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On the monarch, standing by,
Shall to thee resign his place,
Thou shalt rule with better grace: Nor fears her foes' approach, while Heaven and he Time from thee shall wait his doom,
And thou shalt lead the year for every age to come.
Nothing like him canst thou bring,
Though the graces smile beside thee:
Though thy bounty gives the Spring.
Finer than the painted bow;
Carolina shall repay thee
All thy sweetness, all thy show.
Than thy golden sun discloses;
And her smiling offspring swerter
Than the blourn of all thy roses.
The welcome train begins to move,
ODE FOR THE NEW YEAR, 1717.
WINTER! thou hoary venerable sire,
All richly in thy furry mantle clad;
What thoughts of mirth can feeble age inspire,
To make thy careful wrinkled brow so glad! And on the balıny air sits rosy-colour'd health.
Now I see the reason plain,
Now I see thy jolly train :
Snowy-headed Winter leads, · “Father of thy country, hail !
Spring and Summer next succeeds;
Yellow Autumn brings the rear,
Thou art father of the year.
While from the frosty mellow'd earth
Abounding plenty takes her birth,
The conscious sire exulting sces
The seasons spread their rich increase;
On beauteous form, their lovely child.
O fair voriety!
What bliss thou dost supply!
The fuul brings forth the fair FOR THE KING'S BIRTH-DAY, MAY 28, 1716.
To deck the changing year,
When our old pleasures die, LAY thy flowery garlands by,
Some new one still is nigh;
Oh! fair variety;
Our passions, like the seasons turn;
And now we laugh, and now we mourn.
Britannia late oppress'd with dread, Majesty and great renown
Hung her declining drooping head: Wait thy beamy brow to crown.
A better visage now she wears, Parent of our hero, thou,
And now at once she quits ber fears: George on Britain didst bestow.
Strife and war no more she knows,
Rebel sons nor foreign foes.
Safe beneath her mighty master,
In security she sits;
Plants her loose foundations faster,
And her sorrows past forgets.
Happy isle! the care of Heaven,
To the guardian hero given, Lays the billows of the ocean ;
Unrepining still ovey him, And compose the land in peace.
Still with love and duty pay him. Call thy better, &c.
Though he parted from thy shore, Queen of odours, fragrant May,
While contesting kings attend him; For this boon, this happy day,
Could he, Britain, give thee more Janus with the double face
Than the pledge he left behind bim?
ODE TO PEACE,
Till the happy hero's worth
Bid the festival stand forth;
Till the golden light he crown,
Till he mark it for his own. Indulgent, gentle, life restoring Peace!
How had this glorious morning been forgot, With what auspicious beauties dost thou rise,
Unthought-of as the things that never were; And Britain's new-revolving Janus bless!
Had not our greatest Cæsar been its lot, Hoary Winter smiles before thee,
And call'd it from amongst the vulgar year! Dances merrily along:
Now, Nature, be gay
In the pride of thy May,
To court let thy graces repair;
Let Flora bestow
The crown from her brow,
For our brighter Britannia to wear. In thee the dearest of the purple east:
Through every language of thy peopled Earth, "Tis thine immortal pleasures to impart,
Far as the sea's or Cæsar's influence goes, Mirth to inspire, and raise the drooping heart:
Let thankful nations celebrate his birth, To thee the pipe and tuneful string belong,
Aud bless the author of the world's repose. Thou theme eternal for the poet's song.
Let Volga tumbling in cascades,
And Po that glides through poplar shades,
And Tagus bright in sands of gold,
And Arethusa, rivers old,
Their great deliverer sing.
Not, Danube, thou whose winding flood
So long has blush'd with Turkish blood, Hark, how the sounds agree,
To Cæsar shall refuse a strain, With che complaceney!
Since now thy streams without a stain Sweet Peace, 'tis allby thee,
Run crystal as their spring. For thou art harmony.
CHORUS Who, by Nature's fairest creatures,
To mighty George, that heals thy wounds, Can describe her heavenly features?
That names thy kings and marks thy bounds, What comparison can fit her?
The joyful voice, O Europe, raise: Sweet are roses, she is sweeter;
In the great mediator's praise Light is good, but Peace is better.
Let all thy various tongues combine,
And Britain's festival be thine.
ODE TO THE THAMES',
FOR THE YEAR 1719. Peace and she are Britain's treasures,
King of the floods, wbom friendly stars ordaia Fruitful eternal pleasures:
To fold alternate in thy winding train, Still their bounty shall increase us,
The lofty palace and the fertile rale; Still their smiling offspring bless us.
King of the floods, Britannia's darling, hail! Happy day, when each was given
Hail with the year so well begun, By Cæsar and indulging Heaven.
And bid his each revolving sun,
Taught by thy streams, in smooth succession run. CHORUS.
From thy never-failing urn Hail, ye celestial pair!
