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But soon the beauteous vision flies;
Corruption’s direful train :
And senates slaves to gain.
On some immortal plan;
Of empire and of man.
To break th' eternal doom !
Yet perish'd fated Rome.
To swell some future tyrant's pride,
On Gallia's smiling shores;
While rapine wastes her stores.
Yet glorious is the great design,
To prop a nation's frame.
If crush'd beneath the sacred weight,
Shall tell the patriot's name.
ODE TO MANKIND.
Is there, or do the schoolmen dream?
The delegate of heav'n,
By special grace is giv'n?
Then say, what signs this god proclaim?
A throne his hallow'd shrine ?
Strange proofs of pow'r divine !
If service due from human kind,
Can form a sov'reign's claim :
Ye ideots, blind and lame!
Superior virtue, wisdom, might,
So reason must conclude:
Then thine it is, to whom belong
Thrice sacred multitude !
In thee, vast All! are these contain'd,
So nature's systems roll:
Great monarch! mighty whole!
Let the proud tyrant rest his cause
An host's or senate's voice!
And gave the species choice.
Unsanctified by thy command,
The trembling slave may bind.
The unassenting mind.
Thy will's thy rule, thy good its end;
What parent nature gave:
Thy victim or thy slave.
Thus reason founds the just degree
Not private rights resign'd:
To hurt the gen’ral kind.
Thee justice guides, thee right maintains,
Thy injur'd weal impair.
Thy temper'd counsels share.
Each instance of thy vengeful rage,
Though malice swell the sum,
Or Sylla's hippodrome.
But thine has been imputed blame,
The rabble weak and loud;
À more ignoble crowd.
Avails it thee, if one devours,
While both thy claim oppose ?
Monsters who wore thy sullied crown,
Alike to thee were foes.
Far other shone fair Freedom's hand,
When Hampden fought for thee:
Of arts and industry.
On thee yet foams the preacher's rage,
A false apostate train :
Thy thousands strow the plain.
These had no charms to please the sense,
To win the Muse's throng:
And Nature mourns his wrong.
Thy foes, a frontless band, invade;
And yield up half the right.
On man's too feeble sight.
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