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With manly valour and attractive air
Shalt quell the fierce, and captivate the fair.
O England's younger hope! in whom conspire
'The mother's sweetness, and the father's fire ?
For thee perhaps, even now, of kingły race
Some dawning beauty blooms in every grace,
Some Carolina, to heav'n's dictates true,
Who, while the scepter'd rivals vainly sue,
Thy inborn worth with conscious


shall fee, And flight th' imperial diadem for thee.

Pleas'd with the prospect of successive reigns,
The tuneful tribe no more in daring strains
Shall vindicate, with pious fears opprest,
Endanger'd rights, and liberty diftreft:
To milder sounds each muse shall tune the lyre,
And gratitude, and faith to Kings inspire,
And filial love; bid impious discord cease,
And footh the madding factions into peace;
Or rife ambitious in more lofty lays,
And teach the nation their new monarch's praise,
Describe his awful look, and godlike inind, -
And Cæfar's power with Cato's virtue join'd.

Mean-while,brightPRINCESS, who, with gracefulease
And native majesty art form’d to please,
Behold those arts with a propitious eye,
That suppliant to their great protectress Ay!


Then shall they triumph, and the British stage
Improve her manners, and refine her rage,
More noble characters expose to view,
And draw her finish'd heroines from

Nor you the kind indulgence will refuse,
Skill'd in the labours of the deathless muse:
The deathless muse with undiminish'd rays
Through distant times the lovely dame conveys,
To Gloriana Waller's harp was strung;
The Queen ftill shines, because the Poet sung.
Even all those



frame combin'd, The common fate of mortal charms

may (Content our short-liv'd praises to engage, The joy and wonder of a single age) Unless fome Poet in a lasting song To late posterity their fame prolong, Instruct our fons the radiant form to prize, And see your beauty with their fathers' eyes.


Vol. II facing pa. 183. PH: S'alp

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