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And scorning the soft trade of mere delight,
O'er all thy temples, porticoes, and schools,
Heroic deeds she trac'd, and warm display'd
Each moral beauty to the ravilh'd eye,
There, as th' imagin'd presence of the God
Arouz'd the mind, or, vacant hours induc'd 341
Calm contemplation, or affembled youth
Burn'd in ambitious circle round the fage,
The living leffon stole into the heart,
With more prevailing force than dwells in words.
These rouze to glory; while, to surat life,
The softer canvas oft repos'd the soul.
There gayly broke the fun-illumip'd cloud;
The less'ning prospect, and the mountain blue,
Vanish'd in air ; the precipice frown'd, dire; .
White, dawn the rock, the rushing torrent dalhid;
The fun fhone, trembling, o'er the distant main ; 356
The tempest foam'd, immenfe; the driving storm
Sadden'd the skies, and, from the doubling gloom,
On the scath'd oak the ragged lightning fell;
In closing shades, and where the current strays, 360
With Peace, and Love, and Innocence around,
Piped the lone shepherd to his feeding flack :
Round happy parents fmild their younger selves;
And friends convers'd, by death divided long.
To public Virtue thus the smiļing Arts ,
Unblemih'd handmaids, ferv'd, the Graces they
To dress this fairest Venus. Thus rever'd,
And plac'd beyond the reach of fordid care,
The high awarders of immortal fame,
Alope for glory thy great masters strove ;
Courted by kings, and by contending states
Affum'd the boasted honour of their birth.
lo ARCHITECTURE too thy rank fupreme !
That art where most magnificent appears .
The little builder man; by thee refiwa’dy. 375;
And, smiling high, to ful perfection brought.
Such thy fure.rules, that Gaths of every age,
Who scorn'd their aid, have only loaded earth :
With: labour'd heavy monuments of shame.
Not those gay domes that o'er thy fplendid shore 380
Shot, all proportion, up. First unadorn'd,
And nobly plain, the manly Doric rose; .
Th' Tönic then, with decent matron grace,
Her airy pillar heava; luxuriant laft,
The rich Gorinthian spread her wanton wreath. 38$;
The whole so measur'd true, so leffen's off
By fine proportion, that the marble pile,
Form'd to repel the still or stormy waste
Of rolling ages, light as fabrics look'd,
That from the magic wand aërial rise.
390.These were the wonders that illumin’d GREECE, Erom end to end Here interrupting warm, Where are they now? (I cry'd) say, GODDESS, where? And what the land thy darling thus of old ? : Sunk ! she resum'd; deep in the kindred gloom 395 Of Superstition, and of Slavery, funk! Ņo glory now.can touch their hearts, benumb'd. By loose dejected sloth and servile fear; No science pierce the darkness of their minds; No nobler art the.quick ambitious foul.
4901 Of imitation in their breasts a wake. Even, to supply the needful arts of life, Mechanic toil denies the hopeless hand; Scarce any trace remaining, veitige grey, Or nodding column on the defart fhore, 405 To point where CORIŅTH or where ATHENS stood. A faithless land, of violence, and death!: Where Commerce parleys, Jubious, on the shore;
And his wild impulfe curious Search restrains,
Afraid to trust th' inhospitable clime.
Neglected nature fails; in fordid want
Sunk, and debas'd, their beauty beams no more.
The sun himself seems, angry, to regard,
Of light unworthy, the degenerate race;
And fires them oft with pestilential rays :
While earth, blue poison steaming on the skies,
Indignant, shakes them from her troubled Gdes.
But as from man to man, Fate's first decree,
Impartial Death the tide of riches rolls,
So states must die, and LIBERTY go round. 420
Fierce was the stand, e'er Virtue, Valour, Arts, And the Soul fir'd by Me (that often stung With thoughts of better times and old renown, From Hydra-tyrants try'd to clear the land) Lay quite extinct in GREECE, their works effac’d, 425 And grofs o'er all unfeeling bondage spread. Sooner I mov'd my much-reluctant light, Pois'd on the doubtfulwing: whenGREECE withGREECE Embroil'd in foul contention, fought no more For common glory, and for cominon weal: 430 But, false to Freedom, fought to quell the Free; Broke the firm band of Peace, and sacred Love, That lent the whole irrefragable force; And, as around the partial trophy blush'd, Prepard the way for total overthrow.
