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Fair boding hopes inured their hands to toil,
And patriot virtue nursed the thriving soil

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Nor scarce two ages have their periods run,
Since o'er their culture smiled the genial sun;
And now what states extend their fair domains,
O'er fleecy mountains, and luxuriant plains !
Where happy millions their own fields possess,
No tyrant awes them, and no lords oppress;
The hand of rule, divine discretion guides,
And white-robed virtue o'er her path presides,
Each policed order venerates the laws,
And each, ingenuous, speaks in freedom's cause;
Not Spartan spirit, nor the Roman name,
The patriot's pride, shall rival these in fame;
Here all the sweets that social life can know,
From the full fount of civil sapience flow;
Here golden Ceres clothes th' autumnal plain,
And art's fair empress holds her new domain;
Here angel Science spreads her lucid wing,
And hark, how sweet the new-born muses sing ;
Here generous Commerce spreads her liberal hand,
And scatters foreign blessings round the land.
Shall meagre mammon, or proud lust of sway,
Reverse these scenes—will heaven permit the day?
Shall in this era all our hopes expire,
And weeping freedom from her fanes retire ?
Here shall the tyrant still our peace pursue,
From the pain'd eyebrow drink the vital dew?
Not nature's barrier wards our father's foe,
Seas roll in vain, and boundless oceans flow.

Stay, Pharaoh, stay, that impious hand forbear, Nor tempt the genius of our souls too far; How oft, ungracious! in thy thankless stead, 'Mid scenes of death, our generous youth have bled ; When the proud Gaul thy

mightiest powers repellid, And drove your legions trembling from the field, We rent the laurel from the victor's brow, And round your temples taught the wreath to grow, Say, when thy slaughter'd bands the desert dyed, Where lone Ohio rolls her gloomy tide, Whose dreary banks their wasting bones inshrine, What arm avenged them ?-thankless ! was it thiné ? But generous valor scorns a boasting word, And conscious virtue reaps her own reward, Yet conscious virtue bids thee now to speak, Though guilty blushes kindle o'er thy cheek:

If wasting wars, and painful toils at length,
Had drain'd our veins, and wither'd all our strength,
How couldst thou, cruel, form the vile design,
And round our necks the wreath of bondage twine !
And if some lingering spirit roused to strife,
Bid ruffian murder drink the dregs of life?
Shall future ages e'er forget the deed ?
And shall n't for this imperious Britain bleed?
When comes the period heaven predestines must,
When Europe's glories shall be whelm'd in dust,
When our proud fleets the raval wreath shall wear,
And o'er her empires hurl the bolts of war,
Unnerved by fate, the boldest heart shall fail,
And’mid their guards auxiliar kings grow pale ;
In vain shall Britain lift her suppliant eye,
An alien'd offspring feels no filial tie,
Her tears in vain shall bathe the soldier's feet,
Remember, ingrate, Boston's crimson'd street ;
Whole hecatombs of lives the deed shall pay,
And
purge

the murders of that guilty day.

But why to future periods look so far, What force e'er faced us, that we fear'd to dare ? Then, canst thou think, e’en on this early day, Proud force shall bend us to a tyrant's sway? A foreign foe opposed our sword in vain, And thine own troops we've rallied on the plain, If then our lives thy lawless sword invade, Think'st thou, enslaved, we'd kiss the pointed blade ? Nay, let experience speak-be this the test, "T is from experience that we reason best. When first thy mandate show'd the shameless plan, To rank our race beneath the class of man, Low as the brute to sink the human line, Our toil our portion, and the harvest thine, Modest but firm, we plead the sacred cause, On nature based, and sanction'd by the laws; But your deaf ear the conscious plea denied, Some demon counsel'd—and the sword replied ; Your navy then our haven cover'd o'er, And arm'd battalions trespass'd on our shore. Through the prime streets, they march'd in war's array, At noon's full blaze, and in the face of day : With dumb contempt we pass’d the servile show, While scorn's proud spirit scowld on every brow ; Day after day successive wrongs we bore, Till patience, wearied, could support no more,

Till slaughter'd lives our native streets profaned,
And thy slave's hand our hallow'd crimson stain'd,
No sudden rage the ruffian soldier tore,
Or swam the pavement with his vital gore.
Deliberate thought did all our souls compose,
Till veil'd in glooms the lowery morning rose;
No mob then

furious urged the impassion'd fray, Nor clamorous tumult dinn’d the solemn day. In full convene the city senate sate, Our fathers' spirit ruled the firm debate;The freeborn soul no reptile tyrant checks, 'Tis heaven dictates when the people speaks ; Loud from their tongues the awful mandate broke, And thus inspired, the sacred senate spoke ; “ Ye miscreant troops, begone! Our presence fly, Stay, if ye dare, but if ye dare, ye die! Ah! too severe,” the fearful chief replies, "Permit one half-the other instant flies." “No parle, avaunt, or by our fathers' shades, Your reeking lives shall glut our vengeful blades, Ere morning's light begone, -or else we swear, Each slaughter'd corse shall feed the birds of air!" Ere morning's light had streak’d the skies with red, The chieftain yielded, and the soldier fled. "T is thus experience speaks—the test forbear, Nor show these states your feeble front of war, But still your navies lord it o'er the main, Their keels are natives of our oaken plain; E’en the proud mast that bears your flag on high, Grew on our soil, and ripen'd in our sky: “ Know then thyself, presume not us to scan,” Your power precarious, and your isle a span.

