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And let the little insect-artist form,
Whate'er high fancy, sound judicions thought, On higher life intent, its silken tomb.
An ample generous heart, undrooping soul,
Great nurse of fruits, of flocks, of commerce, she ! From the prone beam let more delicious fruits Great nurse of men! By thee, O goddess, taught, A flavor drink, that in one piercing taste
Her old renown I trace, disclose her source Bids each combine. Let Gallic vineyards burst Of wealth, of grandeur, and to Britons sing With floods of joy; with mild balsamic juic A strain the Muses never touch'd before The Tuscan olive. Let Arabia breathe
“But how shall this thy mighty kingdom stand ? Her spicy gales, her vital gums distil.
On what unyielding base ? how finish'd shine ?” Turbid with gold let southern rivers flow :
At this her eye, collecting all its fire, And orient floods draw soft, o'er pearls, their maze. Beam'd more than human; and her awful voice, Let Afric vaunt her treasures; let Peru
Majestic, thus she rais'd—“To Britons bear Deep in her bowels her own ruin breed,
This closing strain, and with intenser note
“ On virtue can alone my kingdom stand.
To rob by law; religion mild a yoke
What are without it senates, save a face
Of slaves self-barter'd ? Virtue! without thee, These her delights : and by no baneful herb, There is no ruling eye, no nerve, in states; No darting tiger, no grim lion's glare,
War has no vigor, and no safety peace : No fierce-descending wolf, no serpent rollid Ev’n justice warps to party, laws oppress, In spires immense progressive o'er the land, Wide through the land their weak protection fails, Disturb'd. Enlivening these, add cities, full First broke the balance, and then scorn'd the sword Of wealth, of trade, of cheerful toiling crowds ; Thus nations sink, society dissolves : Add thriving towns; add villages and farms, Rapine and guile and violence break loose, Innumerous sow'd along the lively vale,
Everting life, and turning love to gall; Where bold unrivall’d peasants happy dwell : Man hates the face of man, and Indian woods Add ancient sects, with venerable oaks
And Libya's hissing sands to him are tame. Embosom'd high, while kindred floods below “ By those three virtues be the frame sustain'd Wind through the mead; and those of modern hand, Of British Freedom : independent life; More pompous, add, that splendid shine afar. Integrity in office; and, o'er all Need I her limpid lakes, her rivers name,
Supreme, a passion for the common-weal. Where swarm the finny race? Thee, chief, o “ Hail! Independence, hail! Heaven's next best Thames!
gist, On whose each tide, glad with returning sails, To that of life and an immortal soul! Flows in the mingled harvest of mankind ? The life of life! that to the banquet high, And thee, thou Severn, whose prodigious swell, And sober meal, gives taste; to the bow'd roof And waves, resounding, imitate the main ? Fair-dream'd repose, and to the cottage charms. Why need I name her deep capacious ports, of public freedom, hail, thou secret source ! That point around the world ? and why her seas? Whose streams, from every quarter confluent, form All ocean is her own, and every land
My better Nile, that nurses human lifc. To whom her ruling thunder ocean bears.
By rills from thee deduc'd, irriguous, fed, She 100 the mineral feeds: th' obedient lead, The private field looks gay, with Nature's wealth The warlike iron, nor the peaceful less,
Abundant flows, and blooms with each delight Forming of life art-civiliz'd the bond;
That Nature craves. Its happy master there, And what the Tyrian merchant sought of old,* The only freeman, walks his pleasing round: Not dreaming then of Britain's brighter fame. Sweet-featur’d Peace attending; fearless Truth ; She rears to freedom an undaunted race:
Firm Resolution ; Goodness, blessing all Compatriot, zealous, hospitable, kind,
That can rejoice; Contentment, surest friend ; Hers the warm Cambrian: hers the lofty Scot, And, still fresh stores from Nature's book deriv'd, To hardship tam'd, active in arts and arins, Philosophy, companion ever new. Fir'd with a restless, an impatient flame,
These cheer his rural, and sustain or fire,
Economy and taste, combind, direct
His clear affairs, and from debauching fiends
Secure his little kingdom. Nor can those The guardian public ; every face they see,
As in familiar life, the villain's fate
At this arrives, I the devoted race
But, ah, too little known to modern times !