435 Then to the Persian power, whose pride they scorn'd, When Xerxes pour'd his millions o'er the land, Sparta, by turns, and Athens, vilely fue'd; Sue'd to be venal parricides, to spill Their country's bravest blood, and on themselves 440 To turn their matchless mercenary arms. Peaceful in Sufa, then, fat the * Great King ; * So the Kings of Persia were called by the Greeks.
And by the trick of treaties, the still waste
Of lly Corruption, and barbaric gold,
Effected what his steel could ne'er perform. 445
Profuse he gave them the luxurious draught,
Inflaming all the land; unbalanc'd wide
Their tottering states; their wild assemblies rul’d,
As the winds turn at every blast the seas;
And by their listed orators, whose breath. 450
Still with a factious storm infested GREECE,
Rouz'd them to civil war, or dalh'd them down
To sordid Peace-t Peace, that, when Sparta shook
Altonilh'd ARTAXERXES on his throne,
Gave up, fair-spread o'er Asia's funny shore, 455
Their kindred cities to perpetual chains.
What could so base, so infamous a thought
In Spartan bearts inspire ? Jealous, they faw,
Respiring * Athens rear again her walls;
And the pale fury fir'd them, once again
To crush this rival city to the dust.
For now no more the noble social foul
OF LIBERTY.my Families combin'd;
But by short views, and selfish pasfions, broke,' ;
Dire as when friends are rankled into foes, 465
They mixed severe, and wag'd eternal war:
Nor felt they, furious, their exhausted force ;
Nor, with false glory, discord, madness blind,-.
Saw how the black’ning storin from. Thracia came..
Ị Loog years rollid on, by many a battle stain'd, 470
+ The peace made by ANTALCIDAS, 'the Eacedomonian admiral, with the Persians; by which the Lacedemonians abandon'd all the Greeks establish'd in the lefser Asia to the dominion of the king of Persia.
Athens had been dismantled by the Lacedemonians, at the end of the first Peleponnesian war, and was at this time restored by Coñon to its former fplendor. | The Peleponnesian var.
The blush and boast of Fame!'where courage, art,
And military glory shone supreme:
But let detesting ages, from the scene
Of GREECE self-mangled, turn the fickening eye.
At last, when bleeding from a thousand wounds, 475
She felt her spirits fail ; and in the dust
Her latest heroes, Nicias, Conon, lay,
AGESILAUS, and the $ THEBAN FRIENDS,
The Macedonian vultur mark’a his time,
By the dire Scent of Cheronae a lur'a,
480 And fierce-descending, feiz'd his hapless prey.
Thus tame submitted to the victor's yoke GREECE, Once the gay, the turbulent, the bold; For
every grace, and muse, and science born; With arts of War, of Government, elate; 485 To Tyrants dreadful, dreadful to the Best; Whom I MYSELF could scarcely rule: and thub The Perfian fetters, that enthrall’d the mind, Were turn'd to formal and apparent chains. Unless CORRUPTION first deject the pride. And guardian vigor of the free-born soul, All crude attempts of Violence are vain ; For firm within, and while at heart untouch'd, Ne'er yet by Force was Freedom overcome. But soon as INDEPENDENCE ftoops the head, 493 To Vice enslav'd, and Vice-created Wants ;: Then to fome fout corrupting Hand, whose waste These heighten'd wants with fatal bounty feeds : From man to man the lackening ruin runs, Till the whole State, unnerv'd, in SLAVERY sinks. 500
PELOPIDAS and EPAMINONDAS.
+ The battle of Cheronava, in which Philip of Macedon uttcr. ly defeated the Greeks..