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If monarchý consist in such base things,
To be suspected, thwarted, and withstood,
To be the Table Talk of clubs up stairs, To which the unwashed artificer repairs, To indulge his genius after long fatigué, By diving into cabinet intriguez (For what kings deem a toil, as well they may, To him is relaxation and mere play) : To win no praise, when well-wrought plans prevail, But to be rudely censured when they fail; .. To doubt the love his favourites may pretend, And in reality to find no friend;
If he indulge a cultivated taste,
B. Not Brindley nor Bridgewater would essay To turn the course of Helicon that way; Nor would the nine consent the sacred tide Should purl amidst the traffic of Cheapside, Or tinkle in 'Change Alley, to amuse The leathern ears of stock-jobbers and Jews.
A. Vouchsafe, at least, to pitch the key of rhyme To themes more pertinent, if less sublime. When ministers and ministerial arts; Patriots, who love good places at their hearts; When admirals, extolled for standing still, Or doing nothing with a deal of skill; Generals, who will not conquer when they may, Firm friends to peace, to pleasure, and good pay; When freedom, wounded almost to despair, Though discontent alone can find out where; When themes like these employ the poet's tongue, I hear as mute as if a syren sung. Or tell me, if you can, what power maintains A Briton's scorn of arbitrary chains? That were a theme might animate the dead, And move the lips of poets cast in lead. . : B. The cause, though worth the search, may
yet elude Conjecture and remark, however shrewd. They take perhaps a well-directed aim, Who seek it in his climate and his frame. Liberal in all things else, yet nature here With stern severity deals out the year. Winter invades the spring, and often pours A chilling flood on summer's drooping flowers; Unwelcome vapours quench autumnal beams, Ungenial blasts attending curl the streams; The peasants urge their harvest, ply the fork With double toil, and shiver at their work; Thus with a rigour, for his good designed, She rears her favourite man of all mankind. His form robust and of elastic tone, Proportioned well, half muscle and half bone, Supplies with warm activity and force A mind well-lodged, and masculine of course. Hence liberty, sweet liberty inspires, And keeps alive his fierce but noble fires...
Patient of constitutional controul,
Born in a climate softer far than our's,