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A phantom found, by which the cunning great
Whistle to their dependents: a decoy
To gull th' unwary, where the master stands
Encouraging his minions, his traind birds,
Fed and caress'd their species to betray.
See with what hollow blandishment and art
They lead the winged captive to the snare!
Fools ! that in open æther might have foar'd,
Free as the air they cut; sip'd purest rills,
Din'd with the Thames, or bath'd in crystal lakes.

We wear no badges, no dependence own:
Who truly loves thee, dearest Liberty,
A filken fetter will uneasy sit.

Heav'n knows it is not Infolence that speaks !
The tribute of respect to greatness due .
Not the brib'd fycophant more willing pays.
Still, ftill as much of party be retain d,
As principle requires, and sense directs :
Else our vain bark, without a rudder, floats
The scorn and pastime of each veering gale.

This gentle ev'ning let the sun descend
Untroubled, while it paints your ambient hills
With faded lustre, and a sweet farewel.
Here is our feat : that castle opposite,


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Proud of its woody brow, adorns the scene.
Dictate, Overs’d in books, and just of taste,
Dictate the pleasing theme of our discourse.
Shall we trace Science from her Eastern home
Chaldæan; or the banks of Nile, where Thebes,
Nursing her daughter arts, majestic stood,
And pour’d forth knowledge from an hundred gates ?
There first the marble learn'd to mimic life,
The pillar'd temple rose, and pyramids,
Whose undecaying grandeur laughs ar Times
Birth-place of letters, where the fun was thewn
His radiant way, and heav'ns were taught to roll.
There too the Muses tun'd their earlieft lyre,
Warbling foft numbers to Serapis' ear;
'Till chac'd by tyrants, or a milder climę
Inviting, they remoy'd with pilgrim harps,
And all their band of harmony to Greece.
As when a flock of linnets, if perchance
Deliver'd from the falcon's talon, fly
With trembling wing to cover, and renew

tell every bush of their escape,
And thrill their merry chanks to Liberty.
The tuneful tribe, pleas'd with their new abode,
Polifh'd the rude inhabitants, whence tales


Their notes;

Of liftning woods, and rocks that danc'd to found.
Hear the full chorus lifting hymns to Jove!
Linus and Orpheus catch the strain, and all
The raptur'd audience utter loud applause.

A song, believe me, was no trifle then:
Weighty the Muse's task, and wide her sway :
Her's was religion, the resounding fanes
Echo'd her language; polity was her's,
And the world bow'd to legislative verse.

As states increas'd, and governments were form’d,
Her aid less useful, she retir’d to grots
And shady bow'rs, content to teach and please.
Under her laurel frequent bards repos'd;
Voluble Pindar trolld his rapid song,
Or Sappho breath'd her spirited complaint:
Here the stage buskin, there the lyric choir,
And Homer's epic trumpet. Happy Greece,
Bless’d in her offspring! Seat of eloquence,
Of arts and reason; patriot-virtue's seat !
Did the sun thither dart uncommon rays !
Did some presiding genius hover o'er
That animated foil with brooding wings !
The sad reverse might start a gentle tear -
Go, search in Athens for herself, enquire



Where are her orators, her fages now: Her arsenal overturn'd, her walls in dust, But far less ruin'd than her soul decay'd. The stone infcrib'd to Socrates, debas'd To prop a reeling cot: Minerva's shrine Possess’d by those who never heard her name. Upon the mount where old Musæus sung, Sits the grim turban'd captain, and exacts Harsh tribute ; on the spot where Plato taught His heav'nly strains sublime, a stupid Turk Is preaching ignorance and Mahomet. Turn next to Rome: is that the clime, the place, Where once, as Fame reports, Auguftus liv’d? What magic has transform'd her, shrunk her nerves ? A wither'd laurel, and a mould'ring arch! Could the pure crimfon tide, the noblest blood That ever Aow'd, to such a puddle turn? She ends, like her long Appian, in a marsh ; Or Jordan's river pouring his clear urn Into the black Asphaltus' fimy lap. Patrons of wit, and victors of mankind, Bards, warriors, worthies (revolution strange) Are pimps and fidlers, mountebanks and monks. In Tully's bee-hive, magazine of sweets,


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The lazy drones are buzzing or asleep.

But we forgive the living for the dead; Indebted more to Rome than we can pay. Of a long dearth prophetic, she lay'd in A feast for ages.

- thou banquet nice,
Where the soul riots with secure excess!
What felt delight! what pleasing useful hours
Repeated owe we to her letter'd fons !
We by their favour Tiber's walks enjoy,
Their temples trace, and share their noble games :
Enter the crowded theatre at will,
Go to the forum, hear the consul plead,
Are present in the thund'ring Capitol
When Tully speaks; at softer hours attend
Harmonious Virgil to his Mantuan farm,
Or Baian ; and with happy Horace talk.
In myrtle groves by Teverone's cascade.

Hail, precious pages ! that amuse and teach,
Exalt the genius, and improve the breast..
Ye fage historians all


stores unfold, Reach

your clear steady mirror in that glass The forms of good and ill are well portray'd.

But chiefly thou, divine Philosophy,
Shed thy bless’d influences with thy train appear


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