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The man of reason is a god
She sate an empress ! aw'd the food! Who scorns to stoop to fortune's nod;
Her stable column Ocean trod; Sole agent he beneath the shining sphere,
She call’d the nations, and she call'd the seas, Others are passive, are impellid,
By both obey'd : the Syrian sings ; Are frightend, flatter'd, sunk, or swell’d, The Cyprian's art her viol strings; As accident is pleas'd to domineer.
Togarmagh's steed along her valley neighs. Our hopes and fears are much to blame;
The fir of Senir makes her floor, Sball monarchs awe ? or crowns inflame ??
And Bashan's oak, transform'd, her oar; From gross mistake our idle tumult springs;
High Lebanon her mast ; far Dedan warms Those men the silly world disarm,
Her mantled host; Arabia feeds; Elade the dart, dissolve the charm,
Her sail of purple Egypt spreads ; Who know the slender worth of men and things. Arvad sends mariners; the Persian, arms. present object, present day,
The world's last limit bounds her fame; Are idle phantoms, and away;
The golden city was her name !
Those stars on Earth, the topaz, onyr, blaze What's lasting only does exist. Know this, Life, fame, friends, freedom, empire, all,
Beneath her foot: ertent of coast,
And rich as Nile's, let others boast; Peace, commerce, freedom, nobly fall
Hers the far nobler harvest of the seas. To lanch us on the flood of endless bliss.
O merchant land! as Eden fair! How foreign these, though most in view!
Antient of empires! Nature's care! Go, look your whole existence through ;
The strength of Ocean! head of plenty's springs! Thence, form your rule; thence fix your estimate, The pride of isles! In wars reverd ! For so the gods : but as the gains,
Mother of crafts! lov'd! courted! feard ! How great the toil ! 'Twill cost more pains,
Pilot of kingdoms! and support of kings! To vanquish folly, than reduce a state.
Great mart of nations !-- But she fell : Hence, Reason ! the first palm is thine,
Her pamper'd sons revolt! rebel ! Old Britain learnt from thee to shine. (smile, Against his favourite isle loud roars the main ! By thee, trade's swarming throng, gay freedom's The tempest bowls! her sculptur'd dome Armies, in war of fatal frown,
Soon, the wolf's refuge; dragon's home! Of peace the pride, arts flowing down, The land, one altar ! a whole people, slain ! rich, exalt, defend, instruct our isle.
The destin'd day puts on her frown;
The sable hour is coming down:
The sword and storm are in her hand;
She trumpets shrill her dread command :
Dark be the light of Earth! the boast, unknown ! THE ARGUMENT.
For, oh! her sins as red as blood, Arts from commerce. Why Britons should pursue As crimson deep, outcry the flood; it. What wealth includes
. An historical digres- | The queen of trade is boughi ! once wise and just, sion which kind is most frequent in Pindar. The
Now, venal is her council's tongue : wealth and wonderful glory of Tyre, The ap
How riot, violence, and wrong, proach of her rain. The cause of it. Her crines Turn gold to dross, her blossom into dust! through all ranks and orders. Her miserable To things inglorious, far beneath fall. The neighbouring kings' just reflection on Those high-born souls they proudly breathe, it. An awful image of the divine power and Her sordid noble sinks ! her mighty, bow ! vengeance. From what Tyre fell, and how deep Is it for this, the groves around her calamity.
Return the tabret's sprightly sound?
Is it for this, her great-ones toss the brow? COMMERCE gives arts, as well as gain;
What burning feuds 'twixt brothers reign! By commerce wafted o'er the main,
To nuptials cold, how glows the vein, They barbarous climes enlighten as they run ; Confounding kindred, and misleading right? Arts, the rich traffic of the soul !
The spurious lord it o'er the land ! May travel, thus, from pole to pole,
Bold blasphemy dares make a stand, And gild the world with learning's brighter sun. Assault the sky, and brandish all her might: Commerce gives learning, virtue, gold !
