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With golden Iris his broad shield emboss’d.
Thrice glorious prince ! whom Fame with all her

For ever shall resound. Yet from his loins
New authors of diffenfion spring; from him
Two branches, that in hosting long contend
For sov'ran sway; and can such

anger dwell
In noblest minds ? but little now avail'd
The ties of friendship ; every man, as led
By inclination, or vain hope, repair'd
To either camp, and breath'd immortal hate,
And dire revenge. Now horrid Slaughter reigns :
Sons against fathers tilt the fatal lance,
Careless of duty, and their native grounds
Distain with kindred blood; the twanging bows
Send showers of shafts, that on their barbed points
Alternate ruin bear. Here might you see
Barons, and peasants on th'embattled field
Slain, or lialf-dead, in one huge, ghaftly heap
Promiscuously amass’d. With dismal groans,
And ejulation, in the pangs of death
Some call for aid, neglected ; some o’erturn'd
In the fierce shock, lie gasping, and expire,
Trampled by fiery coursers : Horror thus,
And will uproar, and desolation, reign'd
Unrespited. Ah! who at length will end
This long, pernicious fray ? what man has Fate
Reserv'd for this great work ?-Hail, happy prince
Of Tudor's race, whom in the womb of time
Cadwallador foresaw! thou, thou art he,



Great Richmond Henry, that by nuptial rites
Must close the gates of Janus, and remove
Destructive discord. Now no more the drum
Provokes to arms, or trumpet's clangor shrill
Affrights the wives, or chills the virgin's blood;
But joy and pleasure open to the view
Uninterrupted! with presaging skill
Thou to thy own unitest Fergus' line
By wise alliance : from thee James descends,
Heaven's chosen favourite, first Britannic king.
To him alone hereditary right
Gave power supreme; yet still some feeds remain'd
Of discontent: two nations under one,
In laws and interest diverse, still pursued
Peculiar ends, on each side resolute
To fly conjunction ; neither fear, nor hope,
Nor the sweet prospect of a mutual gain,
Could aught avail, till prudent Anna said,
Let there be union ; ftrait with reverence due
To her command, they willingly unite,
One in affection, laws and government,
Indiffolubly firm; from Dubris fouth,
To northern Orcades, her long domain.

And now, thus leagued by an eternal bond,
What shall retard the Britons bold designs,
Or who sustain their force, in union knit,
Sufficient to withstand the powers combin'd
Of all this globe ? At this important act
The Mauritanian and Cathaian kings
Already tremble, and th' unbaptiz'd Turk


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Dreads war from utmost Thule. Uncontrol'd
The British navy through the ocean vast
Shall wave her double cross, t'extremelt climes
Terrific, and return with odorous spoils
Of Araby well fraught, or Indus' wealth,
Pearl, and barbaric gold: Meanwhile the fwains
Shall unmolested reap what plenty strows
From well-stor'd horn, rich grain, and timely fruits.
The elder year, Pomona, pleas’d, shall deck
With ruby-tinctur'd births, whose liquid store
Abundant, flowing in well-blended streams,
The natives shall applaud ; while glad they talk
Of baleful ills, caus'd by Bellona's wrath
In other rcalms; where'er the British spread
Triumphant bamers, or their fame has reach'd
Diffufive, to the utmost bounds of this
Wide universe, Silurian cyder borne
Shall please all tastes, and triumph o'er the vine.

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HE Splendid Shilling




Ode ad Henricum St. John, Armig' 1706


An Ode to Henry St. John, Esquire, 1706


Cyder. Book 1.

Book II.


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