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I see recoil his sable steeds,
That bore him swift to salvage deeds,
Where Justice bars her iron tower,
To thee we build a roseate bower; Thou, thou shalt rule our queen, and share our
ODE TO LIBERTY.
Who shall awake the Spartan fife,
And call in solemn sounds to life,
Like vernal hyacinths in sullen hue,
Applauding Freedom loved of old to view ?
Alluding to that beautiful fragment of Alcæus :
Εν μύρτου κλαδί το ξίφος φορήσω,
At Wisdom's shrine awhile its flame concealing, (What place so fit to seal a deed renown'd?) 10
Till she her brightest lightnings round revealing, It leap'd in glory forth, and dealt her prompted
wound ! O goddess, in that feeling hour, When most its sounds would court thy ears,
Let not my shell's misguided powerk
E’er draw thy sad, thy mindful tears.
And all the blended work of strength and grace,
With many a rude repeated stroke, And many a barbarous yell, to thousand fragments
Yet, even where'er the least appear'd,
k Mή μη ταύτα λέγωμες, α δάκρυον ήγαγε Δηοϊ.
Callimach. "Ύμνος εις Δήμητρα.
How in the great, the labour'd whole,
| The family of the Medici. m The little republic of San Marino. n The Venetians. o The Doge of Venice. P Genoa.
Or dwell in willow'd meads more near,
The Gaul, 'tis held of antique story,
No sea between, nor cliff sublime and hoary, He pass'd with unwet feet through all our land.
To the blown Baltic then, they say,
"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 be come extinct, they should lose their liberties.
s Queen Elizabeth.
+ This tradition is mentioned by several of our old historians. Some naturalists too have endeavoured to support the probability of the fact by arguments drawn from the correspondent disposition of the two opposite coasts. I do not remember that any poetical use has been hitherto made of it.