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And just Arrangement, circling round one point,
To public Virtue thus the smiling Arts,
In Architecture too thy rank supreme !
Shot, all proportion, up. First unadorn'd,
The King of a FREE PEOPLE.
(THOMSON.) ---THRICE happy ! did they know Their happiness, Britannia's bounded Kings. What tho' not their's the boast, in dungeon glooms To plunge bold Freedom; or, to cheerless wilds, To drive him from the cordial face of friend; Or fierce to strike him at the midnight hour, By man late blind, not Justice, that delights To dare the keenest eye of open day. What tho' no glory to controul the laws, And make injurious Will their only rule, They deem it. What tho', tools of wanton power, Pestif'rous Armies swarm not at their call. What tho' they give not a relentless crew Of Civil Furies proud Oppression's fangs, To tear at pleasure the dejected land,.. With starving labour pampering idle waste. To clothe the naked, feed the hungry, wipe The guiltless tear from lone affliction's eye; To raise hid Merit, set th' alluring light Of Virtue high to view ; to nourish Arts, Direct the thunder of an injur'd state, Make a whole glorious people sing for joy, Bless human kind, and thro' the downward depth Of future times to spread that better Sun Which lights up British Souls : for deeds like these, The dazzling fair career unbounded lies; While (still superior bliss!) the dark abrupt Is kindly barr'd, the precipice of ill. Oh luxury divine! O poor to this, Ye giddy glories of Despotic thrones!",
By this, by this in deed, is imag’d Heav'n,
(THOMSON.) HAIL! Independence, hail! Heav'n's next best gift To that of life and an immortal soul! The life of life! that to the banquet high And sober meal gives taste; to the bow'd roof Fair-dream'd repose, and to the cottage charms. Of public Freedom, hail, thou secret source ! Whose streams, from every quarter confluent, form My better Nile, that nurses human life. By rills from thee deduc'd, irriguous, fed, The private field looks gay, with Nature's wealth Abundant flows, and blooms with each delight That nature craveg. Its happy master there, Tlie only Free-man, walks his pleasing round : Sweet-featur'd Peace attending ; fearless Truth Firm Resolution ; Goodness, blessing all That can rejoice; Contentment, surest friend ; And, still fresh stores from Nature's book deriy'd, Philosophy, companion ever-new.
These cheer bis rural, and sustain or fire, - When into action call’d, his busy hours. Meantime true-judging moderate desires,
conomy and Taste, combin'd, direct His clear affairs, and from debauching fiends Secure his little kingdom. Nor can those Whom Fortune heaps, without these virtues, reach That truce with pain, that animated ease, That self-enjoyment springing from within ; . That Independence, active, or retir'd, Which make the soundest bliss of map below: But, lost beneath the rubbish of their means, And drain’d by wants to Nature all unknown, A wandering, tasteless, gayly wretched train, Tho' rich are beggars, and tho' noble, slaves.
Britons! be firm ! nor let Corruption sly Twine round your heart indissoluble chains ! The steel of Brutus burst the grosser bonds By Cæsar cast o'er Rome; but still remain'd The soft enchanting fetters of the mind,
And other Cæsars rose. Determin'd, hold :
PROLOGUE to Cato.
(POPE.) To wake the soul by tender strokes of art, To raise the genius, and to mend the heart, To make mankind in conscious virtue bold, Live o'er each scene, and be what they behold; For this the tragic muse first trod the stage, Commanding tears to stream thro' every age: Tyrants no more their savage nature kept, And foes to virtue wonder'd how they wept. Our author shuns by vulgar springs to move The hero's glory or the virgin's love; In pitying love, we but our weakness show, And wild ambition well deserves its woe. Here tears shall flow from a more gen'rous calige, Such tears as patriots shed for dying lawa: He bids your breast with ancient ardour rise, And calls forth Roman drops from British eyes. Virtue confess'd in human shape he draws, What Plato thought, and God-like Cato was; No common object to your sight displays, But what with pleasure Heav'n itself surveys; A brave man struggling in the storms of fate, And greatly falling in a falling state! While Cato gives his little senate laws, What bosom beats not in his country's cause? Who sees him act, but envies ev'ry deed ? Who hears him groan, and does not wish to bleed. Ev’n when proud Cæsar, 'midst triumphal cars, The spoils of nations, and the pomp of wars, Ignobly vain, and impotently great, Shew'd Rome her Cato's figure drawn in state; As her dead father's rev'rend image past, The pomp was darken'd, and the day o'ercast, The triumph ceas'd-tears gush'd from ev'ry eye, The world's great victor pass d unheeded by; Her last good man dejected Rome ador'd, And honour'd Cæsar's, less than Cato's sword.
Britons attend: Be worth like this approv’d, And shew you have the virtue to be moy'd.
PEREUNT ET IMPUTANTUR. TO-MORROW, didst thou say? Methought I heard Horatio say, to-morrow. Go to- I will not hear of it-to-morrow! 'Tis a sharper, who stakes his penury Against thy plenty-who takes thy ready cash, And pays thee nought but wishes, hopes, and promises, The currency of idiots.--Injurious bankrupt, That gulls the easy creditor:-to-morrow! It is a period no where to be found In all the boary registers of time, Unless perchance in the fool's calendar. Wisdom disclaims the word, nor holds society With those who own it. No, my Horatio, 'Tis Fancy's child, and Folly is its father; Wrought of such stuff as dreams are; and baseless As the fantastic visions of the evening.
But soft, my friend--arrest the present moments; For be assur'd they all are arrant tell-tales ; And though their fight be silent, and their path Trackless, as the wing'd couriers of the air, They post to heav'n, and there record thy folly; Because, though station d on th' important watch, Thou, like a sleeping faithless centinel, Didst let them pass unnotic'd, unimprov'd. And know, for that thou slumber'dst on the guard, Thou shalt be made to answer at the bar For every fugitive: and when thou tbus Shalt stand impleaded at the high tribunal Of hood-wink'd Justice, who shall tell thy audit!
Then stay the present instant, dear Horatio; Imprint the marks of wisdom on its wings. 'Tis of more worth than kingdoms! far more precious Than all the crimson treasures of life's fountain, O! let it not elude thy grasp, but like The good old patriarch upon record, Hold the fleet anged fast, until he bless thee.