Celestial ardor! in what unknown worlds, They purchase disappointment, pain, and shame, Profusely scatter'd through the blue immense, Instead of hearty hospitable cheer.
Hast thou been blessing myriads, since in Rome, See! how the hall with brutal riot flows;
Old virtuous Rome, so many deathless names While in the foaming flood, fermenting, steep'd, From thee their lustre drew? since, taught by thee, The country maddens into party-rage.
Their poverty put splendor to the blush, Mark! those disgraceful piles of wood and stone; Pain grew luxurious, and ev'n death delight ? Those parks and gardens, where, his haunts be- O, wilt thou ne'er, in thy long period, look, trimm'd,
With blaze direct, on this my last retreat ? And Nature by presumptuous art oppressid,
"Tis not enough, from self right understood The woodland genius mourns. See! the full board Reflected, that thy rays inflame the heart : That streams disgust, and bowls that give no joy : Though Virtue not disdains appeals to self, No truth invited there, to feed the mind ;
Dreads not the trial : all her joys are true, Nor wit, the wine-rejoicing reason quaffs.
Nor is there any real joy save hers. Hark! how the dome with insolence resounds, Far less the tepid, the declaiming race, With those retain'd by vanity to scare
Foes to corruption, 10 its wages friends, Repose and friends. To tyrant fashion mark Or those whom private passions for a while, The costly worship paid, to the broad gaze Beneath my standard list can they suffice Of fools. From still delusive day to day,
To raise and fix the glory of my reign? Led an eternal round of lying hope,
“ An active flood of universal love See! self-abandon'd, how they roam adrift, Must swell the breast. First, in effusion wide, Dash'd o'er the town, a miserable wreck!
The restless spirit roves creation round, Then to adorn some warbling eunuch turn'd, And seizes every being : stronger then With Midas' ears they crowd ; or to the buzz It tends to life, whale'er the kindred search Of masquerade unblushing; or, to show
Of bliss allies : then, more collected still, Their scorn of Nature, at the tragic scene
It urges human-kind : a passion grown, They mirthful sit, or prove the comic true. At last, the central parent-public calls But, chief, behold! around the ratiling board, Its utmost effort forth, a wakes each sense, The civil robbers rang’d; and ev'n the fair, The comely, grand, and tender. Without this, The tender fair, each sweetness laid aside, This awful pant, shook from sublimer powers As fierce for plunder as all-licens'd troops
Than those of self, this heaven-infus'd delight, In some sack'd city. Thus dissolv'd their wealth, This moral gravitation, rushing prone Without one generous luxury dissolv’d,
To press the public good, my system soon, Or quarter'd on it many a needless want,
Traverse, to several selfish centres drawn, At the throng'd levee bends the venal tribe : Will reel to ruin: while for ever shut With fair but faithless smiles each varnish'd o'er, Stand the bright portals of desponding Fame. Each smooth as those that mutually deceive, “ From sordid self shoot up no shining deeds, And for their falsehood each despising each ; None of those ancient lights, that gladden Earth Till shook their patron by the wintry winds, Give grace to being, and arouse the brave Wide flies the wiiher'd shower, and leaves him bare. To just ambition, virtue's quickening fire! 0, far superior Afric's sable sons,
Life tedious grows, an idly-bustling round,
The poor historic page; till kindly comes
To live was glory then! and charm'd mankind And other Cæsars rose. Determin'd, hold
Through the deep periods of devolving time, Your independence! for, that once destroy'd, Those, raptur'd, copy! these, astonish'd, read. Unfounded, freedom is a morning dream,
" True, a corrupted state, with every vice That fits aërial from the spreading eye.
And every meanness foul, this passion damps “ Forbid it, Heaven! that ever I need urge Who can, unshock d, behold the cruel eye ? Integrity in office on my sons !