Flowers, bloom and fair increase Still let Pritannia be your care,
With the seasons take their turn;
From thy tributary seas
Seas and seasons all befriend thee.
Here on thy banks, to mate the skies,
Augusta's hallow'd domes arise;
And there thy ample bosom pours
Her numerous souls and floating towers; [known, Ou touch the string, celestial Muse, and say, Whose terrours late to vanquish'd Spain
Why are peculiar times and seasons blest? And Etna shook with thunder not ber own. Is it in fate, that one distinguish'd day Should with more ballow'd purple paint the east?
Fullest flags thou dost sustain,
While thy banks confine thy course; Look on life and nature's race!
Emblem of our Cesar's reign, How the careless minutes pass,
Mingling clemency and force. Huw they wear a cominon fare:
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So may'st, thou still, secur'd by distant wars, My birth, 'tis true, I owe to mortal race,
E'en then in seas, and seas alone, I joy'd;
The seas my hours, and all my cares, einploy'd.
In meshes now the twinkling prey I drew, On thy shady margin,
Now skilfully the slender line I threw,
And silent sat the moving float to view.
Not far from shore, there lies a verdant mead,
With herbage half, and half with water spread: Nor no more alarming,
There, nor the horned heifers browsing stray,
Nor shaggy kids nor wanton lambkins play ;
There, nor the sounding bees their nectar cull,
Nor rural swains their genial chaplets pull;
Nor flocks, nor herds, nor mowers, haunt the place, To thirst, thy silver streams :
To crop the flowers, or cut the bushy grass : More sweet than all, the praise
Thither, sure first of living race came I,
And sat by chance, my dropping nets to dry.
My scaly prize, in order all display'd,
By number on the green-sword there I lay'd,
My captives, whom or in my nets I took,
Or hung unwary on my wily hook.
Strange to behold! yet what avails a lie?
I saw them bite the grass, as I sat by ;-
Then sudden darting o'er the verdant plain, As now, on Britain's kindest fate;
They spread their fins, as in their native main; Crown all our vows, and all thy gifts bestow;
I pausd, with wonder struck, while all my prey Till Time no more renews his date,
Left their new master, and regain'd the sea.
Amaz'd, within my secret self I sought,
and try'd. THE STORY OF GLAUCUS AND SCYLLA. Scarce had I bit, and pror'd the wondrous taste, FROM OVID'S METAMORPROSES, BOOK XIII.
When strong convulsions shook my troubled breast;
I felt my heart grow fond of something strange, Here ceas'd the nymph; the fair assembly broke; And my whole nature labouring with a change. The sea-green Nereids to the waves betook: Restless I grew, and every place forsook, While Scylla, fearful of the wide-spread main, And still upon the seas I bent my look. Swift to the safer shore returns again.
'Farewell, for ever! farewell, land!' I said ; There o'er the candy margin, unarray'd,
And plung'd amidst the waves my sinking head, With printless footsteps flies the bounding maid; The gentle powers, who that low empire keep, Or in sore winding creek's secure retreat
Receiv'd me as a brother of the deep; She bathes her weary limbs, and shuns the noon- To Tethys, and to Ocean old, they pray, day's heat,
To purge my mortal earthy parts away. Her Glaucus saw, as o'er the deep he rode, The watery parents to their suit agreed, New to the seas, and late receiv'd a god.
And thrice nine times a secret charm they read, He saw, and languish'd for the virgin's love, Then with lustrations purify my limbs, With many an artful blandishment he strove And bid me bathe beneath a hundred streams: Her fight to hinder, and her fears remove.
A hundred streams from various fountains run, The more he sues, the more he wings his flight, And on my head at once come rushing down. And nimbly gains a neighbouring mountain's Thus far each passage I remember well, height,
And faithfully thus far the tale Itell; Steep shelving to the margin of the food,
But then oblivion dark on all my senses fell. A neighbouring mountain bare and woodless stood; Again at length my thought reviving came, Here, by the place secur'd, her steps she stay'd, When I no longer found myself the same; And, trembling still, her lover's form survey'd. Then first this sea-green beard I felt to grow, His shape, his hue, her troubled sense appall, And these large honours on my spreading brow, And dropping locks that o'er his shoulders fall; My long-descending locks the billows sweep, She sees his face divine and manly brow
And my broad shoulders cleave the yielding deep; End in a fish's wreathy tail below:
My fishy tail, my arms of azure hue,
But what avail these useless honours now? This Glaucus soon perceiv'd; and, “Oh! forbear" | What joys can immortality bestow ? (His hand supporting on a rock lay ncar) (fear. What, though our Nereids all my form approve? · Forbear,” he cry'd, “ fond maid, this needless What boots it, while fair Scylla scorns my love?" Nor fish am I, nor mönster of the main,
Thus far the god; and more he would have said; But equal with the watery gods I reign;
When from his presence flew the ruthless maid. Nor Proteus nor Palainon me excel,
Stung with repulse, in such disdainful sort,