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The genial uproar of those shades who fall
A while my spirit flept; the land a while, In desperate light, or by some brave attempt; Affrigheed, droop'd beneath despotic rage. And thro' more polish diimes the martial creed Instead of Edward's equal gentie laws, Disown, yet Aill inc fearless habit lives.
The furious viclor's partial will prevail'd. Nor were the furiy gifts of war their ali : 685 All protrate lay; and in the secret thacie,
730 Wisdom was likewile theirs, indulgent Laws, Deep stang, but fearful, Sodignation gnafh'd The calm gradations of art-nurling Peaco,
His teeth. Of freedom, property, despoiled, And matchless Orders, the deep balis ftill
And of their bulwark, arms; with calles crushid,
Mus'd fad, or dreamt of better. E'en to feed
But this so dead, so vile submillion, long
Chook of the mountain of tyrannic fway. 705 Bled the discordant Heptarchy, and long
Unusid to bend, impatient of controul, (Educing good from ill) the battle groan'd, Tyrants themselves the common cyrant check'd. Ere, blood-cemented, Anglo-Saxons saw
The Church, by kings intractable and fierce, Egbert and Peace on one united throne.
Deny'd her portion of the plunder'd state, No sooner dawn'd the fair-discloâng calm 705 Or tempted by the timorous and weak,
772 of brighter days, when, lo! the North ancw,
To gain new ground, firki taught their rapine law. With Atormy nations black, on England four'd
The Barons next a nobler league began; Woes the severelt e'er a people felt.
Both those of Luglish and of Notman race, The Daniih Raven, lur'd by annual
In one fraternal nation blended now,
The nation of the Free! press'il by a band 775
That looks delighted on, the tyrant see!
Mark! how with feign'd alacrity he bears Rapine and Murder, all with 'lood besmear'd,
His Arong reluctance down, his dark revenge, Without or ear, or eye, or feeling heart ;
and gives the Charter by which life, indeed, 780
715 While close behind them march'd the fallow Power
Becomes of price, a glory to be man. Of defolating Famine, who delights
Thro' this aud thro' succeeding reigns affirm'd In grass-growing cities, and in defert fields;
These long-conteated rights, the wholesome winds And purple-spotted Pestilence, by whom
of Opposition hence begun to blow, E'en friendship scard, in sickening horror sinks
And often face have left the country life. 75 Each social sense and tenderness of life.
Before cheir breath Corruption s infect-blights,
721 Fixing at lait, the finginary race
The darkening clouds of evil council, fly; Spread from the Humber's lovd-resounding fhore, Os hould they founding swell, a putrid court, zo where the Thames devolves his gentle maze,
A pestilential ministry, they purge,
And yenilated states renew their bloom. And with superior arm the Saxon aw'd.
725 But superstition first, and Monkish dreams,
Tho' with the temper'd monarchy here mix'd And Mouk-directed cloifter-seeking kings,
Aristocratic sway, the people still,
Flatter'd by this or that, as interest lean'd,
The fort of Freedom ! Slow, tili then alone,
Which generous Nature breathes, and whith, Thus by degrees the saxon Empire funk, 735
when left Then let enire in Hallings' bloody field.
By Me to bondage was corrupted Rome, 800
Hence many a people, fierce with Preciom,
And pour'd new spirits thro'a llavish world. 805
The ming!cd power. But on Britannia's fore, My quivering flame: but in the next, behold !-
A cautious tyrant lend it oil anew.
