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Firm on the rolling deck he stood,
Unmoved, beheld the breaking flood,

With blackening storms combined. “ Virtue,” he cry'd, “ will force its way ; “ The wind may for a while delay,

“ Not alter our design.

« The men whom selfish hopes inflame, “ Or vanity allures to fame,

“ May be to fears betray'd; “But here a church for succour flies, “ Insulted law expiring lies,

And loudly calls for ald.

VI.

** Yes, Britons, yes, with ardent zeal, I come, the wounded heart to heal,

“ The wounding hand to bind : “ See tools of arbitrary sway, “And priests, like locusts, scout away

“ Before the western wind,

VII.

“ Law shall again her voice resume ; “ Religion, clear'd from clouds of Rome,

“ With brighter rays advance. The British fleet shall rule the deep, The British youth, as roused from sleep,

« Strike terror into France.

VIII.

“ Nor shall these promises of fate “ Be limited to my short date ;

" When I from cares withdraw, “ Still shall the British sceptre stand, “ Still flourish in a female hand,

“ And to mankind give law.

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- “ She shall domestick foes unite, “ Monarchs beneath her flags shall fight,

“ Whole armies drag her chain : “ She shall lost Italy restore. . “ Shall make th' Imperial Eagle soar,

. And give a king to Spain.

X

« But know, these promises are given,
“ These great rewards impartial heaven

Does on these terms decree;
««. That strictly punishing men's faults,
“ You let their consciences and thoughts

“ Rest absolutely free.

XI.

" Let no false politicks confine
“In narrow bounds, your vast design

To make mankind unite;
“ Nor think it a sufficient cause
“ To punish men by penal laws,

“ For not believing right.

XII.

“Rome, whose blind zeal destroys mankind; “ Rome's sons shall your compassion find,

“Who ne'er compassion knew. “ By nobler actions theirs condemn : “ For what has been reproach'd in them,

“ Can ne'er be praised in you.

XIII

* These subjects suit not with the lyre; “ Muse! to what height dost thou aspire,

« Pretending to rehearse « The thoughts of gods, and godlike kings ? “ Cease, cease to lessen lofty things

“ By mean ignoble verse.

THOMAS BETTERTON.

Westminster, 1635–1710.

An actor of unequalled excellence in the best age of En

glish acting, and a man of real goodness.

Chaucer's Characters.

Twas when the fields imbibe the vernal showers, And Venus paints her month with early flowers ; When Sol, diffusing genial warmth around, Unbinds the frozen bosom of the ground; When gentle Zephyr with refreshing breath Revived each grain that in the womb of earth All winter slept ; and th' all enlivening sun, Thro' the bright ram had half his progress run; When birds on every bough renew their songs, And Philomel her evening note prolongs; Then nature smiles ; then Devotees engage, Thro' the wide world to roam on pilgrimage.

VOL. 1.

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