Tyre's artisan, sweet orator, Ply commerce, then, ye Britons bold,
Her merchant sage, big man of war, Inur'd to winds and seas ! lest gods repent : Her judge, her prophet, nay her koary heads, The gods that thron'd you in the wave,
Whose brow with wisdom should be crown'd, and, as the trident's emblem, gave
Her very priests in guilt abound : A triple realm, that awes the continent :
Hence, the world's cedar all her honours sheds. And awes with wealth; for wealth is power : What death of truth! what thirst of gold ! When Jove descends a golden shower,
Chiefs warm in peace, in battle cold! 'Tis navies, armies, empire, all, in one. What youth unletter'd! base ones lifted high! View, emulate, outshine old Tyre;
What public boasts ! what private views ! In scarlet rob’d, with gems on fire,
What desert temples ! crowded stews ! Her merchants, princes! every deck, a throne ! What women !--practis'd but to roll an eye!
O! foul of heart, her fairest dames
“ Ah! wretched isle, once call'd the great ! Decline the Sun's intruding beams,
Ah! wretched isle, and wise too late! To mad the midnight in their gloomy baunts: The vengeance of Jehovah is gone out : Alas! there is, who sees them there;
Thy lutury, corruption, pride, There is, who flatters not the fair,
And freedom Jost, the realms deride, When cymbals tinkle, and the virgin chants. Ador'd thee standing, o'er thy ruins shout: He sees, and thunders !--Now, in vain!
“ To scourge with war, or peace bestow, The courser paws, and foams the rein;
Was thine 0 fallen ! fallen low! And chariots stream along the printed soil :
'Twas thine, of jarring thrones to still debates : In vain! Her high, presumptuous air
How art thou fallen, down, down, down! In gorgeous vestments rich and rare,
Wide waste, and night, and horrour frown, O'er her proud shoulder throws the poor man's toil. Where empire flam'd in gold, and balanc'd states.
In robes or gems, her costly stain,
Green, scarlet, azure, shine, in vain !
STRAIN THE THIRD.
In vain! wines Aow in various streams,
An inference from this history. Advice to Britain. Damascus, vain! unfolds the glossy store;
More proper to her than other nations. How far The golden wedge from Ophir's coasts,
the stroke of lyranny reaches. What supports From Arab incense vain, she boasts,
our endeavours. The unconsider'd benefits of
lilerty. Britain's obligation to pursue trade. Vain are her gods, and vainly men adore.
Why above half the globe is sea. Britain's Bel falls ! the mighty Nebo bends !
grandeur from her situation. Thę winds, the The nations hiss ! ber glory ends !
seas, the constellations, described. Sir Isaac To ships, her confidence ! she flies from foes; Newton's praise. Britain compared with other
Foes meet her there : the wind, the wave, states. The leviathan described. Britain's site,
That once aid, strength, and grandeur gave, and antient title to the seas. W ho rivals her. Plunge her in seas, from which her glory rose. Of Venice, Holland. Some despise trade as Her ivory deck, embroider'd sail,
mean. Censured for it. Trade's glory. The late And mast of cedar naught avail,
Czar. Solomon. A surprising instance of magOr pilot learn'd! She sinks, por sinks alone,
nificence. The merchant's dignity. Compared Her gods sink with her! to the sky,
with men of letters, Which never more shall meet her eye, She sends her soul out in one dreadful groan.
Hence learn, as hearts are foul or pure,
Our fortunes wither or endure:
Nations may thrive, or perish by the wave.
What storms from Jove's unwilling frown,
A people's crimes solicit down !
Ocean 's the womb of ricbes, and the grave.
This truth, O Britaiu ! ponder well;
Virtues should rise, as fortrines swell :
What is large property ? _The sign of good,
Of worth superior : if 't is less,
Another's treasure we possess,
And charge the gods with favours misvestow'd. And swell'd at heart, vain empress of the sea ! “ This, this is she, who meanly soar'd :
This council suits Britannia's isle,
High-flush'd with wealth, and freedom's smile: And style herself a God !—Through stormy wars
To vassals prison'd in the continent,
Who starve, at home, on meagre toil,
And suck to death their mother soil,
'T were useless caution, and a truth mis-spent, " But ah, frail man! how impotent
Fell tyrants strike beyond the bone,
and wound the soul; bow genius down, To turn asitle the great Creator's aim !
Lay virtue waste! for worth or arts, who strain,
To throw them at a monster's foot
'T is property supports pursuit : And shall drink up the sea herself with flame?