Yet could our wrongs in just oblivion sleep, And on each neck revived affection weep, The brave are generous, and the good forgive, Then say you've wrong'd us, and our parent live; But face not fate, oppose not heaven's decree, Let not that curse, our mother, light on thee.

THE RETROSPECT.

HER warlike sons the palm of victory bore, Where hoary Neptune's utmost billows roar, More far than Rome who ruled unnumber'd kings, Where Cæsar's eagles never stretch'd their wings,

From Polar climes where daylight scarcely gleams,
To where full Phæbus pours his torrid beams,
Where gorgeous Asia spreads the sumptuous loom,
Or stately nabobs rear the princely dome,
Where arid Afric gives to foreign toil
Her pearly rivers and her golden soil,
Far as the sachem roams the loneliest wood,
Or tempts with venturous barque Ontario's flood,
To where fair Europe's vernal regions rise
In medial climates, and in temperate skies.
The British powers for seven successive years,
Had thus triumphant circled both the spheres,
O'er the whole globe their course of glory run
Whence day emerges to where sets the sun.
No waste of life pollutes the soldier's deed,
Nor wanton spoliage bids reflection bleed.

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Barbarian ravage hung the pagan car, The spoils of empires, and the waste of war, In fields of death did Cæsar's laurels bloom, And shamed the triumphs of imperial Rome, Whose wreath renown'd to mightier Timur yields, Famed for the feats of more illustrious fields. He, half the world in one great day withstood, And bid the rising crescent set in blood. From tyrant power preserved the realms of Greece, And o'er Byzantium stretched the palm of peace. Yet conquer'd kings in chains inglorious led, And captive queens with sordid offal fed. Not so the Briton gleans the field of war, Nor such the trophies of a Brunswick's car; No frown of danger daunts his fearless eye, Where the fight storms, and where the bravest die. But when the thunder of the battle's o'er, And adverse legions tempt their fate no more, His heart humane regrets a hero's deeds, And for the foe his generous bosom bleeds! A sanguine spirit fires the soldier slave, But manly pity ever warms the brave. Say! round the circuit of this spacious earth, What barbarous act degrades the warrior's worth? Through the vast regions stretch'd from either pole, What aching bosom, or what anguish'd soul ? Doth hoary age a single solace mourn, Or from whose breasts are tender nurslings torn ?

What spouse bewails the bridal bed profaned,
Or what fond youth the plighted virgin stain'd ?
What hostile fires the rural works consume,
Or waste the labors of the ingenious loom?
Still the blithe swain enjoys his fleecy care,
And still the lover woos the spotless fair,
Still nuptial life connubial virtues bless,
And parent bosoms the sweet babe compress.

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Her hallow'd courts no vulgar trophy soils, No rapined gold, nor unillustrious spoils ; Great Brunswick's eye dejected Bourborn waits, And India's monarchs throng Augusta's gates, Whole maps of conquest all the war reveal, And at her side the vanquish'd princes kneel, Till peace, fair goddess, spreads her balmy wings, And grace benignly lifts the prostrate kings : The kings arise, the gates of Janus close, And Britain gives the weary world repose ; Now casts her eye through every various zone, And counts a hundred different climes her own. Here, right of conquest pleads a boon to fame, And here, the sword prescribes the sovereign's claim. Not so, endear'd by nature's kindly tie, Beloved Columbia meets her parent's eye, Pleased she surveys her darling's fair domains, Her fleecy mountains, and her bearded plains, Where peace and plenty rule with union sway, Where Britain's genius beams politic day.

Ah! seats of Eden, nature's care in vain !
Bright as thy sons, and as thy heavens serene!
Unbless'd, amid the circling course of clime,
In spring's fair bloom, or autumn's golden prime,
Though fruits luxuriant crown the reaper's toil,
Or flowers spontaneous deck the enameld soil,
Though flocks and herds innumerable teem,
And silver Naiads sport in every stream,
Did Britain now a mother's aid deny,
Or Brunswick pass thee with regardless eye?
When peopling regions wear a various face,
And laws ill-system'd ask a broader base,
When thoughtful senates feel a patriot's care,
And lift to gracious George the wishful prayer,
When some ill genii, guised in friendly form,
Might dark and subtile mix the civil storm,

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