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To him, who, deck'd with pearly pride,
In Adria weds his green-hair'd bride:
Hail port of glory, wealth, and pleasure,
Ne'er let me change this Lydian measure:
Nor e'er her former pride relate,
To sad Liguria's bleeding state,
Ah no! more pleased thy haunts I seek,
On wild Helvetia's mountains bleak:
(Where, when the favour'd of thy choice,
The daring archer* heard thy voice;
Forth from his eyrie rous'd in dread,
The ravening Eagle northward filed.)
Or dwell in willow'd meads more near,
With thoset to whom thy Stork is dear:
Those whom the rod of Alva bruis’d,
Whose crown a British queen refus'd !
The magic works, thou feel'st the strains,
One holier name alone remains;
The perfect spell shall then avail,
Hail Nymph, ador'd by Britain, hail!

* Tell. For an account of the celebrated event referred to see Voltaire's Epistle to the King of Prussia.-L.

+ The Dutch, amongst whom there are very severe penalties for those who are convicted of killing this bird. They are kept tame in almost all their towns, and particularly at the Hague, of the arms of which they make a part. The common people of Holland are said to entertain a superstitious sentiment, that if the whole species of them should become extinct, they should lose their liberties.

ANTISTROPHE.

Beyond the measure vast of thought,
The works, the wizzard Time has wrought !

The Gaul, 'tis held of antique story,
Saw Britain link'd to his now adverse strand, **

No sea between, nor cliff sublime and hoary,
He pass'd with unwet feet thro' all our land.

To the blown Baltic then, they say,

The wild waves found another way,
Where Orcas howls, his wolfish mountains rounding :

Till all the banded west at once 'gan rise,
A wide wild storm even Nature's self confounding,

Withering her giant sons with strange uncouth surprise,
This pillar'd earth so firm and wide,

By winds and inward labours torn, In thunders dread was push'd aside,

And down the shouldering billows born.
And see, like gems,t her laughing train,

The little isles on every side,
Mona, once hid from those who search the main.

Where thousand Elfin shapes abide,

* 'This tradition is mentioned by several of our old historians. Some naturalists too have endeavoured to s'pport the probability of the fact, by arguments drawn from the correspondent disposition of the two opposite coasts. I don't remember that any poetical use has been hitherto made of it. From Milton.

the sea-girt isles, That like to rich and various gems inlay

The unadorned bosom of the deep.-Comus, v. 21. | There is a tradition in the isle of Man, that a mermaid becoming enamoured of a young man of extraordinary beauty, took an opportunity of meeting him one day as he walked on the shore, and opened her passion to him, but was received with a coldness, occasioned by his horror and surprise at her appearance. This however was so misconstrued by the sea-lady that, in revenge for his treatment of her, she punished the whole island, by covering it with a mist, so that all who attempted to carry on any commerce with it, either never arrived at it, but wandered up and down the sea, or were on a sudden wrecked upon its cliffs.

And Wight wlio checks the westering tide,

For thee consenting heaven has each bestowed, A fair attendant on her sovereign pride:

To thee this blest divorce she ow'd, For thou hast made her vales thy lov'd, thy last abode !

SECOND EPODE.

Then too, 'tis said, an hoary pile,
'Midst the green navel* of our isle,
Thy shrine in some religious wood,
O soul-enforcing Goddess, stood!
There oft the painted native's feet
Were wont thy form celestial meet:
Tho' now with hopeless toil we trace
Time's backward rolls, to find its place;
Whether the fiery-tressed Dane,
Or Roman's self o'erturn'd the fune,
Or in what heaven-left age it fell,
'Twere hard for modern song to tell.

* This metaphor comes from the Greek. Both Pindar and Euripides call the Temple at Delphi-the Navel of the world.

It is found in Milton:

Within the Navel of this hideous wood.

Comus, v.520.--C.

Yet still, if truth those beams infuse
Which guide at once, and charm the Muse,
Beyond yon braided clouds that lie,
Paving the light-embroider'd sky:
Amidst the bright pavilion'd plains,
The beauteous Model still remains.
There happier than in islands blest,
Or bowers by Spring or Hebe drest,
The chiefs who fill our Albion's story,
In warlike weeds, retired in glory,
Hear their consorted Druids sing
Their triumphs to th' immortal string.

How

may the poet now unfold, What never tongue or numbers told ! How learn delighted, and amaz'd, What hands unknown that fabric rais'd ? Even now, before his favour'd eyes, In Gothic pride it seems to rise ! Yet Grecia's graceful orders join, Majestic thro' the mix'd design; The secret builder knew to chuse, Each sphere-found gem of richest hues : Whate'er heaven's purer mold contains, When nearer suns emblaze its veins ; There on the walls the patriot's sight May ever hang with fresh delight, And, grav'd with some prophetic rage, Read Albion's fame thro' every age.

Ye forms divine, ye laureate band,
That near her inmost altar stand!
Now sooth her, to her blissful train
Blithe Concord's social form to gain :
Concord, whose myrtle wand can steep
Even Anger's blood-shot eyes in sleep:
Before whose breathing bosom's balm,
Rage drops his steel, and storins grow calm ;
Her let our sires and matrons hoar
Welcome to Britain's ravag'd shore,
Our youths, enamour'd of the fair,
Play with the tangles* of her hair,
Till, in one loud applauding sound,
The nations shout to her around,
O how supremely art thou blest,
Thou, Lady, thou shalt rule the west!

ODE TO A LADY,

ON THE DEATH OF COLONEL CHARLES ROSS IN THE ACTIOX

AT FONTENOY.

WRITTEN MAY, MDCCXLV.

WHILE, lost to all his former mirth,
Britannia's Genius bends to earth,

* The Tangles of Neæra's hair.-Milton's Lycides, v. 69.

† Miss Elizabeth Goddard. Sec Life.

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