Freedom gives eloquence; and freedom, gain. “ Earth, Ether, Empyreum bow,
She ponrs the thought, and forms the style, When from the brazen mountain's brow
She makes the blood and spirits boil; The God of Battles takes his mighty bow :
I feel her now! and rouse, and rise, and rare
In Theban song: O Muse! not thine,
Verse is gay freedom's gift divine :
Others may traffic if they please ;
Proud Venice sits amid the wares; Britain, fair daughter of the seas,
Her foot ambitious ocean laves : Is born for trade ; to plough her field, the wave: Art's noblest boast! but ( what wondrous odds And reap the growth of every coast :
"Txixt Venice and Britannia's isle ! A speck of land ! but let her boast,
'T wixt mortal and immortal toil ! Gods gave the world, when they the waters gave. Britannia is a Venice built by gods. Britain! behold the world's wide face;
Let Holland triumph o'er her foes, Nor cover'd half with solid space,
Bu* not o'er friends by whom she rose; Three parts are fluid ; empire of the sea !
The child of britain ! and shall she contend And why? for coinmerce. Ocean streams
It were no less than parricide :For that, through all his various names :
What wonders rise from out the tide! .
Her high and mighty to the rudder bend.
And are there, then, of lofty brow,
Who think trade mean, and scorn to bow He passes her strong guards, the waves,
Alas! these chiefs but ittle know
Commerce how high, themselves how low;
The sons of nobles are the sons of Earth.
And what have Earth's mean sons to do, Rough Boreas bursting from the pole: all urge,
But reap her fruits, and warm pursue And urge for her, their various toil;
The world's chief good, not glut on others' toil? The Caspian, the broad Baltic boil,
High commerce from the gods came down, And into life the dead Pacific scourge.
With compass, chart, and starry croun,
Their delegate, to make the nations smile.
Blush, and behold the Russian bow,
From forty crowns, his mighty brou They may retreat, but not from her;
To trade.- To toil he turns his glorious hand: The star that quits this hemisphere
That arm, which swept the bloody field, Must quit the skies, to want a British Nect.
See! the huge are, or hammer, wield; Hyad, for her, leans o'er ber urn;
While sceptres wait, and thrones impatient stand. Por her, Orion's glories burn,
O shame to suljects ! first renown, The Pleiads gleam. For Britons set and rise
Matchless exainple to the crown ! The fair-fac'd sons of Mazaroth,
Old Time is poor: what age boasts such a sight? Near the deep chambers of the South,
Ye drones! adore the man divine The raging Dog that tires the midnight skies.
No; virtue still as mean decline, These nations Newton made his own;
Call Russians barbarous, and yourselves polite. All intimate with him alone. His mighty soul did, like a giant, run
He too of Judah, great, as wise,
With Hiram strove in merchandise : To the vast volume's closing star;
Monarchs with monarchs struggle for an oar ! Decypher'd every character :
That merchant' sinking to his grave, His reason pour'd new light upon the Sun.
A food of treasure swells the cave; Let the proud brothers of the land
The king left much, the merchant bury'd more. Smile at our rock and barren strand, Not such the sea : let Fobe's antient line
Is merchant an inglorious name? Vast tracts and ample beings vaunt;
No; fit for Pindar such a theme, The camel low, small elephant
Too great for me; I pant beneath the weight! O Britain ! the leviatban is thine.
If loud as Ocean's were my voice, Leviathan ! whom Nature's strife
If words and thoughts to court my choice
Out-number'd sands, I could not reach its height. Brought forth, her largest piece of life; He sleeps an isle! bis sports the billows warm !
Merchants o'er proudest heroes reign; Dreadful leviathan! thy spout
Those trade in blessing, these in pain, Invades the skies; the stars are out:
At slaughter swell, and shout, while nations groan: He drinks a river, and ejects a storm.
With purple monarchs, merchants vie ; Th’ Atlantic surge around our shore
If great to spend, what, to supply ? German and Caledonian roar;
Priests pray for blessings; merchants pour them Their mighty Genii hold us in their lap.
down. Hear Egbert, Engar, Ethelred ;
Kings, merchants are in leagne and love; “ The seas are ours."--The monarch said
Earth's odours pay soft airs above, The floods their hands, their hands the nations, clap. That o'er the teeming field prolific range ;
Planets are merchants; take, return,
Lustre and heat; by traffic burn;
The whole creation is one vast Exchange.
