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Hence beauteous wretches (beauty's foul disgrace !)
Though born the pride, the shame of human race;
Fair wretches hence, who nightly streets annoy,
Live but themselves and others to deftroy.
Hence robbers rife, to theft, to murder prone,
First driven by want, from habit defperate grown ;
Hence for ow'd trifles oft our jails contain
(Torn from mankind) a miserable train;
Torn from, in spite of nature's tenderest cries,
Parental, filial, and connubial ties :
The trader, when on every side distrest,
Hence flies to what expedient frauds fuggeft;
To prop his question'd credit's tottering state,
Others he first involves to fhare his fate;
Then for mean refuge must self-exil'd roam,
Never to hope a friend, nor find a home,



This Public Spirit fees, the fees and feels! Her breast the throb, her eye the tear reveals; (The patriot throb that beats, the tear that flows 195 For others welfare, and for others woes)—

And what can I (the faid) to cure their grief?

Shall I or point out death, or point relief?
Forth fhall I lead them to fome happier foil,

To conqueft lead them, and enrich with spoil? -200
Bid them convulfe a world, make nature groan,
And spill, in fhedding others blood, their own?
No, no-fuch wars do thou, Ambition, wage!
Go fterilize the fertile with thy rage!
Whole nations to depopulate is thine;
To people, culture, and protect, be mine!




Then range the world, Discovery !-Strait he goes
O'er feaș, o'er Libya's fands, and Zembla's snows;
He fettles where kind rays till now have smil'd
(Vain smile!) on fome luxuriant houseless wild.
How many fons of want might here enjoy
What Nature gives for age but to destroy?
Blush, blush, O fun (she cries) here vainly found,
To rife, to fet, to roll the feasons round!
Shall heaven diftil in dews, defcend in rain,
From earth gush fountains, rivers flow-in vain ?
There fhall the watery lives in myriads stray,
And be, to be alone each other's prey?
Unfought shall here the teeming quarries own
The various species of mechanic stone?



From ftructure this, from sculpture that confine ?
Shall rocks forbid the latent gem to shine?
Shall mines, obedient, aid no artist's care,

Nor give the inartial sword, and peaceful fhare?
Ah! fhall they never precious ore unfold,


To smile in filver, or to flame in gold?

Shall here the vegetable world alone,

For joys, for various virtues, reft unknown?

While food and phyfic, plants and herbs fupply,
Here muft they shoot alone to bloom and die?
Shall fruits, which none but brutal eyes furvey,
Untouch'd grow ripe, untafted drop away?


Shall here th' irrational, the favage kind,
Lord it o'er stores by heaven for man defign'd,
And trample what mild funs benignly raise,
While man must lose the use, and heaven the praise?



Shall it then be ?-(Indignant here fhe rofe,
Indignant, yet humane, her bofom glows)
No! By each honour'd Grecian, Roman name,
By men for virtue deify'd by fame,

Who peopled lands, who model'd infant state,
And then bade empire be maturely great;
By these I swear (be witnefs earth and skies!)
Fair Order here fhall from Confufion rife.
Rapt, I a future colony furvey!

Come then, ye fons of Mifery! come away!



Let those, whofe forrows from neglect are known, (Here taught, compell'd, empower'd) neglect atone! Let those enjoy, who never merit woes,

In youth th' induftrious wifh, in age repofe !
Allotted acres (no reluctant foil)


Shall prompt their industry, and pay their toil.
Let families, long ftrangers to delight,

Whom wayward fate difpers'd, by me unite;
Here live enjoying life; fee plenty, peace;
Their lands increasing as their fons increafe.
As nature yet is found, in leafy glades,
To intermix the walks with lights and fhades;
Or as with good and ill, in chequer'd ftrife,


Various the goddess colours human life:
So, in this fertile clime, if yet are seen


Moors, marshes, cliffs, by turns to intervene;

Where cliffs, moors, marshes, defolate the view, Where haunts the bittern, and where foreams the



Where prowls the wolf, where roll'd the serpent lies, 265
Shall folemn fanes and halls of justice rise,
And towns fhall open (all of structure fair!)
To brightening profpects, and to pureft air;
Frequented ports, and vineyards green fucceed,
And flocks increasing whiten all the mead
On science science, arts on arts refine;

On these from high all heaven shall smiling shine,
And Public Spirit here a people show,
Free, numerous, pleas'd, and busy all below.

Learn, future natives of this promised land,
What your forefathers ow'd my saving hand !
Learn, when Despair fuch fudden blifs fhall fee,
Such blifs must fhine from Oglethorpe or me!
Do you the neighbouring blameless Indian aid,
Culture what he neglects, not his invade,
Dare not, oh dare not, with ambitious view,
Force or demand fubjection never due.
Let, by my specious name, no tyrants rise,
And cry, while they enflave, they civilize?
Know, Liberty and I are ftill the fame,
Congenial!-ever mingling flame with flame!

Why must I Afric's fable children fee

Vended for flaves, though form'd by nature free,
The nameless tortures cruel minds invent,





Those to subject, whom nature equal meant ? 2901

If these you dare (albeit unjust success

Empowers you now unpunish'd to oppress)
Revolving empire you and your's may doom

(Rome all subdued, yet Vandals vanqish'd Rome),


Yes, empire may revolve, give them the day,

And yoke may yoke, and blood may blood repay.



Thus (ah! how far unequal'd by my lays,
Unfkill'd the heart to melt, or mind to raise),
Sublime, benevolent, deep, fweetly-clear,
Worthy a Thomson's Muse, a FREDERICK's ear, 300
Thus fpoke the Goddefs. Thus I faintly tell
In what lov'd works heaven gives her to excel.
But who her fons, that, to her interest true,
Converfant lead her to a prince like you?
Thefe, Sir, falute you from life's middle ftate,
Rich without gold, and without titles great:
Knowledge of books and men exalts their thought,
In wit accomplish'd, though in wiles untaught,
Careless of whifpers meant to wound their name,
Nor fneer'd nor brib'd from virtue into shame;
In letters elegant, in honour bright,
They come, they catch, and they reflect delight.
Mixing with these, a few of rank are found,
For councils, embaffies, and camps renown'd.
Vers'd in gay life, in honeft maxims read,
And ever warm of heart, yet cool of head.
From these the circling glafs gives wit to shine,
The bright grow brighter, and ev'n courts refine;
From these fo gifted, candid, and upright,
Flows knowledge, foftening into ease polite.

Happy the men, who fuch a prince can please!
Happy the prince rever'd by men like these !
His condefcenfions dignity difplay,




Grave with the wife, and with the witty gay;


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