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The British general dooms the fight ; his sword
The eagle, by the British lion's might Unchain’d and free, directs her upward Aight: Nor did she e'er with stronger pinions soar From Tyber's bank, than now from Danube's shore.
Fir’d with the thoughts which these ideas raise, And great ambition of my country's praise ; The English Muse should like the Mantuan rise, Scornful of earth and clouds, should reach the skies, With wonder (though with envy still) pursued by
human eyes. But we must change the style-just now I said, I ne'er was master of the tuneful trade ; Or the small genius which my youth could boast, In prose and business lies extinct and loft : Bless’d, if I may some younger Muse excite; Point out the game, and animate the fight ; That, from Marseilles to Calais, France may know, 7 As we have conquerors, we have poets too ; And either laurel does in Britain grow;
That, though among ourselves, with too much heat, We sometimes wrangle, when we should debate (A confequential ill which freedom draws; A bad effect, but from a noble cause); We can with universal zeal advance, To curb the faithless arrogance of France ; Nor ever shall Britannia's sons refuse To answer to thy Master or thy Mufe ; Nor want just subject for victorious strains, While Marlborough's arm eternal laurels gains ; And where old Spenser sung, a new Eliza reigns. J
UPON THIS PASSAGE IN THE SCALIGERIAN A.
“ Les Allemans ne ce foucient pas quel Vin ils boivent
« pourveu que ce soit Vin, ni quel Latin ils parlent “ pourveu que ce soit Latin.”
H EN you with High-Dutch Heeren dine,
CHILD OF QUALITY,
FIVE YEARS OLD, 1704;
THE AUTHOR THEN FORTY.
T ORDS, knights, and 'squires, the numerous band,
That wear the fair Miss Mary's fetters,
Lest those bright eyes that cannot read
Forbid me yet my flame to tell;
With all the tender things I swear;
In papers round her baby's hair ;
She may receive and own my flame,
For, though the strictest prudes should know it,
And I for an unhappy poet.
The lines fome younger rival sends ;
VII. For, as our different ages move,
'Tis fo ordain'd, (would Fate but mend it!) That I shall be past making love,
When she begins to comprehend it.
THE sturdy Man, if he in love obtains,
In open pomp and triumph reigns :
FOR FOR THE
PLAN OF A FOUNTA I N,
ON WHICH ARB
The Effigies of the Queen on a Triumphal Arch; The Figure of the Duke of MARLBOROUGH beneath ;
AND The chief Rivers of the World round the whole Work.
VE active streams, where'er your waters flow,
1 Let diftant climes and furthest nations know What ye from Thames and Danube have been taught, How Anne commanded, and how Marlborough fought.
Quocunque æterno properatis, flumina, lapsu,
AS the Cameleon, who is known
To have no colours of his own;