Proud, dark, fufpicious, brooding o'er his gold
And hence, to crush these petty tyrants, plann'd
When kings of narrow genius, minion rid, From these diminifl'd foods the country foild :
While undivided, oft' with wasteful sweep,
Branch'd into fair canais, indulgent flows,
Waters a thousand fields; and culture, trade,
Had link hy link strong-twisted round the land,
To curb the generous soul, to fool mankind !
and, wild at last, to plunge into a sea To fame abroad, to happiness at horie.
of blond and horror.' The returning light,
Trade join'd to these, on every sea display'd Their palms, their laurels ; or, if thence they A daring canvass, pour'd with every tide ftray'd,
d go'den flood. From other worlds were rollid
Yet work'd his woe ; and to the blissful groves,
Where Nature liv'd herself aniong her sons, 916 The busy hive, as in distinction, power,
And Innocence and Joy for ever dwelt,
Be no such horrid commerce, Britain ! thine, 920
Against the Barons weigh'd. Eliza chen,
Inspir'd by Me, beneath her fheltering arm, 930
With confidence unbounded, fearless love
93.5 Th' illegal imposition follow't harna, Elate, her fervert peopl waited gay,
With execration given, or ruthless (queez'd
Bloodhounds, that sturdy freedom to the grove
1006 As yet uncircumscribid the regal power,
And gospel truth, inhuman bigots thed And wild and vague Prerogative remain'd,
Their poison round; and on the venal bench, A wide voracious gulf, where swallow'd off'
Instead of Jutlice, Party held the scale, The helpleis fubj.cl lay. This to reduce 910
And Violence the sword. Afflicted years, 1010 To the just limit was my great effort.
Too patient, feit at lait their vengeance full.
Mid the low murmurs of fubmiffive fear
And to the laws appeald; the laws no more The gathering tempest, Heaven-commission'd
In judgment sate, behov'd some other ear ; 1015 Came in the Prince who, drunk with Battery, By long oppression, by religion rous'd,
When instant from the keen resentive North, dreamt
The guardian army came.
Benuath its wing His vain pacifi: counse's ruld the world ;
Was callid, tho' meant to furnith hostile aid, Tho' scori'd abroad, bewilder'd in a maze
The more than Roman fenate. There a flame Of fruitless treaties, while at home enflay'd, 960 Broke out, that clear’d, confum'd, senew'd the Anilly a worthless crew insatiate, drain'd,
land. He loit his peoples' confidence and love :
In deep emotion hurid, nor Greece, nor Rone, Irreparable loss! whence crowns become in anxious burden. Years inglorious pressid ;
Indignant bursting from a tyrani's chain,
While, full of Me, each agitared loul Triumphant Spain the vengclul draughe enjoy'd ; Strung every nove, and fand in every cyc, 1025 abandon'd Frederick piu'd, and Raleigh bled :
Had e'er beheld such light and heat combin'!
Such heads and hearts ! such dreadful zeal, led on
By calm maje&ic Hiljom, tauglie its courte
What nuisance to devour; fucir wisdom fir'd On meatphysic, on enchanted ground,
970 With unabating zeal, and aim'd fincere And all the many quibbles of the schools !
To clear the weedy ftate, restore the laws,
And for the future to secure their way.
This, then, the purpose of My mildest fons:
With the wild rage of mad enthuliast fwell'd) Ju adion weak, and for the wordy war
Not easy cools again. from breast to breast, Ber fitted, faint this prince pursu'd his claim : From eye to eye, the kinaling paffions mix Content to teach the fulject-herd how great, In heighten'd blaze, and, ever wife and jull, How sacred he! how despicable they ! 911 High Heaven to gracious ensis directs the Atorm, But his unyielding fon thefe doctrines drank
Thus in one conflagration Britain wrapr, 1041 With all a higot's rage, (who never damps
And hy. Consufion's lawless fons despoii'd, By reasoning his fire,) and what they taught,
Kings, Lords, and Commons, thundering to the Warm and tenacious, into practice puh'a. 985
ground, Senares, in vain, their kind restraint apply'd :
Successive, ruih’d. -Lo! from their alhes rose, The more they struggled to support the laws,
Gay-beaming radicnt youth, the Phænix-date. His justice-dreading niinifters the more
The grievous yoke of vaffalage, the yoke 1046 Drove him beyond their bound. Tir'd with the lofprivate lire, ne ay by those flames diffolvid, check
And Itom the wasteful, the luxurious king,
bend. Of publie Wisdom and of Justice Brut.
