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Britannia's vessel, which in ANNA's reign,

And prudent pilotry; enjoys

The tempest which the world destroys,
And rides triumphant o'er the subject main.
O may she foon a quiet harbour gain !

And sure the promis'd hour is come,
When in soft notes the peaceful lyre
Shall still the trumpet and the drum,
Shall play what gods and men defire,

And strike Bellona's musick dumb:
When War, by parents curs’d, shall quit the field,
Unbuckle his bright helmet, and, to rest
His weary'd limbs, fit on his idle shield,
With scars of honour plow'd upon his breast.
But if the Gallic Pharaoh's stubborn heart
Grows fresh for punishment, and hardens ftill ;

Prepar'd for th' irrecoverable ill,
And forc'd th’unwilling skies to act the laft ungrateful part:

Thy forces, Anna, like a flood, shall whelm
(If heav'n does fcepter'd innocence maintain)

His famish'd desolated realm;
And all the fons of Pharamond in vain

(Who with dishoneft envy see
The sweet forbidden fruits of diftant liberty)
Shall curse their Salic law, and with a female reign.

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À female reign like thine,
O ANNA, British heroine !
To thee afflicted empires fly for aid,
Where'er tyrannick standards are display'd,
From the wrong'd Iber to the threaten'd Rhine.
Thee, where the golden-Sanded Tagus flows

Beneath fair Ulyffippo's walls,
The frighted Lufitanian calls;
Thee they who drink the Seine, with those
Who plow Iberian fields, implore,
To give the lab'ring world repose,

And universal peace restore :
Thee, Gallia ; mournful to survive the fate
Of her fall’n grandeur and departed ftate;

By fad experience taught to own,
That virtue is a noble way to rise,

A surer passage to the kies,
Than Pelion


Offa thrown:
For they, who impiously presume
To grasp at heav'n, by Jove's eternal doom,
A prey to thunder shall become

Or, sent in k Ætna's fiery caves to groan,
Gain but an higher fall, a mountain for their tombe

i The old name of Lisbon, said to be built by Ulyfjes.
k One of the mountains where Jupiter lodged the giants.

Vol. I.


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ROXANA, or, the Drawing-Room.
OXANA from the court retiring late,

Sigh'd her soft forrows at St. James's gate.
Such heavy thoughts lay brooding in her breast,
Not her own chairmen with more weight oppress’d;
They groan the cruel load they doom'd to bear;
She in these gentle founds express'd her care.

« Was it for this, that I these roses wear, « For this new-let the jewels for my

hair? « Ah ! princess! with what zcal have I pursu'd! “ Almost forgot the dety of a prude.

Thinking I never cou'd attend too soon, « I're miss’d my prayers, to get me dress’d by noon.

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" For thee, ah! what for thee did I refigni
My pleasures, pasions, all that e'er was mine.
" I facrific'd both modesty and ease,
“ Left operas, and went to filthy plays;
- Double entendres shock'd


tender ear,
6 Yet even this for thee I chose to bear.
In glowing youth, when nature bids be gay,
“ And every joy of life before me lay,
“ By honour prompted, and by pride restrain’d,
“ The pleasures of the young my

foul disdain'd:
“ Sermons I fought, and with a mein fevere
“ Censur'd my neighbours, and said daily pray’r.
“ Alas ! how chang'd !-with the fame sermon-mein
That once I pray'd, the What-d'ye-callt I've seen.
« Ah ! cruel princess, for thy fake I've loft
" That reputation which so dear had cost :
“ I, who avoided every publick place,
“ When bloom and beauty bade me show my face ;
“ Now near thee constant ev'ry night abide
“ With never failing duty by thy fide,

My felf and daughters ftanding on a row, “ To all the foreigners a goodly fhow! « Oft had your drawing-room been fadly thin, • And merchants' wives close by the chair been feen ; “ Had not I amply filld the empty space, “ And fav'd your highness from the dire disgrace.

“ Yet COQUETILLA's artifice prevails, “ When all my merit and my duty fails :


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That CoqueTILLA, whose deluding airs “ Corrupts our virgins, and our youth ensnares ; + “ So sunk her character, so lost her fame, « Scarce visited before your highness came : " Yet for the bed-chamber 'tis her


chuse, 56 When Zeal and Fame and Virtue


refuse. " Ah! worthy choice! not one of all your

train ( Whom cenfure blasts not, and dishonours ftain. - Let the nice hind now suckle dirty pigs, “ And the proad pea-hen hatch the cuckoo's eggs.! 6 Let Iris leave her paint and own her age, “ And grave SUFFOLKA wed a giddy page! “ A greater miracle is daily view'd, A virtuous princess with a court so lewd.

“ I know thee, Court! with all thy treach'rous wilesy,

Thy false caresses and undoing smiles! Ah! princess, learn'd in all the courtly arts To cheat our hopes, and yet to gain our hearts !

" Large lovely bribes are the great statesman's aim; “ And the neglected patriot follows fame.

The prince is ogled ; fome the king pursue ; « But your ROXANA only follows You. .

Despis'd Roxana, cease, and try to find " Some other, since the princess proves unkind;.

Perhaps it is not hard to find at court, “ If not a greates, a more firm support.”



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