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And mourns the fatal day: While stain'd with blood he strives to tear Unseemly from his sea-green hair

The wreaths of cheerful May:

The thoughts which musing pity pays,
And fond remembrance loves to raise,

Your faithful hours attend :
Still Fancy, to herself unkind,
Awakes to grief the soften’d mind,

And points the bleeding friend.

By rapid Scheld's descending wave
His country's vows shall bless the grave,

Where'er the youth is laid :
That sacred spot the village hind
With every sweetest turf shall bind,

And Peace protect the shade.

O'er him, whose doom thy virtues grieve,
Aerial forms shall sit at eve,

And bend the pensive head!
And, fallen to save his injur'd ļand,
Imperial Honour's awful hand,

Shall point his lonely bed !

The warlike dead of every age,
Who fill the fair recording page,

Shall leave their sainted rest, And, half reclining on his spear, Each wondering chief by turns appear,

To hail the blooming guest.

Old Edward's sons, unknown to yield,
Shall crowd from Cressy's laurell’d field,

with fix'd delight: Again for Britain's wrongs they feel, Again they snatch the gleamy steel,

And wish th' avenging fight.

But lo where, sunk in deep despair,
Her garments torn, her bosom bare,

Impatient Freedom lies!
Her matted tresses madly spread,
To every sod, which wraps the dead,

She turns her joyless eyes.

Ne'er shall she leave that lowly ground,
Till notes of triumph bursting round

Proclaim her reign restor'd :
Till William* seek the sad retreat,
And, bleeding at her sacred feet,

Present the sated sword.

* Duke of Cumberland, second son of George II., at that time Commander of the British forces.-C.

If, weak to soothe so soft an heart,
These pictur'd glories nought impart,

To dry thy constant tear :
If yet, in Sorrow's distant eye,
Expos'd and pale thou seest him lie,

Wild war insulting near :

Where'er from time thou court'st relief,
The Muse shall still, with social grief,

Her gentlest promise keep:
Even humble Harting's cottag’d vale
Shall learn the sad repeated tale,

And bid her shepherds weep.


If aught of oaten stop, or pastoral song,
May hope, chaste Eve, to soothe thy modest ear

Like thine own solemn springs,
Thy springs, and dying gales,

O Nymph resery’d, while now the bright hair’d sun, Sits in yon western tent, whose cloudy skirts,

# 'The measures of this admired Ode are the same which Milton used in bis translation of Horace, B. 1, 0.5; but Lyric poeiry, without rhyme, not being suitable to the English taste, it has very rarely been attempted.-C.

*+ might we but hearOr sourd of pastoral reed with oaten stops.-311lton's Comus, v. 340.

With brede ethereal wove,
O'erhang his wavy bed:

Now air is hush’d, save where the weak-eyed bat,
With short shrill shriek flits by on leathern wing,

Or where the beetle winds
His small but sullen horn,

As oft he rises 'midst the twilight path,
Against the pilgrim born in heedless hum:

Now teach me, Maid compos'd,
To breathe some soften'd strain,

Whose numbers stealing thro' thy dark’ning vale,
May not unseemly with its stillness suit,

As musing slow, I hail
Thy genial lov'd return!

For when thy folding-star arising shows
His paly circlet, at his warning lamp

The fragrant Hours, and Elves
Who slept in buds the day,

And many a Nymph who wreathes her brows with sedge,
And sheds the freshening dew, and lovelier still,

The pensive Pleasures sweet
Prepare thy shadowy car.

* What time the gray-Ay winds her sultry horn.-Milton's Lycides, v, 21,

Then let me rove some wild and heathy scene,
Or find some ruin ’midst its dreary dells,

Whose walls more awful nod
By thy religious gleams.

Or if chill blustring winds, or driving rain,
Prevent my willing feet, be mine the hut,

That from the mountain's side,
Views wilds, and swelling floods,

And hamlets brown, and dim-discover'd spires,
And hears their simple bell, and marks o'er all

Thy dewy fingers draw
The gradual dusky veil.

While Spring shall pour his showers, as oft he wont,
And bathe thy breathing tresses, meekest Eve!

While Summer loves to sport
Beneath thy lingering light:

While sallow Autumn fills thy lap with leaves,
Or Winter, yelling thro' the troublous air,

Affrights thy shrieking train,
And rudely rends thy robes :

So long regardful of thy quiet rule,
Shall Fancy, Friendship, Science, smiling Peace,

Thy gentlest influence own,
And love thy favourite name!

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