The pale inveigling smile? the ruflian front?
The wretch abandon'd to relentless self,
Powers not of God, assiduous to corrupt?
The poor and weak, at distance from redress ?*
Employd) might make the smiling public rear Delirious faction bellowing loud my name?
Her ornamented head, drill'd through the hands The false fair-seeming patriot's hollow boast ? Of mercenary tools, serves but to nurse A race resolv'd on bondage, fierce for chains, A locust band within, and in the bud My sacred rights a merchandise alone
Leaves starv'd each work of dignity and use. Esteeming, and to work their feeder's will
“I paint the worst. But should these times By deeds, a horror to mankind, prepard,
arrive, As were the dregs of Romnulus of old ?
If any nobler passion yet remain, Who these indeed can undetesting see
Let all my sons all parties fling aside, But who unpitying? To the generous eye
Despise their nonsense, and together join ; Distress is virtue! and, though self-betray'd, Let worth and virtue, scorning low despair, A people struggling with their fate must rouse Exerted full, from every quiver shine, The hero's throb. Nor can a land, at once, Commix'd in heighten'd blaze. Light flash'd to Be lost to virtue quite. How glorious then!
light, Fit luxury for gods! to save the good,
Moral, or intellectual, more intense Protect the feeble, dash bold vice aside,
By giving glows. As on pure Winter's eve, Depress the wicked, and restore the frail.
Gradual, the stars effulge; fainter, at first, Posterity, besides, the young, are pure,
They, straggling, rise ; but when the radiant host, And sons may tinge their fathers' cheek with shame. In thick profusion pour’d, shine out immense, Should then the times arrive (which Heaven Each casting vivid influence on each, avert!)
From pole to pole a glittering deluge plays, That Britons bend unnerv'd, not by the force And worlds above rejoice, and men below. Of arms, more generous, and more manly, quellid, " But why to Britons this superfluous strain ?But by corruption's soul-dejecting arts,
Good-nature, honest truth ev'n somewhat blunt, Arts impudent! and gross! by their own gold, Of crooked baseness an indignant scorn, In part bestow'd, to bribe them to give all. A zeal unyielding in their country's cause, With party raging, or immers'd in sloth,
And ready bounty, wont to dwell with them— Should they Britannia's well-fought laurels yield Nor only wont-Wide o'er the land diffus'd, To slily-conquering Gaul; ev'n from her brow In many a blest retirement still they dwell. Let her own naval oak be basely torn,
“ To softer prospect turn we now the view, By such as tremble at the stiffening gale,
To laurel'd science, arts, and public works, And nerveless sink while others sing rejoic'd. That lend my finish'd fabric comely pride, Or (darker prospect! scarce one gleam behind Grandeur, and grace. Of sullen genius he! Disclosing) should the broad corruptive plague Curs’d by the Muses! by the Graces loth'd ! Breathe from the city to the farthest hut,
Who deems beneath the public's high regard That sits serene within the forest shade,
These last enlivening touches of my reign. The fever'd people fire, inflame their wants, However puff 'd with power, and gorg‘d with wealth, And their luxurious thirst, so gathering rage,
A nation be; let trade enormous rise,
Yet these neglected, these recording arts,
On sculptur'd marble, on the deathless page,
A beauteous death, the patriot toild in vain.
“ Science, my close associate, still attends With fortune, joyless, and with honors, mean. Where'er I go. Sometimes, in simple guise, Meantime, perhaps, profusion flows around, She walks the furrow with the consul swain, The waste of war, without the works of peace; Whispering unletter'd wisdom to the heart, No mark of millions, in the gulf absorpt
Direct; or, sometimes, in the pompous robe Of uncreating vice, none but the rage
Of fancy drest, she charms Athenian wits,
Then o'er her brow Minerva's terrors nod;
She breathes deliberate soul, and makes retreatt * Lord Molesworth, in his account of Denmark, says: Unequall'd glory; with the Theban sage, " It is observed, that in limited monarchies and common. Epaminondas, first and best of men! wealths, a neighborhood to the seat of the government is advantageous to the subjects: while the distant prov. † The famous retreat of the Ten Thousand was chiefly inces are less thriving, and more liable to oppression." conducted by Xenophon.
