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Firm on the rolling deck he stood,
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.
“ 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,
« 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.
or Nor shall these promises of fate “ Be limited to my short date ;
- When I from cares withdraw, “ Still shall the British sceptre stand, 6. Still flourish in a female hand,
“ And to mankind give law.
ix. ." 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.
“ 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.
X1. « 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.
“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.
« 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.
An actor of unequalled excellence in the best age of En
glish acting, and a man of real goodness.
**T'was when the fields imbibe the vernal showers,
And Venus paints her month with early flowers ;