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O'er Latian meads, in Freedom's evil hour, Beneath the zenith of Imperial Power, Undaunted Lucan roam'd; he nobly paid The harmonious dirge to vanquish'd Pompey's shade, And echo'd godlike Cato's loud applause, Who dar'd to perish in a virtuous cause.
Th' outrageous pride of Stuart Kings to quell,
* Most of Dr. Akenside's Poems were written in his youth: he died at the age of forty-nine, having been several years before ap: pointed one of the Queen's Physicians. The passages noticed may be found in his Odes to the Right Honourable Charles Townshend, to Dr. Hardinge, and on leaving Holland, in which the excellent author of the Characteristics, originally the object of his panegyric, is now passed over in silence; “ Ashley's Wisdomn” being effaced, to make room for “Somers' Counsels.” In the posthumous edition, published 1772, we find the “ Pleasures of linagination” wuch garbled, and dedicated to Jeremiah Dyo son, Esq.
When he, th' apostate Statesman to appall,
Hulls * Senator, pourtray'd by Mason's hand,
But from Vertumnus' and Pomona's bowers, Twin'd with salubrious plants and brightest Howers, Lo! Darwin comes; around his hoary head Hath Liberty her verdant trophies spread : 'Twas his to turn from every gaudier theme, “ The painted mistress or the purling stream," And sing Columbia rescued from her chains, The light faint gleaming on Hibernia's plains,
* Andrew Marvell. The reader is entreated to compare Mr. Mason's " Ode to Independence" and the “ Episode of Abdalo. minus in his English Garden" with the “ Palinodia” in the third volume of his Poems, published just before his death.
Or France, like vigorous Sampson, when of yore,
With nought but Bourbon's glory Paris rung,
Loud rvar'd the blast, convulsions shook the sky, Amazement saw no guardian Angel nigh,
* “ La Liberté, j' ai vû cette Deesse altiere
So little of their celebrated Poet's love of Freedom was thought to have been transfused into the breasts of Frenchmen, that we find a British Laureat, one of Voltaire's contemporaries, rashly expressing hiniself thus :
« The land of Freedom, with the land of Slaves,
WHITEHEAD. Reasons equally strong for setting no bound to hostilities undertaken from motives quite the reverse have lately issued in a profusion hardly credible from the Press, the Pulpit, and the Senate,
When the huge Danube (whose ferocious tribes,
But its own bulk dissolves th' unwieldy mass;
To Tyrants, or pretended Saints, too long Have nations pour'd the tributary song, While bloated malice, leagu'd with childish zeal, Is titled ardor for the public weal: Too long have wild Crusades, yon Statesman's dreams, Fields drench'd in blood, and conquest's distant gleams, Of many a venal Bard employ'd the pen: 'Tis time to rouse, think, speak, and act, like men, For those whom Folly hurries to the snare No more let Fame her blasted wreaths prepare, But weave unfading garlands, tribute due To that sage Chief , whom grateful Senates view, ' Beyond th’ Atlantic ocean, in an age So deeply tinctur’d with Ambition's rage,
* Isaiah, chap. iii. ver. 9, and chap, lxv, ver. 25. + General Washington.
Quitting the helm, while at his mandate close
* La Fayette.
IMITATION OF MARTIAL
Tuis print, in Europe's general history bound,
N. B. HALI ED, ESQ.