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A red-breast from a neighb’ring tree
Beheld his hapless state;
Nor hope to fhun thy fate.
Poor bird ! be sure thy death's decreed;
No eloquence will do;
Is judge and party too.
THE ANNIVERSARY OF NEPTUNE'S
[NEVER BEFORE PRINTED.]
THY influence, love! through ev'ry climate
Hence Venus sprung, emerging from the wave,
Ere Sol, refresh'd, from Thetis' lap arose, Or bade Aurora's nymph the dawn disclose, Old Ocean's God quits Amphitrite's bed, And strokes night's circling billows from his head; With eye ferene surveys the quiet deep, And lecs his realms within the folds of sleep.
Happy the kingdom which the monarch's
eye, Thus watchful guards nor fees a danger nigh.
To Triton with paternal voice he calls, “ Quick lead my finny coursers from their stalls; " As on this day thy father Neptune led “ Fair Amphitrite to the nuptial bed; “ Her blushing beauties met my eager arms, “ And bless'd my wishes with her virgin charms; “ Sated with love, she now adorns my side, “ Nor longer knows the fervors of a bride : “ But, Triton, thou my mandate straight obey, “ Summon the nymphs to grace the nuptial day; " This annual morn a festival I keep, « To entertain the beauties of the deep,
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“ Whether upon the dolphin's back they ride, “ Or in the rivers bathe their snowy side ; “ To every silver lake and food repair, " Naiads and nereids with cerulean hair ; “ Tell them, their queen, bright Amphitrite, claims “ This tributary honour from the streams ; “ Their azure trelles let them quick display, “ And paint their charms in honour of the day.'
Triton obeys, the vocal shell he fills,
; Pleas'd they attend the god of ocean's call, And grace with deities the ample hall.
O muse! their names and dignities relate, And say what seas and rivers grac'd the state.
FIRST OCEAN [BRITISH.]
The British ocean first advanced to view, Various the gifts from different climes she drew, She comes enriched with iv'ry and gold, With slaves adorn'd, and warlike treasure bold; A ship of war falutes her as she pass'd, And bends the waving honours of her maít.
SECOND OCEAN (ATLANTIC.]
From north to fouth the great Atlantic rolls, And with her billows seems to wafla the po'es;
Rich wines and fruits her laden vessels freight,
THIRD OCEAN (SOUTH SEA.]
The great fouth sea for golden ingots known,
gave, Filld with rich sugars by a negro flave; Rich were her robes of state, her train was new, By Mexico supported and Peru.
FOURTH OCEAN [INDIAN.]
The Indian ocean next appear’d in place,
FIFTH OCEAN [NORTHERN.]
The northern fea displays his icy waves, Rushing from Lapland's heights and jellied laves; A diadem of isicles he wears, Cloath'd with the fur of white amphibious bears ; Which nightly on the fetter'd ocean prowl, And to the moon their horrid dirges howl; Here, as old legends tell, o'er frozen tides Upon a brcom the polar forc'ress rides;
To wind-bound mariners she vends her gales,
The Thames, bright queen of rivers rolls her
Sabrina next presents her silver store,
Foreign Orentes, Danube, Po, and Rhine,