Stronger restor'd, the Commons tax'd the whole, Wide mourn'd the land. Straight to the voted | And built on that cternal rock their power. 1038 aid,
The crown, of its hereditary wealth
And they more frequent, more affur'd. Yet livid, ! To save Britannia, lo! my darling fon, 1116
Still thilting as behov'd, with various breath, 1120
Waft the Deliverer to the longing thore
Deligheful view! when Justice draws the sword:
And mark! diffofing ardent foui around, 1125 Thise tore fome nioments from the careless Prince, and sweep contempt of death, My streaming itag, And in his breast awak'd the kindred plan. yoks
E'en adverse navics blessid the binding gule, By dangerous softness long he mind his way;
Kept down the glad acclaim, and silent joyl By subele açıs, difümulation deep;
Arriv'd, the pomp, and not the waste of arms, By sharing what Corruption shower'd profuse;
His progress mark’d. The faint opposing hortBy breathing wide the gay licentious plague,
for once, in yielding their best victory sound, 1138 And pleasing manners, Sited to deceive.
And by defertion prov'd exalted faith;
While his, the bloodlefs conquest of the heart,
Shouts without groan, and triumph without ware
1136 The port pernicious fold, the Scylla lince,
1075 A mound reftraining its imperious rage,
And bid the raving deep ro farther flow;
What tho' not theirs the boast, in dungeon glooms s.nd wak'd My Spirit, the relilling soul.
To plunge bold Freedom? or to chearless w.ilds
What tho' no glory to controul the laws,
Of Civil l'urics proud Oppression's fangs?
To clothe the naked, fced the hungry, wipe
Of Virtue high to view ; to nourish art,
The dazzling fair career unbou:ded lics
Is kindly barr'd, the precipice of ill.
By boundless good, without the power of ill.
That swells immeníc o'er many peopled carth,
And like it free, My fabric ftands complete,
“ Deep in her bowels her own ruin breed
« Autumnal seas of pleasing plenty round.
" No fierce-defcending wolf, no ferpent, roll'd
“ On whole cach tide, glad with returning Tails, HER
ERE interposing, as the goddess pausid, " Flow's in the mingled harvest of mankind? " oh! blést Britannia ! in tiny presence bler.
5. And thee, thou Severn!, whose prodigious “ Thou guardian of mankind! whence spring,
" And waves, resounding, imitate the main? " All human grandeur, happiness, and fame: “ Why need l name her deep capacious ports, " For Toil, by the protected, feels no pain ;
6 That point around the world! and why her « The poor man's lot with milk and honey flows;
seas? • And, gilded with thy rays, e'en death looks gay. " All ocean is her own, and every land “ Let other lands the potent bleflings boast “ To whom her ruling thunder ocean bears. 65 " of more exalting fuis: let Afia's woods, “ Shè, too, the mineral feeds: th' obedient lead, " Untended, yield the vegetable fleece ;
“ The warlike iron, nor the peaceful less, " And let the little inte&t artii) form,
“ forming of life art-civiliz'd the hend; " On higher life intent, its filken tonb :
And that the 'Tyrian micrchant fought of old, " Let wondering rocks, in radiant birth, disclose " Not dreaming then of Bricain's brighter fame. " The various tinctur'd children of the Sun. " She rears to Freedom an undaunted race: " Fiom the prone beam let more delicious fruits " Compatriot zealous, hospitable, kind, " A flavour drink, that in one piercing tafte 15
" Her's the warm Cambrian: her's the losty Set, " Bids each combine ; let Gallic vineyards burst " To hardship tam'd, active in arts and arms, " With floods of joy;" with mild balsamic juice “ Fir'd with a reftleis an impatient fame, 75 “ The l'uscan olive: let Arabia breathe
" That leads him raptur'd where Ambition calls: Her fpicy gales, her vital yums distil: 19
" And English Merit her?s, where meet, comTurbid with gold, let fouthern rivers flow,
bin'd, “And orient fiouds draw - jutt o'er pearls, their " Whate'er high fancy, found judicious thought,
“ An ample generous heart, undrooping loul, " Let Afric vaunt her treasures: iet Peru " And tirm tcnacious valour, can below. 80