerted all her power,
Wjth matchless grace her artful story toM,
And robed th* unsightly fferid with "gaVb of

.; gold; ■"• •' .

Lur'd by her lovely mien, and clastic Hate,
Britannia's Sons devour'd the gilded bait:
In vain with 111-tim'd zeal,and blotted page,
Rulii'd forth, in all the impotence of rage,
The fiery Zealot, and the rane'rous Priest i
Still grew the guile, and still its power in-

creas'd.
With Attic dignity the Poet rose,
. And other strains and different paths he chose j
And still, to Virtue and to Genius true,
He mingled sage reproofwitV praises due;
With friendly voice he warn'd her from the

shore, [roar:

Where low'rsdestruction, and where dangers

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Calls rashness Valour, calls sedition G^cat, . .And lliil ro Virtue and to Genius true

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