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Britannia's peers in pomp and rich array
So haply thro' the heav'n's wide'pathless ways
Now to e regal tow'rs securely brought 125
130 Thee, Halifax! to thy capacious mind, O Man approv'd! is Britain's wealth confign’d: Her coin while Nastaur fought debas'd and rude, By thee in beauty and in truth renew'd, An arduous work! again thy charge we fee, 135 And thy own care once more returns to thee. O! form’d in ev'ry Scene to awe and please, Alix wit with pomp and dignity with ease, Tho' call’d to shine aloft, thou wilt not fcorn To smile on arts thyself did once adorn: 140 For this thy name fucceeding times thall praise,
less thy garter than thy bays. The Mufe, if fir'd with thy enliv’ning beams, Perhaps shall ain: at more exalted themes,
Record our monarch in a nobler strain,
150 Who sees by Brunswick's hand her fceptre fway'd, And thro' his line from age to age convey'd. 152
Animum pictura pascit inani
Can this be he! could Charles, the good, the great,
Dear as the faith thy loyal heart hath (worn
OF A POEM ON HUNTING.
Dona cano divum, latas venantibus artes,
Horses and hounds, their care, their various race,
5 A vent'rous rival of the Roman praise.
chafte queen of Woods! thy aid obtain, Bring here thy lightfoot nymphs and sprightly train. If oft'o'er lawns thy care prevents the day To rouse the foe and press the bounding prey, Woo thine own Phæbus in the task to join, And grant me genius for the bold design. In this soft shade O footh the warriour's fire, And fit his bowstring to the trembling lyre,
And teach while thus their arts and arms we sing 15 The groves to echo and the vales to ring !
Thy care be first the various gifts to trace, The minds and genius, of the latrant race. In pow'rs distinct the diff'rent clans excel, In fight, or swiftness, or fagacious smell. By wiles ungen'rous some surprise the prey, And fome by courage win the doubtful day. Seeft thou the gazehound how with glance severe From the close herd he marks the destin'd deer;.. How ev'ry nerve the greyhound's stretch displays, 25 The hare preventing in her airy maze; The luckless prey how treach'rous tumblers gain, And dauntless wolfdogs shake the lion's mane: O’er all the bloodhound boasts superiour skill Toscent, to view, to turn, and boldly kill, His fellows' yain alarms rejects with scorn, True to the master's voice and learned horn: His nostrils oft', if ancient fame fing true, Trace the fly felon thro' the tainted dew; Once snuff d he follows with unalter'd aim, 35 Nor odours lure him from the chosen game; Deepmouth'd he thunders, and inflam'd he views, Springs on relentless, and to death pursues.
Some hounds of manners vile, (nor less we find Of fops in hounds than in the reas'ning kind)
Puff'd with conceit run gadding o'er the plain,
Dost thou in hounds aspire to deathless fame!
Good shape to various kinds old bards confine; Some praise the Greek and fome the Roman line: 60 And dogs to beauty make as diff’ring claires As Albion's nymphs and India's jetty dames. Immense to name their lands, to mark their bounds, And paint the thousand families of hounds! First count the sands, thedrops where oceans flow, Or Gauls by Marlb'rough sent to shades below. 66 The task be mine to teach Britannia's swains, My much lov'd country and my nativeplains.