Sometimes she bids the deep-embattled host, The food-compelling arch ; the long canal,*
Through mountains piercing, and uniting seas ; March to sure conquest-never gain'd before !* The dome resounding sweet with infant joy,t Nor on the treacherous seas of giddy stale
From famine sav'd, or cruel-handed shame, Unskilful she : when the triumphant tide
And that where valor counts his noble scars;
The turbid city clear'd, and, by degrees,
And science, by despotic bounty bless'd,
At distance flourish'd from my parent-eye, And saves awhile from Cæsar sinking Rome. Restoring ancient taste, how Boileau rose. Such the kind power, whose piercing eye dissolves How the big Roman soul shook, in Corneille, Each mental fetter, and sets reason free;
The trembling stage. In elegant Racine, For me inspiring an enlighten'd zeal,
How the more powerful, though more humble voice
Chastis'd and regular, with well-judg'd wit,
How emulation strove. How their pure tongue Neglected droop the head; and public works, Almost obtain'd what was denied their arms. Broke by corruption into private gain,
From Rome, awhile, how Painting, courted long, Not ornament, disgrace; not serve, destroy.
With Poussin came: ancient design, that lifts “ Shall Britons, by their own joint wisdom rul'd A fairer front, and looks another soul. Beneath one royal head, whose vital power
How the kind art,that, of unvalued price, Connects, enlivens, and exerts the whole;
The fam'd and only picture, easy, gives, In finer arts, and public works, shall they
Refind her touch, and, through the shadow'd piece, To Gallia yield ? yield to a land that bends, All the live spirit of the painter pour’d. Deprest, and broke, beneath the will of one? Coyest of arts, how Sculpture northward deignd Of one who, should th' unkingly thirst of gold, A look, and bade her Girardon arise. Of tyrant passions, or ambition, prompt,
How lavish grandeur blaz'd; the barren waste, Calls locust armies o'er the blasted land :
Astonish'd, saw the sudden palace swell, Drains from its thirsty bounds the springs of wealth, And fountains spout amid its arid shades. His own insatiate reservoir to fill :
For leagues, bright vistas opening to the view, To the lone desert patriot merit frowns,
How forests in majestic gardens smil'd. Or into dungeons arts, when they, their chains, How menial arts, by their gay sisters taught, Indignant, bursting, for their nobler works Wove the deep flow'r, the blooming foliage train'd All other license scorn but Truth's and mine. In joyous figures o'er the silky lawn, Oh, shame to think! shall Britons, in the field The palace cheerd, illum'd the storied wall, Unconquer'd still, the better laurel lose?
And with the pencil vied the glowing loom.//
While the vain honors of perfidious war
And stole a deeper root, by the full tide
Of war-sunk millions fed ? Superior still,
In Britain planted, by the potent juice
of freedom swellid? Forc'd is the bloom of arts, What public works at home! what arts arose ! A false uncertain spring, when bounty gives, What various science shone! what genius glow'd! Weal: without me, a transitory gleam. “ 'Tis not for me to paint, diffusive shot
Fair shine the slippery days, enticing skies O'er fair extents of land, the shining road; Of favor smile, and courtly breezes blow;
Till arts, betray'd, trust to the flattering air * Epaminondas, after having beat the Lacedæmonians Their tender blossom : then malignant rise and their allies, in the battle of Leuctra, made an incur. sion at the head of a powerful army into Laconia. It * The canal of Languedoc. was now six hundred years since the Dorians had pos. † The hospitals for foundlings and invalids. sessed this country, and in all that time the face of an 1 The academies of Science, of the Belles Lettres, and enemy had not been seen within their territories.-- Plu- of Painting. tarch in Agesilaus.
