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ON THE

FOREGOING DIVINE POEMS.
When we for age could neither read nor write,
The subject made us able to indite :
The soul, with nobler resolutions deckt,
The body stooping, does herself erect.
No mortal parts are requisite to raise
Her that, unbodied, can her Maker praise.

The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er :
So calm are we when passions are no more!
For then we know how vain it was to boast
Of fleeting things, so certain to be lost.
Clouds of affection from our younger eyes
Conceal that emptiness which age descries.

The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd,
Lets in new light through chinks that time has made:
Stronger by weakness, wiser men become,
As they draw near to their eternal home.
Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view,
That stand upon the threshold of the new.
... Miratur limen Olympi.

VIRG.

END OF VOL. I.

C. WHITTINGHAM, Printer, Union Buildings, Leather Lane.

THE NEW YORX PUBLIC LIBRARY

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EPISTLES.

TO THE KING,

ON HIS NAVY.

Where'er thy Navy spreads her canvass wings,
Homage to thee, and peace to all she brings :
The French and Spaniard, when thy flags appear,
Forget their hatred, and consent to fear,
So Jove from Ida did both hosts survey,
And, when he pleas'd to thunder, part the fray.
Ships heretofore in seas like fishes sped,
The mightiest still upon the smallest fed :
Thou on the deep imposest nobler laws,
And by that justice hast remoy'd the cause
Of those rude tempests, which for rapine sent,
Too oft, alas ! involv'd the innocent.
Now shall the Ocean, as thy Thames, be free
From both those fates, of storms and piracy;
But we most happy, who can fear no force
But winged troops, or Pegasean horse.
'Tis not so hard for greedy foes to spoil
Another nation as to touch our soil.
Should Nature's self invade the world again,
And o'er the centre spread the liquid main,
Thy pow'r were safe, and her destructive hand
Would but enlarge the bounds of thy command :

VOL. II,

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