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Oh fact accurs'd! what tears has-Albion shed,
In that blest moment from his oozy bed Old father Thames advanc’d his rey'rend head. 330 His tresses drop'd with dews, and o'er the stream His Thining horns diffus'd a golden gleam : Grav'd on his urn appear'd the moon, that guides His swelling waters, and alternate tides; The figur'd streams in waves of filver roll?d, 335 And on her banks Augufta rose in gold, Around his throne the sea-born brothers food i Who swell with tributary urns his flood !
Oh'fact accurs'd! oh facrilegious brood,
Gods! what new wounds, etc.
'Till Anna rose and bade the Furies cease;
Let there be peace- he said, and all was Peace.
From shore to shore exulting shouts he heard,
First the fam'd authors of his ancient name,
High in the midst, upon his urn reclin'd,
Hail, facred Peace ! hail long-expected days, 355 That Thames's glory to the stars shall raise ! Tho' Tyber's streams immortal Rome behold, Tho' foaming Hermus swells with tides of gold, From heav'n itself the sev'n-fold Nilus flows, And harvests on a hundred realms bestows; 360 These now no more shall be the Muse's themes, Loft in my fame, as in the sea their streams. Let Volga's banks with iron squadrons fhine, And groves of lances glitter on the Rhine, Let barb’rous Ganges arm a servile train; 365 Be mine the blellings of a peaceful reign.
Let Venice boast her Tow'rs amidst the Main,
No more my fons shall die with British blood
Thy trees, fair Windsor! now shall leave their woods, And half thy forests rush into the foods,
386 Bear Britain's Thunder, and her Cross display, To the bright regions of the rising day : Tempt icy feas, where scarce the waters roll, Where clearer flames glow round the Or under southern kies exalt their fails, Led by new stars, and borne by spicy gales!
en Pole ; 390
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VER. 378. And Temples rise,] The fifty new Churches,
VER. 385, etc. were originally thus :
Now shall our fleets the bloody Cross display
For me the balm shall bleed, and amber fow,
400 Earth's distant ends our glory hall behold, And the new world launch forth to seek the old. Then ships of uncouth form Tall stem the tide, And feather'd people crowd my wealthy lide, And naked youths and painted chiefs admire 405 Our speech, our colour, and our strange attire ! Oh stretch thy reign, fair Peace! from shore to shore, Till Conquest cease, and Slav'ry be no more; Till the freed Indians in their native groves Reap their own fruits, and woo their fable loves, 410 Peru once more a race of Kings behold, And other Mexicos be roof'd with gold. Exil'd by thee from earth to deepest hell, In brazen bonds, shall barb'rous Discord dwell: Gigantic Pride, pale Terror, gloomy Care, 415 And mad Ambition shall attend her there : There purple Vengeance bath'd in gore retires, Her weapons bluated, and extinct her fires: There hateful Envy her own snakes shall feel, And Persecution mourn her broken wheel: 420 There Faction roar, Rebellion bite her chain, And gasping Furies thirst for blood in vain.
VER. 398. Unbounded Thames, etc.] A wish that London may be made a FREE Port.
Here cease thy flight, nor with unhallow'd lays Touch the fair fame of Albion's golden days : The thoughts of Gods let GRANVILLE's verse recite, And bring the scenes of op'ning fate to light: My humble Muse, in unambitious strains, Paints the green forests and the flow'ry plains, Where Peace descending bids her olives spring, And scatters bleflings from her dove-like wing. 430 Ev'n I more sweetly pass my careless days, Pleas'd in the filent Thade with empty praise; Enough for me, that to the liftning fwains First in these fields. I sung the fylvan strains,
Vir. 423. Quo, Musa, tendis ? define pervicax,
Referre sermones Deorum et
Magna modis tenuare parvis,