Vast treasure taken from Solomon's tomb 1500 And prove their distance most, as they draw near, years after his death.-YOUNG.
Is merchant on inglorious name?
Trade once extinguish'd, Britain's sun
Is gone out too; his race is run;
A spot too small to be o'ercome;
Ab, dreadful safety! wretched doom! Experience, arts, and solid wisdom dwells. No foe will conquer what no foe can feed. Trade, art's mechanic, Nature's stores
Trade's the source, sinew, soul of all: Well-weighs; to starry science soars :
Trade's all herself; hers, hers, the ball; Reads warm in life (dead-colour'd by the pen)
Where most unseen, the goddess still is there; The sites, tongues, interests, of the ball : Who studies trade, he studies all;
Trade leads the dance, trade lights the blaze,
The courtier's pomp! the student's ease! Accomplish'd merchants are accomplish'd men.
'T was trade at Blenheim fought, and clos'd the
What Rome and all her gods defies?
The Punic oar. Bebold it rise
Rich cordial from his naval art
Sent the strong spirits to his heart, Pindar invoked. His praise. Britain should de- That bid an Afric merchant grasp the ball.
cline war; but boldly assert her trade. Encouraged from the throne: Britain's condition Where is, on Earth, Jehovah's home? without trade. Trade's character, and sur- Trade mark'd the soil, and built the domne, prising deeds. Carthage. Solomon's temple. St. | In which his majesty, ferst deign'd to dwell; Paul's church. The miser's character. The The walls with silver sheets o'erlaid, wonderful effects of trade. Why religion re- Rich, as the Sun, through gold unweigh’d, commended to the merchant. What, false joy. | Bent the moon'd arch, and bid the column swell. What, true. What religion is to the merchant. Why trade more glorious in Britons than others.
Grandeur unknown to Solomon ! How warmly, and how long, to be pursued by
Methinks the labouring Earth should groan, us. The Briton's legacy. Columbus. His
praise. Beneath yon loads : created sure, not made ! America described. Worlds still unknown
Servant and rival of the skies ! Queen Elizabeth. King George the Second.
Heaven's arch alone can higher rise : His glory navally represented.
What hand immortal rais'd thee?-Humble trade.
Where badst thou been, if, left at large, How shall I further rouse the soul ?
Those sinewy arms that tugg'd the barge How sloth's lascivious reign control
Had caught at pleasure on the flowery green? By verse with unextinguish'd ardour wronght?
If they that watch'd the midnight star How every breast inflame with mine?
Had swung behind the rolling car, How bid my theme still brighter shine, Or fill'd it with disgrace, where hadst thou been? With wealth of words, and unexhausted thought?
As by repletion men consume, O thou Dircæan swan, on high,
Abundance is the miser's doom; Round whom familiar thunders fly !
Expend it nobly; he that lets it rust, While Jove attends a language like his own :
Which, passing numerous hands, would shine; Thy spirit pour, like vernal showers,
Is not a man, but living mine,
Trade barbarous lands can polish fair;
Make Earth well worth the wise man's care;
Call forth her forests, charm them into fleets;
Can make one house of human race;
Can bid the distant poles embrace ;
Hers, every sun; and India, India meets,
Trade monarchs crowns, and arts imports,
With bounty feeds, with laurel courts :
Enacts those guards of gain, the laws ;
Exalts e'en freedom's glorious cause. Hear from the throne ? a voice through time re- Trade ! warn’d by Tyre, O make religion thine! nown'd.
You lend each other mutual aid :'
Why is Heaven's smile, in wealth, convey'd !
Boundless in time and in degree :
Pleasure enjoy'd, the tumult of an hour.
