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I care not that in Arno's plain,
To vile Ambition's aim,
Save venal honours to an hateful lord,
But here, where Freedom's equal throne
Bid public praise farewell :
O Hastings, not to all Can ruling Heaven the same endowments lend:
Yet still doth Nature to her offspring call, That to one general weal their different powers
Unenvious. Thus alone, though strairis divine
The poet's name
He best shall prove,
The grateful country of thy sires,
Or thy own Edward teach his race,
From rich domains and subject farms,
No private master fills :
Where, long foretold, the people reigns : Where each a vassal's humble heart disdains; And judgeth what he sees; and, as he judgeth, wills.
Here be it thine to calm and guide
To watch the state's uncertain frame,
To Freedom's banish'd foes;
'T is highest Heaven's command, That guilty aims should sordid paths pursue ; That what ensnares the heart should maim the
hand, And Virtue's worthless foes be false to Glory too.
But look on Freedom. See, through every age, What labours, perils, griefs, hath she disdain'd! What arms, what regal pride, what priestly rage, Have her dread offspring conquer'd or sustain'd! For Albion well have conquer'd. Let the strains
Of happy swains,
Which now resound Where Scarsdale's cliffs the swelling pastures
bound, Bear witness. There, oft let the farmer hail
The sacred orchard which imbowers his gate,
Where Ca'ndish, Booth, and Osborne sate ;
Of papal snares and lawless arms
This reign, these laws, this public care,
Which sucial Good inspires ;
Say, was it thus, when late we view'd
Durst one in arms appear ?
Yet, Hastings, these are they Who challenge to themselves thy country's love;
The true; the constant : who alone can weigh, What Glory should demand, or Liberty approve !
But let their works declare them. Thy free powers,
Ingenuous youth :
Bids the historian and the bard
And write the good, the wise, the brave
HYMN TO THE NAIADS.
Argument. The nymphs, who preside over springs and rivulets,
are addressed at day-break, in honour of their several functions, and of the relations which they bear to the natural and to the moral world. Their origin is deduced from the first allegorical deities, or powers of Nature; according to the doctrine of the old mythological poets, concerning the generation of the gods and the rise of things. They are then successively considered, as giving motion to the air and exciting summer-breezes; as nourishing and beautifying the vegetable creation ; as