§ Engraving. | Lewis XIV.
| The lapestry of the Gobelins.
The blights of envy, of those insect-clouds, Till moral, public, gracefur action crowns
The whole. Behold! the fair contention glows,
Barbarian pedants, wrangling sons of pride,
And truth-perplexing metaphysic wits,
“Lo! Justice, like the liberal light of Heaven,
Have thrown around the laws. Oppression grieves: Creating toil and Nature can produce."
See! how her legal furies bite the lip, Here ceas'd the goddess; and her ardent wings, While Yorks and Talbots their deep snares detect, Dipt in the colors of the heavenly bow,
And seize swift justice through the clouds they raise. Stood waving radiance round, for sudden flight “See! social Labor lifts his guarded head, Prepar'd, when thus, impatient, burst my prayer. And men not yield to government in vain. "Oh, forming light of life! O, better Sun! From the sure land is rooted ruffian force, Sun of mankind! by whom the cloudy north, And, the lewd nurse of villains, idle waste ; [bowl, Sublim'd, not envies Languedocian skies,
Lo! raz'd their haunts, down dash'd their maddening That, unstain'd ether all, diffusive smile:
A nation's poison! beauteous order reigns !
From the foul herd of brutal slaves thy sons,
Despairing Gaul her boiling youth restrains, • They come! great goddess ! I the times behold! Dissolv'd her dream of universal sway: The times our fathers, in the bloody field,
The winds and seas are Britain's wide domain; Have earn'd so dear, and, not with less renown, And not a sail, but by permission, spreads. In the warm struggles of the Senate fight.
“Lo! swarming southward on rejoicing sons, The times I see! whose glory to supply,
Gay colonies extend ; the calm retreat For toiling ages, commerce round the world of undeserv'd distress, the better home Has wing’d unnumber'd sails, and from each land of those whom bigots chase from foreign lands, Materials heap'd, that, well-employ'd, with Rome Not built on rapine, servitude, and woe, Might vie our grandeur, and with Greece our art. And in their turn some petty tyrant's prey ;
“Lo! princes I behold! contriving still, But, bound by social freedom, firm they rise ; And still conducting firm some brave design; Such as, of late, an Oglethorpe has formid, Kings! that the narrow joyless circle scorn, And, crowding round, the charm'd Savannah sees. Burst the blockade of false designing men,
“ Horrid with want and misery, no more Of treacherous smiles, of adulation fell,
Our streets the tender passenger afflict. And of the blinding clouds around them thrown: Nor shivering age, nor sickness without friend, Their court rejoicing millions; worth alone, Or home, or bed to bear his burning load, And virtue dear to them; their best delight, Nor agonizing infant, that ne'er earn'd In just proportion to give general joy :
Its guiltless pangs, I see! The stores, profuse, Their jealous care thy kingdom to maintain ; Which British bounty has to these assign'd, The public glory theirs; unsparing love
No more the sacrilegious riot swell Their endless treasure; and their deeds their praise. Of cannibal devourers ! Right applied, With thee they work. Nought can resist your force: No starving wretch the land of freedom stains. Life feels it quickening in her dark retreats ; If poor, employment finds; if old, demands; Strong spread the blooms of genius, science, art; If sick, if maim'd, his miserable due; His bashful bounds disclosing merit breaks ; And will, if young, repay the fondest care. And, big with fruits of glory, virtue blows Sweet sets the sun of stormy life, and sweet Expansive o'er the land. Another race
The morning shines, in mercy's dews array'd. Of generous youth, of patriot-sires, I see !
Lo! how they rise! these families of Heaven! Not those vain insects futtering in the blaze That!* chief, (but why—yo bigots !-why so late ?) Of court, and ball, and play; those venal souls, Where blooms and warbles glad a rising age : Corruption's veteran unrelenting bands,
What smiles of praise ! and while their song ascends, That, to their vices slaves, can ne'er be free.
The listening seraph lays his lute aside.
of various string, and heart-felt image fill'd.
* An hospital for foundlings.