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ENCOMIUM ON WALLER.

FROM ADDISON'S ACCOUNT OF THE GREATEST:

ENGLISH POETS.

The courtly WALLER next commands thy lays ;
Muse, tune thy verse with art to Waller's praise.
While tender airs and lovely dames inspire
Soft, melting thoughts, and propagate desire ;
So long shall Waller's strains our passion move,
And Sacharissa's beauty kindle love.
Thy verse, liarmonious bard, and flattering song
Can make the vanquish'd great, the coward strong.
Thy verse can show ev'n Cromwell's innocence,
And compliment the storm that bore him hence.
Oh, had thy muse not come an age too soon,
But seen great Nassau on the British throue !
How had his triumphs glitter'd in thy page,
And warm'd thee to a more exalted rage !
What scenes of death and horror had we view'd,
And how had Boyne's wide current reek'd in blood!
Or if Maria's charms thou couldst rehearse,
In smoother numbers and a softer verse ;
Thy pen had well describ'd her graceful air,
And Gloriana would bave seem'd more fair,

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