3 St. Paul's, built by the coal-tax,---YOUNG,
False joy 's a discomposing thing,
Apostrophe to the empero. The Spanish armaThat jars on nature's trembling string,
da. How Britain should speak her resentment. Tempests the spirits, and untunes the frame: What gives power. What navies do in var. True joy, the sunshine of the soul,
The 'Tartar. Mogul. Africa. China. Who master A bright serene that calms the whole ;
of the world. What the history of the world is. Which they ne'er knew, whom other joys inflame. The genealogy of glory. Mistakes about it Merchant ! religion is the care
Peace the merchant's harvest. Ships of divine
origin. Merchants ambassadors. The Briton's To grow as rich--as angels are ; To know false coin from Irue ; to sweep the main ;
voyage. Praise the food of glory. Britain's rea
cord. The mighty stake secure, bevond
The strongest tie of field, or fund: Commerce gives gold, religion makes it g rin.
Britannia's state what bounds confine ? Join, then, religion to thy store,
(Of rising thought () golden mine!) Or India's mines will make thee poor:
Mountains, Alps, streams, gulfs, oceans, set no bound; Greater than Tyre! O bear a nobler mind,
She sallies till she strikes the star; Sea-sovereign isle ! proud war decline,
Expanding wide, and lanching far Trade patronise! what glory thine,
As wind can fly, or rolling wave resound. Ardent to bless, who couldst suldue mankind !
Small isle! For Cæsars, for the son Rich commerce ply with warmth divine
Of Jove, who burst from Macedon, By day, by night ; the stars are thine,
For gorgeous easterns blazing o'er mankind; Wear out the stars in trade ! eternal run
Then, when they call'd the world their own, From age to age, the noble glow,
Not equal fame from fable shone : A rage to gain, and to bestow,
They rose to gods, in half thy sphere consin'd. While ages last! in trade burn out the Sun!
Here, no demand for fancy's wing;
Plain truth 's illustrious: as I sing,
O hear yon spangled harp repeat my lay!
Your starry lyre has caught the sound, This, Edgar great bequeath'd; this, Edward bold:
And spreads it to the planets round,
Who best can tell where ends Britannia's sway, New worlds disclose, with Drake surround an old.
The skies (fair-printed page!) unfold
The naval fame of heroes old ; Columbus ! scarce inferior fame
As in a mirror shuw th' adventurous throng: For thee to find, than Heaven to frame
The deeds of Grecian mariners That womb of gold and gem: her wide domain, Are read by gods, are writ in stars, An universe ! her rivers, seas !
And noble verse, that shall endure as long. Her fruits, both men and gods to please!
The skies are records of the main, Heaven's fairest birth! and, but for thee, in vain !
Thence Argo listens to my strain ; Worlds still unknown deep shadows wrap;
Chiron, for song renown'd, his noble rage Call wonders forth from Nature's lap;
For naval fame and song renews, New glory pour on her Eternal Sire:
As Britain's fame he heats, and vieu's ; O noble search! O glorious care !
Chiron, the Shovell of a former age. Are ye not Britons ? why despair ?
The whale (for late I sung his praise) worlds are due to such a godlike fire.
Pours grateful lustre on my lays; Swear by the great Eliza's soul,
How smiles Arion's friend! with partial beams ! That trade, as long as waters roll
Eridanus would flatter too, Ah! no; the gods chastise my rash decree :
But jealousies his smile subdue ; By great Eliza do not swear;
He fears a British rival in the 'Thames. For thee, O George! the gods declare:
In pride the Lion lifts his name, And thou for them! late time shall swear by thee. To see his British brothers reign Truth, bright as stars, with thee prevails;
As stars below: the Balance, George! from thine, Full be thy fame, as swelling sails,
Which weighs the nations, leams to weigh Constant, as tides, thy mind; as masts, elate;
More accurate the night and day; Thy justice, an unerring helm
From thy fair daughters Virgo learns to shine. To steer Bri'annir's fickle realm;
Of Britain's court, ye lesser lights! Thy numerous race, sure anchor of her state !
How could the wise man gaze whole nights
But, oh! you practise shameful arts;
Your own relain, spize others' hearts,
This truth I swear by Cynthia's beam,
Pale queen! be flushid at Britain's fame; What is the bound of Britain's power. Beyond And, rolling, tell the nations" o'er the main
that of the most fanied in history. The sign To share her empire is thy pride.”
Uncurbs, extends, throws wide Britannia's reigra. Libra. Virgo. Berenice. The British ladies censured. The Moon. What the sea is.